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General Mills Announces Significant Growth Across its UK Snacking Division

    General Mills Announces Significant Growth Across its UK Snacking Division

General Mills is launching new lines across both its Fibre One and Nature Valley portfolios, as it reveals its snacking division has grown +35.4% and household penetration has grown +12.1 percentage points to 25.3%[1] – equating to the size of London[2]. Cake Bars will be added to Fibre One’s guilt-free snacking range in two flavours: Triple Choc […]

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Germany Continues to Dominate Global Vegan New Product Development

    Germany Continues to Dominate Global Vegan New Product Development

Over the past few years, Germany has emerged as a leading force in the so-called ‘vegan revolution’. New research from Mintel shows that Germany has retained its crown as the country with the highest percentage of global vegan food and drink launches, accounting for 15% of global vegan introductions between July 2017 and June 2018.

Vegan […]

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Historic Milestone For Pearse Lyons Distillery With Release of 5-year-old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

    Historic Milestone For Pearse Lyons Distillery With Release of 5-year-old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

The Pearse Lyons Distillery is celebrating the general release of the exclusive Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey. The single malt carries the first new five-year age statement to appear on an Irish whiskey in more than 25 years. The limited release whiskey was produced on two small-batch copper pot stills, and aged in bourbon casks. Presented in 4,000 individually […]

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The UK’s First Amazonian Energy Tea Launches

    The UK’s First Amazonian Energy Tea Launches

BFT Drinks has created the first drink in the UK using the native Amazonian Guayusa (pronounced ‘gwhy-you-sa’) leaf. Yusa is the only energy tea in the category not to use tea extract and added caffeine – all Yusa’s energy and health benefits come from Guayusa itself, the newly discovered Amazonian super-tea-leaf.
Guayusa grows in the Amazon rainforest, primarily in Ecuador, where […]

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Müller Launches FRijj Ambient Range

    Müller Launches FRijj Ambient Range

Müller has introduces FRijj with a longer lasting ambient recipe for the first time. The new FRijj ambient range is being produced at Müller’s Severnside site, which has benefited from substantial investment to create a new centre of excellence for milk drinks and fresh cream.
Müller intends to use the increased capabilities at Severnside and across […]

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Innovation at the Heart of Northern Ireland Craft Brewery

    Innovation at the Heart of Northern Ireland Craft Brewery

Walled City Brewery, located in Derry’s exciting new cultural quarter Ebrington Square, has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to develop a new craft beer. Master Brewer, James Huey used an Invest NI £5,000 Innovation Voucher to develop the recipe for its ‘1689’ Mumm ale, which comes from a recipe dating back to the Siege […]

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Nestlé Launches New Food Brand in the UK

    Nestlé Launches New Food Brand in the UK

Nestlé is bringing a new food brand to the UK, offering healthy meat-free products for consumers looking to cut down on meat but not wanting to compromise on taste. Answering the popular consumer lifestyle trend; flexitarianism, or eating less meat and more plant-based protein, Garden Gourmet offers an exciting variety of meat alternatives made with […]

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Lurpak Combines Taste and Convenience For Launch of New Softest

    Lurpak Combines Taste and Convenience For Launch of New Softest

Arla Foods UK is to expand its spreadable product portfolio with the launch of Lurpak Softest, a new soft blend butter that is spreadable straight from the fridge. The UK’s number one butter brand has combined the great taste that Lurpak is renowned for with the softest, most spreadable butter ever*.
With spreadability the most important […]

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HEINEKEN Ireland Launches New Appleman’s® Cider

    HEINEKEN Ireland Launches New Appleman’s® Cider

A brand new cider, Appleman’s®, has arrived in Ireland. Developed by HEINEKEN Ireland, the company behind the successful Orchard Thieves cider launched three years ago, Appleman’s® will deliver more choice to Irish consumers in an otherwise limited cider landscape.
Appleman’s® is a simple, well balanced cider and is being launched with an ambitious marketing plan by […]

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Product of the Year 2019 Entries Open

    Product of the Year 2019 Entries Open

Product of the Year, the world’s largest annual consumer-voted award for product innovation, has announced that entries for the 2019 awards are open since 1st May 2018, with the deadline for submissions on Tuesday 31st July 2018. Last years winners included McCain, Paul Hollywood’s Home Baking, Gordon’s Premium Pink Gin, along with many others.
The Product of the Year […]

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Carlsberg Group Launches New Alcohol-free Beer Brand Birell

