Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (3:02 pm)
Chapmans Fishcake’s have launched a range of new seafood tartlets, adding to their already extensive range of fishcakes and seafood products.
The initial range is available in these three flavours;
Salmon, Prawn and White Wine, Mediterranean Salmon, Smoked Haddock Florentine. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (1:09 pm)
Domino’s Pizza is launching a new blog as a hub for the brand’s content, including, blog posts, competitions, infographics, videos and pictures.
Planned and developed by Arena, the blog launched earlier this week.
Aimed at existing and prospective customers, the blog aims to provide interesting and quirky content about Domino’s – one of the world’s leading pizza delivery brands – and will be refreshed regularly. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (11:09 am)
A new survey by ICM Research has looked at how shoppers plan to do their festive gift and grocery shopping this year.
For retailers, the big question is: where will people be shopping – will they be buying online or on Britain’s struggling high streets?
According to the survey of 2025 people, more presents will be bought online than in stores this year, with online scooping more than half of anticipated gift spend (55%). (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (9:00 am)
Flora is launching a new TV advertising campaign to support Flora Buttery, launching this month as part of the £12 million marketing investment in 2013.
The campaign will target mums and champion the use of Flora Buttery across a broad range of usage occasions.
The TVC will focus on baking as a family activity and specifically target novice and occasional cooks with Flora Buttery to tap into the growth in home baking, which is being driven by TV shows such as the Great British Bake Off. (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013, (7:39 am)
Following on from Chicken Tonight’s £2.5m brand redevelopment last year and the recent launch of the new ‘Tonight’ range, the bramd is now introducing its first ever range of premium wet sauces, Gourmet Tonight.
Aimed at attracting a younger, more affluent shopper to the Wet Sauce aisle, the range has been developed for use with a wide variety of meat and fish options, including pork, steak and haddock.
Presenting an opportunity to add value into the category, the new smaller 330g jars are aimed at couples and smaller households who are looking for convenient and flavoursome mealtimes, but don’t want to buy larger sized products which can result in unused waste. (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (3:40 pm)
Tesco has revealed that consumers are set to spend an estimated record £140m on baking products this Christmas, as the UK undergoes the biggest home baking revival since the 1970s.
The retailer said the market is now believed to be worth more than £900m a year, with the renewed interest partly driven by the success of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off.
Tesco said its Christmas home baking sales could rise as much as 20% on last year, with top sellers expected to be panatone kits, yule log kits, and traditional Christmas cake mixes. (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (1:34 pm)
CO YO Coconut Milk Yoghurt achieves Waitrose listings.
Bethany Eaton, founder and MD of CO YO said: “I am delighted that CO YO has achieved a Waitrose listing – it’s been a brilliant year and this is the icing on the cake.
“Waitrose is a great ‘retail’ home for CO YO.” (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (11:27 am)
Thunder Toffee Vodka, has announced its listing with Aer Rianta, who currently have 22 duty-free outlets in airports including Montreal, Mumbai, Cork and Qatar.
Thunder Vodka will be launching at Dublin and Shannon airports over the coming weeks.
This decadent drink is well known on the ski slopes of Val d’Isère for its smooth, rich taste of creamy, buttery toffee and the vodka is carving out an international following with fans across the globe. (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (9:25 am)
Sharp’s Brewery is introducing revitalised branding, following a period of research.
Over the next six months, refreshed brand designs will be rolled out across the Sharp’s portfolio, beginning with the Sharp’s logo.
The brewery’s flagship beer, Doom Bar – which achieved an average growth rate of 45% over the last three years – will undergo only minimal changes to enhance the existing pump clip design which has played a part in the success of the brand in the on-trade (more…)
Thursday, November 28th, 2013, (7:27 am)
Jucee, the squash and lunchbox drinks brand, is reinvigorating its 100% pure juice offering by launching two new 1 litre juice variants and also, by adding to its existing mini juice line-up.
The new 1 litre 100% pure juices are now available in Cherries & Berries and Fruit Punch variants – extending the range which currently includes Orange and Apple products.
The brand is also revamping the packaging for the 1 litre juices with Jucee’s new design, which completes the transformation of the brand’s portfolio. (more…)
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, (3:20 pm)
Olive snacks Oloves have undergone a rebrand and launched a new flavour by adding a pack of black olives to the range.
The healthy snacking alternative has introduced chili and garlic flavoured black pitted olives to its collection.
