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  • Thursday, January 5th, 2012, (1:24 pm)

    LIFESTREAM LAUNCHES NEW ANTIOXIDANTS RANGE

    New Zealand natural superfoods specialist, Lifestream, has unveiled a new range of antioxidant-based super supplements in time for the new health rush.

    New to shelves from January 2012, the products target everything from seasonal ills such as low energy and immunity through to weight management.

    Lifestream’s range of superfood supplements are sold exclusively through natural health food retailers nationwide. (more…)

  • Thursday, January 5th, 2012, (1:09 pm)

    NESCAFÉ ORIGINAL LAUNCHES NEW TV ADVERT

    Nescafè Original  is back on screens this January with a new TV advert.

    First aired on 1st January 2012, this is the first new advert for Nescafè Original since 2008.

    Nescafè is putting its full weight and expertise behind it, investing £3 million in a major campaign including TV, outdoor and in-store activation in a bid to give the  brand a good start to the New Year. (more…)

  • Thursday, January 5th, 2012, (11:09 am)

    NEW AMERICAN BEER RANGE LAUNCHES IN THE UK

    Savouring the flavours found in beers from American specialist micro-breweries is the latest hip trend to hit the UK.

    Riding on the wave of this, is the newcomer Fordham Brewing Company with a new range of ales and lagers imported into the UK by Heathwick Ltd.

    With a marketing gambit that calls upon ‘Free thinkers’ to ‘declare their independence’, Fordham are facing head on the traditional prejudices that surround non-British ales in this country and promoting American heritage. (more…)

  • Thursday, January 5th, 2012, (9:28 am)

    GOURMET RAW LAUNCHES NEW RAW CRISPS

    British raw food brand Gourmet Raw will be launching a new addition to their range in mid January 2012.

    Their new raw crisps are a snack range, made from sprouted buckwheat, which is contains protein and fibre.

    Gourmet Raw then add locally grown vegetables, herbs and seeds that are full of vitamins and minerals. (more…)

  • Thursday, January 5th, 2012, (7:14 am)

    NEW OLIVE OIL RANGE FROM CANDIASOIL

    Cretan olive oil producer Candiasoil will be launching a new season Olive Oil into the UK market in January 2012.

    The Candiasoil collection consists of five types (including 3 PDOs) of extra virgin olive oil under the brand name oi1 .

    Initial tastings fed back fruity flavours and a mixed palate of pungent and bitter notes. (more…)

  • Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, (3:06 pm)

    WEIGHT WATCHERS LAUNCHES NEW TV ADVERT FEATURING ALESHA DIXON

    Weight Watchers UK has joined forces with Alesha Dixon to create a pop anthem which foregrounds members’ weight loss.

    The song, which plays out for the duration of the three minute TV ad, marries members’ weight loss insights, all of whom have successfully lost weight on the Weight Watchers ProPoints(R) plan and is performed by Alesha Dixon.

    One hundred and eighty Weight Watchers members feature in the pop video style ad, in which Alesha plays a cameo role. (more…)

  • Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, (1:07 pm)

    NEW LEMON DRIZZLE SPONGE PUDDING FROM CARTMEL

    The people at Cartmel Village Shop have created a new, individual, handmade Lemon Drizzle Sponge Pudding.

    Colour mood charts show yellow as a “happy sunshine colour” and after the long, dark, winter months a summer pudding is what many consumers look for to wash away the winter blues.

    The new lemon pudding combines zesty, lemon sponge with 33% lemon curd. (more…)

  • Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, (9:14 am)

    COCONUT MILK YOGHURT LAUNCHES IN THE UK

    Coconut is the one of the latest “ super food” trends to reach the UK, with celebrities from Madonna to Erin O’Connor and Miranda Kerr consuming the fruit.

    Now a unique new product, COYO coconut milk yoghurt, is being created for the first time in the UK.

