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  • Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, (3:13 pm)

    LUXARDO ADDS COLA AND PEAR TO ITS SAMBUCA RANGE

    Two new flavours have been added to the Luxardo Sambuca range.

    Luxardo Cola Sambuca and Luxardo Pear Sambuca are full-strength Sambucas at 38% abv and will be promoted by Cellar Trends Ltd as neat, chilled shots, layered cocktail shots – ‘shotails’- and long mixed drinks.

    As a pioneer market for Luxardo Sambuca flavours, the UK is the first to sell these new variants. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, (11:04 am)

    TESCO ABANDONS USE OF ECO-LABELS

    Tesco will no longer feature the Carbon Trust’s carbon reduction label on its products, after making claims it is too time-consuming and expensive to justify.

    The retailer has also said it is frustrated that other leading retailers have failed to follow its lead, meaning the label has been unable to gain sufficient critical mass.

    Launching four years ago in conjunction with the Carbon Trust, Tesco’s Carbon Reduction Labelling plan was hailed by then CEO Sir Terry Leahy as the start of a “revolution in green consumption”. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, (9:41 am)

    NEW MORELLO CHERRY LIQUEUR FROM ADNAMS

    Adnams, the Suffolk brewer, distiller and retailer, has added a Morello Cherry Liqueur to its repertoire of handcrafted spirits.

    The sweet, fruit liqueur is the latest seasonal spirit to come out of its Copper House Distillery since it launched Sloe Gin and Winter Spiced Liqueur last year.

    It is launching in time for the 14th of February for couples to enjoy in the build up to Valentine’s Day. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, (9:17 am)

    POMEGREAT RE-LAUNCHES ITS JUICE RANGE

    PomeGreat, the UK based producer of pomegranate juice and juice blends is set to unveil its first ever TV advertising campaign as part of a £2 million relaunch of the brand.

    The re-launch also includes print media, social media, PR and in-store promotional support.

    Launching on 1 February on ITV1, the campaign promotes PomeGreat’s juice range which now includes PurePlus, a new 100% natural whole-fruit pomegranate extract with multiple health benefits. (more…)

  • Monday, February 6th, 2012, (3:08 pm)

    NEW DARK CHOCOLATE DROPS FROM BEYOND DARK

    New Beyond Dark is a new chocolate treat of pure chocolate drops with more than three times the antioxidants found in other dark chocolates.

    The little chocolate bites are a snack made with quality of cocoa beans and a unique production process that contain the antioxidant equivalent of 25 oranges, 8 bananas or five apples in every 35 g pack.

    Costing 95 pence the drops are available in Sainsbury’s, Holland & Barrett and independent retailers. (more…)

  • Monday, February 6th, 2012, (1:37 pm)

    PURE VIA SWEETENER LAUNCHER IN THE UK

    Pure Via, the natural origin, low-calorie sweetener, has launched in the UK.

    The product is hoping to revolutionise the way consumers satisfy their sweet tooth cravings, without compromising on taste.

    Designed for sprinkling on cereal, sweetening a latte or baking cakes, Pure Via is a new sweetening ingredient to enter the increasingly competitive the UK market. (more…)

  • Monday, February 6th, 2012, (11:39 am)

    NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW LOOK FOR BEACON FOODS

    British ingredients brand Beacon Foods heads into 2012 with new branding.

    The re-fresh has been rolled out in a bid to reflect the successful evolution of the innovative business over the past 18 years.

    The company, based in Brecon Beacon National Park at Brecon, has launched a fresh new logo and eye-catching branding on its fleet of nine delivery vehicles that travel to most parts of England, Wales and Scotland. (more…)

  • Monday, February 6th, 2012, (9:21 am)

    NEW CHILLI BURGERS IN TOMATO SAUCE FROM WESTLERS

    Westlers has added a new, spicy chilli burger variety to its range of canned burgers in stores.

    The new recipe comes as an extension of the Hamburgers in Onion Gravy variety, offering a more adventurous flavour with a spicy tomato & chilli sauce.

    The new product’s packaging design features two chillies to communicate the heat levels of the burgers. (more…)

  • Monday, February 6th, 2012, (7:11 am)

    NEW YORK BAKERY CO LAUNCHES HEART SHAPED BAGELS

    This Valentine’s Day the New York Bakery Co. are launching a heart-shaped new bagel.

    The limited edition heart shaped snack is available exclusively through the New York Bakery Co Facebook page.

    Baked to have a golden outside and soft centre, these love hearts are the perfect excuse to start Valentine’s Day the New York way with an indulgent bagel breakfast in bed. (more…)

  • Friday, February 3rd, 2012, (3:37 pm)

    WINNERS OF PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2012 ANNOUNCED

    More than 9,000 consumers have voted to determine the results of the 2012 Product of the Year survey, advising fellow shoppers on the most innovative products in the consumer marketplace.

    Notable winners this year are multi-tasking products such as Nuromol, Ryvita Thins, and new Aero Finesse.

