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  • Friday, October 5th, 2012, (11:13 am)

    HEINZ LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF KETCHUPS IN A JAR

    Heinz has launched a new range of ketchups in a jar crafted to complement more consumers’ mealtimes, designed with adults in mind.

    Heinz’s new ketchup range aims to drive new usage occasions by allowing consumers to spoon a generous serving of the ketchup onto more of their meals.

    In-store from October, the new range includes a thick texture in 300g glass jars. (more…)

  • Friday, October 5th, 2012, (9:06 am)

    RACHELS RELAUNCHES MY FIRST YOGURTS WITH NEW FLAVOURS

    Rachel’s is relaunching its My First Yogurts, recreated with a new and improved recipe.

    Transforming its original flavours into four fruit favourites; strawberry, banana, raspberry and new peach flavour, it will launch in supermarkets nationwide this month.

    Suitable for children aged from 6 months, My First Yogurts multipack is made with real fruit purée and no colourings, artificial flavourings, preservatives or added refined sugars or sweeteners. (more…)

  • Friday, October 5th, 2012, (7:37 am)

    PUTTING PACKAGING AT THE HEART OF YOUR NPD

    On October 10th were staging an essential seminar: Putting Packaging At The Heart Of Your NPD.

    As you know many new products fail because they just don’t get the trial [let alone the repeat purchase] to reach the sales hurdle rate.

    New product introductions [both in-store and off-screen] are all about try me and buy me …. again and again, and we have to be way ahead of the pack to stand any chance of success. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 4th, 2012, (3:26 pm)

    HANCOCKS’ NEW DUCD’O CHOCLATE RANGE HITS SHELVES

    Hancocks Cash and Carry has launched a new selection of Ducd’o chocolate products into the UK market, anticipating sales in the run up to Christmas.

    Ducd’o is one of Belgium’s leading producers of premium chocolates.

    Made with 100% cocoa butter, Ducd’o makes all of its own fillings and only uses carefully selected ingredients. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 4th, 2012, (1:11 pm)

    RED BULL LAUNCHES SPECIAL EDITION FLAVOURS

    Red Bull, the UK’s functional energy drink, has announced its first flavour extensions in the UK with the launch of Red Bull Special Editions; three new flavours with the same functional benefits of Red Bull Energy Drink.

    The Red Edition (Cranberry), Silver Edition (Lime) and Blue Edition (Blueberry), are available now and aim to give retailers an opportunity to drive sales in the fastest growing soft drinks category.

    The launch, scheduled for Q1 2013, aims to help drive the Sports & Energy category by addressing the number one category barrier of taste, bringing in new shoppers to the category by offering a range of flavours from the brand. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 4th, 2012, (11:09 am)

    BURTS LAUNCHES FIRST EVER GUINNESS FLAVOURED CRISPS

    Artisan crisp brand Burts Chips and Guinness has announced the launch of the world’s first Guinness flavoured crisps.

    Guinness Burts Chips has been designed to target male consumers and capitalise on key sporting occasions.

    Launching this September in the on-trade as well as grocery retail the crisps aim to stir excitement in consumers looking for a snack with character and capitalise on the growing UK snacks market. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 4th, 2012, (9:19 am)

    LOVETUB PUDDING ADDS NEW CHOCOLATE ORANGE VOLCANO FLAVOUR TO RANGE

    Indulgent pudding brand lovetub is broadening its appeal with the launch of a new variant: Chocolate Orange Volcano.

    The new variant comprises chocolate orange sponge and gooey chocolate sauce, topped with chocolate orange curls and ‘volcanic’ popping candy.

    It will expand lovetub’s 100g range, which currently comprises Sticky Toffee Pudding and Chocolate Pudding variants. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 4th, 2012, (7:00 am)

    MOET & CHANDON LAUNCHES 2004 GRAND VINTAGE

    Moët & Chandon has released its 2004 Grand Vintage Champagne, which winemaker Benoît Gouez describes as “elegant, sleek and graceful: definitely a wine for lovers of finely aged Champagne.”

