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  • Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, (3:05 pm)

    Sweet Sally Tea launches in the UK

    Sweet Sally TeaFollowing 18 months of research and development, Sweet Sally is launching its first product – a bottled spiced iced tea to be served over ice, or mixed with a spirit.

    Stockists include venues across London such as The Truscott Arms (Maida Vale), Michelin starred Harwood Arms (Fulham), The Wells (Hampstead), The Stag (Belsize Park) and the Mall Tavern (Notting Hill).

    Founder Nicole said: “Our early adopters are market leaders, with a common shared passion to provide their customers with a complete drinks experience, beyond the traditional fizzy, sugary soft drinks.” (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, (1:00 pm)

    Kronenbourg 1664 unveils limited edition packaging for summer

    Kronenbourg 1664 New Limited Edition PackagingKronenbourg 1664 is highlighting its Alsace roots this summer with the launch of new limited edition packaging in a range of formats, set to hit the shelves nationwide this month.

    The new design champions the French lager’s provenance and the Strisselpalt hops from Alsace that give Kronenbourg 1664 its  taste, using the tagline ‘Vive les hops d’Alsace’.

    The packaging also highlights the brewing experience behind Kronenbourg 1664, showcasing the brand’s heritage and authenticity at the point of purchase. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, (11:18 am)

    Del Monte unveils canned fruit price-marked packs

    del monteDel Monte has announced it is offering price-marked packs across its canned fruit range in the UK for the first time.

    With all products priced at £1, the range includes: Pineapple Slices in Juice; Pineapple Chunks in Juice; Peach Slices in Juice; Peach Slices in Light Syrup; Fruit Cocktail in Juice; and Fruit Cocktail in Syrup.

    Del Monte price-marked packs are available from Fine Food Distributor and Importer, RH Amar. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, (9:09 am)

    Qcumber Launches New Flavour Variant

    qcumber with gingerInnovative soft drinks brand Qcumber is adding a new flavour variant to its range – Qcumber with Ginger.

    The new flavour is a blend of natural cucumber with spicy ginger and aims to excite consumers.

    Building on the success of both original Qcumber and the 2014 launch of Qcumber with Mint, the new flavour will be launched next month. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Cadbury launches new Boost Bites

    boost bitesCadbury is bringing one of its brands to the chocolate bags category with the launch of Cadbury Boost Bites.

    Available from 3rd August, Cadbury Boost Bites features bitesize portions of the countline and is designed for sharing with a partner, family or friends for a sweet treat in the evening.

    The Cadbury Boost brand, worth £20m, has been within the chocolate singles market for over 30 years and it will now follow the likes of Cadbury Wispa and Cadbury Twirl, which have been extended into the bitesize category in recent years. (more…)

  • Monday, July 20th, 2015, (3:10 pm)

    Stella Artois Cidre unveils new cans

    stella artois cidreStella Artois has announced the newest additions to its Cidre range, with the launch of premium sleek cans, now available exclusively to the On Trade.
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    The new format will be available initially for the Cidre Raspberry, Cidre Peach and Cidre Elderflower variants and will provide consumers with a smaller format.

    Speaking of the new sleek cans, Emily Kraftman, Senior Brand Manager at Stella Artois said: (more…)

  • Monday, July 20th, 2015, (1:11 pm)

    Heinz expands infant feeding range with Fruit Pots

    heinz fruit potHeinz has unveiled a new addition is its infant feeding range – ‘Fruit Pots’.

    Made with 100% real fruit, new Heinz Fruit Pots will feature three combinations including: Apple and banana, Apple, banana, and apricot, and Apricot and banana, for children aged 4months+, RRP: £1.75.

    Through consumer research Heinz has found that mums prefer real fruit pot recipes over chocolate alternatives, as they feel reassured that this offers their children a healthier option. (more…)

  • Monday, July 20th, 2015, (11:13 am)

    The Famous Grouse launches new Mellow Gold expression

    famous grouse mellowBlended Scotch whisky The Famous Grouse, distributed by Maxxium UK, has announced a new premium expression, The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold (40% ABV, 70cl), will be added to its core portfolio.

    The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold has been crafted by Master Blender Gordon Motion to deliver a sweeter, mellow flavour.

    The scotch whisky is matured in sherry and bourbon casks to deliver a smooth, well rounded whisky. (more…)

  • Monday, July 20th, 2015, (9:12 am)

    Green’s launches Indulgent Dessert Kit range

    green's indulgent rangeKerry Foods cake mix brand Green’s, is expanding its existing portfolio with the launch of the Indulgent Range; Chocolate Profiteroles, Tiramisu, Chocolate Fondant and Salted Caramel Dessert.

    The indulgent range is aimed at baking fans that are looking for a convenient home baking solution for an aspirational, easy to make dessert.

    The dessert and home-baking range has an RSP of £2.29 and will be available across Asda stores nationwide (excluding Chocolate Fondant) and independent retailers. (more…)

  • Monday, July 20th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Post SACN Briefing Day addresses final report

    post sacn briefing dayThe final SACN report is out now.