    COYO is made from coconut milk and is free from any added sugar, lactose, dairy, gluten, soya and additives. (more…)

  • Wednesday, January 4th, 2012, (7:01 am)

    NEW CAMPAIGN AIMS TO GET THE UK EATING BREAKFAST IN 2012

    New research reveals one in three mums regularly skip breakfast and a staggering one in six adults never eat breakfast.

    That’s why HGCA’s Shake Up Your Wake Up campaign has teamed up with mum of three Melinda Messenger to challenge the UK to eat a healthy breakfast for five days during Farmhouse Breakfast Week (22 – 28 January 2012).

    On average, mums have nine tasks to do every morning before leaving the house so breakfast often gets missed. (more…)

  • Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, (3:08 pm)

    TESCO ANNOUNCES PLANS TO CONTINUE ITS BIG PRICE DROP CAMPAIGN IN 2012

    Tesco has this week continued its Big Price Drop campaign with another wave of price cuts in stores across the UK.

    Customers have reacted positively to the campaign since it began in September and Tesco will continue Big Price Drop into 2012.

    The supermarket has already reduced the price of thousands of products and will target the latest round of price cuts on the most popular staples that customers buy each week, in a bid to beat it’s competition in the New Year. (more…)

  • Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, (9:20 am)

    SCHWARTZ UNVEILS NEW RECIPE INSPIRATIONS KITS

    Schwartz has launched a brand new Recipe Inspirations Kit range, giving at-home cooks encouragement to serve a home cooked meal.

    Each of the four Kits features easy to follow recipes designed by Schwartz to revive inspired cooking across the UK.

    The recipe kits include: Tray-baked Piri Piri Chicken, Creamy Pan-fried Pork with Apple & Sage, Rosemary Roasted Chicken & Potatoes and Beef and Beer Stew with Herb Dumplings.

    (more…)

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

    JUS-ROL LAUNCHES 30% REDUCED FAT PASTRY

    Jus-Rol Professional has launched its first reduced fat pastry range featuring 30% less fat.

    Launching 1st January 2012 the pastry brand hopes that a wide range of hotels, restaurants and pubs will buy into the new product and serve up food that reflects the needs of a growing number of health-conscious consumers with its Reduced Fat Pastry range.

    As with Jus-Rol’s entire range, the new Reduced Fat Pastry is crafted with a view to delivering the texture and flavour of pastry that has been made from scratch.

    (more…)

  • Monday, January 2nd, 2012, (1:11 pm)

    BARRACUDA PUB GROUP NAME 2012 THE YEAR OF THE BEER

    The Barracuda Pub Group, a national pub operator who run over 160 Smith & Jones pubs across the UK, are looking to extend Christmas cheer by making 2012 the year of the beer.

    Throughout January, Barracuda will be offering Greene King’s Tolly English Ale, a lower strength beer which, at 2.8% (abv), qualifies for a 50% reduction in the rate of duty payable to the Treasury, for £1.29 in the majority of its pubs.

    Pubs based in Scotland will be offering Caledonian’s Deuchars IPA and those in Wales will be offering Brains Bitter. (more…)

  • Saturday, December 31st, 2011, (2:47 pm)

    CATERING COMPANY GRAZING JOINS FORCES WITH THE DESIGN MUSEUM

    Less than three months after announcing plans to enter the contract catering sector, City-based catering company and café operator, Grazing, has won its first contract at London’s Design Museum on Shad Thames.

    Managing Director, Sam Hurst, said: “I’m delighted to be working with such a high profile and well established museum.

    “We knew our first contract would be with a likeminded and innovative organisation and the Design Museum ticks all of those boxes.” (more…)

  • Friday, December 30th, 2011, (1:35 pm)

    MCCAIN LAUNCHES ON PACK-COMPETITION TO BOOST SALES

    McCain Wedges has launched a new on-pack promotion, offering consumers the chance to win one of 10,000 free downloadable movies as part of its ongoing partnership with Film4.

