Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (3:12 pm)
To celebrate its new music download cans and the launch of its Citrus Storm flavour, No Fear Extreme Energy is going “on tour” to take over a number of skate parks in London, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.
This is the chance for independent retailers to get in on the action and win some special edition No Fear Extreme Energy PMP £1 free music download cans.
Consumers can win some headphones to enjoy the thousands of free tracks available with No Fear. (more…)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (1:11 pm)
Graham, the dancing passport control officer, is back on TV this month with a new burst of advertising for Cadbury Dairy Milk LU and Ritz.
The 20-second commercial, created by Manu Diaz and Gonza Delgado at Fallon, and directed by David Wilson, is centred around bringing a spontaneous moment of joy to the afternoon break and reflects Cadbury’s belief that the taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk can trigger irrepressible joy, whether at work or otherwise.
The advert centres around Graham, a passport control officer who is sitting bored and alone in his booth waiting for passengers to arrive when he reaches for an afternoon treat. (more…)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (11:12 am)
New chocolatiers on the block, Minted in England, has launched its brand new premium range – ‘Hint of Mint’.
‘Hint of Mint’ will launch at the Speciality Fine Food Fair (7th – 9th September 2014) at London Olympia.
‘Hint of Mint’ will launch with four different fruit mint flavoured creams, in boxes of 10 individual pieces; Raspberry, Black Cherry, Lime, Pineapple. (more…)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (9:10 am)
New research shows that more than 40% of shoppers are concerned about the quality and safety of ingredients in prepared food from supermarkets – and many were appalled that some retailers’ products contain foreign eggs.
Eggs, along with chicken and beef, raised the greatest concern.
The research showed a strong demand for British eggs, with 70% of shoppers saying that prepared foods should always use British eggs and 90% saying that the packaging should display country of origin for eggs. (more…)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, (7:00 am)
Mast Jaegermeister UK, the supplier and distributer of Jägermeister in the UK, is launching a new initiative to change the way retailers think about the shot market in order to boost sales and drive growth within the category.
The convenience sector is becoming increasingly important when it comes to alcohol sales, with ‘a drink before going out’ now the most important off trade occasion for 18-24 year olds- providing a massive opportunity for retailers.
However, whilst the category accounts for 15.2%2 of the total spirits value in the on trade, it only accounts for 1.44% of the total spirits value in the off trade currently. (more…)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (3:23 pm)
Gluten-free bakery brand, Mrs Crimble’s, has launched new Belgian Chocolate Coconut Stars – in time for Christmas.
Coconut macaroon stars have been coated in Belgian chocolate to create a treat or gift for people, whether they need to avoid gluten or not.
Mrs Crimble’s new Belgian Chocolate Coconut Stars are designed for sharing after a Christmas meal with friends and family and respond to customers’ growing demand for indulgence and gifts within the Free From selection. (more…)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (1:00 pm)
Tilda the Basmati brand is building on the success of Tilda Steamed Basmati wholegrain by launching two varieties of Brown Basmati & Quinoa into the ready-to-heat rice market.
The new ‘Garden Vegetable & Quinoa’ and ‘Brown Basmati & Quinoa’ Tilda Steamed Basmati variants will be available from the end of August,and will provide consumers with an introduction to quinoa which is often regarded as a ‘superfood’ for its nutritional properties especially for its source of protein.
The launch is expected to help drive further innovation within the Ready-to-Heat category, which is currently worth £180 million. (more…)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (11:01 am)
Everyone knows the importance of water and the positive effects of drinking plenty of it every single day.
Benefits aside, more often than not boredom can set in.
Each Oasis Mighty Drops flavour comes in a small, portable pack that allows consumers to make 28 drinks that can be enjoyed on the go or at home. (more…)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (9:13 am)
Westons Cider is reinvigorating its flagship cider Stowford Press, giving the brand a new look which aims to emphase its place within the premium cider category.
The new packaging is an evolution rather than a revolution of the previous design and has been simplified and sharpened to better represent the brand’s positioning.
The new livery will also aim to drive brand standout and create real differentiation against an extensive backdrop of mainstream cider brands. (more…)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, (7:09 am)
Danone is launching yogurt drink Actimel in new bottles designed especially for kids.
Available in Strawberry, Raspberry and Vanilla flavours, Actimel for Kids combines a new recipe containing nutrients such as calcium, vitamins and L. casei live cultures with a fun bottle representing three new Actimel Heroes; AC, TI and MEL.
