Product news

Bean bags lead the way

March 28, 2017

Coffee specialist, Raw Bean, has launched what it claims is the first pyramid coffee bag on the market – Bean Bags.

A one-cup, quality filter coffee offering, Bean Bags are positioned as delivering real coffee with less mess, less fuss, less waste. The bags are biodegradable.

Each bag is packed with 12 grams of grounds and like the pyramid tea bags, the innovative shape is said to ensure better infusion than its square coffee bag cousins.

Bean Bags are available in three varieties: Breakfast Blend (strength 4), El Salvador (strength 3) and a 100% chemical free, Definitely Decaffeinated (strength 4).

Scoring over 80 on the SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association) scale, all three Bean Bags blends are classified as speciality coffees.

Pie liquor made easy

March 28, 2017

Award-winning UK pie company, Goddard’s Pies, has launched its own instant parsley liquor, providing authentic Goddard’s taste and cost-savings to caterers.

This powdered liquor gravy mix was over six months in development, with the goal to ensure it tastes as close as possible to the company’s freshly made parsley liquor.

Packed in 4kg tubs (equivalent to approximately 200 servings) and 20kg bags, Goddard’s exclusive dry mix instant liquor saves time, adds convenience, and costs less than fresh liquor.

Sean Horton, Director from Goddard’s Pies, says: “Whilst fresh is best it can sometimes be hard to work within the use by dates. Our 4kg and 20kg bags of instant parsley liquor have a 12 month shelf life and cannot only save food businesses money in terms of less wastage and cost, but also in terms of space – there is no need to use up space in a fridge or freezer as businesses no longer need to hold chilled or frozen stock.

Oatcakes go large

March 28, 2017

Nairn’s Oatcakes has added an extra 33% of product to its popular 135g Gluten Free oatcake range to now offer 180g at the same price.

Martyn Gray, managing director at Nairn’s Oatcakes said:
“Gluten Free products are often more expensive than standard lines because of the rigorous testing required to ensure safety for those who need follow a GF diet for medical reasons. We’ve recently invested over £6.5m in a brand new gluten-free factory that’s significantly bigger and more automated than our previous site. We’ve taken the decision to pass on some recent cost savings in the form of a 33% extra fill pack.”

Nairn’s has been baking with oats since 1875 and entered the gluten-free market in 2009. Its gluten-free range now includes oatcakes, crackers, cereals, sweet biscuits and most recently, two new snack lines (Astro Bites and Snackers).

A perfect shave

March 28, 2017

SELECT Amenities has expanded its offer to include products created by The Art of Shaving brand.

Founded in 1996, The Art of Shaving has grown from one store on Lexington Avenue, New York, to a global brand with more than 150 retail locations.

Its concept is to be the best in men’s skin care and grooming and it focuses on a path to optimal shaving performance which it calls The Four Elements of The Perfect Shave. The message is backed by products which help shavers prepare, lather up, shave and moisturise.

The grooming products use 100% pure essential oils and are now offered as a travel range suitable for inflight.

Chilli infusions add a kick

March 28, 2017

NIX&KIX has relaunched its range of chilli-infused soft drinks featuring a lower sugar content recipe and new look packaging.

After nine months of testing, NIX&KIX has now achieved below 4.8g sugar per 100ml for its range of Mango & Ginger, Peach & Vanilla and Cucumber & Mint – all without adding any artificial sweeteners.

Cayenne chillies are a key ingredient in the drinks for their health and flavour benefits.

Co-founder, Kerstin Robinson, says: “Capsaicin in chillies has metabolism boosting and energy-releasing properties. More interestingly, it gives you an endorphin rush. As the body defends itself against the heat of a chilli it releases endorphins, which leaves you with a ‘high’”

The chilli also allows a much lower sugar content without loss of flavour.

NIX&KIX is available in cases of 12 x 330ml bottles / 6 x 750ml bottles / 12 x 250ml cans (coming soon).

Crafted biscuit packs

March 28, 2017

Café Brontë, the premium biscuit brand by Paterson Arran, has launched a new range of ‘lovingly crafted’ biscuit mini packs.

Chocolate Choices come in four varieties – milk chocolate & coconut, milk chocolate & orange, dark chocolate & ginger and dark chocolate & mint – each coated in Belgian chocolate.

Each case of Café Brontë Chocolate Choices contains 48 single biscuit mini packs, with 12 of each variant. Made with 37% Belgian chocolate, they are presented in contemporary packaging.

Natural launches

March 20, 2017

Natural and organic products will come centre stage at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show in London next month (April 2-3).

Proposed launches during the event will include Instant Sunshine Soups with vitamin D from Marigold Health Foods; an organic range of Eat Real lentil chips, hummus chips and veggie straws from Cofresh Snack; organic raw extra virgin coconut oil from Pure Diet Organic, and a peanut quinoa bar, which combines air-roasted peanuts, peanut butter and quinoa puffs for a crunchy texture, from Perkier Foods.

In a dedicated Soil Association & Organic Trade Board pavilion, Clearspring will launch organic 100% Buckwheat Pasta, made from naturally gluten free 100% buckwheat flour, and the Sunita brand will launch a new Tahini with beta-glucan with added oat beta-glucan (a soluble fibre), can help to prevent excess cholesterol being absorbed into the body.

Product highlights at IFE show

March 20, 2017

The 20th edition of The International Food & Drink Event opened its doors this week to thousands of food and drink professionals from around the globe.

Among products making their mark are Gato & Co which aims to revolutionise desserts with a range of puddings which are less than 220 calories per pot, made with natural, nutrient-rich ingredients and free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar; Mighty Bee producing 100% organic coconut water, coconut meat and jerky and The Nude Spoon showcasing organic, dairy-free ice cream sweetened with coconut sugar offered in flavours such as creamy coffee, salted caramel and rich chocolate.

Exhibiting at IFE for the first time, were Equinox Kombucha with raw, organic sparkling energy drinks full of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids and live bacterias; and Twisted Halo with a range of low calorie alcoholic beverages including a gently sparkling blend of coconut water twisted with ginger and premium vodka.

Watch the video highlights to catch up with the action from day one of the UK’s biggest food & drink trade event.

New look for Minioti

March 14, 2017

Jersey ice cream producer Minioti has a new look for its no added sugar range, which it showcased at the International Food and Drink Event (IFE).

The new look runs alongside a new recipe that uses 100% Jersey milk and cream, with no added sugar. The company claims Jersey milk is naturally lower in fat and has up to 20% more protein and calcium.

Flavours within the range include: Creamy Vanilla, Creamy Strawberry and Creamy Chocolate.

The pots are available in 900ml, 500ml, 125ml and 4.5 ltr trays.

Pago’s new flavour

March 14, 2017

Pago, a fruit juice brand, will add a fifteenth flavour to its range of juices with the introduction of rhubarb and pear juice.

The new product was put into development after the company asked consumers on social media to choose from two proposed flavours.

The full range of Pago fruit juice includes: Rhubarb & Pear, Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Strawberry, Cloudy Cherry, Cranberry, Pineapple, Mango, Peach, Pear, Cloudy Apple, ACE (orange, lemon, carrot), Tomato, Blackcurrant and Multi-Vitamin Tropical.

Biltong range hits the snack scene

March 7, 2017

A pedigree beef business from Driffield, UK is aiming to conquer the snack market with its new range of biltong.

The launch of The Yorkshire Wagyu Company’s Biltong marks the firm’s first foray into the charcuterie marketplace and is in response to the growing market for healthy, high-protein snacks.

Biltong has its origins in South Africa and is a mildly spiced, salted and air dried meat whose name derives from the Dutch ‘bil’ meaning buttock and ‘tong’ meaning strip. The Yorkshire Wagyu Company’s Biltong is made from prime cuts of grass fed Yorkshire Wagyu that are seasoned with a home produced dry spice mix and dried in a UV cabinet that simulates the South African sunshine.

The initial biltong range comprises Biltong Slices, Paleo Biltong Slices, Biltong Bites and Biltong Sticks. Available in each 50g pouches.

Water demands greater status

March 7, 2017

UK water brand, Wenlock Spring, is calling on the catering world to present and serve premium bottled water correctly, just like wine.

