Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Monday, November 12th, 2012, (1:05 pm)
Gerber Juice Company is adding Lazy Town bottled water for kids to its drinks range.
Lazy Town Go Water is aimed at 2-6 year olds and links directly to the Lazy Town TV show in which leading character Sportacus promotes the benefits of drinking water to children.
The still bottled water features two of the main characters from the show, Sportacus and Stephanie, making it an appealing choice of drink for young children.
Monday, November 12th, 2012, (11:00 am)
Food sales in British pubs totalled £7.5 billion in the last 12 months, making it the biggest single channel in the licensed trade for food: almost twice the size of licensed restaurants.
According to a new report from CGA Strategy, pub food value sales are up +4.2% in the past year compared to a year ago, with that growth to continue through to 2017.
Main courses are the main event: worth £6.2 billion a year, with only one in four diners going on to order a dessert, and just one in five opting for a starter. (more…)
Monday, November 12th, 2012, (9:30 am)
Warburtons is launching a new £1 price-marked pack for its Sandwich Pittas to help capitalise on the fast-growing sandwich alternatives sector.
Exclusive to the convenience and impulse sector for four weeks, the new packs feature a £1 price mark flash on the front of pack.
The white variant will be available from 5th November 2012 for four weeks, and the brown variant launching on 30th December 2012. (more…)
Monday, November 12th, 2012, (7:35 am)
Goodfella’s launched its new limited edition Takeaway Pizza and Wedges range earlier this year and was the first branded sharing pack offering to hit shelves in the UK.
After seeing success as a limited edition in Asda, the product is now a permanent listing and has gone on sale nationwide in Morrisons.
The product comprises a Goodfella’s Take Away pizza and pack of potato wedges all in one box, providing the consumer with a bought-in takeaway experience.
Friday, November 9th, 2012, (3:20 pm)
Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats has launched a free mug offer to help support sales of its popular Galaxy Hot Chocolate range.
The promotion, which gives consumers the opportunity to win one of 10,000 Galaxy mugs, will run until the end of January 2013.
The on-pack promotional forms can be found across Galaxy Traditional Style 300g, Galaxy Instant 370g, and Galaxy Frothy 275g packs. (more…)
Friday, November 9th, 2012, (3:17 pm)
Tesco’s announcement that it is to launch direct contracts with beef and pork farmers is a positive move to improve supply chain relationships, the NFU said.
The changes mean that Tesco will now source its beef and pork for specialised lines from dedicated farmer suppliers, which will help them provide a more consistent product for customers.
“In return, farmers freely entering into a contract to supply Tesco will benefit from clear pricing commitments linked to cost of production for pork and a market premium for beef. (more…)
Friday, November 9th, 2012, (1:12 pm)
Hoping to boost sales on the lead up to the key festive trading period, Southern Comfort, part of Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, is bringing back its price-marked packs.
With 45% of annual spirit sales sold in the 12-week period before Christmas, Southern Comfort has re-introduced its range of price-marked packs, which were first launched in May 2011, to help independent retailers offer great value and boost Southern Comfort sales this winter.
The brand will be offering the price-marked packs to independent and convenience outlets via Cash and Carries across the UK. (more…)
Friday, November 9th, 2012, (11:08 am)
Shaken Udder’s Strawberry Stash milkshake is made using real British strawberries and semi-skimmed British milk – and now it’s low fat
Jodie Farran, co-founder of Shaken Udder, explains: “Our original Strawberry Stash recipe used whole British milk.
“But, as we know, people might be looking for a healthy snack to give them a boost in the New Year we’ve tweaked the recipe and switched to semi-skimmed milk, to create a shake that’s both delicious and healthy. (more…)
Friday, November 9th, 2012, (9:29 am)
The Wensleydale Creamery has launched a new website, to reflect its new look branding and host an online cheese shop.
Launched in time for the key Christmas sales period, the website features a new online store, giving Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese fans the opportunity to buy their much loved cheeses from the comfort of their homes.
Customers can ‘discover the true taste of Yorkshire’ with fabulous hampers, full of their cheeses together with the accompaniments, exclusive cheese boxes which are hand selected and freshly cut by its deli team or miniature waxed cheese truckles. (more…)
Friday, November 9th, 2012, (7:17 am)
Tesco is updating its meat, fish and poultry section, unveiling refreshed packaging, in-store signage and improved products across the range.
The retailer has upped the meat content in its own-label burgers and sausages from 86% to 90% and increased the maturation time for Tesco Finest beef joints and steaks to 28 days.
