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  • Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (3:30 pm)

    New Belgian Collection from Divine Chocolate this Christmas

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 21.43.08Divine Chocolate is launching a new Luxury Belgian Chocolate Collection this Christmas – a boxed selection of 16 milk and dark chocolates with soft or praline centres in a variety of flavours.

    Made in Belgium using Fairtrade cocoa from Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana (the cooperative that owns Divine) this new Christmas collection will be available from Suma, Essentials, Tree of Life, Queenswood, Healthstore, Green City, HF Chocolate and Premcrest.

    The 200g box contains classic flavour combinations such as raspberry caramel cream and hazelnut crisp and some distinctively Divine creations such as dark ginger praline and a toffee and sea salt swirl. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (1:34 pm)

    Vimto unveils new Jelly Pouches

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 21.33.34Lunchbox snack brand, Fruitypot, is introducing the Vimto Jelly Pouch into its brand family.

    The ‘mixed-up fruit’ drink brand has licensed an Original Vimto Jelly Pouch, as well as a No Added Sugar option, made with its secret Vimto flavour.

    The Pouch joins the Vimto Jelly pots, which are already available in a range of four flavours, including No Added Sugar, Vimto Original, Cherry Vimto and Strawberry Vimto. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (11:00 am)

    FREEFROM GROCERY & FOODSERVICE SUMMIT

    Screen shot 2014-07-20 at 19.56.18As you know by the end of 2014 we will need to fully and clearly communicate all the allergens that are in our food & drink ingredients, products, drinks and dishes whatever the location or occasion.

    In short, by the end of this year, UK (and European) consumers should be able to confidently eat FreeFrom Everywhere.

    So whether you are producing and packing in a factory or preparing in a kitchen out of the home, our conferences on the 10th and 11th September will give you not only the theory you need, but also the experience of the major contractors, distributors and major contractors who are already serving FreeFrom and reaping the benefits of doing it well. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (9:06 am)

    Burts Chips now available in new resealable pack

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 21.31.02Artisan snack producer Burts Chips has announced the launch of a new resealable catering pack aimed at the hospitality sector.

    The launch marks the brand’s entry into the buoyant sector and provides caterers with a new product from an established £14.7m British brand.

    Available from July 2014, the 450g pack comes in the brand’s top-selling variant – Sea Salt – which uses locally sourced Cornish Sea Salt to deliver a premium taste. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 14th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Ritz launches new Ritz Breaks biscuits

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 21.22.08This summer, savoury biscuit brand Ritz Crackers is introducing a new product into its range with the launch of new Ritz Breaks.

    Available in two flavours, Original and Rosemary & Olive Oil, each pack of Ritz Breaks contains six individually wrapped portions of five biscuits.

    Kate Wall, Senior Brand Manager for Ritz said: “This is the first major new product launch for Ritz in a long time and aims to introduce the nation’s favourite cracker to be enjoyed as always, but in a new way. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (3:14 pm)

    Cadbury biscuits unveils Halloween range

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 21.13.56Burton’s Biscuit Company is introducing Halloween-themed biscuits to part of this year’s spooky celebrations.

    The range of products is available for the seasonal period only.

    Burton’s Halloween line-up includes: (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (1:08 pm)

    Mini Babybel unveils Halloween packaging

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 21.07.54Mini Babybel is releasing special limited edition Halloween packaging for the second year in a row, with a new downloadable augmented reality and gaming app, called Babybel Buddies.

    The app aims to create further excitement around the calendar’s spookiest event.

    Following on the from the success of the brand’s first-ever limited edition packs in 2013, the individual wrappers will again feature creepy images of carved pumpkins, ghouls and monsters on each individual Babybel. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (1:00 pm)

    Tropical Sun launches Coconut Water ad campaign on London buses

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 16.59.38Drinks brand Tropical Sun is launching a substantial awareness drive for its 100% Natural Coconut Water, with a London-wide bus advertising campaign.

    Covering North, East, South and West London, the campaign is featured on the side of over 100 buses for a full month from the 11th of August till early September.

