Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (3:22 pm)
Magners GB is launching a new range of blended ciders called Magners Specials which have been designed to provide consumers with a more indulgent way to enjoy flavoured ciders.
Cider is currently the fastest growing category in the Beer Wine Spirits sector and this new sub-brand will be an addition to the already growing fruit flavoured cider category.
Magners Specials feature both Magners Original cider and Magners Pear cider blended with flavours like rhubarb, honey and infused spices, to create a new consumer drinking experience.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Chewits is building on its Sweet Shop range with a selection of new NPD.
The Sweet Shop range, which includes whips, foams and jellies, is to launch six new SKU’s designed specifically for the convenience and independent sector.
The Chewits Sweet Shop SKU’s being added to the range are: Jumbo Jets, Crazy Crocs, Fruity Flutterbies, Cherry Lips, Fizzy Rubber Rings, Giant Strawberries.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (11:07 am)
Passion Shed is introducing a new range of nut based treats to its selection of gourmet snacks.
The new Passion Shed Treats include chocolate, honey and yoghurt coated nuts and hoping to appeal to consumers looking for a sweet but nutritious snack.
The “posh nosh nibbles” have also been designed as a snack for on-the-go occasions, as additions to lunchboxes and as a “sophisticated snack” for evening entertaining.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (9:00 am)
Cranberry expert, Ocean Spray is launching its +£3m juice drinks summer campaign with a fully integrated burst of activity.
The campaign also includes the first phase of a two year relationship with Cancer Research UK.
This summer, Ocean Spray will have a stronger presence at ten Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events, spanning London, the South East and South West.
Friday, August 5th, 2011, (7:08 am)
The Cheese & Onion Lattice Bake is the latest addition to Country Choice’s range of savoury pastries.
The new Cheese & Onion Lattice Bake has a filling of potato, cheese and onion, and a lattice puff pastry lid finished with a cheese crumb topping.
The new addition to the bakery range hopes to prove popular with vegetarians looking for a more substantial lunch or snack, as well as meat eaters wanting something different.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (3:02 pm)
Available from 29th August, Nestlé are launching their latest product, the new Rolo Biscuit.
The new biscuit is a combination of Rolo caramel and chocolate with crunchy biscuit pieces in the centre.
Each biscuit is also individually wrapped so that the product can be more appealing for on the go consumption.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Müller Dairy, a brand leader in the Chilled Yogurt and Pot Desserts category, is bringing the Müller brand name to the £99 million chilled flavoured milk drinks category with the summer launch of a trio of Müller Milk lines.
Packaged in re-sealable 400ml PET bottles with an RRP of £1.09, the Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Müller Milk drink flavours are being seeded into British supermarkets and convenience stores from August.
The bottles are packaged in shelf-ready trays of 12, and feature the new blue Müller ‘Masterbrand’ livery being introduced across Müller’s core range – Corner, Müllerlight and Müller Rice – at the same time.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (11:23 am)
Estrella Damm, ‘The Beer of Barcelona’, has unveiled a new Mediterranean bottle design in a bid to push sales in the summer months.
Marking a significant change to its current packaging, the new 33cl bottle features a finer neck and slimmer body, lending the design to a more modern appearance in keeping with its Mediterranean heritage.
The refreshed packaging design is also intended to amplify Estrella Damm’s presence in international markets.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (9:00 am)
Booker, the UK based food & drink wholesaler, has launched a new range of fruit & vegetables for independent retailers.
The 30 products are now available in shelf-ready packaging and are all pre-packed and price-marked, with a guaranteed minimum of 30% POR for retailers.
The new packaging hopes to make it easier for retailers to stock the range in visually appealing displays.
Thursday, August 4th, 2011, (7:12 am)
Nestlé Carnation are launching a new range of rice puddings, claiming to “taste just like homemade”, the new range can be prepared in just 10 minutes.
Traditional rice pudding is currently one of the UK’s top ten desserts, and Nestlé hopes that its new range will appeal to long term fans of the dessert as well as encourage new, younger consumers to buy into it.
The Nestlé Carnation Rice Pudding range showcases four varieties – Original, Cinnamon, Chocolate and Caramel.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (3:15 pm)
Simply Nectar has rebranded its range of pure fruit juices and nectars in order to suit Britain’s fast moving society.
