Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012, (9:10 am)
Retailer Tesco has announced it is to launch ‘traffic light’ labels to its products in a huge U-turn that marks a significant step towards the Department of Health’s goal of a common system of health labelling.
The UK’s largest retailer will adopt a hybrid labelling system combining its existing Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) with the traffic light colour coding system.
The move from the supermarket chain follows new consumer research. (more…)
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012, (7:02 am)
First Drinks has launched new premium packaging for Tullamore DEW, the world’s second largest Irish whiskey.
The new look hopes to embody the brand’s taste, authenticity and Irish True story will start appearing on UK shelves this month.
The new bottle represents another chapter in the Tullamore DEW story; it’s the same tasting whiskey, just a new look with a modern twist. (more…)
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, (11:00 am)
Primula has revealed a new product to its cheese range with the introduction of a new product specifically designed to appeal to the £175 million cheese snack market: Primula Pods.
Available in two flavours, Cheese and Cheese ‘n’ Chive Primula Pods are flavoured, high in calcium and with a firm consistency that makes them appeal as lunchbox snacks.
The Pods will be sold in net bags of five, one for every school day of the week. (more…)
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, (9:19 am)
Coca-Cola is adopting the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC’s) On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL), giving a boost to efforts to reduce the proportion of plastic drinks bottles ending up in landfill.
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is rolling out the recognised OPRL system which gives consumers standardised information on which packaging materials local authorities collect for recycling.
More than 90% of councils now collect plastic bottles at the kerbside but, despite growth over the last few years, consumers are only recycling around half of plastic bottles. (more…)
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, (9:11 am)
Speciality coffee supplier Cherizena has launched its seasonal Christmas coffee.
Available in packs with own-brand labels or branded as Cherizena, the coffee is available as beans or ground, regular or decaffeinated.
Last year around half a tonne of Christmas coffee was sold by the company. (more…)
Friday, August 24th, 2012, (3:27 pm)
Arla has launched a new on-pack loyalty promotion across its Anchor butter range.
The Anchor Rewards Club will offer shoppers the opportunity to redeem points against Anchor-branded kitchenware, and experiences such as two-for-one afternoon teas.
Shoppers enter a code inside packs into an Anchor Rewards Club area on its website. (more…)
Friday, August 24th, 2012, (1:16 pm)
Following the launch of TABASCO Spicy Dark Chocolate at the start of 2012, official UK distributors Empire Foodbrokers has announced its decision to extend the range by introducing TABASCO Spicy Dark Chocolate Wedges into mainstream grocery channels.
Empire Foodbrokers will launch TABASCO Spicy Dark Chocolate Wedges to key buyers at this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair (2-4 September 2012).
Encased in a red box, the eight wedges of dark chocolate (53 percent minimum cocoa solids) are infused with TABASCO spice and contain 30 calories each. (more…)
Friday, August 24th, 2012, (11:07 am)
Britvic has launched a Red Berries limited edition from the squash brand, Robinsons.
Available from the beginning of September, Robinsons Red Berries has been created in a bid to drive frequency of purchase during the winter months, by offering parents the choice of a new flavour for their kids, which can be served warm or cold.
The label has been designed with this in mind, featuring a knitted pattern and mixed berries in the shape of a mug to communicate to consumers that Robinsons Red Berries can be a warming winter drink. (more…)
Friday, August 24th, 2012, (9:20 am)
Pago is expanding its product portfolio with the launch of new organic apple juice.
Sustainability and a healthy eco-friendly lifestyle continue to rank highly amongst consumers and organic fruit juices have been increasing in popularity for the last few years.
10 different varieties of organically grown apples give the new Pago Organic Cloudy Apple it’s flavour. (more…)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, (3:30 pm)
Tangerine Confectionery, which included brand Butterkist Popcorn, has announced a major rebrand for the Butterkist brand in a bid to re-affirm its position a popcorn brand in the UK.
Taking classic elements from its all-American heritage, which dates back to 1914, the new look features matt packaging, a new strapline of ‘Butterkist Productions presents…’ and a range of design elements that date back to the age of the silver screen.
The new packaging aims to reaffirm the connection between popcorn and the cinema experience and this will be supported in a repositioning for Butterkist. (more…)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, (1:13 pm)
Heinz is launching two new flavours – Fruity Pudding with Banana and Oats, and Fruity Yogurt Peach – to its baby dessert pots range, aiming to drive category consumption and offer mums more variety in-store.
