McVitie’s has launched an extension to its McVitie’s Nibbles range, with the addition of McVitie’s Hobnobs Nibbles.

Biscuit brand Oreo is introducing a new product to the range next month: Oreo Thins.

Nestle Confectionery has unveiled its plans for Easter 2017.

A new sparkling wine brand called Gigglewater has been launched offering Prosecco in a bottle and 20cl can, as well as a range of 20cl canned flavoured sparkling wines.

Arden Fine Foods has launched Mug Huggers, individually packaged biscuit characters designed to hang onto the side of a mug.

Coca-Cola is launching a new Christmas advert for 2016.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced it is renaming and repackaging its Fruit Wine range Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom – now known as Blossom Hill Spritz.

JTI is introducing new flavours to its range of Logic PRO capsules, adding Berry Mint and Strawberry.

Britvic is reshaping the Robinsons Squash’d family with the introduction of Orange squash’d.

The independents' energy brand Boost is entering a new category in January with the national roll-out of Protein Boost.

Hooper's in a can

01 December, 2016

Hooper's is entering the growing alcoholic RTS (ready to serve) can market with Dandelion & Burdock. The new format gives the traditional British favourite a modern twist in a more convenient, non-glass serve.

With love from Clipper

01 December, 2016

Clipper has launched a new on-pack promotion where consumers can get their hands on a series of limited-edition tea caddies and tea towels, each featuring colourful designs linked to the Fairtrade tea brand's distinctive packaging. The promotion aims to reward current fans and attract new customers. The 'With love from Clipper' initiative activity appears on Clipper's Fairtrade Everyday Tea (£2.55 for 80 bags), Organic Everyday Tea (£2.60 for 80 bags) and Pure Green Tea (£2.79 for 80 bags). The promotion looks to build on Clipper's success as the UK's fastest-growing black tea brand (IRI data).

Seasonal chips

01 December, 2016

Kettle Chips' latest seasonal flavour in time for the key Christmas sales period is Baked Camembert & Oak Smoked Garlic. This replaces the summer flavour of Chorizo, Feta & Olive. The new festive seasoning was the brainchild of the Kettle chef, Phil Hovey, who was asked to create a simple, yet warming seasoning which captures the spirit of winter food.

Cheesy snack bar

01 December, 2016

Dairy Crest has launched a new Cathedral City Snack Bar into the convenience channel. The 30g cheese snack targets on-the-go shoppers looking for a nutritious alternative to traditional sweet and savoury snacks. The bar is available in Mature and Mature Lighter variants (the latter containing under 100 kcals per bar), in cases of 12 individually bar-coded bars.

Chicken on a roll

01 December, 2016

Rollover's new Hot Chicken Baguette comprises four pieces of plain roast chicken with either sweet chilli or barbecue sauce, garlic mayo or tomato ketchup. Rrp is £2.49

12 twists of Christmas

01 December, 2016

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is supporting retailers with 12 new festive cocktail recipes. Named the '12 Twists of Christmas', Schweppes has partnered with Diageo to create 12 cocktails, including Merry Mule, Sour Sleigh Ride and Mistle-Sloe Gin, tapping in to the growing trend of consumers experimenting with special drinks to celebrate the festive season at home.

Festive favourites

01 December, 2016

Urban Eat has launched a limited-edition Christmas range of sandwiches comprising a Piggies Under Blankets sub roll, Boxing Day Brunch Panini, Brie & Cranberry Wrap, Blue Cheese & Chutney sandwich, Turkey, Bacon & Stuffing sandwich and a Turkey Feast sandwich. The latter comes in innovative Santa's Grotto packaging to catch customers' attention.

Hooper’s is entering the growing alcoholic RTS (ready to serve) can market with Dandelion & Burdock. The new format gives the traditional British favourite a modern twist in a more convenient, non-glass serve.

Pipers Crisps has made its complete range of nine flavours of premium crisps gluten-free.

Kettle Chips’ latest seasonal flavour – in time for the key Christmas sales period – is Baked Camembert & Oak Smoked Garlic. This replaces the summer flavour of Chorizo, Feta & Olive. The new festive seasoning was the brainchild of the Kettle chef, Phil Hovey, who was asked to create a simple, yet warming seasoning which captures the spirit of winter food.

Baileys is launching a new £3.6m Christmas campaign to drive mass consumer awareness of the product and support retailers throughout the key seasonal period.

Halls is launching a new Soothers variant ahead of the cough and cold season.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is supporting retailers with 12 new festive cocktail recipes. Named the ‘12 Twists of Christmas’, Schweppes has partnered with Diageo to create 12 cocktails, including Merry Mule, Sour Sleigh Ride and Mistle-Sloe Gin, tapping in to the growing trend of consumers experimenting with special drinks to celebrate the festive season at home.

