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  • Friday, February 17th, 2012, (1:01 pm)

    SAINSBURY’S INTRODUCES NEW ‘FREEZE BY’ LABELLING

    New labelling currently being rolled out across Sainsbury’s stores around the country will advise customers to freeze food as soon as possible up to the product’s use by date.

    WRAP research shows that 60% of people believe that food has to be frozen on the day of purchase, which is reinforced by current labelling.

    Changing this advice aims to help stop over-cautious shoppers from throwing away up to 800,000 tonnes of “perfectly good food” each year. (more…)

  • Friday, February 17th, 2012, (11:45 am)

    PREMIER FOODS UNVEILS EASTER CAKE RANGE

    Premier Foods is maximising the fast growing Easter occasion (+7%) with a range of seasonal cakes from Mr Kipling and Cadbury Cakes.

    Branded cakes dominate sales at Easter, with Premier Foods now boasting 9 out of 10 top selling SKUs.

    With a 77% share of Easter cake sales in 2011, the Premier Food’s seasonal range hopes to prove popular in 2012. (more…)

  • Friday, February 17th, 2012, (9:31 am)

    STARBURST MILKSHAKE RETURNS TO UK SHELVES

    Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats (MCD&T) is re-introducing Starburst to its milk drink range after an absence of three years.

    The re-formulated strawberry milk drink, which launches this month, has a juicy flavour to match the fruit chew, Starburst.

    The new Starburst drink aims to grab on-shelf attention with its new pink and yellow 400ml bottle, with the popular sports cap design. (more…)

  • Friday, February 17th, 2012, (7:01 am)

    WHO NEEDS HEALTH CLAIMS?

    It’s seminar time again and we’re starting the new season with the topic that’s top-of-mind for the majority of us which is, of course, the New European Health Claims Regulations which will be effective in Quarter 4, just in time for Christmas!

    Even the seemingly innocent products, without even a touch of health positioning about them, can have some healthy inference which shouldn’t be there.

    Or looked at the other way, for some products we can say more about their benefits than we might think. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 16th, 2012, (10:29 pm)

    NEW RANGE OF BRITISH ORGANIC BREAKFAST CEREALS FROM KATE

    Muesli producer Kate has poured her knowledge for nutritious breakfast cereals into her new collection – ‘Kate’s Originals’.

    Kate Freestone was a Founder and the recipe creator at Rude Health.

    Since then she has used her know-how to design recipes for other well-known breakfast cereal brands. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 16th, 2012, (3:35 pm)

    YOUNG DINERS DEMAND MORE FROM FOOD VENUES

    Young people are eating out more than they were two years ago, despite the economic squeeze.

    However they expect more for their money and are increasingly demanding about the quality of food and service they receive, according to a new report from online research specialist Tpoll.

    The Eating Out Report 2011/2012 named ‘All wrapped up in guilt’, compiled by Tpoll with responses from online surveys of 16-24 year olds found that nearly half of respondents – 42 percent – are eating out more than they did two years ago. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 16th, 2012, (1:25 pm)

    NEW EXTRA HOT BIRD’S EYE CHILLI PEANUTS FROM BIGD

    Pub snack brand BigD nuts has t launched a brand new flavour peanut – Bird’s Eye chilli seasoning.

    Home to Merseyside-based Trigon snacks, BigD has spiced up its range with an even hotter take on its current chilli flavour peanut, this time opting for a Bird’s Eye kick; a chilli that’s nine times hotter than Tabasco sauce and Jalapeño peppers.

    This Bird’s Eye edition of the chilli flavour is even spicier that the original taste and hopes to be just as popular in British pubs. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 16th, 2012, (9:17 am)

    ASDA INTRODUCES ‘CUSTARD APPLE’ FRUIT INTO THE UK

    Asda has claimed a UK first with the launch of new cherimoya.

    Cherimoya is an exotic fruit the supermarket describes as having the flavour of toffee custard and the texture of sherbet.

    Also known as custard apples, despite the fact that they are not, in fact, apples, the fruit is native to South America and particularly popular in Spain. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 16th, 2012, (7:44 am)

    FAUSTINO LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVES

    Cellar Trends Ltd and Faustino launches the brand’s 150th anniversary year with new initiatives.

    After years of its own experimentation, Faustino has also seized opportunity from the change in Rioja regulations, to relaunch its Faustino V white.

    It is believed to be the first to feature Chardonnay in the blend. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, (3:01 pm)

    SUPERMARKETS LAUNCH NEW IN-STORE ALCOHOL UNIT LABELLING

    The major supermarkets are claiming they have an on-going commitment to selling alcohol responsibly by adopting new displays to help shoppers understand how many units of alcohol are in their drinks.

    All of the main food retailers will use a common set of posters and shelf-labels to educate consumers about the units in a typical bottle or can of lager, glass of wine and single measure of spirit.

    The scheme, backed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), has been set up in association with the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and the Department of Health as part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, (1:05 pm)

    NEW VEGETARIAN MEAL RANGE FROM CHEF SIMON RIMMER

    Simon Rimmer is set to launch his first branded supermarket food products, manufactured by Leeds-based food manufacturer, Symington’s.

