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En Route’s packaged solutions for post COVID-19 service

May 27, 2020

En Route International has launched a new range of ‘light-touch’ snacking and meal solutions for airlines – designed to support transition back to normal schedules post COVID-19.



Each food solution supports a fast, efficient crew service with minimal handling or customer contact required.
The range is made up of a vast array of food boxes that offer airlines entry-level options consisting of a snack, water and hand sanitisers; right the way through to boxes that include more substantial meal varieties. 
The boxes are flexible so airlines can choose items best suited to their passengers’ behaviours and preferences. 


The move comes after recent research published by The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and the International Flight Services Association (IFSA), which found that food safety has become one of the key issues for passengers in the last two months.
According to the research approximately 400,000 conversations have taken place in March and April on social media, expressing concern about food safety on-board airlines. 
En Route’s products focus on central production and packing in BRC and FDA grade facilities to ensure supply chain integrity and safety.

En Route has also introduced a new range of IFW bakery items and packed fresh cut premium cheese solutions. 



Hamish Cook, executive director at En Route, said: “We know that consumer confidence is going to be a major contributor to how quickly our sector recovers from the challenges caused by the pandemic. That’s why we’ve developed a range of products that are designed to provide reassurance to crew and passengers about their food, where it has come from and how it has been handled on its journey.
“Our own research has found that passengers may be wary of ‘open’ style food and meals and will be looking for more product integrity through packaging.

“These ‘light-touch’ options have been created to help during the transition period between where we are now and when normal service resumes. We all have a collective responsibility to make sure we are doing what we can to support each other during these unprecedented times.”
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BUZZ connects hygiene and trusted brands

May 27, 2020

Inflight products specialist Buzz has turned its design team’s attention to post-COVID wellbeing products and predicts demand for ‘clean’ brand partnerships going forward.

Marketing director, Lisa Degen, said: “Trusted solutions are paramount for restoring confidence, and travellers will want to be proactively responsible for ensuring all touchpoints along their journey are clean. Comfort and wellness remain a key trend, but it has become a communal duty rather than an individualistic focus. There is a heightened awareness of the social responsibility of health and wellbeing, and wearing a mask has become a symbol of caring for others, as well as a form of fashionable self-expression.”

The company is working on new kits based around clean products and wellness priorities, working with established and reputable brands such as Murchison Hume, C.O. Bigelow, Rohr Remedy and Aromatherapy Associates which combine high quality cleaning with luxury skin care benefits.

Leonard Hamersfeld, director at Buzz, added: “Buzz is known for creating innovative design solutions and this is no different. Our trusted brand collaborations provide the highest level of quality and luxury at a time when travelers need it most.”

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Kydex offers guidance on antimicrobials

May 27, 2020

Aircraft interiors specialist Sekisui Kydex has produced a range of guidance on the value of antimicrobial products for tray tables, seat backs, privacy panels and armrests.

The technology has been available for some time and can be integrated into interiors to help support good inflight hygiene, which has now become so critical.

Kydex thermoplastics are available with antimicrobial protection. They are durable, chemical- and stain-resistant and can be used for bespoke items with short lead times and in small quantities.

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LIFT donates facemask messaging

May 27, 2020

Graphic design specialist LIFT Aero Design has unveiled a range of aviation-themed graphic designs to help airlines and aviation suppliers spread new health and hygiene messages, for free.

The collection of graphics is designed to help airlines rebuild confidence by communicating the two-way benefit of facemasks, and could be used in the cabin, on placards, mask packaging, meal packaging, IFE screens, or within inflight magazines.

The graphics feature the: “I protect you: you protect me” slogan and are available for free download. They can be adapted to suit specific branding colours or propositions.

Based in Tokyo and Singapore, Lift Aero Design specialises in airline branding and cabin designs and its clients include Air Seychelles, Bamboo Airways, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, Hong Kong Express and Philippine Airlines.

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Matrix launches BeCleanCo brand

May 20, 2020

Matrix has created a new consumer toiletries brand – BeCleanCo – which puts wellbeing and hygiene at the heart of its positioning.

Launched initially to UK retail and the direct-to-consumer markets earlier this month, the product has been well received and includes a range of personal protection products designed ‘to navigate the new normal’.

Items in the range include a 2-in-1 Anti-bacterial Hand Gel+ – an anti-bacterial gel with the added benefits of a hand cream for protection and hydration in one; an anti-bacterial hand gel alternative to soap and water, facemasks and gloves.

The items can be bundled in back-to-work packs for offices and airports with wipes and a ziplock pouch or for airlines as PPE amenity kits in a wax paper pouch. The brand is already flying with a UK and Spanish airline.

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Personal safety packs launched for retail

May 20, 2020

Global Travel Retail has launched a new Protect Aid, personal safety travel kit for sale at airports and inflight.

The kit includes four essential personal protection and disinfecting products in one lightweight resealable pack.

The pack features two pairs of disposable, latex, powder-free gloves, two facemasks, anti-bacterial hand sanitiser with aloe vera (50ml), and five disinfecting surface wipes containing the active ingredient benzalkonium chloride, which is said to be highly effective and long lasting on surfaces.

The kit items are sourced from FDA registered suppliers and TSA compliant.

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Queen’s Award for Joe & Seph

April 28, 2020

Popcorn specialist Joe & Seph’s has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

The company is one of 220 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise and was recognised for tripling its overseas sales in the last three years.

Joe & Seph’s remains a small family business and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It employs 60 people and was recently ranked 652 in the fastest growing companies in Europe listed by the Financial Times, and 32nd on the Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 2019. Its products are sold in 19 countries including Western Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Co founder of Joe & Seph’s, Adam Sopher, says: “We recognised early on that to be a successful business, future planning and thinking beyond the UK market was key. Our mission ‘to become the best tasting popcorn brand in the world’ has guided and defined the company’s export strategy and has become a major part of our business, generating over £1.7 million in revenue. It is an overwhelming privilege to be recognised by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise on our 10th anniversary year, we look forward to bringing the best of British to the world into the next decade and beyond!

“Joe & Seph’s launched in a recession and learned during this period that the businesses that succeed are the ones that not only have a premium, differentiated offering but also have strong export sales. Our strong focus on quality, innovation, flexibility and customer service has set us apart as the leading exporter of gourmet popcorn in the UK.”

joeandsephs.com

Food & Beyond targets GEN Z

April 28, 2020

Food & Beyond has launched a range of new products targeted at GEN Z and the millennials.

