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  • Friday, May 11th, 2012, (9:09 am)

    SHLOER RE-LAUNCHES FRUIT PUNCH

    This year the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 are taking over the British summer.

    To celebrate Shloer is re-launching its limited edition Fruit Punch.

    The Fruit Punch was launched last Spring as a limited edition flavour, and is now back on shelf encouraging consumers to share at social occasions. (more…)

  • Friday, May 11th, 2012, (7:12 am)

    CADBURY HIGHLIGHTS NOW AVAILABLE IN SINGLE SERVE FORMAT

    This month Kraft Foods has announced the launch of its new single serve format, for both the Cadbury Highlights range and Cadbury Hot Chocolate Instant.

    The range, which makes a move from sachets to sticks, includes Cadbury Highlights Milk Chocolate, Cadbury Highlights Fudge (previously Chocolate Fudge) and Cadbury Highlights Bournville (previously Dark Chocolate).

    The new portable format packaging has a brighter look that aims to increase stand out on-shelf as a convenience product for consumers at only 40 calories per serving, offering a serving suggestion for both the away from home (AFH) and retail channels. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 10th, 2012, (3:02 pm)

    BRITISH CONSUMERS DEVELOP A TASTE FOR EXOTIC FRUIT

    Sales of tropical fruit juices are soaring in the UK as Britons develop a taste for more exotic drinks.

    According to IRI EPOS data sales of mango juice blends have seen the biggest growth over the last year of any flavour (30%).

    The tropical fruit juice market is now estimated to be worth around £140m annually in Britain. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 10th, 2012, (1:00 pm)

    CHAPEL DOWN TEAMS WITH HARVEY NICHOLS FOR NEW WINE LAUNCH

    Chapel Down, the English winery, has tied up with Harvey Nichols to launch its two newest wines – a Blanc de Blancs 2007 and a Chardonnay Reserve 2010.

    The wines will be exclusively available in all Harvey Nichols Wineshops, restaurants and bars (Knightsbridge, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds) from early May.

    This is the first time a premier retailer has shown such significant support to an English wine marque and the launch will be part of Harvey Nichols’ “Drool Britannia” promotion that is taking place over the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations and throughout the summer (1 May – 31 August). (more…)

  • Thursday, May 10th, 2012, (11:34 am)

    FUTURA FOODS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF YAMAS! CHEESE

    Cheese importer Futura Foods has announced the launch of Yamas!, the UK’s widest range of branded Greek and Cypriot cheeses.

    Aiming to widen the appeal of Greek cheeses, the Gloucester-based company will be stocked in Tesco, Morrisons and Ocado from May.

    It’s an addition to its current portfolio of Italian, French, Spanish, Swiss, Danish, Dutch and German cheeses, as well as private-labelled Greek cheeses for UK supermarkets. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 10th, 2012, (7:26 am)

    ENGLISH CHEESECAKE COMPANY RELEASES NEW HANDMADE LOAF

    English Cheesecake Company has launched a range of handmade individual loaf tin cakes.

    The range comprises; Lemon & Ginger Stem, Chocolate Sachertorte, Banana Pecan Maple, Sicilian Lemon Drizzle, Icky Sticky Toffee and Bells of St Clements.

    The new sponge cakes, which are ambient for five days, are each supplied in ready to display and serve attractive packaging. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, (3:03 pm)

    ASDA LAUNCHES SOUTH AFRICAN SAUSAGES

    Asda has announced it is trialling boerewors – a traditional South African sausage.

    Appearing in 50 stores, the move comes as the retailer attempts to boost its range of South African foods.

    Aunty Joan’s Boerewors Sausages have been added to stores that Asda has identified as being near to South African communities nearby, priced at £2.58 for a 400g pack. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, (1:12 pm)

    HARIBO’S UNVEILS NEW FOOTBALL MIX

    Haribo the gums and jellies brand has announced that its limited edition red and white packaging for itsFootball Mix is back on shelf now.

