Product news

Norwegian adds festive treats

December 4, 2017

Norwegian is bringing some Christmas cheer to passengers throughout December with the addition of festive cookies and sandwiches on selected flights from London Gatwick and Edinburgh.

All passengers in Premium and Economy who have pre-booked a meal can enjoy a Christmas pudding-flavoured cookie with mixed spices, fruit and oats as part of the full meal service.

Passengers can also purchase a turkey, cranberry and stuffing Christmas sandwich on seeded bread from £4.50, available on all European flights from Gatwick and all flights from Edinburgh to Oslo.

Live Marie Aasheim, head of inflight services said: “We know that Norwegian customers are looking for something a bit different when they fly with us, which is why we are delighted to add a bit of festive cheer to our menu. Passengers can now enjoy a Christmas cookie while travelling with us to the States from London Gatwick or tuck into a Christmas-inspired sandwich on their journey to Europe, all while enjoying the comforts of our brand-new aircraft.”

Heavenly baby snacks

December 4, 2017

Heavenly Tasty Organics is aiming to break into the onboard market with its range of healthy, on-the-go snacks for kids.

Free from added sugars, artificial sweeteners and preservatives, Heavenly products have been awarded the certification of Sugar Wise, which ensures that there is no more than the recommended 23g/100g of naturally occurring sugars in any product.

The range includes: Happy Halo Bites (10+ months), Crispy Veggie Waffles, Mini Italian Breadsticks (12-plus months), Coconut Squishies and Yummy Wafer Wisps (six-plus months), containing organic combinations such as spinach, apple and kale and pumpkin and banana.

The brand has recently become Halal certified. Tiny taste testers related to those within our team reported they all taste great too!

Chocolate for all seasons

December 4, 2017

Chocolate specialist Beech’s has introduced a gourmet range of luxury chocolates designed to develop its product’s year-round appeal.

The selection of 12 chocolates includes four truffles from the ‘All you need is love & chocolate’ range, along with milk chocolate brazils, Canadian maple fudge, Belgian chocolate fudge and more.

The chocolatier has also developed two gift variants – the handbag and hatbox style gift boxes.The handbag style contains a 100g box of Beech’s luxury Prosecco truffles alongside a 20cl bottle of Da Luca Prosecco. The hatbox giftbag has four truffle flavours including: sea salted caramel, pink Champagne, Prosecco and Marc de Champagne.

Beech’s intends to re-introduce its Easter Egg selection as of 2018, with a rich dark chocolate egg and milk chocolate egg containing chunks of honeycomb embedded within the chocolate.

Live Oil gets fruity

December 4, 2017

Group Soi’s Live Oil has added passion fruit and red apple to its Smart selection of balsamic vinaigrette oils.

The two new flavours extend the fruity offerings of the Smart range, which already includes: cherry, fig, mango, papaya, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, peach and papaya.

The Italian company also produces citrus extra virgin olive oil made with Sicilian lemons to create Mediterranean favourites like bergamot orange, bitter orange, grapefruit and mandarin.

Live Oil also offers an oriental-style soy sauce olive oil dressing to complete the collection.

The oils are available in single serve 15ml bottles

Healthy cookies

November 29, 2017

FlyFit has launched a healthier alternative cookie which promises to use only natural ingredients and 50% less sugar.

The new Millennial cookie is made from oats, cane sugar, honey and sunflower oil making it high in fibre, free from GMOs and a healthier cookie.

The snack currently comes in two sizes (7g and 15g) and three flavours including: cacao nibs, coconut and cranberry. The company plans on adding honey and cinnamon to the collection in 2018.

Oodles of noodles

November 29, 2017

ANA to expand premium economy snack menu by introducing IPPUDO ramen noodles.

The Japanese inspired noodles have been enjoyed by passengers in first and business since 2013 and are now available as an onboard snack for economy passengers travelling on flights to Europe, Bangkok, Singapore and India.

The noodles will come in two flavours, chicken or pork and contain cabbage, onion, agedama tempura batter and yuzu.

Sweet treats

November 29, 2017

French patisserie company Brioche Pasquier has added a selection of mini cakes to its range of petit fours.

The new Mirlitons collection will feature six flavours including: chocolate sponge, coconut macaroon, bakewell sponge, apricot and pistachio sponge, caramel and apple sponge and nutty sponge.

Baked with French butter and eggs and frozen for freshness, the cakes are the ideal compliment for an afternoon tea or served as a mini desert.

Olly gives olives character

November 15, 2017

Olive brand Olly’s Olives has launched three new flavours each with their own unique promotional graphic character.

The bags of Halkidiki olives come free from stones, messy oil and artificial preservatives. They have a 12+ months shelf life.

The three flavours (and characters) are: The Bandit – chilli & rosemary – a fiery olive said to ‘add the wild to the wild west’; The Connoisseur – garlic & basil – a ‘classy olive that always adds suave to the soiree’; and The Hippie – lemon & thyme – a funky freshly-seasoned olive.

Olly’s Olives currently come in 50g bags, with smaller servings to be available in the next few months.

Pollen + Grace launches new winter collection

November 15, 2017

Pollen + Grace is expanding its healthy portfolio with a new winter selection and increased in the number of vegan-friendly options.

Pollen + Grace is expanding its healthy portfolio with a new winter selection and increased in the number of vegan-friendly options.

The new additions include a turmeric and butternut daal pot and a kimchi and miso noodle hot pot. The entire Pollen + Grace collection almost 90% vegan.

Added to the lunch box selection, is an ‘immunity box’ available as a vegan option or served with chicken. A dairy-free raw cacao and raspberry porridge pot can be served hot or cold depending or customer preference or season.

Designed in collaboration with in-house Naturopath Anastasia, the new collection offers balanced meal options, all products are free from gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugars.

Waste not, want not

November 15, 2017

Sustainable houmous brand, ChicP is focused on creating healthy, fresh dips while reducing waste and promoting sustainability.

The dips are made using raw fruit and vegetables that are mis-shapen, out-grades or simply not seen ‘fit’ for supermarket use. By sourcing the ingredients this way the brand supports British farmers while changing attitudes to cooking and waste.

ChicP houmous is high in protein and free from gluten, dairy and added sugar. It has a shelf-life of 11-12 days. Flavours include: raw beetroot, horseradish & sage and herby. The latter is packed with antioxidant herbs, carrot, ginger and turmeric.

Well travelled muesli

November 15, 2017

Dorset cereals is launching a collection of world-inspired mueslis designed to bring a new array of tastes and textures to the breakfast market.

The Ultimate Adventures collection include the Peruvian-inspired Machu Picchu recipe which incorporates brazil nuts, goldenberries, dark chocolate and coffee, while the American Road Trip uses cranberries, almonds and orange zest designed to transport you to Route 66.

The 600g boxes of muesli are best enjoyed with milk, yoghurt or fruit juice.

Honest curry

November 15, 2017

Honestly Co’s range of traditional Punjabi sauces launches this winter.

The dry powders are made from fresh, natural Punjabi spice blends to create a flavourful foundation for a traditional Punjabi curry without the need for artificial colours, preservatives or flavourings.

Founded by sisters Nusrat Anwar and Noreen Aslam, the biryani masala sauces and curry masala blends are available in hot and mild and are designed to be a healthy alternative to ready sauces from a jar.

All of the 50g packets are suitable for vegetarians.

Soulful food

November 01, 2017

The Soul Food Collective company has launched its new snacking range, consisting of freeze dried fruit and roasted seeds and beans.

The snacks are naturally free from gluten and GMOs and are finished with organic, Fairtrade Belgium chocolate. They are an ideal on-the-go option for coeliacs and vegetarians.

The 50g fruit snacks come in four flavours including: strawberries coated in dark chocolate, raspberries coated in dark chocolate, amarena cherries coated in dark chocolate and mixed berries coated in dark, milk and white chocolate. The fruit is freeze dried to maintain the flavour and preserve the natural health benefits.

There are also 30g dry roasted soya beans or pumpkin seeds which are coated in dark chocolate.

Soul Food has also earned UK Organic Soil Association accreditation and European Certification.

Less sugar, more flavour

November 01, 2017

Nibble’s protein bites has introduced more flavours to its snacking range in a recipe which now also uses fewer sugary ingredients.

The new flavours include: lemon with coconut, mocha with cocao nibs, sour cherry with a hint of orange and chocolate chip cookie with 72% dark chocolate. By using low GI sweeteners such as dried plum puree and coconut blossom nectar as a base, Nibble promises a healthier snack, without compromising on taste.

The high-protein, fibre-rich bites contain less than 6.5 grams of sugar per bag and are dairy- and gluten free, and suitable for vegans.

Jupiter targets onboard market

November 01, 2017

Fresh produce company Jupiter is targeting onboard sales by offering prepared or whole fruit as an ingredient for inflight meals.

A root to retail process ensures that the product retains its quality for a minimum of five days after delivery.

Jupiter plans to start sourcing its fruit from three continents to ensure it can offer the best fresh produce from across the globe.

Roaring success for Lion Lager

November 01, 2017

Kingfisher Beer Europe has added Lion Lager and Stout to its portfolio of Asian beers and ciders.

The Indian beer company has come to an agreement with Lion Brewery for the relaunch of the Lion, Pride of Sri Lanka products across the UK and in selected European markets.

Lion Lager uses roasted malts for a classic golden colour and is widely recognised by its fruity and caramel notes, while the stout is sweet with heavy hints of mocha as a result of the dark roasted barley. Lion Stout also featured in Roger Protz’s famous ‘300 beers to try before you die’ book.

Damon Swarbrick, ceo of Kingfisher Beer Europe, explained: “We are excited to offer another authentic leading Asian beer rich in history and relevance for the discovery world beer market. We see Lion perfectly complementing Kingfisher in our expanding portfolio.”

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Tidefords extends single serves

October 24 2017

Tideford Organics has added to its range of individual serve soups and misos.

The 300g pots are available in five flavours including beetroot and kale, lentil and spinach dhal and sweetcorn chowder.

The 300g miso range is available in six flavours including white miso, red miso and brown rice miso.

All are organic, vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

Pasquier gears up

October 24 2017

French bakery specialist Pasquier has added macarons, petit fours and individual tartlets to its portfolio positioned for service in Business or First.

Best known for its individually-wrapped ambient brioche, croissants and biscottes, the range has expanded to include thaw-and-serve options.

Pasquier has expanded its capacity with a new UK factory in Milton Keynes that has two production lines up and running, one more ready to start and room for a further three if required.

Lotus extends its range

October 24 2017

The Lotus Biscoff range, well established for its individual wrapped biscuits, is turning its focus increasingly onto new products.

A Biscoff spread with the flavours of the biscuit range has become increasingly popular as a doughnut filling or spread and is being offered as an onboard dipping option.

The biscuits are already flying on Delta and Brussels Air and the dipping option was debuted as a buy-on-board concept at Innoveat.

Onboard olive options

October 24 2017

The Real Olive Co has added new 60g individual serve snack pots for flavoured olives.

The range launches with four organic, four conventional olive flavours, all with snacking stick and a four-month chilled shelf life.

Options include olives with garlic and basil, olives with feta, tricolore olives and Kasbah olives. The company also offers Grab and Go 60g ambient snack packs in two blends.

Egg white snack innovation

October 24 2017

Egg whites specialist Two Chicks has added egg white snacks to its range.

Chirps are a new range of high-protein snacks made with egg whites and flavoured with sea salt and cracked black pepper, smokey jalapeno and sour cream and onion.

Egg whites are an on-trend protein product which the company has until now been selling in liquid form for cooking.

The snack range continues the egg whites focus by mixing them with rice flour to create a gluten free, low cal, crispy snacks.

Kinomi goes wild for nuts

October 24 2017

Nut specialist Kinomi has added a new Baribari Barus nut to its range.