    Carlsberg Group Launches New Alcohol-free Beer Brand Birell

Leading global brewer, Carlsberg Group, has launched Birell, a new alcohol-free beer brand. Driven by strong consumer demand, the Alcohol-Free Beer (AFB) category has experienced 90% growth during the last ten years. Birell will initially launch in two styles – Pilsner Lager and Belgian Wit – in Poland and Bulgaria, before a more widespread roll […]

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Arla Foods Enters UK Breakfast Drinks Market

    Arla Foods Enters UK Breakfast Drinks Market

Arla Foods is set to launch into the UK breakfast food-to-go market with the introduction of its new Milk & Oats range of healthy* ready to drink beverages. Bringing the benefits of dairy into the soft drinks category, Milk & Oats is a simple blend of skimmed milk, hearty wholegrain oats and natural flavour that […]

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Campari Group Launches New Super Premium Gin

    Campari Group Launches New Super Premium Gin

Campari Group has launched its new super-premium Italian gin, O’ndina, in the UK. The UK is the first market to roll out the product, which will later launch globally. With the launch of O’ndina, Campari Group enters the fast-growing Super Premium Gin category, with this Small Batch Italian Gin, crafted in Italy using fresh basil […]

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KITKAT Ruby Arrives in the UK

    KITKAT Ruby Arrives in the UK

Nestlé UK is introducing a Ruby chocolate version of its iconic four finger KITKAT. Consumers in the UK will be the first in Europe to try a four finger KITKAT made with Ruby chocolate, a fourth chocolate after dark, milk and white.
This unique KITKAT offers a new taste experience. The crispy four-finger wafer bar is […]

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Premier Foods Unveils New Cadbury Heroes Cupcakes Range

    Premier Foods Unveils New Cadbury Heroes Cupcakes Range

Premier Foods has launched a range of indulgent Cadbury Heroes Cupcakes, taking the Heroes brand into the cake market for the first time.  Available now in Tesco and Morrisons, and rolling out nationwide, the range comprises three iconic Cadbury flavours – Crunchie, Caramel and Flake.
With the cupcake market currently worth £20 million and growing at […]

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New ‘Alternative’ Cooking Oil Introduced

    New ‘Alternative’ Cooking Oil Introduced

Great taste perception, sustained frying colour and reduced heat deterioration are among the benefits of a new ‘alternative’ cooking oil, sourced from crops grown by British farmers. Produced from a new variety of oilseed rape – the familiar yellow-flowered crop that is the third-largest source of the world’s vegetable oil needs – the new oil, […]

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Global Easter Chocolate Launches Up 23% on 2017

    Global Easter Chocolate Launches Up 23% on 2017

When it comes to chocolate eggs, bunnies and other treats, it seems there has never been so much choice for chocolate lovers around the world. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), there has been a 23% rise in Easter chocolate launches over the past year* providing a plethora of chocolate choice for Easter egg […]

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Müller Targets New Segments of UK Yogurt Category

    Müller Targets New Segments of UK Yogurt Category

Müller UK & Ireland has announced two new yogurt products as it continues to develop, manufacture and market a new generation of branded yogurt and desserts products. The dairy company, which is the Official Yogurt of British Athletics*, has revealed Müller Quark Yogurt and Müller Corner Lactose Free*, with both products launching in March and May […]

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RSSL Targets Reformulation Issues

    RSSL Targets Reformulation Issues

In the wake of Public Health England’s new calorie cutting initiative, Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is taking on the reformulation challenge with its dedicated product development service designed to help food and drink manufacturers tackle an increasingly complex landscape. The scale of PHE’s latest campaign to combat obesity is ambitious, but it comes at […]

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Mondelez International Unveils State-of-the-Art Technical Centre in Singapore

    Mondelez International Unveils State-of-the-Art Technical Centre in Singapore

Mondelēz International has unveiled its newest global Technical Centre in Jurong, Singapore. This advanced facility focuses on innovation, developing new products and technologies for some of the company’s iconic brands like Clorets, Halls and The Natural Confectionery Company candy; Stride, Trident and Dentyne gum; Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and Oreobiscuits.
The Singapore Technical Centre is part […]

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UK Grocery Sector Wasting £30 Million Annually on Failed Product Launches

    UK Grocery Sector Wasting £30 Million Annually on Failed Product Launches

FMCG suppliers need to work harder on the basics of demonstrating how new products will drive sales for retailers, online and in-store, after recent research suggested that the UK’s grocery retail sector wastes an estimated £30.4 million on failed product launches per year.
Category management and shopper marketing specialist Bridgethorne was commenting after research from E […]