Specifically designed for on-the-go service, the new range features a new microwaveable pizza in two varieties.

Ready to eat in a few minutes, the pizza is cooked in its packaging and its cauliflower crust ensures it is suitable for those with coeliac disease or diabetes. It is offered as a Classic Margherita with lactose free mozzarella or with vegan cheese, and can also be cooked in a traditional oven. The recipe and packaging technology are designed to ensure a crisp base.

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Biscotti goes compostable

April 28, 2020

The Great British Biscotti Co has launched two new plant-based, gluten-free options and home-compostable packaging.

The biscotti range includes sweet and savoury flavours from Chocolate Orange to Cheddar & Fennel, and the new variations are Dark Belgian Chocolate & Cranberries and Almond, and Hazelnut & Orange. Made using a secret flour blend and replacing dairy fat with coconut oil, all flavours now come in compostable packing.

A new twin-pack baton portfolio includes a Triple Chocolate, a Simply Almond, and a White Chocolate Cranberry & Pistachio biscotti.

Owner Paul Rostand says: “The British Craft Food movement is growing like never before, a foodie renaissance born from an insatiable craving for best-in-class ingredients, constant innovation and recipe integrity. As an ambitious specialist bakery in Dorset, we’re proud to respond to the growing concerns of deserving food minorities, (vegans and coeliacs) whose calls for more tailored recipe decks should never result in having to settle for underwhelming flavours and textures. As for compostable packaging, we believe everyone has a responsibility to reduce their litter trail and leave the planet as they found it.”

greatbritishbiscotti.co.uk

Hemp tea reduces stress

April 28, 2020

Hatter’s Hemp Tea has launched a new range of CBD-infused tea designed to help cut anxiety and reduce stress.

The hemp-infused tea is available in four classic flavours: English Breakfast, Green, Lemongrass & Rosehip Boost, and Chamomile; and includes the benefits of CBD from the 50% hemp makeup of the teabag.

Hatter’s launch of all four hemp-infused flavours comes after a hugely successful soft launch period of their vegan friendly tea, which has become the fastest-selling tea ever at health food specialists Holland & Barrett, which has sold over 25,000 boxes in their first month.

All flavours of Hatter’s Hemp Tea are now available online.

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BAC delivers meals for heroes in Thailand

April 22, 2020

Bangkok Air Catering is supporting local medical workers in Thailand with a ‘meals for heroes’ campaign.

Promoted through its Gourmet Primo brand, the campaign will donate one meal box to frontline staff at the Golden Jubilee Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, for every 10 boxes sold.

Customers are offered a buy 10 get 1 free deal and now the free meal can be donated to the hospital and carry the customer’s name as a message of recognition and appreciation for the work they are doing.

Amorn Rassamesangpetch, BAC director of corporate sales & marketing, said: “It is so important to support those medical staff who are working hard behind the scenes and we will support them with quality frozen meals which takes only three minutes to reheat in microwave. Frozen meals can be stowed for a couple of months which also helps cuts waste.”

bangkokaircatering.com

En Route partners with UK charities

April 22, 2020

En Route International has partnered with a number of charities and organisations to support frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable people across communities in the UK.

The company has teamed up with caterers Thomas Franks and Fooditude, as well Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to offer meals and produce to local communities and NHS staff in a number of hospitals.

More than 30 palettes of cheese, bread and other snacks have been donated to the organisations to enable them to support those who need it most during the current COVID-19 lockdown in the UK.

En Route’s donation to Thomas Franks will be distributed via SOFEA, a national organisation which fights hunger and tackles food waste. The caterer will distribute them to children’s charities and food banks for homeless shelters such as Oxhop and Matilda House in Oxford.

The Fooditude donation will be delivered through FoodCycle, which brings together volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchens across the UK; and Bermondsey EST which is making 2,000 meals a day for self-isolating people across Southwark.

En Route has also delivered snacks and treats that will be offered to frontline NHS staff across 15 locations which sit within the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, all based in Hampshire.

Hamish Cook, executive director, En Route, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for so many communities as well as frontline healthcare services across the country. We are pleased to be able to support in this way and hope that our collective efforts can alleviate some of the pressures some people are facing during this period. We have an extensive charitable programme already in place, but understand the role that all food businesses can play in offering support to those struggling with the challenges this pandemic has created.”

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Air France shows it cares

April 22, 2020

Air France is showing its determination to support the national effort against COVID-19 by donating products to support healthcare workers, patients and all those working alongside them.

The airline has donated thousands of health and beauty products initially intended for its passengers. More than 20 hospitals throughout France received hundreds of pallets containing more than 17,000 comfort kits, thousands of sleep masks and earplugs largely curated by its supplier partners including Albea Travel Designers. The items, originally created for use on Joon, went to patients in intensive care and are also being used by care workers.

In addition, some 20,000 first-aid kits and headsets usually used for inflight entertainment were also delivered.

A spokesman for Air France commented: “The recipients, who were extremely touched by this outpouring of solidarity, expressed their gratitude in their many messages of thanks.”

airfrance.com

From gin to hygiene

April 22, 2020

Manchester Gin’s distillery, The Spirit of Manchester, has converted it production to produce hand sanitiser rather than gin to support the newly-created NHS Nightingale Hospital North West.

The hospital has been created at the Manchester Central Convention Centre, situated above the railway arch distillery, and is now offering 750-bed Covid-19 beds.

The company is dedicating its 1,000-litre copper still, Wonder Wend, to producing the much needed sanitiser supplies and has already delivered 200 bottles of sanitiser, with a further 1,200 due to deliver this week, all provided at cost.

Manchester Gin co-founders and Master Distillers, Seb Heeley and Jen Wiggins, have pledged to continue to support the NHS Nightingale North West through its lifespan and are encouraging other frontline businesses in the north west to reach out should they be in need of the essential product.

On the change in the distillery’s production, Seb Heeley said: “It was a no brainer when Manchester Central asked us to support the NHS Nightingale by producing sanitiser. We’re grateful to be able to play a small part in the tremendous effort that’s being made to get the country through this.”

Contact: distillery@manchestergin.co.uk for more information

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Gategroup donates in London and Madrid

April 22, 2020

Gategroup has donated 12 pallets of surplus food from its gateretail brand to the Food Bank of Madrid, distributing to hospitals and emergency centres across the city.