Sealed in liquid-free, foil-fresh packs, Oloves are popular with both children and adults, as they are low in calories and high in taste. (more…)
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, (1:19 pm)
Flavoured Milk brand FRijj is launching a new flavour under its premium tier FRijj Supreme.
White Choc Raspberry Swirl will be available in Tesco.
Frijj said the new flavour is designed compliments the existing indulgent FRijj Supreme flavours; Sticky Toffee Pudding, Banoffee Pie and Honeycomb Choc Swirl. (more…)
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, (11:11 am)
Warburtons has announced that its first ever Christmas themed wax packaging is making its debut on shelves, offering retailers an opportunity to strengthen sales in the festive season.
With three eye-catching designs, Warburtons Christmas wax packaging will be available across the 800g Toastie, Medium and Thickest bread products.
Darren Littler, innovation and renovation director at Warburtons, said: (more…)
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, (9:09 am)
Grolsch, a leading brewer for over 400 years, will turn Brighton green for the first time as part of its ‘Green Light District’ campaign to promote its unique brand and individual style.
The Brighton Wheel, eight participating pubs and a bicycle taxi rank will be lit green during the campaign which will run from 27-30 November and 04-07 December 2013.
Michael Bosanko, a top light graffiti artist, will perform live at one of the pubs per night of the campaign for the entertainment of guests. (more…)
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, (7:30 am)
Tia Maria and cocktail experts Funkin have announced a new on-pack partnership to create the classic Tia Maria Espresso Martini serve.
Available from mid-November, the Funkin mixer pouch will be available on bottles of 70cl and 1L Tia Maria. 90,000 bottles will be available in the grocery channel at outlets such as Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons, allowing consumers to recreate their on-trade experience at home.
Senior Brand Manager for Tia Maria, Will Thompson said: “Consumers are more influenced than ever before by their on-trade experiences and are looking to re-create a special experience in the home. (more…)
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, (3:26 pm)
Quex Foods have designed a Christmas gift for the health conscious foodie; Kentish Oils new range of Gift Hampers including.
The ‘Happy Christmas’ Wicker Hamper’s are available at £18.00.
The hamper contains a 250 ml bottle of each of their blended Rapeseed Oils – Garlic and Herb, Lemon and Jalapeno Chilli. (more…)
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, (1:22 pm)
WKD has unveiled its 2013 Christmas campaign featuring a festive character called ‘Nick’ and the antics he gets up to on the 364 days of the year that he’s not working.
The WKD ‘Best Job Ever’ campaign launches with an online film posted on key digital and social media channels and on prominent video-sharing sites.
Set to a soundtrack entitled ‘Doing Nothing’, footage shows Nick relaxing and enjoying himself on his 364 days off, all afforded by the fact that he has the ultimate in seasonal jobs and only works one day a year. (more…)
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, (11:17 am)
Milk brand Cravendale has announced it will be launching limited edition Christmas packaging over the Christmas period.
From mid-November, Cravendale is getting in to the festive spirit with a new limited edition pack range.
Featuring blue snowflakes on the whole milk bottles, green Christmas trees on the semi-skimmed and shiny, red stars on the skimmed, these Christmassy themed bottles are aiming to bring a little bit of festive cheer to fridges. (more…)
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, (9:01 am)
Launching with three dairy-free ‘mylk’ drinks for children in Banana, Choco and Orange Choc Mylk varieties (RRP 99p), Rebel Kitchen is on a mission to make tasty, nourishing snacks available to everyone, everyday, everywhere.
Designed for kids from three years of age – but with a taste that grown-ups will like too – all of the drinks are made with a base of coconut milk blended with pure spring water from Somerset.
They are lactose-free and suitable for vegans, vegetarians or those on a dairy-free diet, and all contain absolutely no additives, no preservatives and so, no worries. (more…)
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, (7:00 am)
Kitchen Garden Foods Ltd has won a contract to supply First Great Western Trains with its Creamy Porridge with Berry Pot, part of its Wolfy’s range launched in April.
Travellers will now be able to enjoy the portable breakfast by pouring hot or boiling water into the mixture of rolled oats, full cream milk powder and cane sugar.
The porridge has had a positive response, with many commuters tweeting their appreciation. (more…)
Monday, November 25th, 2013, (3:24 pm)
Diversified Communications UK – organisers of the new Casual Dining trade event at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London – has announced the launch of the 2014 Casual Dining Interior Design Awards.
