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  • Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, (7:35 am)

    THE SAUCY FISH CO ADDS SEASONAL TUNA TO ITS RANGE

    The Saucy Fish Co. is adding a new catch to its net from April and introducing seasoned tuna with sweet soy sauce and chilli to its variety of fish offerings.

    The tuna is packaged as two steaks, with a dressing that combines the sweetness of soy with the heat of chilli.

    It can be pan fried or grilled for a meal for two – and at just 117 calories and 0.3 grams of saturated fat per serving, hopes to appeal to those looking for a healthy choice. (more…)

  • Monday, April 9th, 2012, (1:28 pm)

    GRANT’S INTRODUCES NEW FAMILY TREE ICON

    Following a successful year where Grant’s blended Scotch whisky reached the global podium of Scotch whiskies and scooped a number of top industry awards for its quality, the brand is introducing a new family tree icon to its packaging.

    The family tree, which represents the five generations of family ownership, will be added to the label of the triangular shaped bottle and carton.

    It will also be accompanied by the guiding words “Established 1887”, representing the beginning of the William Grant story. (more…)

  • Friday, April 6th, 2012, (3:15 pm)

    JORDANS LAUNCHES NEW BERRY CEREAL BARS

    The luxury cereal bar market is currently worth £27.6m and Jordans Cereals accounts for £1.2m of the total segment value, with a 4.5% share of the market.

    Th new Luxury Absolute Berry Bars are a combination of fruit – cranberries, strawberries and blackcurrants – and wholegrain oats.

    Capitalising on the growth of its Luxury Absolute Nut Bars, Jordans Cereals will be launching new Luxury Absolute Berry Bars this Spring, driving innovation in the cereal snack aisle. (more…)

  • Friday, April 6th, 2012, (1:00 pm)

    PECAN DELUXE LAUNCHES NEW CARAMEL CUPS

    According to UK based food ingredients manufacturer, Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) Ltd, ‘chunky’ is set to become the new ‘smooth’ in the world of ice-cream.

    To support this trend, the company has launched a new 1.5g chocolate caramel cup.

    The ‘chunky’ revolution first saw inclusions such as cookie dough, brownie and cookies and crème pieces, which were added to ice-cream to deliver new texture dimensions. (more…)

  • Friday, April 6th, 2012, (11:28 am)

    BATH ALES RE-INTRODUCES RARE HARE IN TIME FOR EASTER

    Independent brewer, Bath Ales has re-introduced its ‘occasional’ cask ale, Rare Hare, just in time for the Easter holidays.

    A smooth beer that is full and dry, Rare Hare makes unscheduled appearances in the Bath Ales’ brewing calendar and is only available in limited quantities.

    The chestnut beer offers a dry, bitter taste with a hint of caramel. (more…)

  • Friday, April 6th, 2012, (9:10 am)

    HALEWOOD INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES NEW CARBONATED WINE STYLE SOFT DRINK

    Halewood International is preparing to launch Faith – the adult soft drink – into the UK market in April this year.

    Faith is the first ever carbonated soft drink to be made with well known grapes from Chardonnay, Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc styles.

    The adult soft drinks market is currently worth over £100million and growing at 2.5% year on year as more consumers look for alternatives to alcohol. (more…)

  • Friday, April 6th, 2012, (7:00 am)

    COLEMAN’S INTRODUCES NEW SEASON AND SHAKE VARIANTS

    Colman’s, the British brand from Unilever UK, is introducing two new variants to the Season & Shake range.

    New flavours include Chicken Nuggets Original and Chicken Nuggets Southern.

    Following further research into consumer trends, Colman’s has decided to extend the Season & Shake range into their first offering of street food variants, but in a healthier way. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012, (3:01 pm)

    FRENCH’S LAUNCHES NEW BBQ CONDIMENT RANGE

    American Mustard brand French’s is adding eight new products to its current offering.

