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  • Friday, December 7th, 2012, (7:13 am)

    KETTLE CHIPS LAUNCHES SOUR CREAM & SWEET ONION VARIETY

    Kettle Chips has added new ‘Sour Cream & Sweet Onion’ to its range of hand cooked chips.

    Kettle Chips hopes to help Impulse retailers to capitalise on consumer trends towards better quality snacking options with no artificial ingredients or added MSG.

    Their commitment to innovation helps to keep the Kettle portfolio fresh and offers retailers something new for their customers. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 6th, 2012, (3:12 pm)

    BECK’S UNVEILS NEW LIGHTWEIGHT BOTTLES

    Global brewer AB InBev has introduced a new lightweight bottle for Beck’s and Beck’s Blue in the UK.

    The 275ml Beck’s and Beck’s Blue bottles, which first appeared in the UK’s on and off trade earlier this year, are 20g – or nearly 11% – lighter than before.

    The company estimates the changes will impact over 130m million bottles in 2013, saving a total of 2,642 tonnes of glass, which weighs in at over 200 modern double-decker buses. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 6th, 2012, (11:32 am)

    TURKEYS FOR TROOPS LAUNCHED FOR BRITISH SOLDIERS

    Injured British soldiers will be tucking into a home-grown farm-reared turkey dinner this Christmas thanks to a number of donations from producers up and down the country.

    The NFU’s UK Turkeys website has teamed up with Connect Packaging and has launched its Turkeys for Troops campaign which, with the help of the Ministry of Defence, will feed scores of soldiers, past and present, for their Christmas day meal.

    Farmers will be delivering their turkeys to Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire, Headley Court in Surrey, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, the Royal Star and Garter in Richmond, the Royal Hospital in Chelsea as well as units in Colchester and Edinburgh. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 6th, 2012, (9:25 am)

    CHICKEN TONIGHT IS TO LAUNCH NEW TURKEY TOMORROW

    Chicken Tonight has plans to launch a new Turkey Tomorow sauce.

    As the Christmas countdown begins, new research has found that over a quarter of Brits (29%) are already anxious about the big day and the stresses it brings with it.

    A poll by Chicken Tonight shows that food causes the biggest worry, with a fifth (19%) stating that being overfed is the worst part of Christmas Day. (more…)

  • Thursday, December 6th, 2012, (7:08 am)

    EAT NATURAL ADDS NEW FESTIVE BAR TO FRUITS & FIBRE RANGE

    Eat Natural, makers of fruit and nut bars, has unveiled a new Fruits & Fibre bar made with cranberries, peanuts, oats and toasted spelt flaked – in time for Christmas.

    They are made by hand in small batches in the Makery in the heart of Essex, and each bar contains 160 calories and give a sustained level of natural energy.

    Each bar offers 6g of fibre per 100g and comes in two flavours; Vanilla, Plum and crunchy Peanuts Coconut and Apricot. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, (3:27 pm)

    ‘UGLY VEG’ RULE CHANGE MEANS MORE BRITISH PRODUCE ON SALE

    Over three hundred thousand tonnes of British produce, enough to fill 2,500 Boeing 747-400 freight planes, is estimated to have reached supermarket shelves this year after retailers relaxed product specifications for fruit and vegetables following a difficult growing season.

    The NFU says growers across the country have welcomed the efforts being shown by major supermarkets to make use of imperfect, weather-marked produce, including potatoes, parsnips, sprouts, swedes and apples, rather than rejecting them on the grounds of appearance.

    So far this season, concessions made by the major retailers include: (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, (11:32 am)

    VIMTO SOFT DRINKS ANNOUNCES NEW AD CAMPAIGN FOR WEIGHT WATCHERS SOFT DRINKS

    A year since launching the brand to market, Vimto Soft Drinks is putting more investment into the range of Weight Watchers Soft Drinks, which it manufactures under license.

    Weight Watchers Soft Drinks are set to benefit from a national consumer campaign for the ‘New Year, New You’ period, targeting the major women’s lifestyle press throughout January and February.

    It will be kick-started with advertising in the bumper February issue (on-shelf January 2013) of Weight Watchers magazine, supported by a coupon promotion offering 50p off any product from the Weight Watchers Soft Drinks range redeemable at all stockists. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, (9:09 am)

    GOODFELLA’S TO FEATURE IN NEW £5 TESCO MEAL DEAL

    Goodfella’s restaurant-style Superiore pizza, which features the brand’s Italian style thin base topped with a selection of toppings, is set to become part of a new Tesco meal deal from 4th December.