Roasted until crunchy, the nuts come from the Brazilian savanna and are flavoured with a signature soy mix of soya sauce, kombu and sake, then sprinkled with a spice blend of cumin, coriander, chilli and lime.

High in protein, low in fat, the nut grows sustainably in the wild.

Joe&Seph focus on sharing

October 17 2017

Joe & Seph will next month launch a new Espresso Martini popcorn and the option of a family sharing box for buy-on-board sales.

The Espresso Martini flavour follows the success of Gin & Tonic popcorn and comes fast on the heels of other new flavours: chilli chocolate, white chocolate and raspberry, double chocolate and peanut butter chocolate.

The sharing box concept has been evolved to include four individually-packed 7g bags of popcorn in a sharing box. It will include toffee apple and cinnamon, salted caramel and two other popcorn flavours.

Innate-ly good snacks

October 17 2017

New brand Innate is reinventing snacking with a breed of healthy savoury snacks combining nutrition and flavour.

Created from vegetables, coconut, almonds and spices, the snacks are a cross between a cracker and a crisp and focus on nutritionally-supportive recipes.

The brand has launched with three flavours – Beetroot Squares, Butternut Squares and Spinach and Coconut Squares.

All are 100% natural – gluten-, grain- and soy-free, dairy-free and made without refined sugar. They are paleo and vegan compliant.

Geo adds chip sticks

October 17 2017

Fair Trade snacks brand Geo has added new Geo Sticks chip sticks to its range.

The Geo Sticks come in three flavours: Herby, Sweet Chilli and Peppery and are made using Fair Trade rice and quinoa. They are gluten-free, low calorie (91 calories) and suitable for vegans.

The company, which started with Fair Trade cereal bars in three flavours, now works with 120 Fair Trade producers in 130 countries and has sold over three million bars.

New to its sweet range is a fruit and lemon individual serve biscuit and two giant cookies in Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate Chip flavours.

Superfoodio debuts clusters

October 17 2017

Nut clusters brand Superfoodio has debuted its range of three sweet and three savoury snacks to the travel industry at Innoveat.

All six flavours are inspired by the founders’ world travels and the cluster style of the snacks helps reduce onboard mess. The flavour combinations are designed to reflect different cuisines discovered in South America and include smoked paprika, cacao and quinoa, spicy sriracha and black pepper and cardamom.

Nibnibs goes sweet

October 17 2017

Nibnibs snack brand has added to its range of flavours.

New to the savoury mix are Mini Breadsticks in Pesto, Sour Cream and Chive and Rosemary flavours which are already flying on United.

A new sweet range includes orange and cranberry and coconut flavourings. Packs are offered in 25g sizes.

Cheese gets Curious

October 17 2017

Food start-up Curious Cheese is targeting onboard caterers and buy-on-board options with a range of six gourmet cheese spreads.

Spreadable and meltable, the cheese range is flavoured with gourmet blends of fresh ingredients such as red roasted peppers, sun dried tomatoes, wholegrain mustard, ale and Worcester sauce.

The cheese spreads can be presented in individual servings for dipping or used in catering as a meltable topping on steaks or within sandwiches. They can also form part of an onboard cheese board offering.

The spreads come in six flavours based on cheddar, stilton, feta and brie cheeses.

Go faster onboard

October 17 2017

Sports energy brand, Go Faster Foods, has launched a range of energy balls presented as a nutrient-rich snack for onboard.

The Go Bites energy balls are 100% natural, vegan-friendly, wheat-, dairy- and gluten-free. They have been created by sports nutritionist Kate Percy as a nutrient-dense, bite-sized snack, and presented in packs of three.

There are three variants in the Go Bites range – Boost, Refuel and Recover.

Squbes reshape snacking

October 11 2017

Virginia Foods has launched a new style of savoury snacking – Squbes – a cube shaped snack created from dozens of nutritious seeds.

This no mess, nutritious, savoury snack is full of flavour and created with no refined sugars or wheat using all natural ingredients and only good fats. High in fibre, the seeds used are high in protein and magnesium, and the product is available in 30g servings.

Each Sqube is crunchy and light and comes in six flavours: Spiced Sesame & Almond, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Italian Cheese, Tomato & Herb, and Kale, Pumpkin & Lemon. For those looking for a sweeter option Squbes also come in Dark Chocolate, Coconut and Sea Salt or Salted Caramel & Almond flavours. They are peanut free.

Artisan Gin adds flavours

October 11 2017

Spitfire Heritage Gin has expanded its range of small batch gins for lovers of all things artisan.

At little more than a year old, the authentic 1930s botanical gin, created by gin-maker John Walters at his Victorian farm in Cambridgeshire, is increasingly finding favour with connoisseurs.

Its botanicals celebrate the ATA women who flew Spitfires during the war. They are Rosemary (remembrance), English Rose Petals (for the flowers of Britain), Borage (for courage) and Blood Orange (for those who paid the highest price of all).

These women applied their courage like lipstick, took to the skies and flew unescorted and unarmed. If they met enemy aircraft, their only recourse was to outfly them – and they did.

Use your loaf

October 11 2017

Bertinet Bakery has added three new loaf products to its Artisan for Everyday range.

Joining its White Sourdough and Malted Wheat Sourdough tin loaves is a White Sourdough which has green olives folded through the dough for subtle taste of the Mediterranean.

A new Cheddar, Onion and Cumin loaf offers rich and flavoursome bread positioned as ideal for Croque Monsieurs; while a Seeded Sourdough loaf is a twist on Bertinet’s traditional sourdough, studded with golden linseeds and toasted sunflower seeds to give a nutty flavour.

The range includes both white and a darker malted wheat loaf that has malted wheat flakes rolled into the crust.

Non-diary flax alternative

October 11 2017

New healthy drinks brand OOOMEGA has launched a range of 100% plant- based flax seed drinks.

The range consists of three variants: Original, Original Sweetened and Macchiato, and is aimed at consumers looking for a healthy and nutritious alternative to both dairy and the multitude of plant-based drinks currently available. The OOOMEGA range also taps into the growing veganism trend.

OOOMEGA is made from flaxseed oil. Flax seeds are known to be one of the richest plant-based sources of Omega 3(ALA). OOOMEGA also contains calcium, vitamin K, B12 and D2 and claims to have the lowest calorie content of any of the other dairy alternatives.

A versatile dairy-free staple, OOOMEGA can be added to porridge, smoothies, cakes and pancake mixtures, as well as being used with tea and coffee.

Guido Teekamp, founder of OOOMEGA, comments, “We very much believe that substitution doesn’t have to mean compromise. We’re confident our three delicious flavours will suit all tastes.”

Reinventing breakfast on the go

October 3 2017

C-go claims to be reinventing breakfast with a new on-the-go drink which combines an entire bowl of multi-wholegrain cereal, fresh milk and vitamins in a 250ml bottle.

Positioned as ‘a truly complete and nutritious breakfast’ option the product is created from a select blend of three different wholegrains (wheat, barley and oats) and comes in three flavours: banana, vanilla and chocolate. No sugar or salt are added.

The cereal is finely ground so the drink is completely smooth when blended with the quality fresh milk. It is also very fluid so it can be drunk easily through a straw. It is fortified with seven essential vitamins said to reduce tiredness and provide energy.

Simply festive flavours

October 3 2017

Simply Ice Cream has added a new Toffee Apple flavour and is turning its winter spotlight onto Christmas Pudding and Heavenly Honeycomb flavours.

The Toffee Apple flavour is made with real apple pieces, toffee sauce and crunchy honeycomb pieces, which are combined with autumnal spices. Plump rum-soaked raisins are added for the Christmas pudding mix which is rich in fruit, winter spices, sherry and cider, while real honeycomb pieces are used in the Heavenly Honeycomb.

All flavours are made in small batches by hand and use real natural ingredients, all locally sourced (where possible).

“We sell nearly as much ice cream in the autumn and winter as we do in the summer months.” Comments Sally Newall of Simply Ice Cream.

The Simply Ice Cream range includes nearly 30 flavours. Other new additions include Cinnamon, Divine Chocolate, Brown Bread and Stem Ginger and Marmalade.

World first for caramel sauce

October 3 2017

Popcorn specialist Joe & Seph’s has launched what it claims to be the world’s first Prosecco Caramel Sauce.

Handmade in Joe & Seph’s London kitchen, the new addition is infused with a Prosecco made from Italian Glera grapes, to create a rich, intense flavour with hints of apple and white blossom.

Available in 230g glass jars, 1kg catering bottles and 5kg tubs, the new product is part of a range of caramel sauces made with fresh double cream. A number of airlines are using them for their First Class desserts, drizzled on cheesecakes and ice creams. Other flavours include Salted Caramel, Toffee Apple & Cinnamon and Rum & Raisin, as well as Strawberry & Marc De Champagne, Gin & Tonic and Sticky Toffee.

The company will also launch a new Espresso Martini popcorn for Christmas with other initiatives and partnerships in the pipeline.

Touring the stands at IFSA

September 26 2017

The Onboard Hospitality team had a great few days at IFSA (International Flight Services Association) Conference and Expo in Long Beach, just south of Los Angeles. The event was co-located with APEX and AIX in order to encourage more attendees and larger teams from airlines. Julie Baxter and Sue Williams toured the stands looking for news and innovation. Here’s a few products that caught their eye:

HACO: Partnering with Coca Cola, HACO are showcasing beverage solutions; its portfolio of retail brands including BelVita, Cadburys, Hoppe and Oreo; King Nut Company’s packaged nuts, pretzels, mixes and dried fruit (with optional targeted branding or advertising on the packets); and Nature’s Basics, healthy snacks in five gluten-free and vegan varieties.

Oakfields Farm Solutions: Mainly promoting its frozen entrée range launched last year, which is already flying on Lufthansa. The offer was originally designed for the main cabin service but is now being extended to include Business cabins. The company also continues to evolve its range of ambient snack and tapas boxes, dips and kids snacks.

MV Food & Services: Offers a premium gluten-free Italian gelato range in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, lemon, cream & cherry, panna cotta and pistachio. Using vegetable fats like coconut oil make it more ‘spoonable’ straight from the freezer. It’s lower in cholesterol and saturated fat and higher in carbohydrates. New at IFSA is its new 50g (100ml) cup.

Caffè di Artisan: This young and proactive beverage brand are demonstrating its luxury liquid coffee product, which comes in single shot pods and is ready in 60 seconds with no heavy machine needed. The portion-controlled product is additive-free, comes in recyclable packaging and offers many coffee serving varieties including espresso and creamy cappuccino.

Daelmans: This family-owned Dutch bakery group is exhibiting with U.S. partner The Brand Passport, Inc. and debuting the Daelmans chocolate-caramel Stroopwafel. With real chocolate baked into the dough, the product is free from artificial flavours, colours, preservatives and trans-fat. Also available in caramela and honey.

AirlineMporium: Mozaics Organic Popped Veggie and Potato Chips is debuting – a gluten-free, snack featuring green peas, already in Delta’s First cabin. Crunchicopia Gourmet Pita Chips are also offered, in low airfill bags.

AMKO: Showcasing a Modern Rustic dinnerware range made of porcelain with a rustic-look glaze added through a special decoration technique. The practical pieces are designed for inflight and lounges. Small minimum orders are required for custom colours.

DFMi: New products include La Colombe, said to be ‘the fastest growing coffee drink in the USA’, and its Draft Latte, now in a convenient can. The cold-pressed espresso comes with a frothy layer of lactose-free milk and no added sugar. Also on-stand are SuperSeedz: snackable, no-shell gourmet pumpkin seeds packed with protein, zinc, iron and magnesium and gluten- nut- and GMO-free.

FlyFit: FlyFit has added four new flavours to its range of antioxidant 70% dark chocolates: Fig & Hazlenut, Orange, Cranberry & Honey, Pomegranate, and Hazelnut & Blueberry. also showing at IFSA is FlyFit’s Happy, Healthy and Wise Snack Mix, comprised of hummus twists, chick peas and ancient grain sticks.