    The vegetarian range, called Si Meat-Free Cuisine, taps into the £892m market for vegetarian food.

    The portfolio, which consists of side plates and meal kits, aims to provide an alternative to meat substitutes for this expanding audience. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, (11:19 am)

    NESTLE CARNATION UNVEILS NEW RICE PUDDING RANGE

    Nestlé Carnation is launching a new range of  rice puddings, designed to taste like homemade, but can be prepared in just 10 minutes.

    The Nestlé Carnation Rice Pudding range showcases four new varieties – Original, Cinnamon, Chocolate and Caramel.

    Each packet contains a dessert mix, which transforms into a dessert by simply adding fresh milk, whisking and heating in the microwave or on the hob. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, (9:10 am)

    JORDANS LAUNCHES NEW £2.5M CAMPAIGN

    Jordans Cereals has launched a £2.5m TV ad campaign to reinforce the brand’s 25-year commitment to the countryside.

    The TV campaign, which launched on 1 February for two months, will be supported by an integrated digital and PR programme to underpin key brand messages around taste and the environment.

    Created by Grey London, the series of ads feature wildlife including a spider, owl, hedgehog and a bee with the claim that Jordans are the only cereal brand who support the British countryside as their farmers manage habitats like hedgerows. (more…)

  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, (7:01 am)

    FOOD GROUPS TAKE ON BRITISH INNOVATION

    Brewers, farmers and food manufacturers are taking on competitors from a host of other industries in the Make it in Great Britain Challenge.

    The competition celebrates the most innovative inventors, manufacturers, engineers and designers working in the UK today.

    Winners from each of five themed categories will be exhibited at a display at London’s Science Museum, where visitors can vote for their favourites. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, (3:36 pm)

    STEWED ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR KIOSKS

    Stewed! has announced plans to launch the first of a planned national chain of stewed! kiosks in Reading train station on 1st March 2012, with the second planned in a London location within a month of that.

    The move is a back-to-front business model which traditionally runs: celebrity chef – eatery – cook book – branded food range.

    Chef-founder-author Alan Rosenthal has entirely reversed the process. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, (1:19 pm)

    GINSTERS RE-LAUNCHES SPECIAL EDITION FLAVOUR

    Savoury pastry brand Ginsters is re-launching a special edition flavour – The Cheddar and Bacon pasty.

    Available until the start of April, this special edition sku is tapping into a taste of the traditional at a time when winter warming comforts are front of mind.

    Replacing the festive Turkey, Bacon & Cranberry pasty, Cheddar & Bacon will, as with the previous special edition flavours, retain the same price and coding on-pack to ensure an easy change for retailers and a sense of continuity for shoppers. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, (11:08 am)

    ABSOLUT RELEASES LIMITED EDITION LONDON BOTTLE

    ABSOLUT, the vodka brand, is launching its latest limited edition bottle – ABSOLUT London – in collaboration with Jamie Hewlett, one of the UK’s graphics artists.

    The bottle will be launched in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols on 1st March at an RRP of £20.99.

    And from 22nd March, fifty ABSOLUT London collectors’ gift packs will be available to fans exclusively through www.facebook.com/ABSOLUTUK. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, (9:08 am)

    NEW MINI WISPA BITES FROM CADBURY

    Wispa has launched a brand new product; Bitsa Wispa.

    Wispa was brought back via a Facebook campaign in 2007, so Cadbury decided to use the launch of Bitsa Wispa as an opportunity to reward their 1.8million consumers.

    To support the launch, last week, Wispa ran a 24 hour competition to find their ultimate fan. (more…)

  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2012, (7:10 am)

    WHO NEEDS HEALTH CLAIMS?

    It’s seminar time again and we’re starting the new season with the topic that’s top-of-mind for the majority of us which is, of course, the New European Health Claims Regulations which will be effective in Quarter 4, just in time for Christmas!

    Even the seemingly innocent products, without even a touch of health positioning about them, can have some healthy inference which shouldn’t be there.

    Or looked at the other way, for some products we can say more about their benefits than we might think. (more…)

  • Monday, February 13th, 2012, (3:04 pm)

    KELLOGG’S SPECIAL K. LAUNCHES FIRST ALL-NUT CEREAL

    Kellogg’s Special K. has introduced new special edition Hazelnut and Almond.

    The brand’s first all nut cereal, at 5% fat offers shape conscious consumers a new healthier breakfast option.

    At 119 calories a bowl, Special K Hazelnut and Almond aims to cause a stir in the slimming world and Kellogg’s predicts it will bring in more than £2m in incremental sales alone. (more…)

  • Monday, February 13th, 2012, (1:06 pm)

    LUCOZADE INTRODUCES TWO LIMITED EDITION BRITISH THEMED FLAVOURS

    Energy drink Lucozade is hoping to capitalise on the expected huge consumer demand and affection for all things British this year, with the introduction of two limited edition British themed variants.

