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  • Friday, May 29th, 2015, (3:26 pm)

    The Collective launches on-pack promotion in partnership with Hotel Du Vin


    the collective dairy yogurt Britain’s yoghurt business, The Collective, has partnered with boutique hotel group Hotel du Vin to introduce an  on-pack promotion in a bid to grow its presence in the hospitality sector by serving its dairy products as a gourmet breakfast offering at the acclaimed venues.

    The Collective’s iconic 150g tub in the Passionfruit will be available each morning at Hotel du Vin sites across the country, and is part of the group’s continued drive to enhance its premium breakfasts.

    And from the 5th May, consumers purchasing 500g pots of The Collective will be able to win one of over 100 prizes, from a weekend break to a champagne afternoon tea or treats from The Collective, at Hotel du Vin’s 16 locations. (more…)

  • Friday, May 29th, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Country Choice launches new loaves

    country choice loafFour varieties of speciality bloomer are now available from Country Choice, all delivered frozen, ready to produce a fresh loaf with a crisp crust in minutes.

    All four white loaves, supplied 16 to a case, can be baked from frozen in 10 to 12 minutes, and have a shelf life of one day once baked.

    Country Choice can also supply both small and large paper bags for the bread display along with free POS to advertise the bloomers. (more…)

  • Friday, May 29th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    Carte Noire unveils new campaign

    carte noir film collectionCarte Noire, the UK’s premium coffee brand, is launching a brand new campaign this month, aiming to bring a touch of Parisian sophistication to a British audience.

    The basis of the campaign, called ‘Carte Noire Film Collection,’ will be a short film entitled ‘Le Baiser’, which evokes the classic elegance of French cinema.

    The film was unveiled on 20th May, as part of a Cannes-inspired premier event in the heart of London. (more…)

  • Friday, May 29th, 2015, (9:00 am)

    Tangerine Confectionery launches new Softies range

    refreshers softiesTangerine Confectionery, the manufacturer of British confectionary brands Wham, Refreshers and Fruit Salad has reinvented its confectionery classics into soft gum formats with the launch of its Softies range.

    Available under the Candyland brand, Softies are available in three flavour variants and two pack sizes.

    The range aims to grow incremental sales of iconic chew products Wham, Refreshers and Fruit Salad, rejuvenate the market and drive category growth. (more…)

  • Friday, May 29th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Mini Babybel introduces new character in TV campaign

    mini baby bel supercheeseMini Babybel is back on TV screens with a brand new advertising campaign.

    On air from the end of May, the new creative sees the brand unveil ‘The SuperCheese’ – a talking Mini Babybel superhero character that aims to strengthen the emotional connection with consumers by drawing on the brand’s personality.

    The major investment starts with a three-week TV burst which is being backed by a cinema campaign on air until September, digital activation, in-store promotions and further support throughout the year. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 28th, 2015, (3:09 pm)

    Field Fare and Granny Gothard’s partner for new Ice Cream range

    granny gothards ice creamField fare, suppliers of freshly frozen foods have launched a new range of co-branded luxury ice cream and sorbets with Granny Gothard’s.

    the new range includes four ice cream flavours including Strawberries and Cream  -made with real strawberries – Chocolate Chuckle, Vanilla Royal and Honeycomb, and Raspberry Sorbet.

    All are 100% natural and are handmade on Gothard’s Farm in Somerset. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 28th, 2015, (1:13 pm)

    Batemans launches Law of the Land beer

    law of the land beerBatemans, the family brewer based in Lincolnshire, has brewed a ruby beer to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

    The county plays an important role in the story of the historic document and is home to one of only four surviving original copies.

    Named Law of the Land and available by bottle, this 5.5% ABV beer has been brewed with English barley and Minstrel hops to give its taste. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 28th, 2015, (11:14 am)


    fdin logo, food and drinkAs you know the way people buy food nowadays is so very different.

    We have such significant growth in discounters, online, convenience and foodservice.

    And as you know the large supermarkets have struggled to grow, even though of course they still make up a high proportion of sales – and this should feed into the way we think about NPD. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 28th, 2015, (9:03 am)

    Get Fruity bars launch in the UK

    get fruity barsGet Fruity is a new fruit bar with a difference – they are moist and taste of real fruit.

    Get Fruity bars come in three flavours, Scrumptious Strawberry, Moist Mixed Berry and Juicy Apricot Orange & Ginger.

    The founder of Get Fruity, Davina Whiteoak, is a mum of two young children and she developed Get Fruity bars on her farm in Cornwall. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 28th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn gets a new look

    metcalfe's skinny popcorn honey beeMetcalfe’s Skinny has revamped the looked of its popcorn portfolio in a bid to simplify and improve the shopping experience for consumers.

    As part of the new look, the brand’s single-serve range has got itself a new bag size – but will still contain 25g of popcorn per bag.

    As well as the revamp the brand’s new Honey Bee flavour launched into Sainsbury’s in a sharing bag format, RSP £1.59 for a 75g bag. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, (3:10 pm)

    Whole Earth unveils new look for peanut butter

    whole earth peanut butterWhole Earth is launching a new look for its peanut butter range.