Blandine Stefani, Danone Ltd marketing director said: (more…)
Monday, August 18th, 2014, (3:37 pm)
With a great line-up of industry thought-leaders for our 6th Annual Food & Drink Packaging Innovation Summit in Central London, we’ve made sure the sequence of the day follows the classic NPD process from strategy to launch.
Delegates will also get some great case studies to illustrate the point.
Arla’s slow churn butter dish, Coca Cola with it’s unique names campaign, and NoshDetox … unbelievably fresh result with high pressure packaging. (more…)
Monday, August 18th, 2014, (1:00 pm)
A new range of peppermint chocolates is launching in the UK.
Summerdown use pure English mint, and during the last fifteen years, Summerdown has reintroduced traditional Black Mitcham peppermint to this country, relearning lost farming skills from America and combining them with the latest technology at our farm in the foothills of the Hampshire downs.
After the harvest, the mint leaves are taken to the brands purpose-built distillery. (more…)
Monday, August 18th, 2014, (11:18 am)
This Halloween, the UK’s yoghurt business The Collective is launching a Spiced Pumpkin Limited Edition, available from 18th September and throughout October with an RRP £2.39 for a 500g pot.
Inspired by that quintessentially autumnal, treat, pumpkin pie, The Collective has paired its yoghurt with a pumpkin compote, textured with the seasonal squash and spiced with a blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of orange zest.
A double layer of this orange conserve is folded through live yoghurt, made using the best West Country milk. (more…)
Monday, August 18th, 2014, (9:02 am)
Whitstable Bay Black Oyster Stout is the newest addition to the Whitstable Bay Collection from the Faversham Steam Brewery.
It is a keg stout brewed using a blend of four coloured malts which impart a rich flavour, balanced by Admiral hops, and finished with a creamy head.
The introduction of Oyster Stout follows the success of the collection – comprising Whitstable Bay Pale Ale, Whitstable Bay Blonde Lager and Whitstable Bay Organic Ale – since it was launched last July. (more…)
Monday, August 18th, 2014, (7:00 am)
Taste Inc. the microwaveable snacking brand is offering consumers Deli style sandwiches or subs without huge numbers of calories.
A range of Good Food Fast dishes, there is a flavour to suit a range of tastes and occasion including – Chicken & Chorizo Baguette, Ham and Cheese Melt, Southern Fried Chicken Sub and Flame Seared Meatball Ciabatta with Tangy Tomato Salsa.
With each sandwich offering less than 500 calories, the Taste Inc. deli style range is designed for those wanting something tasty but healthy – not the usual bowl of lettuce. (more…)
Friday, August 15th, 2014, (3:33 pm)
Move over Rum & Raisin – SLOE Gin Truffle is the scoop for 2014
Three well known food and drink businesses in North Yorkshire have got together to launch an exclusive new ice cream.
SLOEmotion, Brymor Dairy and Hunters of Helmsley have joined together to create the world’s first Sloe Gin Truffle ice cream, which will be available across the summer exclusively at Hunters deli. (more…)
Friday, August 15th, 2014, (1:09 pm)
Barny, the bear-shaped sponge snack by Mondelēz International, will be returning to the small screen this month.
The premise of the ad is that Barny fuels small discoveries and aims to provide mums with information on the product specifics and ingredients, whilst taking them on an adventure in an imaginary world.
The ad created by Mcgarrybowen, was directed by Eli Sverdlov and brought to life by designers and animators at Gravity. (more…)
Friday, August 15th, 2014, (11:19 am)
Heinz is set to introduce a new and improved Squeeze & Stir range, which delivers a richer and thicker consistency for the most popular flavours found in the Heinz Classic canned range.
The new range of Heinz Squeeze & Stir soups offer new and improved flavours, aligning it to the ever popular Classics range.
The recipes are low in fat with no artificial colours or preservatives, and include: (more…)
Friday, August 15th, 2014, (9:12 am)
Brain Blasterz, Bon Bon Buddies’ own-brand sour confectionery range, is asking lovers of sour sweets to “Get Sour Now” and share a photo or video of their “sour face” as part of a social media campaign.
The campaign is being rolled out across a number of social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
A competition is running throughout the campaign and winners will be chosen based on the best ‘sour faces’ shared through social media or submitted via the Brain Blasterz website. (more…)
Friday, August 15th, 2014, (7:02 am)
Halloween is growing in popularity in the UK, with a third of households now taking part in the occasion, creating a retail opportunity that closely follows Christmas and Easter.
It is an occasion that is following the US’ lead by becoming a firm fixture in adults’ calendars – with almost 25% of adults expected to participate in Halloween in 2014.