The artisanal drinks company, which produces GMO free fruit juices and nectars, has made its logo more contemporary and has introduced more convenient, ‘grab and go’ packaging.
A 25cl bottle now replaces the original 33cl one, and the drinks’ labels have become what the brand hopes to be a “more attention grabbing and modern design.”
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (1:01 pm)
The Indian Ocean Rum Company and Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits have announced the launch of Pink Pigeon, the first premium, spiced rum from the Island of Mauritius.
Although claiming to be complex in flavour, this spiced rum has also been designed to be easy to drink as it is distilled five times with pure spirit.
Pink Pigeon is blended with hand-pollinated and hand-picked natural vanilla from Madagascar and Reunion Islands.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (11:06 am)
The food industry has agreed new guidelines to help consumers increase their intake of fruit and vegetables.
A guide, published by IGD, provides a set of principles for businesses to communicate the fruit and vegetable content of ‘composite’ food products that contribute half, one or more of the five portions consumers are recommended to eat or drink each day.
Example composite foods: - Baked beans in a tomato sauce - Prepared vegetarian lasagne or chilli (ready meal) - Vegetable-based soups.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (9:02 am)
A ‘Caipirinha‘, the national cocktail of Brazil, is made from cachaça (a sugar cane rum), lime juice and sugar.
Despite being a traditional favourite in Brazil for years, the cocktail has recently developed a cult following in stylish restaurants and bars in the UK.
New Bayão (pronounced ‘byoh’), is a ready-to-drink mix with a Caipirinha flavour and is already being served in bars, pubs and clubs in Germany, Holland, Spain and Austria.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, (7:13 am)
Absolut the UK based vodka brand, has added Absolut Mango to its flavoured vodka portfolio in the UK.
With an RRP of £17.29, Absolut Mango will launch in the multiple grocers during August before being rolled out through all off trade distribution channels in September.
The new flavour will be supported with a retailer media campaign featuring the ‘Absolut Mango Twist’ serve suggestion and off-shelf promotions to drive awareness, highlight mixability and encourage consumer trial.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (3:05 pm)
Starbucks has confirmed plans to renovate 20 flagship locations before the Olympic Games next year.
With London its best performing region, the coffee shop brand is keen to attract as much extra custom as possible as thousands flock to the city next year.
In order to cater for all occasions throughout the day, Starbucks also unveiled a new breakfast range this summer.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Due to the popularity of its Fresh Salmon Fillets with Chilli, Lime and Ginger Sauce, The Saucy Fish Co. will now be offering the oriental-inspired accompaniment to fish as a Standalone Sauce.
Traditionally paired with salmon, this new Chilli Lime and Ginger Dressing from Saucy Fish will enable consumers to mix-and-match their sauce and seafood combinations depending on preference.
Infused with lime and ginger, Saucy Fish hopes its take on a sweet chilli accompaniment will appeal for its range of flavour and offer shoppers a sauce which stands out on the supermarket shelf.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (11:08 am)
Campbell’s Condensed canned soups will be back re-launching in the UK next week for the first time in over three years.
The range, which is back on-shelf in Tesco from 1 August and other retailers later in the summer, will feature flavours from the original line-up, including; Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Tomato, Cream of Chicken and Cream of Celery.
Two new varieties will join the original range; Low Fat Chicken and Low Fat Mushroom.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (9:14 am)
Food Brands Group is re-launching its high-energy Rocket Fuel coffee in self-heating cups.
Rocket Fuel Self-Heating Energy Cups, made with natural Guarana, hit supermarket shelves in last month.
Bigger than before, Rocket Fuel Self-Heating Energy Cups are now available in 200ml recyclable cups in both white coffee and new hot chocolate variants.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, (7:11 am)
Available from 15th August, Nestlé Confectionery will be launching price marked packs on popular brands.
In a move to boost retailer sales Aero Peppermint Medium, Yorkie Original, Toffee Crisp and Rolo tube will all feature an on-pack flash of 55p.
Price marked packs are a proven hit with shoppers, with 57% perceiving them to be similar or cheaper than the RRP.
Monday, August 1st, 2011, (3:16 pm)
Batchelors is benefitting from a re-launch this summer in an bid to drive consumer engagement and accelerate growth in the Instant Dried Soup (IDS) category.