WESSCO: The company continues to turn its focus on brand collaborations, building on its history of connections with big names including L’Occitane; Neal’s Yard for All Nippon Airlines; Eames for American Airlines, and Canadian aromatherapy brand Escents for Air Canada.

AMI: Promoting Creamer, a dairy stick developed by Lakeland Dairies for cabin service. Each stick contains 7.5ml farm- assured dairy cream from Irish family farms. The packaging is easy to open, hygienic and won’t splash in a pressurised cabin. The sticks require less storage space, produce less waste and weigh 45% less than pots, minimising carbon footprint

FreshBrew Group: With the airline industry since 1994, FreshBrew creates custom blends and specialised roasts for brewing at high altitudes in commercial airline galleys. They also work with partners to create flavours and aromas for bespoke blends, saying “let us roast your special coffee, not ours.

Delyse: Delyse is showcasing new High Pressure Processing products in partnership with Cedarlane Natural Foods. The technology creates shelf-stable deli salads, entrees, dips, wraps and side dishes (see p28). Delyse also offers new trendy shelf-stable meat and cheese trays, snacks, cookies, chips and tapas in collaborations with high couture snacks brand C’Bon, Lou’s Brandini Toffee, Renaud’s Patisserie, Perky Jerky and many others.

Black ice cream success

September 20, 2017

Ice cream specialist, Jude’s is now offering its new Black Coconut ice cream in limited edition 500ml tubs.

Black Coconut joined the fast growing Jude’s family in May, for summer and became one of the edgiest treats and an Instagram sensation.

Made with creamy coconut milk and ash, the ingredient needed to give the ice cream its deep black colour, the range has been continued into the winter season.

Chow Mezger, MD and Jude’s son, comments: “We are delighted to launch this exciting limited edition flavour in time for winter. We have been blown away by the popularity of Black Coconut, which has become a firm favourite.“

RiM adds butter shortbread

September 20, 2017

Retail inMotion has added Kerrygold Traditional Irish Butter Shortbread Biscuits to its onboard portfolio.

The biscuits are produced by Brogan’s Bakery in Dublin, Ireland – a family business steeped in baking history, originally established in 1967 in County Galway.

The 40g twin pack shortbread is made from 30% Kerrygold butter said to pair well with other items in the company’s onboard range such as freshly-brewed Lavazza coffee with SuprLid.

The shortbread is made using traditional methods to ensure a consistently buttery taste and texture. The master bakers at Brogan’s, some of whom have been with working with the company for 2 decades or more, developed this recipe through years of experience.

All of the ingredients used are sourced Irish producers and suppliers.

Gin gummies for adults

September 20, 2017

SugarSin, the gourmet confectioner for adults, has expanded its range of cocktail gummie sweets with the launch of Gin Fizz Gummies.

Gin Fizz Gummies blend gin and lemon for a sweet treat topped with a sour sugar. The candies are free from gluten and alcohol and made using only the finest, natural ingredients. Gin is used to create the gummies however the alcohol content is cooked off in the early stages, leaving only the flavour and making them suitable for those under the age of 18 and those who wish to enjoy the flavour but not the alcohol.

Anna, co-founder of SugarSin comments: “We’ve been blown away with the popularity of our Cocktail Gummies range! Gin Fizz follows in the footsteps of our Classic Prosecco, Fizzy Prosecco, Sparkling Rose and Cuba Libre candies.”

The gummies are available in 100g pouches (RRP £2.95) and 280g gift worthy glass jars (£6.50).

Just what the doctor ordered

September 12, 2017

Condiments supplier Dr Will’s has launched a new healthy alternative to everyday table sauces, using only natural sugars and ingredients.

Founders, Will Breakey and Josh Rose, a doctor and a restaurateur, started the business after struggling to find condiments that weren’t full of artificial flavourings and refined sugars.

Determined to create a natural sauce with a ‘hearty dollop of flavour’ the Dr Will’s range now includes: tomato ketchup, beetroot ketchup and BBQ sauce. All recipes contain only naturally-occurring sugars and quality ingredients, carefully chosen for the best taste.

Giving Natur a shot

September 12, 2017

Natural juice company Naturshot has introduced a range of pure juice blends, combining highly-nutritious fruits, vegetables and superfood ingredients for an on-the-go health boost.

Made with 100% natural juice and naturally low in calories (Naturshot contains less than 17 calories per 100ml bottle) the range targets health-focused consumers with a busy lifestyle and aims to re-energise and re-hydrated users.

The range comes in three flavours: matcha tea (a blend of mint, kale and cucumber), coffee bean extract (mixed with cherries and red-beets) and green tea (a blend of ginger with sweet potatoes and parsnips).

Superfood bars for Gastro

September 5, 2017

Gastro Culinary Innovation has added Creative Nature superfood bars to its product range portfolio.

The snacking bar was recently praised by Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meadon, after she was sold on its naturally-sourced high quality ingredients. Gastro is presenting the range as a travel exclusive for those focused on healthy onboard snacking trends.

Creative Nature uses high quality ingredients to maximise the health benefits of the products. The barley grass, for example, is from the rolling hills of Canterbury, New Zealand, an area renowned for producing the most nutrient-rich crop on the planet. The bars are protein-packed and free from gluten, dairy, wheat and nuts. They are suitable for vegans. Flavours include Apple Pie Protein, Cacao Orange, Ginger TeaTox, Gogi Goodness and Peanut Protein.

Corkers adds olive oil

September 5, 2017

Corkers Crisps has paired up with Spanish olive farm, Mueloliva, to launch a range of hand-cooked olive oil crisps.

Using the finest olives from the Muela family farm in Andalucia, the resulting crisps are light and crunchy and offered in seven distinctive flavours inspired by the Spanish countryside surrounding the farm. Both classic and vegetable ranges are getting the olive oil treatment.

Focused on the tastes of the Mediterranean, flavours include: lightly sea salted, sea salt & balsamic vinegar, black truffle, rosemary & garlic, Mediterranean cheese & roasted onion parsnip, sweet potato, beetroot & sea salt and sweet potato with sea salt.

Elemis focuses on vegan products

September 5, 2017

Skincare range Elemis has turned its focus onto vegan credentials and now has 140 vegan products in its range.

In response to figures that show a 20% rise in in demand for vegan skincare and make up sales this year, Elemis is upping its focus on luxury products that promise to use ‘naturally caring’ ingredients of the highest quality.

The vegan range includes pro-collagen marine cream spf 30 (an anti ageing day cream); peptide4 night recovery cream-oil (a restoring and hydrating night cream-oil); BIOTIC skin energising day cream (skin activating and energising day cream); pro-collagen marine oil (anti-wrinkle, moisturising face oil) and a superfood facial oil (nourishing face oil).

Soda Folk reveal new flavours

August 30, 2017

Craft soda brand, Soda Folk, has launched five naturally low-calorie and low-sugar sodas designed as a satisfying alternative to alcohol.

Served in elegant glass bottles, the new flavours are said to be ideal for those looking for an alcohol-free substitute inflight and include black cherry, mandarin orange and gin and tonic-inspired juniper, prosecco-inspired Chardonnay grape and cider-inspired Breton apple flavours.

Founder Ken Graham’s home state of Colorado is famous for its skilled craft-brewers and inspired by these breweries high in the Rocky Mountains, he created Soda Folk’s modern-classic recipes using high-quality ingredients

Graham says: “It took over a year of tinkering in the Soda Folk kitchen but we managed to cook up five new flavours that fit the bill. We think our new drinks will introduce Soda Folk to a much broader market, and we can’t wait to get them out into the world.”

Tarte au Citron slices go solo

August 30, 2017

Brioche Pasquier is now pre-portioning its lemon tart to allow quick and easy service.

Made in France using French butter, sugar and eggs by Brioche Pasquier’s pâtissiers, the tarte au citron is made with a golden short crust pastry base and frozen immediately after baking to capture a freshly-baked taste.

The tart is pre-portioned into 10 slices to make it easy to serve. It will defrost in two hours and can then simply be placed, slice-by-slice, on plates to serve. Garnishings of sprinkled icing sugar or a few raspberries are suggested. The desserts can be prepared with the minimum of skill and experience.

Jon Turonnet, foodservice sales manager Brioche Pasquier, says: “By working with exacting traditional French pâtisserie methods and using time-tested recipes, our pâtissiers are able to bake the very finest tarte au citron with the lightness and freshness that you only find in the finest French pâtisserie.”

Biscotti turn up the heat

August 30, 2017

The Great British Biscotti Company has unveiled its latest range of ‘inner heat’ jalapeno and cheddar biscuits, ideal for those looking for snacks with an added kick.

Described as a ‘feisty biscotti where sultry South American attitude mingles with smooth as a kiss, yet discreet English cheddar,’ this biscotti is not for the faint-hearted.

Having recently been celebrated as a winner at the recent Great Taste awards, the jalapeno & cheddar flavour is part of The Great British Biscotti’s autumn range.

According to Paul Rostand, head biscovite at the artisan biscuit operation: ‘Traditionally biscotti have been applauded for their heat insulating properties that allows them to be dunked into frothy coffees with impunity, so we wanted to turn that notion on its head and create a biscuit with inner heat.’

Jimini’s adds energy

August 23, 2017

Insect specialist Jimini’s has redeveloped its energy snack offering to provide two high energy bars and two protein bars.

The bars have been reformulated to include healthy and organic raw material without any refined sugars. All the sugars used are 100% natural and come from just rice syrup and dried fruits. The bars are also free from gluten, dairy and GMOs, and contain a high and balanced source of protein from insects, hemp and pea protein. They are also high in fibre thanks to the dried fruits.

The Banana and Dark Chocolate and Apple and Cinnamon bars contain 13% and 14% of protein respectively. They are packed with natural carbohydrates for a quick energy boost. The two protein bars, Apricot, Goji and Chia and Dark Chocolate and Fig, include 20.5% protein.

The company’s sustainable protein-rich cricket flour also contains essential amino acids, omega 3 and 6 and vitamin B11 to add a boost of nutrition.

New Wemyss malts release

August 23, 2017

Family run, independent bottler Wemyss Malts is releasing a new range of blended Scotch malt whiskies that have been produced from the family’s private collection of maturing whisky casks.

Rather than use whisky that has been purchased mature and ready to blend, Wemyss Malts has over the past decade sourced oak cask varieties to partner with single malt spirit selected from some of Scotland’s foremost distilleries.

The first two releases of the Wemyss Family Collection represent two opposite whisky styles; that of bourbon cask matured and sherry cask matured whisky.

Vanilla Burst is a blend of two Speyside single malts with a light and fruity character that were chosen to mature in 15 1st-fill Ex-bourbon barrels.Treacle Chest, selected as the second release, is a blend of two Highland single malts with a sweet, cereal character, matured in just 14 1st-fill ex-sherry hogsheads.

Clearspring adds protein

August 23, 2017

Vegan and organic speciality brand Clearspring has unveiled a new range of organic plant protein powders made from raw seeds and Matcha shots in 1g packets.

The new range taps into growing consumer demand for both higher protein consumption and the increasing popularity of raw foods. The organic and vegan protein powders can either be used as the base for a protein smoothie or shake, or as an ingredient to boost protein in menus and baking.

The Japanese organic matcha shots come in 1g packets and consist of a finely-ground powder made from green tea leaves from the hills of Uji, Japan, a staple ingredient in Japanese culture for over 900 years. Add the contents of the sachet to a bottle of water, smoothie or favourite fruit juice, shake and enjoy an instant energy boost.

Nutritionist Cassandra Barns says: “Compared to standard green teas, Matcha is higher in flavanols – the natural compounds associated with green tea’s antioxidant benefits. Flavanols are thought to have a protective effect for the immune system and brain, as well as anti-ageing benefits for our skin. This makes Matcha a fantastic natural pick-me-up without the over-stimulating effects of coffee, and with more health benefits!”