The company believes premium bottled water should be a considered part of a meal or bar offering as it can enhance the dining experience through its taste, health and rehydration benefits.

A fine water will also cleanse and refresh the palate between courses, says its team.
Wenlock Spring described as a ‘crisp and delicately sweet’ water should, they say, be chilled but not straight from the fridge – like white wine; it should be served without ice or lemon as this introduces tap water and other 
flavours into the spring water.

Sales of water is outstripping fruit juices and nectars Wenlock Spring believes and premium brands should be listed on menus and in beverage lists, with a description of their taste and provenance.

Intrepid Fox serves up Spanish wines

March 7, 2017

Intrepid Fox, the pre-filled red, white and rosé single-serve goblets from Lyme Bay Winery, are now available with Spanish wines.

Each fully recyclable, shatterproof PET glass now comes filled with Spanish Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosado wines.

Lyme Bay’s winemaking team has worked closely with their Spanish counterparts to source wines from the historical winemaking region of La Mancha in central Spain.

The easy-serve, easy-carry design of Intrepid Fox reduces service time and wastage.

Novel adds single serve bread options

March 7, 2017

Novel Foods has brought together its most popular snack breads and crackers and made them available in single-serving packs.

Light, crispy and said to be full of flavour, the range of snack breads are presented as a stylish and contemporary option for onboard service.

The range includes Tuscan crostini and twisted Tarali, which come in different shapes and flavours including sea-salt, pizza, pesto, rosemary, fennel and oregano.
Gluten free rice crackers are also available in original, cheese and chive, tex-mex and teriyaki. There are also vegetarian, halal and kosher options.

Beech’s launches new truffles range

March 7, 2017

Beech’s Fine Chocolate is launching new products targetting the gourmet market.

A new range of competitively-priced Champagne Truffles includes Champagne Truffles, Pink Champagne Truffles, Prosecco Truffles and Salted Caramel Truffles, all using 35% cocoa solids and produced in 100 gram packs of 10 truffles.

In addition Beech’s will also launch a Fair Trade Madagascan chocolate bar – the key ingredient, Madagascan cocoa solids.

To go with these high quality offerings Beech’s has also upgraded its packaging using a premium gold blocked finish.

Cathay brews for onboard

February 28, 2017

Cathay Pacific has introduced a new beer onboard that the airline claims is the first to be specifically brewed to be enjoyed in pressurised aircraft cabins.

Named after the airline’s first aircraft, Betsy, the beer is a “high-quality craft ale that has travel in its DNA”.

The beer has been brewed in collaboration with Hong Kong Beer Co. and includes a combination of Hong Kong and UK-sourced ingredients that enhance the flavour and aroma profiles for high-altitude consumption.

Among the ingredients are Dragon Eye fruit – known for its aroma and rich textural properties – and New Territories-sourced honey, as well fuggles hops, a mainstay of British ales.

“We know that when you fly, your sense of taste changes,” says Cathay Pacific general manager marketing, loyalty programme & CRM, Julian Lyden. “Airlines address this issue for food, but nobody has ever tried to improve the taste of beer at altitude. It seemed like a great opportunity for us to help our beer-loving passengers travel well.”

Lyden continues: “We are constantly looking for innovative and meaningful ways to enhance the travel experience for our customers. To help passengers experience something memorable for the first time is a big part of what we mean by ‘travelling well’. Betsy Beer is a great example of this. A beautifully crafted product designed purely with the traveller, and beer lover, in mind.”

Betsy will initially be served to First and Business Class passengers on flights between Hong Kong and London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester from March 1 to April 30.

It will also be available at the airline’s lounges in Hong Kong and Heathrow.

FlyFit launches oat cookies

February 28, 2017

FlyFit has added a new cookie product to its range of products supporting inflight wellbeing.

The 100% oat cookie is high in dietary fibre and uses sunflower oil instead of palm oil. It is made using all natural ingredients, with no additives.

The cookie is available in three flavours: cranberry, coconut and dark choc nibs and has been developed and baked by Hoppe in close cooperation with FlyFit.

Hoppe Food Group is a market leader in Europe for single packed biscuits, specialising in foodservice and travel catering.

FlyFit specialise in products which improve the nutritional wellbeing of people on the move.

Oil advice from Prep

February 28, 2017

Frying oils brand, Prep, has launched a unique app to help chefs and caterers take better care of their oil.

Developed by Prep’s oil management specialists who deliver training and troubleshooting courses in kitchens, the app shows users how to adopt industry-leading techniques to obtain the best possible performance from their frying oil.

The graphically-based, animated app includes oil management best practices; advice on testing oil and learning when to change it; top 10 tips; and five training modules covering safety, quality, long life, the discard stage and equipment and efficiency.

A troubleshooting section addresses commonly reported issues with frying oil, such as smoking, foaming and discolouration, and includes a series of questions to identify the probable cause and offer a solution.

The app is available at the Google Play store and the Apple App store.

BA drinks in New Orleans

February 14, 2017

British Airways is shaking things up ahead of the launch of its new route to New Orleans this month with a Creole food and cocktail combo.

From March 27 the airline will fly four-times-weekly between Heathrow and ‘The Big Easy’ and to mark the occasion it has teamed up with award-winning drinking den NOLA to create a New Orleans-inspired cocktail and Creole food menu which will be served to all customers on flights between the two cities from the launch date until April 27.

Executive chef, Brett Milligan, has collaborated with British Airways’ in-house chefs to create courses which blend authentic Deep South flavours alongside traditional cooking techniques.

Customers will be able to try drinks such as a Hurricane cocktail, which blends rum with passionfruit and citrus, and the official cocktail of New Orleans, ‘The Sazerac’, a distinguished mixture of rye whiskey, sugar, absinthe and bitters.

Colin Talbot, British Airways’ head of catering, said: “New Orleans is the birthplace of exotic elixirs, buzzing jazz bars and some of America’s most famous cocktails so we wanted to give our customers something extra special to toast the new route. We’ve ensured the flavours are really authentic to give those on board a taste of the Deep South before they’ve even touched down.”

Kaelis gets onboard with Delta

February 14, 2017

Delta is improving its onboard coat check-in system with the addition of the Kaelis customised coat hanger.

The hanger has been designed specifically as a time saver that simplifies the First and Business passenger boarding process while reducing the chances of misplacing the passenger’s belongings.

The patented hanger design has two wheels built into it. By turning the integral wheels, Delta crew members can enter the passenger’s seat number before stowing the jacket as a quick and easy identifier for when they return the item at the end of the flight.

Delta gets creative with trays

February 14, 2017

Delta and The Coca-Cola Company have teamed up to bring art to the onboard tray table.

Together with 12 artists from around the world, Delta and Coca-Cola have created an art gallery in the sky – transforming the tray tables on one of the airline’s 767 aircraft into one-of-a-kind works of art.

Each artist brought their own personal style and taste to their trays and drew inspiration from some of the airline’s most popular destinations, including: Amsterdam, Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. Each piece of art celebrates themes of optimism, travel, refreshment and happiness.

In addition to the in-the-air art gallery, Delta will be displaying the original trays in Concourse A, between gates A15 and A11 at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Princess Cruises introduces ‘best of British’ brands

February 14, 2017

Princess Cruises has decided to offer a range of additional food and drink options with a British theme on Crown Princess, one of its Southampton-based ships for spring and summer 2017.

Famous British brands such as Twinings tea, Branston pickle, HP Sauce and Marmite will now be stocked onboard and a wider variety of British beers and ales (brand names not yet confirmed) will also be available to purchase.

The cruise line has also re-designed its dining after asking UK guests to name some of their home food favourites.

The ship’s menu now includes a curry night once a week; fish and chips every lunchtime; a traditional roast with all the trimmings every Sunday; a pub lunch on sea days, serving favourites including Lancashire hotpot, Cornish pasties and cottage pie; extended breakfast options such as English bangers, back bacon, kedgeree, crumpets and black pudding; afternoon tea, including scones, jam and cake, on sea days; and a cup of tea at hand 24/7 via the restaurants or room service.

In addition, food and drink will be served to mark special occasions and complement screenings of sports events. For instance Champagne, Pimms and strawberries will be available during Wimbledon.

New site for Green Gourmet

February 6, 2017

Green Gourmet has relaunched its website with an enhanced search facility and clearer product sign-posting.