Gate Gourmet Madrid has also started producing meals for Caritas, an organisation distributing to the most vulnerable families with special needs in Madrid.

In the UK, gateretail at London Gatwick has worked with one airline partner to donate products to doctors and nurses working for the UK National Health Service at a hospital just outside London.

gategroup brands and functions across the UK and Ireland have also reached out to foodservice groups and government buyers to offer further food and beverage solutions and has donated over £100K worth of food to non-profit organizations which distributing to the vulnerable at this challenging time

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It’s a group effort at John Horsfall

April 15, 2020

Airline textile experts John Horsfall has joined forces with its sister company to offer overnight delivery of healthcare textiles to the NHS.

Part of the John Horsfall group for over 20 years, Interweave Healthcare supplies hospitals, clinics and laundries with desperately needed scrub suits, patient gowns, and patient handling products.

In recent weeks John Horsfall’s own staff have joined the Interweave team to help in the round-the-clock task of meeting this critical NHS demand.

“We’re glad that we’ve been able to divert resources from our airline business to boost the effort,” says group md Peter Horsfall Benson. “We’re really proud of the whole team, they’re working incredibly hard to support the NHS, both within the business, and also as volunteers in the local community.”

Enquiries for healthcare textiles can be made directly via Interweave Healthcare website or via John Horsfall’s business development manager Ellie Parkes ellie.parkes@johnhorsfall.com

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deSter donates cutlery to hospital

April 15, 2020

Specialist packaging and serviceware business, deSter has donated over 12,000 packs of disposable cutlery to the Fiera Milano Hospital in the Covid-19 stricken Milan area.

The donation will allow the hospital’s volunteers and employees to consume their meals in complete safety as all are hygienically packaged and disposed of afterwards. Each pack contains a knife, fork, spoon, condiments and a napkin.

“We received this request through one of our customers and immediately decided to participate and provide the hospital with some much-needed aid. Given the horrid nature of the COVID-19 virus, the safest way by far for hospital workers and patients to consume a meal is to dispose of all food service equipment after use. Every little bit counts in beating this” explains Gary Hickman, VP Foodservice deSter.

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PPE pouch innovation from Kaelis

April 15, 2020

Kaelis has set its creative team to work on post-COVID travel ideas and has developed a new Self-Protective Pocket Pouch (SP.3) it believes will help give travellers confidence to return to the skies in time.

A spokesman said: “The global outbreak of COVID-19 has put the world on hold for several weeks now but as time moves forward and we can see life outside the quarantine, we are aware that once the travel industry starts operating again, new rules will apply in order to assure crew and travellers’ safety so have developed a pouch that can include a range of PPE essentials.”

The Self-Protective Pocket Pouch (SP.3) includes the most important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including a mask, gloves, hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes and can be adapted to include other health and hygiene items too, all designed to reduce risks and help guarantee security too.

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Servair supports vunerable French communities

April 15, 2020

Servair is supporting hospitals and healthcare teams in their daily fight against Covid-19 by supplying additional PPE equipment.

The team has sent nearly 56,000 surgical masks, 10,000 FFP2 masks and 4,500 disposable gowns to the Robert Ballanger, Creil, Gonesse, Meaux, Longjumeau, Bourgoin Jallieu (near Lyon) and Belle Pierre (La Réunion) hospitals across France.

Servair also supports charities which strive to maintain solidarity amongst their communities by supporting those in need with are food products.

Since end end of March the caterer has distributed over 11 tonnes of foodstuffs donated via to the Red Cross of Val d’Oise and Essonne.

servair.fr

dnata and its airline partners step up

April 15, 2020

SnapFresh, dnata’s in-house production business, is using its product and capacity to support industries in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

Hiranjan Aloysius, CEO of dnata catering Australia says: “We’ve been able to move quickly to serve hospitals, aged-care homes, corrections and other industries, and we continue to see regular interest from these and other industries. We’ve also been working with the government and airlines to provide catering for quarantine hotels, looking after those who have to compulsorily isolate when coming into the Australia.”

The dnata team has worked with its airline customers who have importantly supported the repackaging and distribution of meals that would have otherwise been onboard their aircraft.

Aloysius adds: “That community and industry spirit remains strong. As we usually serve more than 40 airlines we obviously carry a significant amount of stock. We’ve been able to work with local support and community groups – OzHarvest and FoodBank for example – to get ingredients, meals and packaged goods out to those who need it most. This obviously delivers great value to the community but also the pride our teams take from giving back is great. We’re seeing this kind of activity right across the dnata network, from Ireland down to Australia, and that’s really pleasing to see.”

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Rail operators lend a hand

April 15, 2020

On the UK’s East Coast, rail operator LNER has suspended catering, but is instead supporting its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The operator has, for example, worked with rail catering partner RG to provide up to 5,000 sandwiches each week to a charity fighting food hunger. These are fresh sandwiches that would have normally have been served on-board LNER services, which will be made and delivered by Bradford based supplier Tiffin to the charity FareShare Yorkshire’s centre in Leeds.

Claire Ansley, LNER customer experience director said: “Our Catering and Community teams have formed a partnership with FareShare, which is dedicated to fighting hunger by redistributing surplus food. It’s one of many steps LNER is taking to support our suppliers and communities during these challenging times.”

FareShare is a national network of charitable food redistributors, which supports almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes.

Gareth Batty, FareShare Yorkshire CEO has welcomed the support: “We’re delighted that LNER’s sandwiches will be put to good use and will be delivered to people who are vulnerable and at risk across Yorkshire.”

Tiffin’s key account manager, Steven Dunn said: “During the pandemic we have seen our workload reduce significantly. As LNER (via RG) is a key customer for Tiffin Sandwiches, being able to send their order to support these local communities is both inspiring and heart-warming.”

In another initiative more than 500 eggs that would have been used for First Class LNER breakfasts were donated to Matt Healy ‘X The Foundry’ in Leeds to make Yorkshire Puddings included in lunch for hundreds of NHS frontline staff.

LNER is also supporting Food Revival in Leeds and other supplies have been donated to the Magic Hat Café in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and ambulance stations in Falkirk, Sauchie and Stirling.

David Horne, md of LNER said “Beat Ehlers (ceo of rail caterer RG) and his team have made this happen – an example of true partnership!”
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Do you dare to care?

