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Kepak aims to position Rustlers as ideal hot lunch option

Kepak Consumer Foods is rolling out a nationwide campaign to position Rustlers as the ideal hot lunch option.

KP Snacks expands its range of PMPs

KP Snacks is adding to its £1 PMP range with the addition of Wheat Crunchies and the latest NPD, McCoy’s Muchos.

KP Snacks invests £2m in Hula Hoops Flavarings

KP Snacks is continuing its advertising drive with a £2m investment in Hula Hoops Flavarings.

Burton's unveils singles pack of Wagon Wheels

Burton’s Biscuit Company is aiming to broaden the appeal of Wagon Wheels with the introduction of individually-wrapped Wagon Wheels single packs, a new, on-the-go format aimed specifically at the convenience channel.

Kettle Chips offers chance to win Virgin Experience Days

Kettle is launching an on-pack promotion this spring, giving away exciting experiences in partnership with Virgin Experience Days.

Grenade adds two new flavours to Carb Killa range

Grenade, the active nutrition and protein brand behind the Carb Killa range, has expanded its portfolio of low sugar, high protein snacks to include two new bars, Dark Chocolate Raspberry and White Chocolate Salted Peanut.

Mini Babybel renews support for Comic Relief

Cheese snack brand Mini Babybel is supporting Comic Relief for the 20th year.

Pipers Crisps renews sponsorship of The Cricketer Village Cup

Pipers Crisps is repeating its sponsorship of The Cricketer Village Cup in 2019.

Biscuits barrelling along

Despite the 'war on sugar', the biscuit category is holding up well thanks to the fact that sweet biscuits are universally popular, with nine out of 10 consumers eating them. Mintel research reveals that value sales have increased due to higher average prices and predicts that the sweet biscuit and cereal bars category will reach £2.5bn by 2022.

Two new flavours join Walkers core range

Walkers is expanding its flavour range with the launch of BBQ Pulled Pork and Spicy Sriracha.

Carb Killa named protein bar Product of the Year

Grenade's Carb Killa has won the Product of the Year award in the Protein Bar category at the 2019 Product of The Year Awards. Product of the Year is the UK's largest consumer survey of product innovation, with over 10,000 shoppers voting each year to crown the winning products in each category and achieve the red seal of approval. The awards, now in their 15th year, champion the best products on the market each year.

McCoy's Muchos offer new taste experience

The latest line to join the McCoy's range is Muchos, a distinctive crescent-shaped folded tortilla crisp, in three Mexican flavours. Muchos comprises a corn, wheat and potato based crisp with a blend of six spices and beans locked into the base, before being seasoned with either Smoky Chilli Chicken, Nacho Cheese or Sour Cream & Onion flavours.

Pipers voted best savoury snack in upmarket poll

Pipers has, for the seventh year in a row, been voted Britain's best savoury snack brand. The Lincolnshire-based premium snack maker topped the poll in an annual survey of speciality food products on sale in UK delicatessens, farm shops and food halls by Fine Food Digest.

Walkers marks Uefa Champions League sponsorship with promotion

Walkers is celebrating its continued sponsorship as the official snack partner of the UEFA Champions League (UCL), with a new on-pack promotion that will run for 16 weeks.

McCoy's launch taps trend for Mexican food

The latest line to join the McCoy’s range is Muchos, a distinctive crescent-shaped folded tortilla crisp, in three Mexican flavours. Muchos comprises a corn, wheat and potato based crisp with a blend of six spices and beans locked into the base, before being seasoned with either Smoky Chilli Chicken, Nacho Cheese or Sour Cream & Onion flavours.

Aryzta Food Solutions adapts muffin for Easter

Aryzta Food Solutions has launched a Cracked Egg Muffin under its Otis brand.

Pladis adds two new go ahead ranges

Pladis is adding to its £39m healthier snacking brand, go ahead, with the launch of two new ranges.

Nairn's expands portfolio with three new products

Nairn’s has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of new Ancient Grain Oatcakes, Gluten Free Caramelised Onion Flatbreads and Gluten Free Cheese Crackers.

PepsiCo adds flame grilled steak to Doritos flavours

Tortilla chip brand Doritos is adding to its line-up with new Doritos Flame Grilled Steak.

Pep & Lekker introduces compostable packaging

Vegan snacks producer Pep & Lekker has introduced compostable packaging for its Seed Snacks.

KP Snacks launches campaigns for two flagship brands

KP Snacks is reaffirming its commitment to the under 100 calories portfolio, which currently consists of 37 products, by launching creative campaigns for two of its flagship brands; Hula Hoops Puft and Popchips.

Walkers revamps packaging of its core range of crisps

Walkers is kicking off 2019 with a new look across its core range of crisps.

