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  • Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, (1:07 pm)

    FREE RANGE MARKET MUST RESPOND TO ‘SEISMIC SHIFT’

    Free range egg producers need to see a significant and immediate increase in the price they receive to maintain supplies in the long-term, the NFU said today.

    Free range producers have struggled for 18 months amid a background of rising costs, low egg prices and oversupply in the free range market.

    However, since January 1 and the introduction of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive, egg supplies have tightened across the UK and Europe, leading to increases in the price of cage and barn eggs, but as yet no corresponding move in the free-range market. (more…)

  • Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, (11:18 am)

    GINSTERS UNVEILS NEW STUFFED SUBS

    Ginsters is launching a new range this spring; Stuffed Subs.

    The new Stuffed Subs are filled with ingredients, completely sealed inside a baked bread dough to lock in the flavour.

    Made with fresh British meat, vegetables and sauces, enclosed in bread dough, Stuffed Subs aim to fill the gap in the market for spicy on the move microwavable food. (more…)

  • Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, (9:05 am)

    NEW LIMITED EDITION CARLING ZEST LAUNCHES IN TIME FOR SPRING

    Molson Coors has launched a new citrus flavoured larger.

    The new limited-edition Carling Zest will have an abv of 2.8%.

    Rolling out to retailers now in four-packs (rsp: £3.99), and in 12-packs and singles from 18 March, the beer is targeted at the summer market and has been described by the brewer as an alternative to ciders and rosé wines. (more…)

  • Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, (7:40 am)

    COCA COLA AND PEPSI CHANGE RECIPES

    Coca-Cola and Pepsi have changed the ingredients in their US soft drinks in order to avoid having to put a cancer warning on their packaging.

    To comply with new standards introduced in California, the companies have asked suppliers of caramel colourings to reduce the level of chemical 4-methylimidazole in their product.

    This colouring can be found in trace amounts in many foods and is a big ask from the soft drink giants. (more…)

  • Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, (3:09 pm)

    HAWKSHEAD RELISH COMPANY LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION JUBLIEE JAM

    The Hawkshead Relish Company have launched a Limited Edition Jubilee Jam to commemorate the 2012 celebration of Elizabeth II 60 year succession to the thrown

    Lyth Valley damsons and English Rose Liqueur have been combined to produce a regal flavour, encapsulating a British taste experience.

    Whilst the damsons; peculiar only to the Lake District embrace Cumbria’s unique heritage, the Rose Liqueur embodies the symbolism of the nation as a whole in this commemorative condiment. (more…)

  • Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, (1:27 pm)

    HENRY GOODE’S LAUNCHES SOFT EATING LIQUORICE MULTIPACK

    Tangerine Confectionery is set to launch the soft eating liquorice in a new bar multipack format.

    Henry Goode’s Soft Eating Liquorice Bars will now be available in a pack size of three, extending the current range to provide consumers with an on- the-go snack.

    The multipacks are available in a shelf ready case of 24 units, with an RRP of £1.39 per pack. (more…)

  • Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, (1:26 pm)

    NEW BRITISH TEA FROM LANCASHIRE TEA

    A new retro-styled brand of tea created by Lancashire Tea to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee goes on sale later this month.

    The new brand, called The Nation’s Tea, will raise money for Forces charity SSAFA with every pack sold.

    SSAFA has been Lancashire Tea’s nominated charity for five years and the company has regularly sent tea to all troops serving in Afghanistan. (more…)

  • Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, (11:22 am)

    NEW KIDS SNACK RANGE FROM ELLA’S KITCHEN

    Ella’s Kitchen have launched a new range of snacks for children.

    These snacks have 100% organic ingredients with no concentrates or refined sugars, designed to keep toddlers feeling fuller for longer.

