Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, (3:00 pm)
Pussy, the premium 100% natural energy drink made with milk thistle, guarana, schizandra, sarsparilla and ginseng is soon to be available to buy in Selfridges Food Hall.
The deal with the UK’s department store is pivotal exposure for the brand as it readies itself for a year of high profile investor announcements, partnerships and sponsorship activity.
Pussy has been working hard to build itself a reputation a healthier alternative to taurine packed competitors.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, (1:12 pm)
British drinks manufacturer Silver Spring has announced a roll out of brand new packaging and refined flavours in a bid to transform their 1870 Mixer range.
Named after the year in which Silver Spring first started its production of Kentish spring water, 1870’s brand new logo and bottle design hopes to plant the mixers firmly in the twenty-first century.
Available in seven varieties, the newly launched 1870 range includes; Tonic Water, Tonic Water Light, Soda Water, Bitter Lemon, Lemonade,
Lemonade Light and Ginger Ale.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, (11:03 am)
Red Bull, the energy drink, has announced the full roll out of a new PET bottle across the trade into the wholesale channel.
The 330ml PET bottle, which is being supported by a heavyweight outdoor media campaign during September, aims to help grow the Sports & Energy category - the biggest soft drinks sub-category in impulse – by being relevant to more consumers through more usage occasions in their day to day lives.
Data shows that the bottle format in soft drinks is already popular with consumers, with 17 of the top 25 selling soft drinks in the plastic bottle format.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, (9:11 am)
Dragons’ Den applicant Kirsty Henshaw has launched chilled Freedom Rice and Oat drinks, a healthy, non-dairy alternative to milk that is naturally low in saturated fat.
Dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and soya-free, both drinks claims to be easy to digest, are cholesterol and lactose free and provide sources of protein, iron, calcium and fibre.
Freedom Oat drink naturally contains B vitamins, vitamin E & folic acid, and Freedom Rice drink uses the whole of the grain, naturally containing over 10 digestive enzymes helping to maintain a healthy tummy.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, (7:00 am)
Yog is celebrating its third anniversary with the launch of a new passion fruit frozen yogurt.
The with a fresh, passion fruit topping the new recipe boasts vitamin A, C, Potassium, dietary fibre as well as antioxidants.
Yog frozen yogurt is hand made, churn aged yogurt made on a farm and delivered fresh to its stores.
Monday, August 8th, 2011, (3:03 pm)
The gluten and wheat free market in the UK is continuing to show strong growth, according to latest market figures from gluten free brand leaders, DS-gluten free.
Latest Kantar Worldpanel data, commissioned by DS-gluten free, shows that the total gluten and wheat free market is now worth more than £130.7 million – up 15.7 per cent year on year, compared with growth of 14.7 per cent in the year to December 26, 2010.
In retail, Tesco and Sainsbury’s represent 52.6 per cent of the market with Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Co-op and M&S all showing at least double digit growth year on year.
Monday, August 8th, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Rachel’s has unveiled its latest Limited Edition yogurt, created to appeal to summer taste buds.
The new yogurt has an exotic Caribbean theme hoping to entice new consumers to the brand and excite existing fans.
The Rachel’s Limited Edition pineapple, coconut and banana yogurt is launching in supermarkets nationwide in early September 2011.
Monday, August 8th, 2011, (11:05 am)
The East of England Co-operative is continuing to expand its local sourcing initiative and has now launched its first exclusively labelled ‘Sourced Locally’ product.
Working with local sourcing partner Nethergate Brewery, three ales brewed in Pentlow, Suffolk, will be available in all of the society’s supermarkets and food stores across East Anglia from 8 August.
The three ales are brewed and bottled exclusively for the East of England Co-operative and will retail at £1.89.
Monday, August 8th, 2011, (9:14 am)
Fox’s is adding to the Christmas pudding category this year with the launch of a brand new branded Christmas pudding.
Following consumer research, which found that many families find the traditional festive favourite too heavy and overly alcoholic, Fox’s has developed a Christmas pudding recipe with a cake-like eat.
With balanced fruit and nut ingredients, it has slightly reduced the alcohol content to appeal to the family market.
Monday, August 8th, 2011, (7:09 am)
GLORIOUS!, the fresh food brand, is introducing a healthy range of Skinny Dips to its existing line just in time for the summer.