    Shoppers will be able to buy the 11-inch pizza, normal RRP £2.99 along with a side and a dessert for just £5, until the end of the year.

    Lucy Zorina, senior brand manager at Goodfella’s commented on the deal: “The Superiore is perfect for a couple to share on a grown-up night in – and this deal is the prefect opportunity for people to give it a go. (more…)

  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, (7:16 am)

    SCIENCE R&D BASE ESSENTIAL TO FOOD PRODUCTION CHALLENGE

    Identifying and closing the skills and training gaps that exist across agriculture is a key priority for the AgriSkills Forum to ensure farming can rise to the challenge of feeding a growing population.

    AgriSkills chairman Richard Longthorp also said that a modern and forward thinking-sector would attract much-needed new entrants essential for a thriving food and farming industry.

    He was joined by AHDB chief scientist Ian Crute, and representatives from across industry, for the management group discussion on skills and training which included a focus on the new Feeding the Future report. (more…)

  • Tuesday, December 4th, 2012, (3:35 pm)

    NEW LIGHT ENERGY DRINK FROM SCHECKTER’S

    The makers of the worlds first 100% Natural, Organic and FairTrade approved energy drink, Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy, have launched anew Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy Lite.

    Like the original, this natural, organic drink harnesses the power of nature to give an energy lift whilst also boosting mental performance.

    With the added bonus of using Organic Agave instead of cane sugar the drink contains 33% fewer calories. (more…)

  • Tuesday, December 4th, 2012, (1:04 pm)

    WAITROSE OPENS FIRST STORE IN NORTH NORFOLK

    Waitrose has opened its first store in North Norfolk.

    The Cromer Road store in North Walsham was officially unveiled on November 29th by the Mayor of North Walsham, Dave Robertson.

    The Mayor said: “I’m absolutely delighted that in less than a year we have seen plans approved and now this shop is opening, and I’m sure that the people of North Walsham feel the same. (more…)

  • Tuesday, December 4th, 2012, (9:12 am)

    NEW ON THE MENU RANGE FOR SENIORS AVAILABLE TO INDEPENDENT RETAILERS

    On The Menu, the first retail brand to produce a range of dietitian-approved main courses and desserts developed especially for seniors, is now available nationally to independent retailers.

    The company’s meals are the first to have been developed with industry experts specifically to meet the needs of older people and are available from wholesalers Hunts Food Service, Eden Farm, Hulleys and Consort Frozen Foods.

    It is estimated that there are four million over-75s living alone in the UK and one in five of these is malnourished due to factors including reduced ability to cook for themselves and a lack of foods that are appealing, safe to eat for an older digestive system and provide adequate nutrition. (more…)

  • Monday, December 3rd, 2012, (1:12 pm)

    HEINZ LAUNCHES CHRISTMAS FACEBOOK APP

    As part of its ‘Winter Warmerz’ campaign, Heinz is launching its ‘12 Days of Christmas’ Facebook App to encourage consumer loyalty across its brands and reinforce the message that this Christmas ‘It Has To Be Heinz’.

    The app, which launched on 1 December, aims to drive an emotional engagement and talkability amongst Facebook fans of Heinz Beanz, Heinz Salad Cream and Heinz Tomato Ketchup.

    They will be able to enter a competition on their desktop or mobile to win different Heinz branded prizes every day. (more…)

  • Monday, December 3rd, 2012, (11:00 am)

    WALKERS NEW DEEP RIDGED CRISPS DRIVES £19 SALES IN 12 WEEKS

    Walkers Deep Ridged, with ridges twice as deep as any other ridged crisp in the market, has achieved record sales of £19m in just twelve weeks, and is now the biggest launch of the year in the crisps, snacks and nuts sector.

    Walkers Deep Ridged taps into growing consumer appetite for ridged crisps, and with a global patent to make the deepest ridges in the market, the crisps unlock flavour and crunch.

    Walkers marketing manager Adam Warner said: “We set out to make Walkers Deep Ridged the most epic Walkers launch ever, and with 1 in 6 households trying it since launch, we have done just that. (more…)

  • Monday, December 3rd, 2012, (9:09 am)

    9BAR RANGE GETS A MAKEOVER

    9bar is re-launching, with a new makeover.