    Ella’s snacks are suitable for toddlers from 12 months and include brand new Munchy Biccies which come in three  flavours: cheese + apples, cinnamon + oranges, and bananas. (more…)

  • Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, (9:38 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, March 13th, 2012, (7:14 am)

    YEO VALLEY SIGNS UP TO ETHICAL TRADE

    Yeo Valley is the latest addition to the Soil Association’s Ethical Trade scheme.

    This means that all the milk used for Yeo Valley products – yoghurt, butter, cheese and milk – is now certified to Soil Association Ethical Trade standards.

    This follows a major rebrand, their new packaging – which includes the Ethical Trade logo – went on sale this week. (more…)

  • Monday, March 12th, 2012, (3:51 pm)

    THIS WATER LAUNCHES BIGGEST EVER ON-PACK CAMPAIGN

    This Water has teamed up with the non-profit organisation Peace One Day to give away a prize every day as part of its biggest ever on-pack promotional campaign this summer.

    This Water, the blend of spring water and fruit, will be giving drinkers the chance to win exclusive tickets to the Peace One Day concert in London on 21st September, including backstage passes and an overnight stay in a fancy London hotel.

    There will also be extra concert tickets and other prizes to be won online every day. (more…)

  • Monday, March 12th, 2012, (1:44 pm)

    MULLER DAIRY MOVES INTO GREEK YOGURT SECTOR

    Müller Dairy is taking Müllerlight into the £73m Greek yogurt sector with the launch of a trio of fat free Greek style lines.

    The new range compromises: Coconut with a hint of Vanilla, Morello Cherry, and Honeyed Peach.

    The new lines make their debut in stores this month. (more…)

  • Monday, March 12th, 2012, (11:18 am)

    CORN AGAIN LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION EASTER FLAVOUR

    Corn Again, the UK’s first gourmet savoury and sweet popcorn manufacturer, are launching a Limited Edition flavour for Easter which falls this year on the 9 April.

    Using only natural ingredients, Corn Again will be available in a Double Chocolate flavour in 90g bags (RRP £3.75).

    There will also be two new special edition tins; one containing 1 x 60g bag; Double Chocolate (RRP £9.00) and the second containing 2 x 50g bags; Double Chocolate and Sweet Cinnamon (RRP £12.00). (more…)

  • Monday, March 12th, 2012, (9:31 am)

    CARTE D’OR ADDS TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO ITS RANGE

    Carte D’Or is launching two new additions to its portfolio.

    A new Amaretto, Vanilla and Chocolate flavour and a Strawberry flavour with real strawberry pieces will both be available from March.

    Florence Howell, brand manager for Carte D’Or said: “We are excited to introduce to the market another sophisticated ice cream flavour which is unique to Carte D’Or; Amaretto, Vanilla and Chocolate, as well as a classic strawberry flavour, which includes real fruit pieces. (more…)

  • Monday, March 12th, 2012, (7:08 am)

    RACHEL’S ANNOUNCES DEBUT FAT FREE BIG POT YOGURT RANGE

    Rachel’s is launching a new fat free yogurt range of three flavours; Peach and Passionfruit, Strawberry and Rhubarb, and Blackcurrant – arriving in stores from March 2012.

    Upholding Rachel’s organic values, there are no colourings, artificial flavourings, preservatives or sweeteners in the fat free range, whilst Rachel’s texture is maintained.

    Created for those seeking a 0% fat yogurt, Rachel’s has also defied the use of aspartame in any of their fat free flavours, using only natural ingredients. (more…)

  • Friday, March 9th, 2012, (3:59 pm)

    POPCHIPS LAUNCHES INTO THE UK MARKET

    The fastest-growing bagged snack brand in the US is making its UK debut this month.

    Popchips, the new snack which contains no artificial flavours or colours and fewer than 100 calories in a single-serve bag.

    The range is rolling out to UK retailers including Waitrose and Selfridges this month. (more…)

  • Friday, March 9th, 2012, (1:01 pm)

    HARRY’S NUTS DECLARED ‘ELEPHANT FRIENDLY’

    Harry’s Nuts!, the Fairtrade salted nuts from Harry Hill, have been declared ‘Elephant Friendly’ thanks to the work of Fairtrade cashew farmers in India in protecting an endangered species.

