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  • Thursday, November 17th, 2011, (11:09 am)

    CHARLIE BIGHAM’S POSH READY MEALS TO BE SOLD AT SAINSBURY’S

    Charlie Bigham’s, makers of “posh ready meals” has announced that they are to be listed in Sainsbury’s.

    Previously only stocked at Waitrose & Ocado, from the 16 November, six of Charlie Bigham’s ‘Twosome’ dishes will be available at a number of Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

    To help get their listing Charlie’s team turned up on the pavement outside Sainsbury’s Central London HQ one evening and gave out free suppers to 500 members of staff as they were going home, along with a card asking them to say if they thought Sainsbury’s shoppers would like and buy the food, and if so to tell the buyers.

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  • Thursday, November 17th, 2011, (9:11 am)

    NEW LIVE YOGURT BISCUIT FROM BELVITA

    Following the launch of the Belvita Breakfast Biscuit range in the UK last January, a new twist is being added to the range – the new Belvita Breakfast Yogurt Crunch.

    Specially designed for breakfast, the Belvita Breakfast Yogurt Crunch consists of two Breakfast Biscuits sandwiched together by a live yogurt filling – it provides a source of calcium and is the only biscuit in the UK to contain live yogurt cultures.

    Developed with Belvita nutritionists, the Belvita Breakfast Yogurt Crunch is made with five wholegrains, is rich in cereals, provides a source of fibre and calcium and contains a selection of vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, calcium, magnesium and iron.

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  • Thursday, November 17th, 2011, (7:13 am)

    OPEN INNOVATION SUMMIT

    In the last five years it’s been astonishing how Open Innovation has really come of age, it’s now a mainstream corporate practice and no process innovation or NPD team in the food & drink industry can really flourish without being up to date on the very latest ‘OI‘ thinking.

    So once again we’ve asked Paul Isherwood, Director Of Open Innovation at GSK to pick a star cast to bring us up to speed.

    The full agenda for Thursday 24th November is below, but here’s a quick taste.

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  • Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, (3:01 pm)

    YEO VALLEY INTRODUCES PEAR AND BUTTERSCOTCH FLAVOUR TO 4-POT RANGE

    From late November, the latest offering from Yeo Valley’s 4-pack range: Pear and Butterscotch, is launching into supermarkets across the UK.

    These single serve sized yogurts combine two flavours that are designed to appeal for their seasonal associations.

    Pear and Butterscotch is a blend of flavours, creating a recipe for an indulgent snack.

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  • Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, (1:11 pm)

    NEW SINGLE SERVE MINI COCKTAILS FROM COPPA

    Having already sold 1million bottles of Coppa Cocktails in 700ml format across Europe since launch earlier this year, Toorank Distilleries has continued to innovate in the convenience cocktail sector with the launch of its single serve ‘Mini’s’ format.

    Available in convenient 150ml PET bottles, the new size is has been designed for: on-trade accounts who prefer the convenience and speed of single serve portions.

    It also hopes to appeal to hotel mini-bars, where ready-to-serve cocktails can command a price premium.

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  • Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, (11:20 am)

    ROBERT WISEMAN PROFITS FALL DUE TO MILK PRICE WARS

    Interim profits at Robert Wiseman have been cut in half after the dairy giant has been forced to bear the brunt of the price war raging between supermarket retailers over milk.

    In the six months to 1 October 2011, pre-tax profits at the dairy processor fell by 47.7% compared to the equivalent period last year, to £10.6m.

    The business had been hit by three increases in the amount paid for raw milk since March 2011 and by rises in other costs, the company reported.

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  • Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, (9:14 am)

    WAITROSE LAUNCHES LAMB OFFAL ON MEAT COUNTER

    Waitrose is the first supermarket to offer customers cuts of meat such as lamb heart, lamb and veal sweetbreads and veal tail.

    In a bid to reintroduce the country to traditional and cheaper cuts of meat, the supermarket is now stocking a new range of lamb offal on the meat counter, along with helpful recipe tips, with veal offal arriving in stores in early December.

    Following on from the 2008 ‘Forgotten Cuts’ campaign, where a range including pigs’ trotters and beef skirt was introduced to the supermarket’s shelves, Waitrose is continuing its investment in cheaper cuts of meat.

