Latest Food & Drink Industry News
Monday, August 24th, 2015, (7:00 am)
Nestlé Confectionery’s Caramac brand has unveiled a new launch which heralds a move away from a bar format for the first time in its history.
The new Caramac Buttons sharing bag (110g) has an RRP of £1.59, with stock available from 31st August.
Launched in the UK in 1959, Caramac has a caramel flavour. (more…)
Friday, August 21st, 2015, (3:16 pm)
In consultation with its consumers, energy drink brand, Emerge, has launched new product enhancements across its entire portfolio.
The new packaging design aims to help the brand cement its position as a credible contender in a maturing energy market, creating a more premium look and brand proposition at the same price point.
The investment in the brand’s design has been made following an extensive consultation period centred around consumers. (more…)
Friday, August 21st, 2015, (1:08 pm)
Premier Foods is adding a new range of Stock Pots to its existing Oxo portfolio.
The new range consists of three flavours: Rich Beef with Onion and Rosemary, Succulent Chicken with Garlic and Thyme, and Garden Vegetables with Parsley and Bay
The launch will be supported with a £3m media campaign consisting of TV, digital, national sampling and in-store activations to raise awareness for the new products. (more…)
Friday, August 21st, 2015, (11:03 am)
Landmark Wholesale is offering a new range ingredients to boost home baking sales.
As The Great British Bake Off attracts millions of viewers yet again, retailers can offer customers the mix of products and value, thanks to the new Lifestyle range of own-brand groceries.
Stuart Johnson, retail controller, Landmark Wholesale, said: (more…)
Friday, August 21st, 2015, (9:17 am)
Coffee specialist Cherizena has launched its limited edition Christmas coffee of 2015 for cafés, shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and caterers.
The festive blend is Cherizena’s most popular limited edition flavour.
Available as beans or ground, regular or decaffeinated, the Christmas coffee has been created by flavouring the Colombian Excelsior medium bean with a combination of rum, hazelnut, cinnamon, vanilla, orange and pecan nut flavours. (more…)
Friday, August 21st, 2015, (7:12 am)
Heineken has revealed a new on-pack promotion for Sol following a multi-million pound investment into the brand, with the launch of a through the line, national campaign, #IndependentsDay.
The promotion, the first of its kind for Sol, will run across the entire off trade hitting shelves in August, supported by digital and print activity.
Born in 1899 out of post-revolutionary Mexico, Sol beer was a way of displaying ‘Espiritu Libre’ (Free Spirit) for those who drank it. (more…)
Thursday, August 20th, 2015, (3:12 pm)
In November we’re going to be talking about Unlocking The Power Of Insight For Innovation and NPD.
It’s on Tuesday 10th November at our usual venue in Bloomsbury, London.
Dr Nick Southgate, consumer researcher and planner, is chairing the event and is surely one of the world’s main thought leaders on all things consumer insight. (more…)
Thursday, August 20th, 2015, (1:22 pm)
America’s best-loved meat alternative, Tofurky, has arrived in the UK to bring its range of plant-based protein products to the nation’s three million vegetarian and vegans, and the much larger “meat reducer” market.
Tofurky is launching a range of chilled vegan deli slices, sausages and tempeh products which will be available through natural health retailers nationwide.
The range will include Oven Roasted, Hickory Smoked and Smoked Ham-Style Deli Slices, all available in packs of eight versatile, GM free and soybean-based vegan slices.
Also in the range will be ‘Artisan’ and ‘Gourmet’ sausages in Spinach Pesto, Chick’n & Apple, Italian and Kielbasa flavours and Smokey Maple Bacon Tempeh. (more…)
Thursday, August 20th, 2015, (11:12 am)
Dorset Tea has unveiled two new additions to the Dorset Tea TM collection.
The new blends, Dorset Breakfast and Ginger and Sunshine Lemon, hope to appeal to a range of tea drinkers.
Dorset Breakfast blend is made with 100% black tea and contains 50% Rainforest Alliance in its blend, which supports the farmers who grow and select the leaves that go into every cuppa and protects the environment too. (more…)
Thursday, August 20th, 2015, (9:10 am)
McCoy’s, the ridge cut crisp brand, is launching its second season as the Official Crisp Partner of the Football League with an on-pack promotion and heavyweight marketing campaign.
Kicking off in August to coincide with the start of the new Football League season, the McCoy’s ‘Win Your Club’ on-pack promotion will be running until November 2015 across select handypack and multipack SKUs.