    The streaming campaign, which will run between January 2011 and April next year, will be promoted on-pack, online and on Film4.

    It is designed to drive awareness of the Film4 partnership, building the association between McCain Wedges and films, and support the ‘perfect for sharing’ proposition, which encourages consumers to enjoy Wedges beyond the side of the plate. (more…)

  • Friday, December 30th, 2011, (11:23 am)

    BROWNS LAUNCHES NEW “TAKE ME AWAY” SNACK RANGE

    Browns  had unveiled their new Take Me Away range.

    “Take me Away” is a range of premium frozen, pre-cooked, microwavable snacking foods which take minutes to prepare.

    The range includes; Hot and Spicy Chicken Wings, Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings, Hickory Ribs and Spicy Boneless Ribs. (more…)

  • Friday, December 30th, 2011, (9:17 am)

    SPAR LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF OWN-BRAND CAKES

    Spar has launched a new range of own-brand snacks and cakes to build of the success of last years launches in the category.

    A new limited edition four-pack of Toffee Muffins is available now, followed by a Citrus Orange & Lemon variety in spring 2012.

    The muffins are launching in priced-marked £1 packs and join the existing Blueberry and Double Chocolate Chip variants.

    (more…)

  • Friday, December 30th, 2011, (7:09 am)

    FUNKIN UNVEILS NEW HOT-TAILS RECIPES

    Cocktail mixer brand funkin has launched a new range of ‘hot-tail’ recipes to appeal to consumers looking to create hot drinks at home during the winter months.

    The recipes have been designed for entertaining friends and family, much like a cocktail.

    Two recipes have been created using the funkin mixers – to encourage use over the winter seasons, a period where consumption of cocktails tends to fall. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 29th, 2011, (3:02 pm)

    GROCERY SECTOR TO BE WORTH £184 BILLION BY 2016

    The UK’s food and grocery market is predicted to be worth in excess of £184 billion by 2016, compared to £156.8 billion in 2011, according to a recent study.

    The research, published by retail analysts IGD, claims discount retailers have been the main driving force behind the increase.

    The online sector is also one of the fastest growing channels, with an average annual growth rate of 13.7%. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 29th, 2011, (1:03 pm)

    BENECOL LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT BRAND RE-LAUNCH

    Benecol, the cholesterol-lowering brand, is hoping to get 2012 off to a healthy start with a major new TV campaign, Let’s Lower Cholesterol Together.

    The creative, which launched on Boxing Day (26 December 2011) shows how enjoying Benecol foods, which contain plant stanols, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, can lower cholesterol more than healthy eating alone.

    Developed by Adam & Eve, the TV campaign represents a significant investment from McNeil Nutritionals Ltd. for the Benecol brand with an estimated reach of 42 million adults to the end of January 2012. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 29th, 2011, (11:20 am)

    OTLEY BREWING COMPANY BRINGS BACK BEST SELLER FOR JANUARY

    The Otley Brewing Company is relaunching the award-winning O6 Porter for January.

    O6 is a 6.6%, old-style porter with a deep and full flavour. A satisfying beer crafted from four different malts and a single hop, the O6 is one of the company’s best selling beers.

    Otley is taking orders from the start of January. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 29th, 2011, (9:24 am)

    BERRY BROS & RUDD IDENTIFIES KEY TRENDS AS IT REVIEWS 2011: A YEAR IN WINE

    As 2011 comes to a close, Berry Bros. & Rudd, the 300 year old wine merchants and vintners to the Queen has reviewed its sales figures for the year and has spotted the following trends in its wine cellars.

    Champagne has lost none of its fizz this year with sales the strongest for three years.

    Sales of Champagne this year are up almost 17% by volume and 41% by value on 2010, giving a clear sign that despite a mood of austerity, people haven’t been swapping Champagne for Cava. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 29th, 2011, (7:09 am)

    HEINEKEN LAUNCHES NEW PACK DESIGN FOR JOHN SMITH’S EXTRA SMOOTH

    John Smith’s Extra Smooth has had a secondary packaging redesign that highlights the brand’s smooth taste.