    It is said that the reduction in sugar recommended for our food and drink has to be draconian, and fibre is the new black. No action is not an option.

    So we’ve asked Dr Carrie Ruxton to run a Post SACN briefing day on Wednesday 23rd September. (more…)

  • Friday, July 17th, 2015, (3:20 pm)

    Subway partners with Disney Pixar

    subway inside outSubway will launch a new campaign to tie in with Disney Pixar’s latest summer blockbuster Inside Out which premiers in UK cinemas on July 24th, as part of it’s continued effort to appeal to families.

    From this month Subway  stores will relaunch its Kids’ Pak with a new limited edition Inside Out design.

    The in-store launch will be supported with an above-the-line campaign with significant spend, breaking on July 11th with a 30-second advert running across TV and cinema. (more…)

  • Friday, July 17th, 2015, (1:13 pm)

    Armand De Brignac launches two new exclusive expressions

    armand de brignacIn less than ten years Armand de Brignac has established itself as an all prestige cuvée range of handcrafted Champagnes.

     

    July 2015 sees the launch of two new expressions; Armand de Brignac Demi Sec and Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs.

    Taking the offering from three to five expressions, both new expressions bring a completely new element to this artisanal house. (more…)

  • Friday, July 17th, 2015, (11:10 am)

    Heineken unveils push for new Old Mout Cider

    old mout ciderHeineken is launching a new advertising campaign for Old Mout in order further establish the brand’s character and increase consumer awareness and interest in the world cider.

    The campaign went live on 29th June.

    The brand’s new flavour “Pomegranate & Strawberry” will be promoted, as well as established flavours “Kiwi & Lime” and “Passionfruit & Apple”. (more…)

  • Friday, July 17th, 2015, (9:06 am)

    Honey Monster Puffs launches new Multigrain cereal

    honey monster multigrainHalo Foods has announced the launch of a new product – Honey Monster Multigrain Honeycomb.

    The breakfast cereal contains even less sugar than the reformulated traditional Honey Monster Puffs product, and is the first to receive amber on sugar levels on traffic light GDA’s front-of-pack.

    The launch signals the brand’s ongoing commitment to reducing sugar levels in its cereal and promoting the product to be enjoyed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. (more…)

  • Friday, July 17th, 2015, (7:02 am)

    Jacob’s premieres new Cracker Crisps advert

    jacobs cracker crispsUnited Biscuits has launched the latest advert for savoury brand Jacob’s, in support of its brand new range of bagged snacks, Cracker Crisps.

    The new 30 and 20 second adverts air on high profile channels to support the launch of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps into the UK.

    Available in three variants – Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, Thai Sweet Chilli and Sour Cream and Chive – Cracker Crisps are the flagship NPD for UB in 2015. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 16th, 2015, (3:14 pm)

    9BAR unveils new look and new bar

    9bar new packaging9BAR, the original mixed seed energy bar, has a new look and new aim.

    The fresh face of 9BAR was unveiled for the first time at the Natural & Organic Products Show in London in April.

    9BAR has a new logo, new packaging and a new focus – to give ‘good energy, twice’. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 16th, 2015, (11:12 am)

    Global Omnichannel Capability Director Julian Highley to speak at FDIN Seminar

    fdin seminar logoAs you know the way people buy food nowadays is so very different.

    We have such significant growth in discounters, online, convenience and foodservice.

    And as you know the large supermarkets have struggled to grow, even though of course they still make up a high proportion of sales – and this should feed into the way we think about NPD. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 16th, 2015, (9:10 am)

    Ginsters launches Pulled Pork Slice and Steak and Cornish Blue Cheese Pasty

    ginsters pull pork sliceGinsters is expanding its portfolio with the launch of two new limited edition savouries – a Pulled Pork Slice and a Steak & Cornish Blue Cheese Pasty.

    The new SKUs will launch into Multiples, Impulse, Convenience and Forecourt channels on 22nd July for 12 weeks.

    New limited edition flavours and formats have proven to drive sales for retailers by generating additional interest for the consumer. (more…)

  • Thursday, July 16th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Budgens expands baking range

    budgens bakingBudgens has expanded its home baking range to meet an expected increase in demand during The Great British Bake Off 2015.

    The BBC series airs over the summer and to meet consumer demand for baking products, Budgens now stocks 250 products in its baking range.

    Mike Baker, Budgens director said:  “Every year the summer screening of The Great British Bake Off increases demand for baking products and accessories. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, (3:07 pm)

    Spar launches seven new wines

    spar wineSpar has announced the launch of seven new wine varieties, hitting shelves this summer.

    The new additions will hit Spar stores this month, and include two wines – made from the customer’s favourite on-trend grape for 2015 – Malbec.

    Chris Lewis, Spar UK licensed trading director, said: “The Spar team has worked hard to transform the wine range for our business and while we have had some great success, now is the time to introduce some further interest for our customers and allow them greater choice. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, (1:11 pm)

    McVitie’s Breakfast Sweeet introduces new character

    mcvites sweeetThe McVitie’s Sweeet family has expanded with the addition of a flying squirrel – fully equipped with a jet pack.