    The football themed gums and jellies have again received a makeover with limited edition packaging in national colours, featuring the brand’s Goldbear character.

    Free from artificial colours, Football Mix is on shelves from May in 160g packs and in 220g, £1 price marked packs – designed for sharing with friends whilst watching the football. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, (11:09 am)

    MORRISONS ADDS NEW LINES TO ITS OWN-LABEL SAUSAGE RANGE

    Morrisons is revamping its own-label sausage range, adding 15 new sausages and improving the quality of a further 27 lines.

    New products to be added to the range include a Toulouse sausage from Michelin-starred chef Pierre Koffmann, made with pork belly and infused with Sauvignon Blanc; a spiced lamb and mint chipolata; and oak-smoked pork sausages.

    They will go on sale on 21 May. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, (9:09 am)

    THE JERKY GROUP LAUNCHES HOGBITES PORK CRACKLING

    The Jerky Group has added Hogbites Pork Crackling to its range of Beef Jerky and Beef Biltong brands.

    Hogbites is a joint venture between the Jerky Group and The Real Pork Crackling Company (formerly Green Top Snacks) and launched recently at Food & Drink Expo.

    The product is hand cooked with no  MSG and is made with Cornish Sea Salt. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, (7:01 am)

    M&M’S NEW LIMITED EDITION UNION JACK DESIGN

    To capitalise on the upcoming British summer, Mars has announced the launch of M&M’s Limited Edition Union Jack pack, containing only red, white and blue peanut M&M’s.

    With Union Jack branded packaging, the Limited Edition packs aim to highlight Mars’ British Heritage, as the company prepares to celebrate 80 years of manufacturing in the UK.

    M&M’s Union Jack packs will be available in-store from 20 May 2012 for a limited eight week period, in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the numerous other summer events. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, (3:10 pm)

    NFU SLAMS MILK PROCESSORS’ ‘ATROCIOUS BEHAVIOUR’

    The NFU has called on milk processors to stop exploiting dairy farmers following the news that four major companies are to cut farm gate milk prices.

    In the past two weeks, Dairy Crest, Robert Wiseman, Arla and Muller have announced cuts to their suppliers of exactly two pence per litre (ppl).

    The action backs NFU claims that something is fundamentally wrong with the dairy market. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, (1:12 pm)

    JELLY BEAN FACTORY UNVEILS NEW POP-A-BEAR CAN

    The Jelly Bean Factory is aiming to drive further sales growth for the confectionery category in 2012 with the launch of its new Pop-A-Bean Can this spring.

    The new packaging for Pop-A-Bean Can (RRP £4.99. 125g) has been developed to maximise sales within the sub-categories of informal gifting and sharing.

    The timing of its debut also aims to create further sales opportunities for UK retailers bolstering their ‘party’ grocery offer for the 2012 celebrations. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, (11:30 am)

    RIBENA PLUS LAUNCHES IN TETRA PAK CARTONS

    Ribena is hoping to drive sales with its biggest launch in 20 years.

    Ribena Plus, packaged in a number of key formats including Tetra Brik Aseptic Slim cartons, is a range of no added sugar juice drinks, with added healthy vitamins and minerals for growing families.

    Health is a key priority for today’s consumer and Ribena Plus has been developed with this in mind. (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, (9:03 am)

    STOKES SAUCES LAUNCHES NEW CORONATION SAUCE

    Stokes Sauces have produced a limited special edition Diamond Jubilee Coronation Sauce.

    The creamy, spicy and fruity sauce is on sale with an RRP of £3.35 for 360g from local delis and independents across the country.

    Established in 2004, Stokes Sauces was born from the belief that food should be honest, clean and tasty, rather than quality being compromised in order to reach a price point.

    (more…)

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, (7:12 am)

    WEIGHT WATCHERS NEW SOFT DRINKS RANGE UNDERGOES CONVENIENCE LAUNCH

    Following a launch in the Grocery channel earlier this year, the new range of Weight Watchers Soft Drinks is entering the Impulse market, and is set for a major roll-out across the UK.