    2012 represents a massive sales opportunity for retailers with a host of big events taking place including: Queens Jubilee, Wimbledon, Euro 2012 and the London 2012 Olympics.

    Demand for British themed products is predicted to be massive and so from February and throughout the summer, Lucozade Sport will be available in Summer Fruits variant and Lucozade Energy will be available in a Mixed Berries variant. (more…)

  • Monday, February 13th, 2012, (11:28 am)

    DIET COKE INTRODUCES NEW LIMITED EDITION CANS

    Diet Coke has launched its 2012 “love it light: integrated marketing campaign, highlighting its “lighter approach to life.”

    The soft drink is rewarding female consumers through a partnership with beauty brand Benefit, offering a money-off promotion on limited edition packs.

    To support the partnership with Benefit, Diet Coke has launched three limited edition cans supported by a 10-second TV commercial – “Get glam” – outdoor, digital and PR activity. (more…)

  • Monday, February 13th, 2012, (9:00 am)

    HAMPSTEAD FARM LAUNCHES MARKET FIRST SALT-FREE SAUCES

    A new company in the grocery market, Hampstead Farm is hoping to champion salt-free foods in the UK, as it launches this month at Food and Drink Expo 2012 with the introduction of its first range of unique salt-free ambient cooking sauces.

    Created using a blend of natural seasonings instead of salt, the product range features four flagship sauces – Red Chilli & Ginger, Ginger & Lime, Madras and Arrabiata.

    The brand aims to establish a completely new category within the supermarket ‘free-from’ section. (more…)

  • Monday, February 13th, 2012, (7:30 am)

    SAINSBURY’S FIRST UK SUPERMARKET TO STOCK UK-GROWN LIME LEAVES

    Sainsbury’s is the first retailer to sell fresh kaffir lime leaves, which are now available in selected stores.

    The leaves, which are grown on British lime trees are traditionally used in Thai and Indonesian dishes and for garnishing or muddling in drinks.

    The leaves are said to add a zesty edge to curries, soups and cocktails alike. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (3:24 pm)

    CARBONATED SOFT DRINK CANS EXPERIENCE HIGH MARKET GROWTH

    The Can Makers, the body representing the UK manufacturers of beverage cans, has revealed that carbonated soft drink can shipments are up 5.6%, with 273 million additional units shipped in 2011 compared with 2010.

    In total, 5,118 million cans for soft drinks were shipped in 2011.

    According to Nielsen, retail sales of larger cans sizes are seeing the strongest growth at 28%. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (1:14 pm)

    CHAMPAGNE LANSON ROSE LABEL CHAMPAGNE TARGETS COUPLES

    Champagne Lanson have re-launched a Rose Label bottle in time for valentines day.

    Lanson Rose Label combine’s its zesty flavours with aromas of roses and berry fruits – designed to be consumed on special occasions.

    Crafted in the traditional non-malolactic style since 1760, the Rosé champagne hopes to appeal to couples planning romantic evenings due to its blush colour. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (11:08 am)

    CADBURY DAIRY MILK LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNICATIONS PLATFORM

    Cadbury Dairy Milk is set to launch a new long-term communications platform called Joyville.

    The move is part of an integrated campaign designed to connect the Cadbury Dairy Milk brand with Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.

    Joyville lives in the imagination of chocolate lovers and is being positioned as a magical, mythical place where Cadbury Dairy Milk is made in abundance, which lies just beneath the surface of our world. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (9:38 am)

    INTERSNACK RE-LAUNCHES PENN STATE SNACK BRAND

    Intersnack has this month announced the relaunch of its Penn State brand.

    Repositioned as a range of ‘classic American’ snacks, Penn State has been given a fresh new brand identity plus a number of brand new SKUs.

    Launched in 1996, Penn State was the first brand to introduce an authentic American style pretzel to the UK market. (more…)

  • Friday, February 10th, 2012, (7:09 am)

    CHERRYGOOD LAUNCHES SMALLER SIZE TO CAPTURE LUNCHBOX MARKET

    Cherrygood, the UK based cherry juice drink, is now available in a smaller ready-to-go size.

    Cherry Burst, primarily aimed at children, will launch in Morrisons stores across the country next week as a triple pack of 200ml cartons.

    Each carton counts as one of the recommended Five-A-Day. (more…)

  • Thursday, February 9th, 2012, (3:14 pm)

    ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF POULTRY STUDY NOTCHES UP ANOTHER GEAR

    The environmental impact of different broiler and egg production systems is set to come under the spotlight in a project funded by Defra LINK, Scottish Government and DARD Northern Ireland.

    As part of the next stage of the multi-partner project looking at how the poultry sector can produce food while impacting less on the environment, researchers will be exploring a wide range of possibilities such as a change in diet, animal husbandry and new technologies.

    Partners in the three-year project are Newcastle, Cranfield and Nottingham Universities, Moy Park, O’Kane Poultry, Noble Foods, Aviagen, Harbro, DSM, Waitrose, the Soil Association and the NFU. (more…)

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