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Product news: Trail Mix extension adds Bounty and Galaxy variants

Following the success of its 25g Trail Mix shot packs, which launched in 2016, Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats is now extending the range. The new trail mix packs come in two popular flavours: Bounty Snack ‘n’ Share Trail Mix with chocolate pieces, coconut, raisins and sultanas; and Galaxy Snack ‘n’ Share Trail Mix with chocolate pieces, golden raisins, cashews and cranberries.

Product news: British tennis star Johanna Konta backs new Nature Valley protein flavour

Nature Valley has added a new flavour variant - coconut & almond - to its protein range, linked to its tennis partnership, which includes the support of Britain’s number one female tennis player, Johanna Konta, the brand’s first UK ambassador.

product news: Hovis unveils lower carb bread

Hovis is looking to meet consumer needs for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle with the launch of a new Hovis Lower Carb range.

Our national pastime

The average person in the UK now eats crisps, nuts or popcorn seven times a week, making us the largest (possibly literally) snackers in Europe. This news comes courtesy of Channel 4's recent documentary called Secrets of our Favourite Snacks. For the show, Kantar spoke to 11,000 people about their snacking habits. It found that the UK's snacking hotspot was the North West, where people were the most frequent buyers, and 8pm-10pm was the most popular time to indulge. And their favourite flavour? Good old cheese or cheese & onion.

product news: Pot Noodle expands into pasta

Pot Noodle is launching a new range, featuring pasta recipes in a convenient snack pot format.

product news: Ginsters launches two new sandwiches

Ginsters is launching two new limited edition sandwiches - Hunters Chicken and Ham Hock & Piccalilli - which will be joining the range throughout the summer from Wednesday July 26.

product news: Maryland gets packaging refresh

Burton’s Biscuit Company is announcing significant investment in its Maryland brand over the next 12 months, with a range wide packaging refresh, innovation and a social media campaign.

product news: Walkers re-launches Sensations range

Walkers is re-positioning its Sensations range as “a feast for the senses”, which will include updating its entire portfolio with a modern, premium packaging design, as well as the introduction of three new flavours.

product news: Nature Valley recruits brand ambassador

Britain’s number one female tennis player Johanna Konta has become the first UK brand ambassador for Nature Valley.

product news: Kellogg's cuts sugar in cereal bars

Kellogg’s has changed the recipe for the three products in its cereal and milk bar range to cut the sugar levels.

product news: Walkers rebrands oven Baked range

Walkers has rebranded its Oven Baked range. The new packs will highlight the 50% less fat element, while still delivering the same taste.

product news: Kerry Foods launches trade competition

Kerry Foods is aiming to help retailers grow snacking sales this summer with a new competition, giving retailers 15 chances to win £150 worth of experience vouchers.

product news: KP Nuts launches on-the-go range

KP Snacks has launched two new flavours and an on-the-go range for its nuts brand, KP Nuts.

product news: Walkers repositions Sensations

Walkers is aiming to inject multi-sensory excitement into the savoury snacks category this year by re-positioning its Sensations range.

product news: Food Doctor targets forecourt sector

Healthy snacking brand The Food Doctor is targeting the forecourt retail sectors this summer with the launch of its four-strong range of nutritious and flavoursome Popped Crisp Thins.

Product news: Cheesey threesome

Jacob’s is extending its Mini Cheddars range with the addition of three new flavours: Red Leicester, Stilton and Smoked Applewood. They are available in multipacks; rrp £1.88.

Product news: Kettle adds limited edition for summer

Kettle is introducing a new limited-edition flavour of its hand-cooked sharing chips - Goats’ Cheese & Balsamic Onion - which was voted top in an online consumer poll. Launching this month, and replacing the winter seasonal of Baked Camembert & Oak Smoked Garlic, the new flavour will be available throughout the summer.

Product news: 'Mountains of taste' campaign as Alpen goes back to its roots

Muesli brand Alpen has announced the launch of a new TV campaign as part of its continued investment in the brand. On air this month through to September, the Alpen advertising will coincide with a new pack refresh for the brand, designed to celebrate its authentic Alpine roots.