Healthy profits

The term 'healthy snack' is open to interpretation but one thing most consumers are agreed upon is that fruit makes the healthiest snack. New research from Him, where they quizzed 1,000 consumers in September, found that 94% of them viewed fresh fruit to be healthy. The second healthiest item was nuts, then dried fruit, veg-and-a-dip, then plain rice cakes. Over half of those who took part in the survey thought crisps were healthy but they were 'veggie' crisps as opposed to potato ones.

KP Nuts launches £500,000 Christmas campaign

KP Nuts has launched this year’s Christmas campaign with out-of-home (OOH) print and digital billboards, digital advertising and a competition to win the ultimate Christmas jumper raising money for Save the Children.

Metcalfe's expands range of low-calorie snacks

Snacks brand Metcalfe’s has launched two new formats of low-calorie snacking products, Corn Chips and Mini Ricecakes.

Pladis extends Jaffa range

Pladis is expanding its £54m Jaffa Cakes brand into new territory with the launch of Jaffa Cakes Nibbles.

Ginsters expands bitesize range

Ginsters has expanded its Bitesize range.

product news: Walkers campaign gets new advert

Walkers is supporting the recent launch of its Christmas dinner flavoured crisps, with a new Christmas TV advert, aiming to spark debate across the nation. The new TV campaign will run throughout the festive season.

product news: Country Choice unveils bake in the pack paninis and wraps

Country Choice has launched new “Savour It” bake in the pack ready-made paninis and wraps.

product news: Cofresh relaunches Grills range

The Indian snacks brand Cofresh has unveiled a relaunch of its Grills range with the addition of three new flavours and new look, new feel packaging.

product news: Eat Real unveils vegan cheese straws

Healthier snacking brand Eat Real has unveiled a new variant of its Veggie Straws to help meet demand for a vegan-friendly, cheese-flavoured snack.

product news: Tilda unveils biggest advertising campaign

The Tilda rice brand has unveiled what is claims is its biggest advertising campaign since it was founded over 45 years ago.

product news: Cathedral City updates snack bar range

Dairy Crest is refreshing its Cathedral City adult snack bar range with the addition of two new flavour variants, a new pack design and a new range positioning of 100kcals or fewer per bar.

product news: Premier Foods introduces festive cakes

Premier Foods is extending its Mr Kipling and Cadbury Cakes ranges ahead of the festive season, with new products joining the ranges.

product news: Dairy Crest revamps Cathedral City Kids Snacks

Dairy Crest has revamped its Cathedral City Kids Snacking range with a move to lighter cheese for an improved nutrition profile and a new on-pack partnership with Nickelodeon to enhance appeal to families.

product news: Walkers introduces festive dinner flavours

Walkers is launching a festive range of Christmas dinner flavours, including its first Brussel Sprouts flavoured crisp.

product news: PepsiCo refreshes Snack-a-Jacks packs

PepsiCo has given its Snack-a-Jacks rice cake brand a new look in a bid to strengthen its stand-out on shelf.

Variety boosts snacks

Go into a high street pub and you may still find the packaged snacks choice confined to a brand each of crisps, nuts and pork scratchings, but in the fast-moving world of grocery and convenience it's become much more than that.

Meat is making its mark

The spread of snacks on to the chilled fixture has brought a proliferation of meat snacks, with Peperami supplier Jack Link's among the most active in the segment.

Popcorn comes out of the cinema and into the mainstream

Upmarket and trendy brands have dragged popcorn out of the cinema foyer and into widespread distribution in supermarkets and convenience stores.

Consumers say 'yes' to cheese

Dairy Crest is aiming to raise the profile of single-serve cheese as a snacking option with the launch of its Cathedral City Snack Bar, which comes in Mature and a 99-calorie Lighter Mature variant in 30g single packs and four-bar mutlipacks.

Protein products power ahead

Arguably the segment seeing the biggest proliferation of NPD is that for nut, seed and fruit-based protein bars from brands such as Grenade, Graze, Bounce and Kind.

Super snackers

The boundary between meals and snacks is blurring. So says Colette Noé, senior director for consumer and market insights at Pladis. "Most people understand a meal to be influenced by cultural traditions around timing, setting and specific food groups. Snacks, on the other hand, are highly personalised and variable mini meals." And as with most things, it's millennials who have a lot of influence over the UK snacking industry. Noé calls them the 'taste makers', saying they make much quicker purchases and buy fewer groceries online than you might think.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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East130.8557.70132.89121.68
East Midlands130.41132.10120.99
London130.92134.14121.81
North East129.47134.52119.63
North West129.89131.08120.36
Northern Ireland128.4464.90126.23119.33
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South East131.14134.22122.06
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Wales129.62127.41119.99
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Yorkshire & Humber129.66133.59120.01

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