The promotion offers an array of ‘money-can’t-buy’ prizes, including a ‘Win Your Club’ ultimate package which gives entrants behind the scenes access, the chance to meet the team and front the media, plus much much more. (more…)
Thursday, August 20th, 2015, (7:10 am)
This August, Heinz is adding two new recipes to its Black Label soup range, providing consumers with more flavour varieties in time for soup season.
The two new flavours include Cream of Chicken Soup with Delicate Korma Spices and Tuscan Bean Soup with Roasted Garlic and Tomatoes (RRP £1.19).
The Heinz Black Label range aims to appeal to the younger consumer by providing recipes and premium ingredients. (more…)
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, (3:20 pm)
Yorkshire Provender is launching its new range of soups this autumn – Mushroom Soup with Wholegrain Black Rice and Super Broccoli & Lancashire Cheese Soup.
Belinda Williams has teamed up with foodie friends Riso Gallo Venere Black Rice and Farmhouse Lancashire Cheese to create the new recipes.
Yorkshire Provender soups are gluten free and have no added sugar, hidden nasties or hydrogenated fats. (more…)
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, (1:12 pm)
Lizi’s Granola is launching a new variant of its granola range to meet growing consumer demand for a natural, healthy, gluten free breakfast alternative.
Lizi’s Granola prides itself on creating breakfast options that are healthy, high in fiber and with slow energy release using all natural ingredients.
With Gluten Free, the brand has developed a recipe that keeps the great taste and healthiness associated with Lizis’ Granola, but without the gluten. (more…)
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, (11:10 am)
The 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…)
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, (9:10 am)
Following a brand relaunch in April 2015, premium low sugar soft drink zeo is introducing a new slimline price marked 250ml can range for summer, RRP 99p.
Launching primarily with Bestway in August, the new format is part of zeo’s new campaign to target the convenience shopper, through a new can format.
In line with consumer demand and growing mainstream health trends, zeo aims to challenge the conventional soft drinks market with the range which contains just 27kcals per 250ml can allowing consumers to enjoy the taste without the guilt. (more…)
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, (7:00 am)
Quorn Foods is adding to the frozen meat-free category with the addition of its gluten-free range.
Meat Free Gluten Free Sausages and Meat Free Gluten Free Quarter Pounders will join a wider Gluten Free range which initially launched in March.
The new range has been certified by the Coeliac Society and will feature the characteristic crossed grain symbol. (more…)
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, (3:39 pm)
To mark its 30th birthday and 30 years of partnership with the great outdoors Tracker is launching the ‘30,000 miles ‘Off The Beaten Track’ campaign, in partnership with outdoor adventurer and Olympic medalist James Cracknell and the Woodland Trust.
The nationwide campaign which launched earlier this month will run until September and aims to get UK families to walk 30,000 miles off the beaten track together.
Consumers looking for inspiration can download James Cracknell’s expert guide to walking from the Tacker website – which offers hints and tips on making the most out of walks – from DIY obstacle courses to tracking animal footprints. (more…)
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, (1:13 pm)
The Komodo Dragon is the the name of Britain’s hottest ever commercially grown chilli pepper sold on a supermarket shelf which is set to send heat levels rocketing across the UK from this week.
Grown in Bedfordshire, the Komodo Dragon measures up to 1.4 million Scoville units.
To give some idea of that potency, the jalapeno pepper which is used in many pizza toppings measures 3,500 Scovilles while the very hot Scotch Bonnet is rated as up to 350,000 Scovilles. (more…)
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, (11:14 am)
Bassetts Vitamins is re-launching its entire range.
The re-launch will see the brand re-define its product offering and reveal a new look in a bid to add appeal, reduce complexity and make the category more relevant for shoppers to help drive category growth.
From August, the Bassetts Vitamins range will be segmented by age, 6-36 months, 3-6, 7-11, 12- 18 years and Adults, and will be available in fruity natural flavours and colours, with no added sugar. (more…)
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, (9:01 am)
Big Bear Confectionery has gone back to the 70s to add some retro to its iconic Fox’s Glacier range.
Limited edition Fox’s Pop Bottle Favourites come in 130g & 200g sharing bags and feature Dandelion & Burdock, Cream Soda, Cloudy Lemonade, Ginger Beer and Limeade flavours.
