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  • Monday, February 13th, 2012, (11:28 am)

    DIET COKE INTRODUCES NEW LIMITED EDITION CANS

    Diet Coke has launched its 2012 “love it light: integrated marketing campaign, highlighting its “lighter approach to life.”

    The soft drink is rewarding female consumers through a partnership with beauty brand Benefit, offering a money-off promotion on limited edition packs.

    To support the partnership with Benefit, Diet Coke has launched three limited edition cans supported by a 10-second TV commercial – “Get glam” – outdoor, digital and PR activity. (more…)

  • Monday, February 13th, 2012, (9:00 am)

    HAMPSTEAD FARM LAUNCHES MARKET FIRST SALT-FREE SAUCES

    A new company in the grocery market, Hampstead Farm is hoping to champion salt-free foods in the UK, as it launches this month at Food and Drink Expo 2012 with the introduction of its first range of unique salt-free ambient cooking sauces.

    Created using a blend of natural seasonings instead of salt, the product range features four flagship sauces – Red Chilli & Ginger, Ginger & Lime, Madras and Arrabiata.

    The brand aims to establish a completely new category within the supermarket ‘free-from’ section. (more…)

  • Monday, February 13th, 2012, (7:30 am)

    SAINSBURY’S FIRST UK SUPERMARKET TO STOCK UK-GROWN LIME LEAVES

    Sainsbury’s is the first retailer to sell fresh kaffir lime leaves, which are now available in selected stores.

    The leaves, which are grown on British lime trees are traditionally used in Thai and Indonesian dishes and for garnishing or muddling in drinks.

    The leaves are said to add a zesty edge to curries, soups and cocktails alike. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (3:24 pm)

    CARBONATED SOFT DRINK CANS EXPERIENCE HIGH MARKET GROWTH

    The Can Makers, the body representing the UK manufacturers of beverage cans, has revealed that carbonated soft drink can shipments are up 5.6%, with 273 million additional units shipped in 2011 compared with 2010.

    In total, 5,118 million cans for soft drinks were shipped in 2011.

    According to Nielsen, retail sales of larger cans sizes are seeing the strongest growth at 28%. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (1:14 pm)

    CHAMPAGNE LANSON ROSE LABEL CHAMPAGNE TARGETS COUPLES

    Champagne Lanson have re-launched a Rose Label bottle in time for valentines day.

    Lanson Rose Label combine’s its zesty flavours with aromas of roses and berry fruits – designed to be consumed on special occasions.

    Crafted in the traditional non-malolactic style since 1760, the Rosé champagne hopes to appeal to couples planning romantic evenings due to its blush colour. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (11:08 am)

    CADBURY DAIRY MILK LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNICATIONS PLATFORM

    Cadbury Dairy Milk is set to launch a new long-term communications platform called Joyville.

    The move is part of an integrated campaign designed to connect the Cadbury Dairy Milk brand with Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.

    Joyville lives in the imagination of chocolate lovers and is being positioned as a magical, mythical place where Cadbury Dairy Milk is made in abundance, which lies just beneath the surface of our world. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (9:38 am)

    INTERSNACK RE-LAUNCHES PENN STATE SNACK BRAND

    Intersnack has this month announced the relaunch of its Penn State brand.

    Repositioned as a range of ‘classic American’ snacks, Penn State has been given a fresh new brand identity plus a number of brand new SKUs.

    Launched in 1996, Penn State was the first brand to introduce an authentic American style pretzel to the UK market. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (7:09 am)

    CHERRYGOOD LAUNCHES SMALLER SIZE TO CAPTURE LUNCHBOX MARKET

    Cherrygood, the UK based cherry juice drink, is now available in a smaller ready-to-go size.

    Cherry Burst, primarily aimed at children, will launch in Morrisons stores across the country next week as a triple pack of 200ml cartons.

    Each carton counts as one of the recommended Five-A-Day. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 9th, 2012, (3:14 pm)

    ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF POULTRY STUDY NOTCHES UP ANOTHER GEAR

    The environmental impact of different broiler and egg production systems is set to come under the spotlight in a project funded by Defra LINK, Scottish Government and DARD Northern Ireland.

    As part of the next stage of the multi-partner project looking at how the poultry sector can produce food while impacting less on the environment, researchers will be exploring a wide range of possibilities such as a change in diet, animal husbandry and new technologies.

