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  • Thursday, November 13th, 2014, (3:20 pm)

    Maltesers and M&M’s unveils hot chocolate pouches

    Screen shot 2014-11-11 at 20.14.35Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats (MCD&T) is extending its range of treat size hot chocolate pouches with the launch of two new variants – White Maltesers and Chocolate M&M’s.

    While the malted drinks market is showing a slight year on year decline of 1.4%, the original Maltesers hot chocolate is bucking this trend with year on year growth of 35%.

    The new White Maltesers hot chocolate, which has the same malted taste as its confectionery counterpart, contains white chocolate pieces and can be made by adding hot milk or water. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 13th, 2014, (1:12 pm)

    Chewits unveils festive products

    Screen shot 2014-11-11 at 20.11.46

    Chewy sweet brand, Chewits, is introducing two seasonal confectionery products this Christmas.

    The Chewits Selection Box contains eight full-size chewy stickpacks, including favourites Strawberry, Fruit Salad and Xtreme Sour Apple with an RRP of £2.00 in Asda and all good retailers.

    Chewits Chewbs offers a stocking filler, containing two Xtreme Sour Apple stickpacks and two Strawberry stickpacks with an RRP of £1.00 in Asda and all good retailers. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 13th, 2014, (11:08 am)

    Philadelphia Simply Stir returns to the small screen

    Screen shot 2014-11-11 at 20.09.51Consumers will be reminded of how quickly a meal can be made with Philadelphia Simply Stir in its latest TV advertising campaign launching this week.

    The 20-second ad features a couple making time to create a romantic dinner during a busy evening and highlights the ease of using Simply Stir to create a mid-week meal.

    Part of a £1million UK marketing investment for Philadelphia Simply Stir, the ad will feature in prime-time slots over three weeks, including The X Factor, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Surprise Surprise. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 13th, 2014, (9:05 am)

    New popcorn brand Love Popcorn hits the UK

    Screen shot 2014-11-11 at 20.05.40The couple who first introduced gourmet popcorn to the UK market have launched five new flavours under a brand new label.

    Love Popcorn is the brainchild of Catherine and Richard Furze who have been at the forefront of the growing popcorn industry since 2008, when they founded the Consett Popcorn Company.

    Now, the husband and wife team, the first in the country to market hand-made savoury popcorn, have consolidated their position with a new range of lower calorie flavours – all made with proper ingredients. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 13th, 2014, (7:02 am)

    Taste Inc launches Fish Fillet Burgers

    Screen shot 2014-11-11 at 20.02.07Taste Inc. the microwaveable snacking brand, is extending its range of on the go snacks with the launch of the Fish Fillet Burger, a first for the market.

    The launch not only aims to increase the brand’s shelf presence but it is also the first time Taste Inc. and the category has seen a fish burger on shelves.

    The Fish Fillet Burger will launch into Morrisons stores nationwide. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, (3:20 pm)

    Granny Cool brings new range of condiments to the market

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 20.24.44Each jar of Granny Cool curd or marmalade is full to the brim with handmade preserves (all created in open pans, the old-fashioned way) before being hand-sealed for freshness.

    Granny Cool is the first brand on the market to be suitable for everyone, including Kosher, Halal, Veggie and Vegan – only the marmalades are vegan.

    Although inspired by the founders’ family recipes, handed down by their very own Granny, Granny Cool is anything but dowdy and old-fashioned. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, (1:17 pm)

    Doisy & Dam healthy chocolate bars hit shelves

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 19.51.57Doisy & Dam is a chocolate brand hand-crafted from carefully-sourced organic ingredients.

    Each 74% chocolate bar is packed with health-giving superfoods such as goji, hemp seed and spirulina.

    Doisy & Dam aims to keep the bars as unspoilt as possible resulting in a vegan, gluten and soya free treat. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, (11:10 am)

    Mr Filbert’s unveils new range of Pocket Roasted Mixed Nuts

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 19.46.10Following months of inventing, testing and tasting, the team at Mr Filbert’s is unveiling its new range of Pocket Roasted Mixed Nuts and Mixed Seeds.

