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Unilever’s Colman’s launches new better for you Seasoning Blends

Unilever‘s UK mustard and spices business Colman’s has launched four new Seasoning Blends which are, it claims, the first in the category that are reduced in salt, contain no added sugar and are gluten-free. 

Rolling out nationwide, new Colman’s Seasoning Blends are: Smoky Mexican Tacos, Blazin’ Chilli Con Carne, Kickin’ Jamaican Jerk and Herby Spaghetti Bolognese. 

Andre Burger, vice president foods, at Unilever UK, said: “Colman’s is a market leader in the Meal Maker category, so we’re excited to be launching this new range which will step change category perceptions and introduce the brand to a whole new consumer base.  

“Shoppers are increasingly looking for products that fit into a more natural and healthier lifestyle, and at the same time, we’re seeing a rise in the number of consumers that are seeking out gluten-free, reduced salt and reduced sugar products.”

The new Colman’s Seasoning Blends range has a RRP of GBP1.19 (US$1.56) per pack.

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Sainsbury’s adds 21 new plant-based products, expands vegan range

UK big four retailer Sainsbury’s is launching 21 new plant-based food products in the UK including meat-free mince and burgers, and is also expanding its Love Veg range of vegetarian and vegan ready meals.

In a sign of the growing acceptance for meat alternatives, Sainsbury’s Naturli’ mince and burgers will sit in the same aisle as real-meat products.

Naturli’ Minced and Naturli’ Patties hail from Scandinavia and have a strong umami flavour and texture, with the addition of beetroot to give an authentic redness when cooked. 

The mince is available in 400-gram packs at a recommended retail price of GBP3 (US$3.94), while the patties come in 200-gram packs priced at GBP2.50. Both are available in 400 stores nationwide.

Other meat-free products due to launch include Vivera Pulled Veggie, Vivera fish burger and Tofurky Italian sausage. 

Seven new ready meals are also being launched under the Love Veg brand, including Mac ‘n Jack and Chilli Non-Carne & Rice.

PepsiCo’s Walkers adds Streetmix to Sensations snacks range

Walkers, the UK snacks brand owned by PepsiCo, had added Streetmix to its Sensations range.

Available in three flavours, the new range “takes inspiration from the street food scene of vibrant cities from around the world”.

They are Mexico City – tortilla sticks, Mexican style nuts, roasted & salted beans and chilli crackers -, Mumbai – Indian style crackers, curried nuts, black pepper rice sticks and spiced onion nuts – and Bangkok – with sweet chilli crackers, coconut flakes, creamy cashews and Thai lime flavour pea snaps.

Tegan Philp-Hines, Walkers Sensations brand manager, said: “We’re really excited to be adding Streetmix to our premium snacking portfolio. The new and exotic range offers shoppers the opportunity to try something a little different whilst still offering a mouth-watering taste sensation.” 

The snacks will be available in pack sizes ranging from 88g to 115g with a RRP of GBP2.50 (US$3.27).

Bel Group’s The Laughing Cow unveils Cheese Cups in US

The Laughing Cow cream cheese brand has launched Cheese Cups in the US, designed to be a “portable, dunkable cup to enjoy whenever, wherever and however you want”.

The Bel Group-owned brand’s new product is available in three flavours Creamy Swiss Original, Creamy Swiss Garlic & Herb and Creamy White Cheddar.

The Laughing Cow said the cups are made from real cheese with no artificial colours, preservatives or artificial flavours. 

Dr Oetker launches Zero Fat Dressings in India

Dr Oetker has introduced a new range of ten Zero Fat Dressings in the Indian market.

The new range is not only zero fat but is also low on calories. Half of the range has calorie content of less than 1 kcal/gm. 

The range consists of classic varieties – Caesar, Honey Mustard, Ranch and 1000 Island – and more modern variants – Sweet Onion, South West, Balsamico, Zesty Orange, Strawberry and Smokey Pineapple. 

Speaking at the launch, Oliver Mirza, managing director & CEO of Dr Oetker India, said: “The Zero Fat Dressings are designed to attract new users and grow the market by allowing them to enjoy salads, but ‘not just salads’, guilt free. 

“This launch will help us strengthen our position as a market leader.”

The 210g dressings will be available at retail stores across the country and via e-commerce portals.

Nestle-owned Sweet Earth Foods debuts frozen pizza line

US-based Sweet Earth Foods, a vegetarian food company owned by Nestle, has launched a new range of frozen pizzas in its home market, its first foray into the pizza sector.

The line features four flavours made with organic ingredients: Veggie Lover’s, Truffle Lover’s, Protein Lover’s and Herb Lover’s.

California-based Sweet Earth said the range includes the first frozen pizza topped with Brussels sprouts.

Company CEO Kelly Swette said: “Our new pizzas are chock-full of fresh ingredients that provide exceptional taste and nutrition, with the convenience that comes in the freezer aisle. We’re making healthy and sustainable food accessible to everyone, just like it should be.”

Sweet Earth Foods’ new pizza line will be available at retailers nationwide including Target, Kroger, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Publix, Raley’s and Walmart at a RRP of US$6.99 to 7.99.

ABF’s Jordans markets first kids cereal

Jordans, the UK cereal maker owned by Associated British Foods, has launched its first granola for children in its domestic market.

Grin-ola, aimed at kids aged five to 11, is available in Tesco, Waitrose and The Co-op stores from 23 July with an RRP of GBP2.99 (US$3.97) for 400g. 

Each 30g serving of Grin-ola contains up to 4g of sugar depending on the product in the range. Jordans has developed four flavours: chocolate; strawberry; banana; and apple and raspberry.

Andrew Dale, senior brand manager at Jordans, said: “We know it’s difficult for parents to strike the balance between getting kids out the door on time and their tummies full! In our research, one parent said ‘You want to fuel them for the day but they always want what is not healthy.'”

Epic Popcorn launched in UK

US-style popcorn brand Epic is to go on sale at the country’s Tesco stores from August.

The brand, owned and distributed by UK food and drink distributor Petty Wood, is to roll out giant sharing tubs of popcorn in three flavours: sweet and salty; cotton candy; and smokin’ hot chilli. The tubs have an RRP of GBP3 (US$3.98).

PW Brands director Jason Beaumont said: “We have spent time developing three fun flavours, that nod to current trends, to be enjoyed as popcorn should be – straight from the bucket. We are tapping into the trend for all things American with big flavours and big, sharer sized-snacking food.”

General Mills launches French-style Liberte Origins yogurts in UK

General Mills has confirmed the launch a range of French-style yogurts in the UK – Liberté Origins.

The US food group said in February it planned to roll out a product in the UK similar to the Oui yogurt it markets in its domestic market.

Liberté Origins yogurts come in three flavours topped with fruit compotes – strawberry, vanilla and apricot – and mark the brand’s biggest launch into Tesco with more than 1,600 stocking points.

They come in 135-gram reusable glass jars and are available at a recommended retail price of GBP2.50 (US$3.31) for a pack of two, with no artificial colours or flavourings.