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  • Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, (3:14 pm)

    Nestlé launches new Rolo marketing campaign

    Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 19.20.59Nestlé Confectionery chocolate brand Rolo is launching a new marketing campaign, which once again asks the nation the iconic question ‘Do you love anyone enough to give them your last Rolo?’

    Five very different and unique short videos have been created by the brand, each aiming to capture the tension of a person who loves the indulgence of their Rolo and whether or not they are prepared to share their last Rolo with a loved one.

    Featuring on the brand’s YouTube channel, the videos are part of wider social media activity from the brand, which will also include the renovation and refreshment of its Facebook and Twitter pages. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, (1:18 pm)

    Philadelphia unveils two new flavours

    Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 19.14.18Philadelphia is bringing more variety to the range this October with two new flavours, Mediterranean Tomato and Smoked Ham.

    The launch builds upon the success of previous flavour combinations in the brand’s savoury range, including Garlic & Herb and Salmon & Dill.

    The launch is aimed to bring new consumers to the category and drive growth. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, (11:10 am)

    The Fruit Factory launches new products

    Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 19.34.21Humdinger, a UK producer of family snacks, has further boosted the distribution of its Fruit Factory range in Tesco stores nationwide from September 2014.

    On the back of the new ASDA listing in May, this continues to enhance the brands presence in all the major multiples across the UK.

    In addition, Humdinger has also introduced four new product lines, due to hit Tesco shelves at the same time. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, (11:00 am)


    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300Our annual ‘foodie’ conference is happening on Tuesday 11th November in Bloomsbury, Central London, and it’s called Food & Drink Trends 2015 and beyond.

    This year we’re totally thrilled to have Michael Whiteman as our chair. Michael is worshipped as one of the big food gurus of our time.

    He has a massive career span and there ain’t much he don’t know about food & drink trends. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, (9:06 am)

    Perfect World launches UK’s first no added sugar non-dairy ice cream

    Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 18.07.32Brand new Perfect World from the Perfect World Ice Cream Company is a new ice cream to hit the market.

    The UK’s very first non-dairy and no added sugar ice cream alternative uses a blend of nuts instead of dairy, providing all the creaminess of ice-cream yet from unsaturated fats.

    It’s designed to taste as good as real dairy ice cream but with fewer calories and none of the downsides often associated with dairy and added sugar. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, (7:02 am)

    New festive turkey flavour from Fairfields Farm Crisps

    Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 18.01.34Christmas is all about the turkey, so one brand has launched a new snack snack that celebrates the festive bird.

    To give consumers a taste of Christmas ahead of the celebrations, Fairfields Farm Crisps has joined forces with turkey aficionado, Kelly Bronze turkeys, to produce its new Turkey, Sage & Onion flavour.

    Promising a combination of high-quality potatoes, herbs, onion and the flavour of Kelly Bronze turkey, these crisps offer the taste of Christmas in every bite. (more…)

  • Monday, October 13th, 2014, (1:29 pm)

    Mr. Filbert’s unveils new range of nuts

    Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 17.58.56Mr Filbert’s is launching a new rage of nut snacks to the market.

    Following the success of the brand’s nut selection, the new gourmet roasted pocket snacks from Mr Filbert’s come in three new flavours: Honey & Peppercorn, Sea Salt & Herb and Chilli & Fennel Mixed Nuts.

    The new 50g grab bags are designed for popping in your bag as a mid-morning pick me up, or as a little evening treat in front of the TV. (more…)

  • Monday, October 13th, 2014, (1:15 pm)

    Jägermeister launches new Spice variant

    Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 17.53.31Jägermeister is set to spice up the spirits market with the UK launch of the brand’s first extension in its 80 year history.

    Crafted by the traditional methods used to create the original, Jägermeister Spice is made from the same secret recipe of 56 hand selected herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits combined with added cinnamon and vanilla.