Products are organised by brand and provide the user with detailed information for each, including certifications. Users can find specific products or topics easily and quickly.

As well as improved user experience, the site also uses bold colours and a contemporary style to balance professional service with aspirational and exciting presentation

The site includes food inspiration, recipe ideas, ‘how to makes’, and topical industry news. It also hosts information about the faces behind Green Gourmet and personal accounts of where individuals’ passion for food originated.

The new site is mobile-friendly, enabling users to find food recipes from the kitchen and important information whilst on the go.

Free-from products take centre stage

February 6, 2017

Airline operators are being urged to improve their free-from offering to satisfy the huge demand for these products onboard.

In the UK alone, one in five people consider themselves to have a food allergy or intolerance and the number of cases has doubled in the past decade. While free-from foods are a lifestyle choice for some, for others it is medical necessity which airlines need to cater for.

The gluten-free market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6% between 2015 and 2019, according to a report from Technavio. This, says the report, is in part driven by the perception among consumers that gluten-free foods are healthier. Research from Mintel suggests free-from food sales will grow 13% and reach £531m this year.

This year’s World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) will see a host of free-from companies exhibiting including Lovemore Free From Foods, a division of Welsh Hills Bakery, which produces a range of gluten-, wheat- and mostly dairy-free biscuits, cookies, cakes, tarts and fruit pies. Its airline-based sales are rapidly growing and it now supplies Gate Gourmet & Vueling.

Julian Cruttenden, key account manager for Welsh Hills Bakery, said: “The major retailers are growing at 30%+ year-on-year in gluten-free produce. We see snacks, cakes and biscuits as particularly in demand in this sector.

Other specialists exhibiting include WAM Group (World And More), specialising in kosher, halal and gluten-free meal trays; BestPartner Food, which supplies allergy-free food with a focus on gluten-free pasta; Dr Schar AG, which offers gluten-free products; and Vidasal AB, which specialises in allergen-free sweets and confectionery.

For more information on exhibiting at the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo 2017,click here. To register to visit click here

DFMi taps into sprout power

February 6, 2017

DFMi is turning the focus onto sprouting with all natural chips and snacks by Way Better Snacks.

Bursting with sprouted seeds, beans and grains, Way Better Snacks are positioned as a healthier and better way to create a crunch.

 They come in a range of flavours from sweet and spicy Sweet Chili to Nacho Cheese. All in the range are Non-GMO project verified, whole grain and sprouted.

Sprouting, says DFMi, helps ensure great flavour, texture, and colour.

Aimia adds new milk option

February 6, 2017

Aimia Foods has added a new granulated 100% skimmed milk single-serve stick to its Milfresh range.

Building on the success of Milfresh Gold and Silver, designed primarily for automated machine use, Milfresh Sticks are a single serve solution developed to help eliminate the cost, storage, taste and waste issues associated with the provision of UHT (Ultra High Temperature) liquid milk portions.

Made using 100% premium skimmed milk, which has been granulated for superior solubility, Milfresh milk sticks are nutritionally identical to skimmed milk. They contain less water and more milk per portion than liquid UHT products.

The granulation process used to create Milfresh is slow and careful to protect the protein and amino acids within the milk and produce a rich, creamy, natural taste. It has a 15 month shelf life from production.

Mini version of Rude Almond Drink

January 30, 2017

Rude Health has re-launched it best-selling Almond Drink in a new ‘mini’ size, designed for on-the-go use.

Available from the Rude Health website and from independents nationwide, the dairy alternative comes in a 250ml carton and is priced at £1.50 per unit.

Over the upcoming months Rude Health will be launching more mini drinks from its unsweetened, organic dairy-alternative drinks family, with a mini Hazelnut Drink expected to hit the shelves soon.

Rude Health’s full-sized drinks range includes a Cashew Drink, Oat Drink, Brown Rice Drink, Hazelnut Drink, Coconut Drink and the Ultimate Almond drink, all made with no more than five ingredients.

The mini Almond Drink contains just organic almonds, natural spring water, organic rice, organic cold-pressed sunflower oil and sea salt.

Wyldsson launches Nutella alternative

January 30, 2017

Natural health brand and online retailer Wyldsson has launched a new Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread, which is vegan and palm oil free.

Wyldsson founder Dave McGeady used to eat jars of hazelnut spread until he took a look at the label. “Nutella contains over 50% sugar and palm oil,” Dave McGeady said.

The new spread features organic Peruvian cocoa combined with roasted hazelnuts, with a subtle sweetness provided by little chunks of dates and tiny bits of cashews.

The use of nuts doubles the protein content and the inclusion of dates means it has half the sugar (none of it refined) of Nutella. It also has half the saturated fat, lower calories, more fibre and less salt. The RRP is £5.99 for a 360g jar.

Dave McGeady is a former investment banker who founded Wyldsson afer training for the London Marathon and becoming frustrated by the lack of healthy snacking options.

Novel pizza-style snack pack

January 30, 2017

Novel foods has a new Italian-inspired snack – Pizzette – which combines authentic Italian crostini crackers with cream cheeses for sensational on-the-go nibbles.

The Pizzette snack pack contains a portion of top-brand cream cheese and a 20g tray of pizza-flavoured crostini crackers, delicately flavoured with Neapolitan pizza herbs and spices, paired together in a deli-friendly package.

The Pizzette snack pack offers a selection of popular cream cheeses including: Bel Paese, Seriously Strong, Kiri, Boursin, Laughing Cow and Rondele.

Raw vegan snacks from Saf Life

January 30, 2017

Saf Life is launching a new range of raw, vegan and gluten-free healthy snack products under the ‘Saf Raw’ brand.

The new Impulse range has been developed to provide unique flavour combinations and textures including Chewy Protein Bites, Organic Pudding Bites, Organic Raw Choc Trail Mixes and Organic Coconut Chips. These new ranges will complement the existing Grocery ranges that includes: Kale Crisps, Activated Crackers, Activated Nuts, Organic Fruity Coconut Pastilles, Cereal Bites and Nutty Nori.

Packaged in plastic tubes and pouches made from recyclable materials, the new range is designed as a grab-and-go product.

Saf Raw snacks are produced in East London using quality ingredients and processing techniques like activation through sprouting and dehydrating snacks below 46C to keep products raw and preserve key nutrients and enzymes that would normally be lost when cooked at high heat.

Saf Life’s managing director, Shamir Shah, comments: “Our innovative new snacks will certainly surprise and delight both new and existing customers as we are introducing products, textures and flavours that are completely new to the market. Together with a new brand design and stylish packaging, we want to show the world a glimpse of the creativity from within the Saf kitchen and prove that vegan and raw foods can not only look fabulous but also taste amazing.”

Choose a champion

January 24, 2017

Chocolate treats or health bars, savoury corn or sweet pastries – which snacks caught your attention through 2016? Which beverage flavours the most heads on your journeys last year? Help us recognise the best of the best by voting now in our 2017 Onboard Hospitality Awards.

Voting closes in one week on February 1 so this is your last chance to see the entries and make your mark by voting for the products you think should be going through to the finals.

We have almost 200 entries, including fabulous snacks and lipsmacking beverages; innovative catering services and ground-breaking culinary concepts.

Big names and new arrivals are all keen to get your support and your knowledge of what really works onboard will make all the difference to our judging process.

Check them all out and get involved. View and vote before February 1 and thank you for being a part of it.

Manfood and cricket flour take centre stage

January 24, 2017

The International Food & Drink Event 2017 will showcase a range of new product innovations when it opens its doors in March (19 to 22) at ExCeL London.

Some 1,350 food and drink manufacturers will attend the event with new products expected to draw attention including cricket flour, beer-flavoured sweets and meat protein bars.

Exhibitors will include Manfood, featuring new Beer Jellies, a product which combines beer with added flavours such as lemon and ginger to create alternatives for glazes or side sauces (stand N3010).

Sacoma will offer healthy snack bars and crackers made with sweet potato flour as well as sweet potato juice, jams and vine leaves ( N1448).

Showcasing a new meat protein bar is Fori. High in protein and paleo-friendly, the bar is said to capture authentic worldwide flavours including chilli beef, Moroccan lamb and Thai turkey in its range of bars ( N1544).