    The new products are launching just before people start thinking about New Year diets and healthy eating plans.

    Honey Roasted Tasty Seeds, Herb Roasted Tasty Seeds and Chilli Roasted Tasty Seeds join Honey & Peppercorn, Sea Salt & Herb and Chilli & Fennel Mixed Nut to become the newest additions to the Mr Filbert’s Really Interesting Snacks range. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, (9:00 am)

    The English Provender Co. launches two new mustards into Waitrose

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 19.41.18Two new mustards from The English Provender Co. have launched at Waitrose stores nationwide.

    The Wholegrain Mustard with Fig & Honey and Wholegrain Mustard with Horseradish were launched in store from 13th October and are priced at £1.49 each.

    The two new mustards follow the launch of the Posh Piccalilli and Beetroot, Horseradish & Dill Relish in September. (more…)

  • Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Corkers Crisps introduces Gressingham Duck and Hoisin Sauce flavour

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 19.31.28Corkers Crisps have introduced a brand new Gressingham Duck and Hoisin Sauce flavour to their 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.

    Provenance means a lot to us here at Corkers Crisps which helps portray the quintessentially British identification of the brand. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, (3:28 pm)

    Diet Chef Launches in Tesco

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 19.29.00Diet Chef, the UK’s diet home delivery company, has announced its first launch into retail, introducing a selection of four meals into Tesco stores nationwide.

    Having grown significantly over the past six years as a home delivery diet business, Diet Chef is now the third largest diet company in the UK.

    Based on the concept that it would be simpler for people to lose weight if they had someone to prepare their food, control their portion sizes, and count their calories – just like a celebrity’s personal chef would do – Diet Chef is all about making weight loss convenient, accessible and easy. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, (1:11 pm)

    Pret A Manger unveils Christmas products

    unnamed-4The Pret A Manger Christmas menu is available in all shops from 12th November.

    The 2014 menu features 15 products, including its best-selling Christmas Lunch Sandwich made with free range British turkey and an improved stuffing recipe; a new Veggie Christmas Lunch Sandwich; a meaty Christmas Hot Wrap; and a delicious Christmas Tiffin.

    There’s also a brand new range of Barista-made drinks on offer. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, (11:06 am)

    Produce World Group launches new range of organic vegetable boxes

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 08.38.59The UK’s grower and supplier of fresh vegetables, Produce World Group, has launched a new branded range of organic vegetable boxes called ‘Nature’s Premium.’

    The launch follows the Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report published in March this year which revealed that the organic vegetable sector has seen growth of 2.8 per cent in 2013, while mail-order, home-delivery and veg box schemes were up 11 per cent compared to the previous year.

    The new range, which will be sold through Ocado, was developed by Produce World Group as a convenient solution for people that buy organic for its taste but don’t have time to shop around. (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, (9:10 am)

    Biskotakia gluten and dairy free biscuits from Greece hit the UK

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 08.35.18Biskotakia, a traditional Greek style sweet biscuit baked with olive oil, are hitting UK shelves.

    The brand has created a Gluten Free version of the traditional recipe so everyone can enjoy the olive oil baked treats.

    The biscuits are available in the following three flavours: (more…)

  • Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, (7:02 am)

    Guinness unveils ‘Made of More’ rugby campaign

    Screen shot 2014-11-10 at 08.30.34Ahead of the upcoming Autumn Internationals, Guinness is releasing four pieces of content to rally the fans of each of the Home Nations.

    Jonny Wilkinson, Shane Williams, Bill McLaren and the Munster team of 1978 will be celebrated in a new Guinness ad campaign; which will air for the first time on TV in the UK and Ireland on 5th November 2014.

    Guinness has a long-standing association with rugby, as sponsor of all four Rugby Unions; Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland. (more…)

  • Monday, November 10th, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    Waitrose Halloween sales rise 41 per cent

    Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 12.05.14Waitrose had the UK’s hottest Halloween on record, seeing sales jump 41 per cent on last year.

