Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Thursday, April 7th, 2011, (7:31 am)
Domino’s has launched a digital campaign to promote its new Reggae Reggae pizza, which is made with Levi Roots’ Jamaican sauce.
The Reggae Reggae pizza features Levi Roots’ original Reggae Reggae sauce smothered over Domino’s fresh dough base and topped with roast chicken, tomatoes, green peppers, pineapple and 100% mozzarella cheese.
A vegetarian version of the pizza is available with sweetcorn and it can also be purchased as an oven-baked sub.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, (3:26 pm)
Warburtons is preparing itself for the summer season with a new range of rolls for barbecue meal occasions.
The latest additions to the baker’s range of rolls are six-packs of seeded burger buns and rolls for hot dogs hoping to appeal to a wide range of consumers looking for a convenient bakery option from a well-known brand.
Stars feature on the packaging for both, hinting at what Warburtons has named the products “American inspiration”.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, (1:09 pm)
The forthcoming marriage of HRH Prince William & Kate Middleton has provided culinary inspiration for Hawkshead Relish to cook up a commemorative preserve for the event namely Princely Plum Jam.
Hawkshead Relish prides itself on using only locally sourced ingredients and enjoys celebrating its regional and national identity.
English Plums have been combined with champagne to create a ‘Wedding breakfast’ condiment which hopes to appeal to consumers wanting to celebrate British nationality by purchasing from a British brand which sources locally and not internationally.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, (11:08 am)
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Diageo Great Britain (Diageo GB) are continuing to support their long-term, joint initiative to drive spirit and mixer sales in the off-trade, with a £2.5m investment from April to run across the summer.
The additional spend follows a successful launch in 2010, with joint CCE and Diageo promotional activities delivering over £23m retail sales value .
This year’s campaign will be entitled, ‘Taste a Better Summer’ and aims to help grow basket value spend by encouraging consumers to purchase both the spirit and the mixers they need for a well served, long mixed spirit drink.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, (9:24 am)
Enterprise Brands is adding to the ready-meals sector with the launch of Bistro Express, a new range of complete ready-meals with a shelf-life of twelve months.
Twelve variants make up the range of which five are gluten free, 11 are nut free, eight are Halal and two are vegetarian.
In line with recent trends for healthier eating all variants contain less-than 4g of fat, 6 have less-than 3g, there are no added artificial colourings or preservatives and all meals have less-then 1% salt or sodium.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, (7:00 am)
Noble Foods, the UK based supplier of eggs and egg products, has joined up with Armed Forces charity, Help for Heroes, to launch a new eggs brand, Eggs for Soldiers.
The free range eggs, launching initially with Tesco, will appear on shelf from 4th April and for every pack bought 15p will be donated to the Help for Heroes charity, supporting wounded British troops.
Continuing with the reference to Eggs for Soldiers, the new pack design is in military style, with a khaki background colour and bearing an egg & soldiers resembling a medal on the front.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, (3:13 pm)
Heinz is announcing an addition to its Deli Mayo range with the launch of Heinz Deli Mayo with a Hint of Chilli.
The new variety will join: Heinz Deli Mayo with Roasted Garlic and Heinz Deli Mayo with Caramelised Onion, launching in time for the British summer.
The new variety, which is available in stores from April 2011 with an RRP of £1.59, incorporates the flavours of Heinz Mayo, with the added hint of chilli.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, (1:04 pm)
With rosé wines showing continued year-on-year growth, Treasury Wines has developed a brand called Bella Vie to cater specifically for 19-24-year-old female drinkers – and it is only available to the impulse trade.
It has created what it considers to be a “fun” brand which is “refreshing, sweet and pink”, initially launching a White Zinfandel from Italy.
Bella Vie will be available to the impulse trade from 18 April in time for the key summer months and will be backed by a £250,000 through-the-line marketing campaign.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, (11:12 am)
Schwartz for Chef has added Smoky Mesquite to the newly launched BBQ seasoning range, taking the total to four.
The new addition to the range aims to draw new attention to the seasonings as we approach the summer BBQ season, offering consumers a wide range of different options.
There are 10 Seasonings available in the range; Peppered Steak, Blackened Cajun, Piri Piri, Season-All, Montreal Steak, Fajita Chicken, Arrabbiata, Moroccan, Italian, Chinese Five Spice, plus the four new BBQ Seasonings; Smoky Mesquite Barbecue Seasoning, Classic Barbecue Seasoning, Spicy Barbecue Seasoning and Mediterranean Barbecue Seasoning
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, (9:09 am)
Choccy Munchy Seeds are a new and nutritious chocolate launch to hit the market from UK seed snack supplier Munchy Seeds.