    With an ABV of 25%, Jägermeister Spice provides a smooth and warm taste profile with a spicy flavour. (more…)

  • Monday, October 13th, 2014, (11:09 am)

    TIANA launches Omega-3 Spreadable

    Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 17.49.16TIANA Fair Trade Organics has launched TIANA Organic Exquisite Omega-3 Spreadable – a premium quality, dairy free, unsalted butter alternative.

    TIANA Organic Exquisite Omega 3 Spreadable is made with TIANA Fair Trade Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in a formulation cold pressed organic olive oil and cold pressed flaxseed oil, which is a natural source of Omega 3.

    Omega 3 essential fatty acids contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and normal functioning of the heart, when included as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle. (more…)

  • Monday, October 13th, 2014, (9:12 am)

    Trek launches new flavours

    Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 17.43.34Natural Balance Foods has announced the launch of an updated range of TrekProtein Energy Bars featuring four flavours and a packaging transformation, featuring bright splashes of colour as well as scenery from across Europe.

    Reporting growth of 553%, Trek has strengthened its position in the market with the recent re-launch of its Trek Flapjacks, which helped add £1.2m value to the brand and drive it from 35th in the Healthy biscuits singles category to 14th.

    With strong momentum behind the brand, the new Trek Protein range is set for a launch this Autumn, with Supermarkets & High Street retailers including Tesco & Boots already agreeing to list the range. (more…)

  • Monday, October 13th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    GLORIOUS! launches new Skinny range into Tesco

    Screen shot 2014-10-12 at 17.41.35GLORIOUS! customers will soon be able to purchase an exclusive line of flavours in Tesco stores.

    Available in-store from 11th October, all five flavours will be in the brand’s SkinnyLicious format, meaning that all products contain less than 150 calories per 300g serving, with no compromise on taste.

    Sun Kissed in Sicily is a rustic pomodoro tomato and balsamic soup with roast garlic and fennel. (more…)

  • Friday, October 10th, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Olives Et Al launches alcohol infused Olives

    Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 19.03.02Just in time for the festive season, Olives Et Al has introduced the world’s first, over-18 properly alcoholic olives -designed to create the perfect martini.

    Preserved in naturally infused Gin or Vodka, the olives should be served direct from the freezer and added to cocktails, gin and tonics or simply eaten icy cold.

    To create Neat & Dirty Olives, Olives Et Al selected the Sicilian Nocellara olive because of its creamy flavour and low-salt content, which works with the gin or vodka. (more…)

  • Friday, October 10th, 2014, (1:14 pm)

    Aldi unveils new Christmas wine range

    Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 19.01.51Aldi has revealed its new wine range  for the Christmas season offering ‘quality wines at just a fraction of the usual cost.’

    The new range contains a champagne and a sherry as well as a new range of wines:

    Champagne Veuve Monsigny by Philizot & Fils (£11.99, 75cl), The Exquisite Collection Limoux (£6.99), Toro Loco Reserva (£4.99), Fletcher’s Ruby Port (£6.29) and Caversham Cream Sherry (£5.25). (more…)

  • Friday, October 10th, 2014, (11:07 am)

    New one-litre dairy free Coconut Milk from CHI

    Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 18.54.35New to shelves this October is the Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk.

    The new one-litre format milk, made from all natural ingredients, is suitable for vegans and is lactose, dairy, soya and gluten free.

    The versatile Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk can be used in all the same ways as traditional milk, including for pouring on cereal, in hot drinks, on its own and even in cooking. (more…)

  • Friday, October 10th, 2014, (9:00 am)

    Nairn’s Oatcakes unveils two new products

    Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 18.50.35Scottish oatcake producer Nairn’s Oatcakes has launched two new oaty products to encourage children and adults alike to swap to a healthier snack with less sugar.

    Nairn’s Astrobites and Nairn’s Snackers provide a high fibre snacking alternative suitable for on-the-go, lunchtime and at home occasions.