To further maximise Halloween 2014′s opportunities, Mars is launching ‘Have a Funsize Halloween’ PoS materials in the form of dump bins and free standing display units. (more…)
Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (3:30 pm)
Divine Chocolate is launching a new Luxury Belgian Chocolate Collection this Christmas – a boxed selection of 16 milk and dark chocolates with soft or praline centres in a variety of flavours.
Made in Belgium using Fairtrade cocoa from Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana (the cooperative that owns Divine) this new Christmas collection will be available from Suma, Essentials, Tree of Life, Queenswood, Healthstore, Green City, HF Chocolate and Premcrest.
The 200g box contains classic flavour combinations such as raspberry caramel cream and hazelnut crisp and some distinctively Divine creations such as dark ginger praline and a toffee and sea salt swirl. (more…)
Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (1:34 pm)
Lunchbox snack brand, Fruitypot, is introducing the Vimto Jelly Pouch into its brand family.
The ‘mixed-up fruit’ drink brand has licensed an Original Vimto Jelly Pouch, as well as a No Added Sugar option, made with its secret Vimto flavour.
The Pouch joins the Vimto Jelly pots, which are already available in a range of four flavours, including No Added Sugar, Vimto Original, Cherry Vimto and Strawberry Vimto. (more…)
Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (11:00 am)
As you know by the end of 2014 we will need to fully and clearly communicate all the allergens that are in our food & drink ingredients, products, drinks and dishes whatever the location or occasion.
In short, by the end of this year, UK (and European) consumers should be able to confidently eat FreeFrom Everywhere.
So whether you are producing and packing in a factory or preparing in a kitchen out of the home, our conferences on the 10th and 11th September will give you not only the theory you need, but also the experience of the major contractors, distributors and major contractors who are already serving FreeFrom and reaping the benefits of doing it well. (more…)
Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (9:06 am)
Artisan snack producer Burts Chips has announced the launch of a new resealable catering pack aimed at the hospitality sector.
The launch marks the brand’s entry into the buoyant sector and provides caterers with a new product from an established £14.7m British brand.
Available from July 2014, the 450g pack comes in the brand’s top-selling variant – Sea Salt – which uses locally sourced Cornish Sea Salt to deliver a premium taste. (more…)
Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (7:00 am)
This summer, savoury biscuit brand Ritz Crackers is introducing a new product into its range with the launch of new Ritz Breaks.
Available in two flavours, Original and Rosemary & Olive Oil, each pack of Ritz Breaks contains six individually wrapped portions of five biscuits.
Kate Wall, Senior Brand Manager for Ritz said: “This is the first major new product launch for Ritz in a long time and aims to introduce the nation’s favourite cracker to be enjoyed as always, but in a new way. (more…)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (3:14 pm)
Burton’s Biscuit Company is introducing Halloween-themed biscuits to part of this year’s spooky celebrations.
The range of products is available for the seasonal period only.
Burton’s Halloween line-up includes: (more…)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (1:08 pm)
Mini Babybel is releasing special limited edition Halloween packaging for the second year in a row, with a new downloadable augmented reality and gaming app, called Babybel Buddies.
The app aims to create further excitement around the calendar’s spookiest event.
Following on the from the success of the brand’s first-ever limited edition packs in 2013, the individual wrappers will again feature creepy images of carved pumpkins, ghouls and monsters on each individual Babybel. (more…)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (1:00 pm)
Drinks brand Tropical Sun is launching a substantial awareness drive for its 100% Natural Coconut Water, with a London-wide bus advertising campaign.
Covering North, East, South and West London, the campaign is featured on the side of over 100 buses for a full month from the 11th of August till early September.
The bright, stand-out advertising creative champions the brand’s canned variants, including a 330ml and 520ml can, and their recently lunched 1L tetra SKU. (more…)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (11:12 am)
Rachel’s has announced the launch of its first ever organic Divine Desserts range, arriving in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s stores from late August 2014.
Rachel’s new indulgent desserts are made using fresh, organic ingredients and no artificial flavourings or preservatives.
Presented in individual glass ramekins which can be re-used after eating, the new desserts are available as a pack of two, designed for sharing. (more…)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (9:09 am)
Green Giant, the canned sweet corn, is driving summer sales through a campaign designed to unlock new cold consumption occasions.
Built on the insight that only 20% of sweet corn is eaten cold in the UK , the activity centres around an on pack promotion and will be supported through in store and digital marketing.
To encourage consumers to enjoy the convenience flavour of Green Giant’s sweetcorn straight from the can, the brand is offering consumers a free salad recipe book with every purchase made. (more…)