Tigg’s go tiny with new dressings

August 15, 2017

Dressings and condiments specialists Tigg’s are launching new Tiny Tigg’s, convenient 25g ‘little bottles’ which passengers can tear and squeeze to use.

Suitable for on-the-go, the range has launched with five Perfect Match varieties, including new Smokin’ Tomato, Cool Basil and Pea, Bold Beetroot, Sweet Original (tomato-based) and Subtle Pepper and Mustard.

Designed as a no-mess, no-waste, fully-recyclable and easy solution, the products can be used as a dressing, relish, sauce, marinade or dip.

Jacob James, Director of Tigg’s, says: “This is a completely new format for us, yet one that we felt was exactly right for the brand at a time when the demand for convenience is exploding.”

Tigg’s will be at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London this September 3-5, at stand 3416.

Tropical chips from Ecuador

August 15, 2017

Vittoria Enterprises will present its premium plantain chips made with sustainably farmed plantains from Ecuador at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair.

Hand peeled, slice, kettle fried, dried and then seasoned with natural herbs and spices, Purely Plantain Chips are available in Wild Garlic, Naturally Salted and Nice And Spicy and come in 75g bags.

Stefania Pellegrino, md at Vittoria Enterprises, who imports the snack by, says: “There is a great appetite for ethnic foods and snackers are hungry to branch out beyond the traditional potato crisp and try something new.”

Vittoria Enterprises can be found at stand 3010 between September 3-5.

Turkish delight reinvented

August 15, 2017

Turkish delight specialists Truede have developed a new products – minis designed for snacking or sharing.

Truede’s minis are small chunks of Turkish Delight in lemon, orange, pomegranate and apple flavours and come in a 150g box
Zeynep Turudi, founder of Truede, says: “These grab & go boxes open up a completely new chapter for Truede; tapping into new markets and showing that Turkish delight doesn’t just have to be for special occasions.”

Truede will be at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London this September 3-5, at stand 1040.

Smoothie bowls for travel from Revolicious

August 15, 2017

London start-up Revolicious will be launching a trio of on-the-go chilled, smoothie bowls at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair this September.

Made from a creamy base of coconut blended with flax seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables, each bowl comes with a handy enclosed spoon and a topper of coconut flakes, goji berries and pumpkin seeds.

The product is vegan-, dairy- and gluten-free.

Jessica Barac, founder of Revolicious, said: “Revolicious is on a mission to shake-up the food-to-go breakfast and snacking categories with the launch of our outrageously delicious smoothie bowls.”

Kara Bowen, event manager, at Speciality and Fine Food Fair said: “We are a nation that is ‘on-the-go’ and as a result, consumers are looking for food and drink that is convenient to fit in with their busy lives. That doesn’t mean however that nutrition and quality go out of the window. Products have to be healthy and premium quality too, as often they will replace meals.

“We are seeing lots of new launches at Speciality & Fine Food Fair that tap into this growing trend for grab and go; ideal for buyers and decision makers looking to increase their convenience offerings.”

Revolicious will be at stand 4212.

FlyFit expands its chocolate for onboard range

August 8, 2017

Onboard health specialist FlyFit has added to its range of antioxidant chocolates and will launch four new flavours at IFSA this September.

FlyFit’s 70% fine Swiss dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients and anti-oxidants that are designed to boost health for travellers. New flavours include Fig & Hazlenut, Orange, Cranberry & Honey, Pomegranate and Hazlenut & Blueberry.

FlyFit’s Boudewijn van Eeghen commented: “We have broadened the range because the first flavours were received very well and we never want bored passengers! This allows us to make seasonal rotations.”

FlyFit chocolate is currently served in Business on three airlines as well as Starwood and Hilton hotels at Schiphol Airport.

Also showing at IFSA will be FlyFit’s new to market Happy, Healthy and Wise Snack Mix, comprised of hummus twists, chick peas and ancient grain sticks, and its Antioxidant Fruit and Nut Mix which launched onboard United Airlines in April 2017.

Pure Bite targets free-from on-the-go market

August 8, 2017

Pure Bite UK’s range of rice, nut and coconut-baked snack clusters launches this August in the UK, Finland and Middle East.

The Pure Bite range is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, preservative-free, high-fibre, high-protein, low-salt, low-sugar and low in calories and pitched to hit two trends – healthy free-from snacking and convenient food-to-go.

Pure Bite is available in several variants priced at £1.49 per unit: Popped Rice Clusters in Blueberry & Cranberry and Strawberry & Gojiberry, both 20g; Nut Clusters in Almond and Hot & Spicy; and Coconut Clusters in Strawberry, all 30g.

Bite UK founder Jason Bull says: “Our mission is to create delicious free-from products for UK consumers. Our products are low in calories and suitable for people with allergies and intolerances.”

Bull experienced the difficulties of finding good quality and tasty gluten-free products on the mass market first-hand, via friends and family diagnosed as coeliac.

The development of Pure Bite is an answer to a gap in the market for delicious, bite size, attractive and convenient healthy snacking products in an impulse format.

Milk that helps you sleep

August 8, 2017

Launching at the Speciality Fine Food Fair this September is a new natural milk drink which is formulated to promote sleep.

Sleep Well is made from three natural ingredients associated with a good night’s sleep: Jersey milk, valerian and honey.

The product can be drunk warm or cold and is made using UHT milk so it has a six month shelf life. It is is designed to be drunk thirty minutes before you want to sleep to help you wind down and have a restful night.

Sleep Well is launching in vanilla flavour and a chocolate version is in production and will follow soon. The drinks come in 200ml and family-size 1 litre packs are also in development.

Co-founder Sam Watts comments: “Improving our quality of sleep can make a huge difference to how we feel, how we behave, and what we can achieve every day. We run our own business and have two teenage boys so we understand the stress and strains that our ‘always-on’ modern life can bring. We’ve created Sleep Well to make it easier for people to relax and help them to get a great night’s sleep.”

New Nairn’s oatcakes gone to seed

August 8, 2017

Nairn’s has further extended its gluten-free product range to include Nairn’s Gluten Free Super Seeded Oatcakes.

Made from gluten-free wholegrain oats, the products are high in fibre, but also a valuable source of protein due to the nutritious combination of flaxseed, sunflower and chia seeds.

Suitable for coeliacs and those with a gluten intolerance, the seeded oatcakes are also pitched at vegans and vegetarians, whose diets can often be lacking in protein. The combination of wholegrain oats and chia seeds also provides high levels of soluble fibre and complex carbohydrates, ensuring consumers get all the slow release energy they need to get through the day.

Paddy Cronin, UK Sales Director at Nairn’s, said: “We have developed a gluten-free Super Seeded Oatcake to tap into the continuing trend for seeded products and based on the success of our main category Super Seeded Oatcake which has fast become one of our best sellers. At a time when pack sizes are shrinking, we’ve also taken the opportunity to increase the size of our oatcake packs without a change to the RRP, and this is something we are also introducing on crackers from September.”

The packaging design of the Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatcake range has also been refreshed and other products will follow suit in September.

Corkcicle blows hot and cold

August 8, 2017

Ideal for the passenger who likes to keep control when travelling, this new canteen comes with triple insulation and keeps cold drinks chilled for 25 hours and hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours.

The slimline design ensures an easy fit into any bag and it comes in a range of 14 colours and four sizes. The 25oz canteen is designed to hold a full standard bottle of wine.

Mintel identifies fruit beer trend

August 1, 2017

Over the past five years, around one in 10 global beer launches have contained fruit flavours, according to Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD).

According to the report, beer brands primarily impart fruit flavours by using ‘from concentrate’ juice, fruit flavour extracts and fruit peel.

The fruit beer trend began to accelerate in Europe around 2012, mainly in the form of radlers and shandies (usually half beer and half fruit juice or lemonade), but also in beer launches with added fruit flavouring.

Since then, major brewers such as Heineken, Carlsberg and Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) successfully revived such fruit beer traditions as they sought to offset a decline in mainstream beer sales.

Fruit-flavoured beer launches doubled in North America 2014-17.

However, the European fruit beer trend is losing momentum as just 7% of all European beer launches used fruit flavouring in the first half of 2017 versus a peak of 12% in 2014.

In contrast, 16% of North American beer launches in the first half of 2017 were fruit flavoured, double the proportion of launches in 2014.

Latin America is also seeing the growth of fruit beers, led by Brazil.

Organic snacks from Soul Food Collective

August 1, 2017

Soul Food is launching a new range of natural, organic snacks combining fruit, seeds and beans with chocolate in 30g bags.

The range of Fairtrade chocolate-smothered snacks includes roasted soya beans covered in dark chocolate, roasted pumpkin seeds with dark chocolate, freeze-dried strawberries with dark and berry chocolate, freeze dried raspberries with dark chocolate, freeze-dried mixed berries with dark, milk and white chocolate and feeeze-dried Amarena cherries in dark chocolate.

Gavin McLean, Founder of Soul Food, said: “They are perfect for snacking due to the small and handy packet size; practical for popping in your bag to enjoy on the go.”

Group Soi launches breakfast box

August 1, 2017

Italian snack company Group Soi has a new user-friendly breakfast box, Colazione, containing a selection of fine Italian pre-packed delicacies.

Products include Soi’s mini shortbread cookies, freshly-baked croissants and its schiacciatina bread slices, as well as pre-portioned Group Soi fruit jams.

The products are all 100% Italian made and each product is available in different flavours, making the box customisable through varying combinations.

The versatile packaging is designed with open and close sections and the specially-made boxes become a mini tray mat when opened.

New ethical gin brand scoops IWSC Gold Award

August 1, 2017

Four months after launching in the UK, One Gin, produced by ethical brand One Drinks, has been awarded a Gold at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition.

The product is hand-crafted in small batches at Blackdown Distillery in Sussex, then seven times filtered for a “distinctively smooth finish” and was described by the IWSC judges as “complex, original and delicious.”

Multi-award-winning master distiller, Sarah Thompson, uses nine botanicals from around the world, plus one signature botanical, fresh sage, foraged from the forest surrounding the distillery.

The genus name of the sage plant used is derived from the Latin word ‘salvare’ which means ‘to save’ and this ties in directly with One Drinks’ vision to channel profits into helping the estimated 663 million people worldwide without access to clean water.

Speaking on the award, Ian Spooner, managing director, said: “We are immensely proud to receive this award which recognises the very best products across the wines and spirits industry. One Gin supports our global charitable efforts and stands on its own as a premium example of a contemporary-style British craft gin.”

One Drinks produces bottled water, including flavoured, juiced and botanically infused options, all of which fund its charitable products.

British biscotti takes flight

July 26, 2017

The Great British Biscotti Company is reinventing the Tuscan biscuit favourite with the launch of a range of sweet and savoury double-baked biscotti products.

A traditional two-finger snack pack has sat at the heart of the company’s portfolio since it launched in 2016 but this summer it has launched innovative savoury-themed packs, including some presented as stylish on-the-go snack snacks.

Biscotti is now available in parmesan and fennel, Indian spice, chorizo and parmesan and jalapeno and Cheddar, pitched as ideal for service with cheese or pates, or as drinks accompaniment as an alternative to nuts and crisps.

Moving on from the traditional almond flavour profile, new sweet biscotti options now also include chocolate and orange, cranberries and pistachio, coffee and nut, lemon, honey and ginger and chunky chocolate.

Paul Rostand, founder, said: “We don’t challenge the long-held view that almonds make a mighty fine biscotti. We do however believe that the infectiously nibbly nature of top-notch biscotti means it actually provides the perfect setting for all manner of magnificent flavour partnerships (both sweet & savoury) to succeed.”

Fentimans cans it

July 26, 2017

Fentimans has launched what it claims to be the world’s first range of botanically brewed beverages in cans.

Available in four of the brand’s most popular flavours, the 250ml slim cans are naturally flavoured and available in Rose Lemonade, Curiosity Cola, Wild English Elderflower and Cherry Cola.