Previously, cuts were typically matured for about 14 to 17 days and there were no set guidelines on maturation, now the Tesco brand range will now be matured for 21 days. (more…)
Thursday, November 8th, 2012, (3:28 pm)
Made with farmer Andy Fussells’ award-winning rapeseed oil, Fussels Fine Foods new Mint Mayonnaise uses free-range eggs and is a mayonnaise with a generous twist of mint.
Available from Tesco stores throughout the South West, select Waitrose stores and independent shops nationwide and online at with an RRP of £3.50, the new mayonnaise is launching in time for the winter months.
Andy Fussell said: “The fresh taste of mint combined with the creaminess of the free-range eggs in the mayonnaise seemed like an obvious blend to me. (more…)
Thursday, November 8th, 2012, (1:01 pm)
Swiss Chocolatier, Lindt & Sprüngli UK, has invested £2.1m in its first ever UK dedicated TV advertising campaign for Lindor this Christmas.
The execution will encourage consumers to ‘find their moment of bliss’ via the TV campaign, which will be supported by a digital campaign and strong in-store campaign.
The TV advertising campaign – which runs until the 24th December – enables Lindt to reach over 11.7m consumers at a peak period and drive them into stores. (more…)
Thursday, November 8th, 2012, (11:22 am)
Warburtons is set to expand its offering in the Half and Half sector, with the launch of its Half & Half Medium loaf, which joins its Half & Half Toastie loaf launched last month.
The launch aims to drive further growth in the Half and Half sector, which currently occupies an 11.2% value share of the wrapped bread market.
It totals £197m and is growing significantly at 12% Nielsen, Total Coverage Value and Unit sales, in value terms and 11% in unit terms, year on year. (more…)
Thursday, November 8th, 2012, (9:15 am)
CO YO coconut milk yoghurt has launched a brand new and limited edition Chocolate Orange flavour, especially for the Christmas period.
CO YO’s UK founder, Bethany Eaton, has created the new flavour to build on the success of the brand following a sustained monthly 30% growth rate in sales and the listing of the range on Ocado.
Bethany Eaton said: “The core range of CO YO flavours has had a great response. (more…)
Thursday, November 8th, 2012, (7:08 am)
Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic is launching a new 1.25l format of the ice tea brand, Lipton Ice Tea.
Two of Lipton Ice Tea’s most popular ice tea variants, lemon and peach, will come in the new 1.25l size – available now at a MRRP of £1.49.
The 1.25l format has been introduced following consumer feedback and trials, with Britvic research revealing that purchase intent is 50% higher versus the previous 1.5l format. (more…)
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012, (3:10 pm)
BEAR, the healthy snack brand has announced the launch of its new Pure Fruit Bites range specifically aimed at health seeking adults.
Pure Fruit Bites will arrive in store this month and will come in two pure fruit combinations: Strawberry & Raspberry and Mango & Pineapple.
Following the BEAR theme of ‘nothing but naked nature’, both products have no added sugar, no preservatives and no nonsense added, just baked fruit that counts as one of the recommend five a day. (more…)
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012, (1:00 pm)
This Christmas, biscuit brand Fox’s Biscuits is launching a golden ticket promotion across special packs of its Fox’s Favourites variant – giving consumers the chance to win £250 instantly.
The 800g Fox’s Favourites carton contains an array of classic Fox’s biscuits including Party Rings, Crunch Creams and Choc Digestives for an offer price of just £2.50 – a saving of £3.50 from the MRRP of £6.00 (at selected retailers, at selected times only).
The assortment pack is designed for family sharing and the better than half price offer hopes to appeal to families wanting to budget for Christmas without compromising on quality. (more…)
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012, (11:12 am)
Rosemary Conley’s range of healthy low-fat food has been extended to include six less than 5% fat cooking sauces.
Flavours include Thai Red, Piri Piri, Tomato & Basil, Tikka Masala, Jerk Barbecue or Tomato & Chilli to create meals in minutes.
The brand new sauces are calorie controlled and made from 100% natural ingredients. (more…)
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012, (9:10 am)
Tyrrells is launchings new Swanky Veg, a premium vegetable crisp range.
Tyrrells Swanky Veg crisps are a mélange of some of the world’s most lavish veggies, with a pinch of sea salt.
Candy Striped Beetroot, Purple Carrots, Blue Potatoes and Taro crisps combine to deliver a new snack option to the market. (more…)
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, (3:41 pm)
Brother and sister duo and purveyors of snack mixes Duke of Delhi have recently seen their Bombay Mix hit the shelves of Fortnum & Mason.
Indian in ethos but British in their eccentricity, the mixes bear a resemblance to their old distant relative, the Bombay mix.
But these silver tins, decorated with an eclectic Indian ‘vehicle’ parade, hold a rather more modern set of contents. (more…)
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, (1:10 pm)
Dorset Cereals is launching its new Proper Porridge, made with jumbo oats and barley.