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  • Wednesday, November 16th, 2011, (7:37 am)

    FREE FROM SECTOR CONTINUES TO GROW DESPITE ECONOMIC GLOOM

    Falling household spending has done nothing to dent the rapid growth seen in the gluten and wheat free sector as latest market figures from gluten free brand DS-gluten free, show a 15.5 per cent growth in the sector year on year.

    Latest Kantar Worldpanel data, commissioned by DS-gluten free, shows that strong growth over the past 12 months has seen the gluten and wheat free market grow to a value of £135.9 million.

    In retail, that growth has been most markedly felt by Asda, which now has a market share of just more than 12 per cent – against 8.6 per cent a year agot growth has been most markedly felt at Asda, which now has a market share of just more than 12 per cent – against 8.6 per cent a year ago.

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  • Tuesday, November 15th, 2011, (3:30 pm)

    ASDA RELAUNCHES OWN-LABEL RANGE

    Asda is relaunching its budget own-label range Smart Price, in time for the start of 2012.

    The freshly designed range will be rolled out on-shelf in January with a new logo and on-pack photography.

    Around 400 food and non-food items will be rebadged in the new packaging first, with the remaining 200 general merchandise items following suit at a later date.

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  • Tuesday, November 15th, 2011, (3:00 pm)

    COUNTRY CHOICE UNVEILS FESTIVE CAKE RANGE

    Country Choice is launching a new range of festive cakes and bakes for Christmas 2011.

    The Stollen Cake Slice is heading the launch, made with dried fruit and marzipan, then dusted with icing sugar, the traditional German cake comes ready to defrost in cases of 30 with a unit price of 89p and an rrp of £1.29 per individually wrapped 75g slice.

    For a savoury offering, the new Chicken & Stuffing Bake offers a slice of chicken pieces in gravy and sage and onion stuffing balls, all wrapped in a puff pastry shell. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 15th, 2011, (1:00 pm)

    WEIGHTWATCHERS TEAMS UP WITH VIMTO FOR LAUNCH OF NEW SOFT DRINK RANGE

    WeightWatchers and Vimto have teamed up to launch a new range of soft drinks.

    The new nine-strong WeightWatchers range includes cordials, ready-to-drink fruit drinks and lemonade that all contain zero WeightWatcher ProPoints per 250ml.

    Hitting supermarket shelves in January,  an impulse-channel will roll-out the following month.

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  • Tuesday, November 15th, 2011, (11:08 am)

    STELLA LAUNCHES NEW CHRISTMAS PACKAGING

    Stella Artois is pushing the Christmas message this festive season with the launch of new limited-edition festive packaging.

    The packs go on sale from November across the off-trade and will be supported with Christmas-themed TV advertising, social and digital media activity.

    The lager brand is also offering consumers a free Christmas album download with purchase.

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  • Tuesday, November 15th, 2011, (7:02 am)

    YOG INTRODUCES NEW SEASONAL FLAVOURS AND TOPPING

    Yog, the UK based probiotic frozen yogurt brand, is introducing three new seasonal hot toppings to go with its natural flavour this Winter.

    The new Pear and cinnamon topping is stewed pears with a sweet and warm taste of cinnamon, is suggested as a topping for the  100% natural or limited edition cinnamon Yog.

    The second new topping, Mince pies, is sweet pastry filled with apples, sultanas, raisins and spices.

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  • Monday, November 14th, 2011, (3:13 pm)

    SOUTHERN COMFORT UNVEILS LIMITED EDITION PACKAGING

    Using Eastman EmbraceTM LV, a copolyester resin for shrink film labels from Eastman Chemical Company, Brown-Forman Beverages has launched a limited edition package for its 70cl bottle of Southern Comfort liquor in the UK and Australia.

    In a bid to grab consumer attention and stand out on the shelves, the bottle features 360-degree graphics in vivid colors made possible by the high printability of the full body label sleeve.

    The impression is a package that appears as if it is gift wrapped, leading to on-shelf differentiation and marketing power – important during the festive season.

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  • Monday, November 14th, 2011, (1:01 pm)

    KALLO ORGANIC LAUNCHES NEW STOCK CUBE RANGE

    Kallo Foods, makers of “The Original Organic Stock Cube”, has secured the support of chef and cookery writer Sophie Conran – daughter of designer Sir Terence Conran and cookery writer Caroline Conran – to help launch the second phase of the Good Cooks Come From Great Stock campaign.