The cans have the same distinctive look and premium quality design of Fentimans’ bottled beverages but the cans are lighter and more compact.

Andrew Jackson, marketing director at Fentimans, commented: “Creating cans makes our drinks accessible in areas where glass is not permitted. It was the logical next step for the brand. The quality of flavour is uncompromised and we’re sure our customers will love them.”

Corkers adds beetroot

July 26, 2017

Corkers has added beetroot crisps to its range of potato snacks.

Using beetroots grown on the same soil as Corkers’ established Naturalo potatoes, the product sits alongside the established range which includes sea salt and cider, sweet Thai chilli, pork sausage and English mustard, cheddar cheese and chive, duck and hoisin sauce, and sea salt and black pepper.

The crisps are hand cooked and suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diets as well as certified free from artificial or MSG products.

VK youth brand adds flavours

July 26, 2017

Popular UK student beverage, VK, has added a sixth flavour to its range of alco-pops available in PET bottles.

Strawberry & lime has been launched to meet increasing demand for fruit-flavoured drinks and sits alongside its PET bottles in zesty apple & mango, fresh tropical fruit flavours and the popular VK Blue.

Alcoholic lollies launch

July 26, 2017

LAPP has launched a trio of grown up, alcoholic ice lollies called Poptails by LAPP.

The cocktail pops are the inspiration of two French friends living and working in East London who have created gourmet lollies made from a blend of fresh fruit and premium alcohol (4.5% ABV).

The boozy Calippo-shaped sorbets are a combination of popsicle and cocktail and flavours include smooth Mojito, with rum, strawberry and mint sorbet; Punch, with rum, mango and pineapple sorbet; and Limon – limoncello, lemon and coconut sorbet.

Inspired by classic cocktails and free from additives and colouring, the lollies are vegan, fat-free and under 130kcals.

MiiRO targets vegans

July 26, 2017

Startup business MiiRO is on a mission to shake up the ice cream lolly category with the launch of three vegan ice cream pops.

Made with frozen coconut milk, nutritionally bolstered by tasty nuts, sweetened with coconut sugar and Italian grapes, balanced by Himalayan pink salt and fortified with pea protein, each Magnum-shaped treat is coated in a thick layer of nutrient-dense raw cacao and contains no refined sugar, no preservatives or artificial flavourings and they’re gluten free to boot.

Available in three flavour combinations: Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut, the on-the-go bars contain a careful balance of protein, carbohydrates and good fats, they are also rich in fibre.

Product inspiration…

July 19, 2017

Looking for new product inspiration and ideas? There are a number of global food fairs coming up soon that might help. Those on our radar for September include…

The London-based Speciality & Fine Food Fair, which is said to be the most influential annual gathering of artisan specialty and luxury food and drink producers and distributors. It’s a chance to condense a year’s worth of product sourcing into a journey of discovery. The event incorporates a speciality chocolate trail, the Great Taste Awards and over 700 exhibitors. It runs September 3-5. Also in the UK is lunch!, running September 25-27, which is dedicated to the food-to-go sector. It will feature more than 350 food, packaging and drinks exhibitors.

Chinese supplier focus

July 19, 2017

Sourcing in China? Check out HOSFAIR, one of the leading hospitality supplies events for the region, focused on food and beverage and other hospitality provisions. Taking place in Guangzhou and now in its 15th year, the exhibition will run from September 8-10. Primarily focused on the hotel industry, suppliers attending cover food, beverage, textiles, catering and cleaning equipment, tableware and the catering supply chain.

Middle Eastern hat-trick

July 19, 2017

If you are based in the Middle East September brings a hat-trick of product-focused events, co-located at the Dubai World Trade Centre and running from September 18-20. Leading the pack is The Speciality Food Festival, known as the largest event for the gourmet and fine food industry in the Middle East & Africa region. It features high-quality delicacies of all kinds, ranging from vegetarian and wellness products to halal specialities. Alongside it runs Seafex Middle East, the place to source the latest in wild, farmed and value-added seafood, and Yummex Middle East, the show for sourcing snacks and sweets.

IFSA’s new showcase

July 19, 2017

Eyes turn to the USA at the end of the month when the annual IFSA Expo opens its doors from September 25-27. Co-located alongside APEX and AIX USA, this event will now include a new product showcase to help drive innovation as well as providing an opportunity to reconnect with well-established players in the onboard sector.

Crepe innovation from Gut Springenheide

July 12, 2017

Gut Springenheide has launched a new “Crepe Frutti di Mare” product for onboard service.

The savoury offer is made up of a golden-yellow, light and fluffy crepe created using fresh eggs, filled with tasty prawns and flavourful spices and is designed to liven up airline menu choices.

It is available in variable portion size, from 50 to 100g and comes individually frozen.

Other products from Gut Springenheide include egg gourmet rolls, omelets, frittatas, fried eggs, egg-pancakes, scrambled eggs and crepes with sweet fillings.

TUMI connects

July 12, 2017

TUMI and AT&T have joined forces to launch TUMI Global Locator, a wireless tracking device for luggage and travel bags.

Housed in a sleek, compact body, measuring 4.33 x 2.55 x 0.83 inches and weighing 150 grams, the device uses GPS, GSM, wifi and Bluetooth technology to track the location of the luggage or bag in which it has been placed. It delivers real-time data, via a free mobile app.

The hardware and patented technology for the device was designed and developed by LugTrack, a New Jersey-based technology company.

Joe Mosele, vp of business development, internet of things solutions, at AT&T, which provides global connectivity for the device, said, “As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, consumers and businesses have a desire to remain connected in a bigger way than ever before. By providing connectivity for the TUMI Global Locator, AT&T lets travellers around the world tap into a more connected life.”

Cream teas from Crantock

July 12, 2017

Crantock Foods has launched a Cornish Cream Tea in a Box product for onboard service through its premium brand – the Posh Pasty Co

The brainchild of Posh founder and Crantock development chef James Strawbridge the Cream Tea is aimed at air, rail and other travel passengers as well as those looking café and deli businesses.
The three key ingredients are all supplied by Cornish companies: and include a scone by Baker Tom, strawberryjJam by Boddington’s Berries and clotted cream from Rodda’s

The box comes complete with a jam and cream spreader and serviette – no preparation required, just thaw and serve. It is supplied frozen in boxes of 10.

Naturelly partners with Ben & Holly

July 12, 2017

UK jelly snack company Naturelly has partnered with Entertainment One (eOne) to create a new line of jelly featuring the popular preschool characters TV Ben & Holly from Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.

The new Magic Jelly product is suitable for children from aged 12 months and is available in two flavours strawberry and blackberry and will make its onboard debut with Aer Lingus this summer date.

The flavours are inspired by ͚The Fruit Harvest episode in the animated series when Mr Gnome can’t resist eating all the strawberries and blackberries that he is helping to pick on harvest day.

The jelly snacks have no added sugar or sweeteners, only 36 kcal per 100g pouch, 100% RDI of Vitamin C and are Vegetarian society and school approved.

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning animated series that airs daily on Channel 5 Milkshake and Nick Jr. Jelly is a recurring theme in the show and one of the main characters, Nanny Plum, often creates a ͚Jelly Flood with one of her magic spells.

Water with the power of amino acid

July 3, 2017

UK water specialist, Rejuvenation Water, is claiming an industry first with the launch of a new amino acid-enriched spring water.

Designed to deal with the rigours of modern life, Rejuvenation Water contains L-Glutamine, which is said to offer a wide range of health benefits, including protein synthesis for muscle building and repair and improved cognitive function.

The new health drink is made using Staffordshire spring water and added natural ingredients. Each 500ml bottle contains five grams of L-Glutamine and there is just two grams of natural sugar per 100ml. It contains 62 calories or less per bottle.

Rejuvenation Water is the first amino acid-enriched spring water to the market, a key product strength which helped lead the startup to raising over £180,000 through crowdfunding, thoroughly beating its target of £150,000 with funds coming from 258 investors.

Unpasteurised olives debut

July 3, 2017

Olly’s Olives is launching the world’s first unpasteurised snack pouch of olives with no artificial preservatives at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London (September 3-5).

Created by a young start-up business, the olives are naturally cured and will come in a range of flavours.

Founder Olly Hiscocks says: “Young businesses are what drive the speciality food sector forward, bringing a new perspective with innovation, branding and flavour. I am launching at the Fair because it is one of the UK’s best food shows and allows you to meet a whole range of people.”

From family businesses passed down through the generations, to brands taking their tentative first steps, the fair will see more than 700 producers exhibiting. Nearly 200 are making their debut this year including: Nutblend, Love Cocoa, Mydorable, Dr Wills, Black Mamba and Zest & Zing. At the other end of the spectrum, established speciality brands will also be showcasing. They include Walkers Shortbread, Billington’s Gingerbread, The Fine Food Cheese Co. and Rombouts.

Doves gluten-free focus

July 3, 2017

Doves Farm is tapping into the growth in gluten-free with the launch of a new brand, FREEE by Doves Farm.

The new brand encompasses all the company’s gluten-free products to clearly identify them and ensure they are distinguishable from the company’s non-gluten free products.

None of the products have been reformulated in the rebranding, which covers high-quality, gluten-free and free-from baking essentials, breakfast cereals, pasta, oat bars and more.

Nom Noms to cater BA to India

June 27, 2017

Nom Noms World Food has launched a new range of healthy wraps and British Airways will be serving them on UK to India routes.

The BA wrap collection has been ‘created for taste buds that love to travel,’ and aims to take travellers on a culinary journey. It includes the Indian Veggie Kathi Wrap and the Indian Achari Chicken Wrap (both 85g), the latter exclusively created for BA travellers.

The complimentary wraps will be provided to British Airways passengers travelling Club World on all flights from London Heathrow to India including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.

Nom Noms is focused on fresh food from around the world and its range of premium ready meals and wraps are aimed at adults and children. Created by a couple with a medical background, Lisa Sohanpal and Imrat Sohanpal, health credentials are also integral to the brand.

The team at Nom Noms collaborates with Emma Grazvette, a culinary spice expert and author who has made unique spice blends for Michelin star chefs.

London street food inspires new snack box

June 27, 2017

Novel Foods has created a new London-themed snack box range offering popular snacks inspired by the multi-cultural capital.

The snack range comes as a tray box measuring 20cm x 10cm x 3cm with three compartments. The London Dip Co. branded box comes with more than 50 varieties including 10 flavours of dip, 10 different snack breads and over 20 choices of sweet and savoury snack mixes.

For example, one box contains houmous, pretzel sticks and a mix of pecans, chocolate and cranberry. Another contains romesco salsa, rosemary crostini crackers and mixed fruit, nuts and coffee beans.

Novel Foods also offers a compact version of the LDC snack tray, measuring 11cm x 7cm x 5cm, which contains the same portion sizes but is aimed at companies who need to save space.

Tails Cocktails are taking off this summer

June 27, 2017

Premium batched cocktail brand Tails Cocktails has partnered with Monarch and Thomas Cook to retail its premixed craft cocktails onboard their chartered flights throughout the summer.

Tails Cocktails’ Berry Mojito and Passionfruit Martini are available this summer in 250ml cans.

Nick Wall, founder of Tails Cocktails said: “We are delighted to be working across multiple airlines to offer passengers something new and unique, reinforcing this increasing trend for ready to serve cocktails.

“The travel retail sector is hugely important for us and increasingly interesting within the overall cocktail sector. These listings showcase the demand for convenience and quality within cocktails, as consumers look for unique sophisticated drinks offerings with a twist, within travel retail. We are excited that our range fulfills this interest from consumers looking beyond the usual wine and spirit offerings.”

The cocktail brand also continues to work with KLM, serving its bespoke cocktail ‘The Flying Dutchman’ – a blend of gin, blackberry liqueur and lemon juice –available to business class travellers.

The recommended retail price for Tails Cocktails’ 250ml cans is from £4, or two for £7.