Influenced by Global Flavours, each dip, including Caribbean Mango Salsa, Indian Spiced Houmous, Portuguese Piri Piri Salsa and Turkish Almond, contains less than 5% fat per product.
The new range will launch in Sainsbury’s in August this year.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (3:22 pm)
Magners GB is launching a new range of blended ciders called Magners Specials which have been designed to provide consumers with a more indulgent way to enjoy flavoured ciders.
Cider is currently the fastest growing category in the Beer Wine Spirits sector and this new sub-brand will be an addition to the already growing fruit flavoured cider category.
Magners Specials feature both Magners Original cider and Magners Pear cider blended with flavours like rhubarb, honey and infused spices, to create a new consumer drinking experience.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Chewits is building on its Sweet Shop range with a selection of new NPD.
The Sweet Shop range, which includes whips, foams and jellies, is to launch six new SKU’s designed specifically for the convenience and independent sector.
The Chewits Sweet Shop SKU’s being added to the range are: Jumbo Jets, Crazy Crocs, Fruity Flutterbies, Cherry Lips, Fizzy Rubber Rings, Giant Strawberries.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (11:07 am)
Passion Shed is introducing a new range of nut based treats to its selection of gourmet snacks.
The new Passion Shed Treats include chocolate, honey and yoghurt coated nuts and hoping to appeal to consumers looking for a sweet but nutritious snack.
The “posh nosh nibbles” have also been designed as a snack for on-the-go occasions, as additions to lunchboxes and as a “sophisticated snack” for evening entertaining.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (9:00 am)
Cranberry expert, Ocean Spray is launching its +£3m juice drinks summer campaign with a fully integrated burst of activity.
The campaign also includes the first phase of a two year relationship with Cancer Research UK.
This summer, Ocean Spray will have a stronger presence at ten Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events, spanning London, the South East and South West.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (7:08 am)
The Cheese & Onion Lattice Bake is the latest addition to Country Choice’s range of savoury pastries.
The new Cheese & Onion Lattice Bake has a filling of potato, cheese and onion, and a lattice puff pastry lid finished with a cheese crumb topping.
The new addition to the bakery range hopes to prove popular with vegetarians looking for a more substantial lunch or snack, as well as meat eaters wanting something different.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (3:02 pm)
Available from 29th August, Nestlé are launching their latest product, the new Rolo Biscuit.
The new biscuit is a combination of Rolo caramel and chocolate with crunchy biscuit pieces in the centre.
Each biscuit is also individually wrapped so that the product can be more appealing for on the go consumption.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Müller Dairy, a brand leader in the Chilled Yogurt and Pot Desserts category, is bringing the Müller brand name to the £99 million chilled flavoured milk drinks category with the summer launch of a trio of Müller Milk lines.
Packaged in re-sealable 400ml PET bottles with an RRP of £1.09, the Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Müller Milk drink flavours are being seeded into British supermarkets and convenience stores from August.
The bottles are packaged in shelf-ready trays of 12, and feature the new blue Müller ‘Masterbrand’ livery being introduced across Müller’s core range – Corner, Müllerlight and Müller Rice – at the same time.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (11:23 am)
Estrella Damm, ‘The Beer of Barcelona’, has unveiled a new Mediterranean bottle design in a bid to push sales in the summer months.
Marking a significant change to its current packaging, the new 33cl bottle features a finer neck and slimmer body, lending the design to a more modern appearance in keeping with its Mediterranean heritage.
The refreshed packaging design is also intended to amplify Estrella Damm’s presence in international markets.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (9:00 am)
Booker, the UK based food & drink wholesaler, has launched a new range of fruit & vegetables for independent retailers.
The 30 products are now available in shelf-ready packaging and are all pre-packed and price-marked, with a guaranteed minimum of 30% POR for retailers.
The new packaging hopes to make it easier for retailers to stock the range in visually appealing displays.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (7:12 am)
Nestlé Carnation are launching a new range of rice puddings, claiming to “taste just like homemade”, the new range can be prepared in just 10 minutes.
Traditional rice pudding is currently one of the UK’s top ten desserts, and Nestlé hopes that its new range will appeal to long term fans of the dessert as well as encourage new, younger consumers to buy into it.