    Gouez says 2004 was an exceptional year in terms of quality and quantity.

    The growing season was unusually mild and a number of factors combined to give mature grapes – hence the declaration of the 2004, Moët & Chandon’s 70th vintage. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, (3:19 pm)

    NEW CADBURY CRISPELLO CHOCOLATE BAR

    Kraft Foods is launching the first new Cadbury countline brand since the nineties.

    Cadbury Crispello is an everyday treat of three wafer shells, filled with creamy centre and covered in a layer of Cadbury milk chocolate.

    This new individually-portioned countline, available for retailers to order from 8th October, allows shoppers to eat one Crispello piece at a time, or save the rest for later with resealing the packaging. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, (1:00 pm)

    COCA-COLA RECYCLES 10.5 MILLION GREEN BOTTLES

    The Coca-Cola System in Great Britain (‘Coca-Cola’), has announced that it has recycled 10.5 million bottles collected from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning them to GB shelves as part of new bottles.

    This will result in 42 million bottles, each containing 25% PET.

    The success of this large-scale bottle-to-bottle recycling process is part of Coca-Cola’s commitment to helping the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) deliver the most sustainable Games possible. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, (11:12 am)

    HEINZ LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN FOR ITS CLASSIC SOUP RANGE

    Heinz is investing £4m in a new TV and radio campaign showcasing Heinz Classic Soup.

    The soup brand has been warming customers throughout winter for over 100 years.

    Airing for the first time on Monday 1st October, the TV advert shows a woman, who has seen the full effects of a British winter, being soaked through. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, (9:09 am)

    ‘EAT IN’ RANGE EXPANDS AT THE CO-OPERATIVE

    The Co-operative Food is extending its ready-to-cook “Eat In” range with a selection of seven new products which provide alternatives to home-cooked dishes.

    At the same time, the entire Eat In range is re-launching with a fresh new look in Co-operative Food stores nationwide.

    The Eat In range consists of ready-prepared, main meals and side dishes for two that can be cooked in the oven and served up with no fuss. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, (7:22 am)

    WRIGLEY LAUNCHES SKITTLES AND STARBURST MIX BAGS

    For the first time ever, Wrigley is launching a new Skittles and Starburst mixed bag this month, which is available across all channels.

    Providing an opportunity for retailers to generate sales and profits, the new pack aims to capitalise on consumer demand for variety, by giving shoppers two sweets in just one bag.

    Both Skittles and Starburst are performing well, with Skittles the fastest growing fruit Confectionery brand in the UK. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, (3:04 pm)

    KALLO UNVEILS NEW NATURAL STOCK POTS AND GRAVY GRANULES

    Kallo, the natural and organic food brand, and the only brand on the market to offer organic stock cubes, is introducing two new products – natural Kallo Stock Pots and Kallo Organic Gravy Granules.

    Like the Kallo Organic Stock Cubes, the two new products are natural and contain no artificial ingredients, no added MSG and are gluten free.

    And as home cooking continues to grow and consumers increasingly look for convenient formats to help them out in the kitchen, these offer an all natural solution. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, (1:08 pm)

    AUNT BESSIE’S UNVEILS NEW HOT DESSERT RANGE

    Aunt Bessie’s is launching five new desserts this autumn, including three fruit crumbles, a lemon sponge and a chocolate pudding.

    All are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, and can be put in the oven and served to within a matter of minutes – designed for busy couples and mums on the go.

    Aunt Bessie’s new crumbles come in two sizes: a Perfect for Two size – smaller desserts that are ideal for couples; or a family size – designed to fill up the whole family. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, (11:12 am)

    NEW GLUTEN FREE RANGE PERK!ER HITS UK SHELVES

    PERK!ER is a brand new gluten free food company founded in April 2012 by Ann Perkins and Steven Turner.

    PERK!ER’s mission is to make gluten free food so that everyone will enjoy it.