    The phase kicked off last year with Jamie Oliver’s parents Trevor and Sally, the Kallo campaign encourages people who enjoy cooking to celebrate their own original inspiration in the kitchen.

    This second phase is timed to coincide with the launch of three new organic stock cube recipes, which are made using more lean meat and vegetables than any competitor and are now available in stores.

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  • Monday, November 14th, 2011, (11:18 am)

    CRABBIE’S GOES BACK ON TV WITH ITS BIGGEST EVER CHRISTMAS PUSH

    Halewood International, the UK based independent drinks business has announced its biggest ever Christmas TV campaign for Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

    Crabbie’s will hit TV screens from 14th November to 11th December with prime time 20-second slots over the four week period.

    The programming schedule features both Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger beer and newly-launched Crabbie’s Spiced Orange between top performing shows such as I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Grand Designs and The Secret Millionaire.

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  • Monday, November 14th, 2011, (9:04 am)

    KENT CRISPS TO LAUNCH BIGGER SHARING BAGS

    Producers Quex Foods are launching their Kent Crisps range in bigger 150g bags to encourage purchase in the sharing market.

    Available from selected Waitrose, pubs, farm shops, delis, and fine food specialists, the new size goes on sale this month to join the 40g bags, which have sold more than 300,000 since March.

    As the trend for sharing in the food market grows stronger, the new larger bag format hopes to encourage sales over the festive period.

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  • Monday, November 14th, 2011, (7:20 am)

    NEW SPICED APPLE SEASONAL FLAVOUR FROM YEO VALLEY

    Yeo Valley Organic is launching a new flavour this season: Spiced Apple yogurt, available in stores this month.

    Yeo Valley Organic’s new yogurt is a blend of winter spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and apples, a popular autumnal fruit.

    Spiced Apple has been introduced following this summer’s success of the Limited Edition Mango & Vanilla big pot and provides Yeo Valley Organic yogurt with a festive flavour, to appeal over Christmas.

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  • Friday, November 11th, 2011, (3:07 pm)

    LIDL SIGNS UP FIVEMILETOWN CREAMERY FOR ITS NEW DELUXE RANGE

    Northern Ireland’s Fivemiletown Creamery has signed a contract with Lidl to supply new soft cheeses for its Deluxe own label range of products.

    The creamery is supplying its handmade brie and Oak Smoked Cheddar to the Deluxe brand for sale in the 160-strong network of Lidl stores in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

    The Deluxe brand is Lidl’s top tier offering, aimed specifically at consumers seeking premium products.

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  • Friday, November 11th, 2011, (1:09 pm)

    BURTS CHIPS LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION SEASONAL FLAVOUR

    Burts Chips are reintroducing their seasonal Aberdeen Angus flavoured potato chips following consumer demand.

    The re-launch, which continues Burts Chips’ strategy of limited edition seasonal varieties, follows on from the success of the brand’s summer flavour, Pesto, and marks their commitment to releasing new flavours.

    Aberdeen Angus Chips will be available in stores from October, remaining on shelves until March 2012.

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  • Friday, November 11th, 2011, (11:11 am)

    MARKS & SPENCER LAUNCHES SUSTAINABLE RETAILING CHALLENGE

    Marks & Spencer (M&S) and the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management have announced the launch of the 2012 M&S Sustainable Retailing Challenge.

    The competition offers MBA students from Europe’s leading business schools the chance to win £5,000 and the opportunity to present to a panel of judges.

    The Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility is running the competition in partnership with M&S, which has a target to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015.

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  • Friday, November 11th, 2011, (9:02 am)

    BRITISH CHOCOLATE IS CELEBRATED IN NEW RANGE

    For over 40 years, House of Dorchester has been making British chocolates in the heart of Dorset.

    Combining balanced, ethically-sourced ingredients with time-honoured skills and techniques.

    Inspired by its love of all things chocolatey, House of Dorchester has launched The Chocolate Larder – a range of biscuits, tiffin, flapjacks, hot chocolate and hot chocolate stir in spoons.

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  • Friday, November 11th, 2011, (7:17 am)

    NEW VEGGIE STYLE CHRISTMAS PRODUCTS FROM LINDA MCCARTNEY FOODS

    Linda McCartney Foods has launched a new range of veggie foods for Christmas 2011.

    The new Vegetarian Roast is launching as an alternative to the traditional meat roast, and takes less than an hour to cook.