Rollover’s new Hot Chicken Baguette comprises four pieces of plain roast chicken with either sweet chilli or barbecue sauce, garlic mayo or tomato ketchup. Rrp is £2.49.

Yogurt brand Onken is targeting the food-to-go market with a new breakfast offering, Porridge2Go.

The independents’ energy brand Boost is entering a new category in January with the national roll-out of Protein Boost.

FUEL10K, the brand owned and developed by Food & Drink specialist Fresh Marketing, is launching the ambient ‘Quark with Fruit’ into the breakfast category.

JTI has launched an information campaign to educate existing adult smokers on the changes starting to affect their tobacco packaging as a result of new UK and EU regulations.

Thorntons is returning to TV screens for the first time in six years with the tagline “Pass the love on” – aiming to show that every product is “lovingly crafted” and perfect for sharing.

Retailers are missing out on the opportunity to sell more bottled water in the run-up to Christmas, according to latest independent research commissioned by Nestlé Waters.

Rustlers is rolling out a new £2.5m marketing campaign over the next 12 months to support its new growth strategy.

Urban eat has launched a Christmas range of six limited edition sandwiches.

Pernod Ricard UK is celebrating 40 years for Jacob’s Creek with a campaign to honour the wine brand’s haul of more than 7,000 awards and medals from around the world.

Dairy Crest is launching a new Cathedral City Snack Bar product into the convenience channel this November.

Crabbie’s has been unveiled as the Official Ginger Beer of Welsh rugby in a partnership which seeks to expand the brand’s reach to new audiences throughout Wales.

Britvic Soft Drinks has relaunched its R White’s lemonades with a new design for the core range and the addition of three new flavours; Traditional Cloudy Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade and Pear & Elderflower.

Bell’s whisky is rolling out a new £1.5m marketing campaign to drive mass consumer awareness for the product in the run-up to the festive season.

Coca-Cola European Partners has revealed its Christmas 2016 activations, which include the return of its television commercial and Truck Tour, and the launch of a new charity initiative to provide meals to those in need.

To support the launch of the new UEFA Champions League TV commercial starring José Mourinho last month, Heineken is introducing an on-pack promotion highlighting its partnership with UEFA Champions League to the off-trade.

Tetley has announced a £5m campaign to support its pioneering range of Tetley Super Teas.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is supporting retailers during its busiest season with 12 new festive cocktail recipes. Named the ‘12 Twists of Christmas’, Schweppes has partnered with Diageo to create 12 Christmas-themed cocktails, tapping in to the growing trend of consumers experimenting with special drinks to celebrate the festive season at home with friends and family.

Danone's water brand - Volvic - has reformulated its Juiced water range to reduce sugar levels in response to the growing consumer demand for tasty and healthier beverage choices. Available this month, Volvic Juiced variants will contain reduced sugar levels of 4.9g per 100ml.

Mentos is propelling its mission to bring people together this autumn/winter with a £2.3m media campaign - its biggest-ever; and a new sharing bag format. A new TV advert will run nationally - as well as via video on demand services and social media - until the end of the year. A digital marketing push will run in parallel, promoting the brand’s new sharing bag format, which is available to grocery, convenience and wholesale channels.

Velvet Comfort is launching a big campaign to drive trial among more than a million households to mark the brand's re-launch.

Snack brand Nature Valley and the ATP have announced a new partnership with the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which will take place at The O2 in London from 13-20 November 2016.

Plenty, the household towel brand, is giving shoppers the chance to win a Troll doll every 15 minutes and the holiday of a lifetime as part of its new on-pack promotion with new film Trolls. 

Kingsmill has launched Kingsmill Super Toasty with a full rebrand and new packaging designed to champion the joy of simple pleasures and giving Kingsmill greater stand-out on-shelf. It will be supported as part of a £10m marketing investment in 2017 as Kingsmill aims to bring enjoyment and emotion to wrapped bakery.

As part of its campaign for Christmas 2016, Pernod Ricard UK has identified a number of key moments that it believes retailers can use to excite shoppers, including:

Chilly cheese fun

04 November, 2016

Babybel is reinforcing its reputation for celebrating key calendar events with consumers by bringing back 12 winter characters.

Four more from Aryzta

04 November, 2016

Aryzta's 16-strong festive range includes four new lines. In the Cuisine de France portfolio there is Chocolat Doublé, a cocoa-enriched puff pastry double with a rich chocolate hazelnut and creamy white chocolate filling. The new Cranberry Twist is a buttery pastry filled with a crème patisserie and cranberries, while the Raspberry Cheesecake Duet is a delicate pastry filled with raspberry and baked cheesecake fillings. Then there's the new Brandy Mince Puff. In Aryzta's Bakery range there is a new Christmas Donut.

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