Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, (9:00 am)
A Manchester couple have created the UK’s first ever commercially made apple jam – using only British apples.
British high streets have long had strawberry, raspberry, damson, blackcurrant, apricot, plum, fig, cherry and other jams but until now never apple.
Now Sale-based Michelle McKenna, known as Clippy, and her partner Paul Gorman have launched their Clippy’s Apples range of six apple conserves into 800 Tesco stores .
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, (7:07 am)
Shortbread manufacturer, Dean’s has introduced a new range of four snack bags of mini bite sized shortbread and oat biscuits.
Based on the petit four range, Dean’s have taken their traditional and chocolate chip shortbread along with the Original and Coconut varieties from their Oat Biscuit range and created mini bite sized versions in a range of four snack bags – perfect as a treat or snack on the go.
The snacking format of the Dean’s Mini Bites Range allows them to be dual merchandised on the traditional biscuit aisle as well as in impulse locations.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, (3:20 pm)
A new range of all natural products, inspired by Greek cuisine dedicated to offering a new, has been launched by foodies Elli & Manos.
The Elli & Manos range of retail gourmet products launched three new dressings in May 2011.
The new range has been created and designed especially to launch in the summer months and hopes to draw attention to the versatility of the dressings.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, (1:23 pm)
Quorn is expanding its range of ‘fish’ lines in a bid to expand sales by attracting “concerned” fish eaters as well as vegetarian consumers.
Earlier this year, the meat-free brand launched two new frozen fish-alternative products; fish-less fingers and tuna style & sweetcorn crispbakes (both rsp: £2.29).
Last month, following the success of the initial launch, the brand unveiled two chilled lines salmon style dill crispbakes and tuna style melts (rsp: £2.49).
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, (11:15 am)
The Feel Good Drinks Company has once again teamed up with Landmann, one of Europe’s leading barbecue suppliers, in a summer partnership deal to get the nation ‘feeling good’.
Feel Good Drinks is launching a nationwide on-pack promotion via 180,000 bottles of its 750ml Gently Sparkling Juice Drinks range, available across all major supermarkets.
The campaign offers Feel Good fans the chance to win one of 100 Landmann Kettle barbeques, plus one of 100 limited edition ‘feel good’ summer aprons.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, (9:18 am)
Marks & Spencer’s Aberdeen Angus beef with red onion chutney sandwich has been voted the best new sandwich of the year.
The sandwich gained 14% of the vote in the British Sandwich Association’s survey of 3,000 consumers, enough to give it the top spot.
M&S were five percentage points better than their nearest rivals, the New York deli bloomer and chicken teriyaki with sweet onion sauce bloomer sold by Greggs.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, (7:29 am)
Harvey Nichols has announced that Bubbleology will be launching in the Fifth Floor Foodmarket this Summer.
The Bubbleology launch this April, reported by FDIN, was a success with queues forming around the block on 49 Rupert Street in Soho, with over 8,000 teas sold within the first two weeks.
The newest tea craze, Bubble Tea originated from Taiwan in the early eighties, with the name “Bubble Tea” referring to the small floating bubbles that are created by the vigorous shaking involved its making.
Monday, June 27th, 2011, (3:22 pm)
Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic is launching its longest-ever Robinsons Fruit Shoot promotion this summer to drive sales of the juice drink for retailers.
‘Champion of the Playground’, an on-pack promotion, will run for four months from June and give away over 12,000 skills kits to children.
Champion of the Playground is an online skills league for kids that encourages them to learn and practice new skills.
Monday, June 27th, 2011, (1:29 pm)
Plateau restaurant opened its doors to the Food and Drink Innovation Network last week. Online Editor Jenny Francis was lucky enough to sample the exquisite menu in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf.
PLATEAU sits in a prime 4th floor location at the top of the Canada Place building.
Entering the bright and contemporary restaurant, the views out overlooking the tower and across the lawns and sculptures of Canada Square Park are instantly impressive and create an interesting inside/outside illusion of space.
Monday, June 27th, 2011, (11:06 am)
This month, Galbani Dolcelatte will receive a makeover with brand new packaging in a bid to improve the appetite appeal of the product.
From June, Galbani Dolcelatte will be available in new packaging, which hopes tp enhance communication of the flavour and texture of the product.
It should strengthen the link between Dolcelatte and Galbani and underline the Italian origin and spirit of the brand.