April 7, 2020

As inflight suppliers and caterers around the world go into lockdown and teams worldwide try to work while isolated or social distancing, Onboard Hospitality is on the look out for good deeds and acts of kindness within the crisis.

Inspired by Monty’s Bakehouse’s #ahelpinghand hashtag launched as the team announced hot snack deliveries to its local NHS hospital staff, we’re calling on any suppliers to share their love and get in touch if they are channeling their inflight skills and stock to help their local communities at this time.

Tell us what you are doing to help and you will help inspire others. Let’s build some momentum around doing good in a crisis and show the onboard hospitality sector is more than just a supply chain and can still do so much good with its creativity and passion even when much of its business is grounded.

Send your stories or links to Julie.baxter@onboardhospitality.com

Here are some we have seen so far….

Kaelis donates blankets

April 7, 2020

Kaelis is helping its local community by donating 20,000 blankets to Red Cross, the Order of Saint Lazarus, several Spanish hospitals and field hospitals, Spanish homeless shelters and Madrid’s general eirectorate of emergencies and civil protection.

CEO, Federico Heitz, says: “As a socially responsible company, it is important for us to give back to the society in which we operate and to help the government bodies to weather this storm. With the help of other companies from all the sectors and the society’s support by staying at home, we will be able to pass through these hard times.

“Kaelis was aware of the danger that COVID-19 represented since the outbreak in China early this year and was able to adjust our policies to keep staff and stakeholders well. Once we were able to assure our stakeholders’ health and the continuity of their businesses, we saw it was time to work together to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. We will thrive together.”

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SATS supports pandemic response efforts in Singapore

April 7, 2020

SATS has redeployed up to 500 volunteers to support Singapore’s nationwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Our volunteers play a key part in protecting public health and safety by taking on various roles such as contact tracing, facilitating public engagement on safe distancing measures, temperature screening at public facilities, and simple care provision in low-risk, basic care wards in hospitals. Said Li Lian Tan, Chief Human Capital Officer of SATS Ltd, ‘Our people find it deeply meaningful to safeguard public health during the pandemic in this way. At a time when aviation passenger volumes are very low, our people have the capacity, skills and experience to provide much needed support to the community.’

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat met SATS employees prior to their redeployment a visit to Changi Airport Terminal 3 and on Sunday morning, 𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗦 volunteers were also part of Temasek Foundation’s meaningful hashtag#BYOBclean initiative, connecting people to hashtag#stayprepared against hashtag#COVID-19. The team was also distributing free hand sanitizers to the public.

UK business Monty’s Bakehouse, now part of the SATS family, continues to distribute 700 hot meals to doctors and nurses at East Surrey NHS Hospital near their base south of London Gatwick Airport and is now also supplying Brighton hospital with some provisions too.

sats.com.sg

Do Good Labs joins forces with food charity

April 3, 2020

Queensland based snacking company Do Good Labs is determined to uphold their mission; ‘to keep doing good in the world’, despite the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Like many airline suppliers, the healthy snacking company is feeling the pressure, but is working to do good by joining forces with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity. The charity collects quality surplus food, distributes it to people in need and diverts food waste from landfill.

The new initiative sees Do Good Labs working closely with OzHarvest to provide 20,000 meals for Australians in need. Dr Daniel Rifkin, co-founder, says: “Now, more than ever, is the time to support one another. To continue in our efforts of doing good wherever we can. We are seeing airlines step up and look after local community charities and we must be seen as a light for the people in this dark time”.

The donation follows a “1 snack = 1 meal campaign” which saw Do Good Labs pledge to matched online consumer sales with donations to the charity.

Damon Stanton, who has served 25 years in the airline business and is part of the Do Good Labs team, adds: “None of us have ever seen anything like this in our lifetime and of course our airline sales have fallen sharply, but we’re determined to stay connected with people and keep doing good. We’ve always worked closely with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, which collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it directly to more than 1,300 charities – supporting people in need across the country.”

OzHarvest Founder, Ronni Kahn AO says: “We can stop events. We can stop sporting matches. But we cannot stop feeding people. For understandable reasons, our donations have fallen dramatically in recent weeks and we’re very grateful for the extra support from friends like Do Good Labs”.

Learn more about Do Good Labs at dogoodlabs.com.au

Tea innovation from Sprout Spoon

April 3, 2020

The Sprout Spoon is a multi-functional tea solution comprising a foldable spoon, tea bag and stirrer in one single product.

Made with 100% biodegradable materials, the product is completely plastic-free. It includes a Fairtrade green tea, ginger and lemon tea bag attached to the tip of the spoon, and after use the ‘squeeze and drip-free function’ means no additional napkin is required.

Founder for Sprout, Michael Stausholm, created the Sprout Spoon for the drink-to-go market as a response to the 100 million plastic spoons and utensils discarded every day in the US alone. He aims to rethinks the way airlines serve a cup of tea.

Currently the product is exclusively listed on SunExpress Germany’s buy-on-board programme. The launch onboard is a collaboration between Retail inMotion, the founder of Sprout Tea and SunExpress Germany.

The spoon can be branded on request.

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Bottega brings a taste of Italy onboard

April 3, 2020

Bottega has launched a new ready-to-drink single-serve bottled cocktail, Pronol Spritz.

Spritz is a traditional Italian cocktail dating back to the beginning of the 19th century. Bottega claims its new Pronol Spritz is the ‘modern evolution’ of this cocktail.

Pronol Spritz is made from a base wine with flavouring substances, colours and sugars, with added carbon dioxide to create bubbles. It has an alcohol content of 6.5%.

Bottega suggests it is best served cold with ice and garnished with orange peel, and paired with savoury snacks such as chips, peanuts, salami and cheese.

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Trendy coffee by Canigo

April 3, 2020

Canigo Cofee is offering a new line of soluble Fairtrade coffee.

The line includes premium black coffee, cappuccino, latte and a coffee range mixed with natural botanical extracts. Each serving is packed in brightly-coloured sachets.

The range aims to allow passengers to match the ‘Moments & Mindsets’ of their day. The coffee mixes, such as Relax, Focus and Balance, offer a blended mix of espresso and natural botanical extracts designed to add special functions to the beverage. Each targets different mental and physical benefits.

Following the current consumer trends, this coffee is an experience, not a brand.