    Coming in five varieties – Original, Nutty, Pumpkin, Flax and Organic – 9bars are a gluten, dairy and wheat free on the go snack.

    9bars retail at 48p, and are stacked with nutrients from the seeds which make up the majority of each bar – more than can be found in any other bar. (more…)

  • Monday, December 3rd, 2012, (7:31 am)

    BEL UNVEILS NEW BOURSIN ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

    Bel UK is to support its flagship cheese brand, Boursin, with a high-profile, and heavyweight TV advertising campaign across the Christmas 2012 season.

    The advertising, which is part of Boursin’s “Le Plaisir Intense” campaign, breaks on 3rd December and highlights how the flavours of Boursin can take consumers on a ‘journey through the senses.’

    As the number one brand in the speciality cheese segment with £12m value sales, Boursin is often chosen when it comes to a special occasion cheese. (more…)

  • Friday, November 30th, 2012, (1:11 pm)

    SALES OF MATTESONS FRIDGE RAIDERS UP 30%

    Mattessons’ recent multi-million pound ‘Hank Marvin’ campaign has increased sales of Fridge Raiders up 30% since launch and over 50 per cent over the last 12 weeks.

    The £2.5m campaign, which launched in June, has pushed sales of Fridge Raiders to £30m and driven brand awareness of Mattessons to its highest ever level – with 80% of consumers now recognising Fridge Raiders as an afternoon snack.

    As a result, over the last 12-months more households have brought Fridge Raiders than any other meat snack, a company first that has pushed the brand’s share of the total meat snack market to over 30%. (more…)

  • Friday, November 30th, 2012, (11:10 am)

    WARBURTONS UNVEILS NEW MILK ROLL PACKAGING

    Warburtons has refreshed the packaging of its Milk Roll children’s loaf to increase its appeal to modern families and encourage trial.

    Available this month, the new packaging features on-pack messaging to communicate the product’s key benefits to consumers including:

    Soft Round White Bread, With Calcium for Healthy Teeth and Bones, Perfect for Lunch Boxes. (more…)

  • Friday, November 30th, 2012, (9:00 am)

    JAMES KNIGHT OF MAYFAIR LAUNCHES FRESH FISH RANGE

    James Knight of Mayfair, London’s largest independent wholesale fishmonger, has launched a new pre-pack range of fresh fish.

    Targeted at the independent sector- online food delivery companies, butchers, deli’s and independent retailers – the range has three categories: fish for weekday meals, fish for the weekend and seafood mixes for popular dishes including bouillabaisse and seafood risotto.

    Retail Manager, Fiona O’Callaghan, said: “In the 1950’s there were 50,000 high street fishmongers in the UK; now there are less than 1000, most of them located in affluent areas. (more…)

  • Friday, November 30th, 2012, (7:09 am)

    WRIGLEY RE-DESIGNS SKITTLES AND LAUNCHES NEW PRODUCT

    Skittles, the fruit confectionery brand, is turning confectionery on its head with a £5m brand re-launch.

    Already breaking records, with value sales up by 31%,  from January, Skittles is undergoing a complete range re-design and the launch of a new product.

    As part of the re-launch, the range re-design will see the Skittles rainbow flipped upside-down on pack. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 29th, 2012, (3:09 pm)

    CROWDSOURCING, COLLABORATION & CO-CREATION FOR LEANER NPD SEMINAR

    Following the engagement of our 11,000 members in focus groups, telephone interviews, and mail surveys in the last few months, we have found that the top innovation theme in our industry right now is how to make the most of co-creation whether for NPD or any business activity where innovation is needed.

    Those we’ve dialogued with want to know: What is co-creation? Where did it come from? How long has it been going?

    How does it differ from crowdsourcing and open innovation? Who should be involved? how do we protect the IP when ideas emerge spontaneously? What networks and platforms should we use? How to make the most of co-creation and how to avoid the pitfalls? (more…)

  • Thursday, November 29th, 2012, (1:09 pm)

    NEW CRISP THINS FROM THE FOOD DOCTOR

    Crisp Thins made from 50% corn and 50% soy without a potato in sight are the newest product offering from The Food Doctor.

