Piccolos new infant formula

Piccolo's new infant formula

This week's batch of new products includes a nut mix range from Intersnack-owned UK crisps brand Tyrrells and Lizi's branching out into muesli.

UK baby food brand Piccolo moves into infant formula

Piccolo, the London-based baby food company specialising in better-for-you products, has expanded its portfolio into organic formula milk.

Its new organic first infant, follow on and growing up milk will be available from mid-February.

Company founder Cat Gazzoli said: "We are proud to have developed a truly organic infant formula range which has considered quality and safety at every stage, and has Piccolo's values at its core. We also go above and beyond regulations to provide parents with a choice that they can have 100% confidence in. The organic milk used to make our infant milks is sourced from certified organic farms and meets strict EU organic requirements."

The company said it has partnered with experts with 35 years' experience in infant nutrition to develop the new products and source milk from family farms.

The brand's new range of formula milk is palm oil-free and its packaging is recyclable.
 
Piccolo's organic formula milk has a RRP of GBP14.99 (US$19.40).

Unilever launches vegan stock pots under Knorr brand

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has added to its Knorr stock pot range with new vegan variants.

Launched to "tap into the growing trend for flexitarian diets and to continue to evolve the category with flavoursome new plant-based products," the new stock pots come in Smoked Chilli and Tomato, Paprika and Sundried Tomato and Kaffir Lime and Ginger flavours.

The new range is available now with a RRP of GBP0.95 (US$1.22) for a two pack.

Hazel Detsiny, managing director, Unilever Food Solutions, said: "Cooking from scratch is a huge trend right now, as is the desire to eat less meat. People want ideas and help to make sure the new dishes they are creating taste great. Our new vegan stock pots are great for this, they add depth of flavour to vegetarian or vegan dishes and the continued growth in the category clearly reflects this."

UK's Signature Flatbreads launches Brioche Style Wraps

UK bakery business Signature Flatbreads has secured a listing with Tesco for its new Brioche Style Wraps, marketed under its Deli Kitchen brand.

Said to combine the "buttery sweetness of French brioche with the softness and versatility of a Mexican tortilla," the products have a RRP of GBP1.35 (US$1.76)).

Signature, based near London, suggests the wraps lend themselves to both savoury and sweet recipes.

David Laurence, Signature Flatbreads' managing director, said: "Our Deli Kitchen brand leads the way in product innovation within the bakery sector and this is demonstrated by the success of this latest launch and securing a new listing at Tesco."

Beyond Meat secures Casino listings in France

Beyond Meat, one of the originators in the meat-free category, is taking its plant-based burger and sausages to France following a deal with supermarket chain Casino Group.

The Nasdaq-listed, US-based business said its Beyond Burger is now available at 500 Casino locations across France, while the chain's connected stores, Monoprix, Franprix and Géant, are also stocking the product.

Casino and Géant will stock a two-pack frozen Beyond Burger nationally, while Franprix stores in Paris will also carry the burger. A pack of two-chilled burgers are also on the shelves of Monoprix in Paris.

The Beyond Sausage is available exclusively at Casino and Géant outlets across the country in a ten pack.  

Beyond Meat's products use peas as the protein source and beetroot to give a colour similar to meat. Coconut oil provides the juices and potato starch gives the "chew" factor. They are free-from soy, gluten, cholesterol and GMOs.

General Mills brings back Dunkaroos

US food group General Mills is reintroducing its frosted cookie snack Dunkaroos.

The product was first introduced to the US market in 1992. Originally the cookies came in five different shapes accompanied by chocolate or vanilla frosting. 

Dunkaroos is making a comeback with "the most requested and beloved Dunkaroos flavour," Vanilla Cookies, and a Vanilla Frosting with Rainbow Sprinkles variant.

Jeff Caswell, president of snacks at General Mills, said: "We're thrilled to relaunch Dunkaroos in the US after years of it only being available in Canada.

"For those who grew up in the '90s, the original cookie-frosting combo represents the taste, colour and fun of being a kid during that decade. We know there's a lot of love for Dunkaroos, and fans everywhere have been asking for it."

Intersnack-owned crisp brand Tyrrells launches nut mixes

Tyrrells, the UK crisps and popcorn brand owned by Germany's Intersnack Group, has moved into the nuts category with the launch of its Nut Medley product.

The company, based in Herefordshire in the English Midlands and sitting within Intersnack's UK-based KP Snacks arm, is making the new range available in Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper and Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper flavours.

The medleys contain seasoned roasted almonds and cashews, combined with giant corn and fava beans. 

Dan Winslet, global Tyrrells marketing controller at KP Snacks, said: "Our new Nut Melody range is designed to celebrate Tyrrells' quality and premium credentials, while meeting a consumer need. Nut mixes span multiple occasions." 

Tyrrells is also relaunching its popcorn portfolio to "reposition the range and capture a greater share of the market".

Sweet & Salted has been reformulated with sea salted caramel, Sweet is being made using vanilla extract sourced from Madagascar and Salted is using sea salt.

Tyrrells said it has identified a gap in the current popcorn market for a range that offers a touch of "foody appeal whilst still remaining a better-for-you choice vs other sweet snacks".

Available in 100g and 105g sharing packs, Tyrrells new Nut Medley range is available with a RRP of GBP3.00 (US$3.91). The revamped popcorn range will have a RRP of GBP1.90 for 90g and GBP0.80 for 23g-packs. 

Pioneer Foods-owned Lizi's branches out into muesli

Lizi's, the UK-based granola maker owned by South Africa's Pioneer Foods, is branching out into muesli with the launch of a four-strong range made with toasted and untoasted oats.

Lizi's Super Muesli will initially be available in Waitrose at a recommended retail price of GBP4 (US$5.22) for a 400-gram pack, with talks currently in progress with other major retailers. 

The breakfast product offers vitamins and minerals including vitamins C, B6 and B2, and zinc. It also contains turmeric, barley, hemp, maca powder and quinoa, with treacle used to add additional flavour to the oats. Lizi's Super Muesli is non-GMO and vegan-friendly.

The line-up consists of: BOOST - Mango, Papaya & Turmeric; CLEANSE - Cranberry, Raspberry & Cherry; FOCUS - Hazelnut, Pecan & Maca; and GLOW - Fig, Apple & Almond.
 
Alice Bream, brand manager at Lizi's, said: "Our research has shown us that 25-35 year-old's have the highest consumption of muesli, eating the cereal at 'least weekly'. The muesli category has seen some innovation in terms of flavour introductions, however our research shows the consumer is looking for more unique products which offer added health benefits, [and] this could be one of the reasons why the category is in decline at -3.5% YoY. When you compare this to the granola category, which has seen a plethora of innovation, there is strong growth +8% YoY, in comparison." 

It emerged last week that the UK's competition watchdog is reviewing whether a previously announced proposal by PepsiCo to acquire Pioneer Foods will infringe on competition rights.