Belgian Boys get onboard Delta

June 20, 2017

Bakery specialists Belgian Boys has won a contract to supply its newest product on select Delta Air Lines flights outbound from European destinations to the U.S.

The “Mini Cookie Stash” are moustache-shaped, speculoos cookie butter cookies in a whimsical, single-serve pouch featuring Skinny and Chubby, the company’s icons. They will be served in the Delta One cabin and are made from all-natural ingredients, are nut free, non-GMO, kosher and made without Palm Oil.

The speculoos is a spiced biscuit which has been a Belgian favourite for decades. It has gained popularity in the US both as a complimentary onboard treat and for buy-on-board.

The new product puts a modern twist on the classic biscuit and is linked to a #RockThatStash promotion which makes a monthly charity donation on behalf of those shown enjoying the snacks on social media.

Coolike adds terry towels

June 20, 2017

Coolike has added a new range of Oshibori terry towel rolls in a tray for onboard service.

The trays include 16 rolled towels made from cotton with serving pincers and are available in lightly scented or natural (without perfume). By pouring warm water over them, the towel can be presented as a relaxing part of an airline’s wellbeing offering, or cooled they become a refreshing addition to the passenger experience.

They are supplied on a silver grey tray with is hygienically sealed.

Montezuma’s adds flavours

June 20, 2017

Montezuma’s has extended its Absolute Black 100% cocoa bar range with two new flavours: Absolute Black with Orange and Cocoa Nibs and Absolute Black with Almond.

Both bars are free from sugar, dairy and gluten and are suitable for vegans, coeliacs and those following no sugar diets, so are a perfect choice for healthy eaters.

Absolute Black with Orange and Cocoa Nibs uses organic orange oil and cocoa nibs to add a crunch and natural sweetness to the 100% cocoa bar. Absolute Black with Almond is studded with blanched almonds providing an intense cocoa hit with a creamy, nutty texture.

The decision to extend the range follows the overwhelming popularity of the original Absolute Black bar, which was launched in April 2016.

Healthy cookies from Dr Zak’s

June 20, 2017

Dr Zak’s has launched a new high protein cookie, claiming healthy credentials for a tasty snack.

The 60g cookies are 25% protein with a very low sugar content, and there is also a sugar-free option.

Ray Brilus, managing director at Dr Zak’s, commented: “After we perfected our staple recipes, such as our bread and pasta products, the “on the go” snack foods were a natural progression, and where better to start than with cookies!

“Other protein cookies on the market today market themselves as simply ‘high protein’, but consumers don’t realise how much sugar is included in the products. In some cases, you can get 16g of protein, with as much as 38g of sugar!”

The company has three initial flavours: salted caramel, triple chocolate and a sugar free chocolate chip. They are vegetarian friendly and halal certified, contain only complete milk protein sources and nine essential amino acids in every bite. They contain no palm oil.

Temple Spa targets onboard growth

June 13, 2017

UK toiletries and cosmetics brand Temple Spa is targeting the onboard amenities market with a range of travel therapies.

The company’s hair and body products are already featured by leading hotel groups, and its Spa Wherever You Are range of miniatures are well suited to the onboard amenity kit market.

The spa miniatures are designed to refresh, revive and help travellers unwind. They include a toning mist, a moisturising lip balm, an AAAHHH! foot and leg balm, room (or cabin) relaxation mist, a dry ‘shower in a tube’ product (which eliminates stickiness and dries to a silky finish), palm balm hand cream, aromatherapy resting cream to support relaxation, and a luxury eye ‘duvet’ eye-mask.

Newest in the range is a Life Defence daily moisturiser with SPF 25 to protect against environmental damage. It includes rocket extract with soothing and antioxidant properties, vitamin E to support cell renewal and protection, hyaluronic acid for hydrating and moisturising and glyceryl stearate.

More options from MOMA

June 13, 2017

On-the-go porridge specialist, MOMA, has given its bircher muesli a make-over and added a new Super Muesli to its range.

The bircher product is well established after eight years in the market but has now been restyled as ‘Yoghurt & Oats’ featuring low-fat Greek-style yoghurt, seeds for added texture and a sugar content cut by 40%. The first flavour is raspberry with others expected to follow.

The Super Muesli comprises a blend of fruit, grains, nuts and seeds to create a high-end contemporary muesli, to which you just add water and stir to prepare.

MOMA is now said to be fastest growing porridge brand in the UK, with seven flavours, all of which are gluten-free, and two of which are dairy-free. The porridge comes in three pot sizes and can packaging can be bespoke to fit an airline tray. It is also available in sachets, for buy-on-board and as a crew breakfast.

MOMA Breakfast Smoothies comprise a blend of yoghurt, fruit and (smooth) oats. They are available in a 250ml tetrapak and already feature on Finnair. They are stored ambient but served chilled.

Fentimans mixes it up

June 13, 2017

Fentimans has introduced a new range of six syrups made of only natural ingredients to complement its portfolio of mixers and soft drinks.

The new range, under the House of Broughton brand, are syrups with high strength flavour which can be used in cocktails and as mixers.

John Carslake, special projects at Fentimans, says: “Other syrups are considered as too sweet, so we have created syrups which have a higher flavour strength. This means that less syrup is used so then less sugar is added which avoids over-sweetening. It makes it easier to achieve the optimum balance between flavour, sweetness and sourness.”

He continues: “The addition of syrups to our product portfolio is a natural progression for us and The House of Broughton offers all of Fentimans’ craft credentials and quintessentially British brand character.”

The range includes six flavours made in small batches and includes cucumber, ginger, rose, elderflower, raspberry and natural.

To support the use of the syrups Fentimans has created a guide to creating high-impact re-imagined recipes such as the Cucumber Mary, Ginger Mojitos and Whiskey Sour and new creations such as the Velvet Rose.

Cointreau revisited

June 13, 2017

Spirits house, La Maison Cointreau, has launched a vibrant new version of its iconic Cointreau beverage: Cointreau Blood Orange.

This new take on the Cointreau original balances sweet, bitter and blood orange peels to create a drink that tastes like tangy ripe fruit, rich in aroma.

The drink is made from blood oranges and has all the same versatility as Cointreau. It can be appreciated in a long drink or as cocktail such as the Cointreau Rouge, 1/2 Cointreau Blood Orange, 1/2 Cranberry juice, served in a big wine glass over lots of ice with a slice of orange.

Fresh flavours from Traiteur de Paris

June 6, 2017

Desserts specialist Traiteur de Paris has added a Souffle Grand Marnier and dulce de leche product to its range.

Combining Grand Marnier-soaked sponge fingers and a frozen soufflé topping,
the dessert has a delicate orange flavour designed to give both a fresh and full palate.

It is supplied ready to serve straight from the freezer, and can be enjoyed just as it
is or customised by sprinkling with icing sugar or garnishing with candied
lemon peel.

A sweet dulce de leche and soft sponge fingers meet in the second dessert which has a characteristic flavour with caramel notes. It is ready to serve straight out of the freezer and can be decorated with a caramel coulis or topped with milk froth for a cappuccino-like taste.

Dairy free yoghurt from Nush

June 6, 2017

Artisan British brand Nush has launched the UK’s first and only dairy-free, soya-free, protein-rich nut milk yoghurts.

Starting with a range created from Sicilian avola almonds, the yoghurts are produced by blending the best quality avola almonds with filtered water and vegan probiotic cultures. The result is a light and creamy yoghurt with a delicate flavour profile that can be enjoyed as a direct swap for the traditional dairy variety.

Each pot is vegan, all-natural, comprised of whole ingredients and free from dairy, lactose, gluten, soya, preservatives, additives and refined sugar. The yoghurt contains up to 20% pure almonds and comes in four flavours: Natural, Blueberry, Peach Melba, and Caramel and Hibiscus.

Crowd-funded birch water

June 6, 2017

TÃ…PPED, the birch water brand set up by former innocent drinks colleagues Paul Lederer and Charlie Hoare, has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to support future growth.

TÅPPED, was set up 2 years ago, is backed by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman OBE and saw sales growth of 87% over the last 12 months. They are now raising a minimum £200,000 via crowdfunding website Seedrs, with these funds earmarked for investment in sales & marketing activities.The team also plans to expand the range with new flavours and pack sizes.

Tree waters are forecast to grow into a $1bn+ global market over the next decade as people continue to shun sugary and artificially sweetened soft drinks, and increasingly turn to natural, healthy, low calorie soft drinks.

Birch water is naturally low in calories with only 4kcals per 100ml so a 250ml carton of TÅPPED’s Straight From The Tree Organic Birch Water is less than 10 calories. In the Nordics tapping trees is a centuries-old springtime ritual, with people enjoying the vitamin- and mineral-rich birch sap as a cleansing and rejuvenating post winter tonic.

The range currently includes Pure Organic; Apple & Root Ginger and Bilberry & Lingonberry.

Detox option from Kandula

June 6, 2017

The Kandula Tea Company has launched a Jumbo Detox beverage created with a blend of natural herbs and spices.

This organic and caffeine free infusion is rich in vitamins and minerals and includes peppermint, ginger, fenugreek, fennel, turmeric, nettle, licorice and marigold.

The infusion is combined with boiled fresh, cold water and infused for four to five minutes for best effect. It can be served hot or as a refreshing iced drink.

Tri-Star’s stacking solution

May 31, 2017

Tri-Star Packaging has launched Tri-Green, a new generation of stackable deli pots in four new sizes to give food-to-go suppliers more flexibility.

The new Tri-Green range comes in four family sizes with four different depths to suit a wide range of fillings – from yoghurts or olives, to pasta and granola – and offer a good visual wow factor.

A dedicated tight and reclosable lid is user-friendly and logistics efficient. The four sizes have the one same-size lid to fit all lightweight pots, adding further convenience.They are easy-to-stack, ergonomically designed and well suited to portion controlled servings.

Tri-Green is made from recycled PET (rPET) and are in 8oz (240cc), 12oz (375cc), 16oz (550cc) and 24oz (750cc) sizes.

Ozo innovates for onboard cleaning

May 31, 2017

Ozo Innovations (Ozo) is offering a range of simple, effective and robust disinfectants for the food and leisure sectors.

A series of independent laboratory tests has shown that its eloshield product can neutralise norovirus, kill 99.99% of listeria, salmonella and e.coli. The disinfectant is effective in both clean and dirty test conditions and is non-tainting to food.

The potent, pH neutral, solution removes fat deposited on grease traps and cooking utensils at room temperature, can be used to clean kitchens, bathrooms and storage areas and be used diluted to extend shelf-life and reduce pathogen load on fresh produce.

The company also offers the elocube system as highly practical for onboard use. It is a fully-integrated under counter production unit which is easily plugged and plumbed to produce 200 litres of eloshield electrolysed water per day.

Although the underlying chemistry involved in electrolysing water has existed for years, Ozo’s offering produces it in a simple way with potency as a disinfectant and antifungal agent.

Ozo Innovations’ sanitising solutions are pH neutral, said to be four- to ten-fold more potent than other systems, safe, non-tainting, not irritating to skin, and non-toxic to fish and marine environments, reverting to just salt and water after use, so sustainable and responsible.

Ozo Innovations is an infection and hygiene control company operating in the food and leisure industry. Customers make eloshield in Ozo’s elocube, an in-situ biocide generator. This uses patented technology to transform food grade salt and water into a powerful cleaner and biocide that removes fat and kills the pathogens associated with food poisoning, including norovirus. The elocube allows new cleaning approaches which do not rely on hot water and caustic chemicals.

Chocolatiers Sustainable success for shortbread specialist

May 31, 2017

Biscuit, chutney and jam producers, Paterson Arran has picked up a national UK award for its commitment to reducing its impact on the environment.

The company received the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2017 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards by impressing judges with its environmental performance and the sustainable improvements it made to cut waste.