Ross Stanley, head of trade marketing at Big Bear, said: “Many people will have fond memories of the “Pop Man” delivering bottles of their favourite fizzy drinks on their doorstep and retro is resonating with a whole new generation of consumers. (more…)
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, (7:00 am)
Our Annual Freefrom seminar will take place on Tuesday 13th October and this year’s theme reflects the evolution of Freefrom: Tapping into a new healthier lifestyle.
It seems that Freefrom is now free from the past … and is moving into a new era of lifestyle and choice for many people who don’t have a food challenge at all and an era of many more delightful choices for those who do have to be careful what they eat.
And now that the products are as delicious or more delicious than the standard offering, the markets are really opening up. (more…)
Monday, August 17th, 2015, (3:10 pm)
Border Biscuits has launched a new range of biscuits inspired by British dessert favourites.
The range includes five new flavours and is packaged in a plastic box with clear cellophane cover – to allow consumers to see the product.
The new range includes: Chocolate Fudgey Wudgies, Yankee-Doodle Butterscotch Crunch, Danishly Caramel Apple, Strawberry and Cream Melts and Lemon Drizzle Day. (more…)
Monday, August 17th, 2015, (1:12 pm)
Morso Food’s new range of risottos have been designed to be cooked in the microwave.
The instant risotto aims to deliver slow cooked food, in minutes.
The Morso risottos are ready in four minutes (if microwaved) or seven minutes (if cooked on the hob.) (more…)
Monday, August 17th, 2015, (11:19 am)
Waitrose has said mixed weather at the start of the school summer holidays saw customers choosing “warming” food options that are usually more popular during the winter months.
The retailer said provisional divisional sales in the week ending 25th July were up 0.6% on the previous year, which was one of the two hottest weeks of 2014.
Sales of soups were up 28%, while hot sharing desserts including bread and butter pudding and crumbles were up 22%. (more…)
Monday, August 17th, 2015, (9:20 am)
Oppo, the healthy ice cream brand was contacted directly by Eyetease to launch a campaign on Verifone Media’s 120 taxis.
Oppo worked in conjunction with Verifone media to showcase the new meteo-targeting and geo-location
capabilities of their DigitalTops.
Every time temperatures rose above 25 degrees in London and taxis were in close proximity of Oppo stockists – Waitrose and Wholefoods – the Oppo advert was activated. (more…)
Monday, August 17th, 2015, (7:00 am)
Potts’ has unveiled its Christmas essentials range ready for 2015.
It includes a Turkey Gravy with Maderia & Sage – using turkey stock seasoned with sage and madeira.
Cranberry Sauce with Wild Cranberries & Honey is a condiment sweetened by a little honey. (more…)
Friday, August 14th, 2015, (3:34 pm)
Mrs Crimble’s, Mrs Crimble’s have created a new range of Cereal Bars, available in three flavours – Cherries & Berries, Sultana & Apricot and Banana.
The bars form part of a new family of gluten free products called Gluten Free…and Good For Me which are calorie counted and designed to provide a convenient, great tasting and sustaining snack on the go.
With no artificial additives, 150 calories or less and lots of fruit and oats, fibre and honey, the Cereal Bars are baked, rather than pressed, to give them a different texture. (more…)
Friday, August 14th, 2015, (1:29 pm)
Barny is back on screens across the UK this month with a new advert.
The 20-second ad, running until the end of August, builds on the idea of ‘small discoveries’, and aims at providing mums with information on the product specifics and ingredients, whilst taking them on a fantastical adventure in an imaginary world.
The campaign will be supported by a total media spend of £1.24m, accompanied by product sampling of over 450,000 Barny SKUs at festivals and shopping centres across the UK. (more…)
Friday, August 14th, 2015, (11:14 am)
Korean producer Haitai Beverage has launched two ‘Sunkist’ premium smoothies.
Part of the ‘My Real Smoothie’ range, the drinks are available in Apple/Mango with apple bits, and Strawberry with peach bits.
The pieces of fruit give the smoothies a different texture and authenticity, and offer an unusual drinking experience. (more…)
Friday, August 14th, 2015, (9:10 am)
Merchant Gourmet is continuing to expand its range of pulses and grains, with the launch of its new 125g pouches.
The single serve pouches will be part of the ‘Meals In Minutes’ brand, aligning with the wider Merchant Gourmet brand refresh.
The flavoured grains will be available in two flavours: Thai and Indian, which will both be launched into Tesco stores from the 17th August and together with a third flavour they will launch in other retailers later this year. (more…)