    A seasonal twist on a classic burger, the new Special Edition Cranberry & Camembert Burgers are made with seasonal flavours, and is launching as a quick meal option.

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  • Thursday, November 10th, 2011, (3:01 pm)

    DALEPAK EXPANDS ITS FREEZER RANGE

    Dalepak, the frozen food brand, has expanded its range of freezer essentials with the addition of four new SKUs, which arrived in Asda stores on Monday 7th November.

    The products launch in time to appeal to Christmas shoppers and will be targeted at families who are looking for convenient, value for money trimmings and vegetarian options for their Christmas dinner.

    The new additions to the range are all ‘Vegetarian Society Approved’ and include a two pack of Honey Glazed Parsnip Nut Roasts, a two pack of Mushroom Crispbakes, a 12 pack of Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls, and a 12 pack of Assorted Mini Crispbakes in three flavours – Cheese & Onion, Garlic Mushroom and Spicy Bean.

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  • Thursday, November 10th, 2011, (1:08 pm)

    MARKS AND SPENCER REPORTS FOOD SALES UP DESPITE “CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT”

    Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported strong food sales in a “challenging environment”, with total UK sales up 3.9%, and like-for-like up 2.1%, for the 26 weeks to 1 October.

    Group sales ex VAT were up 2.4% at £4.7bn however, general merchandise fell -0.8% in total UK sales and -1.3% in like-for-like UK sales ex VAT, with profit before tax down to £320.5m (last year £348.6m).

    M&S have continued to build on the “heritage of quality and innovation”, focusing on three core values of “freshness, speciality and convenience”.

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  • Thursday, November 10th, 2011, (11:36 am)

    BAXTERS INTRODUCES NEW CHILLI BOWL RANGE

    Baxters is adding to the ambient ready meals market with the launch of its new Chilli Bowls.

    A quick and easy way to consume a portion of chilli, the premium chilli bowls deliver what the brand calls a “homemade taste”.

    Presented in a microwaveable bowl ready to heat and eat, Chilli Bowls are being launched in a bid to satisfy the growing demand for quality convenience food that is nutritious.

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  • Thursday, November 10th, 2011, (9:48 am)

    GLENFIDDICH UNVEILS FIRST-EVER VATTED VINTAGE RESERVE

    Glenfiddich, the Scotch whisky, has announced the release of the 1974 Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve, Glenfiddich’s first-ever vatted Vintage Reserve.

    After the launch of Snow Phoenix, which was created by combining Glenfiddich whiskies of different strengths, ages and finishes, Glenfiddich is releasing another vatted single malt Scotch whisky.

    Glenfiddich’s largest-ever selection panel consisted of Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Global Brand Ambassador, Ian Millar, 13 highly skilled Glenfiddich Brand Ambassadors and the owner of the world’s largest collection of Glenfiddich whisky, Hans-Henrik Hansen.

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  • Thursday, November 10th, 2011, (7:19 am)

    NEW MR MEN DESSERT FROM R&R

    Mr Men character Mr Happy is coming to children’s party tables this October with the launch of the Mr Happy Dessert.

    The ice-cream manufacturer has launched a brand new Mr Men dessert which capitalises on the brand’s 40th anniversary and the release of a Mr Men and Little Miss DVD box set and live tour this September.

    Mr Happy Dessert is a chocolate and vanilla ice cream dessert, sprinkled with white chocolate flower toppings and features a Mr Happy in every slice.

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  • Wednesday, November 9th, 2011, (3:01 pm)

    NEW ICE CREAM POTZ FROM NESTLE

    This Autumn Nestlé is launching two new ice creams, designed to appeal to the “night in” market.

    Nestlé has launched two new flavours to its Potz range, a collection of smaller serve ice cream tubs, with smooth ice cream, sauce and chunks of confectionary.

    Hot on the heels of the introductory variants, Aero, Smarties, Rolo, Fab and Toffee Crisp, the new flavours complete the range of smaller serve desserts.

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  • Wednesday, November 9th, 2011, (1:18 pm)

    LYONS LAUNCHES NEW COFFEE RANGE

    After 107 years the Lyons’ coffee range has bagged a brand new look.

    The distinctive new packaging and new taste has hit the shelves of all major supermarkets, and is already selling well.

    Founded in 1904 by J Lyons & Co, the catering business was responsible for Lyons Corner Houses that were a popular sight in London.

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