    The Weight Watchers Soft Drinks range offers fruit flavoured drinks that can help maintain hydration and be enjoyed as part of a healthy eating plan.

    Having already experienced consumer awareness since the range was launched into the Grocery channel by Vimto Soft Drinks in January; this next phase aims to provide another opportunity to boost their soft drinks sales. (more…)

  • Monday, May 7th, 2012, (9:11 am)

    THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET – THE NEXT BIG TREND

    It seems that as an industry we’re always on the back-foot being blamed for making people fat and shortening their lives, but here’s our chance to get on the front-foot and run with a really good way-of-eating which ticks all the health boxes and is delicious and convenient.

    So why The Mediterranean Diet and why now … because our researchers tell us that The Mediterranean Diet is a perfect point where scientific understanding meets consumer needs.

    And when it makes headlines like Mediterranean Diet can add 15 years to life” we know it’s something worth looking into. (more…)

  • Friday, May 4th, 2012, (3:29 pm)

    LACTOFREE WINS BEST FRESH DAIRY CAMPAIGN PRIZE AT ELOPAK AWARDS

    Lactofree, the UK’s first lactose-free dairy range, has been awarded ‘Best Fresh Dairy Campaign’ at the Elopak Dairy Marketing Awards for its 2012 advertising campaign.

    Lactofree was also a finalist in the ‘Best Butter or Dairy Spread’ category of the Dairy Innovation Awards for its new Lactofree spreadable.

    The results were announced at a special Gala Dinner on 25 April during the 6th Global Dairy Congress in Oslo. (more…)

  • Friday, May 4th, 2012, (1:15 pm)

    NEW SUMMER RANGE FROM MARYLAND COOKIES

    Burton’s Biscuit Company is unveiling a seasonal first in the UK’s £2bn biscuit category with the launch of a summer range of Maryland, the UK cookie brand.

    Maryland Strawberry & White Choc Standard (200g; rrp £1.39) and Maryland Summer Fruit Big & Chunky (200g; rrp £1.79) will be available all summer.

    They will be joined in May for three months by limited edition Maryland Great British Summer Big & Chunky (200g, rrp £1). (more…)

  • Friday, May 4th, 2012, (9:09 am)

    SOURZ UNVEILS NEW LIMITED EDITION SUMMER BERRY FLAVOUR

    Sourz has announced the launch of a limited edition flavour for Summer 2012.

    With its Spirited Summer Berry flavour and a new ‘Brit Pack’ design, the new bottle aims to encourage consumers to celebrate a Great British 2012.

    Presented in a red, white & blue Union Jack inspired bottle, the new summer edition has been designed to represent 2012 British spirit, attitude and pride. (more…)

  • Friday, May 4th, 2012, (9:03 am)

    ACCOLADE WINES UNVEILS NEW READY TO SERVE RANGE

    Accolade Wines is unveiling a new Ready to Serve (RTS) range with the launch of four new drinks from the Hardys, Banrock Station and Stone’s brand stables.

    These product launches – which hope to complement Accolade’s top-selling wine brands –  are designed to appeal to existing wine drinkers as well as new consumers.

    The range had already achieved listings in leading convenience stores and supermarket chains. (more…)

  • Friday, May 4th, 2012, (7:12 am)

    EASY BEAN LAUNCHES NEW FAIRTRADE SPANISH PUCHERO

    Bean company Easy Bean is celebrating Fairtrade status for a third product – its improved recipe Spanish Puchero pot.

    The Spanish Puchero Fairtrade white beans with Riojan chorizo, sweet red pepper and rich smoky pimentón – is marketed as a choice for lunch or served with crusty bread or rice for a more substantial evening meal.