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Mindful Choices – The Key Food Driver For 2018

    Mindful Choices – The Key Food Driver For 2018

The increasingly thoughtful and mindful consumer will continue to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products. More conscious than ever about making responsible food choices, 4 in 10 US and UK consumers increased their consumption of “healthy foods,” 7 in 10 want to know and understand the ingredient list, […]

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Nestlé UK and Ireland Launches Yorkie Protein Bar

    Nestlé UK and Ireland Launches Yorkie Protein Bar

Nestlé UK and Ireland has unveiled a new addition to its Yorkie range, the brand new protein enriched chocolate bar, Yorkie Pro. The new bar contains 10.5g of protein and features a combination of protein-enriched milk chocolate and wheat protein crispies. Combining the taste of Yorkie with the addition of protein, the product also remains […]

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Puratos Launches Virtual Innovation Centre

    Puratos Launches Virtual Innovation Centre

Puratos has launched a Virtual Innovation Centre to support their customers in bakery, patisserie and chocolate in creating the best finished goods. Puratos’ know-how is now available 24/7.
As an innovator in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate industry, with the Virtual Innovation Centre Puratos expands their services from the existing 81 physical Innovation Centres with 463 […]

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Consumers Being Drawn Towards Moderate Beer Options

    Consumers Being Drawn Towards Moderate Beer Options

New research from Mintel reveals that over a quarter of consumers in France (28%) and Germany (27%) agree that low or no alcohol beer* tastes just as good as full-strength beer. And while younger consumers may have been the most enthusiastic drinkers in previous generations, this group are among the most likely to see the merits […]

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California Almonds Continue to Inspire New Products Worldwide

    California Almonds Continue to Inspire New Products Worldwide

New data from Innova Market Insights reveals that California almonds were the number one nut used in new products worldwide in 2016, the tenth year that almonds have held the lead position for nuts used in new product introductions. According to the Innova Global New Products Report, almonds were featured in 38 percent of new […]

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Müller Plans to Revolutionise UK Plain Yogurt Market

    Müller Plans to Revolutionise UK Plain Yogurt Market

Müller has identified a taste barrier in the UK plain yogurt market and plans to solve it with Müller White Velvet. As the dairy company continues to innovate and leverage the Müller brand in areas where the business doesn’t have a presence, the innovative new plain Greek style yogurt has been designed to disrupt the […]

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Process Components Reveals Ambitious 2018 Strategy

    Process Components Reveals Ambitious 2018 Strategy

Process Components Ltd has revealed a global strategy that is set to see it extend its global territories, significantly grow its revenues and create new jobs. Having completed a global market research project into the world’s powder processing sectors this year, the company has invested in a series of moves to evolve every aspect of its business, […]

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Old El Paso Launches Free-from Authentic White Corn Tortillas in the UK

    Old El Paso Launches Free-from Authentic White Corn Tortillas in the UK

Leading Mexican brand Old El Paso is set to introduce White Corn Tortillas to the UK market to appeal to a growing number of consumers putting Mexican on their home menus. The popularity of Mexican food in restaurants is also continuing to grow as shown by of out- of-home consumption of Mexican meals rising by […]

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Müller Tackles Yogurt On the Go Challenge

    Müller Tackles Yogurt On the Go Challenge

The Müller brand is targeting front of store and on the go snacking in the UK by launching two yogurt SKUs with a spoon attached. Consumers are now able to purchase Müller Corner Strawberry (150g) and Müllerlight Goodies Lemon (107g) with an attached spoon.
The disposable spoon sits under a lid on the top of the product, […]

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Supermarket Range Cuts Drive Decline in Sales of New Product Launches in the UK

    Supermarket Range Cuts Drive Decline in Sales of New Product Launches in the UK

As supermarkets across the UK continue to cut the number of products they stock, sales from branded new products were down by -6.5%, which equated to losses in revenue from new product development of £99.6 million. According to a new study by IRI, a leading provider of big data and predictive analytics for retailers and suppliers, […]

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Mondelez International Opens New R&D Hub in Poland

    Mondelez International Opens New R&D Hub in Poland

Mondelēz International has inaugurated its latest global Technical Centre in Wroclaw, Poland. This state-of-the-art facility will support new products and technologies for many of the company’s iconic Power Brands, including Milka and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate as well as Oreo, belVita and Barni biscuits.
The Wroclaw Technical Centre is part of the company’s previously announced $65 million investment in nine large R&D hubs, strategically […]