Yumpa harnesses the ‘power’ of cricket flour to create its natural energy bars, protein-packed with cricket flour, nuts, dried fruit and seeds ( N2262).

Innovative drinks taking to the show floor include Sygenix – a light, sparkling natural health drink made with green coffee beans, green tea and vitamins ( N2223).

The show expects to see growing interest in exhibitors featuring ground-breaking premium adult soft drinks. First time exhibitor Equinox Kombucha, for example, has created raw, organic sparkling energy drinks full of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids and live bacterias (N1900); while for something less tee-total, but still angelic, Twisted Halo (N2145) has a range that includes a gently sparkling blend of coconut water twisted with ginger and premium vodka at  90 calories per 275ml bottle.

You can register to attend the show now via the IFE website and receive a free entrance badge, saving the £25 pay-on-the-door fee.

Seamore extends its range

January 24, 2017

Seamore, the creator of I Sea Pasta, is expanding its range of seaweed-based product with the launch of I Sea Bacon.

This product begins as purple leaves and once fried changes to green, turning into ‘bacon’ and a useful accompaniment to a range of meal options.

Suited to a wide range of dietary requirements, it is gluten-free with no saturated fats and is recommended as an addition to salads, pasta or hamburgers.

I Sea Bacon has a crunchy, salty and smoky flavour that rivals bacon, but with the added benefits of being vegan-friendly and highly sustainable. It is made from 100% wild and organic seaweed, harvested in Ireland.

Jelly gets a squeeze on

January 24, 2017

Specialist food sourcers and importers, Caterers Choice, has launched a new JellySqueeze flavour: Apple and Blackcurrant.

This is the third product in the range of squeezy jelly in a pouch, designed to be user-friendly and easy to eat on the go.

The Caterers Choice brands include Fairer Fish, Fruitypot and JellySqueeze. The Fruitypot range has been rebranded and is now supported by a lively Instagram page The company will launch an online shop in March to widen its distribution options.

Taytos take flight

January 17, 2017

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has refreshed its onboard menu and is now championing Northern Ireland’s famous brand of crisps, Tayto.

The airline’s ‘Tastes of the Regions’ menu highlights regional products from a different corner of its extensive network every quarter. Through to March, those from Ireland and Northern Ireland are in the spotlight, and other products on the menu include Guinness and Butler’s Irish Whiskey Chocolate Bar.

One in every five packets of crisps eaten in Northern Ireland alone is the Tayto iconic cheese and onion flavour – and now Flybe passengers on its 450-plus flights a day can enjoy them too.

Amy Valcik, Flybe’s chief sales and marketing officer, comments: “Our first ‘Tastes of the Regions’ menu of 2017 brings onboard a real Northern Irish classic. We know our Northern Ireland passengers will welcome the opportunity to indulge in their favourite crisps, and we fully expect that those who might not be as familiar with the Tayto brand will enjoy the opportunity to become hooked as well!”

Tayto makes more than one million packets of crisps and snacks each day at Tayto Castle in Tandragee.

Coconut launch

January 17, 2017

UK natural ingredients supplier, Helios Ingredients, has launched a new product, PURO Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

Helios has been supplying coconut products in Europe for generations and produces, packs and distributes its products itself.

The PURO Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is 100% traceable and 100% natural. It is extracted by cold pressing organic coconut flesh from coconuts and is not chemically refined, bleached or deodorised. As well as a healthier oil substitute in cooking, PURO Organic Virgin Coconut oil can also be used straight from the jar to nourish hair, skin, nails and for other cosmetic uses.

Cookie stash launch

January 10, 2017

Belgian Boys has launched a new mini biscuit snack – the Cookie Stash pack of butter cookies.

A new twist on the national Belgian cookie, the Speculoos, this moustache-shaped butter cookie also aims to raise awareness of the company’s affiliated charities.

The mini Cookie Stash comes in a 1 oz pouch, designed for eating on-the-go and stands out from the current speculoos on the market by being free from palm oil. In addition, the cookies are nut free, non-GMO, made from 100% natural ingredients with no artificial additives and kosher-certified. The serving is below 140 calories per pouch.

To coincide with the launch, a project called ‘YOUR – You Rock It, We Give It’ is being introduced. Set to be a ‘social revolution’, the campaign encourages snackers to snap a picture while rocking the ‘stash’ and share it on social media. Each month a winner will be posted on Belgian Boys’ website.

Premium mixers launch

January 10, 2017

British independent drinks company Folkington’s has launched a range of six premium mixers in mini-cans for the airline and travel catering industry.

Using only natural ingredients and specially crafted to complement the range of inflight spirits, the 150ml range of Indian tonic water, dry ginger ale, bitter lemon, lemonade and club soda has been created using natural botanical extracts made by artisan producers from hand-picked citrus and floral plants.

The range is designed to have strong onboard appeal, packaged in conveniently-sized stylish cans for airlines, cruise ships and trains wanting to offer a premium, high-quality mixer suited to the travel sector as a whole.

The tonic waters are made with a balance of natural quinine from India and other botanical extracts to work with gin; the ginger ale features West African ginger root with subtle citrus notes to complement dark spirits; the bitter lemon and lemonade (not from concentrate) uses freshly-picked Sicilian lemons; and the club soda is made with natural minerals extracted from soda crystals.

The range is available in cases of 24 cans.

Matcha tea makes its mark

January 10, 2017

Tea specialists, Tea Pigs, reports that the matcha tea market has shown dramatic growth in the past 12 months and predicts further expansion.

Promoting a matcha range for over for eight years, teapigs co-founder and professional tea taster Louise said: “Finally people are saying matcha is the product of the year! We sell a premium organic matcha from Japan, which is shade grown and ground with granite stones – this matcha makes a delicious and pure matcha green tea and a lovely bright green matcha latte.”

The company’s matcha offering is 100% pure matcha for maximum health benefits and great taste. It is available in single-serve sachets and in cartons mixed with spring water and juice.

Salty Dog adds sweet treat

January 4, 2017

Snack brand Salty Dog has unveiled its first confectionery product with the launch of Cheggs – bite-sized chocolate eggs.

The candy coated solid chocolate eggs are available in two different pack sizes, 30g and 90g, and are perfect for retail, food service and travel catering operators. Suitable for vegetarians, Cheggs are designed to appeal to both adults and children.

The Salty Dog brand, alongside the Darling Spuds brand, is created and run by husband and wife team Dave and Judy Willis. Cheggs is the first major sweet confectionery snack in their range.

The range comes in shelf ready packaging and clipstrips are offered for the 90g packs.

Keeping drinks cool

January 4, 2017

Start-up Danish company KeepCool has launched a slick, dispenser that keeps milk, juice and other drinks refrigerator-cold.

The KeepCool uses vacuum technology to ensure drinks stay up to 6 degrees (celsius) cooler than room temperature outside the fridge for up to three hours, in a sleek stainless steel container designed to make real style statement.

Durable and dishwasher-friendly, the KeepCool is insulated and contains a 1-litre carton which makes it easy to pour chilled drinks.
The Danish-designed and produced dispenser can be engraved or embossed.

KeepCool has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise over £11,000 (US$14,000) in pledges in return for heavy discounts and rewards on the global crowdfunding platform .

Cocofina matches with pineapple

January 4, 2017

Coconut experts Cocofina has added a new organic coconut and pineapple snack bar to its range.

Cocofina is a UK-based organic food producer specialising in premium coconut-based products. Each snack bar is UK Soil Association approved, containing no additives or artificial ingredients and 100% organic, vegan and vegetarian friendly. Ingredients include dried organic pineapple, oats, coconut, rice syrup and rice crisps containing rice flour, cane sugar, sunflower oil and barley flour.

Founder and coconut expert Jacob Thundil says: “It was easy to choose this bar over and above the other twenty recipes we created, as it quite literally tastes and feels like real sunshine in a bar.”

Traiteur de Paris revisits its canapes range

January 4, 2017

Traiteur de Paris has added a range of new canapes and petits four focused on innovative flair and culinary excellence.

