2015 beverage outlook optimistic

According to Canadean’s latest Quarterly Beverage Tracker, the final quarter of 2014 brought some welcome news to the west European beverage industry, with full-year consumption only declining by a marginal 0.3% due to mild winter weather. Beer saw the first uplift for some years with an increase of nearly 1%, while the rate of decline for soft drinks […]


Turkish delight

A new addition to its growing list of ready meals ingredients has been unveiled by Snowbird foods. Its Lamb Koftes are irregularly shaped pieces, which are fully cooked and frozen as part of the production process so they can easily be incorporated within prepared ready meals. They contain in excess of 90% lamb and the […]

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ROUND-UP: Packaging

Here is your weekly round-up of Packaging news. If you have a news item you would like to submit for next week’s round-up, please contact Carly Wood at [email protected] CS Labels has launched its new wraparound style peel and reveal labels. The research and development team at TCL Packaging has developed new micro-perforated printed lidding […]

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Looking healthy

Clear PET bottles in 250ml and 500ml sizes from RPC Containers Llantrisant are helping to convey the health and wellness values of The Juice Well, a new range of organic, cold pressed juices, super food smoothies and cleanses. In cold pressed juices, the plants’ cells are crushed slowly to release the nutrients without altering, heating […]


Britvic overhaul

I was recently invited to a Britvic Soft Drinks press event, which introduced us to several innovations from the drinks company including new packaging and products across its brands in the UK. Identifying key trends in consumer behaviour, commercial director at Britvic Soft Drinks, Nigel Paine, explained that the dynamics of adult socialising are changing, […]

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Popcorn collaborations

In addition to its low calorie, own label brand Love Popcorn, the Consett Popcorn Company also produces popcorn for a number of retailers. The company recently worked with snack and hot sauce producer Psycho Juice to create the hottest popcorn in the UK – Dr Burnörium’s Psycho Corn – for its Psycho Snacks range. The […]

Surprize treats

Bon Bon Buddies has launched a new kids’ collectable confectionery onto the market. The building block shaped Surprize Qubes offer children a sweet treat, which can be consumed, collected and played with. The Qubes are available with Barbie, Super Mario and Despicable Me 2 branding. Each individual block contains a 10g pack of strawberry flavoured […]

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UK juice exports up 40% since 2010

Overseas sales of UK fruit and vegetable juices reached a record £65 million last year. UK juices are now shipped to 96 countries including Spain, Italy, Brazil and America. Apple and orange juice are among the biggest international sellers with £35 million in sales. The demand for UK fruit and vegetable drinks has soared by […]


Natural sports drink

Top has developed a natural sports drink based on fresh whey as part of the Dutch IPC project Food, Sports and Health. A study by Top on the functioning of proteins shows that minimally processed and unheated proteins potentially have a better contribution to muscle recovery after exercise, which leads to better sports performance. Therefore, […]

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Innovation themes for juice

A new report on juice drink innovation from specialist food and drink consultancy Zenith International has highlighted nine themes driving new product development and innovation worldwide: functionality, low sugar/calorie, child orientated, new flavour/variety, origin and provenance, limited edition, innovative packaging, new proposition/concept and cross category. The report covers 100% fruit juice, 24-99% juice content nectars […]

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Refreshed design

UK brewer Molson Coors is launching a full brand redesign of its original and cherry flavoured Carling British Ciders to boost the range’s position as a premium, modern cider. In research, consumers perceived the new look as being more premium, modern, distinctive and refreshing, and, importantly, found that they are more likely to purchase the […]

Cake squares

Premium cake brand Kate’s Cakes has launched its new Cake Squares product range in the UK. The homemade-style cakes, which are available in three flavours, are individually wrapped and sold in packs of five. The three flavours are Chocolate Fudge Cake, a rich chocolate cake topped with buttercream and decorated with double chocolate curls; Classic […]

Campylobacter exploits chicken ‘juice’

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that campylobacter’s persistence in food processing sites and the kitchen is boosted by chicken ‘juice’. Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses (chicken juice) provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. This emphasises the importance of cleaning surfaces in food […]

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