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  • Friday, February 27th, 2015, (3:29 pm)

    Heinz Tomato Ketchup expands Chilli Ketchup portfolio

    Screen shot 2015-02-23 at 20.29.59Heinz has responded to the growing trend for hot sauces by launching a new range of Chilli Ketchup across Europe.

    In the UK alone, consumer spend on Hot Sauce has grown by 54% over the last four years to £35.5M and Heinz plans to take advantage of this growing trend.

    The new campaign for the Chilli Ketchup range will seek to unlock new usage occasions by providing consumers inspiration for meals, combined with a kick of heat. (more…)

  • Friday, February 27th, 2015, (1:00 pm)

    Lucozade Sport launches Mango & Passion Fruit flavour

    Screen shot 2015-02-23 at 19.50.10Lucozade is launching a new addition to its Lucozade Sport range with a brand new exotic flavour – Mango & Passion Fruit.

    The new variant will be available from March and will be supported by a £9m marketing investment including TV, sponsorship, digital and in-store activity.

    As exotic flavours continue to gain significant traction with shoppers and the sports and energy drinks category experiencing 2.8% growth, Lucozade Sport Mango & Passion Fruit is set to help retailers score sales. (more…)

  • Friday, February 27th, 2015, (11:00 am)

    Feel Free For Gluten Free launches new breaded fish range

    unnamed-2Free from food brand Feel Free For Gluten Free is adding another three products to its frozen range from this month.

    The new breaded fish range is made from 100% fish fillet and coated in a crispy maize crumb.

    There are three products in the new frozen fish range, each free from the allergens gluten, wheat, dairy, egg and soya. (more…)

  • Friday, February 27th, 2015, (9:05 am)

    Heinz Cup Soup launches new flavours

    Screen shot 2015-02-20 at 17.05.12Heinz has announced it will be adding seven new flavours to its Cup Soup range.

    Heinz will add another four Classic Soup recipes to join; Cream of Tomato, Cream of Chicken & Vegetable, as well as introduce three recipes from its Black Label range to the instant soup category for the first time.

    The Cup Soup range brought three of Heinz Classic Soup recipes from Wet Ambient Soup into the Cup Soup format, providing consumers with the taste they know in a thick cup soup format. (more…)

  • Friday, February 27th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Walkers Shortbread unveils new gluten free range

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    Founded over a hundred years ago and still an independent family concern today, Walkers Shortbread is launching a dedicated Gluten Free range.

    With 1 in 100 people in the UK suffering with coeliac disease, the two strong range offers a direct commercial response to wide industry demand for Gluten Free products that don’t compromise on quality or taste and provide a sweet snacking solution for the out of home market.

    With a nine month shelf life each individual pack contains two servings and the range consists of: (more…)

  • Thursday, February 26th, 2015, (3:29 pm)

    Gü Puds unveils new single ramekin deserts

    Screen shot 2015-02-23 at 19.30.53Gü Puds has unveiled a new range of single ramekin packs for six of its best products in a move that will enable shoppers to choose the product that is just right for them.

    With a range of signature Gü twin packs already on shelf, the launch will extend the reach of the brand and allow it to benefit from dual sites in store.

    It now aims to appeal to consumers buying for themselves and to those looking to share. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 26th, 2015, (1:00 pm)

    Pot Noodle launches new Sausage Casserole Variant

    Screen shot 2015-02-23 at 19.36.44Pot Noodle is strengthening its portfolio to include a new Sausage Casserole flavour, available to all retailers from March 2015.

    The new flavour will offer one of the UK’s top 10 dishes – sausage casserole – in the quick, convenient Pot Noodle format.

    The variant launches to tap into the trend towards traditional flavours and comfort foods to further grow the Pot Snacks sector, which has seen growth of 3.2% in volume terms in the past year and generate sales for retailers from consumers attracted to a new flavour profile from Pot Noodle. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 26th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    The Coconut Collaborative launched new ‘BIG POT’

    Screen shot 2015-02-22 at 18.13.45To add to the existing lines, The Coconut Collaborative has announced the launch of the ‘350g Big Pot’, with a re-sealable lid, aimed at customers looking to keep, share or cook with the product.