    The snacks are available in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other outlets and the packs of cashews have an extra environmental boast.

    The cashew farmers have used some of the extra money which comes with Fairtrade to protect wild Indian elephants which had been trespassing on their farms from the local forests. (more…)

  • Friday, March 9th, 2012, (11:09 am)

    NEW BRITISH SPELT BRAN FLAKE CEREAL LAUNCHES INTO THE MARKET

    2012 is the year that Britain will be celebrating, with London hosting the Olympic Games and our great nation coming together to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. W

    With all eyes on Britain, Roger Saul, founder of British design label Mulberry and producer of spelt grain, is launching the first and only British Spelt Bran Flake Range and a brand new look this month.

    New Sharpham Park Spelt Bran Flake Range has the British Stamp of Approval – using Sharpham Parks’ own organic British spelt, only British suppliers for its cereals’ ingredients and UK sourced, designed and printed packaging. (more…)

  • Friday, March 9th, 2012, (9:18 am)

    OATLY DRINKS UNVEIL NEW LOOK

    Oatly oat drinks is building on its place in the market with a new look aimed at attracting more consumers to its range of healthy dairy alternatives.

    Oatly saw a sales boom in terms of value and volume of over 24% in 2011 making it the strongest growing dairy alternative with over 3.1 million litres sold in the UK last year.

    Nick Hudson, Sales Director at Oatly importers Wassen International Ltd, said: ”The eye-catching block colours of the new packaging for Oatly oat drinks have been chosen to increase the range’s shelf stand-out in the long-life milk section of supermarkets and health food stores. (more…)

  • Friday, March 9th, 2012, (7:05 am)

    HEINZ LAUNCHES 100% FRUIT SMOOTHIES RANGE FOR 7 MONTHS + BABIES

    Heinz is step-changing the baby food category with the launch of its new 100% Fruit Smoothies range – the first of its kind on the market, by an Infant Feeding brand.

    The convenient 180ml plastic screw-top bottle allows parents to give their little ones a drink with strong nutritional benefits that can be served when out and about.

    Made with 100% fruit, Heinz Fruit Smoothies count as ‘2 of babies’ 5 a day’ and contain 80% of babies’ vitamin C needs. (more…)

  • Thursday, March 8th, 2012, (3:19 pm)

    WEIGHT WATCHERS LAUNCHES NEW ‘STEAM AND SERVE’ READY-MEAL RANGE

    Weight Watchers from Heinz is adding to its ‘Even More’ portfolio with a range of ‘Steam and Serve’ meals.

    Utilising pouch packaging, the meals are steam cooked in the microwave from frozen, to deliver a dish that contains ‘two of your five day’, offering consumers convenience.

    By using the vent technology in the packaging, the steam is circulated in the pack to cook the frozen meal evenly and in just ten minutes. (more…)

  • Thursday, March 8th, 2012, (1:14 pm)

    WHO NEEDS HEALTH CLAIMS?

    It’s seminar time again and we’re starting the new season with the topic that’s top-of-mind for the majority of us which is, of course, the New European Health Claims Regulations which will be effective in Quarter 4, just in time for Christmas!

    Even the seemingly innocent products, without even a touch of health positioning about them, can have some healthy inference which shouldn’t be there.

    Or looked at the other way, for some products we can say more about their benefits than we might think. (more…)

  • Thursday, March 8th, 2012, (9:19 am)

    NEW CARTE NOIRE INSTINCT

    Carte Noire has introduced the first wholebean Instant to its range.

    New Carte Noire Instinct is a wholebean Instant coffee, meaning all the qualities of finely milled roasted coffee beans have been captured and combined with Carte Noire’s instant coffee.

