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  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, (11:00 am)

    FOOD & DRINK TRENDS 2015 AND BEYOND

    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300Our annual ‘foodie’ conference is happening on Tuesday 11th November in Bloomsbury, Central London, and it’s called Food & Drink Trends 2015 and beyond.

    This year we’re totally thrilled to have Michael Whiteman as our chair. Michael is worshipped as one of the big food gurus of our time.

    He has a massive career span and there ain’t much he don’t know about food & drink trends. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, (9:12 am)

    Princes launches new on-pack promotion

    Screen shot 2014-10-01 at 19.40.30Princes, the ambient fish brand, is launching a new on-pack promotion aimed at increasing consumption of canned fish by demonstrating its simplicity and versatility.

    “Favourite Fish Dish” is a major new recipe-inspired promotion that offers shoppers the chance to receive £5,000 in return for sharing their favourite canned fish recipe and the chance to win instant prizes.

    It will feature on two million tuna 4-packs. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Entries roll in for 2015 FreeFrom Food Awards

    Screen shot 2014-10-01 at 19.36.37Entry for the 2015 Freefrom Food Awards opened on the 17th September and entries are already rolling in.

    Now in their eighth super-successful year, the FreeFrom Food Awards’ bright yellow winners’ logo is now recognised as THE mark of success in ’freefrom’ – to be seen everywhere from supermarket own brands to one man/woman start ups.

    The New categories for this year include: (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Joe & Seph’s reach 100m new customer with new listings

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 20.15.34This month, the popcorn brand Joe & Seph’s will reach 100 million new customers through a series of new listings with Cineworld, easyJet, Thomson Airways and World Duty Free.

    Joe & Seph’s revolutionised the UK popcorn market with a gourmet offering and has been chosen by these stockists to provide a premium snack option as demand from consumers continues to rise.

    In 2013, Brits consumed 312.5 million kilos of bagged snacks: an increase of 7.6 million on the previous year, and one that shows no sign of abating. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, (1:08 pm)

    Kinder re-launches ‘Happy Tums or it’s free’ campaign

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 20.08.18Ferrero’s brand Kinder, which recently announced the return of its Kinder Surprise Pink and Blue eggs, will be further accelerating momentum this month with a bigger Happy Tums or it’s free’ campaign.

    The campaign, which will run until December 2015 across its Kinder Chocolate and Kinder Chocolate with Cereals ranges, will see the brand offering consumers the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw for a Kinder Chocolate hamper, or if not satisfied with the taste, they will be issued a full refund.

    The campaign will be activated through in-store media and a TV tag throughout October and November, as well as being communicated across more packs than ever before to drive maximum awareness at every touch point. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, (11:05 am)

    Tetley launches first digital campaign for its Green Teas

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 20.05.28Tetley is launching a new digital campaign featuring its range of green teas for the first time.

    The digital element of its £500,000 programme to support its green teas is targeted at consumers who have searched for health or detox online.

    In it a range of high profile sites will carry a banner campaign including The Daily Mail; Women’s Health; Easy Living; Marie Claire and Weight Watchers. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, (9:01 am)

    Fox’s Biscuits announces major brand re-launch

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 20.02.13Fox’s Biscuits has announced a major re-launch campaign worth £10m, guaranteeing ‘More Yum Per Crumb’.

    The support plan includes a heavyweight national TV, print and digital media advertising campaign, new packaging, improved recipe formulations, a nationwide sampling initiative, social media activity and innovation.

    The new TV advertisement, which launches on Saturday 4th October with 40”, 30”and 10” time lengths, will feature in prime time programmes across both terrestrial and multi-channel stations. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Treasury Wine Estates launches new price-marked packs

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 19.29.04For the first time ever, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is launching a range of price marked bottles for its top-selling wine brands in the £6-8 price bracket, Wolf Blass and Lindeman’s.

    The new PMP range is just one of the ways TWE is supporting the convenience channel, helping retailers to unlock the £200m category opportunity identified by the wine company in May this year.

    In addition, TWE will continue to provide advice to retailers about stocking the right range, merchandising the fixture correctly and ensuring a good, chilled wine offer. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, (3:26 pm)

    Papa John’s launches new Tandoori Spice Pizza

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 19.25.28New to the UK market is the Tandoori Spice pizza from Papa John’s – an ensemble of authentic Indian-inspired ingredients such as Phal sauce, double Tandoori chicken, green peppers, red onion, tomatoes and mint raita.

