Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Monday, December 9th, 2013, (9:34 am)
One of the largest brewers in the country has stepped up its commitment to the cider industry by joining the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM).
Carlsberg UK has become a member of the NACM after launching Somersby Cider in March this year.
The move comes as the industry makes a bigger-then-ever commitment to the rural economy by announcing plans to build thousands of acres of new orchard over the next two years. (more…)
Monday, December 9th, 2013, (7:28 am)
When the weather turns cold and you need a break from the Christmas crowds Soreen’s new Festive Loaf is a new choice on shelf this year.
Made with raisins, currants, cherries, citrus and winter spices, these new Soreen slices hopes to appeal throughout the festivities.
Soreen Festive Loaf is designed to appeal as a versatile product over the festive season. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (3:35 pm)
Detoxing is often high on the list of New Year resolutions following the excesses of the festive season, but it can be a dull experience.
Twinings new Green Tea with Ginger aims to bring excitement to the detoxing time of year and add a little bit of spice to feeling good.
Twinings Green Tea with Ginger is a blend of green tea fused with the tang of ginger. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (1:09 pm)
Glenfiddich has launched a new gifting initiative in time for the all-important Christmas sales period.
The new gift tins have been introduced to three Glenfiddich whiskies – 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old and Rich Oak.
The tins are wrapped in faux leather and maintain the iconic colours associated with each of the brand’s age statements. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (11:19 am)
Mars Chocolate has announced that its partnership with The Football Association has been renewed, a deal that will see Mars continue in its role as Official Supporter of the England Team and Official Partner to The FA’s ‘Just Play’ programme until July 2018.
To celebrate, Mars and The FA will offer fans across the nation the chance to take part in free ‘Just Play’ sessions during the tournament in Brazil next summer.
Aiming to offer one million ‘Just Play’ opportunities by 2018, with more sessions in more locations across the country, the renewal will build on the success of the programme to date. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (9:12 am)
Designed for budding bakers and professionals alike – consumers just add water for the ‘perfect’ cookie icing.
The handy 2-in-1 mix can be used for both piping and flooding, and it’s easy to use when making decorative biscuits.
SK Cookie Icing Mix is made with cane sugar and has a natural vanilla flavour. (more…)
Friday, December 6th, 2013, (7:00 am)
Little Dish is kicking off its official partnership with charity, Kids Company this week with the ‘Give Get Win’ campaign, to support them in the run up to Christmas when the inner-city children it helps are particularly vulnerable.
Consumers will be able to pledge via Facebook, where Little Dish is asking for a minimum donation of £2 and every £2 pledged will pay for two hot meals for a vulnerable child at one of Kids Company’s centres.
As a thank you, those who donate will receive the equivalent value in coupons for their next Little Dish purchase and be entered into a weekly prize draw for the chance to win one of a selection of fun family prizes. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (3:39 pm)
Just when you thought Ginger Beer couldn’t get any more festive, Old Jamaica launches a limited edition range of Winter Twists with Spiced Berry and Gold Spice.
Old Jamaica Ginger Beer Winter Twists range includes Spiced Berry and Gold Spice, the classic Christmas warmer just got even better.
Gavin Herbert, from Old Jamaica said: “There are few drinks that capture the essence of Christmas like ginger beer so we decided to take our traditional recipe and add a little winter twist. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (1:39 pm)
Branston Pickle, the sweet pickle brand, has announced its first TV advertising campaign in five years.
The campaign is part of owner Mizkan Europe’s overall ‘Make it Special’ activity for the brand, which communicates the key idea that any sandwich is made special by including Branston Pickle.
The creative, by mcgarrybowen, is dubbed ‘The Apologist’. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (11:33 am)
Liberation Foods, the UK’s first Fairtrade and farmer owned nut company, is launching its first seasonal range of snacks into 252 Oxfam shops nationwide.
Following the launch of two new product lines during the summer, coupled with a recent refreshed brand identity, Liberation’s two new winter snacking products include: Fairtrade Mixed Nuts with Dried Fruit and Fairtrade Mixed Nuts.