Monday, June 27th, 2011, (9:00 am)
This summer, sweet brand,The Natural Confectionery Company (TNCC), is launching a new product.
In a very first for the category, Guzzle Puzzle offers has been designed to offer consumers a unique and fun eating experience.
By combining two different shaped fruit and spice flavoured jelly sweets together, like a puzzle, a different flavour is experienced.
Monday, June 27th, 2011, (7:20 am)
Honestly Healthy has announced the exclusive launch of their food range into Selfridges Food Hall, London on 29th June.
The brainchild of organic chef Natasha Corrett and nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson, Honestly Healthy is marketed as a fresh, balanced and alkaline range of vegetarian foods that offer an antidote to the glut of so-called health foods that are actually anything but.
Honestly Healthy’s meals come fresh from the kitchen every day and their alkalising ingredients claim to balance the energy-sapping components of the typically acidic Western diet.
Friday, June 24th, 2011, (3:09 pm)
The Food and Drink Innovation Network is offering to set you up for the last part of the year, and into 2012 and beyond by hosting its Tomorrow’s Table Global Food & Drink Summit on Thursday 14th July at Staverton Park in Daventry, Northants.
The summit chair Sue Lister, one of the industry’s best-known food & drink specialists has lined up a star case of presenters, and the agenda speaks for itself.
The event is being held at Staverton Park Conference Centre, Daventry, Northants, and covers seven different topics over the course of the day.
Friday, June 24th, 2011, (1:33 pm)
New Get Buzzing natural energy bars have been developed to appeal as a healthy, but functional, energy bar.
Created by a personal trainer, the bars have been proven to help delay fatigue and enhance performance, so sourcing energy is less of a struggle.
Get Buzzing bars can be eaten before or during exercise or sport without upsetting the digestive system, or afterwards as a recovery source when consumers have pushed themselves physically.
Friday, June 24th, 2011, (11:28 am)
Haribo Tangfastics, the top selling sour treat within the gums and jellies sector, is offering consumers a new sweet this summer with the introduction of a Rhubarb and Custard splat.
Tangfastics, which will feature the Rhubarb and Custard splat for a limited time only, offers what the brand considers the be a classic flavour combination to drive summer sales during the sour category’s most popular season.
Haribo will continue to reinforce value through Haribo Tangfastics by making them available in 235g sharing bags price marked at £1.
Friday, June 24th, 2011, (9:20 am)
With just under one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, Coca-Cola is unveiling an integrated, multi-channel marketing campaign to amplify its role as Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
To support Future Flames, Coca-Cola is launching an on-pack communication with a call to action to nominate young people who deserve to carry the Olympic Flame at the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The on-pack will run from 1st July across My Coke (Coca-Cola, diet Coke, Coke Zero) and will be available on 330ml cans, 500ml and 2ltr bottles and multipacks.
Friday, June 24th, 2011, (7:05 am)
As the tennis season brings the very British partnership of strawberries and cream into the spotlight, it seems that double or single, its game set and match for the white stuff.
And it appears today’s Brits can’t resist the lure of cream – as new research from Mintel reveals that despite economic gloom, cream has enjoyed spectacular growth of 28% over the past five years to 2010.
Indeed, sales of cream are thriving; this year the market for cream is set to reach a record breaking £300 million, the value of cream enjoying lip-smacking growth of 6.5% in 2010 alone.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, (3:01 pm)
Chapel Down, the English winemaker widely reported as supplying last month’s Royal Wedding, has won a coveted gold medal at this weeks wine world ‘Oscar’s’.
The Kentish vineyard picked up its award at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC), beating more than twelve thousand wines entered into the annual competition.
Chapel Down was recognized in the sparkling rosé category for its Rosé Brut, beating many other fizzes with, historically, much bigger reputations.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, (1:19 pm)
Bio-Synergy is introducing the newest product in the Skinny range next month.
Being marketed as “The lowest calorie and healthy dessert on the market”, the new Bio-Synergy Skinny Mousse comes in two flavours; Chocolate less than 80k/cals and Caramel less than 50k/cals.
Both the mousses are low in, fat, sugar and carbohydrate
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, (11:14 am)
Functional food specialists, The Groovy Food Company has joined forces with UK venture, to develop a new range of organic and gluten free cereals manufactured in its 100% gluten free plants.