    The fluffy flier has been cast to reflect the oaty oomph received when eating the McVitie’s Breakfast Oaty Breaks.

    With the help of the brand new jet-powered character, the new 30 second advertisement from McVitie’s Breakfast will premiere on 8th July and will run across high-profile programming for a five week period. (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, (9:00 am)

    Wrigley extends £1 price-marked packs range

    skittles price markedWrigley is set to extend its range of price-marked packs (PMPs) for its best-selling sugar confectionery brands Skittles and Starburst, with the introduction of four additional hanging bags with a £1 RRP price flash.

    Available from 20th July, the packs aim to build on the success of the existing PMP range and capitalise on the growing consumer trend towards value by offering consumers a wider choice at a fixed price point.

    The move will see Skittles Wild Berry, Skittles Sours, Skittles Confused (all 125g) and Starburst FaveReds (150g) added to the existing PMP range of Skittles Fruits (125g) and Starburst Originals (150g). (more…)

  • Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    Joe & Seph’s launches new Caramel Sauce range

    joe & sephs caramel sauceSince 2010, Joe & Seph’s has been known for making popcorn in over 40 flavours, all covered with its secret caramel recipe.

    Now, fans can enjoy their favourite Joe & Seph’s flavours as a caramel sauce.

    Joe & Seph’s caramel is handmade using all natural ingredients, and their new sauces come in six flavour combinations: (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, (3:05 pm)

    Urban Fruit hits the shelves in Sainsbury’s

    urban fruitUrban Fruit, the pure fruit snack, will be available to purchase in both sharing and snack pack bags at Sainsbury’s from mid-July.

    The announcement follows continued success for the brand as they build their dominance in the healthy snacking market.

    Made with 100% fruit that’s been hand-picked in season and baked, packs of Urban Fruit contain no sulphites, sugars or concentrates. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, (1:10 pm)

    Cantona unveils Kronenbourg 1664 #LeBigSwim campaign

    Cantona Kronenbourg 1664 #LeBigSwim campaignEric Cantona is once again starring in Heineken’s latest campaign for Kronenbourg 1664, entitled #LeBigSwim.

    The four-part video series aims to engage with the brand’s target male audience to increase awareness and drive purchase throughout the summer trading period, with Cantona announcing that if 10,000 Britons agree with him that Kronenbourg 1664 is the greatest tasting beer, he will salute their good taste by swimming the English Channel from France to Britain.

    Eric Cantona said: “I have never turned down an opportunity to be bold and make a statement in the name of something I believe in. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, (11:15 am)

    One Day Summit: Product Innovation In An Omnichannel World

    fdin seminar logoAs you know the way people buy food nowadays is so very different.

    We have such significant growth in discounters, online, convenience and foodservice.

    And as you know the large supermarkets have struggled to grow, even though of course they still make up a high proportion of sales – and this should feed into the way we think about NPD. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, (9:00 am)

    Hip Pops launches new 100g bags

    hip pops Hip Pops, a soya and potato snack, is launching new 100g bag formats.

    Hip Pops are air popped and contain typically 50% less fat than standard potato crisps on average.

    Four flavours in the range are Gluten Free. (more…)

  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, (7:00 am)

    AG Barr launches Rockstar Freeze

    rockstar energy freezeAG Barr has widened Rockstar’s range with the launch of Rockstar Freeze: a new variant which delivers a cooling sensation.

    Available in Frozen Lime and Frozen Watermelon flavours, Freeze delivers Rockstar’s usual blend of caffeine, taurine and B vitamins that give drinkers a charged boost of energy, but combines it with a great new chilling taste sensation.

    Adrian Troy, AG Barr’s head of marketing said: (more…)

  • Monday, July 13th, 2015, (3:14 pm)

    Mighty Fine Honeycomb launches Honeycomb Bars

    Mighty Fine Honeycomb is launching the UK’s first premium flavoured Honeycomb BarsMighty Fine Honeycomb is launching the UK’s first premium flavoured Honeycomb Bars.

    Each of the new bars are made using real honey and encased in a layer of chocolate including Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel.

    With gold detail packaging and an RPP of £1.59, the premium range will launch in early August. (more…)

  • Monday, July 13th, 2015, (1:08 pm)

    Hardys wine invests £4m in cricket

    hardys cricket advertAustralian wine brand Hardys is investing £4m in a consumer marketing campaign to coincide with its sponsorship of the England cricket team during this summer’s Ashes test series.

    Brand owner Accolade Wines has secured an exclusive broadcast sponsorship with Sky Sports over the summer with ‘idents’ in advertising breaks during coverage of the England v Australia test matches.

    The ads carry the strapline “Hardys of Australia, proud sponsors of England cricket”, which is also being used in a new digital campaign to highlight the long-running rivalry between England and Australia. (more…)

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