Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Friday, March 7th, 2014, (3:30 pm)
Landmark Wholesale has announced the launch of Amber Strong, an every day cider offering good margins for retailers and a fantastic price for customers.
Spotting a gap in the market for a value 5% dry apple cider, Amber Strong is comparable to other wholesale and supermarket offerings but up to 50% cheaper than the leading brands.
Designed to appeal in the lead up to the summer months, Amber Strong offers a POR of up to 30%. (more…)
Friday, March 7th, 2014, (1:21 pm)
Dairy UK has called for greater cross-party support for the British dairy industry.
Speaking at the All Party Parliamentary Cheese Group Reception in London on Wednesday, Dairy UK’s Chief Executive Judith Bryans said that information about dairy products is often misleading and ill-informed and urged MPs to support the cheese and dairy industry in a consistent way.
Dr Bryans said: “The dairy industry takes the nutritional integrity, safety and environmental impact of its products very seriously. (more…)
Friday, March 7th, 2014, (11:09 am)
French coffee brand Carte Noire has launched a range of espresso capsules compatible with most Nespresso machines, to enable coffee lovers the freedom to enjoy a new coffee experience.
The capsules will be widely available in UK supermarkets making them a convenient way for people to create an espresso at home.
The new range of capsules from Carte Noire features four flavours. (more…)
Friday, March 7th, 2014, (9:00 am)
Tyrrell’s is extending its range of on-the-go snacks with the launch of two Popcorn Multipacks; Sea Salted, Sweet & Salty and Mature Cheddar Variety six pack and Sweet & Salty six pack.
Retailing at £1.99, both variants have already been listed by Tesco and Waitrose.
Premium ready-to-eat popcorn is now popular within consumers snacking repertoires and with retail sales growing significantly year on year, a multipack was the natural next step for Tyrrells. (more…)
Thursday, March 6th, 2014, (3:09 pm)
Japanese restaurant group YO! Sushi has unveiled its brand new TV ad campaign showcasing a range of new hot and cold regional speciality and street food inspired dishes paired with an edgy dance vibe.
The TV ad directed and produced by Kent Lyons, features YO! Sushi’s new line-up of Japanese inspired dishes designed to whet the appetite of millions of hungry customers across the country.
The soundtrack used is called ‘Hueboy’ and is produced by up and coming DJ, Tielsie, representing the brand’s support for undiscovered talent trying to break through into the business. (more…)
Thursday, March 6th, 2014, (1:07 pm)
Private Label v The Brand Summit is always a hot topic and in early April we’re holding a summit that examines the Symbiosis that can, and must, exist between these two streams which share the same riverbed.
It’s on Thursday 3rd April in Central London. (Venue details below).
We’ve worked hard to create an agenda to appeal to retailers, manufactures and brand owners alike. (more…)
Thursday, March 6th, 2014, (11:11 am)
For the first time, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Reduced Salt and Sugar will be available in Burger King restaurants across the UK and Ireland as part of the launch of the quick service restaurant chain’s new fat-reduced French fries: Satisfries.
The introduction of Satisfries French fries will offer diners the same great-taste but with 30 per cent less-fat, making them a good accompaniment to Heinz Tomato Ketchup Reduced Salt and Sugar.
Responding to consumer demand for lower sugar and salt options, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Reduced Salt and Sugar has been available across grocery channels since November 2006. (more…)
Thursday, March 6th, 2014, (9:15 am)
Soft drinks manufacturers Britvic Soft Drinks and PepsiCo UK have launched a new marketing campaign for Pepsi Max, ‘Maximum Taste, No Sugar’.
As part of the Pepsi UK’s ‘Unbelievable’ campaign, which challenges traditional perceptions and aims to deliver the unexpected; the ‘Maximum Taste, No Sugar’ message will be communicated via a multi-million pound ATL plan.
The plan seeks to celebrate ‘unbelievable feats’ brought to consumers by Pepsi Max, the brand that brings ‘Maximum Taste, No Sugar.’ (more…)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, (7:43 pm)
Suffolk based drinks manufacturer James White Drinks has reinvented its Manic Organic range of fruit and vegetable juices to give them a longer shelf life and a bright, contemporary look.
Manic Organics are a range of unusual blends of pressed organic fruit and vegetable juices – not made from concentrate and with no flavourings, sweeteners or preservatives – in 25cl PET bottles.
The 100% organic juices are available in four different blends: Orange & Carrot, Pear & Ginger, Apple & Cherry, Pineapple & Lime. (more…)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, (3:30 pm)
Bibigo has announced the launch of its new vegetable steamed dumplings, available in selected Tesco stores.
The Bibigo brand is owned by CJ Foods, and encompasses global restaurants and a wide range of food products such as Korean sauces, marinades and snacks.