    French’s development of a new range of condiments aims to appeal to any BBQ foodie who wants American flavours at any time of the year.

    The new range, which consists of two BBQ sauces, two relishes, three dressings and a New York Steakhouse Sauce will be available at Waitrose and Sainsbury’s from mid-May. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012, (1:01 pm)

    NEW CHOCOLATE THINS JOIN THE GO AHEAD RANGE

    United Biscuits has announced a new addition into the Healthier Biscuits sub-category.

    The new go ahead! Chocolate Thins range aims to drive sales of the £53m brand even further for retailers.

    go ahead! Chocolate Thins are a selection of light crispy biscuit slices that are covered with a milk chocolate topping. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012, (11:08 am)

    KOPPARBERG UNVEILS NEW APPLE CIDER

    Building on strong sales in the UK, Swedish Cider brand Kopparberg is set to launch a new Apple Cider, as part of a commitment to bringing new flavours to the UK Cider category.

    A new addition to the Kopparberg portfolio, Kopparberg Naked Apple Cider is the result of the brand’s biggest NPD investment to date, and launches on the 26 April.

    Though Fruit Cider is driving the category in terms of growth and will remain a key focus for Kopparberg, apple cider is still the biggest part of the premium packaged cider category. (more…)

  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012, (9:04 am)

    MANAGING FOOD & HEALTH SCARES

    In our industry scares Managing Food & Health Scares is a very serious and sensative issue.

    That’s why we think our upcoming Managing Food & Health Scares Seminar on Wednesday 30th May is unmissable.

    It will be held, as usual, in Daventry Northants, and we’ll look at: (more…)

  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012, (7:31 am)

    TIC TAC LAUNCHES STRAWBERRY FIELDS FLAVOUR

    tic tac, the pocket confectionery brand from Ferrero, is launching a fruit flavour, Strawberry Fields.

    The launch aims to maximise the largest and fastest growing segment of pocket confectionery – fruit (+6% ).

    The new flavour will boost the existing tic tac range to five permanent variants and hopes to increase summer sales. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, (3:30 pm)

    SOREEN UNVEILS NEW PATRIOTIC PACKAGING

    Soreen, the UK’s malt loaf brand, is preparing itself for the summer ahead with new Union Jack inspired packaging, specifically designed for retailers.

    The limited edition design, featured on both standard and large malt loaves, will be available in all major retailers from 1st May, in time to support events such as the Jubilee, Tour of Britain, Euro 2012 championships and Wimbledon.

    Katherine Collins, marketing manager at Soreen, said “Our new pack design showcases how Soreen will be embracing what could potentially be one of the greatest ever British summers. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, (1:09 pm)

    NEW BREAKFAST STEW FROM STEWED

    A new cooked breakfast at just 325 calories, that is gluten-free, 2 of your 5-a- day and heat-and-eat ready in three minutes is the newest product to hit the market from stewed!

    Beans, Bacon and Bangers is the newest member of the stewed! family and will be available through ocado.com from April 2012  with RRP of £3.79.

    As with all stewed! variants, it is an original recipe by Leiths-trained chef-founder Alan Rosenthal. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, (11:30 am)

    TYRRELLS LAUNCHES NEW PREMIUM TORTILLA CHIPS

    Tyrrells, the English Crisp brand, is launching a range of premium English Tortilla Chips.

    The Mexican corn chips have been given a new twist with English chives coated in English seasonings.

    The TorTyrrells Tortillas range will be available in 175g bags from early April in three quintessentially English seasonings: Glastonbury Cheddar & Caramelised Onion, Rather Hot English Chilli and Somerset Sour Cream, all with an RRP of £1.99. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, (9:24 am)

    WRIGLY LAUNCHES NEW EXTRA ICE WHITE FRESH MINT

    Following the successful 2011 launch of the Extra Ice sugar free range, Wrigley is launching new Extra Ice White Fresh Mint this 9 April.