Product news: Healthy vibes from Tangerine Confectionery's new 'feel-good' popcorn

This summer Tangerine Confectionery, the manufacturer of a wide range of popular retro confectionery lines and Butterkist popcorn, is launching a new brand, Vibe Feel Good popcorn.

Product news: Peperami unveils new pack design

Peperami, the meaty snack brand owned by Jack Link’s, is launching a new pack design and outer case format to increase brand awareness, shelf presence and drive sales.

Product news: Fish 'n' Chips launches fans campaign

Burton’s Biscuit Company is announcing its biggest ever on-pack promotion for its £14m Fish ‘n’ Chips brand with the ‘Join our Fans’ campaign – a 12-week partnership with ticketmaster.

Product news: Hovis highlights award on packs

Hovis Soft White 800g loaf is undergoing a packaging update from February to highlight the loaf’s 2017 Product of the Year win within the bakery category.

Product news: Baby dragon stars in Doritos advert

Doritos is supporting the launch of its new Heatburst range with a two-month TV campaign that builds on its ‘For the Bold’ positioning.

Crisp and spry

The crisps and snacks market in the UK is in slight growth (up 0.8%) making it worth some £3.3bn (Kantar Worldpanel data 52 weeks ending March 27, 2016). And although four out of every five pounds spent on crisps and snacks goes through the major grocery multiples, this still leaves 20% (over £600m-worth) through convenience stores.

Healthy appetite

If you're keen to stock some healthier snacks in your store as an alternative to the traditional fat-laden favourites, then you're in luck as more and more suppliers are launching into the market. And unlike in the past, these better-for-you snacks taste good too.

Go one better

According to Nielsen State of the Nation 2015 data, 'better for you' is now a significant category within snacking, with 60% of consumers actively looking for healthy options when they're shopping and 46% of UK households having bought healthier crisps and snacks in the past year.

Watch and earn

Snacking in front of the TV has always been something of a national pastime for us Brits. But it became more of a planned event during the recession, when cash-strapped consumers swapped nights out for more nights in. You'd find family and friends gathered around TVs to watch the latest episodes of The X Factor and Strictly accompanied by plenty of drinks and snacks.

Salt sellers

The UK is Europe's biggest crisp and snacks market, worth £2.2bn a year with us consuming 100 packets of crisps per person per year (Nielsen data). It's little wonder then that the new flavours and new formats keep coming.

Healthy sales

The term 'healthy snacking' could easily be deemed an oxymoron as snacking for many is a big bag of crisps in front of the telly. But concerns about obesity and fat and sugar content in food have encouraged the big snacks suppliers to come up with healthier alternatives to the fried potato crisp. Pepsico is a case in point. Yes, it gives us the UK's number one potato crisp in Walkers, but it has also been working hard to come up with more healthier alternatives.

Snack attack

It seems that consumers just can't help themselves when it comes to crisps and snacks. Despite the health lobbyists' best efforts, potato crisps, tortilla and corn snacks were consumed by 81.7% of UK adults last year, according to Key Note's Snack Foods 2014 report.

Better for you?

You just have to look at the success of online firm Graze, whose sales have doubled, to recognise the demand for healthy snacks. The company now delivers more than 300,000 Graze healthy snack boxes a week direct to consumers' homes.

Share and share alike

Sharing packs offer forecourt retailers a great sales opportunity, according to PepsiCo convenience director Mat Cooke. "In forecourts, the crisps and snacks category is worth £44.8m (Litmus total forecourt data) and sharing packs account for 12% of these sales. "Consumers increasingly view forecourt stores as a convenience outlet to do a top-up shop or to make purchases for their evening meal. Sharing bags are the perfect pack size for these shopping missions and our in-store trials have proven that by stocking snacks with beers and wine, retailers can generate a 48% uplift in sales."

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East116.8467.90123.89115.71
East Midlands116.1958.90125.25115.27
London116.5858.57125.23115.54
North East115.3759.90124.99114.79
North West116.39124.26115.33
Northern Ireland115.4264.90122.90115.05
Scotland116.4071.90125.06115.09
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