    Partners in the three-year project are Newcastle, Cranfield and Nottingham Universities, Moy Park, O’Kane Poultry, Noble Foods, Aviagen, Harbro, DSM, Waitrose, the Soil Association and the NFU. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 9th, 2012, (1:33 pm)

    INNIS & GUN LAUNCHES FIRST BEER MATURED IN IRISH WHISKY BARRELS

    Pioneering Scottish beer maker Innis & Gunn has announced its latest Limited Edition beer, due for release in early 2012.

    The making of Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask marks the first time the firm has brewed a Scottish stout as well as the world’s first beer to be matured in former Irish Whiskey barrels.

    In mid-October, Innis & Gunn’s brewer supervised the filling, with a specially brewed stout, of four hundred rare oak barrels bought in Ireland and previously used to mature whiskey from a famous Irish distiller. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 9th, 2012, (11:03 am)

    BICK’S LAUNCHES NEW RELISHES

    Bick’s has added two new relishes to its range; Fiery Jalapeno and Zingy Onion.

    Made with herbs and spices, and using pieces of crunchy vegetables for added texture, the new relishes are based on American recipes.

    The flavoured relishes and salsas are designed to compliment a BBQ when simply used as dips and relishes with grilled meats, but they also have a variety of uses in the kitchen when used as marinades and in recipes. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 9th, 2012, (9:37 am)

    PLUM BABYFOOD LAUNCHES NEW ORGANIC RANGES

    Organic baby food brand Plum is launching six new gourmet meal pouches and two new flavours of its Oaty Chomp bars.

    The launch is in response to the growing demand for the organic baby food brand in the infant food category.

    Plum’s new adult-style recipes aim to replicate modern tastes for world cuisine, introducing contemporary flavours to babies which their parents already enjoy, from Italian inspired risotto to traditional English Bread and Butter pudding. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 9th, 2012, (7:00 am)

    NEW ZERO ALCOHOL BEER LAUNCHED INTO TESCO

    Hitting the shops on January 23, Equator looks like a premium beer but unlike most low alcohol beers, it is 0.00%.

    This means it has zero alcohol, zero calories and zero sugar.

    Aimed at adult consumers wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, (3:10 pm)

    LA MAISON DU CHOCOLATE UNVEILS EASTER RANGE

    La Maison du Chocolat has unveiled their new range of chocolate products for Easter 2012.

    Under the impetus of Gilles Marchal, Creative Director, the artist-chocolatiers crafted each piece by hand.

    All the pieces and decors are entirely hand-made. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, (1:07 pm)

    BEN & JERRY’S SUPPORTS SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE START UP BUSINESSES

    Ben & Jerry’s are calling for socially responsible entrepreneurs to make themselves known for their latest competition, Join Our Core.

    The competition encourages entrants to put their business ideas forward for the chance to scoop a €10,000 cash prize, mentoring from Ashoka and the opportunity to see their name on tubs of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

    This month Ben & Jerry’s embarks on its European search to uncover the brightest young minds that can create a business embracing the ice cream pioneer’s philosophy of giving back to the community. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, (11:03 am)

    NEW DIPS AND PLATTERS FROM UNEARTHED

    This summer Unearthed is launching a new range of Middle Eastern snacks – a rising cuisine trend in the UK right now.

    The new range of Dips, which include exotic flavours such as pomegranate mollases and green harissa, hope to jump on the trend and encourage consumers to buy into the brand.

    Pomegranate Houmous with Green Harissa Dip is an Eastern Mediterranean taste with pomegranate molasses and fresh coriander. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, (7:34 am)

    SAINSBURY’S BREAKS UK RECORD FOR SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

    Sainsbury’s has announced the launch of its 100th MSC certified product, making it the largest UK retailer of sustainably sourced seafood.

    Icelandic line caught Haddock will add to the already MSC certified products available in-store, including Cornish sardines and basics pollock fish fingers.

    Working in exclusive partnership with suppliers, the launch also marks the first MSC certified fishery in Icelandas well as the 100th MSC Sainsbury’s product. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, (7:26 am)

    LEVI ROOTS TO APPEAR AT FOODIES FESTIVALS

    TV chef Levi Roots is set to pass on his kitchen skills to fans at Foodies Festivals this year.

    The expert will be taking part in the Chef’s Theatre at the events where he will cook signature dishes before a live audience and explain how visitors can prepare the same dishes at home.

    Levi said: “I’ve got some great tips and some fabulocious recipes to share with the audience at Foodies and I think there will be plenty of laughs along the way. (more…)

  • 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…)

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