The company claims it is committed to working with customers to achieve business objectives for sustainability and circularity and to reduce waste.

canigocoffee.com

Stokes expands range of sauces

April 3, 2020

British sauce company Stokes Sauce if offering its wide range of condiments to the onboard sector.

Its range includes table standards like Tomato Ketchup, Brown Sauce, BBQ Sauce Mayonnaise and Tartare Sauce, as well as more unique offerings such as Chilli Jam, Cider and Horseradish, and Bloody Mary Ketchup – made with real vodka.

Each sauce is available in single-serve sachets, or larger bottles.

The company has recently signed a deal to be featured onboard Fred.Olsen ships. Find out more.

stokessauces.co.uk

Single-serve olive oil capsules from Corium

April 2, 2020

Corium offers an eco-friendly, single serving extra virgin olive oil capsule. They are 100% biodegradable and plastic-free.

The capsules vacuum pack olive oil to keep the product fresh without the need for preservatives. They are clean and convenient to use.

As well as being practical and sustainable, the product also has a novelty appeal in that the capsules are shape like an olive.

Available in 10ml and 5ml formats, Corium is light, compact and easy to dispose of.

www.corium.es

Bring a taste of India onboard with Merryfood

April 2, 2020

Merryfood offers a wide range of Indian pickles, jams, marmalades and honey in single-serve portions.

Made with authentic spices and flavours to represent different regions, its range of pickles includes Mixed Veg, Mango, Green Chilli, Mango Chundoo, Mango Thokku, Tomato, Garlic, Sweet Lemon, Lemon Massala, Tamarind and Kuwaiti Maabooch.

Each pickle offering is available in 12-15g cans, 25g glass bottles and 400g glass jars.
It also offers a Mixed Fruit Jam and a Strawberry Jam using berries from Mahabaleshwar, and a savoury Orange Marmalade.

Merryfood also offers dry fruit sweets (Chikki) and mouth fresheners that it claims help digestion after meals.

srspickles.com

Reinventing the humble crisp

April 1, 2020

Polish food business, Merzdorf Fine Food, believes it is reinventing the crisp with an innovative new line of natural snacks made not from the traditional potato, but from chicken breast.

The company’s flagship product is called “in-flight” and is created from cuts of carefully selected chicken fillet which undergo a processes of maturation, then repeated cold smoking and finally freeze-drying.

The chicken pieces become crunchy, remain full of flavour and are offered in round-shaped pieces just like crisps. A combination of spices further enhances the taste. The foil seal pack keep the crisps fresh, crunchy and odour-less, ready to eat.

Postioned as a healthy and nutritious alternative for onboard services, ‘in-flight’ snacks are low in carbs and high in protein made purely from 99% chicken breast fillet and 1% spices, with no preservatives, chemical additives, GMOs, or gluten.

The freeze-drying process condenses the nutritional values so that for every 100g of finished product there are 400g of chicken fillet.

Joanna Berezowska, marketing manager, says: “We offer high-quality, natural products and do not use any chemical preservatives or artificial enhancers in our snacks. ‘The Healthy Way of Life’ is our motto and we want to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating. Our snacks family has already won several awards and we believe it will make a great option for onboard service.”

inflight-snack.com

Joe and Seph extends the range

April 1, 2020

Joe & Seph’s has added a White Chocolate & Raspberry Bite to its popcorn bite range.

The snack is comprised of ‘extra-large’ mushroom kernels which are air-popped, hand-coated in salted caramel sauce, and then dipped in chocolate. “We’ve wanted to create a more decadent sweet treat for a while that’s different to our range of gourmet popcorn,” says Joseph, co-founder of Joe & Seph’s.

“I can’t wait for everyone to try them, though I must hazard a warning, they’re extremely moreish…”

The popcorn bites are currently available in 63g resealable bags. Milk and dark chocolate bites are also available.

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joeandsephs.co.uk

Peakz extends its range

April 1, 2020

Ethical vegan snacks brand, Peakz, has launched a range of new products and packaging designed for rail and airline service.

The snacks use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, and have wholegrain cereal at their core. They are available in 10g, 15g and 32g packs. Consciously and ethically made, the bite-sized vegan and vegetarian friendly crunchy chocolate squares are positioned as a healthier confectionery snack

They come in six flavours: Salted Caramel & Chocolate, Hazelnut & Chocolate, Orange & Chocolate, Mint & Chocolate, Berry & Chocolate, and Plain Chocolate.

peakz.co.uk

Sicilian olive oil targets airline market

April 1, 2020

Italian olive oil specialist Romano Antico Frantoio is targeting the airline sector with three kinds of Sicilian oils in 100ml bottles.

The convenient size bottles are designed to be a souvenir of Italy too and contain either organic extra virgin olive oil; Monte Etna PDO extra virgin olive oil or PGI Sicily extra virgin olive oil.

The family business has been operating since 1959, cultivating native olive varieties on the western side of Mount Etna, one of the most fertile areas of Sicily. The company specialises in the production of top quality extra virgin olive oils and selecting olives for harvesting and manages the entire production chain, from harvesting to bottling.

The oils can offered in a range of packaging option in single, double or triple quantities and boxes can be printed with a carrier’s logo.

frantoioromano.it/en

Power to the vegans

April 1, 2020

Snackboxtogo has developed a range of vegan and vegetarian products to match the ever-increasing population of vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian consumers.

Within the range is a vegetarian pizza and fries and vegan potato pockets, currently available to European airlines. Also new is a vegetarian goat’s cheese and spinach lattice, and the company hopes to launch a brand-new vegan sausage roll in April.

With the hope of launching more ‘conscious’ product in the future, Snackboxtogo is keen to answer any queries at sales@snackboxtogo.com.

snackboxtogo.com

Matrix pioneers new fabric technology

March 31, 2020

Matrix has launched a range of Infra Active pyjamas embedded with infrared-emitting ceramics to support wellbeing inflight.

The ceramics, embedded within the fibres, capture the energy of the wearer’s body and reflect it back into them to aid with recovery, boost circulation and dissipate any muscle ache.

The technology is said to support restful and efficient sleep, improve the oxygen in blood-flow, dissipate toxins, reduce swelling, help manage jet lag intensity and enhance faster biological recovery.