    The bright, stand-out advertising creative champions the brand’s canned variants, including a 330ml and 520ml can, and their recently lunched 1L tetra SKU. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (11:12 am)

    Rachel’s launches Divine Desserts range

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 20.58.18Rachel’s has announced the launch of its first ever organic Divine Desserts range, arriving in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s stores from late August 2014.

    Rachel’s new indulgent desserts are made using fresh, organic ingredients and no artificial flavourings or preservatives.

    Presented in individual glass ramekins which can be re-used after eating, the new desserts are available as a pack of two, designed for sharing. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (9:09 am)

    Green Giant unveils new summer campaign

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 08.28.45Green Giant, the canned sweet corn, is driving summer sales through a campaign designed to unlock new cold consumption occasions.

    Built on the insight that only 20% of sweet corn is eaten cold in the UK , the activity centres around an on pack promotion and will be supported through in store and digital marketing.

    To encourage consumers to enjoy the convenience flavour of Green Giant’s sweetcorn straight from the can, the brand is offering consumers a free salad recipe book with every purchase made. (more…)

  • Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Bisto launches Rich Gravy Pastes

    Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 08.26.30Bisto, the gravy brand from Premier Foods, is set to expand the premium gravy category from August with the launch of Rich Gravy Pastes.

    The sachets will be launched in two flavours; Rich Roast Beef and Roast Chicken.

    With a growing number of consumers opting for shortcuts in a bid to reduce the time associated with cooking from scratch, especially on long-cook meals like a roast, the pastes aim to give cooks the opportunity to conveniently replicate the taste of homemade gravy. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, (3:05 pm)

    Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn available in variety pack

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 17.04.51Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn is soon to be available in variety format for the first time from next week.

    Metcalfe skinny is the brand set up by foodie entrepreneurs Julian Metcalfe and Robert Jakobi.

    Customer feedback revealed they like different flavours of popcorn so it was the natural step to launch variety as well. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, (11:11 am)

    FREEFROM GROCERY & FOODSERVICE SUMMIT

    Screen shot 2014-07-20 at 19.56.18As you know by the end of 2014 we will need to fully and clearly communicate all the allergens that are in our food & drink ingredients, products, drinks and dishes whatever the location or occasion.

    In short, by the end of this year, UK (and European) consumers should be able to confidently eat FreeFrom Everywhere.

    So whether you are producing and packing in a factory or preparing in a kitchen out of the home, our conferences on the 10th and 11th September will give you not only the theory you need, but also the experience of the major contractors, distributors and major contractors who are already serving FreeFrom and reaping the benefits of doing it well. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, (9:02 am)

    Cadbury Dairy Milk unveils Oreo single bar

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 16.53.32Following the success of the Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo tablet, Cadbury Dairy Milk is to bring even more co-branding to the category, with the launch of Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo in a single format from mid-August.

    Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo, which combines Dairy Milk chocolate and the world’s favourite biscuit, has already been  successful – worth £19.4 million, it is the third best selling Cadbury Dairy Milk tablet in the UK market.

    The 41g countline features the same creamy filling with pieces of Oreo cookie, smothered in Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, in a single format ideal for on-the-go snacking. (more…)

  • Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Belvita launches new Morning Win campaign

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 16.51.25The UK’s healthy biscuit1, Belvita this week kicks off a brand new campaign with huge investment to maintain brand growth momentum and to build greater emotional engagement with our consumers.

    Instead of seeing the morning as a series of problems to solve, the four-week Morning Win TV campaign, which premieres on 9th August, focuses on the series of victories we have that can change the consumer’s morning, or the whole day.

    The 30-second ads will feature alongside top shows including Tipping Point Lucky Stars, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and X Factor, and will be supported with a promotion on the Capital Breakfast show and out of home activity close to retailers. (more…)

  • Monday, August 11th, 2014, (3:43 pm)

    Kingstone Press launches new can packs

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 16.38.20This summer, Kingstone Press is launching its range of apple flavour ciders in a new convenient shrink wrapped can format.