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Willowbrook Foods Awarded For Innovative Products & Service

    Willowbrook Foods Awarded For Innovative Products & Service

Willowbrook Foods, has won the ‘Best New Service and Product of the Year’ award at the recent Northern Ireland Food Manufacturing Awards 2017. Furthermore, founder and Managing Director of Willowbrook Foods, John McCann MBE, was singled out for individual praise after he was announced as a runner up in the Special Recognition category. Now in […]

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Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

    Manor Farm Becomes First Irish Producer to Launch Omega 3 Irish Chicken

Manor Farm, which is the largest chicken processor in the Republic of Ireland, and Tesco Ireland have launched the first Omega 3 Irish chicken. The 100% Irish chicken is fed on a diet that includes Omega 3 rich algae and has the same great​ taste of​ Irish chicken. The launch of Omega 3 Irish chicken into the market in Tesco […]

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Tate & Lyle Expands Portfolio of Texturants With 17 Non-GMO Starches

    Tate & Lyle Expands Portfolio of Texturants With 17 Non-GMO Starches

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, has introduced 17 new non-GMO starches with the same functionality as their traditional counterparts. This is part of an ongoing programme of non-GMO ingredient expansions across Tate & Lyle’s texturants, fibre enrichment, and sugar and calorie reduction portfolios.
Werner Barbosa, Global Platform Leader, Texturants […]

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75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

    75% of Chinese Mothers Feed Their Baby Organic Infant Milk Formula

China’s infant milk formula (IMF) market is poised for impressive growth in the next five years as a result of the new “two-child” policy, and new regulations issued by the CFDA. New research from Mintel predicts that the market volume of infant milk formula in China will grow by a CAGR of 5.4% between 2016 […]

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Product of the Year 2018 Now Open For Entries

    Product of the Year 2018 Now Open For Entries

Product of the Year – the UK’s largest independent survey of product innovation – is now in its 14th year running. The prestigious awards, open to all FMCG retailer and branded products, shine a spotlight on the most innovative products launched within the past 18 months. Voted for by over 11,500 consumers, winning products gain […]

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Heineken 0.0 Zero Alcohol Lager Introduced

    Heineken 0.0 Zero Alcohol Lager Introduced

Global brewer Heineken has presented its latest innovation – Heineken® 0.0 – a non-alcoholic lager brewed with a unique recipe for a distinct balanced taste – and only 69 calories per 33cl bottle. Initially available in 14 markets in 2017, the brand’s iconic green label has been turned blue – the colour associated with the […]

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Lactalis Nestlé Aims to Bring Indulgence to the Chilled Desserts Category

    Lactalis Nestlé Aims to Bring Indulgence to the Chilled Desserts Category

Lactalis Nestlé, the UK fresh dairy products joint venture between Nestlé and Lactalis, has launched Aero® Heavenly – a new mousse in a large, shareable pot, which bids to innovate and boost the chilled desserts category[2]. Aimed at adults, Aero® Heavenly offers a new and enticing premium mousse experience for consumers looking to indulge.
Combining fluffy […]

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Vitafoods Europe 2017 Will be the Most Global Ever

    Vitafoods Europe 2017 Will be the Most Global Ever

This year’s Vitafoods Europe will showcase ingredients, products, and services from the widest range of countries yet, new figures reveal.
A record 1000 companies will exhibit at this year’s event, which takes place between 9 and 11 May in Palexpo, Geneva. They will travel from 56 countries – more than ever before. Meanwhile, around 18,500 visitors […]

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Müller Targets UK Growth With Shareable Desserts

    Müller Targets UK Growth With Shareable Desserts

Müller is continuing to refine and energise its desserts offering with the launch of Müller Püd mmMousse. This is the first time that Müller UK & Ireland, the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer, has launched a branded mousse and it is also their first branded shareable dessert. The product has a light and soft texture, no […]

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Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

    Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

New research from Mintel reveals that seasonal launches accounted for one quarter (25%) of global chocolate new product launches in 2016. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), in 2016, some 28% of seasonal launches globally were positioned for Easter, highlighting the ongoing popularity of eggs, bunnies and other chocolate treats. Those countries accounting for […]

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Bawnbua Foods Wins Major Contracts

    Bawnbua Foods Wins Major Contracts

UK-based added value meat supplier, Eurostock Foods, which has recently been rebranded as Bawnbua Foods, has announced new contract wins worth in excess of £10 million. The new contract wins span a variety of customers including international supermarket chains, food manufacturing companies and specialist frozen food retailers.
Over the last three years Bawnbua Foods has invested £2 […]