    Simply add one to two spoonfuls to a cup, mix with hot water just off the boil, and the coffee is ready to drink. (more…)

  • Thursday, March 8th, 2012, (9:15 am)

    BIRDS EYE RE-LAUNCHES FIELD FRESH RANGE

    Frozen food brand Birds Eye has announced the re-launch of its entire Field Fresh vegetables range in a bid to ramp up sales and create excitement across the Frozen Vegetables category.

    In February, consumers will see a whole new range of vegetable mixes, a new look for increased shelf standout and an on-pack promotion, all supported by a £3 million marketing campaign.

    The packs now boast large images of fresh vegetables to highlight the natural qualities of Field Fresh plus clearer logos and colour coding to allow consumers to differentiate between vegetable selections, making the range easier to shop. (more…)

  • Thursday, March 8th, 2012, (7:12 am)

    TURKISH YOGHURT LAUNCHES IN THE UK

    Swedish dairy company Lindahls is launching its Turkish-style yoghurt in the UK.

    The 10% fat cows milk yogurt, is creamier tasting and not as thick as the Greek variety currently available.

    It has been successful in Sweden where it is used as a lower calorie replacement for crème Fraiche and cream for breakfast and in desserts and cooking. (more…)

  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, (3:01 pm)

    LACTOFREE TEAMS UP WITH LOLA’S CUPCAKES

    Lactofree, the UK’s only lactose-free dairy range, has teamed up with Lola’s cupcakes to mark the launch of Lactofree spreadable, by offering its first lactose-free cupcake.

    The Lactofree Strawberry Delight uses Lactofree spreadable instead of regular butter, keeping all the taste of Lola’s cupcakes, just without the lactose.

    The cupcake will be the limited edition flavour on offer throughout March 2012 and will be on sale in Lola’s flagship store in Mayfair, its Topshop and Selfridges concessions and online. (more…)

  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, (1:19 pm)

    ONLY 44 OF TOP 150 BRANDS NOW UK-OWNED

    Of Britain’s 150 Biggest Grocery Brands, just 44 are now UK-owned, exclusive data from The Grocer has revealed.

    In a report highlighting the cosmopolitan nature of Britain’s supermarket shelves today, brands hail from 15 countries, including the US, Germany, France, Austria, Thailand, Japan and even Guernsey.

    But it’s the continuing sublimation of British-born brands into foreign-owned multinationals and private equity shells that is most striking. (more…)

  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, (11:11 am)

    CADBURY DAIRY MILK LAUNCHES FAIRTRADE CAMPAIGN

    Shopper marketing specialist MARS\Y&R, is to roll out a multi-channel campaign for Cadbury Dairy Milk in support of the chocolate brand’s Fairtrade certified products during Fairtrade Fortnight.

    Cadbury Dairy Milk is targeting female grocery shoppers in the UK with a push encouraging consumers to purchase products from the Cadbury Dairy Milk Fairtrade range.

    The push will also appear in selected cafés in support of Cadbury Drinking Chocolate. (more…)

  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, (11:00 am)

    SAINSBURY’S TO OPEN NEW STORE AT TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR NEW STADIUM

    Sainsbury’s has boosted Tottenham’s regeneration project with the announcement of plans for a 72,000 sq ft supermarket within Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium development project.

    The deal with Sainsbury’s aims to enable the Northumberland Development Project to move into building works and comes days after the club secured unanimous planning consent from Haringey Council.

    Work will start in the coming months, with the opening planned for late 2013. (more…)

  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, (9:22 am)

    NEW ‘LIGHTER’ PIZZAS FROM GOODFELLA’S

    Frozen pizza brand Goodfella’s has announced its entrance into the light meal category with the launch of Delizia.

    Goodfella’s Delizia is a light and crispy seven-inch pizza that’s designed for those wanting pizza just for one.

    With Delizia, the brand is taking the opportunity to bring news to the £75m light meal category in frozen pizza. (more…)

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