Following trial and research at consumer food shows, the Munchy Seeds brand have launched the chocolatey snack mix of sunflower and pumpkin seeds and dried apricot, coated in Belgian milk and dark chocolate.
Munchy Choccy Seeds have already been given Great Taste Award accolade for their first chocolate launch and are joint best sellers with other SKU’s in the existing seed range.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, (7:20 am)
Marks & Spencer has confirmed that it plans to return to Paris later this year.
The retailer said would it plans to open a new store on the Champs-Elysées towards the end of 2011 which will offer a selection of both classic womenswear and food.
Marks & Spencer is also in advanced talks with SSP, which runs a large number of M&S Simply Food stores under franchise, to open a number of Simply Food stores in “strategic locations in and around Paris”.
Monday, April 4th, 2011, (3:10 pm)
Mission Foods, the UK based wrap and tortilla manufacturer, is aiming to add a new option to the breakfast occasion, with the launch of its new Cranberry and Orange Breakfast Bread.
Designed to appeal as a versatile meal option, Mission Deli Breakfast Bread can be eaten toasted and on its own, with butter or topped with a preferred preserve or favourite fruit as a twist to traditional toast.
As it can be eaten straight out of the pack the new Breakfast Bread is also being marketed as a convenient option for consumers on the go.
Monday, April 4th, 2011, (1:01 pm)
Holdsworth Chocolates launches its latest range of fruit twist eggs for Easter 2011.
Each strawberry-flavoured chocolate egg contains an assortment of Holdsworth’s individual handmade – not just hand-finished – chocolates.
Midnight Truffle, Fresh Milk Truffle and Clotted Cream Truffles will be found inside the 350g eggs.
Monday, April 4th, 2011, (11:02 am)
Restaurant to retail firm All About Food is launching a new Italian salad dressing from PizzaExpress.
On shelf in time for summer salads and barbeques, PizzaExpress Italian dressing contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Hoping to appeal to healthc-conscious consumers, All About Food is pushing the ‘homemade’ message, claiming the dressing is made in exactly the same way as it would be at home – using the juice of a whole fresh lemon, coarse chopped herbs, olive oil and a dash of honey to add sweetness to the vinaigrette.
Monday, April 4th, 2011, (9:08 am)
Rod and Ben’s, a Devonshire organic food producer, has added a new range of seasonal summer soup recipes to its range.
The new soups include Lettuce & Lovage, Cream of Watercress, Cucumber & Dill, Courgette & Tomato and Smoked Haddock Chowder.
Fresh herbs, salad and vegetables from Rod and Ben’s organic farm are used to create the seasonal soups that can be purchased all year round.
Monday, April 4th, 2011, (7:38 am)
Supermarkets dominate a new list of the most valuable names in UK retail 2011, with retail giant Tesco awarded the top spot.
Marketing consultancy Interbrand published its report which discovered the UK’s largest supermarket had a ‘brand value’ of £6.2bn.
This valuation placed Tesco one ahead of Marks & Spencer, whose brand was valued at £3.7bn.
Friday, April 1st, 2011, (3:05 pm)
Quality Street, the branded wrapped chocolates and toffee brand, is celebrating the upcoming nuptials of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton with a new limited edition tin.
To mark the occasion, Bristol based agency Epoch Design was asked to create the celebratory look for the octagonal pack.
The final design incorporated a bespoke illustration by portrait artist Cath Riley.
Friday, April 1st, 2011, (1:10 pm)
German distiller, Asbach, has launched a premium three-year-old special, which will replace the Asbach Uralt line in the UK.
Asbach Original Aged three Years will be available in the UK through drinks distributor, Halewood International, from April 2011.
Following traditional distillation, Asbach Original has been stored for at least three years in Limousin-oak casks, offering a full bodied, spicy style.
Friday, April 1st, 2011, (11:22 am)
The Co-operative Group is set to reduce the packaging of its own-brand cordial range by around 40% by moving from ordinary to double concentrate squash.
The change to double concentrate will not affect the taste or quality of the squash, but will save 83 tonnes of packaging weight a year – equivalent to the weight of over 18 African elephants.
This, in turn, will save 337 tonnes of CO2 annually, pushing the sustainability message as well as offering consumers more product in less weighty packaging.
Friday, April 1st, 2011, (9:21 am)
Galaxy has added to its product range with the introduction of Galaxy Bites.
The new impulse product compromises a bag of bitesize pieces of Galaxy chocolate with a heart of soft chocolate caramel.