    The consumer friendly packs contain 440ml cans, which are shrink wrapped in fours and 12s, providing ease of use for consumers and retailers, as well as offering value for money.

    The new shrink wrapped can complements the brand’s existing cider product portfolio, and makes Kingstone Press one of the main cider brands with products available in such a wide variety of pack formats. (more…)

  • Monday, August 11th, 2014, (1:12 pm)

    Florette adds Croutons to product line-up

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 16.36.08Salad specialist Florette is adding crunch to its product line-up, by introducing a range of duo-flavoured Croutons to its portfolio.

    In a bid to bring growth to the category, Florette has teamed up with Symingtons to launch two new 75g bags of croutons that feature two different flavours in a pack.

    These come in the flavours of Red Pepper & Sweet Basil and Italian Cheese & Sundried Tomato. (more…)

  • Monday, August 11th, 2014, (11:11 am)

    Rubicon and Sun Exotic unveil Diwali themed promotion

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 16.30.43Exotic juice drink brands Rubicon and Sun Exotic are celebrating Diwali (23 October) with special promotional packs supported by TV advertising.

    Diwali is celebrated by 1.2 million people in the UK and has the potential to deliver more than £9m at retail value, presenting a profit opportunity for retailers.

    The packs have been launched in response to huge demand last Diwali, when Rubicon sold more than £2m of its special price-marked packs. (more…)

  • Monday, August 11th, 2014, (9:00 am)

    Kronenbourg 1664 celebrates 350th anniversary with limited edition packaging

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 16.34.12Heineken has launched special edition packaging to celebrate the 350th anniversary of original Kronenbourg brewery.

    Available in 70 countries, Kronenbourg 1664 has won gold medals for brewing including, most recently, the Gold Award 2014 from Monde Selection institution; and is the 3rd largest premium larger in the UK.

    To celebrate these accolades the limited edition packaging is available in the off-trade from now until December. (more…)

  • Monday, August 11th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Butterkist unveils 100th birthday limited edition range

    Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 16.26.09Tangerine Confectionery, the maker of popcorn brand, Butterkist, is celebrating the brand’s 100 birthday.

    To mark this milestone Butterkist is giving consumers the chance to win thousands of instant cash prizes with a birthday inspired, on-pack promotion.

    From September 2014, Butterkist will be hiding golden birthday cards inside selected, promotional bags of its 200g and 100g Toffee, 120g and 85g Cinema Sweet, 100g Sweet & Salted, 80g Salted and 150g Sweet popcorn. (more…)

  • Friday, August 8th, 2014, (3:24 pm)

    Pusser’s launches new spiced rum

    Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 20.26.03Heritage rummaker Pusser’s is unveiling plans to add some spice to its portfolio with the introduction of two innovative new SKU’s, plus new look packaging across its range.

    Historically, Pusser’s had supplied the Admiralty with an unchanged blend for over 350 years, so these new rums mark a major expansion for the brand and the start of a new marketing initiative to support Pusser’s.

    From summer 2014, Pusser’s original Old Blue 54.5% ABV will be rebranded as Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof and a new 40% ABV blend, Pusser’s New Blue will be launched. (more…)

  • Friday, August 8th, 2014, (1:19 pm)

    Doves Farm Foods unveils two new Artisan Flours

    Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 20.21.11Doves Farm Foods, the specialist flour mill in the UK, is tapping into the growing trend for artisan bread making by adding Organic Wholemeal Emmer Flour and Organic White Rye Flour to its unique range of heritage flours.

    Since 1978, Doves Farm has been at the forefront of reintroducing historic flours to the UK, growing the country’s first spelt crop nearly 20 years ago.

    Company founders Michael and Clare Marriage want to expand the repertoire of the British public and encouraging trial of new flours made from ancient grains. (more…)

  • Friday, August 8th, 2014, (11:10 am)

    Prices launches on-pack promotion

    Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 20.14.07Princes is set to launch new on-pack promotions across its canned fruit and meat products this summer to inspire shoppers with new usage occasions, as well as encouraging trial and repeat purchase.