The company has been a landfill free site since 2014, and despite an 86% increase in production, general waste, which is sent to a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant, has dropped by 65% since 2006. Overall energy use since 2006 has been reduced by 34% and water consumption by 17%.

Paterson’s is the brand leading shortbread in the UK, with 48.3% market share and remains a privately-owned company using traditional methods, combined with the latest technology.

Pop Notch targets onboard kids

May 31, 2017

Belfast-based popcorn company Pop Notch is targetting onboard sales with its range of snacks created from mushroom corn – an extra large kernel which creates fewer crumbs.

With packaging designed specifically for children and featuring unusual fruit flavours such as strawberry, banana and apple, the product comes in 20g bags.

Low in salt, high in fibre and using only natural flavouring, the range is presented as a healthy snack alternative for kids and is already well received in retail markets. The compact foil bags are airline tested and ready, and the product has a nine month shelf life.The flavourings are hand mixed and include caramels made from scratch and real marshmallow pieces.

The company has progressed from a start up, kitchen table operation to a state of the art 7,000 square foot factory in just under three years and plans €165,000 investment in new production equipment over the next four months.

Fairtrade chocs for caterers

May 23, 2017

Chocolatiers Saveurs et Nature has launched a new brand – Ikalia – targetting caterers looking for Fairtrade credentials. Known for its Les Chocolate de Pauline and Les Droles ranges, the company is expanding its products in response to demand with certified Fairtrade additions and new ‘superfood’ products such as chocolate covered cranberries, blueberries and goji berries. All products are suitable for vegans, gluten free, lactose free and organic.

Teapig gets minty

May 23, 2017

Following the success of matcha sachets, tea specialist teapigs has launched premium matcha and mint in sachets too.

Each individual portion contains a full daily dose 1g serving of pure, premium matcha and 1g of real peppermint leaves. It can be served as hot tea of latte.

Matcha has been drunk in Japan for centuries and is now a fast growing favourite worldwide. The company launched ready to drink formats in 2014 mixing matcha with spring water and fruit juice and has since added 500g pouches for food service and single serve sachets.

No-bloat lager makes its move

May 23, 2017

CELIA Lager has launched an organic gluten-free craft beer said to reduce the risks of bloating.

Brewed with Saaz hops and a natural carbonation process, the lager is wheat free and said to pair well with herb roasted chicken, grilled meats and subtle seafood dishes.

A Czech lager it contains three organic ingredients, it sits alongside CELIA Dark, a lager said to have a distinctive coffee like aroma thanks to the use of toffee Bavarian malt. It has a nutty, caramel flavour and is densely black.

Fairtrade jams from Menz & Gasser

May 16, 2017

Condiment specialists Menz & Gasser offers the first single-portion jam in Europe to be certified organic and Fairtrade.

Already working with Qatar Airways, the company has a range of jams and spreads offered in mini glass jars and plastic pots. The Fairtrade offer comes in apricot, strawberry, peach and cherry flavours.

Menz & Gasser also offers low-sugar jams, a hazelnut cocoa spread and honey. The third-generation family-owned company offers a bespoke service and private label. Its sustainable production plant in northern Italy is certified Co2-free.

LunchVegaz targets airlines

May 16, 2017

Specialising in vegan and organic ready meals, this German company is targeting the special meals market with a range of plant-based meals made from international recipes using regional ingredients.

Already established in the retail market, the meals are packaged under vacuum giving them a refrigerated shelf life of 25 days and are available in single portions as well as bulk packs. LunchVegaz also offers gluten-free options and prides itself on being allergy-friendly, vitamin-packed and free from preservatives and flavour enhancers.

Coolike broadens its range

May 16, 2017

Well known for its huge range of refreshing wipes, Coolike is now looking to push a wider range of its hygiene products for airlines.

The products include an air refresher spray to remove bad odours onboard, a cleaning towel for hands and surfaces and a 250ml prohygsan hygiene spray. The latter can be used for the disinfection of small alcohol-resistant surfaces in cabins, cockpits, lavatories and galleys and is effective within 30 seconds of use against bacteria, viruses (including norovirus) and fungus.

Soft drinks focus for Franklin & Sons

May 09, 2017

British brand Franklin & Sons has recently been bought back to life to promote its range of traditionally-packaged premium soft drinks and mixers ­ all entirely natural, with no artificial flavours, and using the best possible regional ingredients.

The mixer range received Great Taste awards in 2016 for its natural Indian tonic water, Sicilian lemon tonic, original ginger ale and brewed ginger beer and the company now offers its Indian tonic water and light tonic water in trolley-friendly 150ml cans.

Soft drinks come in 250ml glass bottles and feature traditional flavours with added botanicals and spices – such as Sicilian lemon and English Elderflower with crushed juniper and cloudy apple with Yorkshire rhubarb and cinnamon. The latest flavours are 1886 cola with West African Kola nut and Colombian coffee bean, as well as Valencian orange and pink grapefruit with lemongrass.

Fuss-free tea

May 09, 2017

Tea specialists Tea pop is taking the fuss and fiddle out of using loose leaf tea with a remarkable new and patent-pending process.

The product is a crystal made from a reverse extraction process which sees loose leaf tea infused and brewed, the liquid and minerals extracted and then compressed into a solidified compound. The multiple vacuum cycles trap the flavour, aroma and antioxidant and the result is a crystal which can then be popped into a cup of hot or cold water and melts away to leave a mess-free cup of tea.

The makers claim their product is perfect for airlines looking to offer a premium tea experience in First or Business and say that, unlike other teas, it’s quality is unaffected by not having access to boiling water. It’s also incredibly lightweight and melts away to nothing.

Tea Pop only uses certified organic ingredients with filtered water and currently comes in flavours such as white tea, jasmine white tea, Earl Grey, ice lemon, vanilla saffron, mint and various fruit flavours.

The company is targeting travel retail with its presentation boxes but also offers Tea Pop Professional, a larger size crystal which is designed for onboard service.

Mayfair targets airlines

May 09, 2017

Masters of Mayfair, a direct to consumer, travel comfort range is looking outside its online market to the airlines, pitching its range of premium sleep masks, travel pillows and compression socks to travel retail.

The luxury sleep mask uses silk against the eyes to cool the eyes and prevent overheating and a 100% cotton breathable inner material for padded comfort. Each is infused with one of four scents to promote relaxation – lavender, mandarin and lime, lemongrass and a signature Masters of Mayfair scent – and passenger can purchase a top-up spray for use after washing. The large size gives a total black-out

The medical grade level 1 compression socks boast Swiss-tested compression technology and use a premium cotton yarn to allow breathability, unlike cheaper polyester travel socks.

Masters of Mayfair’s luxury neck pillow is inflatable, allowing greater carry-on convenience and letting the user to adjust the air fill to comfort. It has a removable and washable cover in 100% cotton.

Indian rum gets onboard

May 01, 2017

The first premium rum brand from India РWild Tiger Рhas launched onboard Birka Cruises, a Swedish cruise line operated by Ecker̦ Group.

Wild Tiger is a dark rum represented by Herida Brands of Sweden and invented by Indian drinks entrepreneur Gautom Menon. It is also listed onboard Tiger Air, where it is selling well through onboard retail, and will be featuring on additional cruise lines operating in the Caribbean and Latin Americas.

Menon says: “We are going to focus our efforts more on the cruise line channel as we find cruise passengers have more dwell time and space is not a constraint as it is in most airlines and airports. For a new, disruptive and wild brand as ours it’s important we get the message across in a experiential and edutaining format.”

Wild Tiger is produced in Kerala, southern India, from a blend of molasses and cane juice to give aromatic notes and depth in flavour. It features distinctive packaging which draws on the fact that no two tigers share similar stripes. The stripe design of each bottle is also distinctive and ensures no two bottles are alike, making it a standout souvenir and gifting option.

The brand donates 10% of its profits towards Tiger Conservation in southern India via the non-profit Wild Tiger Foundation (W.T.F).

Harrogate Water squares the circle

May 01, 2017

Harrogate Water has launched an innovative ‘squound’ bottle – a cross between a square and round shape – for the global air passenger market.

The compact 180ml bottle debuted at WTCE in Hamburg and follows the success of the company’s 250ml anti-roll bottle with which Harrogate first broke into the air travel sector. Its exports surged to more than seven million bottles in 2016.

Harrogate Water sales and marketing director Rob Pickering said: “The driver for the squound bottle has been airline requirements for a compact design, allowing the bottle to fit neatly into onboard snack boxes and service trays. Through research and development with our bottle design partner, Krones, we have created another innovative product. The square characteristics make it extremely stable during service and, importantly, on the passenger tray table; yet it retains an elegant round waist and the distinctive Harrogate Spring diamond pattern.”

Harrogate Spring’s premium bottled water brand has its heritage in the Harrogate spa waters discovered in 1571 and is the original British bottled water, being first bottled in 1740.

The diamond-shaped bottle, inspired by the elegant architecture of Harrogate Spa’s Victorian heritage, has won a string of awards including gold at the 2017 Design Business Association’s Design Effectiveness Awards.

Group Soi expands its range

May 01, 2017

Italian-based Group Soi has re-branded its range of extra virgin olive oil single-serve dressings and its single-serve herbed extra virgin olive oils with the new name – ‘Live Oil’. The new brand is designed to be evocative of the life in olive oil.

The new generation of herb-infused olive oils features a re-designed label with a minimal design and white background. The oils are packed in either 15ml pet bottles and 100ml glass bottles and are infused with natural essential oils extracted from organic herbs and spices.

The herbed range includes oregano, thyme, basil, fennel, sage and rosemary and the spice range incorporates coriander, cardamom, cumin, black pepper and saffron. New flavours include wasabi, seaweed peppermint and celery. Each is certified GMO and gluten-free as well as vegan.

Group Soi is targeting the Business/First market with its new brand Crocus d’Oro, incorporating single-serve high-end saffron-infused oil for onboard service and a glass jar of saffron threads (0.3g) designed for buy-on-board, all using spices grown on its own premises. There is also a 1g jar designed for use in onboard catering.

Also targeting the buy-on-board market is a new stone-baked pizza slice and new savoury pie. Each 80g slice comes individually wrapped in a triangular box and there are three options: margarita, vegetarian and four cheeses. The tiella pie is a hand-worked traditional focaccia with five different fillings: zucchini and cheese, spinach and ricotta, escarole and olive, onion and olives and speck ham and cheese. Each artisan pie is 135g and ready to be served in minutes.

New spirits from Norway

April 26, 2017

The most northern distillery in the world, located 350km inside the Arctic Circle in Norway, has launched a range of spirits called Bivrost.

The unique Nordic venture from Hans-Olav Eriksen and Aurora Spirit includes gins, vodkas, aquavit and a mature whisky, and builds on the 2016 trend for Scandinavian-inspired ‘hygge’ by developing the market for new Nordic drinks.

Handcrafted under the glow of the Northern Lights at the foot of the Lyngen Alps, the new distillery uses filtered, melted 5000-year-old glacial water and locally harvested botanicals.

Tor-Petter Christensen explains: “Bivrost is the name the Vikings gave the Northern Lights and was seen as a magical bridge from the home world to the realms of Norse Gods. Today, it represents the bridge between hectic modern life and the adventurous spirit of the Arctic.

“Using some of the latest technology in our state of the art distillery, we have been able to create a unique range of spirits which truly represent Arctic Norway. Our 24-hour daylight summers provide special characteristics and ripen the berries in double quick time, producing berries bursting with intense fruit flavours.”

Aurora Spirit is also working with Scotland’s oldest distillery, Glenturret Distillery, swapping skills, ideas and successes since meeting in early 2015. The resulting whisky will be available in 2019 after maturing in casks.

MiiRO reinvents the lolly

April 26, 2017

New UK startup MiiRO is on a mission to shake up the ice cream lolly category with the launch of three vegan ice cream pops.