Designed to appeal as a light snack for lunch or as part of a canapé selection, Bibigo steamed vegetable dumplings are a frozen product, sold in a pack of six with a recommended RSP of £2.40. (more…)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, (11:09 am)
This month, as part of a £4m ATL campaign, Wrigley is continuing to ramp up support for its 5Gum range with in store, digital and TV activity, plus a new product launch, Pulse.
Following a heavyweight outdoor creative campaign which hit six cities nationwide, 5Gum is back on TV screens from 1st April.
Targeting the brand’s core audience of 15-24 year olds, the new TV advert aims to drive further awareness and visibility of the brand with engaging visuals and tempting taste cues. (more…)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, (9:12 am)
Birds Eye is unveiling a new advertising campaign to change the view of frozen food from ‘fall back’ to ‘first choice’.
The breakthrough campaign is the first from Havas Worldwide who were brought on board in November to help execute a new global brand positioning across all markets.
Iglo Group is spending £60m on the brand re-launch which will include the roll out of a new logo and packaging across Europe to bring greater warmth and personality to its portfolio. (more…)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, (7:09 am)
Going back to basics with our food and drink doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice on taste nutritionist Suzie Walker hopes to show with the launch of her new Primal Kitchen Bars, the UK’s first paleo bars.
There are three bars in The Primal Kitchen range; Coconut & Macadamia, Almond & Cashew and Brazil Nut & Cherry – nuts, unsweetened fruit and almond oil.
Handmade in the UK, each cold-pressed bar contains no more than five ingredients. (more…)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, (7:00 am)
The Flapjack Girls, the producers of a range of healthy and nutritious, vegan flapjacks is launching its UK collection.
After being diagnosed with Chrones Disease in 2012, young founder, Hibi Racs, decided to take on the challenge of making a healthier version of flapjacks, notorious for being a secretly indulgent snack.
Hibi, who had to adapt her diet and lifestyle, wanted to create a new and improved version of flapjacks, which were allergy friendly as well as free from added sugar, butter and golden syrup. (more…)
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, (3:25 pm)
Burger King Worldwide, Inc. has introduced its latest product innovation to the UK, Satisfries.
French fries are crinkle cut French fries, with 30% less fat than the fries of the main quick service hamburger restaurant competitor.
The Burger King system is the first major restaurant chain to serve the reduced fat Satisfries which will be available at Burger King restaurants across the UK and Ireland from March 4, 2014. (more…)
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, (1:00 pm)
Whether you’re out-and-proud about using sugar or you’re on low-sugar for your products (or thinking of switching) then our Sugars & Sweeteners Masterclass on Thursday 8th May in London, is definitely for you.
The full agenda is below, but in summary we’ll look at the real evidence behind claims that sugar influences health.
Why sugar has suddenly become a big issue and what food and drink companies can do about it? (more…)
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, (11:07 am)
Maynards is adding to the candy category this spring, with the launch of the Maynards Discovery Patch Animals.
Discovery Patch Animals includes fruit flavour jelly and foam sweets with new animal shapes to discover, each with bright colours, fruity flavours and a mixture of jelly and foamy textures.
Every pack features an interactive world map with fun facts to extend family fun time and spark children’s imagination. (more…)
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, (9:13 am)
Heineken has unveiled new additions to its Foster’s Radler portfolio, helping to fulfil the rising demand for lower-strength beer on lighter drinking occasions.
Building on the brand’s success and the increasing relevancy of the moderation category to young adult consumers, Heineken is introducing two new variants from March.
The expanded range will include new 2% ABV Foster’s Radler with ‘Lime & Ginger’ and a 0.0%ABV version of the original Foster’s Radler.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, (7:00 am)
Haribo has launched a brand new TV campaign, which features two creative executions, to support its top selling Starmix product on TV, in cinemas, radio and online nationwide from 10th February.
The campaign focuses on the product truth that everyone has their favourite piece in a bag of Starmix and dramatises the child-like enthusiasm people have about Haribo in general, kids and adults alike.
The ‘Inner Child’ adverts will be seen by over 87% of all individuals through TV alone. (more…)
Monday, March 3rd, 2014, (3:30 pm)
Waitrose has announced its first export deal in South Africa, meaning more than 250 of its own-brand groceries will be available in Food Lover’s Market stores in South Africa.
Waitrose said items being exported to South Africa include shortbread, muesli, risotto and pasta, ice cream, sorbet, and Waitrose wines from across France, Italy and Portugal.
The retailer said export sales grew by nearly 30% last year with Waitrose teabags, custard creams, crackers and marmalade among the most popular exports. (more…)
Monday, March 3rd, 2014, (1:00 pm)
Nearly a third of British consumers prefer to share dishes when eating out1, according to research, and Farm Frites’ authentic, new Spanish sharing option, aims to tap into this trend.
The spud specialist’s new Patatas Bravas,potato cubes which can be topped with everything from spicy chorizo to seasonings, have been created to answer demand for Mediterranean cuisine, while recognising that eating out is now often considered more sociable than functional.