    Launching initially in Waitrose, Ocado and Daylesford from the end of February, there will be two flavours taken from the core range:

    Natural (smooth coconut yoghurt, pure and simple) and Mango and Passion Fruit (coconut yoghurt with alphonso mango and passion fruit compote). (more…)

  • Thursday, February 26th, 2015, (9:06 am)

    Swizzels unveils new Spring Selection

    Screen shot 2015-02-22 at 18.07.41Back by demand, the Swizzels Spring Selection range is returning for Easter 2015.

    Spring Selection is a range that offers a variety of the most-popular Swizzels sweets in spring themed packs.

    The Spring Selection tub is designed for the Easter period and the tub is filled with a selection of Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Drumsticks and New Refreshers. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 26th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Starbucks launches new evenings meals

    Screen shot 2015-02-22 at 18.02.53Starbucks has launched its Evenings Programme in the UK, offering a range of meals and shareable hot and cold snacks with premium wines and beers.

    Food options include chorizo and prawn skewers with chilli ketchup, to truffle mac & cheese and braised British beef.

    The newly renovated Stansted Airport store, operated in partnership with food travel experts SSP UK, is the first location to offer Starbucks Evenings, with plans to expand the programme to additional stores. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, (3:10 pm)

    WDK gets new look for 2015

    Screen shot 2015-02-22 at 17.59.11A new packaging design is being rolled out across all pack formats and variants of WKD, from 500ml and 700ml bottles and cans to 275ml x 4-, 8-, 10- and 12-bottle multi-packs and carton outers.

    The new-look for 2015 includes: an evolution of the WKD logo, new bottle graphics which prominently feature the word ‘Original’, attention-grabbing visuals on 4-pack sleeves, multi-pack cartons, and case outers and cans which depict a crowd scene conveying the high-energy consumption occasions consumers associate with WKD

    Whilst refreshing the packaging design, brand owner SHS Drinks has also taken the opportunity to make the 6 x 700ml bottle cartons easier for stockists to open by enhancing the perforation line to improve the ‘tearability’ of the outer. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Cargill and Mondelēz International sign agreement to support sustainable cocoa

    Screen shot 2015-02-22 at 17.56.53Cargill has signed a formal partnership agreement to support Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life program, which strengthens both companies’ commitment to improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and to investing in a sustainable future for cocoa.

    Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life program shares several similarities with Cargill’s own Cocoa Promise program, as each initiative is focused on developing a cocoa supply chain that enables farmers to achieve better living standards.

    It also focuses on delivering a sustainable supply of cocoa and chocolate products. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, (11:09 am)

    Spar launches new confectionery range

    Screen shot 2015-02-22 at 17.51.50Following on from Spar’s take home confectionery launch, which has seen sales double to an annual turnover of over £3m, Spar Brand is revamping the flavours in its impulse confectionery range and launching two new variants.

    Two new variants, Cola Bottles and Teeth & Lips, have been added to the range, while the recipe has been revamped for the whole impulse confectionery range.

    The sweets will keep the same packaging, with traffic light labeling added in line with FIC regulations. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, (9:11 am)

    Red Bull launches Tropical Edition

    Screen shot 2015-02-20 at 17.12.24Red Bull has announced it is launching a new variant of its energy drink in March – Red Bull Tropical Edition.

    Following the successful introduction of Red Bull Zero Calories in 2014, and the incremental sales delivered by Red Bull Editions since they launched in 2013, Tropical Edition provides a new addition to the existing portfolio.

    Flavour is one of the key growth drivers within Energy, introducing new shoppers to the category by delivering both the great taste and variety that consumers demand, with tropical flavours leading that trend. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Honeycomb Toffee Crisp launches

    Screen shot 2015-02-20 at 16.54.58Nestlé has created a limited edition Toffee Crisp Honeycomb.

    The new bar retails at 59p and is available exclusively in the convenience trade until mid-May.

    Honeycomb flavours are proving popular with consumers, with honeycomb confectionery growing ahead of the category. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, (3:10 pm)

    Heinz ‘Grow Your Own’ returns for 2015

    Screen shot 2015-02-20 at 16.37.18Heinz has announced the return of its ‘Grow Your Own’ campaign, which offers free tomato seeds to encourage families to get together and grow their very own tomatoes.