It comes in three recipes and in handy sachets ready to eat in a few minutes in the microwave or on the hob.
The Dorset Cereals Proper Porridge range includes the new Proper Raspberry Porridge made with real raspberries and a handful of pumpkin seeds. (more…)
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, (11:15 am)
Chedds from Cathedral City, is undergoing a packaging refresh, featuring new jokes and facts on all three SKU’s this November: Nibbles, Bricks, Cheese & Toasties.
Designs incorporate the Chedds mouse brand icon, performing a different activity on each portion pack from juggling to kite-surfing and packs include fun, educational facts linked to each activity.
Jo Huergo, Senior Brand Manager, Chedds said: “We are thrilled with how Chedds is performing and the new fun jokes and facts will help keep kids entertained as well as amusing a few mums along the way too.” (more…)
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, (9:11 am)
As part of their ongoing 10th birthday celebrations Pukka Herbs has created its first ever tea gift pack – a storage tin featuring the Love Tea print.
The tin comes ready packed with two of their most popular teas – Love Tea and Three Mint Tea.
Love Tea is is organic rose, chamomile & lavender flower tea with a blend of fragrant herbs. (more…)
Monday, November 5th, 2012, (8:38 pm)
An innovative new product range from The Food Doctors launches into the crisp and snacking market.
Crisp Thins made from 50% corn and 50% soy have been designed to deliver on The Food Doctor’s Principles of encouraging consumers to make healthier choices that don’t impinge on their life-style.
Popped rather than baked or fried, The Food Doctor Crisp Thins contain less than 99 calories per bag whilst also delivering high levels of protein (25%) & fibre and being 50% lower in saturated fat than standard fried potato based crisp snacks. (more…)
Monday, November 5th, 2012, (3:19 pm)
Coffee brand Cherizena has unveiled its festive range for 2012, featuring its Christmas coffee and a selection of coffee-based gifts.
The speciality and mail order coffee supplier has put together a range of gift boxes which designed for Christmas presents for coffee lovers.
Suitable for all budgets, the gifts range in price from £3 for a festive pack of chocolate-coated coffee beans through to £18 for a cafetiere gift box. (more…)
Monday, November 5th, 2012, (1:09 pm)
New Bake at Home concept from Country Choice, offer consumers a best-selling range of frozen bread, sweet pastries and savouries for consumers to take home, and bake.
The core range comprises a choice of White Demi Baguette, White Round Crusty Roll, 4” Sausage Roll, 4” Cheese & Onion Roll, All Butter Croissant and Pain Chocolat.
Other products include a Maple Pecan Plait, Pain Raisin, Cheese Twist, Harvest Grain Demi Baguette, Brown Round Crusty Roll and White Sandwich Baguette. (more…)
Monday, November 5th, 2012, (11:45 am)
HP Sauce has teamed up with Movember for the second year running, to back the annual moustache-growing charity event which supports prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
To raise awareness of the campaign and offer its support to ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sistas’ nationwide, HP Sauce is launching a new limited edition label that has been given a moustache makeover across its 255g, 425g and 450g varieties.
Available in-store now, the 2.5 million limited edition labels will feature an image of a moustache, and motivational copy to champion the ‘Mo Growers’, along with the tag line ‘Supporting Mo Bros & Movember’. (more…)
Monday, November 5th, 2012, (9:32 am)
Blossom Hill is extending its bestselling ‘Classics’ range with the introduction of two new flavour variants – a white wine and a red.
The Blossom Hill Classic Soft and Fruity Red and Crisp and Fruity White wines are the UK’s number one selling branded red and white wines and are growing at 1.1% and 9.3% respectively.
The new flavour extensions aim to help drive new shoppers to the category by offering something to suit a broader range of consumer tastes. (more…)
Monday, November 5th, 2012, (7:23 am)
Baldwin’s Sarsaparilla cordial, the Caribbean style root drink, has been given its first ever range extension since it was launched in 1884.
The new addition is a sparkling Sarsaparilla – a ready-to-drink carbonated variant, packaged in a 330ml glass bottle.
The original cordial already has a customer base, giving the new variant a ready-made interest that will now have an on-the-go drink solution in a flavour and format they know. (more…)
Friday, November 2nd, 2012, (3:03 pm)
Halewood International has announced further activity ahead of the Christmas period with a limited edition Lambrini winter bottle and on pack offer.
Following on from a three-week TV campaign, Lambrini has announced it will launch festive themed 75cl promotional bottles to be distributed throughout the off trade, including major multiples and convenience stores, at an RRP of £1.79.
The bottle aims to build upon the success of the Lambrini Diamond Jubilee edition launched earlier in the year and will be supported through a PR and social media campaign. (more…)