This will include a complete design overhaul, new flavours and a brand new sub range designed to bring more health conscious consumers into the category.
The entire Cup a Soup range has been redesigned to have a modern new look which focuses on the brand and flavour to improve fixture navigation for shoppers and dial up food values.
Monday, August 1st, 2011, (1:08 pm)
Müller Dairy, Britain’s Chilled Yogurt & Pot Desserts (CYPD) producer, is embarking on the first phase of a re-launch programme.
The programme will potentially have a major impact on chiller displays and the visibility of Müller’s core brand range whilst heralding the dawn of a new era in the development of Müllerlight.
From 1 August, Müller Dairy will be rolling out new packaging designs across its three key brands – Corner, Müllerlight and Müller Rice – and, at the same time, the company will be re-launching Müllerlight with the introduction of a new, “thicker and creamier” tasting recipe;.
Monday, August 1st, 2011, (11:00 am)
Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s is welcoming the ‘Wich to their fair-trade family.
The ‘Wich combines vanilla and chocolate chip ice cream, sandwiched between two chewy chocolate chunk cookies.
Ben and Jerry’s aim to make all of their ice cream with milk from their Caring Dairy, free range eggs and Fairtrade ingredients where possible.
Monday, August 1st, 2011, (9:19 am)
Carluccio’s has the launch of its Festa di Natale (The Christmas Party) range.
The Carluccio’s team have travelled across Italy, meeting artisan producers, to bring together the what they consider to be the finest Italian food, drink and gifts for the festive season.
This year’s range of gifts is packaged in gold, red and orange wrapping, finished with illustrations of the gifts within.
Monday, August 1st, 2011, (7:05 am)
Opies has announced that it is launching a brand new range of pickles.
The products are all made from pickling recipes using herbs and spices, created to accompany a wide range of foods and meal occasions.
Amongst the new products is Opies baby beetroot in red wine vinegar and Opies sliced beetroot in malt vinegar, creating a blend of sweet and tangy flavours that can be consumed alongside cheeses, salads and many summer met dishes.
Friday, July 29th, 2011, (3:11 pm)
Genius Foods, maker of the UK based gluten-free bread, is branching out to launch a new range of British meals.
The brand are launching the new range with convenience at the forefront, hoping their products will “make it easy to eat gluten-free at any time of the day without compromising on taste or choice.”
Following the reception Genius gluten-free bread received from UK consumers on its launch two years ago, the Genius kitchen has created the new range of traditional dishes that are completely gluten free.
Friday, July 29th, 2011, (1:09 pm)
Cawston Press has followed its time-honoured homemade recipe to create its latest blend; Apple Lemonade.
The new product jointing the existing range uses squeezed lemon juice, water and sugar with the added twist of its pressed apple juice for an original Cawston Press blend.
Apple Lemonade joins the range of eight blends all made with pressed apples, fruit and vegetables picked when ripe.
Friday, July 29th, 2011, (9:00 am)
Soup market leader Heinz, is aiming to drive consumption of its Classic Soup range with The Secret Ingredient campaign to encourage consumers to use soup as a cooking ingredient.
The campaign, which runs from July until October, aims to inspire mums and older women to cook simple, but great tasting recipes during the week for their families.
This means they can cook meals from scratch, without spending hours in the kitchen. (more…)
Friday, July 29th, 2011, (7:29 am)
The number of home-cooked evening meals has risen by 12% in the past three years as consumers cut food costs, according to the latest research by Kantar Worldpanel.
Since 2008 an additional two million people have eaten homemade savoury foods, with pizza, stews and casseroles, and chilli the most popular dishes.
Men aged between 35 and 44 are the main reason for this growth, eating home cooked food on 64 million more occasions in the last year compared to 2008.
Thursday, July 28th, 2011, (3:00 pm)
British Baker has announced the finalists in the third annual National Cupcake Championships 2011 ahead of the gala judging and awards event which takes place on Monday, August 15 at the ICA in London.
Fifty innovative craft bakeries, independent cake emporiums and High Street multiples will battle it out across six different categories for the ultimate prize – to be crowned National Cupcake Champion 2011.
They include the High Street brand Greggs; the 2009 champion Kevin Sibley from Mama’s Cupcakes in Chesham who is shortlisted in the most innovative category; Rich Products who create cupcakes for Asda; and a contingent from the South East and South West.