    The Heinz ‘Grow Your Own’ gardening scheme aims to help families enjoy growing their own food together and learn a little bit more about tomatoes along the way.

    Heinz Tomato Ketchup is made using the brand’s own tomatoes. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, (1:00 pm)

    United Biscuits adds new flavour to Jacob’s Crinklys range

    Screen shot 2015-02-20 at 16.48.51United Biscuits (UB) has improved the recipe of its Jacob’s Crinklys baked snack brand and is supporting the move with a £3m media and store support plan.

    UB has “enhanced” the flavour of its existing Cheese & Onion and Salt & Vinegar variants and has added a new Bacon flavour.

    The range is available in variety and individual-flavour multi-packs as well as 50g grab bags and a sharing price-marked pack in Cheese & Onion flavour.  (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    San Miguel unveils alcohol-free range

    Screen shot 2015-02-20 at 16.42.44Carlsberg UK has added two alcohol-free products to its San Miguel range – San Miguel 0.0% available from February and San Miguel 0.0% Limon available from March.

    Carlsberg claims San Miguel 0.0% is the first Spanish lager with no alcohol and it is available in a 330ml bottle. San Miguel 0.0% Limon is available in a 330ml slimline can.

    The recommended retail price of San Miguel 0.0% is £3.49 (4x330ml bottle) and £3.49 (4x330ml slimline can) for the San Miguel 0.0% Limon. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, (9:13 am)

    Jammie Dodgers unveils new Jammie Bakes

    Screen shot 2015-02-20 at 16.31.32Jammie Dodgers is going all grown-up with the launch of Jammie Bakes, the first ever Jammie Dodgers product aimed at adults.

    The major brand development is described by Burton’s Biscuit Company as ‘the most significant innovation for Jammie Dodgers since the childhood favourite was introduced more than half a century ago’.

    Backed by a £3 million marketing spend spearheaded by national TV advertising, Jammie Dodgers Jammie Bakes are crispy, golden biscuits with a soft, jammie centre. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Rachel’s launches new Inspirations range

    Screen shot 2015-02-20 at 14.20.02Rachel’s has announced the launch of a new range of flavours, arriving in Waitrose stores and Ocado this month.

    The Inspirations range will launch with two flavours: apple & butterscotch and cherry & dark chocolate.

    Each pot of Rachel’s Inspirations contains only organic ingredients, locally sourced milk and no artificial colourings, flavours or preservatives. (more…)

  • Monday, February 23rd, 2015, (9:00 am)

    Ginsters launches first ever meat snacking range

    Screen shot 2015-02-19 at 17.14.19Ginsters, the savoury pastry and sandwich brand, is expanding its portfolio with the launch of Ginsters Meat Club, its first ever meat snacking range.

    Comprising 100% British chicken breast, the new SKUs will launch into all channels in the impulse sector on March 4th 2015, propelling Ginsters into the growing meat snacking sector.

    The launch will be supported by a six figure marketing campaign, which will reach 10 million consumers over four weeks. (more…)

  • Monday, February 23rd, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Heinz unveils new Fiery Sriracha Chilli Sauce

    unnamed-1Hot on the heels of the US launch of Heinz Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor last week, Heinz has announced the UK launch of its brand new Fiery Sriracha Chilli Sauce – a flavour that joins the ranks of its Chilli Sauces range.

    Sriracha is the chilli flavour for 2015, increasingly in demand from a growing number of chilli aficionados up and down the country who are choosing hotter and hotter condiments.

    Heinz’s Fiery Sriracha Chilli Sauce launches against a rising trend towards hot and spicy sauces in the UK and whilst sales of sauces have grown in the UK, it’s sales of hot pepper and chilli sauces that have seen the most significant increase. (more…)

  • Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, (11:12 am)

    Philadelphia launches lactose free variant

    Screen shot 2015-02-19 at 17.23.18Philadelphia, the soft white cheese brand, has launched a lactose free variant.

    Philadelphia Lactose Free, featuring lactose free full fat soft cheese, is the brand’s first product in the “free from” sector.