    Popped rather than baked or fried The Food Doctor Crisp Thins contain less than 99 calories per bag whilst also delivering high levels of protein (25%) & fibre and also being 50% lower in saturated fat than standard fried potato based crisp snacks.

    As with all The Food Doctor products these Crisp Thins are designed to appeal as an addition to any snacking occasion for those looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 29th, 2012, (1:09 pm)

    NEW COLMAN’S SEASONING RANGE

    The new range of Colman’s Season & Steam products have been launched to inject flavour variety into vegetable dishes.

    Colman’s Season & Steam is available in four flavours – Mixed Herb Vegetables, Mediterranean Vegetables, Garden Herb Potatoes and Bacon & Herb Potatoes.

    Users put their favourite vegetables into the microwavable steam bag provided, pour in the seasoning mix and microwave for a burst of flavour to vegetable side dishes. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 29th, 2012, (9:32 am)

    LURPAK LAUNCHES CHRISTMAS APP

    Lurpak is celebrating the festive season with a new App to help consumers create a Christmas feast.

    Centred around the main meal, the new Lurpak Mighty Meal Timer App is a tool to help make a Christmas dinner a success.

    Available now to download free from iTunes, the app for iPhone and iPad. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 29th, 2012, (7:14 am)

    ASDA OFFERS ONLINE VERSION OF CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE

    Asda has created a digital version of its Christmas Gift Guide to run alongside its traditional printed catalogue this winter.

    The move follows research by Asda’s Multichannel marketing team, which identified a need to provide an online capability for its customers, and will also enable Asda to use the digital version of the gift guide to enhance future releases.

    Commenting on the venture with Group FMG, Glyn Williams of Asda said: “The Christmas Gift Guide forms a hugely important role in providing inspiration for our customers to buy. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, (3:08 pm)

    HEINZ AND SARA COX HELP STARLIGHT TO BRING FESTIVE CHEER TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WARDS THIS CHRISTMAS

    Sara Cox is helping Heinz and Starlight Children’s Foundation to put a smile of the face of poorly children as part of the Heinz ‘Get Well’ Soup initiative.

    Laughter is said to be the best form of medicine and with this in mind Heinz has joined forces with Sara Cox to launch its ‘Get Well’ Soup campaign.

    The initiative aims to provide entertainment to children who will spend time in hospitals and hospices this Christmas, with the help of national children’s charity, Starlight. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, (1:11 pm)

    NEW BACON LAUNCHES WITH DOUBLE AWARD SUCCESS

    A brand new Cornish bacon launched this week having secured two food industry awards.

    The ‘Cornish Sweetheart’ streaky bacon, developed by The Kernow Sausage Company, has picked up a British Pig Executive (BPEX) Silver Award and a Gold Great Taste Award before its official launch.

    The streaky bacon is marinated in molasses and chilli and cured for six weeks, a process which gives the bacon its distinctive colouring. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, (11:10 am)

    JAGERMEISTER ANNOUNCES NEW ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

    Jägermeister is undertaking its first ever multi million pound integrated marketing campaign In The UK.

    The campaign will include outdoor, print, digital and social media advertising, featuring two creatives, which will be followed by a second phase early in 2013, including a TV campaign.

    Developed by The Red Brick Road, the new campaign is built upon Jägermeister’s new brand ethos – ‘It Runs Deep’ – celebrating “the bonds experienced between true friends and bought together through Jägermeister.” (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, (9:00 am)

    MASQUERIDO UNVEILS FLAVOURED BEERS

    Alan Ramsay Marketing has taken over the distribution and marketing of Masquerido Tequila and Mojito flavoured beers in the UK and Ireland.

    This is a first for the food service company.

    From the 1st February 2013 both flavours of Masquerido will be available in 8x3x33cl packs, which replace the current 24x33cl outers. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, (7:09 am)

    JOHN WEST EXPANDS ITS CAN TRACKER TO INCLUDE SALMON, MACKEREL AND SARDINES

    John West, the UK’s seafood manufacturer, has announced the expansion of its ‘Can Tracker’ application to include salmon, mackerel and sardines.

    The Can Tracker launched in 2011 to enable John West customers to trace their fish to the ocean where it was caught and the boat that made the catch.

    The ‘Can Tracker’ application was a UK first, and offered customers the ability to trace their fish, with tuna being the first fish species to be fully traceable. (more…)

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