Latest Food & Drink Industry News
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…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (9:00 am)
Flora is launching a new TV advertising campaign to support Flora Buttery, launching this month as part of the £12 million marketing investment in 2013.
The campaign will target mums and champion the use of Flora Buttery across a broad range of usage occasions.
The TVC will focus on baking as a family activity and specifically target novice and occasional cooks with Flora Buttery to tap into the growth in home baking, which is being driven by TV shows such as the Great British Bake Off. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (7:39 am)
Following on from Chicken Tonight’s £2.5m brand redevelopment last year and the recent launch of the new ‘Tonight’ range, the bramd is now introducing its first ever range of premium wet sauces, Gourmet Tonight.
Aimed at attracting a younger, more affluent shopper to the Wet Sauce aisle, the range has been developed for use with a wide variety of meat and fish options, including pork, steak and haddock.
Presenting an opportunity to add value into the category, the new smaller 330g jars are aimed at couples and smaller households who are looking for convenient and flavoursome mealtimes, but don’t want to buy larger sized products which can result in unused waste. (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (3:40 pm)
Tesco has revealed that consumers are set to spend an estimated record £140m on baking products this Christmas, as the UK undergoes the biggest home baking revival since the 1970s.
The retailer said the market is now believed to be worth more than £900m a year, with the renewed interest partly driven by the success of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off.
Tesco said its Christmas home baking sales could rise as much as 20% on last year, with top sellers expected to be panatone kits, yule log kits, and traditional Christmas cake mixes. (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (1:34 pm)
CO YO Coconut Milk Yoghurt achieves Waitrose listings.
Bethany Eaton, founder and MD of CO YO said: “I am delighted that CO YO has achieved a Waitrose listing – it’s been a brilliant year and this is the icing on the cake.
“Waitrose is a great ‘retail’ home for CO YO.” (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (11:27 am)
Thunder Toffee Vodka, has announced its listing with Aer Rianta, who currently have 22 duty-free outlets in airports including Montreal, Mumbai, Cork and Qatar.
Thunder Vodka will be launching at Dublin and Shannon airports over the coming weeks.
This decadent drink is well known on the ski slopes of Val d’Isère for its smooth, rich taste of creamy, buttery toffee and the vodka is carving out an international following with fans across the globe. (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (9:25 am)
Sharp’s Brewery is introducing revitalised branding, following a period of research.
Over the next six months, refreshed brand designs will be rolled out across the Sharp’s portfolio, beginning with the Sharp’s logo.
The brewery’s flagship beer, Doom Bar – which achieved an average growth rate of 45% over the last three years – will undergo only minimal changes to enhance the existing pump clip design which has played a part in the success of the brand in the on-trade (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (7:27 am)
Jucee, the squash and lunchbox drinks brand, is reinvigorating its 100% pure juice offering by launching two new 1 litre juice variants and also, by adding to its existing mini juice line-up.
The new 1 litre 100% pure juices are now available in Cherries & Berries and Fruit Punch variants – extending the range which currently includes Orange and Apple products.
The brand is also revamping the packaging for the 1 litre juices with Jucee’s new design, which completes the transformation of the brand’s portfolio. (more…)