    Available on all the multipacks, the new pack design features a photographed pint, reminding shoppers and consumers that a can of John Smith’s Extra Smooth delivers a pint at home as well as the pub.

    The new packaging aims to highlight  the smoothness, quality and heritage of the brand. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, (3:51 pm)

    MAKRO LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF OWN-BRAND ENERGY DRINKS

    Makro has launched a range of own-brand energy drinks featuring seven products to cater for the growing demand in this sector.

    The ‘Power Up’ range has been designed to appeal to general business and trader customers.

    The competitive pricing hopes to make the product a profitable, quality alternative to big brand energy drinks such as Red Bull and Lucozade. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, (1:19 pm)

    LACTOFREE ENTERS THE BUTTER, SPREADS AND MARGARINE CATEGORY WITH NEW SPREADABLE

    Lactofree, the UK’s only range of lactose-free dairy products, has expanded its current portfolio by bringing Lactofree Spreadable to the market.

    Available in a 250g tub for £1.60 (RRP) its introduction into the butter category is the result of demand from lactose intolerant consumers (around 15% of the UK population) looking for an option that’s made with real dairy butter and doesn’t contain lactose.

    The launch of spreadable adds further shelf space to the brand in the milk category, worth £16.1 million source and growing at 35.6% year on year. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, (11:30 am)

    OATBURST INTRODUCES NEW RANGE OF PORRIDGE SACHETS

    Porridge brand Oatburst, owned and produced by Leeds-based food manufacturer Symington’s, is launching into the cereal aisle with the launch of its new porridge sachets.

    The new format aims to shake up the category whilst introducing two new flavours to the fixture for the first time.

    Oatburst’s new sachets will launch to the market in January. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, (9:01 am)

    GROWTH IN FROZEN FOOD ACCELERATES

    The latest market data shows surging year-on-year growth for the frozen food retail market, which is up by 5.2% in value, according to the British Frozen Food Federation.

    Covering all product types, the category has performed well with individual categories such as meat, vegetables and pizza experiencing strong value and volume growth.

    Commenting on the positive results, Brian Young, director general of British Frozen Food Federation, said: (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 28th, 2011, (7:09 am)

    MARIANI DRIED FRUIT LAUNCHES IN THE UK AND EUROPE

    Mariani dried fruit, the largest independently-owned producer and packer of dried fruit in the world, is now available in the UK and across Europe.

    The Mariani brand has been providing premium quality dried fruit to consumers and customers all over the globe.

    Mariani is the largest independent producer of dried fruit in the world and produces over 150 million pounds of dried fruit each year. (more…)

  • Friday, December 23rd, 2011, (3:11 pm)

    HEINZ LAUNCHES TWO SPECIAL EDITION SOUPS

    Heinz has launched two new Special Edition flavours to the Heinz Classic Soup portfolio to offer consumers more choice and drive consumption.

    Set to hit the shelves in January, Heinz Classic Cream of Tomato with a Twist of Chilli and Heinz Classic Cream of Chicken with a Touch of Sage leverage the top performing SKUs of the Heinz Classic Soups range.

    The 400g cans feature a differentiated design with a new dark label and will sit in a black tray to create stand-out on shelf and encourage trial. (more…)

  • Friday, December 23rd, 2011, (1:04 pm)

    NEW ‘LIGHT’ SORBETS FROM SIMPLY ICE CREAM

    Kent’s ice cream producer Simply Ice Cream, has launched a line of “waistline-friendly” flavourful sorbets, available in delis, fine food stores and restaurants across the South East.

    Free from any syrups, mixers, additives or preservatives Simply Ice Cream uses natural flavours and locally sourced ingredients, wherever possible.

    The fresh sorbets come in four varieties; Blackcurrant, Lemon, Raspberry, and Mango. (more…)

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