    The launch fuels demand for ethnic cuisine is partly the growing ethnic population in the UK, but also what has been described as consumers’ quest for flavour adventure.

    A recent Technomic survey revealed that less than a third of UK consumers are satisfied with the availability of ethnic foods and flavours at chain establishments. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, (1:21 pm)

    Ben & Jerry’s launches new limited edition Satisfy My Bowl flavour

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 19.20.59To coincide with the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s Legend album, Ben & Jerry’s, the socially conscious ice cream brand, is paying tribute to the iconic singer with the new Jamaican-inspired variant.

    Proceeds from Satisfy My Bowl, which was named by a Ben & Jerry’s fan, will enable the 1Love Foundation and Partners for Youth Empowerment to empower young people in Jamaica and continue Bob Marley’s legacy of using music to change the world.

    The new flavour mixes banana ice cream with caramel and cookie swirls and chocolatey peace signs. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, (11:18 am)

    FOOD & DRINK PACKAGING INNOVATION SUMMIT

    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300With a great line-up of industry thought-leaders for our 6th Annual Food & Drink Packaging Innovation Summit in Central London, we’ve made sure the sequence of the day follows the classic NPD process from strategy to launch.

    Delegates will also get some great case studies to illustrate the point.

    Arla’s slow churn butter dish, Coca Cola with it’s unique names campaign, and NoshDetox … unbelievably fresh result with high pressure packaging. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, (9:02 am)

    Glacéau Vitaminwater unveils new Win a Bike on-pack promotion

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 19.14.27Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd is helping its customers tap into the strong performance of flavoured water by launching a new Glacéau vitaminwater on-pack promotion giving shoppers the chance to win a Quella fixie bike.

    The ‘Design a Bike and Win it’ competition will give consumers the opportunity to personalise their own bike online, helping retailers target bike enthusiasts and those with an interest in design.

    Each design will be entered into a prize draw with the opportunity of winning one of 100 Quella bikes with a RRP of £649. (more…)

  • Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, (7:06 am)

    CHI 100% Natural Coconut Milk launches in the UK

    Screen shot 2014-09-29 at 19.12.40Chi is launching the first 100% natural coconut milk to reach the UK market.

    With a creamy, coconutty taste, it is the a dairy free alternative to pour on cereal; mix into tea or simply serve on its own for a drink.

    It is also a great ingredient for smoothies, and can be used as an alternative to cow’s milk in baking or desserts. (more…)

  • Monday, September 29th, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Pig in a Poke launches new Mulled Wine

    Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 19.44.54Wine brand, Pig in a Poke, announces the launch of its brand new Mulled Wine across Farm Shop and Deli’s nationwide via an exclusive distribution partnership with Bramble Foods.

    Launching later this month for the imminent 2014 Christmas season, the new Mulled Wine adds to the brand’s already three strong range (Old Spot Red, White & Rose) and continues to uphold its innovative and original offering, providing consumers with quality wines with simple jargon-free messaging and 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    Bringing a blend of wine with aromatic festive spices, the new Pig in a Poke Mulled Wine has been blended by experts in Great Britain from the product of Europe’s finest vineyards and is set to complement both the agricultural offering and grounded retail environment within Farm Shop & Deli’s as well as further celebrating best in class for British Brands. (more…)

  • Monday, September 29th, 2014, (1:09 pm)

    Little Dish unveils new ‘Bigger Kids’ range

    Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 19.38.50Little Dish has announced the birth of a new range of meals that have been designed for children aged three to six years old.

    The launch of the new Little Dish for Bigger Kids range follows the brand’s big summer marketing push which has seen 1.3m mums exposed to Little Dish via TV, social media and PR activity, and compliments the current award-winning Little Dish toddler range which provides healthy and delicious meals for one to three years olds.

    Little Dish now enjoys a 69% branded market share1 and is the No1 brand in the market, outperforming the category with a growth rate of 7%. (more…)

  • Monday, September 29th, 2014, (11:10 am)

    Charbrew Speciality Teas launches crowdfunding raise with seedrs

    Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 19.34.22Charbrew Tea has announced it has launched a crowdfunding raise via the equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs.