    Increasing flavour choice for consumers, new Extra Ice White Fresh Mint gum joins the Extra Ice Peppermint, Extra Ice Spearmint and Extra Ice White range – a portfolio worth £12.3m and growing at a considerable 59.3%.

    Supported by the British Dental Health Foundation accreditation, the Extra Ice White range helps remove stains and maintain teeth’s natural whiteness. (more…)

  • Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, (7:17 am)

    MARLEY COFFEE LAUNCHES IN THE UK

    Following its success in the US, international gourmet coffee company, Marley Coffee, founded by Bob Marley’s son, Rohan, has launched in the UK with plans to distribute across Continental Europe.

    Adopting the ITAL standard, Rastafari for all things Pure, True and Vital, Marley Coffee focuses on organic coffee.

    The initial launch compromises three blends and one single origin coffee. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, (3:10 pm)

    TREWITHEN DAIRY PLANS NATIONAL BRAND RE-LAUNCH

    One of Cornwall’s dairy operations is set to milk the creative drive and implementation of two of the county’s communications agencies – Absolute and Excess Energy.

    Trewithen is planning a national brand re-launch later this year and the two agencies will work hand-in-hand to deliver design and branding requirements as well as a PR and social media campaign.

    Trewithen is a family business, currently evolving with second generation input and a recent £5.7m investment from the Regional Development Agency. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, (1:11 pm)

    NEW CHILDREN’S READY MEAL BRAND JUNIOR’S PANTRY LAUNCHES IN THE UK

    New food range, Junior’s Pantry, is the inspiration of mum-of-two, Kate Finch, who has created a range of fresh meals for primary school age children which are found in the chiller cabinet.

    All dishes are approved by a nutritionist as suitable for children of this age and include at least one portion of vegetables, a serving of protein and a starchy staple for energy.

    Salt and saturated fat levels are also within dietary recommendations. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, (11:23 am)

    SAZ HOUMOUS LAUNCHES NEW ‘TOPPED’ RANGE

    Saz has announced it is now offering its new houmous brand to all trade customers, following a soft launch in Selfridges.

    The launch aims to capitalise upon the growing popularity of houmous in the UK and seek to establish a brand leader in the market, which has an estimated worth of over £60m.

    Following a soft launch at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair, the company’s products are currently available in Selfridges and other quality independent stores. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, (9:07 am)

    BETTER, QUICKER, CHEAPER NPD

    As you know, whether it’s strategy, insight, concept-generation, proposition-building, scaling-up, gaining-listings, launching or review and improvement, there’s a million ways that we can keep improving our NPD process to make it Better, Quicker & Cheaper.

    On the 25th of April we’ll be looking at this very issue in our ‘Better, Quicker & Cheaper NPD’ seminar, in Daventry Northants.

    With tighter and tighter budgets, we just can’t afford to make expensive mistakes. So this highly-focused seminar brings together a team of thought-leaders to guide us through the NPD road-map to give us fresh insights on what we already know as well as pointing out what we don’t. (more…)

  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, (7:00 am)

    WKD LAUNCHES NEW TV ADVERT

    WKD is launching a new TV ad which puts a new spin on its already established ‘Have you got a WKD side?’ advertising campaign.

    Making its debut appearance on TV screens in early April, the new 20-second ad called ‘Bike’ will be shown on TV, Sky Pub and Video on Demand Channels, as well as being featured on the WKD Facebook page.

    It will be screened amongst relevant programmes during the summer months. (more…)

  • Monday, April 2nd, 2012, (3:09 pm)

    NEW NATURAL ORGANIC EXTRACTS FROM STEENBERGS

    Building on the success of their Home-Baking extracts and flower waters, Steenbergs has added some new flavours to the range.

    Based in sunflower oil rather than alcohol, the organic Lemon Extract, organic Orange Extract and organic Peppermint Extract are launching to appeal to home-bakers looking to add flavour to their cakes, biscuits and puddings.