    One million packs of Princes Fruit Fillings will feature a promotion to win either a baking master class experience in London worth £1,000, or Lakeland vouchers worth up to £250.

    The promotional packs will be in stores from August to coincide with the buzz surrounding series five of The Great British Bake Off. (more…)

  • Friday, August 8th, 2014, (9:00 am)

    Wyke Farms launches Autumn campaign

    butter_saltedWyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, has announced its autumn media campaign.

    The company is investing £1.2 million into a cross-platform communications campaign, which includes viral seeding, print and broadcast activity.

    The campaign, which features their new TV advert made by Ridley Scott’s commercial production company RSA films, will convey the company’s unique brand vales of provenance, passion for the countryside and family farming in Somerset. (more…)

  • Friday, August 8th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Rebel Kitchen confirms first national listing with Waitrose

    logoRebel Kitchen, the snacking brand which specialises in healthy dairy-free coconut “mylk” drinks, has announced its first listing with a national multiple with the news it is launching exclusively in Waitrose.

    Waitrose will be stocking two SKUs from the Rebel Kitchen range; the Banana and Chocolate 200ml three-packs, in 218 stores nationwide.

    Originally launched in January 2014, Rebel Kitchen encourages the whole family to rebel against junk food and snacks with kids’ and adult ranges of dairy free “mylks”, made simply with hydrating coconut milk, pure Somerset spring water and a touch of organic date nectar for sweetness – no refined sugar, additives or preservatives. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 7th, 2014, (3:15 pm)

    Pringles unveils new speakers promotion

    Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 19.11.27Pringles is dialling up the fun this summer with its new disco can promotion which is hopes to be a huge hit with party-goers this festival season.

    As part of the promotion, music lovers will be able to snap up their limited edition LED flashing adjoining speakers when they buy two promotional cans of Pringles.

    To get their hands on the speakers they need to visit the Pringles website and enter the batch codes found on the bottom of each can. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 7th, 2014, (1:19 pm)

    FREEFROM GROCERY & FOODSERVICE SUMMIT

    Screen shot 2014-07-20 at 19.56.18As you know by the end of 2014 we will need to fully and clearly communicate all the allergens that are in our food & drink ingredients, products, drinks and dishes whatever the location or occasion.

    In short, by the end of this year, UK (and European) consumers should be able to confidently eat FreeFrom Everywhere.

    So whether you are producing and packing in a factory or preparing in a kitchen out of the home, our conferences on the 10th and 11th September will give you not only the theory you need, but also the experience of the major contractors, distributors and major contractors who are already serving FreeFrom and reaping the benefits of doing it well. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 7th, 2014, (11:11 am)

    Quinola Mothergrain launches baby food range

    Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 08.31.09The first completely vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free baby range has been launched by specialist quinoa brand, Quinola Mothergrain.

    Made from Fairtrade Peruvian quinoa, Quinola Mothergrain baby food is 100 per cent organic, packed with vegetable protein, minerals and essential amino acids – and takes 30 seconds to warm in a microwave.

    With two recipes in each of Stage 1, 2 and 3, it tastes as good as homemade food. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 7th, 2014, (9:03 am)

    Portlebay Popcorn launches new sweet range

    Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 08.28.32Popcorn brand Portlebay Popcorn has launched a new sweet range of popcorn.

    New flavours: Cinnamon Swirl, Very Berry and Lemon Sherbet will be available in 25g impulse bags (rsp: 85p) and 75g sharer bags (rsp: £1.89) from August.

    The sweet range will be stocked in Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores as well as a national network of premium independent retailers. (more…)

  • Thursday, August 7th, 2014, (7:00 am)

    Lerwick Brewery launches Tushkar stout

    Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 08.23.05Shetland’s Lerwick Brewery, brewers of 60°North and Skipper’s Ticket, are launching a new beer on 18 August 2014 – Tushkar.

    It is the Brewery’s first oatmeal stout.

    Celebrating the Shetland Islands’ heritage of peat cutting, the beer is named after the implement which Shetlanders use to cut peats from the barren hillsides. (more…)

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