Designed for babies aged 4 to 36 months at an RRP of £1.75 for a four pack of 100g pots, the new flavours aim to provide mums with a nourishing and convenient dessert pot.
Each pot contains one of their babies’ five a day. (more…)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, (11:29 am)
A new design for Costa Roast and ground has been designed by company Slice as part of a collaboration between Kraft Foods and Costa.
The brand is to be sold in both Costa stores and major multiples.
Alan Gilbody, Creative Director at Slice Design Ltd, said: “A big part of the Costa experience is the skill of the Barista. (more…)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, (9:17 am)
October sees Nudo launch a brand new two-pack of Italian extra virgin olive oil into 180 Waitrose branches.
The product contains a 250ml tin of extra virgin olive oil and a 250ml tin of extra virgin olive oil crushed with fresh lemons.
All ingredients are 100% Italian and the retail price is £9.95. (more…)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, (7:12 am)
The Co-operative Food has switched the packaging on its own-brand onion range to a recyclable material, enabling 32 tonnes more packaging to be recycled per year.
Changing the packaging on own-brand onions from polypropylene to polythene allows the bags to be recycled, providing a more environmentally responsible way of disposing of the packaging, which would have otherwise been destined for landfill.
The change allows the onion packs to feature the industry-wide On-Pack Recycling Label – a move which was taken with the support of government organisation, WRAP, which promotes recycling and waste reduction in the UK. (more…)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, (3:26 pm)
Kingsmill has announced the arrival of Kingsmill Fruit and Fibre, a range of breakfast products designed to drive growth in the breakfast category.
The brand is investing £2.5m in marketing activity to drive awareness of the range and affirm its position in the breakfast market.
The fruity new breakfast bakery range consists of three products, Kingsmill Fruit and Fibre sliced bread, Kingsmill Fruit and Fibre Muffins and a first for Kingsmill – Fruit and Fibre Bagels. (more…)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, (1:39 pm)
Hovis and Victoria Pendleton are celebrating the GB cycling team’s recent medal successes in the hope of getting the nation back on their bikes with the launch of the Hovis Cycle Maps website and competition.
This includes a new look pack across the Hovis Wholemeal loaves featuring Olympic Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton to inspire the nation from pack to bicycle.
Retailers are encouraged to maximise the nation’s love affair with cycling which has led to 40% of the nation being motivated to get back on their bikes by prominently featuring the eye-catching limited edition Hovis Wholemeal packs on shelf from 20 August 2012, which also contain an Olympic gold medal. (more…)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, (11:18 am)
Halewood International, the UK’s independent drinks manufacturer and distributor, has announced the launch of its latest TV campaign for Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, to support a wave of activity over the coming months.
Featuring Crabbie’s characters George and Camilla, the series of 20 second adverts will run on national TV channels including ITV, Sky, Channel Four, Channel 5 and ITV2.
Advertising slots have been secured during peak viewing hours, with a presence during the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, around Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Alan Carr Live, Celebrity Juice and The Only Way is Essex. (more…)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, (9:09 am)
Lucozade Sport is refreshing its range for impulse retailers, re-launching Lucozade Sport Tropical as Lucozade Sport Caribbean Burst.
The re-launch is rolling out due to the popularity of the exotic drinks segment, which was the fastest growing in UK Soft Drinks in 2011 with 22.3% growth.
The makers of Lucozade want to grow the Sports Drinks category and, by re-launching its exotic variant, it is predicted to drive incremental sales. (more…)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, (7:06 am)
Soup brand New Covent Garden Soup Co is using seasonal vegetables with its latest ‘Suitable for Vegetarians’ Soup of the Month.
‘Shaheen’s Butternut Squash & Black Turtle Beans with Jalapeno Peppers’ is the latest soup recipe to have emerged from New Covent Garden’s social media campaign, which invites soup fans to submit recipes based on a particular theme.
September’s theme, ‘Suitable for Vegetarians’, called for recipes which championed meat-free ingredients and showed off the best seasonal vegetables. (more…)
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012, (3:17 pm)
The Weight Watchers 1L cordial range launched at the beginning of the year through major multiples including Tesco and Asda will now be available in 80 Waitrose stores across the country.
The cordials are available in a 1 litre PET format in three flavours – Sicilian Lemon & Elderflower, Italian Red Grape & Pomegranate and Chilean Plum & Raspberry – with No Added Sugar and a ProPoints value of zero per 250ml serving.
