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  • Friday, September 4th, 2015, (3:13 pm)

    Thorntons unveils new Little Temptations range

    thornton's Little Temptations Thorntons is launching a new Little Temptations range – mini bites of cornflake clusters, chocolate and fudge packaged in 110g zip lock grab bags.

    Data from Symphony IRI shows the cake bites segment has seen strong growth in the last year, with sales totalling more than £35m annually.

    Thorntons has a 40 per cent share of the market and has seen a sales increase of 25 per cent year on year to week ending 18 July 2015. (more…)

  • Friday, September 4th, 2015, (1:06 pm)

    McVitie’s unveils Halloween range

    halloween jaffa cakesUnited Biscuits is tapping into the booming Halloween market with the launch of its first ever mixed McVitie’s sharing carton.

    The carton consists of two themed Jaffa Cake Bars in a ‘Trick or Treat House’ pack.

    Inspired by its American influence, Halloween is going from strength to strength to become the third most significant event in the UK retail calendar. (more…)

  • Friday, September 4th, 2015, (11:07 am)

    Richmond unveils limited edition sausage flavours

    richmond sausages rugbyRichmond, the sausage brand from Kerry Foods, is introducing three limited edition flavours with rugby-inspired packaging to help retailers’ sales during a packed autumn of key sporting events.

    Available in grocery and impulse from September, the limited edition newcomers join the successful Richmond line-up featuring traditional tastes from around Great Britain including Scrum Cumberland, Line-Out Lincolnshire and Penalty Pork & Leek.

    Richmond original sausages will also get a rugby-inspired makeover for a limited period. (more…)

  • Friday, September 4th, 2015, (9:11 am)

    Skittles and Starburst go spooky for Halloween

    skittles halloweenThis Halloween sees the launch of two limited editions from Skittles and Starburst, as Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars, aims to capitalise on the biggest sugar confectionery season of the year and set sales soaring.

    Skittles Darkside pouches and single packs provide Skittles from the ‘other side of the rainbow’, with flavours including Forbidden Fruit, Midnight Lime, Blood Orange, Pomegranate and Dark Berry.

    Whilst new Starburst ‘Trick or Treat’ sharing bags will contain Apple, Raspberry and Orange flavoured chews, in both sweet and sour varieties – an ongoing trend for fruit confectionery. (more…)

  • Friday, September 4th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Bahlsen launches new flavours into PiCK UP! range

    Bahlsen_PiCK-UP_Caramel_4x28g_LE-single_23913_frontalBahlsen is launching two new flavours into it’s PiCK UP! range.

    The new PiCK UP! Dark Chocolate is a thick slab of dark chocolate sandwiched between two crisp butter biscuits.

    Whilst the new PiCK UP! Choco & Caramel has a caramel blanket in the middle of a thick milk chocolate slab. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, (3:06 pm)

    Learn to Unlock the Power of NPD

    seminar npd logoIn November we’re going to be talking about Unlocking The Power Of Insight For Innovation and NPD.

    It’s on Tuesday 10th November at our usual venue in Bloomsbury, London.

    Dr Nick Southgate, consumer researcher and planner, is chairing the event and is surely one of the world’s main thought leaders on all things consumer insight. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, (1:11 pm)

    Eat Natural launches two new ‘Super’ Granolas

    eat natural granolaEat Natural has announced the launch of two new ‘super’ granolas – two breakfasts with naturally nutritious benefits such as more fibre, more protein, and more goodness.

    The two new products are: Super Granola with Buckwheat, Seeds and Honey (naturally gluten free), and Super Granola with Almonds, Seeds and Honey (naturally protein rich).

    These two Granolas are bursting with Buckwheat, Oats, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds and Roasted Chickpeas. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, (11:10 am)

    Confectioner launches new luxury custard pot range

    custardzFlower & White has lifted the lid on their latest creation – premium pots of dessert Custardz.

    These chilled Custardz are all natural and are available in five flavours.

    Madagascan Vanilla, Sticky Toffee, Belgian Chocolate, Passionfruit Curd and Strawberry. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, (7:03 am)

    Molson Coors unveils new ‘SUBZER-O° Adventures’ campaign

    molson coors lightMolson Coors, one of the UK’s biggest brewers, has launched a new £2.8m Coors Light promotion – ‘SUBZER-O° Adventures’.

    Consumers purchasing one of 3.8 million promotional Coors Light packs will be in with a chance to win one of a series of ‘SUBZER-O° Adventures’.

    Prizes range from a long weekend glacier hiking in Iceland, to Olympic bobsleighing in Austria, and snow zorbing in the UK. (more…)

  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, (3:20 pm)

    Friesland Campina launches new Optiwell yogurt drink

    optiwell drinkFriesland Campina UK has announced the launch of Optiwell, a new healthy yogurt drink for adults, with a £25 million marketing campaign featuring This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby.