    The brand is rolling out its revamped hand drawn style packing next month, with illustrations of trees to reflect the “wholesome” ingredients used inside.

    The new packaging has been designed by Big Fish. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, (1:00 pm)

    Ocean Spray unveils new 330ml Cranberry bottle

    ocean spray cranberryOcean Spray has announced it will capitalise on consumer demand for ‘bite-size’ snacks and refreshment products by introducing its Cranberry Classic juice drink in a 330ml bottle to the impulse and convenience sector.

    Based on market research, the handbag-friendly bottle was designed to appeal to health-conscious time-poor consumers with hectic lifestyles, looking for a convenient drinks solution.

    It provides a source of cranberry refreshment for a lunch on-the-go, for the first time in a convenient single serve format. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    Ombar Launches new Dairy-Free Coco Mylk Buttons

    ombar buttons free fromOmbar has launched new Coco ‘Mylk’ Buttons, a dairy free ‘mylk’ chocolate treat.

    The buttons are designed as a snack for vegans or health conscious consumers with a sweet tooth, suitable for those with dairy intolerance.

    The free-from category has more than doubled over the last five years and is now worth in excess of £355 million. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, (9:06 am)

    Arden’s launches new Petites range

    arden's petites biscuitsArden’s has revealed its new ‘Petites’ range of continental sweet biscuits that will be on sale in Waitrose from July.

    This range of smaller mouth-sized biscuit is packaged in complementary light pastel colours.

    The Petites range extends the brand range to include eight new lines: Mini Toffee Waffles, Chocolate Pastry Rolls and Fig Pastry Rolls from Holland; Butter Puff Pastry Sweethearts from Switzerland; Florentine Clusters from Germany; and various flavoured Macaroons from Italy. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Loyd Grossman adds Pan Melts to range

    Loyd Grossman adds Pan Melts to rangeLoyd Grossman is adding flavour to its existing portfolio with the launch of brand new Pan Melts.

    The new Pan Melts have been designed to add vibrant flavours to simple meat and fish dishes, using a concentration of the quality ingredients in a quick and convenient format.

    The range will be made up of four, Italian-inspired new flavours: Wild Mushroom and Creamy Mascarpone; Basil, Crushed Basil, Garlic and Rich Parmesan; Sun Dried Tomato and Creamy Ricotta; and, Mediterranean Tomato, Sweet Red Pepper, and Smoky Paprika. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, (3:09 pm)

    New case sizes for Coca-Cola

    coca-cola life bottleCoca-Cola is introducing a new 12 x 500ml PET case format across selected flavoured carbonates.

    Fanta, Sprite, Dr Pepper, Lilt, and Cherry Coke will now be available in the new case size across both £1 PMPs and standard packs.

    The launch follows the success of its existing 12 x 500ml PET case size which launched last year in Coca-Cola Zero and Coca-Cola Life variants. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Border Biscuits expands sharing offering

    boarder biscuits Lanark based Border Biscuits has introduced a larger 400g variety pack to respond to the growing trend towards sharing occasions.

    The new Sharing Packs are designed for a number of occasions including board room meetings, canteens, staff rooms, special events and corporate functions, with a biscuit to suit all tastes.

    The pack includes six different flavours from the Classic range including Divinely Chocolatey Cookies, Belgian chocolate biscuits, Butterscotch Crunch, Milk Chocolate Viennese, Chocolate Chip Shortbread Rings, and Milk Chocolatey Oat Crummmbles. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, (11:09 am)


    Food & Drink Innovation Network seminars and conferences in LondonAs you know the way people buy food nowadays is so very different.

    We have such significant growth in discounters, online, convenience and foodservice.

    And as you know the large supermarkets have struggled to grow, even though of course they still make up a high proportion of sales – and this should feed into the way we think about NPD. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, (9:06 am)

    Subway launches new BBQ Pulled Pork Sub

    subway bbq pulled porkSubway is welcoming a brand new BBQ Pulled Pork Sub, that will be available on its menu in the UK and Ireland, for a limited time only, in time for summer.

    The new seven hour slow cooked BBQ Pulled Pork Sub reflects the brand’s commitment to offer consumers a range of choices all of which they are invited to personalise from beginning to end.

    The launch of this new Sub is an extension of the ‘Stay Picky’ campaign that the brand recently unveiled to encourage customers to embrace their inner pickiness. (more…)

  • Monday, May 25th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Cadbury Roses unveils modern design and new flavour

    cadbury roses new design 2015Cadbury Roses has unveiled a new packaging design and new addition to the range, marking the next chapter of the chocolate brand’s 77 year history.

    Since its creation in 1938, the designs and chocolate varieties within Cadbury Roses have evolved with consumer tastes, with the new pack design out today being closer to the historic ‘Roses’ design than ever before, but with a modern twist.