    The move comes as the fast growing company has built growing traction in the UK marketplace and has plans to expand its international reach to North America.

    The company was founded by young entrepreneur Adam Soliman. Charbrew is a Cheshire-based boutique tea company offering a range of healthy fruit teas and ready-to-drink ice teas. (more…)

  • Monday, September 29th, 2014, (9:09 am)

    Papa John’s launches new spring products

    Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 19.28.42Papa John’s pizza has revitalised its menu in time for Spring with a new selection of pizzas and desserts, as well as a signature extra for every customer in 2013.

    New pizzas include the buffalo chicken pizza – a savoury combination of creamy ranch sauce, breadcrumb coated chicken, crispy bacon and fresh sliced onions – and the tuna deluxe pizza.

    The pizza company has also decided to reintroduce the pepperoncini – a pickled chili pepper – complimentary with every pizza, to kick start the launch of the new dishes. (more…)

  • Monday, September 29th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Thai Taste’s Sticky Rice and Rice Noodles get new pack sizes for

    Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 19.24.40Empire Bespoke Foods is continuing to revamp its Thai Taste brand with new pack sizes being introduced for its Sticky Rice and Rice Noodles products.

    The changes by the speciality world food distributor and importer will see the authentic Thai products’ pack sizes changed from 454g to 200g.

    Rice noodles and sticky rice are two classic components of Thai cuisine and offer versatility being used with soups, stir-fries, curries, salads or the classic Pad Thai. (more…)

  • Friday, September 26th, 2014, (3:19 pm)

    Grey Goose vodka partners with Virgin Galactic

    Screen shot 2014-09-25 at 08.19.20Premium vodka, Grey Goose, has announced its official partnership with Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial passenger flight into space.

    Formed from a shared philosophy that extraordinary achievement comes from acting on your beliefs, the partnership was revealed this evening by Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, Global Category Director for Premium White Spirits Ben Farlow and Grey Goose creator and Maître de Chai François Thibault, at the Rose Space Center and Planetarium in New York.

    As part of the evening Sir Richard Branson introduced Virgin Disruptors, a thought leadership series supported by The Virgin Group. (more…)

  • Friday, September 26th, 2014, (1:14 pm)

    Jack Daniel’s celebrates the #spiritofjack this September

    Screen shot 2014-09-24 at 20.50.34Jack Daniel was born sometime in September, the exact date lost to history.

    However, the brand will be celebrating the whole month long with a marketing campaign to encourage consumers to get together to share their own stories and celebrate their own way, through ‘Jack’s Birthday: Your Party’.

    The campaign spans digital and PR activity, helping to raise awareness of Mr. Jack’s Birthday story across the UK. (more…)

  • Friday, September 26th, 2014, (11:12 am)

    Organic market strengthens as retailers and brands gain confidence

    imagesThe Soil Association is announcing new figures showing acceleration in the growth of the UK’s organic grocery market – outperforming non organic sales in supermarkets.

    The figures from Nielsen, as presented by Mike Watkins at the Soil Association annual market briefing, show growth in the organic grocery market of +3.2% for the 4 weeks to 16 August 2014 compared with a fall in the non-organic grocery market of -0.9% in the same period.

    This continues a trend where organic sales have been growing at +1.2% compared with a stagnant non-organic market for the year to 16 August 2014. (more…)

  • Friday, September 26th, 2014, (9:13 am)

    Mars unveils treat-sized Galaxy bars

    Screen shot 2014-09-24 at 20.31.47Mars Chocolate UK has announced the launch of Galaxy little treat, a new smaller 23g bar that provides a treat sized portion of Galaxy.

    Consumers are increasingly looking for value for money, and with treating continuing its strong growth and the small singles market rising by 11%, Galaxy little treat aims to fill a growing gap in the market.

    Galaxy little treat enables retailers to capitalise on these growing trends with a brand worth £250m that consumers already know and love. (more…)

  • Friday, September 26th, 2014, (7:12 am)

    James White’s Classics apple juice range gets a new look

    Screen shot 2014-09-24 at 20.23.38Premium fruit and vegetable juice manufacturer, James White Drinks, has given its freshly pressed Classics English apple juice range a new look, just in time for the Christmas market.