    Willoughby, 34, will become Optiwell’s brand ambassador, thanks to her appeal to Optiwell’s target audience.

    Primarily aimed at the UK and Ireland’s three million health-conscious women aged 25 to 40 as an alternative to unhealthy snacks and drinks, it has no added sugar, contains only 64 calories per 200ml glass, and is fat-free. (more…)

  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, (1:00 pm)

    SUGAR REFORMULATION – WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE SWEETENERS?

    post sacn briefing dayThe final SACN report is out now.

    It is said that the reduction in sugar recommended for our food and drink has to be draconian, and fibre is the new black. No action is not an option.

    So we’ve asked Dr Carrie Ruxton to run a Post SACN briefing day on Wednesday 23rd September. (more…)

  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, (11:11 am)

    Lambrini launches new cocktail range

    lambrini cocktailLambrini has revealed a series of cocktail recipes, to take advantage of growing consumer demand for cocktails which can be made easily at home and with friends.

    Lambrini’s new cocktail range represents the latest piece of summer activity for the brand, following the launch of Lambrini’s new heart-themed bottle design, which was distributed throughout the Off Trade from June.

    The Fraise-Brini cocktail was created to capitalise on the popularity of the Strawberry flavour amongst Lambrini fans, and is blended with cranberry juice, fresh raspberries and strawberries, to create a smooth liquid to be served in a martini glass. (more…)

  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, (9:06 am)

    Holland and Barrett lists Free’ist foods

    free'istFree’ist, the Northern Irish specialist in sugar-free biscuits, cookies, chocolates and jams, has been listed by top UK healthy products retailer Holland and Barrett.

    Holland and Barrett is featuring the range of sugar free products, a number of which are also gluten-free, in its roll-out of extensive free-from sections within its retail outlets particularly its online site and also in its ‘click and collect’ service to health conscious customers.

    The range being listed by Holland and Barrett includes four cookies – hazelnut, choc chip, choc striped peanut cookies and coconut cookies; four chocolate bars – smooth milk choc, hazelnut choc, rich dark choc, and white choc with strawberries; chocolate wafer bars and chocolate wafer sticks; and sugar-free jams. (more…)

  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, (7:01 am)

    Quaker Oats announces new range and TV campaign

    quaker oats granolaQuaker Oats is launching a brand new TV campaign to support the brand’s latest innovation, which includes three unique granola formats.

    The advert will hit TV screens from Tuesday 1st September and will feature the new range: Quaker Oats Oat Granola, Warm & Crunchy Oat Clusters, and Wholesome Crunch.

    The latest creative aims to highlight Quaker’s ‘Natural Oat Goodness and Wholesome Benefits’: being made with wholegrain, helping to lower cholesterol and providing consumers with a high source of fibre. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, (3:12 pm)

    Oykos teams up with Mark Wright for new range

    mark wright oykosOykos Greek-style yogurt is offering consumers even more flavour with two new indulgent four-packs, a new TV ad and the chance to win a ‘hunky helper.’

    Mark Wright is the star of Oykos’ latest TV ad, airing September 21st.

    The ad aims to bring to life the Oykos brand, but also unveils Mark Wright as one of 10 hunky helpers that consumers can ‘win’ through the on-pack competition from late August. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, (1:11 pm)

    Tideford Organics unveils new Christmas sauces

    tideford organics christmas Tideford has unveiled two new luxury Christmas sauces, which will be available nationwide from 10th December 2015.

    The duo are Organic Cranberry & Port sauce and Organic Rum sauce, both of which are bursting with festive flavour.

    Designed for adding extra indulgence to a Christmas day meal, these sauces are organic, gluten free and wheat free. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, (11:13 am)

    Little Dish launches Healthy Pizza range

    little dish pizzaLittle Dish, the healthy children’s food brand, has created the UK’s first healthy pizza for toddlers.

    Little Dish’s My First Pizza has been developed specially for young children aged 1 year plus and follows strict nutritional guidelines.

    The pizzas are 35% lower in salt than the average children’s chilled pizza and made using 100% natural ingredients, with no additives or preservatives, and no added sugar. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, (9:00 am)

    Mintel Food & Drink Research Manager speaks at FDIN seminar

    annual freefrom seminarOur Annual Freefrom seminar will take place on Tuesday 13th October and this year’s theme reflects the evolution of Freefrom: Tapping into a new healthier lifestyle.

    It seems that Freefrom is now free from the past … and is moving into a new era of lifestyle and choice for many people who don’t have a food challenge at all and an era of many more delightful choices for those who do have to be careful what they eat.