    New takes on established and well-loved brands also continue to resound with consumers this year. (more…)

  • Friday, February 3rd, 2012, (1:09 pm)

    AMERICAN CHOCOLATE OUTSELLS LEADING BRITISH BRANDS

    A chocolate range made by American confectioners Hershey’s and Reese’s has taken sweet-toothed shoppers by storm this week, with sales at Asda already outstripping favourites from leading British brands.

    Some buyers have said that they’ll go to incredible lengths to keep the chocolate to themselves, with one visitor to Asda’s Facebook page saying that she’ll hide them in the vegetable drawer of the fridge.

    Hershey’s and Reece’s chocolates have been favourites in the US for more than 100 years but have only just started to make an impression on UK consumers. (more…)

  • Friday, February 3rd, 2012, (11:00 am)

    TATE & LYLE INTRODUCES NEW LINE OF EXTRA DRY STARCHES

    Tate & Lyle, the global ingredients and food solutions provider, has announced the expansion of its range of native starches, with the introduction of two extra dry starch products: Merizett 116 and Merizet 118.

    Both have low moisture contents of typically 5% and 7% respectively.

    Extra dry starches are used in frozen dough, dehydrated soups, noodles, sauces, desserts, and other dry mixes in which moisture control is critical. (more…)

  • Friday, February 3rd, 2012, (9:30 am)

    NESTLE LAUNCHES NEW AERO BUBBLY BAR

    Nestlé Confectionery will be reshaping the singles category with the launch of the new AERO Bubbly Bar.

    Engineered to improve the AERO range for the brand’s many fans, the new design replaces the current AERO Peppermint Medium and AERO Milk Medium bars.

    The bar offers a unique bar design, aiming to stand out from the crowd. (more…)

  • Friday, February 3rd, 2012, (7:20 am)

    NEW SAN MIGUEL FRESCA LAUNCHES IN THE UK

    San Miguel has announced the launch of its first major brand extension in the UK with San Miguel Fresca, a sunshine lager, best served chilled with a wedge of lime.

    Developed as a result of a strategic partnership between Carlsberg UK and Mahou-San Miguel of Spain, the brewers have developed a beer with a clear appeal to UK consumers, while retaining all the Spanish character and integrity of San Miguel.

    ‘Fresca’, a word often used in Spain to describe a thirst-quenching, chilled drink, is being used in a bid to sum up the brand’s core consumer appeal. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 2nd, 2012, (3:11 pm)

    NEW FLAVOURS IN THE MENTOS 3 LAYERS RANGE

    Following the launch of Mentos 3 Layers earlier this year Perfetti Van Melle is expanding its Mentos 3 Layers range with the addition of a Fruity Fresh blackberry-kiwi-strawberry variant.

    The combination of 3 layers of chewing gum that delivers a longer lasting flavour and have proved popular with consumers.

    Aimee Reason, Brand Manager at Perfetti Van Melle said: “Mentos 3 Layers offers a high quality chewing gum with great taste and long lasting flavour. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 2nd, 2012, (1:30 pm)

    FIRST DRINKS BEGINS 2012 WITH NEW VODKA BRANDS

    First Drinks has announced that Central European Distribution Corporation’s (CEDC) international vodka brands Green Mark and Żubrόwka will be joining its portfolio in 2012.

    Green Mark is the No. 1 vodka brand in the Russian market and one of the top vodka brands in the world, with annual sales of approximately 10 million 9 litre cases worldwide.

    It is a genuine Russian vodka with international recognition. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 2nd, 2012, (11:16 am)

    HAAGEN-DAZ LAUNCHES FIRST MINT LEAF AND CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

    Luxury ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs is launching a new Mint Leaves and Chocolate product this February, which will be the first mint flavoured offering available in the luxury ice cream market.

    The new flavour consists of a smooth mint ice cream, real mint leaves and chocolate fudge pieces, which will be available in the 500ml format.

    The new flavour will be supported by Häagen-Dazs’ £3 million brand marketing campaign, including activity across TV, digital, in- store, consumer sampling and PR. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 2nd, 2012, (9:08 am)

    FRENCH PASTRIES SALES ON THE RISE

    As the most important meal of the day, it’s petit dejeuner not breakfast for Brits, as pastries, such as Brioche and Pain au Chocolat rise in the hearts of the nation – growing at a faster pace than traditional British baked goods.

    According to latest research from Mintel, Brioche sales rose a sweet 25% in 2011 – from £31m in 2010 to £38m in 2011.

    And sales of Pain au Chocolat increased a mouth-watering 14% over the same two years up from £22m in 2010 to £25m in 2011. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 2nd, 2012, (7:01 am)

    DANONE UNVEILS NEW CAMPAIGN

    Danone has announced the launch of its new campaign, “The little bottle with a lot inside” for drinking yogurt, Actimel.

    The £3.2m spend is being supported by a 30 second TV ad, national press, outdoor advertising, an on-pack promotion as well as PR and digital media.