All nuts are sourced from co-operatives of small-scale growers and farmers who own a 44 percent share of the company. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (9:10 am)
Somerset producer Fussels Fine Foods has teamed up with the Lesley Waters Cookery School to launch the first ever single estate Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil in a spray bottle.
Somerset farmer Andy Fussell developed the spray after discussions with Lesley Waters at her Cookery School in rural Dorset.
Lesley’s love of food, as well as her commitment to using local ingredients and supporting local producers, meant that this new venture was a natural fit. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, (7:00 am)
This Christmas there is a new Mexicana “Xmas Hot & Spicy Selection”.
Inside this gift pack are two hot cheddar cheeses, as well as a flaming hot chutney.
Mexicana is made with British Cheddar down in Somerset, however the taste is pure Diablo. (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, (3:39 pm)
Dream is today announcing the launch of Coconut Dream, a dairy-free alternative to milk that is based on a mix of coconut and rice.
The new range is launching in Sainsbury’s and ASDA stores across the UK, packed in 1 litre Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge cartons.
Enriched with calcium and vitamins D2 & B12, Coconut Dream is made from 100% natural ingredients, is naturally low in fat, has no added sugars, and is free from lactose, gluten and wheat. (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, (1:25 pm)
This Christmas, The Patchwork Traditional Food Company are marking the festive season with a selection of limited edition pâtés.
The Bloody Mary Pâté is back again this year, a Chicken Liver Pâté with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Halen Mon Celery Salt, Godminster Horseradish Vodka with a dash of Tabasco and an RRP of £11.60.
The brand new Stilton & Cranberry Pâté is hoping to appeal as the ultimate Christmas pâté. (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, (11:15 am)
The makers of Lucozade are launching Lucozade Sport Brazilian Guava Flavour and Lucozade Energy ‘The Brazilian’ Mango & Mandarin Flavour.
With the World Cup forming a vital part of consumers’ social calendars in 2014 and representing a significant commercial opportunity for retailers, the new variants aim to capture the attention of consumers and increase penetration of the sports & energy drinks category.
Dave Stratton, brand development director – Lucozade, said: “Limited editions are great at attracting new users and delivering incremental sales to the sports & energy category. (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, (9:12 am)
debbie&andrew’s has launched two new sausages.
debbie&andrew’s fans like products that have a regional or seasonal connection so the brand has launched new pork, black pudding & apple sausage, made from prime cuts of British pork.
In time for warming up winter sales, this flavoured sausage is inspired by Autumn harvests. (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, (7:00 am)
Knorr has launched a new gravy innovation – a professional gravy paste that is designed to give extra depth of flavour in an easy and familiar format.
Available in two varieties – beef made with real meat juices and chicken containing real meat – the new professional pastes deliver a gravy with a glossy sheen and is visually closer to scratch-made recipes.
The new gravy pastes can be used on their own, or to complement and extend chefs’ own scratch bases helping to thicken and boost the flavour of roasting pan juices. (more…)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, (3:05 pm)
Lees of Scotland, one of the UK’s independent confectionery manufacturers, has unveiled a new product as part of its teacake range.
The new Lees Jaffa Teacake, is made from jaffa jam enclosed in mallow on a biscuit and covered in chocolate flavoured coating.
The packaging for the Lees Jaffa Teacake has been designed to complement the rest of the Lees range which was launched earlier this year. (more…)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, (1:15 pm)
This month sees the launch of Tea Huggers – a new and independent high quality tea company.
It specialises in loose-leaf tea and herbs which have been blended to create new flavour combinations.
The launch range features seven wellbeing blends, which all address specific lifestyle needs – designed for finding a moment of calm or an energy boost. (more…)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, (11:12 am)
With Maille’s new online boutique consumers will discover a world of new mustard flavours.
The new range of flavours begins with classic combinations such as white wine and blue cheese and branching out into new tastes, using fruits, flowers and spirits.
The range hopes to provide a flavour for every type of cook and every type of cooking. (more…)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, (9:09 am)
The nation’s sparkling perry, Babycham, has brought forward the release of its new packaging following the success of a recent consumer promotion to drive sales.
The new look is the result of consumer research conducted earlier in the year, that identified a refreshed design would widen Babycham’s appeal to new and existing drinkers.