    The retailer said it was the biggest seasonal occasion outside of Christmas, with customers buying cakes, confectionery and close to half a million pumpkins.

    Waitrose personnel director Helen Hyde said: “Waitrose Scary Pumpkin Cupcakes sales increased by an impressive 100% on last year and Halloween confectionery sales were up 12 per cent. (more…)

  • Monday, November 10th, 2014, (1:03 pm)

    Galaxy Hot Chocolate supports local projects

    Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 12.03.02Galaxy Hot Chocolate is looking to help small, local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland by donating cash awards to support warm hearted people and projects.

    The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is now in its fourth year and has helped to support more than 100,000 people through its campaigns.

    Open for entries until February 23 2015, the Fund will distribute five £300 awards to deserving recipients every week. (more…)

  • Monday, November 10th, 2014, (9:02 am)

    Sunmagic announces Hobbit 3 partnership

    Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 11.52.14Sunmagic has been named as the exclusive soft drinks category partner of this Christmas’ biggest family blockbuster, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which will be released in the UK & Ireland on 12 December 2014, by Warner Bros.

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

    The film brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. (more…)

  • Monday, November 10th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Coca-Cola Christmas campaign returns

    Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 11.50.43Coca-Cola is bringing a fresh twist to its Christmas campaign for 2014, as the Coca-Cola Christmas trucks hit the streets of the nation again this year.

    The ‘Holidays are Coming’ TVC broke during the X Factor on Saturday 8th November.

    The campaign will also feature a new “Give A Little Happiness” TVC ad inspired by acts of kindness which will also air that evening and opens with a scene featuring the Coca-Cola Father Christmas and a number of different acts of kindness through various experiences with friends, families and amongst strangers. (more…)

  • Sunday, November 9th, 2014, (11:18 am)

    Nestlé launches gluten-free cereal

    Screen shot 2014-11-09 at 11.59.2610For the first time ever in the UK, a gluten-free breakfast cereal will sit alongside other well-known brands in the mainstream cereal aisle, marking a breakthrough in the availability of gluten-free cereal products.

    New Gluten Free Corn Flakes from Nestlé will occupy a prime position next to traditional cereals; including Nestlé’s other popular choices Cheerios Shreddies.

    The gluten-free cereals market is growing significantly with a 2014 IRI report estimating the British market to be worth £17.5 million annually and growing up to 37% YOY for the last five years, indicating a strong demand for innovative new products in the gluten-free arena. (more…)

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014, (3:55 pm)

    MOMA launches new Smooth Oatie Shake

    unnamed-2MOMA!, the healthy breakfast company, has expanded their breakfast portfolio with the launch of the new MOMA! Smooth Oatie Shake.

    The new Smooth Oatie Shake has a smooth texture and offers consumers a grab-and-go breakfast drink option.

    Available in two flavours, Mango and Peach and Strawberry and Banana, the product will be available in 330ml Tetra Pack format and launches into the chiller aisles of Roadchef chains November 2014. (more…)

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014, (1:31 pm)

    Country Choice unveils Christmas offering

    Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 08.34.03Country Choice is bearing gifts this Christmas, unwrapping three new lines, a number of limited edition offerings plus all the usual seasonal favourites.

    New for Christmas 2014 are Mini Gingerbread Santas and Snowmen, a Christmas Chocolate Mini Loaf Cake and a Christmas Family Sweet Mince Pie.

    The crunchy santa and snowman shaped biscuits have a wrapped shelf life of 28 days. (more…)

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014, (11:29 am)

    Magners unveils new flavours for Magners Light

    Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 08.30.23Magners, the Irish Cider brand, has announced the launch of a new range of fruit flavours for its low calorie cider, Magners Light.

    In addition to the existing Magners Original Light (ABV 4%), two new fruit variants will be added to the range, Magners Pear Light (ABV 4.5%) and Magners Orchard Berries Light (ABV 4%).