    Positioned as a non-alcoholic alternative to wine, it is the first label update in ten years for the premium apple juice range, sourced from English orchards.

    Once final designs were created, James White used its social media platforms to ask consumers to choose their favourite design, with 64% preferring the winning design. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 25th, 2014, (3:45 pm)

    McCoy’s launches new Fire Pit Sizzlers

    Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 20.33.16KP Snacks is bringing the taste of the BBQ to snacks aisles this summer with the launch of its New McCoy’s Fire Pit Sizzlers – a new range of crisps designed to appeal to the male snacker.

    McCoy’s Fire Pit Sizzlers consists of three new flavours that tap into the growing food trend for American-style, fire-based cooking and dining that’s surging in and out of the home; Hickory Smoked BBQ Ribs, Buffalo Chicken Wings and Grilled Cheese.

    Currently worth a significant £100m in retail value sales, McCoy’s is confident the new flavours will appeal to its loyal male audience, and follows the introduction of the McCoy’s Ultimate range earlier this year – already worth an impressive £2.6m. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 25th, 2014, (3:26 pm)

    Absolut unveils Andy Warhol special edition bottle

    Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 20.13.56Vodka brand Absolut is launching a multimedia campaign inspired by the work of American artist Andy Warhol, which will form the platform for the brand over the next twelve months.

    The vodka, which has a long association with the world of art, is introducing a special Andy Warhol Edition – a new limited edition bottle celebrating creativity, pop art and the artist’s iconic collaboration with the brand 30 years ago.

    The design will transform Warhol’s original Absolut painting onto the shape of the bottle itself, disrupting shoppers with a new take on an iconic moment in art history, and adding a splash of colour on-shelf. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 25th, 2014, (1:15 pm)

    Kettle Chips launches new seasonal flavours

    Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 20.28.25Kettle Chips has announced it will be introducing three seasonal flavours to its range of hand cooked chips in time for the key Christmas sales period.

    Kettle Chips Cheshire Cheese, Red Wine & Cranberry will be launched as the winter seasonal edition and will replace the summer flavour of Lime & Black Pepper

    In addition, in response to consumer demand, two classic seasonings, Stilton & Port and Salsa & Mesquite, will be re-released for a limited period. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 25th, 2014, (11:10 am)

    FOOD & DRINK TRENDS 2015 AND BEYOND

    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300Our annual ‘foodie’ conference is happening on Tuesday 11th November in Bloomsbury, Central London, and it’s called Food & Drink Trends 2015 and beyond.

    This year we’re totally thrilled to have Michael Whiteman as our chair. Michael is worshipped as one of the big food gurus of our time.

    He has a massive career span and there ain’t much he don’t know about food & drink trends. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 25th, 2014, (9:03 am)

    Coca-Cola brings back ‘Just Add Zero’ packaging

    Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 20.24.13Coca-Cola is bringing back its ‘Just Add Zero’ packaging which performed strongly in convenience stores, driving double-digit brand growth and strong sales since its launch in January

    The concept of the packaging design explores the idea that things get ‘bigger, better, faster and greater’ when you ‘Just Add Zero’, positioning the brand as exciting and dynamic.

    The growth of Coke Zero continues to reflect consumer demand for lighter soft drink options, with the zero sugar, zero calorie brand appealing to those looking for the Coca-Cola taste with the benefit of a zero calorie-free formula. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 25th, 2014, (7:12 am)

    Grocery market growth slows to record low

    Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 20.22.28According to latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 14 September, grocery market growth slowed to a record low of 0.3% as price inflation fell to zero.

    Among the ‘big four’ grocers, Asda was the only supermarket to see market share increase to 17.4%, while sales grew 0.8% on last year.

    Tesco sales fell 4.5% over the period, with market share down to 28.8%. (more…)

  • Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, (1:07 pm)

    BEAR and WWF join forces

    Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 20.09.32BEAR will be marking its fifth birthday this year by joining forces with the WWF to help protect the paws of bears threatened with extinction and the habitats they rely on.

    For every pack of limited edition WWF Paws sold, BEAR will be donating 5p (single packs) and 25p (multipacks) respectively to WWF to help protect the world’s most endangered bears and other wild species.

    Giles Brook founding partner said: “ BEAR started because we wanted to get people back to nature- both in terms of the food that they were eating, and also to get them really excited about the world around them. (more…)

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