    Steenbergs organic Orange Extract is an extract that uses organic sunflower oil flavoured with organic orange oil. (more…)

  • Monday, April 2nd, 2012, (11:20 am)

    THE CO-OPERATIVE RE-STOCKS ‘THE REAL EASTER EGG’

    The Co-operative Food is stocking the Real Easter Egg for the second year running.

    The Real Easter Egg, made by the Meaningful Chocolate Company, is the only Easter egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter on the box.

    The milk chocolate egg is also Fairtrade certified, and supports charity and development projects. (more…)

  • Monday, April 2nd, 2012, (9:26 am)

    SWEETBIRD UNVEILS NEW RANGE OF SMOOTHIES

    Sweetbird has developed a new range of Naturally Sweetened Smoothies to add to his existing selection of Original Ice-Blended Smoothies.

    Sweetened using only fruit, the four new flavours in the range are: Berry, Mango, Strawberry and Pina Colada.

    Just like the original range of Sweetbird ice-blended smoothies, they are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, contain no high fructose corn syrup or GMOs and have been approved by the Vegetarian Society and for vegan diets by Viva. (more…)

  • Monday, April 2nd, 2012, (7:05 am)

    RISO GALLO LAUNCHES NEW EXPRESSO RISOTTO RANGE

    Riso Gallo, Italy’s risotto rice producer for over 150 years, has launched a new convenient express product to complement its range of easy cook rices.

    Riso Gallo Risotto Expresso allows consumers to create a risotto in just two minutes – created for those who like good food, quickly.

    Riso Gallo is a sixth generation family business with an Italian heritage and their new Expresso range hopes to help make risotto more accessible, particularly for the time poor. (more…)

  • Friday, March 30th, 2012, (3:01 pm)

    PIEMINISTER LAUNCHES NEW JUBILEE PIE

    Pieminister is launching a new Lovely Jubilee pie this summer for a British themed dish.

    Made with free range British chicken in a curried Coronation-style sauce laced with mango chutney, sweetcorn and coconut, this pie is hoping to prove popular over the Queen’s Jubliee period.

    The new pie and will be available to buy from late April 2012. (more…)

  • Friday, March 30th, 2012, (11:15 am)

    CHEESTRINGS LAUNCHES NEW PRODUCT LINE

    Cheestrings, the UK based cheese snack brand, is launching its latest product line – Cheestrings Spaghetti – into independent retailers for the first time.

    The range, which has previously only been stocked in major supermarkets, will be rolled-out in over 4,000 independent retailers from 26 March, in a move designed to coincide with the Easter break.

    Cheestrings Spaghetti will be available in packs of four, individually wrapped, 17g portions, and will go on sale at a recommended retail price of £1.79, a price-point in-line with its major peers. (more…)

  • Friday, March 30th, 2012, (9:09 am)

    NEW BEST OF BRITISH SOUP FROM NEW COVENT GARDEN

    Fresh soup brand New Covent Garden is celebrating the ‘Best of British’ with its latest soup of the month.

    April’s soup of the month, ‘Rosie’s Vintage Cheddar & Piccalilli soup’ has been created by amateur cook and consumer Rosie Garrish.

    Rosie’s soup was chosen as a winner through New Covent Garden’s social media campaign, which invites soup fans to submit their own recipes based on a specific theme. (more…)

  • Friday, March 30th, 2012, (7:09 am)

    HELLMAN’S MAYONNAISE ADDS NEW FLAVOURS TO ITS RANGE

    Hellmann’s mayonnaise is extending its range of flavoured mayonnaises to incorporate three new flavours.

    Hit of Caramelised Onion, Twist of Pepper and Hint of Wasabi are available to retailers from 1 April and will build on Hellmann’s proposition in the flavoured mayonnaise market.

    Available in the same squeezable packaging format as the existing range, the new variants will display the addition of a picture of an onion, peppercorns or wasabi paste on the corresponding pack. (more…)

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