    Talking to lots of gluten avoiders PERK!ER found out what they find hardest, and came up with lots of ideas to solve these problems. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, (9:10 am)

    BART INGREDIENTS COMPANY UNVEILS NEW ‘SPOONKLER’ DESIGN

    The Bart Ingredients Company is launching new ‘Spoonkler’- a dual feature cap designed for all cooking needs.

    The flip top cap has two uses, one side to shake liberally through small holes and one side wide enough to fit in a teaspoon.

    An industry first, the Spoonkler was developed with RPC following Bart consumer research, which found that customers found the awkward shape of most spice jars a hindrance to their particular cooking styles. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, (7:09 am)

    TOMORROW’S TABLE SEMINAR

    On Wednesday 7th November Charles Banks, of The Food People, will chair Tomorrow’s Table, Global Food & Drink Summit at The Staverton Park Conference Centre, Daventry, Northants.

    Last year this important seminar sold out quickly and we’re expecting this one to be just as quickly booked.

    When you look at the full agenda below you can see an impressive star cast of research agencies, mixologists, packaging specialists, food writers and top bloggers who have help us replenish our insights and keep that competitive edge. (more…)

  • Monday, October 1st, 2012, (1:09 pm)

    KALLO LAUNCHES NEW CORN CAKES

    Kallo, the natural and organic food brand, is embarking on a major sampling initiative with Tesco and encouraging consumers to try its new Corn Cakes.

    With 25 calories compared to 90 calories for the average slice of bread, the new Corn Cakes are made with only two ingredients – corn and a touch of salt.

    This move coincides with the brand’s biggest ever TV advertising campaign that went live earlier this month and 25% year on year growth for Kallo’s healthy snacks products. (more…)

  • Monday, October 1st, 2012, (11:05 am)

    NEW CHEESE LUNCHBOX SNACKS FROM PRIMULA

    Primula is bringing a new product to children’s lunchboxes with the launch of an exciting new cheese snack: Primula Pods.

    Available in two flavours, Cheese and Cheese ‘n’ Chive, Primula Pods are flavoured, high in calcium and with a firm consistency designed as a lunchbox snack or after-school treat.

    Sold in net bags of five, one for each school day of the week, Primula Pods have an easy-open plastic shell boldly coloured in blue for Cheese Pods and green for Cheese ‘n’ Chive. (more…)

  • Monday, October 1st, 2012, (9:11 am)

    BENECOL EXTENDS FAT FREE YOGURT RANGE

    Benecol, the cholesterol-lowering brand, is set to extend its range of fat free yogurts with the addition of Benecol Fat Free Forest Fruits Yogurts to the portfolio.

    Benecol foods are the only cholesterol lowering foods to contain the ingredient plant stanols which are proven to lower cholesterol by up to 10% within 3 weeks.

    Benecol Fat Free Forest Fruits Yogurts come in a pack of four individual 125g pots; Blueberry, Prune, Blackberry and Raspberry (RRP £2.39 per pack of four) and each pot contains an average of 83 calories. (more…)

  • Friday, September 28th, 2012, (3:09 pm)

    BONDS CONFECTIONERY UNVEILS TWO NEW PRODUCTS

    Following the success of its first range of character sweets Bonds Confectionery has introduced two new products Horatio Hog and Horatio & Friends.

    Horatio Hog strawberry flavoured gums come in a 70g bag and retail at 49p, while the larger mixed flavour Horatio & Friends 150g bag, is priced at 99p.

    Both products are now available to retailers across the UK. (more…)

  • Friday, September 28th, 2012, (1:09 pm)

    BOTTLEGREEN UNVEILS PINK BREASTCANCER BOTTLES

    Adult soft drinks manufacturer, Bottlegreen Drinks Company, has announced it will undergo a transformation to pink, to support Breakthrough Breast Cancer and raise awareness of its pomegranate & elderflower cordial.