The traditional canapés range now includes nine new savoury options: onion cake with bitter orange chutney, smoked duck breast fillet; tomato financier cake with cream of goat’s cheese, marinated tomato and chives; rye bread, chicken rillettes with mustard, pepper tapenade and white bread; walnut biscuit with roquefort-walnut cream and roquefort; soft crab Nordic bread with avocado mousse and lemon zest; blini with horseradish-lemon cream, marinated anchovy, pink peppercorns and dill; caramel biscuit with creamy foie gras and fig jelly; pepper cake with shellfish-flavoured cream, marinated crayfish; and blini with lemon cream, smoked salmon, spice mix.

The range comes as a 54 piece frozen platter ready to serve on a black tray and guaranteed free from preservatives, artificial colours and flavour enhancers.

Eight new ultra modern petits fours are offered in trays of 48 items and include: almond and red berries financier cake; mini caramel cheesecake; coconut, mango, and passion fruit panna cotta finger; mini praline chou pastry; chestnut and blackcurrant biscuit slice; strawberry and raspberry mini tiramisu; triple chocolate square; and apricot and vanilla financier cake.

British Airways creates a gin

December 21, 2016

British Airways is introducing its very own exclusive brand of gin for premium customers.

The specially-made tipple – British Airways Gin – will be served to the airline’s First customers, from the bar of the prestigious Concorde Room at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

It has been blended for British Airways following extensive taste tests with First customers at the Concorde Room bar in London, by the award-winning Cambridge Distillery, the world’s first ‘gin tailor’.

The main botanicals used in the exclusive herbaceous gin (aside from juniper) are basil, rosemary and thyme, which are all grown in the distillery gardens in Cambridge.

A gin and tonic is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks served on British Airways flights – the airline’s customers sip more than three million of them every year.

Troy Warfield, British Airways’ director of customer experience, said: “We know how popular a gin and tonic is with our customers in the air and we are sure our new British Airways Gin will go down a treat with our customers flying in First.

Chocolate that does you good by FlyFit

December 21, 2016

The product developers at FlyFit have made every chocoholic’s Christmas wish come true, by developing two new healthy chocolate bars.

Using 70 % dark chocolate, which is loaded with nutrients and one of the best sources of antioxidant on the planet, the chocolate tablets come in two varieties: one with probiotic and one infused with real pomegranate flakes.

Both are described as “nutritional wellbeing for people on the move” and are designed to help to fight fatigue and keeps digestive systems running smoothly whilst travelling.

The bars are 7.5 grams and widely available in Europe, USA and Middle East.

Fruit plus water from Pip Organic

December 13, 2016

Organic fruit specialists Pip Organic has a new range of drinks called Fruit Quenchers which combine fruit juice with spring water.

Designed to be hydrating, Fruit Quenchers are 100% organic and contain no added sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings or concentrates and each bottle offers one of your five-a-day. Under 100 calories, the drinks come in mango and passionfruit and pomegranate and raspberry flavours.

Patrick O’Flaherty, director of Pip Organic comments: “We noticed that the majority of fruity waters on the market contain minimal fruit and are pumped with added sugar, sweeteners, concentrates and plenty of other artificial ingredients and wanted to offer consumers a great tasting and genuinely healthy product. As we work closely with organic farmers to source only perfect tasting fruit, we know there is no need to add sugar or any other nasties and so were able to develop our new Fruit Quenchers.”

Pip Organic began selling juices in London’s Borough Market and now offers a range of fruit products including 750ml cold-pressed organic fruit juice, grab-and-go 200ml organic fruit juice, 180ml juice and smoothie cartons for kids, 105ml fruity ice squeezers and 40ml fruit lollies.

Nut butter porridge from Rude Health

December 13, 2016

Rude Health is launching a new range of nut butter porridge pots in the New Year, perfectly timed for the season of health.

The instant pots are ready in seconds after the addition of hot water and are free from refined sugar, skimmed milk powder, colourants and additives, but full of roasted nuts.

The on-the-go product comes in two flavours: hazelnut butter with cacao (described by Rude Health as “Ferrero Rocher in oat form”) and almond butter with sea salt.

The Porridge Pots are now available to buy from Sainsbury’s and independent retailers shortly after, with an RRP of £1.50.

Three hot chocs from Milfresh

December 13, 2016

Comprising three hot chocolate products, the Milfresh range from Aimia Foods contains no artificial colours and is free of hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Milfresh Superior Granulated Hot Chocolate is made with rich cocoa and skimmed milk while Milfresh Fair & Ethical Hot Chocolate is made using 100% Fairtrade cocoa blended with skimmed milk.

A premium option, Milfresh Amour De Chocolat is a more indulgent dark chocolate drink with a high cocoa content, designed to be used with Milfresh’s Granulated Skimmed Milk or blended with fresh milk.

The Milfresh range can be used by caterers straight from the bag, with the addition of hot water creating the drink. The granulated and ethical products come in packs of 10x1kg, whilst Milfresh Amour De Chocolat comes in a pack size of 8x1kg.

Noodles get mobile

November 16, 2016

Award-winning entrepreneur, Damien Lee, inventor of six innovative cup noodle flavours is now targetting the travel and on-the-go sector.

The Mr. Lee’s ‘Noodle range includes flavours such as ‘Hong Kong Street Beef’, which scooped an Innovation Challenge Award at the Lunch! Expo, in September.

Now the company has now launched Mr. Lee’s ‘Noodle Kiosk’ digital vending machines designed to make the noodle pots more accessible to travellers and build a following in the on-the-go food maarket.

Chocolate goes arty

November 16, 2016

Brioche Pasquie has launched a new ‘Black & White Petit Fours Collection’ made using some of the world’s finest chocolates.

Comprising nine flavour combinations the new collection is designed as a work of culinary art, with ‘wow’ factor and include crème brulée crunch, chocolate orange sponge, brownie square, mini chocolate eclair, chocolate sponge, white chocolate crunch, hazelnut rectangle and dark chocolate and white chocolate tartelettes.

Frozen to ensure freshness, the new Black & White Collection defrosts within five hours of serving (between 0-4°C); and is available in trays of 48 pieces (with four trays per case).

Paul Thompson, Foodservice Sales Manager, Brioche Pasquier said: “Chocolate is an ultimate indulgence and popular ingredient, but choosing the right selection of chocolate desserts to suit your menu and the look and feel of your outlet can be challenging.

“Brioche Pasquier pâtissiers use traditional recipes and methods to create products which deliver the true taste of fine French patisserie. French cuisine is known for its quality and finesse, so to add authentic flair to your dessert menu serve a selection of mini chocolate desserts, such as petit fours.

Turning Japanese with Kinomi

November 8, 2016

Kinomi is giving nuts a refresh by pairing them with the flavours of Japan.

Founder Hiromi Stone calls herself the Willy Wonka of nuts and is on a mission to source the highest quality organic nuts and pair them with Japanese flavours and global spices.

The result is a range of organic roasted nuts including Pikapika Pecans flavoured with kaffir lime, palmyra flower sugar and white kampot pepper; Pori Pori Almonds flavoured with coated in a blend of smoked red jalapeno and Indian amchur; and Waku Waku Cashews coated with a blend of Norwegian arctic seaweed and Iranian sumac.

De-stress with Lufthansa

November 8, 2016

Lufthansa has added a new gift set to its buy-on-board selection, created by British bath and body brand, Seascape Island Apothecary.

The new Awake Oil Sleep Oil Gift Set has been selected by the airline as a travel exclusive duty free purchase within its inflight magazine.

Seascape is already successful in the cruise ship duty free channel, and the Soothe Sleep Oil is currently a duty free mainstay on several other European airlines.

Making up the new Oil Duo Gift Set are Seascape’s 8ml Soothe Sleep Oil and 8ml Uplift Awake Oil. The Sleep Oil, with its 100% natural Lavender essential oils, has UK beauty industry recognition as a top de–stress product. The Uplift Awake Oil features eucalyptus and lime oils as the active ingredients and has been recently recognised as one of the best new natural products of 2016.

All Seascape products are free from parabens, SLS, micro beads, artificial colours and fragrances and free from petroleum or silicone based ingredients. Seascape is strictly against animal testing.

Whisky flavours for Jude’s

November 8, 2016

Ice-cream producer Jude’s has collaborated with a legendary whisky distillers from Laphroaig, Scotland, to create a new Hot Toddy flavour for its range.