A spokesman for the company says: “Far infrared are invisible rays of light that have the ability to enter the skin and stimulate blood flow. The skin naturally radiates heat every day but it’s often wasted. Infra Active pyjamas absorb and re-emit this heat energy, recycling it back into your body helping reduce the effects of travel”

Matrix has been at the forefront of bringing technologically innovative fabrics to the airline industry and successfully introduced Hydra Active, the world’s first self-moisturising pyjamas.

thisismatrix.com

SPIRIANT makes a beeline for sustainability

March 31, 2020

SPIRIANT has joined forces with Honey Corn, a boutique natural and organic skincare brand, to create an amenity kit designed to support the bee population.

This is the latest initiative from SPIRIANT to create sustainable products and broker eco-friendly partnerships for airlines.

Honey Corn is a boutique, gender-neutral, skincare range made with natural and organic ingredients including bee products said to have potent anti-ageing properties and to promote healthy, supple skin.

As part of the company’s mission Honey Corn works towards establishing a network of beekeepers across the developing world, which in turn supports farmers to gain crop yields and financial stability. A British business, Honey Corn also supports the planting of wildflowers favoured by bees.

SPIRIANT is committed to developing sustainable products, not just for amenity kits, but across a range of onboard comfort, leisure and smart solutions, crew and service and premium products.

spiriant.com

Bayart Innovations launches compostable amenity kit pouches

March 31, 2020

Bayart Innovations has launched 100% plant-based, compostable PLA pouches for amenities.

The company claims the material decomposes a lot quicker than standard plastic, with an average time of 360 days taken to biodegrade in home compost.

In addition, it takes 180 days for PLA to biodegrade under industrial composting conditions – that is a 65c temperature and 65% humidity.

The pouches are available in three sizes with three different thickness options of 80, 90, 100 microns.

Printings upon the pouch use ecological and biodegradable inks, and according to design requests can be printed with up to nine colours.

bayart-innovations.com

AK-Service gives a “New Life” to products

March 30, 2020

AK-Service has launched a New Life recycling project at its factory in Russia designed to show its commitment to the environment within its well-established business practices.

The project ensures used onboard products are taken back into the production facility and recycled to create completely new goods. This project has allowed the business to diversify into new markets, in particular the market for cattle rugs – used in agriculture!

AK-Service is the first company in Russia to launch such a project and managing director, Aleksandr Ferents, say: “This is a great step forward, and will become one of the largest projects we have ever launched.”

The goal is to recycle used products from amenity kits to decrease waste and environmental impacts, and cut products sent to landfill.

The project sees AK-Service and its airline clients starting to set up the recycling process in three key steps. Firstly collection and logistics: cleaning companies are collecting left products and AK Service collects the. Then sorting and recycling: in-house staff are sorting by material types sending some to special recycling companies, and the rest to be repurposed in the company’s own factory.

Finally the “New life” for products are created: recycled plastic becomes production packages such as containers, boxes and pallets; while the soles of slippers are used to produce mats for cattle, which are supplied to agricultural enterprises and farms.

The first pilot test of the “New Life” project has begun and the scheme will be rolled out further in the coming year. Ferents adds: “Responsible consumption and production including recycling, repurposing and caring for the environment are only just developing but people are becoming more and more conscious of this and we believe our clients all over the world will support this project. Together we will be able to make a substantial contribution of saving the planet.”

ak-service.ru

Now, wash MY DRAP

March 30, 2020

Napkin supplier MY DRAP has launched a new product range: RE-USE, table linen that can be washed.

The RE-USE range has a minimalist and sleek design, in line with the unique and characteristic MY DRAP table linen. The seamless technology makes it hygienic, lightweight, cost efficient and fully customisable.

Compared to traditional hemmed table linen, the MY DRAP RE-USE range scores higher in durability and efficiency rate: lower shrinkage and distortion rates, faster drying and improved ironing performance.  

It is available in eco-friendly recycled materials, poly-cotton and polyester as part of the company’s premium range of products. 

mydrap.com

Toothpaste gets sustainable twist

March 30, 2020

White Glo has launched a sustainable edition of its 2-in-1 with Mouthwash Toothpaste in a 100% biodegradable paper sachets.

The toothpaste comes in powder form. By simply adding water, the dry toothpaste will turn into normal paste, with zero impact to the environment.

Developed in Australia, White Glo claims it’s whitening toothpaste can leave the mouth refreshed for up to 12 hours, removing the need for additional mouthwash within an amenity kit.

The range comes in number of sizes, from 3g-24g.
whiteglo.com

Planet-saving utensils from Bamboo Europe

March 30, 2020

Bamboo Europe, an established supplier of sustainable straws made from bamboo fibre, is launching a range of bamboo-fibre cutlery.

The company claims there are 185 thousand hectares of bamboo forest in Taiwan (its source nation), and only 11 thousand hectares of bamboo forest is needed to supply the 600 billion straw usage in the entire world annually.

To make the straws it uses a process called dry processing and forming. It claims this requires no chemicals to destroy the plant structure, and instead grinds the plant into powder and processes them into natural bamboo fibre. The process does not produce any water pollution, and the processing temperature is controlled at under 200°C to minimise carbon emission.

Bamboo Europe also claims that despite having no plastic film or coating, the straws can be held over 24 hours in drinks and have the heat resistance of -20°C to 100°C.

bambooeurope.com

Tree planting support from amenities

March 30, 2020

Ecofella is targeting travel and hospitality sales with its line of eco-friendly products designed to help cut plastic waste worldwide.

The product portfolio includes toothbrushes, hair combs, cotton buds, cutlery, straws and stirrers, all made from sustainably-sourced, FSC-certified bamboo. All products are packed in an eco-friendly way, in either recycled or kraft paper packaging or no packaging at all.

For every product sold, Ecofella plants a tree in Madagascar in cooperation with its partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. The project involves local villagers for the tree planting, giving locals an opportunity to earn an income too.
ecofella.com

Montezuma’s unveils new 100% eco packaging

March 18, 2020

Montezuma’s is claiming to have become the first British chocolate brand to offer its entire chocolate range in eco-friendly packaging, which is either recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.

The team at Montezuma’s looked at every aspect of its packaging materials and, as well as using recyclable inks, adhesives, stickers and tape, its chocolate bars now come in 100% paper and card packaging, eliminating the non-recyclable metallised plastics used to wrap most products.

They have even repurposed old packaging by shredding it and using it in their gift boxes.

