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  • Friday, August 10th, 2012, (1:09 pm)

    NEW CADBURY PRETZELS ENTER THE SNACK MARKET

    Kraft Foods is adding a savoury twist to its sharing bag offering, combining pretzels with Cadbury milk chocolate.

    The new addition, available to order from 13 August, aims to help champion snacking products for the whole family and fulfil a growing consumer demand for bitesize and sharing offerings.

    Following a market growth of 14% for pretzels and the launch of Cadbury Popcorn in May this year, Kraft Foods is hoping to help retailers to capitalise on the booming bitesize market. (more…)

  • Friday, August 10th, 2012, (11:36 am)

    BAXTERS LAUNCHES NEW SOUP RANGE FOR WINTER

    Baxters is launching five new soup flavours in time for winter.

    The UK’s soup brand has also enhanced 14 of its existing recipes as well as revamping the packaging across its soup ranges.

    And following the success of the brand’s 2011/12 advertising campaign, Baxters is back on TV with its Lochside commercial kicking off on 15 October. (more…)

  • Friday, August 10th, 2012, (9:35 am)

    ANNUAL FREEFROM ALLERGY & INTOLERANCE SEMINAR

    As you may know FreeFrom is now a big serious category and all the major’s have got FreeFrom Sections.

    But did you know it’s growing fifteen percent year on year.

    The Food and Drink Innovation Network’s Annual FreeFrom (Allergy & Intolerance) seminar will take place on the 19th September. (more…)

  • Friday, August 10th, 2012, (7:27 am)

    ATKINS UNVEILS NEW LOW CARB BREAD MIX

    Atkins’, the diet brand has launched a new bread mix, which can be consumed on all four phases of the New Atkins Diet.

    The launch of the new bread mix aims to challenge the perceived misconception of what can and can’t be consumed on the New Atkins Diet.

    The on-shelf presence of the product aims to raise awareness of the fact that the diet is low carb, rather than no carb, to both dieters and health conscious individuals, while also hoping to broaden the appeal of the diet and its products to other consumers. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 9th, 2012, (3:09 pm)

    MASTERCHEF WINNER IS NEW FACE OF BILLINGTON’S

    Billington’s, the UK’s unrefined sugar specialist has signed MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo, to celebrate the brand’s Mauritian origins.

    Shelina, who was born to Mauritian parents learned her skills and knowledge of Mauritian cooking from spending time in the kitchen with her mother.

    She used her cooking as a way of making herself feel closer to her culture and heritage, having never lived in Mauritius herself. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 9th, 2012, (1:17 pm)

    THE FABULOUS BAKIN BOYS UNVEILS NEW COMPETITION FLAVOUR

    Following a national competition to design a new flavour for their Minis range, national bakery brand, The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys are launching “Kizzy’s Jungle Jumble Mini Cupcakes”.

    Kizzy McDonald, 9, from Market Drayton, was chosen from hundreds of entrants after submitting her flavour in the bakery’s Mini Baker competition.

    The tropical Jungle Jumble cakes feature a banana flavoured sponge with an orange, mango and pineapple iced topping. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 9th, 2012, (11:11 am)

    CATHEDRAL CITY LAUNCHES NEW AD CAMPAIGN

    This August, Cathedral City is launching a brand new TV advertising campaign beginning with a 60 second ad focusing on the comfort of home.

    The first major campaign released by the brand since the ‘Slice of Britain’ ad in 2009 will feature three separate creatives, all linked by the brand’s filmic style and a musically driven “Home” theme.

    The campaign launched on 8th August with an ad featuring Cathedral City’s core Mature SKU. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 9th, 2012, (9:10 am)

    BELU LAUNCHES FIRST 100% CARBON NEUTRAL GREEN PLASTIC BOTTLE

    Belu, the UK’s ethical water brand, has launched the first British 100% carbon neutral green plastic sparkling water bottle, available in 500ml.