The Hot Toddy ice cream combines creamy ice cream, honey, cinnamon and Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky for a dash of smooth, peaty, smoky flavour.

Chow Mezger, Jude’s son and joint managing director of Jude’s comments: “Our new Hot Toddy ice cream is inspired by cosy winter evenings by the fire. We love to create truly distinctive tasting ice creams so Laphroaig is the perfect partner, with it’s unique smoky and peaty flavour notes.”

Available as a 500ml tub.

Rhythm 108 gets healthy

November 8, 2016

Rhythm 108 is targeting the healthy snack market with a product called the ‘good-for-you-dessert bar’.

A Swiss company marketing under the ‘Eat real. Be real’ slogan, Rhythm 108 offers a banana muffin snack bar made from whole milk, nuts, dates and fruit, and claims its USP is that it can be warmed up like a brownie.

Other flavours include apple pie and lemon cake. Organic and handmade, the bars are gluten and preservative free and contain no added sugars.The company also offers a ‘healthy take on the classic biscuit’ with a lemon and ginger, and chocolate hazelnut choice in tea biscuit.

Nanny knows best

November 8, 2016

A newly-launched nanny service claims it is about to revolutionise travel for young passengers.

The Air Nanny service aims to provide families with a peace of mind, providing care and protection in getting a child safely from A to B. A bespoke and personalised service is created for each child, when the booking is made. The Air Nanny will liaise directly with the family, oversee all details of the journey and the child’s needs including essential paperwork and escorting.

Prices for The Air Nanny service start from £1,000 with packages tailor-made for the family’s needs.

Rejuvenation Water targets onboard sales

November 1, 2016

A flavoured spring water range, Rejuvenation Water, is targeting the onboard sector following early success in retail since its launch six months ago.

Having secured over 100 independent listings in convenience stores, health stores, delis, cafes, restaurants and gyms, the company is now showcasing its health- supporting credentials to airlines.

Produced from still Derbyshire spring water, enriched with amino acids and natural fruit flavours, the drink is designed to deal with the rigours of modern life, supporting the immune system and digestive function.

The procduct comes in a range of flavours including apple & mint identified as ideal as a drink to serve on waking. Other flavours include ginger & lime and Spanish orange.

Joe&Seph’s gets saucy

October 25, 2016

Popcorn specialists Joe&Seph’s has launched a new salted caramel sauce which enables consumers and caterers to add its popcorn flavour to other recipes.

Launched as a 1kg and 230g bottle, the company is expecting to see the product used onboard as a topping on cheesecakes and ice creams. The sauce joins a range of other flavoured toppings including sticky toffee, chocolate caramel, chocolate and hazelnut caramel, cappuccino caramel, gin and tonic caramel, strawberry and marc de champagne, and brandy butter caramel.

Three-in-one breakfast from djuiced

October 25, 2016

GB Drinks’ new ‘djuiced Break Faster’ is a new on-the-go breakfast solution for travellers which combines fruit, oats and yoghurt in a drink.

The 330ml tetra-packed drink has a 12-month shelf life and GB drinks claims it’s offers one of the lowest sugar contents of any breakfast drink on the market.

Crammed with fruit for vital vitamins, oats for slow-releasing energy and yoghurt for calcium, djuiced Break Faster comes in banana and honey and strawberry and apple varieties.

Gary Barnshaw, managing director of GB Drinks said: “While many breakfast drinks out there are just too dairy-heavy, Break Faster is everything you’d expect to find in a breakfast bowl, an ultra-convenient product that brings together everything active, busy people need to keep them going throughout the day. It can also be sold as a healthy, any time of day snack.”

Jude goes nuts

October 25, 2016

Peanut butter chocolate ripple ice cream is the latest flavour to join the Jude’s flavour hall of fame.

This flavour blends crunchy peanut butter with a rich Belgian chocolate ripple for a sweet and savoury scoop. Made in the UK from fresh Hampshire milk this launch follows the addition of brown butter pecan ice cream earlier in the year. The brown butter pecan blends brown butter (beurre noisette) with milk, caramel swirls and toasted pecan nuts candied in British demerara sugar for added sweetness and crunch.

Quick and easy flavouring

October 25, 2016

The Flaviator is positioning its sauce wallet as an easy way to offer diverse flavouring options to diners on the move.

The wallet holds up to eight sauces in standard packets with room for additional smaller salt and pepper or spice packets.

It is compact and reusable and can be offered as an passenger gift or as a ‘must have’ accessory in the inflight shopping range.

More Than Meat launch

October 17, 2016

Plant-based food brand More Than Meat is launching two new products to help caterers easily offer more vegan, flexitarian or meat reduced menu options.

The vegan ‘chorizo sausage’ and a ‘joint of lamb’ have been developed in response to growing consumer demand for meat-free menu choices.

Barry Honeycombe, the founder of More Than Meat, said: “Our new foodservice products effectively fast track and empower chefs to quickly create their own unique range of plant-based/vegan offerings. The vegan chorizo sausage can be used cold in sandwiches and salads or hot in a variety of dishes including wraps, panini or any recipe where that unmistakable smoky, piquant tomato flavour and mild chilli hit would enhance the dish.

“Our vegan ‘lamb’ can be used to create a huge variety of options including: shepherd’s pie, moussaka, tagines, curries, kebabs or even a traditional roast lamb and gravy. The lamb is delivered along with the concentrated stock that can be used to enhance the flavour of the final dish.”

The team at More Than Meat is also available to provide support and ideas for dishes using these products.

The products use a blend of plant-proteins and wholefoods high in protein and free from cholesterol, eggs, dairy and meat, and low in fats.

Virtuous ways to energise

October 17, 2016

Virtue Drinks has launched a natural, sugar-free energy drink, lightly flavoured and sparkling.

The energy waters contain zero sugar, zero calories and no sweeteners, but have as much caffeine as a cup of coffee or a can of Red Bull (80mg). The first of their kind in the UK, the product is promoted as a clean, natural pick me up to hydrate and refresh consumers on the go.

With the energy drink giants in the news time and again for their negative effects on the nation’s health, Virtue Founder, Rahi Daneshmand believes his product, with natural caffeine, yerba mate (the South American tea and natural antioxidant powerhouse) guarana and green coffee beans offers a healthier alternative. An added health lift comes from Ginseng and added B-vitamins: Niacin B3, Vitamin B6, Biotin B7 and Vitamin B12.

He says “Consumers are actively looking for ways to increase their energy levels. With Virtue Energy Water, we have created an innovative solution for this every day need, the first naturally sugar-free energy drinks.”

They are available in 250ml cans in two initial light and refreshing, unsweetened flavours, Lemon & Lime and Berries.

Bmi gets Brewdog back

October 10, 2016

Bmi regional has teamed up with Brewdog to serve its beers onboard once again.

The airline had partnered with the Scottish brewery for a limited period in the past, but the new deal means its popular Punk IPA will now be served onboard all bmi flights from Aberdeen, Bristol and Newcastle from October 17th.

The craft beer will be served in 330ml cans and is complimentary to all passengers.

“It went down really well with our passengers in the past,” says Frank Mertens, Head of Marketing at bmi regional. “Passengers love it because it’s something quirky.”

“Brewdog have done really well. It’s a global brand now and we’re both aspiring to something more premium,” says Mertens.

“We’re still a traditional airline largely carrying business passengers so food and beverage is still included, as is baggage. We have a very traditional model.”

Bmi’s flights to/from East Midlands and Southampton are catered at their European destinations and therefore carry Heineken and Becks respectively onboard.

El Al adds icecream style

October 10, 2016

ELAL has joined forces with ALDO, an Israeli local boutique Italian ice cream chain, to put ice cream onboard.

ALDO, with 40 stores in Israel, is well known for making ice cream using fresh, top quality ingredients imported directly from Italy. The icecream is being co-branded in an ELAL special edition ice cream cup designed to showcase the Italian luxury experience.

Based on the simple existing paper cup covered with aluminum foil, the ELAL cup incorporates blue porcelain illustrations converted into figures inspired by the aviation world and including aircraft and nostalgic hot air balloons.