Marketing director Bruce Alexander said: “We believe we are the first chocolate company to offer 100% sustainable packaging on our entire range and I’m extremely proud of that. We’ve carried out a whole redesign, which was underpinned by the packaging material itself.

“We’ve also done as much as we can to make sure that we reuse or repurpose, so that we’re not throwing anything away. We’re still using some plastics and while we’d love to get rid of them altogether, our biggest challenge is the fact that food needs to be packaged safely. We’ve taken as many steps as we can, but we’ve made sure that any plastic we do use is totally recyclable.”

montezumas.co.uk

Vegan spreadable cheese from Nush

March 18, 2020

Nush has produced a vegan-friendly almond m*lk spreadable cheese, which is available in two flavours, natural and chive.

The cheese joins the Nush range of fruit flavoured almond yogs, which come in strawberry, raspberry and blueberry flavours.

Nush said its cheese is protein-rich, made from 30% almonds, and free from gluten, soya, preservatives and additives. It is also fortified with live, vegan probiotic cultures to promote healthy guts.

The company said its cheese offers a direct replacement for dairy and can be eaten on its own or used to create a number of sweet and savoury dishes, including sauces, dips, pancakes, soups, cheesecakes and cake frosting.

Nush use recycled plastic for all of their pots and card wrap instead of plastic.

nushfoods.co.uk

IG launches expanded range of eco products

March 18, 2020

Hospitality supplier The IG Group has established a dedicated brand for environmentally friendly products following the success of its initial range of green goods.

Green Planet Catering Products will offer an expanded range of the most eco-friendly items available, with a catalogue updated every six months.

The company has also enlisted the help of expert John Reeves of Dtangle, which provides the catering industry with up-to-date advice on compliance with food service legislation.

“This is a very fast moving area and products which were seen as a good alternative to single-use plastics may be banned in the future,” said Stephen Hoey, ceo of The IG Group.

“We have taken on board the many requirements of our clients and can now offer solutions for every kind of catering outlet.

“What we are offering reflects the changes in eating habits, with more street food and outdoor eating, which means more disposable products which need to be environmentally friendly.”

He said Green Planet offers a “one-stop-shop” across every range, which will continue to grow and be updated.

“It can be a minefield for anyone wanting to be more environmentally aware but who is not sure of what it all means. That’s why, as well as offering enhanced ranges, we will also have the expertise via the new company to advise customers on what is best for their needs.”

The new company is dividing its products into compostable, recyclable and reusable.

Products available will include hot and cold cups, cutlery, tableware made from natural resources such as naturally fallen palm leaves and sugar cane, and replacement options for fast food boxes.

Environmentally friendly pizza boxes and kebab cartons made from an alternative to polystyrene are part of the recyclable ranges, with a selection of plant-based cleaning products also on offer.

Green Planet has even managed to find environmentally-friendly items such as mop buckets and “Danger – wet floor” signs, along with cleaning cloths which can be washed and used up to ten times before being recycled.

“We have spent a great deal of time sourcing a whole range of products which we believe our customers will appreciate because of their desire to be more environmentally friendly,” said Hoey. “And the launch of Green Planet Catering Products means we can be ahead of the game in terms of what we can offer and the expertise we can provide.”

ig-groupuk.com

Harrogate Water recognised as ‘green’ supplier

March 18, 2020

Premium bottled water supplier Harrogate Water has been certified as a B Corporation in recognition of its social and environmental performance.

B Corps measures a company’s entire social and environmental footprint, evaluating how its operations impact on colleagues, community, environment and customers.

Qualifying organisations must commit to positive corporate social responsibility and incorporate transparency and accountability into the business from the shop floor to the boardroom.

Worldwide, more than 3,000 companies have become B Corp accredited. Harrogate Water CEO James Cain OBE said: “We are proud to be the first company in North Yorkshire to have achieved B Corp accreditation and join a growing global family of inspiring businesses committed to effecting positive change.

“Care for the environment and social responsibility are in our DNA. Harrogate’s unique springs were first discovered in 1571 and we are proud to carry the baton for today’s generation, producing and bottling the most natural and healthiest beverage on the shelf.

“We operate from one of the world’s most environmentally efficient bottling plants, a global centre of excellence and a showcase for the bottled water industry. Our rapid growth in recent years has been achieved because of and not despite our commitment to sustainability and community involvement.

“B Corp accreditation validates our achievements but, more importantly, demonstrates our commitment and passion to sustainability and community involvement in the longer term. “

Harrogate Water has been zero to landfill for a decade, all packaging is 100% recyclable and both glass and PET bottles contain at least 50% recycled content. It is aiming to use 100% recycled PET by 2025.

The company campaigns with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to encourage PET bottle recycling, sponsors the charity’s Eco-Schools programme and works with partners to implement effective PET bottle recycling solutions, including recycling at Royal Ascot and the Betfred British Masters golf tournament.

The company’s charity brand Thirsty Planet, launched in 2007, has raised £2.3 million for independent British charity Pump Aid, which works with communities in sub-Saharan Africa to establish safe sources of water, improved sanitary conditions and sustainable business and employment opportunities.

harrogatespring.com

Uzbekistan Airways launches new duvet

March 10, 2020

Uzbekistan Airways has upgraded its Business passenger experience with a new duvet developed by Kaelis.

The product aims to bring an air of sophistication to the bedding experience. Both sides are Pomp and Power purple and the quilted rhombus pattern has been chosen to give the duvet an elegant look. Additionally, the materials chosen provide warmth and a soft feel.

kaelisgroup.com

Sweetener made from food waste

March 10, 2020

Fooditive Sweetener is a 100% natural sweetener made from apples and pears that would otherwise end up in the bin.

Created by Dutch company Fooditive BV, the sweetener comes in powder, liquid and syrup forms, and has zero calories.

As part of its sustainability initiatives, the company aims to only use fruit and vegetable leftovers or third grade produce, have zero production waste and reuse excess waste for soil.

The selected fruits are used as the starting ingredients and are fermented using yeast to create zero calorie sweetener. Once this process is underway, the product is filtered to 99.5% purity from concentrated fermentation potage.

“Sustainability is in our DNA,” says Moayad Abushokhedim, founder of Fooditive BV. “We don’t just consider it a marketing tool. It is our mission to develop food additives that contribute to a healthy body and a healthy environment.”

fooditive.nl

O.Vine infused waters tap trends

March 4, 2020

Wine Water’s portfolio of O.Vine branded wine grape-infused waters are now available in 700ml bottles.