Forming a central part of the show, the awards will celebrate the best designed restaurants and pubs from across the UK.
The entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts, which will be headed up by David Worthington, chairman of Designersblock and H&M Group and one of the leading design commentators in the UK. (more…)
Monday, November 25th, 2013, (1:31 pm)
You’ve probably got all your artwork ready for the new Provision Of Food Information To Consumers (FICR) rules and regs, but just in case you haven’t we’ve asked Dr Nino Binns, to run a special Briefing Day to remind you of the requirements and deadlines and bring you up to date with the uncertainties and ambiguities.
Taking place on Wednesday 27th November in Daventry Northants.
Although we’ve got until the latter part of next year to comply, with almost every food & drink pack in the UK having to make the change, the work load on the labelling industry is going to be massive, so we think it’s really best to get started ASAP. (more…)
Monday, November 25th, 2013, (11:16 am)
Morrisons has announced its online delivery service will begin delivering groceries on 10th January 2014.
Morrisons said its new online service will focus on freshness, with the website giving customers an indication of how good the food is via a rosette rating, representing the “quality of the product available for sale including the seasonality of the product.”
The retailer said customers will also be able to see the shelf life of products so they can be reassured that the person who picks the basket isn’t choosing the food nearing the end of its shelf life. (more…)
Monday, November 25th, 2013, (9:16 am)
The Ainsley Harriott brand is to expand its current range of products with a brand first – a selection of world flavoured ambient soups packaged in a tub design, with a more premium look and feel.
The new range will see the brand enter the ambient aisle with a format that takes its packaging cues from the fresh aisle.
Ainsley’s Premium Soups aim to help drive added value into the Wet Ambient Soup aisle with its modern package design. (more…)
Monday, November 25th, 2013, (7:01 am)
The Famous Grouse has unveiled a new nationwide campaign allowing consumers to personalise their bottles and make someone special famous.
By purchasing a bottle of The Famous Grouse Finest (70cl), consumers can personalise their own bottle by visiting the microsite and entering the barcode to redeem a free, personalised label.
From the 20th of November, live label-making production pods enabling on-the-spot personalisation and sampling will also be activated in selected stores. (more…)
Friday, November 22nd, 2013, (3:37 pm)
Independent brewer, Bath Ales, has unveiled five limited edition premium beers just in time for Christmas.
Forming part of the Sulis Collection, the range is named after a local goddess of the thermal springs that still flow through Bath Spa today, with ABVs ranging from 9.1% – 11.4%.
Four of the new brews have been maturing in Scottish whisky casks for the last eight months, and a special Barleywine completes the collection, which is sure to be a hit with discerning drinkers. (more…)
Friday, November 22nd, 2013, (1:12 pm)
This Winter sees a series of product innovations and first to markets for New Covent Garden Soup Co.
These developments include recipe and quality improvements across the entire portfolio, new flavour profiles, packaging enhancements across the core range, the introduction of new core SKUs and the launch of a healthier Skinny Soup range
To retain its consumer base and to recruit new users to the brand, New Covent Garden Soup is re-energising the entire core range, with the launch of a new range of six SKU’s for the winter, along with new and improved recipes across the ten core SKU’s. (more…)
Friday, November 22nd, 2013, (11:11 am)
Savoury biscuit brand Ritz is getting a makeover this autumn, with a reduction in salt and new look packaging.
From November, the amount of salt in Ritz Original will be reduced from 3.28g per 100g to 1.38g per 100g, with Ritz Cheese and Mini Ritz also benefiting from salt reductions over the next few months.
The whole range will also be getting a fresh new look to help it stand out on shelf. (more…)
Friday, November 22nd, 2013, (9:00 am)
Aunt Bessie’s Limited is refreshing its hot puddings range in time for the winter season.
On shelf now, the new additions have been designed as a warming end to any meal time occasion.
Owned by the William Jackson Food Group, Aunt Bessie’s currently has a 44 per cent share of the frozen hot dessert market; with a growth rate in the sector of 22 per cent, more than four times that of the market average. (more…)
Friday, November 22nd, 2013, (7:00 am)
Egg brand Big & Fresh has launched limited edition seasonal packs which feature traditional Christmas trees and colourful baubles, to encourage seasonal cooking.
Big & Fresh are large Class A eggs in large size.
They are recognisable on the shelves by their yellow and white packaging and bold typeface. (more…)