The new Galaxy Bites will be available to the trade from the end of April.
Friday, April 1st, 2011, (7:09 am)
Mars Refuel has unveiled new packs for its 1 litre carton, 330ml bottle and 400ml bottle with Sports Cap.
The new designs feature a milk splash to clearly communicate the drink’s milk content and also features a ‘Cash for your Club’ logo which promotes the successful Mars Refuel Drink Fund.
Returning for the fourth year, the fund will be donating grants to sports clubs, associations and individuals.
Thursday, March 31st, 2011, (3:17 pm)
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its updated strategy to 2015: Safer food for the nation.
The strategy sets out six outcomes that the FSA will work towards in a bid to ensure that food is safe and that consumers can continue to have trust and confidence in the food they buy and eat.
These outcomes reflect the work of the Agency at all stages of the food supply – from when food enters the UK to when it is sold by retailers and caterers.
Thursday, March 31st, 2011, (1:06 pm)
Aunt Bessie’s is launching a new range of six hot desserts into the take home market.
Introducing three new ‘family products’ and three additions to the Perfect for 2 range, Aunt Bessie’s new puddings have been designed to appeal to a wide range of consumers by launching traditional and familiar ‘favourites’.
Aunt Bessie’s new Sticky Toffee and Chocolate Sponge Puddings are ready in two and a half minutes providing consumers with an end of meal dessert that is convenient and quick.
Thursday, March 31st, 2011, (11:00 am)
Curry sauce and accompaniments producer Anila’s Authentic Sauces has unveiled new branding with peel and reveal labelling that hopes to inspire customers to create dishes of their own.
The producer, which sells through delis, farm shops, health food stores and quality food retailers across the UK, has designed new labels to reflect the distinct characteristics of the range.
The labels have been designed to highlight the concentrated nature of the Indian curry sauces, as adding water doubles the quantity of curry sauce.
Thursday, March 31st, 2011, (9:13 am)
Yummy Lollies, the children’s ice lolly brand, has had a design makeover in a bid to bring new interest as sumer approaches.
Waitrose stores throughout the South East are stocking the new look healthy lollies which are made with nothing but 100% real fruit; no concentrate, no added sugar, no added water and no artificial ‘nasties’.
The outer carton design has also changed to hold six lollies in three fruity flavours, giving consumers a wider variety in just one purchase. The flavours now included in the Waitrose multipack are Strawberry & Banana, British Apple & Raspberry and Apple & Mango.
Thursday, March 31st, 2011, (7:03 am)
Gluten and wheat free brand DS-gluten free has teamed up with The Co-operative to launch a range of branded frozen gluten and wheat free foods.
The new frozen range, which will launch in 82 stores nationwide this April, includes DS-gluten free Margherita Pizza, Sausage Rolls and Yorkshire Puddings.
The introduction of the range was triggered by the continued growth in sales of gluten and wheat free products – a sector that is now worth more than £120.2 million, up 14.8 per cent year on year.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, (3:08 pm)
Disney and British children’s food brand Annabel Karmel have expanded their line of healthy snacks for children aged 12 months and above.
The new additions to the food range feature Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh and are available nationwide at Asda and Tesco stores with additional retailers coming soon.
The range of sweet and savoury snacks is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and has been specially designed to create wholesome but fun snacks for children aged 12 months plus.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, (1:03 pm)
Banrock Station, the eco-conscious Australian wine brand from Constellation Wines, is launching a new lighter drinking range.
The new range compromises Banrock Station Moscato and Banrock Station Pink Moscato.
Constellation’s Wine Nation research, the largest study of its kind into the wine lives of UK consumers, identified a £200m wine category opportunity in Lighter Drinking.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, (11:06 am)
Amoy, the Chinese food and ingredients producer, is adding to its offering in the wet noodles category with the launch of Amoy Straight to Wok Ribbon Rice Noodles.
It will be the first gluten free noodle in the Amoy range.
The Amoy Ribbon Rice Noodles are a lighter style of noodle, which aim to enhance Amoy’s current offering of authentic oriental food products, whilst also satisfying consumer demand for a greater range of gluten free choices.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, (9:11 am)
Branston is launching a new range of salad creams with a Twist ready for the BBQ and picnic season.
The new with a Twist range is hoping to make lunchtime ‘more exciting’ and bring new interest to the brand and its sauces.
The new product comes in a squeezy format and in three different variants; Salad Cream with a Twist of Garlic and Herb, Salad Crea with a Twist of Caramelised Onion, and Classic Salad Cream.