    Belu has established a customer base in both retail and food service thanks to its ethics and this new product has been created to respond to their needs.

    Karen Lynch, Managing Director of Belu, said: “We are delighted to offer our sparkling water in stylish and convenient green plastic bottles, perfect for on-the-go’.” (more…)

  • Thursday, August 9th, 2012, (7:09 am)

    CARLUCCIO’S UNVEILS NEW ‘AT HOME’ RANGE

    Carluccio’s is launching its first ‘at home’ range of fresh premium Italian meals, exclusively for supermarkets.

    Over two years in the making, each classic Italian dish has been developed with the Carluccio’s philosophy in mind and offers quality, authentic Italian food, made from scratch.

    The exclusively fresh selection features filled pasta imported from Italy, sauces, meals and breads and will launch in Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 8th, 2012, (3:20 pm)

    BROWNS FOOD GROUP UNVEILS NEW PREMIUM COOKED MEATS RANGE

    Browns Food Group will be featuring its new premium range of sliced Scottish cooked meats at the BBC Good Food Show in October.

    And in time for Autumn season, the Tarbert Fine Premium Cooked Meats, which are made from selected pork and scotch beef, will be featuring at the Show at the SECC in Glasgow from 19 to 21 October.

    Howard Crook, who is the Managing Director at Browns Food Group, said: “We have spent a long time developing our products and have changed our packaging to give our customers the finest quality for best value for money. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 8th, 2012, (1:10 pm)

    NEW BBQ RUBS FROM CALIFORNIA RANCHER

    California Rancher has launched a new range of meal kits to enable amateur and keen BBQers to create BBQ cooking at home.

    Whether it’s in the kitchen, on the BBQ or around the campfire, these kits can be used to give flavour to a meal.

    The range is being sold across Wholefoods stores as well as in independents, online and also via Not on the High Street. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 8th, 2012, (11:19 am)

    DEL MONTE LAUNCHES NEW NATURALLY LIGHT JUICE DRINK RANGE

    Del Monte, the fruit juice brand, has sourced a “super” natural new ingredient, Stevia, which enables juice drinks to be made with a fraction of the sugar content previously possible.

    The Stevia plant is indigenous to the tropical regions of Central and South America and has been used as a sweetener for centuries by the Guaraní people of Paraguay.

    Del Monte’s new Naturally Light low-calorie range contains only half the sugar and calories of standard juice and juice drinks. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 8th, 2012, (9:00 am)

    YOUNG’S SEAFOOD UNVEILS NEW GASTRO RANGE

    Young’s Seafood has launched the new Gastro range of fish dishes with flavours from the kitchens of Young’s own French chef.

    Aiming to shake-up the supermarket frozen aisle, Young’s follows the success of the Jamie Oliver by Young’s range, with Gastro, offering ‘restaurant quality meals in the comfort of your own home.’

    Now available nationwide in seven varieties, Young’s Gastro range features fish fillets, herbs and aromatic sauces flash frozen at the peak of freshness. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 8th, 2012, (7:15 am)

    ADNAMS INTRODUCES TWO NEW LOW ALCOHOL BOTTLED BEERS

    Adnams, the Suffolk brewer, distiller and retailer, has launched two low alcohol bottled beers.

    The new tipples include a brand new Ginger Beer and the introduction of Adnams Sole Star into bottles for the first time.

    Both beers have been developed in response to demand for lower alcohol beers that can be enjoyed at lunchtime, as an early evening beer and throughout this summer of sport. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, (3:05 pm)

    EISBERG ALCOHOL FREE WINE DEBUTS NEW LOOK

    Eisberg, the alcohol free wine brand, has undergone a design update with a fresh new logo and label design.

    It aims to give the brand a more contemporary appearance and increase the wine’s appeal to a wider audience.

    The rejuvenated branding will be rolled out across the whole range of Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, Riesling and Chardonnay. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, (1:01 pm)

    STOKES ‘PINK’ MAYO NOW ON SALE

    A limited edition mayonnaise, which has been given a makeover in order to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, has now officially gone on sale.