Idan Noyberg, designer, says: “We wanted to create a ‘royal’ ice cream eating experience for the business class passengers so we brought a high quality blue porcelain spirit to the simple paper cup. The biggest challenge was to keep the product in perfect condition before serving it to the passengers, and the length of the flight. The ice cream cups are being delivered by express special service and by using the aluminum foil metallic gleam material the gold ring becomes a shimmery additional detail which increases the feeling of an exclusive afternoon inflight snack.”

D&F’s new cheese rosettes

September 26, 2016

D&F Marketing has added a new cream cheese rosette product to its range.

The rosettes have been created in a response to airline demand for high quality frozen cream cheese portions and for a healthier alternative to butter.

The rosettes are available in 10g and 15g and will be offered in a variety of different flavours from WTCE in Hamburg.

Pidy plays it straight

September 26, 2016

Pidy, the Belgian-based producer of ready-to-fill pastry products, has introduced a straight sided Tellines range in both sweet and neutral flavours.

The products improves the filling to pastry ratio in response to customer demands and current food trends. Offering straight sides rather than the traditional fluted design allows more room for fillings and gives a contemporary look. Even with thinner pastry, the new range is said to remain moisture resistant allowing caterers to prepare canapés well in advance. They can also be used to make mini quiches or crème brûlée.

Just what the doctor ordered

September 26, 2016

Healthy snack specialist The Food Doctor was one of over 340 food, drink, packaging and equipment exhibitors at this year’s lunch! event in London.

Some 100 new exhibitors attended this year, showcasing many new products, trends and innovations well suited for onboard service.

Among products promoted by The Food Doctor were new protein snack bars called On Your Whey in banana and cacao or date and coconut flavours; seasoned corn and soy snacks in sweet chilli and spicy chipolte flavours; and smokey edameme snacking packs.

Onboard Hospitality was pleased to be a media partner of the Lunch! event and full details for what we spotted as we toured the stands will appear in our next issue and online here very soon!

Radnor water range

September 26, 2016

Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company, based in Powys, Mid Wales, is targeting onboard sales with a range of rehydrating water products, drawn from the hills in Radnorshire.

The range includes natural mineral water, flavoured waters, healthy children’s drinks and adult premium pressés served alone or as a mixer.

The Heartsease Farm Premium Pressé range reflects the company’s heritage taking inspiration from the family farm still farmed today. It is a collection of traditional British recipes mixed with natural spring water.
Newest to the range are fruit juices available in Tetra Prism Paks in an array of sizes including a specifically-designed 125ml carton suitable for onboard catering trolleys.

Radnor Hills will attend this year’s Innoveat event on the October 12 at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow.

Products at IFSA

September 19, 2016

Onboard Hospitality is pleased to be a media partner for this year’s IFSA Conference and Expo in Chicago. Sue Williams and Jeremy Clark are touring the stands looking for news and innovation, and checking out the informative sessions. Among the stands here’s a few products to watch out for:

Clip: See the Japanese-inspired bento box which the Hong Kong-based start-up designed for Swiss’ Economy meals on medium haul flights. The rotable box contains a cold dish, Swiss cheese, butter and dessert, with cutlery sitting on the top of the box. Replacing disposable packaging, the bento box reflects the airline’s commitment to sustainability. (pictured below)

John Horsfall: Is showcasing new options for the Bolster Mattress. This two-in-one product is a mattress pad for lie-flat or partially reclining seats. The mattress features a hood which attaches over the seat back and doubles as a pocket, meaning the mattress can be rolled away for stowage, or presented as a bolster cushion. The multi-purpose product saves on space and can be laundered like a normal mattress pad. It’s available in a range of materials and colours.

HACO: Is now supplying FlyFit’s omega nut mix, a blend of pecans, walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds designed to provide nourishment and energy, developed in partnership with King Nut. HACO also has a new line of signature cookies designed for the US market by Dutch company Hoppe, including Dutch windmill cookies, Dutch-style honey cakes, shortbread cookies and waffles.

DFMi: New products on this stand include Colavita’s extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, pitched at Premium service. There’s also Buddig’s customisable meat products, including Old Wisconsin slow-smoked sausages which have an extended shelf life from high-pressure pasteurisation. DFMi has also partnered with Chiltern Foods Ltd, a UK manufacturer of salads, and fillings for sandwiches and jacket potatoes.

Global Inflight Products: New additions to the GIP portfolio includes ultra-light magnesium porcelain; a 100% recyclable and unbreakable ultra-clear PET cup; an easy-open, leak-proof air sickness bag; and a cart-top organiser.

Direct Food Service, Inc: This exhibitor will offer the chance to taste artisan focaccia, fresh mozzarella, nut-free basil pesto and handmade tortellone pasta with a range of seasonal fillings and served with a signature tomato vodka sauce.

ITW Envopak: Showcasing a new product in its range of security seals for inflight catering carts and Atlas boxes – the Miniflex. This is a highly flexible, single piece pull-up seal. Due to its compact design, the company can fit 90,000 seals onto one pallet, meaning savings in shipping and storage cost.

RMT Global Partners: New to this portfolio are two new glass tableware items designed for United Airlines’ Polaris Business class. The ice cream bowl and a bread plate come with a frosted pattern to complement an airline’s accompanying service ware.

Sola Airline Cutlery: Currently supplying over 70 airlines worldwide, this Dutch cutlery specialist will be showcasing new designs including glamorous gold and eye-catching rainbow-coated cutlery. Sola supplies other stainless steel items such as coffee pots, trays, bread baskets and different types of tongs.

AMI: This year, AMI introduces Wooden Pin Bakery’s granola, breakfast oat fruit clusters, cookies and a range of baked items and Goodness Graze!ous’ savoury selection of mixed nuts, snack mix, rice cracker mix and dried fruit. Both brands can develop tailor-made products.

Les Grands Chais de France: The Alsace-located wine and spirit trader is showcasing its new PET bottle for sparkling wines, which has an exclusive shape ensuring that the wine is correctly preserved and has a guaranteed shelf life of 12 months.

K&W Food Brokerage Services: Privately-owned meat processor and food manufacturer, The Ruprecht Company, will exhibit for the first time at the show with K&W. Established in 1870, Ruprecht is the oldest beef processor in the Chicago area and has expanded rapidly over the last 10 years due to its investment in R&D. The company is expanding into fully-cooked meal solutions, side dishes and raw items.

ELI’S Cheesecake Company: Debuting at IFSA and showcasing its individual tart line, each baked in a crisp, all-butter pâte sucrée crust.
Varieties include salted caramel with bittersweet chocolate ganache; lemon tart dusted with powdered sugar; cheesecake tart made with Madagascar vanilla; and butter tart, Canada’s most celebrated dessert made with a sweet mixture of butter, brown sugar and eggs.
All Eli’s products are certified kosher and the company also offers vegan cheesecake.

AUI Fine Foods: Is bringing a touch of fine dining to the onboard experience with the introduction of Truffle Zest. Truffle Zest is a seasoning with the luxurious taste of Italian truffles that can be added to everything from meat and fish to vegetables, egg and pasta, or used to enhance marinades and dressings. The company, which is exhibiting at IFSA. also has a new range of frozen desserts and an expanded range of tart shells including mini canoli, brown butter and gingersnap tart cases.

FRESHBREW Group: Is targeting onboard sales with its Green Beans Coffee product, a ready-to-drink canned coffee, designed to be chilled.
The drink is made with real brewed coffee and the 323g steel can is shelf stable for 18 months. It is available in three flavours: Cafe Mocha, Double Espresso and Caramel Latte. The beverages are currently distributed in the Middle East, Pacific Rim, and United States for vending and in-store sales and will be showcased at IFSA.

Vithit new fizz flavours

September 12, 2016

Healthy drinks brand VITHIT has unveiled VITHIT Bubbly, position as ‘the ultimate guilt-free fizz.

The new sparkling juice drink is available in a stylish can and three flavours – ZESTEA (Lime & Ginger), ESSENTIAL (Strawberry, Elderflower and Mint) and VITAL (Coconut, Mandho & Lime).

Each Bubbly can contains less than 35 calories and no added sugar and is, instead, sweetened with the stevia plant.

VITHIT Founder, Gary Lavin, said, “We wanted to create a fizzy drink that doesn’t damage your health, rot your teeth or compromise on taste. We feel we’ve achieved this with VITHIT bubbly and consumers are already absolutely loving it.”