The new gluten free breakfast range uses Groovy’s own organically grown natural sweetener Agave Nectar and comes in 250g pack
The range launches into the major multiples and health food stores endorsed by ITV’s This Morning doctor, Dr Chris Steele who himself was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in March 2010.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, (9:08 am)
Hovis is hoping to capitalise on the massive potential that the currently untapped part-bake market has to offer with the launch of Hovis Homebake – a range of Hovis branded part-baked loaves and rolls.
As the first bread brand to invest in this sector, Hovis believes its part-bake offering will revitalise this static part of the market and create a significant sales opportunity.
Over 60% of households do not currently buy part-bake largely due to a lack of awareness and those who do only purchase six times a year.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, (7:19 am)
HiPP Organic, the organic baby food company, is extending its product range with the introduction of ‘Fruit Pouches’, made from organic fruit and comprising 100% natural ingredients.
Responding to existing consumer insights, HiPP Organic acknowledged that their strong following of mums were seeking their well renowned products in this appealing new format.
The brand new range of organic fruit flavours; ‘Apple, Strawberry & Banana’, ‘Banana, Pear & Mango’, ‘Mango, Apple & Peach’ and ‘Peach, Apple, Blueberry & Raspberry’ aimed at babies from four months onwards, have been designed to offer more convenience to the baby food category.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, (3:10 pm)
Heinz has announced the re-launch of its Farmers’ Market range.
The re-launch will see the current 515g can replaced by a new 400g ‘slimmer’ can format and the addition of three new varieties to the range.
In addition a new label, with front of pack flashes, highlights how many of the recommended five a day the can contains and a back of pack tick list of ‘Good to know…’ facts.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Constellation Wines has announced an extension of it Gran Tierra to include a new rosé varietal.
Gran Tierra Gran Reserva Rosé will join its Chilean wine brands portfolio in June.
Gran Tierra has sold over 6m+ bottles since its launch Internal data and added £15m retail sales to the Chilean wine category in 2010 AC Nielsen 2010.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, (11:16 am)
The new Jme range, created exclusively for the independent food sector in collaboration with Jamie Oliver, is about to hit delis, independents and farm shops up and down the country.
Jamie and his team of food experts have worked with artisan food producers, including Ess Foods, Olives Et Al, Cocoa Loco and Cartmel to create a range of new food products from store cupboard staples to gifts.
Zoe Jackson, Jme’s Head of Buying and the driving force behind the creation of the Jme brand, said: ”
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, (9:18 am)
Waitrose has announced its biggest ever e-commerce marketing campaign to coincide with the take-over of Ocado inside the M25.
Waitrose is currently unable to deliver within the M25 region of the UK as part of its agreement with Ocado, which stocks Waitrose food.
But from 1 July this year the agreement between the retailers expires, allowing waitress to offer a full service.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, (7:24 am)
Independent retailers near the dozens of music and other festivals being held over the summer are being urged to make the most of the extra sales opportunities, reported Independent Retail News.
Geeta and Charanjit Doal expect to see a 15% increase in average takings during the V Festival on 20 and 21 August at Weston Park, Staffordshire, which is just minutes from their Lifestyle Express store in Wheaton Aston.
Geeta Doal said: “We have three chilled food deliveries a week from Kerry Foods and during the V Festival we ask for more than double the amount of sausages, bacon, sandwiches, pies and pasties and we use a chiller in the back to keep up with stocks.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011, (3:15 pm)
Two new lines have been added to Tims Dairy’s Tiny Tims range after the success of the retail range of yogurts launched in April 2009.
Tiny Tims Kids Wholemilk Yogurts 4 x 85g four pack represent a break into the children’s category.
Suitable for children from the age of six months the ‘no bits’ wholemilk yogurts come in four flavours including banana, strawberry, peach and raspberry.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Blackthorn Foods, the gourmet fudge maker, is moving into sauces with the launch of a unique Fudge Fondue under its Melting Pot brand.
The company, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has created the handmade Fudge Fondue product, a butter fudge in a Cazuela, a tapas-style earthenware dish, for cooking in a microwave, oven or on a barbecue as a sauce.
The dish contains 140gms of handmade fudge.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011, (11:09 am)
All fish served in government departments and their agencies will come from sustainable sources, through the new Government Buying Standards.
The standards for all food procured by government departments and their agencies will come into force for all new catering contracts from September 2011 and require that:
All food should be produced to UK or equivalent production standards where this does not increase overall costs; more food must be produced to higher environmental standards; that at least 50% of tea and coffee must be fairly traded; that fresh produce should be seasonal; and food waste must be minimised.