    Condiments producer Stokes Sauces, who are based in Suffolk, have joined forces with the national breast cancer charity to boost fundraising efforts in 2012.

    Their ‘Real Mayonnaise’ now sports a bright pink label and lid, along with the Breast Cancer Care ‘ribbon’ logo. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, (11:09 am)

    FLAHAVAN’S LAUNCHES IRISH COARSE CUT OATMEAL

    Flahavan’s, Ireland’s oat producer has launched a new addition to its UK range – Irish Coarse Cut Oatmeal.

    The Irish Coarse Cut Oatmeal joins Flahavan’s current range including: Organic Porridge Oats, Quick Oats, Irish Porridge Oats, Irish Organic Jumbo Oats and Multi seed.

    The new addition coincides with the launch of a new range of packaging, exclusive to the UK, following the completion of a three year major rebranding exercise. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, (9:09 am)

    FLEUR DE LYS LAUNCHES NEW UNBAKED PUFF PIE RANGE

    Savoury pie brand, Fleur De Lys, plans to launch a brand new range of unbaked puff pastry pies into the Foodservice market, in September 2012.

    Fleur De Lys’ new Unbaked Puff Pies (200g) range includes three filling variants, each topped with a French puff pastry lid.

    Fleur De Lys was purchased by Holland’s Pies in 1972. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, (7:23 am)

    NEW SMALL ‘JAZZY’ POTATOES UNVEILED IN THE UK

    Jazzy is the all new small potato launched by Preva Produce and the Jazzy grower group to wholesale, hospitality and retail this summer.

    Jazzy is a waxy, set-skinnned potato packaged in brightly coloured red and green packaging, which is also echoed on the website and newsletter.

    The potato will be available in 10kg boxes from the 1st August for the major wholesale markets. (more…)

  • Monday, August 6th, 2012, (3:17 pm)

    WENSLEYDALE CREAMERY RELEASES NEW PREMIUM CHEESE RANGE

    The Wensleydale Creamery, based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, has brought together a new premium range of cheese to celebrate its tradition, heritage and handcrafted cheese making.

    The Creamery has used milk from local Dales family farms to handcraft a premium range of cheese to compliment its current range of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and blended cheese varieties.

    The Premium range comprises four cheeses: Wensleydale Blue, Kit Calvert ‘Old-Fashioned’ Wensleydale, Sheep’s Milk Wensleydale, Fountain’s Gold Cheddar. (more…)

  • Monday, August 6th, 2012, (1:11 pm)

    HOLLAND’S PIES LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF SAVOURY SLICES

    Holland’s Pies, the North West’s producer of pies, puddings and pastries, is launching a new range of savoury slices into independent convenience outlets and garage forecourts across the North West.

    Off the back of the success of its Creamy Chicken Slice becoming a bestseller in the hot food to go range, Holland’s looked to create a range of slices for convenience retail.

    The range is made up of three 160g slices including Chicken Slice, Steak Slice and Chicken Curry Slice. (more…)

  • Monday, August 6th, 2012, (11:05 am)

    NEW ALCOHOL FREE WINE RANGE FROM SORELLE

    Sorelle has unveiled a brand new 0% alcohol wine-style drink with an authentic wine taste without the alcohol.

    Available in two flavours; a Sauvignon Blanc and a Rosé, Sorelle is a new alternative to wine this summer.

    With 24 calories per 100ml glass, 65% less than a standard wine, Sorelle is positioning itself as a guilt free drink with the taste of wine.

    (more…)

  • Monday, August 6th, 2012, (9:00 am)

    MILLIE’S COOKIES UNVEILS NEW COSMO COOKIE

    Millie’s have announced the development of a new cookie: the Cosmo Cookie.

    Designed with the universally known Cosmopolitan cocktail in mind, it is a celebration of the feminine icon which is enjoyed in bars across the world.