The research results confirmed the strength of the brand’s iconic logo and its trademark Babycham blue, however, the results also highlighted Babycham’s green glass bottle and blue foil as particularly old fashioned. (more…)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, (7:05 am)
Consumers are to be greeted with new premium packaging for Courvoisier across the grocery, cash & carry and impulse channels this festive season.
Reinforcing the brand’s new Here’s to Now campaign, Courvoisier, the UK’s cognac brand, is once again shaking up the category with the gift carton for 70cl VS.
The gift carton is wrapped in one of the new ads to create an in-store billboard when stacked together. (more…)
Monday, December 2nd, 2013, (3:23 pm)
The Famous Grouse has unveiled a new nationwide campaign allowing consumers to personalise their bottles and make someone special famous.
By simply purchasing a bottle of The Famous Grouse Finest (70cl), consumers can personalise their own bottle by visiting the microsite and entering the barcode to redeem a free, personalised label.
From the 20th of November, live label-making production pods enabling on-the-spot personalisation and sampling will also be activated in selected stores. (more…)
Monday, December 2nd, 2013, (1:12 pm)
Dairy brand Anchor has announced the launch of its new Anchor Cheddar cheese range into the convenience channel.
Anchor Cheddar aims to drive fresh growth into the category by bringing both new and existing Anchor customers to the cheese fixture.
Anchor Cheddar will be available to buy 350g block formats at a MRRP of £4.50 for Anchor Mature Cheddar and £4.75 for the Anchor Extra Mature Cheddar. (more…)
Monday, December 2nd, 2013, (11:09 am)
Heinz Tomato Ketchup is bringing back its Christmas radio advertisement, alongside the launch of a new Facebook competition.
Heinz says the advert, underpinned by the voice of comedian Justin Moorhouse, draws on the emotional connection that consumers have with the Heinz brand.
On air from 1 December for four weeks, the advertisement depicts the ‘glory and triumph’ of chip-shop chips dipped in Heinz Tomato Ketchup after a carol service. (more…)
Monday, December 2nd, 2013, (9:03 am)
Fuller’s, the London based family brewer, has revealed its latest innovation with the launch of a new limited-edition Imperial Stout, created in partnership with UK beer writer, Melissa Cole.
The 10.7% ABV beer is brewed according to the classic style of Imperial Stout that dates back to the 18th Century, but with the addition of Centennial hops that impart a distinctive floral character.
Furthermore, dried rose buds have been infused during the maturation process to give the stout a unique flavour profile that features a hint of Turkish Delight. (more…)
Monday, December 2nd, 2013, (7:00 am)
Cott Beverages has put a ‘Winter Twist’ on its Old Jamaica Ginger Beer with the introduction of two limited edition flavours: Gold Spice and Spiced Berry.
The non-alcoholic Winter Twists range still has the same fiery flavour of Jamaican root ginger that is synonymous with Old Jamaica.
Winter Twists are available now in 1.5 litre PET format in Tesco world food stores nationwide and 330ml cans, which are currently stocked in wholesale and independent retailers up and down the country. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (3:02 pm)
Chapmans Fishcake’s have launched a range of new seafood tartlets, adding to their already extensive range of fishcakes and seafood products.
The initial range is available in these three flavours;
Salmon, Prawn and White Wine, Mediterranean Salmon, Smoked Haddock Florentine. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (1:09 pm)
Domino’s Pizza is launching a new blog as a hub for the brand’s content, including, blog posts, competitions, infographics, videos and pictures.
Planned and developed by Arena, the blog launched earlier this week.
Aimed at existing and prospective customers, the blog aims to provide interesting and quirky content about Domino’s – one of the world’s leading pizza delivery brands – and will be refreshed regularly. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (11:09 am)
A new survey by ICM Research has looked at how shoppers plan to do their festive gift and grocery shopping this year.
For retailers, the big question is: where will people be shopping – will they be buying online or on Britain’s struggling high streets?
According to the survey of 2025 people, more presents will be bought online than in stores this year, with online scooping more than half of anticipated gift spend (55%). (more…)