    The campaign aims to encourage people to take another look at Actimel and realise there’s more to it than meets the eye. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, (3:36 pm)

    WERTHER’S ORIGINAL ADDS TWO NEW VARIETIES TO ITS RANGE

    Werther’s Original is extending its confectionery range with the introduction of two new varieties.

    The brand will also be returning to the nation’s TV screens with a multi-million pound advertising campaign this spring.

    The two new varieties, Caramel Fudge and Chocolate Crunch, have been developed to reinforce the longstanding ‘taste of comfort’, a brand proposition which Werther’s has delivered for many generations. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, (3:09 pm)

    ARLA LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF SNACK POTS

    Arla Foods has launched a new range of cottage cheese snack pots, which are available in Asda and Tesco stores.

    As well as cottage cheese, the 200g snack pots include either high-bake water crackers or multigrain crackers, and are available with two different flavours of chutney – either caramelised onion or tangy tomato.

    The pots also come with a spoon to encourage on the go eating. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, (1:23 pm)

    HEINZ LAUNCHES ‘KNOW GROCERY GROW GROCERY’ CAMPAIGN

    Heinz, is announcing the launch of a new initiative ‘Know Grocery. Grow Grocery’ in mid-February that is aimed at helping retailers to maximise profits within the fast growing convenience sector.

    According to latest reports, the convenience and impulse sector is outperforming other areas within the grocery market and is currently experiencing a growth rate of+8.9%.

    The sector is currently valued at, £32.4bn and is projected to grow by another £10bn in five years. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, (11:47 am)

    NEW LIMITED EDITION SOUPS FROM GLORIOUS

    Food brand GLORIOUS! is adding to the chilled food aisle this January with the launch of two new limited edition flavours to its fresh soup range.

    The two new additions are Oriental Spiced Tomato and New York Chicken Noodle.

    Part of the company’s commitment to searching out new tastes from across the world, the new flavours have been developed as an antidote to the season’s cold weather and dark nights and will be in stores from 28 January for a limited time. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, (9:14 am)

    PAUL A YOUNG UNVEILS PATRIOTIC EASTER COLLECTION

    With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics fast approaching, chocolatier Paul a Young is joining in the celebrations with a Rule Britannia-inspired Easter Collection.

    All of Paul’s chocolate eggs are hand-decorated in celebratory splashes of red, white and blue.

    This year’s collection features Paul’s sea salted caramel filled egg; a hen-sized egg made with 64% Madagascan chocolate and filled with Paul’s buttery sea salted caramel, it comes complete with porcelain egg cup and spoon. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, (9:05 am)

    OCEAN SPRAY EXPANDS ITS RANGE

    Ocean Spray, distributed by Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE), is expanding its range of products to meet growing consumer demand for natural, healthy drinks.

    New Ocean Spray 100% Juices will be available in three variants; Cranberry Blend, Raspberry & Blackberry with Cranberry and Blueberry & Pomegranate with Cranberry, each containing blended 100% juice.

    Products made from 100% juice have seen greater demand in recent years as consumers seek healthier products for themselves and their families, and four in ten new products now launched contain no additives or preservatives. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, (7:47 am)

    TROPICANA LAUNCHES NEW BREAKFAST CAMPAIGN

    Tropicana is launching an integrated marketing campaign which will include a new television advert.

    The substantial marketing investment and consumer engagement programme, aims to maximise opportunities for retailers.

    The Brighter Mornings campaign includes a new 30-second TV creative which uses an array of early morning scenes to portray the journey from waking up to actually coming alive. (more…)

  • Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, (3:43 pm)

    KERRYGOLD BRINGS BACK SOFTER BUTTER

    Kerrygold has announced that it’s Softer Butter is back in 155 Sainsbury’s stores around the UK due to consumer demand.

    Unlike most other spreadable butters which are made spreadable by the inclusion of vegetable oil, Kerrygold Softer Butter is 100% pure Irish butter, and combines the natural creamy taste of real butter, with the convenience of a spreadable.

    Alison Palmer, Brand Marketing Controller for Kerrygold said: (more…)

  • Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, (1:11 pm)

    WAITROSE UNVEILS NEW ‘YOU COUNT’ RANGE

    Waitrose has extended its Love Life own-label range with new ‘You Count’ products taking pride of place on-pack, displaying the number of calories contained in each item.

    The range extension, which launched into stores this week, consists of 64 products for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking.

    Waitrose says the aim of You Count is to help consumers cut their calorie consumption. (more…)

  • Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, (11:11 am)

    KRAFT LAUNCHES NEW PHILADELPHIA WITH CADBURY

    Kraft Foods has taken the Cadbury chocolate brand in a new direction, by combining it with cheese for the first time.

    The company is bringing together two of its brands and launching Philadelphia with Cadbury, a chilled chocolate spread made from Philadelphia Light and Cadbury chocolate.

    Kraft believes the new product has the potential to do very well and is targeting £10m in sales in the first year. (more…)

  • Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, (9:39 am)

    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…)

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