Elsewhere in the VSD portfolio, both the Vimto Original and No Added Sugar (NAS) 725ml cordial range is set for a major roll out across Waitrose. (more…)
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012, (1:01 pm)
Domino’s, the pizza delivery brand, is launching new Twisted Dough Balls.
As an introductory offer, Facebook fans can try them first this week.
Designed as an accompaniment to pizza, the Twisted Dough Balls take toppings and twist them up with cheese in Domino’s fresh dough, finished with a brush of garlic oil. (more…)
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012, (11:09 am)
The world’s first vending machine for babies, especially designed to dispense healthy snacks for tiny tots has been revealed.
The vending machine has taken over four months to develop and construct with bespoke features to make it easy for toddlers to operate.
Standing at only 115cm tall, it is sized for the average one year old to dispense their snacks. (more…)
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012, (9:22 am)
Philadelphia with Cadbury is being launched in a new format this August, with the release of a new snacking product.
Philadelphia with Cadbury Snack features Light Philadelphia blended with Cadbury milk chocolate and mini oaties for dipping, creating an all-in-one sweet treat for snacking in and out of home.
The product has been developed following consumer testing, which rated oaties the number one dipper and found snackers’ perfect ratio of chocolate to biscuits. (more…)
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012, (7:06 am)
Seriously Strong Cheddar has announced a new addition to its range by offering the first opportunity for consumers to buy a Seriously Strong Cheese Sauce.
Following on from the brand’s repositioning around ‘intense taste’ the Seriously Strong brand now has a positioning in the competitive cheddar market.
It continues to retain its position within the vintage, farmhouse and extra mature cheddar market recently upgrading its cheddar packs to easy-open packaging. (more…)
Monday, August 20th, 2012, (3:08 pm)
Colman’s has expanded its sauces portfolio to include Cranberry Sauce.
Colman’s Cranberry Sauce forms part of the existing Colman’s range which comprises of Bramley Apple Sauce, Instant Gravy Paste and its iconic English Mustard.
The launch aims to meet consumer expectations of a UK condiment brand to have a cranberry variant. (more…)
Monday, August 20th, 2012, (1:02 pm)
Eristoff vodka is launching a new 35cl format of Eristoff vodka.
Available from August and exclusive to the convenience channel, this is the second fractional size from Eristoff, with 50cl already available, and aims to benefit the category, ensuring there is an entry price suitable for any consumer.
With an MRRP of £7.49, retailers will be able to pick up a six pack of Eristoff’s first convenience targeted 35cl format at local wholesalers and cash and carries. (more…)
Monday, August 20th, 2012, (11:09 am)
Building on the success of previous Limited Edition products, Mars has announced the launch of the new Mars Caramel.
The latest product innovation from Mars contains 100% chewy caramel coated in thick Mars Chocolate, and aims to capitalise on increasing consumer preferences for caramel.
Available in stores across the UK from the 10 September, the Limited Edition Mars Caramel has already had success in the US, Canada and Australia. (more…)
Monday, August 20th, 2012, (9:16 am)
A new snack range is hoping to shake up the healthy snack market with its innovative, air-dried fruit crisps.
Nim’s Fruit Crisps is launching a range of guilt-free fruit crisps just as an official survey has found that only a third of adults and one in ten children are getting their recommended ‘five a day’ target.
Made from 100% natural fruit, the range is produced using an air-drying process, to ensure that each pack retains as much nutritional content as possible. (more…)
Monday, August 20th, 2012, (9:12 am)
Aldi is launching a new and exclusive range of 100% British, Aberdeen Angus Beef.
The meat is Red Tractor endorsed and available now.
The range includes a 21 day matured 8 ounce Sirloin Steak (£3.99), a 21 day matured eight ounce Rib Eye Steak (£3.99), a 14 day matured six ounce Fillet Steak (£4.99) and Aberdeen Angus Mince (£3.59, per 500g). (more…)
Friday, August 17th, 2012, (3:29 pm)
Arniston Bay has announced the launch of Arniston Bay Light.
Boasting the same flavour, the Light range is 5.5% alcohol volume and has 30% less calories than Arniston Bay still wines.
Research has shown that 50% of consumers would potentially buy lower alcohol wine, but are unsure of the taste, and Arniston Bay Light is offering three new varieties of ‘lighter’ wine. (more…)