    And now that the products are as delicious or more delicious than the standard offering, the markets are really opening up. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, (7:04 am)

    Galaxy launches new hot chocolate drinks

    galaxy hot chocolateMars Chocolate Drinks and Treats is launching two new products under the Galaxy brand – Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate including real marshmallows and Galaxy Ultimate White Hot Chocolate with white chocolate pieces.

    Both come in 300g jars with pearlescent packaging to create shelf appeal.

    Instant hot chocolate is performing well in the retail market, and growing at a rate of 3.7% with annual sales of more than £32 million. (more…)

  • Friday, August 28th, 2015, (3:28 pm)

    Tangerine Confectionary unveils Halloween range

    halloween sweets tangerine confectionaryTangerine Confectionery is introducing two special editions for the seasonal Halloween market.

    Sweet Champions Halloween Bag (200g, £1) and Sweet Champions Halloween Pouch (500g, MRRSP £4, priced at £3 on promotion) will launch this month.

    The Sweet Champions Halloween Bag features all the childhood favourites that consumers young and old know, such as Dip Dab Lolly, Refresher Lolly, Wham Mini Chews, Kola Frosties, Fruit Salad Flat Lolly and BlackJack Flat Lolly. (more…)

  • Friday, August 28th, 2015, (1:13 pm)

    James White Drinks Organic Ginger Zinger Shot

    james white ginger zingerJames White Drinks is waking up the ginger drinks market with a zing as it launches its Organic Ginger Zinger Shot.

    The Ginger Zinger is a 7cl shot made with 26% crushed ginger juice, 57% apple juice and 17% water and nothing else.

    It is 100% natural (no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours) and certified organic by The Soil Association, with a RRP of £1.49 per shot. (more…)

  • Friday, August 28th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    Oliver & Greg’s announces new look for wine range

    oliver & greg's wineOn Trade wine range Oliver & Greg’s, has announced a full brand refresh and packaging redesign for its range of world wines.

    The new design aims to communicate an enhanced warmth and personality in line with the globetrotting nature behind the brand.

    First developed in 2003, Oliver and Greg’s includes varietals from some of the world’s legendary wine producing countries, including France, Australia and South Africa. (more…)

  • Friday, August 28th, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Sacla expands Gluten Free range

    sacla free from pestoSacla’, the UK’s pesto brand, is broadening its free from range with the launch of three new sauces.

    Available from 31 August, the new free from sauces include Free From Basil Pesto & Tomato Stir-In, Free From Creamy Tomato Stir-In and Free From Creamy Whole Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce.

    The three new variants are all suitable for vegans, certified gluten free, dairy free, wheat free and are made in Italy by the founding Italian family. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 27th, 2015, (3:35 pm)

    Can Hypnotism Help With NPD?

    seminar npd logoIn November we’re going to be talking about Unlocking The Power Of Insight For Innovation and NPD.

    It’s on Tuesday 10th November at our usual venue in Bloomsbury, London.

    Dr Nick Southgate, consumer researcher and planner, is chairing the event and is surely one of the world’s main thought leaders on all things consumer insight. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 27th, 2015, (1:25 pm)

    Aero unveils limited edition packaging

    aero pack limited editionNestlé Confectionery’s bubbly chocolate brand Aero has unveiled a collaboration with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson to create a new limited edition wrapper design.

    The design will feature on Aero Milk Chocolate and Aero Peppermint impulse bars (both RRP 62p), with stock available from 28th September.

    A Nestlé UK & Ireland spokesperson said: “Matthew Williamson is a well-known high-fashion designer popular with Aero’s female target audience. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 27th, 2015, (9:00 am)

    Gü extends large eats range with four new cheesecakes

    Sharing Chessecake GuZillionaireThe pudding purveyors at Gü have introduced a range of new Sharing Cheesecakes to their repertoire.

    Designed for four people or more, the UK can now share one of Gü’s flavours with friends and family.

    The Doubly Decadent Chocolate & Vanilla, Super-Indulgent Gü York, Absurdly Moreish Gü-zillionaires’ and Fabulously Zingy Lemon Cheesecakes will be sold nationwide. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 27th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    HECK launches Chicken Bangers

    heck chicken sausagesTo celebrate British Sausage Week (2nd November) HECK has created a healthier take on an old favourite to get sausage lovers thinking outside the box.

    HECK Zesty Chicken and Smoky Paprika Chicken sausages (each £2.98 340g) follow hot on the heels of the Yorkshire food company’s low fat and gluten-free Chicken Italia sausages.

    Launched earlier this year, they have raced up the pecking order with a healthy twist and appeal to slimmers, free-from groups and anyone wanting to stay in shape without giving up their favourite foods. (more…)

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