    This is the third year that the bottlegreen has worked with Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

    The charity drive raised money in 2010 and 2011 from sales of the limited edition pink bottles with 10% from the sale of each bottle going directly to the charity. (more…)

  • Friday, September 28th, 2012, (11:19 am)

    SAINSBURY’S STOCKS BRITISH MOO MILK

    This week Milk Link has begun to supply its full range of Moo long life milk to Sainsbury’s.

    Manufactured at Milk Link’s Crediton Dairy in Devon and made from British milk produced by its co-operative of dairy farmers, Moo’s UK origins will help support Sainsbury’s in its aim to double the amount of British food it sells.

    As part of the move, Milk Link has revamped the Moo carton design, bringing it in line with its organic long life range, Moo Organic, which is already stocked by Sainsbury’s. (more…)

  • Friday, September 28th, 2012, (9:11 am)

    MALIBU LAUNCHES NEW SNOWCOCO WINTER LIMITED EDITION

    Malibu, the coconut flavoured rum, will be launching its newest Limited Edition bottle this winter, Malibu Snowcoco, following the success of last year’s winter edition.

    With its festive packaging, the bottle showcases the Caribbean rum with suspended ‘snowy’ coconut flakes to create interest at the point of purchase.

    Malibu Snowcoco has launched exclusively in Selfridges, and will roll out to the wider off-trade at the end of September at Malibu’s standard RRP of £14.75. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 27th, 2012, (3:22 pm)

    GLUTEN FREE DESSERT RANGE FROM NEW BRAND PUDOLOGY

    Pudology is a brand new concept in the chilled desserts category offering indulgent desserts that are dairy & gluten free.

    The company was founded in January this year by Ex-Retail Food Product Developer, Lucy Wager.

    Realising the free from sector was lacking premium puddings Lucy decided to create a range to appeal to a wide range of consumers, regardless of their allergies or intolerances. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 27th, 2012, (1:02 pm)

    FROZEN FOOD THRIVES AS CONSUMERS ARE STILL ‘UNDER PRESSURE’

    The frozen food sector is “continuing to succeed” despite difficult economic circumstances posting a 6% value growth for the year to 10 June, 2012, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel.

    The data shows that the category has expanded its value in all product sectors Y.O.Y.

    This is particularly clear in the case of meat and poultry which has grown 13% in value and 6% in volume as consumers continue to realise the financial and nutritional benefits of frozen meats. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 27th, 2012, (11:09 am)

    NEW MILK PRICE CONFIRMED FOR TESCO DAIRY FARMERS

    Tesco has confirmed the new milk price it will pay its dairy farmers following an independent review.

    Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) farmers will receive the new price of up to 31.58p per litre from 1 October 2012 – one of the highest prices paid by any retailer for milk.

    Now in its fifth year, the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group was established to address the huge uncertainty faced by dairy farmers caused by continuing volatility in the markets, providing stability. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 27th, 2012, (9:00 am)

    NEW HAPPY SHOPPER SNACKS FROM BOOKER

    Booker has launched four new snack products into its Happy Shopper range.

    Now available are Monster Claws, Prawn Shells and Mini Poppadoms which offer value for shoppers at 59p or ‘2 for £1’ for a sharing size bag – and deliver at least 30% POR for retailers.

    This is joined by a larger Party Mix bag (90g) that is price-marked at only £1. (more…)

  • Thursday, September 27th, 2012, (7:36 am)

    FRUITYPOT LAUNCHES NEW MARKETING STRATEGY

    Following a successful launch, lunchbox snack company Fruitypot is pushing ahead in the retail market with a tailored marketing strategy which aims to raise brand awareness and increase sales.

    After growth through listings in ASDA, Farmfoods and Iceland, Fruitypot has enlisted marketing agency Fantastic Media to create a marketing plan which will support the brand’s growth in the expanding lunchbox sector.

    The campaign has a heavy digital focus with regular email marketing, a new blog, newly launched iPhone app and strategic social media activity. (more…)

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