    Bringing orange, cranberry and lime together, this cookie is flavoured like the drink, but without the alcohol content. (more…)

  • Monday, August 6th, 2012, (7:09 am)

    FRAY BENTOS LAUNCHES NEW SOUP RANGE

    Canned goods brand Fray Bentos has launched its first new product development since being acquired by Baxters Food Group.

    The range of soups, created to offer consumers affordable quality, will build on the brand’s position in the canned goods category.

    Fray Bentos soups come in five flavours: Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Tomato, Cream of Chicken, Vegetable and Minestrone. (more…)

  • Friday, August 3rd, 2012, (3:09 pm)

    KERRYGOLD REVEALS NEW SOFTER BLOCK BUTTER

    Kerrygold’s Block Butter is now being launches in a softer block.

    Their research showed 83% of respondents agreed that block butter is too hard to spread or bake with when taken straight from the fridge, whilst 65% of the consumers we questioned said they would be interested in purchasing an easier to spread block butter.

    Kerrygold Softer Block Butter aims to help address their frustrations and bring convenience to a product that has previously been quite difficult to use. (more…)

  • Friday, August 3rd, 2012, (1:10 pm)

    KRAFT EXTENDS 50P PRICE-MARKED PACKS

    Following on from the 50p price marked packs (PMP) for top countlines last year, Kraft Foods is launching packs for Cadbury Picnic and Cadbury Chocos.

    This extension of PMPs for the chocolate brand comes as new research shows that they not only improve the price image of a convenience store in the eye of the consumer but also that the majority of retailers believe they sell faster than standard packs, as well as helping to drive footfall to stores.

    The on-pack promotion will see the packs marked at 50p, available from the 1 August. (more…)

  • Friday, August 3rd, 2012, (11:09 am)

    CATHEDRAL CITY LAUNCHES BITE-SIZE SELECTIONS

    Cathedral City is hoping to shak up the category this summer with the launch of Cathedral City Selections.

    The Selections are a brand new pack containing individually wrapped pieces of Cathedral City cheddar, designed to revolutionize the in- home snacking market.

    Each bag of Selections contains 14 pieces of cheese and is available in three SKUs including Mature, Extra Mature and a Variety pack. (more…)

  • Friday, August 3rd, 2012, (9:34 am)

    MAJOR RELAUNCH FOR LYONS’ BISCUITS RANGE

    Burton’s Biscuit Company has announced a major relaunch of the Lyons’ Biscuits range, aiming to meet consumer demand for known products and value for money.

    Bold new packaging hopes to create impact on the shelf, bringing a variety of treats and biscuit barrel favourites under the Lyons’ brand.

    With the strapline “Come in, I’ll put the kettle on…”, the brand is being positioned as an everyday treat, for sharing with friends and family along with a cup of tea. (more…)

  • Friday, August 3rd, 2012, (7:09 am)

    ANNUAL FREEFROM ALLERGY & INTOLERANCE SEMINAR

    As you may know FreeFrom is now a big serious category and all the major’s have got FreeFrom Sections.

    But did you know it’s growing fifteen percent year on year.

    The Food and Drink Innovation Network’s Annual FreeFrom (Allergy & Intolerance) seminar will take place on the 19th September. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 2nd, 2012, (3:09 pm)

    DAIRY COALITION VOWS TO KEEP UP PRESSURE ON RETAILERS AND PROCESSORS

    Members of the dairy coalition have vowed to keep up the pressure on retailers and other large buyers of milk who don’t pay dairy farmers a fair price.

    The coalition, NFU, NFUS, NFU Cymru, the RABDF, WFU, TFA and FFA congratulated the farmers and the general public for their overwhelming support for the SOS Dairy campaign.

    But the group has warned that other processors and retailers would be put into the spotlight to commit to paying a fair price to farmers; one that at least covers their costs of production for milk. (more…)

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