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Mr Kipling to Introduce an Indulgent Cake Bite Range

    Mr Kipling to Introduce an Indulgent Cake Bite Range

UK convenience foods group Premier Foods is launching a new range of indulgent cakes bites – Mr Kipling’s Delectable Delights. Nibbles and bites is currently experiencing growth of 19%[1] and by entering the sector for the first time, Mr Kipling is perfectly placed to bring new shoppers and help grow the category further with its […]

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Müller Introduces Three New Yogurts

    Müller Introduces Three New Yogurts

Müller UK & Ireland has launched three new yogurt products as it continues to grow the category through innovation and product development. Following the success of Müller Bliss Corner and Müller Simply Bliss, a new multimedia campaign, including a new TV advert, will launch the creamy tasting Müllerlight Kremas – the dairy company’s first ever […]

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Britvic Introduces Robinsons Innovation

    Britvic Introduces Robinsons Innovation

With innovation a continued focus Britvic Soft Drinks has announced a new product that will offer consumers a tasty way to keep their thirst quenched on-the-go from the Great Britain leading squash brand, Robinsons. Robinsons Refresh’d is made using 100% naturally sourced ingredients, containing spring water mixed with real fruit, and will be aimed at busy […]

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Premier Foods Launches New Bisto Ready-to-Use Gravy

    Premier Foods Launches New Bisto Ready-to-Use Gravy

Premier Foods, the British convenience foods group, is introducing some tasty innovation under its Bisto brand, aiming to drive category value with the launch of Bisto Best ready-to-use Beef and Chicken Gravy. Made with real meat juices, the new range is rolling out from March and offers all the flavour and quality of Bisto Best in […]

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Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

    Tests in Real-life Situation Increase Success Rate of Product Innovations

The context in which consumers eat, has a major impact on how they evaluate the taste of foods. This conclusion has been drawn following a study of airplane meals, carried out by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The scientists demonstrated that real-life testing situations can be effectively simulated in a lab. The study, published in […]

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Kefir Formats Flourish in Fermented Dairy Drinks

    Kefir Formats Flourish in Fermented Dairy Drinks

Kefir appears to be bucking the trend that has seen launch activity in drinking yogurts and fermented beverages remain relatively static in recent years. While kefir launch numbers are still limited globally, Innova Market Insights data indicate that they grew more than three-fold between 2011 and 2016. This is despite launches in the overall drinking […]

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Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain Announce R&D Joint Venture

    Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain Announce R&D Joint Venture

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain, the personal beverage system company, have entered into a joint venture focused on the research and development of an in-home alcohol drink system. The venture, which will bring together the expertise of both companies, will build on the Keurig KOLD™ technology and system innovations and AB InBev’s brewing and […]

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Health, Convenience and Choice Drive Fruit Snacks NPD

    Health, Convenience and Choice Drive Fruit Snacks NPD

One of the key growth areas in the snacks category in recent years has been fruit-based snacks. Their share of global tracked snack launch activity recorded by Innova Market Insights has more than doubled from less than 8% to nearly 18%, over the past five years. This makes it the number three snacks sub-category overall […]

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Yoplait Reveals New 0% Fat, Low-sugars Adult Yogurt Range

    Yoplait Reveals New 0% Fat, Low-sugars Adult Yogurt Range

Yoplait, part of the General Mills group, has launched Super Fruitii, a thick 0% fat yogurt on a layer of unique fruit flavour combinations, in the UK. Super Fruitii is a 0% fat, thick and creamy yogurt containing 60 calories, served on a layer of fruits. There are three unique flavour combinations in the range, including: […]

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Almonds are Number One Nut in New Product Introductions Across Europe

    Almonds are Number One Nut in New Product Introductions Across Europe

According to Innova Market Research’s latest Global New Product Introductions Report, almonds are now the number one nut in new introductions in Europe with a 48% regional share and a new record high of 42% globally. Germany, the UK and France follow the US as the top leading countries introducing new almond products. With 4,313 […]

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“Clean Supreme” Leads Top Trends For 2017

    “Clean Supreme” Leads Top Trends For 2017

Growing calls for transparency throughout the supply chain are taking clean & clear label to a new and supreme level. This comes as the inherent benefits of plant-based products are being actively marketed to more health conscious consumers. “Clean Supreme” and “Disruptive Green” lead Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends list for 2017.
“Interest in naturalness and clean […]

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