    The launch comes in response to consumer demand for products to suit different dietary requirements, and aims to bring incremental consumers into the category. (more…)

  • Friday, February 20th, 2015, (3:30 pm)

    Starburst unveils new TV campaign

    Screen shot 2015-02-16 at 15.46.53Starburst is back on TV this month with a brand new advert which aims to show how ‘Unexplainably Juicy’ Starburst is.

    The ‘Land of Intensity’ creative will run for 16 weeks, incorporating a mixture of TV and VOD spots.

    The creative will see viewers transported to the ‘Land of Intensity’, a secret corner of the world where Starburst fills its chews with intense juiciness. (more…)

  • Friday, February 20th, 2015, (1:06 pm)

    Booker launches Euro Shopper Energy Sour drinks

    Screen shot 2015-02-16 at 15.42.52Food and drink wholesaler Booker has launched two new soft drinks into its Euro Shopper range.

    Available in 500ml cans, Euro Shopper Energy Sour Apple and Euro Shopper Sour Cherry are both price-marked at 69p.

    With a wholesale sales price of £4.50 and packed in convenient case sizes of 12 cans per pack, these new products aim to offer a great value alternative for shoppers. (more…)

  • Friday, February 20th, 2015, (11:11 am)

    New limited edition Rustlers ‘Hot and Kicking’ range

    Screen shot 2015-02-16 at 15.28.02Kepak Convenience Foods is tapping into the consumer trend for hot and spicy food with the launch of a Limited Edition Rustlers ‘Hot and Kicking’ range.

    The two new SKUs – the Rustlers Chipotle BBQ Hotdog and Rustlers Habanero Chilli Burger – will both be available as a £1 PMP.

    With the Habanero Chilli Burger, shoppers can expect the classic Rustlers burger, with a spicy Habanero Chilli sauce for an added kick, while the Chipotle BBQ Hotdog adds a twist to a convenience favourite with a Chipotle BBQ sauce. (more…)

  • Friday, February 20th, 2015, (9:02 am)

    Bear unveils new puzzle cards

    Screen shot 2015-02-16 at 15.08.26BEAR, the healthy snack brand, has announced a new series of 105 individually hand-designed fact and puzzle cards.

    Hot on the heels of receiving the Grocer ‘Campaign of the Year 2014’ award, BEAR’s new campaign sees a school of the world’s coolest and craziest species being gathered by ‘Head BEAR’, to get kids excited and learning about the world around them.

    A different ‘super student’ can be found in each single pack of Yoyos. (more…)

  • Friday, February 20th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Princes unveils new pack format

    Screen shot 2015-02-16 at 14.43.52Princes has launched a new £1 PMP in cases of six along with an improved pack design.

    The new £1 PMP formats, designed specifically for convenience, symbol and independent retailers, will feature across some of the brand’s best-selling canned fruit products.

    These include Peaches, Pineapple, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Mandarins and Strawberries. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 19th, 2015, (6:25 pm)

    Kent’s Kitchen launches new range of Pasta Pots

    Screen shot 2015-02-19 at 18.22.06Kent’s Kitchen has launched a new range of premium Pasta Pots, available in four flavours, and ready to eat in minutes.

    Consumers can choose between Bolognese, Cheese & Chive, Porcini Mushroom or Tomato & Chilli.

    All the pots are suitable for vegetarians and have fewer than 180 calories per 65g pot.  (more…)

  • Thursday, February 19th, 2015, (3:32 pm)

    Mattessons Fridge Raiders releases gaming gear promotion

    Screen shot 2015-02-16 at 14.33.22Mattessons Fridge Raiders, the meat snacking brand from Kerry Foods, is aiming to score new snacking sales with a new £4 million integrated campaign.

    Building upon a social media campaign, a new on-pack promotion and TV creative will form the climax of an integrated marketing campaign that is already driving consumer awareness and engagement with Fridge Raiders’ core audience of 13 to 17 year olds.

    Launching on 16th February for 10 weeks, the ‘Win gaming gear with every pack’ promotion is aimed at driving trial and accelerating sales of Mattessons Fridge Raiders, while a brand new TV creative will support the initiative as it hits screens for five weeks from 23rd February. (more…)

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