    Both have been created to ensure the flavour remains, while delivering 30 per cent less calories. (more…)

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014, (9:09 am)

    New Covent Garden Soup launches Skinny on-the-go range

    Screen shot 2014-11-07 at 08.28.04The New Covent Garden innovations team has developed a new format, a Skinny 400g soup pot, set to rejuvenate the Food To Go fixture and meet consumers’ needs for a healthy and convenient lunchtime option.

    Jeremy Hudson, Chief Executive of New Covent Garden Soup brand owner Hain Daniels said:

    “We know that sixty three per cent of soup occasions are at lunchtime  so one of the big opportunities is to create new formats to grow soup’s share of the lunchtime ‘on the go’ occasion. (more…)

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    NO.G launches new range of gluten free products for Christmas

    Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 20.46.37NO.G has launched a selection of mini quiches designed to appeal for the Christmas party season.

    Consumers can choose from Mini Cheese & Bacon Pastryless Quiche or Mini Cheese & Onion Pastryless Quiche.

    Each cost £3.99 for a box of 12 mini quiches from Ocado. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 6th, 2014, (3:41 pm)

    Smint unveils new outdoor campaign

    Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 20.39.47The Smint brand will be appearing across London from mid-November in a brand new outdoor campaign that highlights the size of its Smint XXL mint product.

    The campaign, which will run across both high traffic traditional poster sites and digital sites at main transport terminals will emphasise the large size of Smint in a tin versus the mini mint in the traditional plastic dispenser.

    Using the strapline ‘Surprisingly Big’, whilst the mint itself jumps out of the tin in a ‘Jack in the Box’ style, the campaign will feature on hundreds of poster sites and reach over 3 million Londoners. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 6th, 2014, (1:01 pm)

    Adnams’ new online ad celebrates British Vodka

    Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 20.38.55Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer and distiller, has released a tongue-in-cheek online video to celebrate winning the Vodka Trophy for its Longshore Vodka at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

    As the only English distiller to have ever won the prestigious ‘Vodka Trophy’ – the highest honour possible at the competition – the video underlines Adnams’ triumph in beating off competition from other established Vodka producers around the world such as Russia, Finland, France and Poland.

    The video, which was the brainchild of Adnams’ non-executive director and former M&S marketing chief Steven Sharp, highlights the success of its relatively young Copper House Distillery, which only opened its doors in 2010. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 6th, 2014, (11:12 am)

    Lupetta expands premium Italian pasta range

    Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 20.33.40Authentic Italian regional ingredient range ‘Lupetta’ has added four high-protein, bronze die pasta varieties and an extra virgin olive oil to its initial line-up launched in March 2014.

    The Fusilli Bucati, Strozzapreti, Tortiglioni and Spaghetti have a higher than average protein content of 14% due to use of Kronos wheat semolina.

    The higher protein content means that the pasta keeps its shape better when cooking, and has an al dente texture. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 6th, 2014, (9:11 am)

    Burts Chips unveils limited edition Roast Turkey & Chestnut Stuffing flavour

    Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 19.35.56Burts Potato Chips is bringing some festive cheer to the category with the launch of a new Christmas flavour Roast Turkey & Chestnut Stuffing.

    Launching in Aldi and One Stop, the 150g packets will be available from 20th November until 31st December, RRP £1.99, supported with a price promotion of £1 at launch.

    Meeting consumer demand for quality snacks to share with friends and family over the Christmas period, Burts aims to capitalise upon this key snacking occasion with their latest seasonal offering. (more…)

  • Thursday, November 6th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Monster Energy unveils Call of Duty promotion

    Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 20.22.54Monster Energy, distributed by Coca-Cola Enterprises, has joined forces once again with Activision to support the latest release in the Call of Duty franchise – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare as it celebrates the £100 million sales milestone.

    The Monster Energy promotion allows consumers to earn 10 minutes double experience points (XP – gaming currency) to bring fans an enhanced in-game experience with every can purchased.

    XP allows gamers the opportunity to progress more quickly by ranking up levels faster than their opponents during in-game play and unlocking new weapons and specialist skills. (more…)

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