It can also be used as a side dish, recipe ingredient, as a sharing option with dips or even as part of a kid’s mini roast, the consistently-sized, large cut cubes (25x25x18mm) can be oven cooked in 15-20 minutes, deep fried in 4-5 minutes and pan fried in 12-15 minutes. (more…)
Monday, March 3rd, 2014, (11:04 am)
In response to customer requests, Rollover has made last year’s limited edition Chilli Hot Dog a permanent line.
Director Tony Owen said: “last year we launched the Chilli Dog as a limited edition, it has proved extremely popular with our customers who keep asking when the Chilli Dog would return.
“We’ve therefore decided to bring it back as a permanent line with much stronger POS. (more…)
Monday, March 3rd, 2014, (9:09 am)
Spanish premium lager producer, Estrella Galicia, is delighted to launch a 500ml can format to the UK for its 4.7% product.
The news comes alongside the announcement that the number one lager brand from Galicia has become the official sponsor for London’s premier alternative music venue, Oval Space.
The UK launch of Estrella Galicia’s 500ml cans will see the product available in both convenience and cash and carry sectors – as well as an on-trade focus to develop listings in music venues and at independent festivals – with the aim of increasing overall brand awareness and driving distribution of Estrella Galicia. (more…)
Monday, March 3rd, 2014, (7:18 am)
Charbrew Tea has announced it has secured a deal with Tesco Plc to sell a new range of speciality teas.
The move comes as the supermarket responds to a more discerning tea-drinking public, who in recent years have shown a thirst for more exotic blends.
The supermarket giant will stock exotic blends including Chocolate Orange Rooiobs, Strawberry and Kiwi, Pineapple and Vanilla, Strawberry and Cream and Tropical Roobis. (more…)
Friday, February 28th, 2014, (3:29 pm)
Recent figures have shown the beer industry has experienced growth during the past two consecutive quarters for the first time in 10 years
The BBPA (British Beer & Pub Association) has revealed that during this time sales increased by 15.3 million pints compared to the same period in 2012; a rise of 0.8 per cent.
Paul Sullivan, sales and marketing director at Wadworth brewery said: “There has been growth in the beer industry over the last few years let alone the last six months, but new breweries are opening up driven by both the demand for new and interesting products and support by government tax cuts. (more…)
Friday, February 28th, 2014, (1:09 pm)
The Fairtrade Foundation has announced Fairtrade sales grew 14 per cent during 2013, demonstrating continuing public and business support for Fairtrade goods.
Sales of Fairtrade sugar continued to rise with a 25 per cent growth in volume, led partly by sales of the Tate & Lyle Fairtrade sugar brand and retailers’ own label Fairtrade sugar.
The rise in Fairtrade sugar sales was fuelled further still by the inclusion of Fairtrade sugar in products such as chocolate bars, ice cream and other products. (more…)
Friday, February 28th, 2014, (11:09 am)
McCain Foods is launching new limited edition Roasted Garlic Wedges to capitalise on strong consumer demand for the modern twist on a traditional flavour.
While garlic remains a popular flavour, the trend for roasted garlic in products, dishes and on menus has really taken off.
The launch continues the McCain strategy of introducing new Wedges flavour variants to reflect the latest food trends, drive incremental sales and create greater awareness of the category. (more…)
Friday, February 28th, 2014, (9:01 am)
Tangerine Confectionery, the maker of the Butterkist popcorn brand, has bolstered its savoury popcorn offering by rolling out its new smaller pack format, as it continues to be at the forefront of consumer demand.
Butterkist’s Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar and Sour Cream and Chive flavour popcorn are now available in 18g single serve packs, joining the recently launched 18g Thai Sweet Chilli flavour as the brand strengthens its bid to increase market share in the growing savoury lunchtime and snack market.
The 18g savoury single serve range is available on clip strips to drive optimum exposure in and around store, offering flexibility for in-store merchandising. (more…)
Friday, February 28th, 2014, (7:00 am)
Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) is supporting retailers by targeting fashion fans with the launch of a new Diet Coke on-pack promotion, which offers shoppers the chance to redeem a free copy of popular high street fashion magazines, Look and Now.
The six-week promotion will run until 30th March, launching across eight million future consumption packs of Diet Coke, as part of a significant investment.
Shoppers can redeem their free copies of the magazine by entering the promotional code found on selected Diet Coke packs online at the Diet Coke hub and receiving a voucher that can be redeemed in-store. (more…)
Thursday, February 27th, 2014, (3:04 pm)
Cathedral City is launching its brand new easy tear open packaging.
The packaging first for Dairy Crest features a new innovative tear off strip to join the press-to-close seal featured on existing Cathedral City packs.
Cathedral City’s newest packaging aims to meet shopper demands for convenient, time saving packaging methods whilst alleviating the stress associated with busy consumer lifestyles. (more…)