VITHIT is the UK’s fastest growing vitamin water drink and includes 100% RDA of eight vitamins: Folic Acid, Biotin, Niacin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin B12 and a helping of healthy tea.

Christmas special from Jude’s

September 4, 2016

UK-based Jude’s ice cream has collaborated with whisky distillers Laphroaig to create a ‘Hot Toddy’ ice cream.

The new edition is out from October 1 and combines its smooth ice cream with honey, cinnamon and award-winning Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky.

Jude’s is a family business which has won over 25 Great Taste Awards. The company prides itself on using top-quality ingredients such as Madagascan vanilla, Maldon sea salt and single estate Columbian origin cocoa beans. Its milk comes from a herd of 220 Holstein crossed with Swiss Red cattle. Other Jude’s flavours include: Very Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Truly Chocolate, Brown Butter Pecan, Flat White and Gin and Tonic.

Laphroaig comes from a 200-year-old tradition, based on Islay, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

Virgin gets ‘canny’

AUGUST 31, 2016

UK start-up business, Canny Milks, has won a break though contract to supply Virgin Trains with its a new range of healthy milk drinks.

Canny Milk is the creation of Newcastle businessman Liam Watson and uses natural flavourings to help create the selection of fun milk drinks.

Canny Milks comes in a variety of flavours including strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and banana. The product is gluten free, uses British Red Tractor semi-skimmed milk, and joins a new line-up of food, snacks and drinks onboard Virgin Trains’ east-coast line.

The new Standard Class food and drink line-up is all part of the rail operator’s £140m investment into its trains, stations and travel experience for customers. To date, this has included revamped First lounges, a First Class menu created by James Martin, refurbished train interiors and the launch of the Beam onboard entertainment portal which streams content direct to customers’ devices.

There’s a real buzz about this new snack…

AUGUST 18, 2016

At Onboard Hospitality we like to stay at the cutting-edge and you can’t get more pioneering than insect-based snacks! Jimini’s was launched in 2012 by long-term friends and entrepreneurs, Bastien and Clément, who were inspired by the hit reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

The pair spotted the health benefits of protein-rich insects, which contain high levels of omegas 3 and 6. They also recognised the environmental positives of such a sustainable snack – which is undemanding of water and nutrients in comparison to animal farming.

Bastien and Clément wanted to taste insects for themselves but thought it best to add a little natural flavouring like herbs and spices, and so Jimini’s was born.

Jimini’s range of edible insects includes naturally-flavoured crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, sold as appetizers. Flavours include smoked onion barbeque, Greek spices and sesame and cumin. Interestingly, all these insects carry the same allergy warnings as shellfish.

For those with a sweet tooth, Jimini’s organic dried fruit and almond bars are made using cricket flour and agave syrup, all of which are low in fat and sugar. These are available in banana and dark chocolate, apricot, goji and chia, apple and cinnamon, and dark chocolate and fig flavours. All bars are made using organic products.

The insects are bred in specialised farms in Europe before being taken to France for flavouring, ensuring premium quality and optimal product traceability.

Jimini’s edible insects have already been introduced to both French and Belgium consumers, who responded very positively. The brand is now stocked in over 250 retailers and hopes to repeat success gained in the UK where it is currently stocked by Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Planet Organic and Partridges.

The product is packaged in boxes made using 50% recycled cardboard.

Delta’s kits get a facelift

AUGUST 18, 2016

Delta’s amenity kits have been updated to combine two premium, high-quality brands – TUMI and Kiehl – to create an ‘apothecary in the sky’ rejuvenating skin offer on the carriers longest flights.

Delta’s refreshed kits include Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 and grapefruit-scented deluxe hand and body Lotion with aloe vera and oatmeal.

The kits were introduced in July on Delta One flights, including transoceanic international flights and flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport/ San Francisco International Airport, and will feature hard- and soft-cased TUMI bags. Customers will enjoy a navy hard-sided amenity kit outbound from the U.S. and a soft-sided black amenity kit inbound to the U.S., allowing them to add variety to their amenity kit collection each way.

In addition to Kiehl’s, the Delta One kits include a TUMI soft touch pen and eye shades, striped socks, a dental kit featuring Crest toothpaste, tissues, mouthwash and ear plugs.

To celebrate the launch of the refreshed kits, Delta flight attendants handed out complimentary Kiehl’s samples at the New York City flagship store as well as Kiehl’s Nolita and Hell’s Kitchen store locations and to customers at the gate prior to boarding select flights between John F. Kennedy Airport and San Francisco International Airport/ Los Angeles International Airport. Customers are also able to participate in an online social media contest by sharing their best travel tips for a chance to win prizes from TUMI and Kiehl’s. Visit for more information.

Delta Comfort+ customers travelling on international flights receive a Rest and Refresh kit with eye shades, ear plugs and a dental kit featuring Colgate toothpaste, while Main Cabin customers receive kits that include eye shades and ear plugs.

New latte for Kenco’s 2GO range

AUGUST 18, 2016

Jacobs Douwe Egberts Professional is set to add a new latte variant to its Kenco 2GO range, the Mondelez cafe latte.

Available from September 1, the new variant is a warm milky, smooth Kenco coffee with a touch of sweetness.

Available in a 20g, double-walled cup, it’s a ready-to-drink beverage designed for busy, on-the-go consumers.

Emma Hodgson, marketing manager at JDE Professional, said: “When it comes to out-of-home consumption, lattes have overtaken cappuccinos as the nation’s favourite type of coffee, with 48% of consumers favouring them.

“Kenco 2GO Latte is the latest product to join the range, which currently includes our Cappuccino and Rich variants as well as Cadbury Hot Chocolate and Bovril beverages. With Kenco 2GO Latte, all you need is hot water to serve a delicate smooth latte.”

Child’s play with easyJet

AUGUST 18, 2016

Families travelling with easyjet from London Gatwick or London Luton this summer will be able to entertain their children with the Little Traveller’s Log Book.

The new kids’ product is available for children of all ages and contains fun flying facts, information about pioneering aviators and a full flight log including flight number, route and total miles flown.

Young passengers will be invited to give their Little Traveller’s Log Book to the cabin crew for signing by the captain, and on some flights may be invited to take it into the cockpit once they have landed.

Captain Brian Tyrell, head of flight operations at easyJet, said: “Each year over two million families travel with easyJet and we understand that sometimes keeping kids entertained at 30,000ft can seem daunting which is why we want to make travelling with children as easy as possible. We have a number of family-friendly initiatives in place, including allowing families to bring essential items of luggage free of charge such as travel seats or buggies.”

Easyjet offers kids’ snack packs containing healthy nibbles like fruit, raisins and Go Bananas Biscuits. Parents can also purchase an Ice Age activity box which contains games, colouring pictures and a set of colouring pencils. The carrier sells over 20,000 of its specially-designed teddy bears, Lily and Gulliver, onboard every year.

Qantas Olympic makeover

AUGUST 18, 2016

Qantas has given its business class pyjamas an Olympic makeover expected to make them a collector’s item.

Until September 18, the grey and black pyjamas usually emblazoned with the Flying Kangaroo will instead include feature patriotic green and gold, with the kangaroo on the front and the hashtag #RoadtoRio on the back.

Qantas spokeswoman Olivia Wirth said the Olympic pyjama range was a special way for the airlines and its passengers to throw their support behind Australia’s athletes. They will be issued on flights to Santiago, Dubai, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Dallas, Tokyo, Johannesburg and Vancouver.

On-the-go waffle

AUGUST 18, 2016

Ambient F&B specialist, Stute Foods, has launched a new sugar waffle, served with a sachet of hazelnut chocolate spread.

BWaffle is an individually-wrapped 55g waffle with a 15g sachet of hazelnut chocolate spread.

It’s designed to appeal to a wide range of outlets including travel specialists and is available in a single-display box featuring 14 waffles.

The product is halal and kosher-approved and has a shelf life of four months on delivery – ‘at least double that of ambient waffles currently on the market’ claims Stute Foods.

The Bwaffle is the latest edition to Stute Foods’ portfolio of ambient food and drink products which currently comprises juices, jams and preserves.