Made with frozen coconut milk, nutritionally bolstered by tasty nuts, sweetened with coconut sugar and Italian grapes, balanced by Himalayan pink salt and fortified with pea protein, each lolly is coated in raw cacao and contains no refined sugar, preservatives or artificial flavourings. They’re also gluten free.

They are available in three flavour combinations: salted caramel, peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut. Each has been designed for a rich taste and creamy texture, but also with nutrition front of mind. They are on-the-go bars which contain a careful balance of protein, carbohydrates and good fats, and are also rich in fibre.

The ice-lollies are sweetened with grapes and coconut sugar, and contain 166 calories. The coconut milk used to create the ice cream provides a creamy texture, taste and colour. The raw chocolate coating adds crunch and melts on the tongue, whilst giving the ice creams a rich chocolate hit.

Pip aims to hydrate

April 26, 2017

Organic juice specialist, Pip Organic, has launched a range of Kids Fruity Waters which use only organically-grown fruit and spring water.

The products contain no added sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings, additives or concentrates and provide children with one of their five a day. The inclusion of spring water adds a hydrating benefit and at under 100 calories, the juice is also ‘school compliant’.

The product is offered in mess-free 200ml cartons with bendy straws and vibrant packaging to engage children. It comes in two flavours: mango, orange and apple and blackcurrant, raspberry and apple.

Pip Organic works with organic farmers and its products are certified by the Soil Association as containing premium organic fruit. The company also offers 750ml cold-pressed juices, Grab-and-Go 200ml juices, 180ml kids’ smoothies, 330ml Fruit Quenchers, 105ml Fruity Ice Squeezers and 40ml lollies.

Flybe adds itsu

April 19, 2017

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has added Asian-inspired food brand, itsu, to its Café Flybe inflight menu with immediate effect.

The itsu range launching on Flybe includes: itsu vegetable festival noodles: authentic Asian instant noodles with a vegetable broth; itsu sweet chilli prawn crackers; itsu chocolate edamame – soy beans covered in dark chocolate; and itsu milk chocolate-covered rice cakes made from wholegrain and white rice, coated in top-quality chocolate

Flybe chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder says: “We are marking the start of our new 2017 summer schedule with a refreshed Café Flybe menu and are particularly pleased to welcome such a renowned and healthy brand as itsu onboard for the first time.”

Head of itsu wholesale Charlie Knight, says: “It’s fantastic to be working with Flybe. We can really see a place for our healthy, innovative and tasty products within the airline sector. It is great that Flybe has seen this opportunity. We are looking forward to their customers enjoying our itsu snacks in the air for the first time!”

Alpro adds almond option

April 19, 2017

Alpro is ramping up its range of plant-based innovations with a new on-trend almond offering added to its Alpro For Professionals range.

Joining Soya For Professionals and Coconut For Professionals as part of a three-strong range, Almond For Professionals can be used as an alternative to cows milk in the creation of high-quality microfoam and latte art.

Vicky Upton, at Alpro, says: “Sales of our retail almond drinks are soaring by +24.8% year on year. We are confident that Alpro Almond For Professionals has huge potential to drive sales among consumers increasingly seek out exciting new plant-based options. It can be used in hot and cold drinks, from lattes, cappuccinos and hot chocolate, to iced coffees, or even as a tasty base for summer smoothies.”

Rude Health goes bananas

April 19, 2017

Rude Health has launched a new Banana Berry Oats product which can be served as porridge or muesli.

Organic, vegan and free from refined sugars, this cereal has been created with kids in mind and uses super fine oats that soften immediately (like bircher) when you pour hot or cold milk on top.

There is no need to soak or cook and the products include just three organic ingredients: oats (89%), banana (10%) and raspberry (1%) with sugar from fruits (7.8g per 100g).

Free-from desserts from Italy

April 19, 2017

A one-year-old Italian start-up, Dolceria Valmont has the goal of making popular sweets more healthy. Specialising in free-from desserts, its range of cakes, pastries and ice creams are all gluten-free and many are also vegan.

Using different plants and grains, such as rice, tapioca and quinoa, the company replaces the organoleptic qualities of wheat and dairy products. Its ingredients are also low in G.I and keep fat and sugar as low as possible.

Its bakery range includes muffins, biscuits, tarts, macaroons and brownies while its desserts include the tagara – a layered dish of dark chocolate ‘cream’, sponge, orange mousse, crumble and jelly which is 100% plant-based.

Gluten-free ice cream comes in vanilla, chocolate, pistachio and hazelnut. While gluten-free and vegan ice creams come in fruit flavours like strawberry, mango, melon and peach.

Stands that deliver

April 4, 2017

The Onboard Hospitality team was delighted to meet old friends and new as they toured the stands at the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo in Hamburg. Check out our photo gallery of the 2017 stands here.

Julie Baxter, Laura Gelder and Sue Williams touried the stands looking for news and innovation. Straight from the show floor here are a few products that caught their eye:

Mr Lee’s Noodles:A selection of healthy oriental, noodle-based meals represented by Portfolio. The range contains no MSG, hydrogenated fats, e-numbers or artificial colours. The pots come in six flavours: dragon fire mushroom, Hong Kong street beef, Shaolin monk vegetable, tai chi chicken, warrior fighting shrimp and Penang chicken curry laksa.

Dolceria Valmont: An Italian ice-cream maker providing gluten-free and vegan ranges. Its gelato comes in flavours ranging from pistachio and hazelnut to melon and soft fruits. Its il Gelato product range is specifically marketed at airport lounges as well as buy-on-board menus or kids onboard catering selections.

Sola: Responding to a trend towards coloured cutlery this year, Sola showcased PVD coated cutlery with dual colours. It also displayed hollow-handled cutlery which reduces onboard weight and allows airlines to use larger cutlery at lower load.

Onboard Logistics: Turned the focus onto Flex-E-Drawers designed to save space in galleys. The drawers stack so that they can be stored easily when empty and can also be removed from a trolley entirely.

Hoppe and Beemster: New to Hoppe Food Group’s travel catering range is a cheese muffin created in partnership with Dutch cheesemaker Beemster Cheese Co. The muffins are in a ovenable box which can be converted into a serving tray for service. It can be stored for 90 days at ambient temperatures.

Lily O’Brien’s: Has turned its development focus onto new sleeved desserts in a range of flavours and styles including mousse, cheesecake and key lime pie. It debuted a 26g bar format for salted caramel, zesty orange and butterscotch flavours, and a new range of For Little Fliers kids desserts.

Café Brontë: Chocolate Choices is a range of biscuit mini-packs. It comes in four flavours: milk chocolate and coconut, milk chocolate and orange, dark chocolate and ginger, and dark chocolate and mint.

Die Räucherei: This German-based company specialises in exclusive handmade seafood that tastes like fresh catch. It ‘deep-freezes’ its products at -60C to lock in the flavour and has IFS and halal certifications.

Snackbox to-go: : Offering a new hot snack to the market, Snackbox to-go’s new ‘plattices’ come in sweet and savoury flavours including tomato-mozzarella and apple-cinnamon. The company won recognition for its French Fries on Brussels Airlines in the Best for Onboard Snacks category in the Onboard Hospitality Awards, announced Monday April 3.

WK Thomas: These designers and manufacturers of bespoke onboard products showcased a range of new products for onboard service from cups to oven bags. Its newest range of ‘Revive’ clear pots are suitable for yoghurts, salads and cold pasta. They come in high clarity RPET material in four sizes, from 175ml to 425ml, with clip-on lids.

Mills Textiles: Focused on a ‘sensory’ comfort range of textiles which can be infused to provide aromatherapy onboard. The pillows, cushions and neck pillows are designed to help passengers sleep or wake up.

AVID: Has expanded its portfolio to include serviceware and custom pieces. The range on display at the show included sets of dishes and cutlery at each stage of the design process.

Novo-Food: A distributor of both IQF and fresh cheese, Novo-Food provides cheese products to airlines, cruise and food chains. New to its portfolio are halal, vegan and buy-on-board solutions.

Skypro: Featured a new uniform range designed to provide crew comfort and style. The shirts are made from natural fibres and allow for breathability, durability and wash resistance.

Dairy Concepts IRL: The new 20g Fruchee bar range is positioned for meal trays and snack packs and brings a new twist to dairy snacking. The natural high-protein dairy bars taste similar to yoghurt/ice-cream but with less sugar and no mess and the texture of a cheese.

New products at WTCE

April 4, 2017

Onboard Hospitality is pleased to be media partner for this year’s World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo in Hamburg. Julie Baxter, Laura Gelder and Sue Williams have been touring the stands looking for news and innovation. Here’s a few products that have caught their eye:

Frankenberg: Brought its new range of Fairtrade special meals to the show offering a healthy and sustainable meal range which is also free from GMOs, additives and preservatives. Frankenberg won recognition for this product as a One to Watch in the Onboard Hospitality Awards, announced Monday April 3.

Bottega: The Italian winery and distillery turned the focus onto its 20cl bottles which include a premium quality Prosecco, a refined rosé and a sweet moscato wine. The company also unveiled new packaging supporting two- and four-bottle sets, and an ice bag offered with the four-bottle set.

Kaelis: Showcased a new Rotable High Temperature (RHT) casserole dish designed to upgrade the Economy trayset. It can be held at temperatures of up to 220C for an hour, higher than standard casserole dishes and is available in single and bi-colour formats including prestigious looking gold and silver. Kaelis won recognition for this product as a One to Watch in the Onboard Hospitality Awards, announced Monday April 3.

InflightDirect: Headset specialists InflightDirect has a selection of new styles available in its earbud range and showcased new headset models.

D|F Marketing: Is extending the versatility of its services with a new Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) machine, new baking line and additional packing machines. These allow it to deliver customised solutions of either individually packed products, arrangements in trays or small batch boxes.

FlyFit: Has added oat cookies to its inflight wellbeing range. High in fibre and without additives, the cookies come in cranberry, coconut and dark chocolate flavours with positive nutritional credentials. FlyFit’s probiotic 70% cacoa chocolate tablets said to aid digestion inflight won a Highly Commended award in the Onboard Hospitality Awards, announced Monday April 3.

Radnor Hills: Focused attention on three new carton sizes aimed at the airline market. The Fruella products are available in 125ml, 200ml and 250ml Tetra cartons, each made in a unique shape to help the passage from trolley to passenger and designed not to roll off the tray. The range of fruity flavours focuses on inflight hydration and includes options for kids catering.

AMI: Aims to make great coffee onboard a standard through the Illy brand – made from nine Arabica coffee beans sourced from four continents. It will also promote a range of Acacia crackers recommended in combination with AMI’s extra mature cheese packs.

RMT Global Partners: Has partnered with Westin Heavenly to supply a warming blanket to passengers in Delta’s First cabin. The company also showcased a range of tools to support onboard development teams. RMT Global Partners won a Highly Commended award in the Onboard Hospitality Awards, announced Monday April 3 for its Economy blanket flying with Delta.

BestPartner Food: Showcased snacks stored in ovenable foil that are shelf stable at ambient temperatures. The company also has a variety of new hot snacks and multi-snack boxes.

Formia: Stars among its collection were new brand collaborations including with Institut Karité Paris products (onboard JAL, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways) and Porsche-branded sleeping suits. It is also working with the Aspara brand whose product includes a pillow mist and aroma stick.

Monty’s Bakehouse: Presented a range of new products at the show including Pizza Cups and Brioche Calzones. Each new product is made to eat on the go and comes with Italian fillings.

John Horsfall: With a wide range of products from pillows to packaging, the company focused on its growing use of more sustainable materials such as bamboo and recycled polyester.

Global Inflight Products: Offered airlines a cosy, sustainable blanket option with its eco-friendly fleece made of recycled plastic (RPET). By using recycled plastic the company aims to cut the product’s environmental footprint compared to more traditional counterparts.

Oakfields Farms: In response to the recent ‘free-from’ trend, Oakfields Farms has created a range of ‘clean label’ products for onboard with reduced additives and responsible ingredient sourcing detailed.

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.”