    The updated carton shape includes a new lid for easier sharing, and the ‘Thank you’ messaging has also made a reappearance. (more…)

  • Friday, May 22nd, 2015, (3:20 pm)

    PG tips introduces biggest packaging overhaul in 19 years

    PG tips new packagingPG tips, the UK’s tea brand from Unilever UK, is revamping its entire range with a brand new pack design – the biggest milestone from the brand since it introduced its pyramid teabags in 1996.

    The new packaging has been overhauled in a bid to make the brand easier to shop instore, reaffirm its authority within the category, and drive sales uplift amongst new and existing shoppers.

    Each pack will continue to carry the bold colours of red, green and white synonymous with PG tips, but with a brand new contemporary logo to create greater standout on shelf. (more…)

  • Friday, May 22nd, 2015, (1:12 pm)

    New look Vimto Minis hit shelves

    vimto minisVimto UK has revamped its 250ml Still RTD Vimto Minis range, in time for the crucial summer trading period, with new packaging to appeal to mums and meet the needs of kids ‘on the go’.

    The convenient re-sealable sports cap bottles are designed for rehydrating children and the bright new packs aim to increase shelf stand out, whilst communicating the drink’s healthy No Added Sugar credentials.

    Rolled out from this month, the new-look packs will be supported by a nationwide digital advertising campaign across lifestyle websites that mums love, such as Hello!, Cosmopolitan and Heat. (more…)

  • Friday, May 22nd, 2015, (11:00 am)

    Crabbie’s new campaign urges consumers to go back to the Original

    crabbies original ginger beerHalewood International has launched a new multi-platform marketing campaign across Radio, TV, PR, social media and trade press, for its Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

    This new chapter in the Crabbie’s story encourages consumers “try it you might like it” and takes the brand on to the next stage of its ‘Refreshingly Adventurous’ platform, with the first wave of national TV spots launching on the 21st May and activation continuing throughout 2015.

    Targeting consumers who may want to try the alcoholic ginger beer, the campaign features the voice of actor and comedian Vic Reeves. (more…)

  • Friday, May 22nd, 2015, (9:00 am)

    Foster’s ends ‘Good Call’ campaign

    fosters good callCharacters Brad and Dan have appeared in their final advert for Foster’s, bringing to an end the company’s ‘Good Call’ campaign.

    Brad and Dan will say their goodbyes in an all-new 40 second TV spot, running for four weeks across a number of channels.

    Ifemoa Dozie, brand director at Heineken said: “Brad and Dan have been hugely successful for Foster’s since they first appeared on our screens in 2009, and whilst we’re sad to wave hooroo to them for now, we’re excited for the next adventure for the Foster’s brand. (more…)

  • Friday, May 22nd, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Mornflake launches new Chocolatey Orange Squares

    mornflake chocolately orange squaresMornflakes Chocolatey Squares just got a revamp.

    Now available with a Chocolate and Orange flavour filling in the centre, the new cereal hopes to appeal to new and existing consumers.

    Designed to be enjoyed with or without milk, consumer can dip into these at any time. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015, (3:20 pm)

    Budweiser launches new BBQ packs

    budweiser bbq packBudweiser is celebrating the British Barbeque Season with new bespoke packaging.

    Following on last summer’s success, Budweiser is bringing back its limited edition BBQ packs.

    In store from early July, the new packs will run across a number of SKUs, including 8x440ml PMP, 10x440ml Can Fridge Pack, 12x440ml, 4x300ml Bottle Wrap and 6x300ml Basket Pack. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Belvita Breakfast introduces crunchy variant to singles range

    belvita biscuit crunchyBelVita Breakfast is launching its belVita Crunchy hazelnuts product to the convenience channel this May, in a single portion format.

    Available in convenient 50g packs, belVita Crunchy Hazelnut singles are thick and packed with pieces of hazelnuts, offering a different texture to the rest of the range.

    BelVita Breakfast Crunchy Hazelnut is also proven to slowly release carbohydrates over four hours as part of a balanced breakfast. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015, (11:14 am)


    fdin logo, food and drinkThis month we’re talking hosting a highly interactive and thought provoking professional development event.

    It’s called Creating High Performance Innovation Teams.

    It’s not so much a seminar, more of an immersive learning experience. And, of course, when you come, you will get CPD accreditation for it. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015, (9:00 am)

    Mars unveils new shakes range

    mars drinksMars Chocolate Drinks and Treats has announced the launch of Twix, M&M’s Chocolate and M&M’s Peanut Thick Shakes.

    The M&M’s Chocolate and M&M’s Peanut Thick Shakes each encompass the signature taste of their M&M’s counterpart.

    The bright packaging has also been designed to provide stand out on shelf and features the popular M&M’s characters. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015, (7:00 am)

    United Biscuits launches Jacob’s Cracker Crisps

    jacobs cracker crisps, chilliUnited Biscuits has announced the £6m launch of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps.

    Available in three variants – Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, Thai Sweet Chilli and Sour Cream and Chive – the new Jacob’s Cracker Crisps range offers the best-selling flavours for sharing crisps and snacks within the overall ‘every-day premium’ sector.

    The new range will launch initially in a 150g sharing bag, with a 40g handy-pack variety due for launch later in the year. (more…)

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