The Nestlé Carnation Rice Pudding range showcases four varieties – Original, Cinnamon, Chocolate and Caramel.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (3:15 pm)
Simply Nectar has rebranded its range of pure fruit juices and nectars in order to suit Britain’s fast moving society.
The artisanal drinks company, which produces GMO free fruit juices and nectars, has made its logo more contemporary and has introduced more convenient, ‘grab and go’ packaging.
A 25cl bottle now replaces the original 33cl one, and the drinks’ labels have become what the brand hopes to be a “more attention grabbing and modern design.”
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (1:01 pm)
The Indian Ocean Rum Company and Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits have announced the launch of Pink Pigeon, the first premium, spiced rum from the Island of Mauritius.
Although claiming to be complex in flavour, this spiced rum has also been designed to be easy to drink as it is distilled five times with pure spirit.
Pink Pigeon is blended with hand-pollinated and hand-picked natural vanilla from Madagascar and Reunion Islands.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (11:06 am)
The food industry has agreed new guidelines to help consumers increase their intake of fruit and vegetables.
A guide, published by IGD, provides a set of principles for businesses to communicate the fruit and vegetable content of ‘composite’ food products that contribute half, one or more of the five portions consumers are recommended to eat or drink each day.
Example composite foods: - Baked beans in a tomato sauce - Prepared vegetarian lasagne or chilli (ready meal) - Vegetable-based soups.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (9:02 am)
A ‘Caipirinha‘, the national cocktail of Brazil, is made from cachaça (a sugar cane rum), lime juice and sugar.
Despite being a traditional favourite in Brazil for years, the cocktail has recently developed a cult following in stylish restaurants and bars in the UK.
New Bayão (pronounced ‘byoh’), is a ready-to-drink mix with a Caipirinha flavour and is already being served in bars, pubs and clubs in Germany, Holland, Spain and Austria.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (7:13 am)
Absolut the UK based vodka brand, has added Absolut Mango to its flavoured vodka portfolio in the UK.
With an RRP of £17.29, Absolut Mango will launch in the multiple grocers during August before being rolled out through all off trade distribution channels in September.
The new flavour will be supported with a retailer media campaign featuring the ‘Absolut Mango Twist’ serve suggestion and off-shelf promotions to drive awareness, highlight mixability and encourage consumer trial.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (3:05 pm)
Starbucks has confirmed plans to renovate 20 flagship locations before the Olympic Games next year.
With London its best performing region, the coffee shop brand is keen to attract as much extra custom as possible as thousands flock to the city next year.
In order to cater for all occasions throughout the day, Starbucks also unveiled a new breakfast range this summer.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Due to the popularity of its Fresh Salmon Fillets with Chilli, Lime and Ginger Sauce, The Saucy Fish Co. will now be offering the oriental-inspired accompaniment to fish as a Standalone Sauce.
Traditionally paired with salmon, this new Chilli Lime and Ginger Dressing from Saucy Fish will enable consumers to mix-and-match their sauce and seafood combinations depending on preference.
Infused with lime and ginger, Saucy Fish hopes its take on a sweet chilli accompaniment will appeal for its range of flavour and offer shoppers a sauce which stands out on the supermarket shelf.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (11:08 am)
Campbell’s Condensed canned soups will be back re-launching in the UK next week for the first time in over three years.
The range, which is back on-shelf in Tesco from 1 August and other retailers later in the summer, will feature flavours from the original line-up, including; Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Tomato, Cream of Chicken and Cream of Celery.
Two new varieties will join the original range; Low Fat Chicken and Low Fat Mushroom.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (9:14 am)
Food Brands Group is re-launching its high-energy Rocket Fuel coffee in self-heating cups.
Rocket Fuel Self-Heating Energy Cups, made with natural Guarana, hit supermarket shelves in last month.
Bigger than before, Rocket Fuel Self-Heating Energy Cups are now available in 200ml recyclable cups in both white coffee and new hot chocolate variants.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (7:11 am)
Available from 15th August, Nestlé Confectionery will be launching price marked packs on popular brands.
In a move to boost retailer sales Aero Peppermint Medium, Yorkie Original, Toffee Crisp and Rolo tube will all feature an on-pack flash of 55p.
Price marked packs are a proven hit with shoppers, with 57% perceiving them to be similar or cheaper than the RRP.