    A Puchero is a hotpot eaten across Spain and South America and is named after the bulbous earthenware pot in which it was traditionally cooked. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, (3:00 pm)

    LURPAK LIGHTEST SPREADABLE INTRODUCES NEW 250G FORMAT

    Lurpak is launching its latest new product offering, Lurpak Lightest Spreadable, in a smaller 250g format following the launch of Lurpak Lightest Spreadable 500g in January.

    Designed to appeal to smaller households and convenience retailers, 250g Lurpak Lightest Spreadable is the brand’s lowest fat spreadable, made with real butter.

    The new 250g format aims to allow Lurpak to more easily compete with other low fat spreads in similar formats on the market by offering health conscious consumers a low fat product. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, (1:35 pm)

    STARBURST SET FOR MULTI-MILLION POUND RE-LAUNCH

    Starburst is set to unleash a multi-million pound brand re-launch, which challenges consumers to ‘let their Starburst out’.

    The activity, which kicks off this month, includes a range redesign, the introduction of a new sharing format and a limited edition pack tapping into the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

    The re-launch represents the biggest brand investment for Starburst in over five years and will be supported by a fully integrated through-the-line marketing drive. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, (11:29 am)

    SHARWOOD’S LAUNCHES NEW TV ADVERTISING

    Premier Foods is back on TV with Sharwood’s the Asian cuisine brand.

    The creative heralds the launch of Sharwood’s Wrap Kits with a new 30 second TV execution, featuring the Sharwood’s Chefs.

    The new TV advertising campaign runs for six weeks from 1 May and forms part of a £4m fully integrated ATL and in-store campaign. (more…)

  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, (9:06 am)

    MANAGING FOOD & HEALTH SCARES

    In our industry Managing Food & Health Scares is a very serious and sensitive issue.

    That’s why we think our upcoming Managing Food & Health Scares Seminar on Wednesday 30th May is unmissable.

    It will be held, as usual, in Daventry Northants, and we’ll look at: (more…)

  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, (7:16 am)

    PETER’S FOODS RELEASES NEW SPICY PIES

    One of the UK’s pie and pasty brands has launched a major drive to spice up a British food tradition.

    Peter’s Foods has unveiled three new products which together aim to serve UK consumers’ demand for flavours with a continental kick – along with a slice of 2012 patriotism.

    The Wales-based company’s Spring launches will be driven by a marketing campaign using multi-media channels and featuring a media survey, website updates, social media, sampling, traditional advertising and PR. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012, (3:18 pm)

    BIG PRAWN CO LAUNCHES NEW SEAFOOD SNACKS

    The Big Prawn Co is launching four new seafood products aimed at the snacking and canapé market.

    The company has developed Shellfish Jelly Shots – chilled crayfish, mussels and prawn suspended in boozy jelly – which will launch into UK retailers in time for the Jubilee and Olympics this summer.

    The chilled shots, which have a shelf life of 21 days, come in packs of 12 (rsp: £4.99) each containing three flavours: Crayfish Margarita, Mussels Bloody Mary and Prawn Mojito. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012, (1:12 pm)

    HARRY RAMSDEN’S SIGNS A DEAL WITH BIRDS EYE

    Birds Eye is launching a rival to Young’s Chip Shop range after signing a deal with Ranjit Boparan to manufacture a range of co-branded Harry Ramsden’s products.

    The deal will see the return of Ramsden’s products to supermarkets after years of absence.

    In the past the Harry Ramsden’s range was made by Young’s. (more…)

  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012, (11:30 am)

    NATURE’S TABLE TEAMS UP WITH MOSHI MONSTERS

    Nature’s Table, a brand in the healthy eating food industry for nearly thirty years are the latest firm to team up with Mind Candy to
    produce a new range of healthy snacks aimed at the children’s phenomenon Moshi Monsters™ demographic.

    ‘Moshi Munchies’ are rolling out as part of Nature’s Tables healthy snacking campaign.

    Moshi Monsters is an online world for boys and girls aged 6-12 and has over 60 million registered users across the globe. (more…)

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