    A healthier treat for active kids, Astrobites are little pieces of inter-galactic goodness, designed for lunchboxes or snacks on the go. (more…)

  • Friday, October 10th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Corkers Crisps launches Gressingham Duck and Hoisin Sauce flavour

    Screen shot 2014-10-07 at 18.44.21Corkers Crisps has introduced a brand new Gressingham Duck and Hoisin Sauce flavour to their quintessentially British range of hand cooked crisps.

    Gressingham Duck is an East Anglian based company making the new range in 40g and 150g an entirely British made product.

    Rod Garnham, Director of Corkers Crisps said:  “For 15 years we have been one of the Gressingham Duck farmers, rearing 48,000 ducks every 7 weeks. Working with William and Geoffrey Buchanan, it made perfect sense to combine our natural British crunch with their remarkable duck. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 9th, 2014, (3:45 pm)

    Funkin launches new Piña Colada cocktail

    unnamedFollowing the on-trade success of Funkin’s 1-litre the cocktail brand is launching the next phase of its cross-channel partnership with Malibu coconut rum with a co-branded 750ml Piña Colada pack for the off-trade.

    This new launch featuring the Malibu logo and a ‘best served with Malibu’ communication is especially designed so consumers can enjoy bar quality cocktails at home.

    Priced at £3 and available initially in over 50 Tesco stores this month, the cocktail mixer is merchandised in a joint display and offered to consumers with a 35cl bottle of Malibu, enough for seven perfect Piña Coladas at a special price of £9. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 9th, 2014, (1:14 pm)

    Verve Clicquot launches competition to re-design pack

    Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 20.15.34Veuve Clicquot is launching “The Re-Creation Awards”, a new competition with an international judging panel including renowned designer Tom Dixon OBE.

    Hosted in ten countries, including Australia, Brazil and Japan, the contest invites young designers and members of the public to create a limited edition of the Veuve Clicquot Mailbox.

    The gift box, styled like a vintage American mailbox, is inspired by Madame Clicquot’s archive letters to her clients, agents and suppliers. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 9th, 2014, (11:15 am)


    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300Our annual ‘foodie’ conference is happening on Tuesday 11th November in Bloomsbury, Central London, and it’s called Food & Drink Trends 2015 and beyond.

    This year we’re totally thrilled to have Michael Whiteman as our chair. Michael is worshipped as one of the big food gurus of our time.

    He has a massive career span and there ain’t much he don’t know about food & drink trends. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 9th, 2014, (9:09 am)

    Nākd launches new Bakewell Tart bar

    Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 20.09.24Natural Balance Foods, manufacturer of the wholefood brand Nākd, is extending its bar range by introducing a new flavour – a Great British dessert inspired Bakewell Tart.

    Following the success of recent NPD launches such as Nakd Crunch, Rhubarb & Custard and Nakd Bits, worth £2.9m combined since launch, 17% of all UK sales.

    Nakd are launching a new flavour to appeal to the 43% of UK adults that want snack bars inspired by dessert flavours. (more…)

  • Thursday, October 9th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Normadic Dairy launches Oat Clusters and Natural Yogurt Pots

    Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 19.43.23Two established dairy brands have joined forces to create a new entity that aims to tap into consumers evermore international taste buds.

    NOMADIC dairy offers consumers a dairy taste with a range of products that are a little different in more ways than one.

    With the core of its range focusing on the brands’ international heritage and a signature yogurt base to its yogurts, NOMADIC dairy is entirely unique. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, (3:29 pm)

    New Marshmallow Bars from Barú

    Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 19.39.03Barú showcased their new marshmallow bars on stand 574 at the Speciality Chocolate Fair alongside signature marshmallows, chocolate hippo’s contemporary chocolate gifts and swirly drinks powders.

