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Intersnack’s KP Snacks adds to Hula Hoops range in UK

KP Snacks, the UK subsidiary of Germany group Intersnack, is adding to the range of products sold under one of its largest local brands, Hula Hoops.

The company said Hula Hoops Flavarings had been developed “in response to consumer preference for bigger, bolder and full-on flavour products”.

The new snacks are available in two flavours – Tangy Cheese and Salt & Vinegar – and are being sold in a 55g price-marked pack at GBP1 (US$1.36), as well as a 90g sharing bag, which has a recommended price of GBP1.50.

Arla enters food-to-go breakfasts with Milk & Oats drinks

Arla Foods is entering the UK food-to-go breakfast market with its Milk & Oats range of drinks.

Made with skimmed milk, wholegrain oats complete with natural flavours, maple and vanilla versions of Milk & Oats will launch in Co-op and Nisa stores on 7 May, and Sainsbury’s on 28 May.

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Milk & Oats contains protein, and the vitamins B2 and B12, and comes in 250-ml bottles.

“With breakfast drinks growing at 30% year-on-year, and milk drinks currently making up over GBP400m (US$543.9m) of the soft drinks category, Milk & Oats combines the convenience that on-the-go shoppers want that is high in fibre and protein, low in fat and a source of calcium,” Arla said, quoting data from Nielsen.

Gressingham Duck launches new Bistro range

UK meat product company Gressingham Duck has launched Bistro by Gressingham, a range of pre-prepared fresh duck products.

New SKUs Duck with Honey and Hoisin and Duck with Orange and Maple have already been introduced. Other products in the range are Duck Breasts in Plum, Duck A L’Orange, Confit Duck, Duck Breasts in Orange and Duck Legs in Plum.

Gressingham’s research found that of those that don’t cook duck at home, nearly three quarters (71%) have enjoyed eating duck elsewhere.

William Buchanan, the firm’s joint managing director, said: “With the unique position of being a well-known name in the fresh meat aisle, our ambition is that Bistro by Gressingham will drive a sizeable uplift in households enjoying duck at home and continue the growth the brand has enjoyed over the past five years.”

The company is hoping to add to the Bistro by Gressingham range later in the year ahead of the key autumnal trade period, including a guinea fowl product. 

Bistro by Gressingham will be introduced in stockists nationwide, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons with a RRP of between GBP5.00 (US$6.79) and GBP6.00.

Agropur claims a first with crunchy yogurt bites

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur is claiming a first with the launch of  crunchy yogurt bites under its Iogo brand.

Iogo Protein Crunch is described as “a new, innovative way of enjoying yogurt on-the-go”.

The snacks are made using a technological process which can produce yogurt-based products through vacuum microwave dehydration.

It will be available in 35g packaging in sour cream and green onion, cheddar, salted caramel and applewood smoked BBQ flavours.

Martin Parent, general manager, yogurt at Agropur, said: “Reinventing the dairy experience is one of our organisation’s priorities. We had an idea and we needed a unique technology to transform it into an opportunity,” 

The product will be will sold in Quebec and Alberta at Couche-Tard and Circle K stores as part of a trial period.

UK snacks firm Propercorn launches chocolate popcorn

London-based snacks business Propercorn is introducing a new chocolate popcorn product.

Propercorn says it has “reimagined the traditional confectionery favourite to provide the satisfaction of chocolate whilst delivering against the increasing consumer demand for healthier snacks”.

Its blend of Fairtrade, Peruvian cocoa, whole milk, Demerara sugar and sea salt, contains 126 calories per serving and less than half the sugar of a traditional chocolate bar, Propercorn says. 

Company co-founder Cassandra Stavrou, said: “The universal love of chocolate makes this one of our most exciting launches yet. Popcorn continues to be the fastest growing category within crisps, snacks and nuts, and combining it with best-loved flavours like chocolate, will ensure that we continue to introduce more people to it as an everyday snack.” 

Propercorn’s chocolate popcorn will be available in Waitrose and via Ocado this month and in Tesco from July in single and sharing bags with a RRP of GBP0.80 (US$1.09) and GBP1.59 respectively.

Beston Global Food Co. unveils Fancy Bites cheese snacks

Australia’s Beston Global Food Co. (BFC) has launched an adult cheese snacking product called Fancy Bites. 

The company said adult snacking in cheese categories has grown more than 30% per annum over the last three years, making it the highest growth category in the Australian retail cheese market.

BFC has secured a listing for Fancy Bites products with supermarket chain Woolworths. It will be supplied to 700 Woolworths stores across Australia and will be available in-store from early June.

The product will be sold under Beston’s Edwards Crossing premium cheese brand and in three different variants.

Sean Ebert, BFC’s CEO, said:”There has been a distinct lack of innovation in the adult snack market in Australia. One of the characteristics of the Fancy Bites products is that BFC can easily add new product variants, and at minimal cost, in response to market demand.”