    Individually wrapped, the new marshmallow bars are coated in milk or dark Belgian chocolate and topped with a choice of four flavours:

    Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Milk Chocolate Chai Latte, Milk Chocolate Crunchy Cashew, Dark Chocolate Peppermint – that includes a layer of soft, peppermint fudge. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, (1:20 pm)

    Hairy Dieters launch campaign to support new low-fat cooking sauces

    Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 19.36.06The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, are launching a brand new consumer campaign to raise the profile of their three new low-fat Indian cooking sauces, available as part of their Hairy Dieters brand.

    The campaign will focus on Fakeaway Friday, an event that will drive trial of its key SKUS and increase frequency of purchase as we enter the big night in period.

    The Hairy Bikers will encourage the consumer to create a meal from their range, and post their creations on Facebook where a winner will be chosen by the TV chef duo. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, (11:09 am)

    Retrocorn expands popcorn range

    Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 19.30.44The  Retrocorn range is expanding with the new launch of a new Smoked Salt Caramel option.

    To accompany the launch of the new flavour, Retrocorn has also unveiled new packaging, to be released early December 2014.

    For Greg Taylor, founder of Retrocorn, the love of popcorn started many years ago and was inspired by family trips to the cinema. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, (9:01 am)

    Cathedral City launches Mild and Mature Light variants in 550g packs

    Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 19.21.39Dairy Crest has announced the expansion of the Cathedral City range with the addition of Cathedral City Mild and Cathedral City Lighter in larger 550g packs.

    The arrival of the new 550g packs in Mild and Mature Lighter variants follows the success of Cathedral City Mature 550g which has achieved strong growth since launch.

    The 550g pack size, introduced in March 2013, has helped to deliver incremental value to the category both by upweighting existing shoppers’ purchases and by attracting new shoppers to Everyday Block Cheese, a category now worth almost £973m. (more…)

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Hartley’s launches Halloween Jelly range

    Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 19.16.27Hartley’s is getting into the Halloween spirit with a seasonal Monster Jelly range.

    The range includes jelly cubes, sugar free jelly crystals and ready to eat jelly pots in ghoulish flavours such as Spooktacular Orange, Fangtastic Strawberry and Shocking Slime.

    David Atkinson, Managing Director of Hain Daniels Grocery: (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, (3:27 pm)

    Londis expands value offerings

    Screen shot 2014-10-05 at 19.39.19Londis is extending the SmartBuy range of value products it launched in the summer by introducing four new lines.

    The symbol group has also unveiled Super Six, a weekly promotion said to provide its retailers with six product offers at “industry-leading prices”.

    The new SmartBuy products will be introduced over the next few weeks, starting with a 1.5-litre bottle of milk for £1 and followed by chocolate chip cookies, tea bags and washing-up liquid. (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, (1:00 pm)

    Hancocks launches Kingsway After Dinner Chocolates range

    Screen shot 2014-10-05 at 19.31.33Developing its long-established Kingsway brand of confectionery, Hancocks has launched a range of Kingsway After Dinner Chocolates to sit alongside its Christmas range, priced to retail at £1.

    Enjoying chocolates after a meal is a long held tradition and one that remains a key purchase opportunity in the run up to Christmas.

    Three varieties are available in the range: (more…)

  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, (11:11 am)


    fdin_logo_smallish1-299x300With 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…)

  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, (9:11 am)

    Walkers Shortbread unveils new Gluten Free range

    Screen shot 2014-10-05 at 19.34.38Founded over a hundred years ago and still an independent family concern today, Walkers Shortbread continues to expand and innovate with the launch of a three strong Gluten Free range.

    With approximately 1 in 100 people in the UK suffering with coeliac disease, the consumer demand for Gluten Free products continues to increase and this latest launch from Walkers demonstrates its continued commitment to producing The World’s Finest Shortbread for a continually expanding and evolving consumer demographic.

    The Gluten Free range will be produced using a specialist flour blend and has received the certified accreditation from Coeliac UK adhering to all regulated manufacturing processes and ingredient labelling ensuring consumers, especially those living with coeliac disease, can be confident and assured. (more…)

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