The company has created a line of still and sparkling red and white wine grape-infused waters which are said to be shaping a new “infused water” beverage category. The O.Vine formula is composed of upcycled fruit residue from the traditional winemaking process, and reuses the polyphenol-rich skins and seeds from the remains of wine grape varieties, including Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet.

The start-up has also extended its range to include Chardonnay and Cabernet Essence Waters based on single grape varieties.

Recent reports from Innova Market Insights shows a growing global trend for moderating alcohol consumption and revealed that 1 in 4 consumers has cut down on their alcohol consumption in recent years, in pursuit of healthier lifestyles. These consumers are seeking alcohol-like beverages instead, or those beverages “light” on alcohol content.

“O.Vine has been acutely attuned to an evolving UK consumer who is increasingly more health aware and sophisticated, thus choosing to reduce alcohol intake, yet not wanting to give up the social benefits of mingling at a favourite night spot,” said Anat Levi, ceo and founder of Wine Water.

The line of O.Vine infused water beverages are clean-label, contain no preservatives, no added colours, and no sulphites.

o-vine.com

Sea Change Wines targets cruise industry

March 4, 2020

Sea Change Wines is supporting marine conservation through its eco-friendly range of a white, red and rosé wines from France and a prosecco, two whites and two reds from Italy.

The labels, bottles and closures have all been made from materials chosen to minimise environmental impact and the business partners with charities such as Plastic Oceans UK, Sea Changers and the Olive Ridley Project to do further good. A percentage of all sales goes to charity and Sea Change is expecting donations to exceed £100,000 by the end of the year.

Toby Hancock, co-founder, said: “Our mission is to give wine-drinkers great tasting wines at affordable prices, that also contribute financially to marine conservation charities. It’s a logical choice for the cruise sector since it’s an easy way to show commitment to a very significant cause that is brought into sharp focus whilst cruising.

“Sea Change provides a wine choice that embraces a positive attitude whilst also tasting great,” Toby continues. “We also know that younger people aren’t entering the wine category due to alternatives and we hope that Sea Change will play a part in turning the tide on that too. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges the planet is facing today and one that every industry, including the wine industry, must take some responsibility for.”

Since launch, the brand has already raised £50,000 to support projects that help turn the tide on plastic pollution.

seachangewine.com

New flavours from Popcorn Shed

March 4, 2020

Popcorn Shed has announced four new flavours to join its existing eccentric popcorn range.

Amongst the new additions is Rainbow Popcorn, described as ‘perfect for Pride celebrations and for rainbow unicorn loving kids.’

A vegan Butterscotch flavour will become a permanent fixture in the range following a successful limited-edition trial run last year.

After the positive reception of the brand’s Cheddar Cheese and Goats Cheese & Black pepper flavours, Popcorn Shed is now introducing a third cheese offering with a Blue Cheese flavour.

Finally, a festive Santa’s Shed packaging will feature the new Christmas Pudding flavour.

popcornshed.com

New options from Nestlé

March 4, 2020

Nestlé Professional has launched a new range of Nature’s Heart products.

The vegan range includes goldenberries, which are sweet, high in fibre, high in iron and a source of potassium. The full range includes a blueberry & goji trail mix; a strawberry, banana & pistachio trail mix; a dark chocolate goldenberries; Dark chocolate bananas; Tropical mix, and Pineapple & chilli cashews.

Tom Benton, general manager of Nature’s Heart UK said: “We take exceptional care to cultivate and source the finest natural ingredients and combine them to make truly delicious nutrient filled snacks. Nature’s Heart has sustainable farming practices in its DNA and is committed to providing fair and viable incomes to its community of family growers.”

nestleprofessional.co.uk

Groupe Guillin saves ocean plastics

February 25, 2020

Groupe Guillin has developed its range to offer products that utilise the inclusion of Prevented Ocean Plastics.

The new range utilises Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) from developing countries. Groupe Guillin aims to make a long-term sustainable change to their business and offer this ethical reassurance to their customers.

This process captures potential ocean-bound plastics from developing countries.
In this process, communities in the form of local community collectors separate, sort and grade the plastic, which in turn provides a saleable resource back into the plastics industry. The process is ethical and regulated. The plastic is washed and shredded and itself becomes a valuable resource.

groupeguillin.fr

Green, brown and leakproof range from Amipak

February 25, 2020

Amipak is stressing the environmental credentials of its new brown leakproof range.

“The Amipak brown leakproof range delivers excellent performance,” said Amipak director of communications and sustainability, Daniel Schwitzer. “It features a water-based grease and moisture resistant coating and a unique webbed-corner construction to deliver its leakproof credentials.”

The range is ideal for quick service as no assembly is required. It is versatile and can reduce SKUs, as the same product can be used for a starter, a main course and a dessert. “Only needing to stock one product saves space, but also helps to reduce the amount of material going to waste streams,” said Schwitzer.

The brown leakproof range can be recycled as it does not include compostable PLA lamination only recyclable at specialist facilities.

Schwitzer adds: “We have always been proactive in identifying, testing and introducing alternative packaging materials. We began making the recyclable brown leakproof product in the UK about 10 years ago, and now the market is finally catching up with the need to make responsible decisions about the products they specify.”

The trees used to create this range are from responsibly managed sustainable forestry and are replaced faster than they are consumed.

amipak.co.uk

Health shots from BumbleZest

February 25, 2020

BumbleZest drinks are a London-based range of all natural, low-sugar health shots and canned drinks.

The 60ml glass bottles and 250ml cans are made with a range of ‘superfoods’.

There are up to eight functional ingredients in every serving and they can be stored at room temperature.

They are free from preservatives, additives, GMOs and colouring, and are gluten, dairy, lactose and nut-free.

bumblezest.co.uk

Airlines go vegan friendly with Mr Lee’s Noodles

February 18, 2020

Mr Lee’s Pure Foods is expanding its offer on Norwegian Airlines and on Virgin Australia with its “no nasties” vegan Zen Garden Vegetables flavour noodles this spring.

The brand’s Chicken Laksa is already featured on Norwegian Airlines and easyJet flights (with a launch in Vueling Airlines coming soon) and on Virgin Australia with the Hong Kong Street Beef.

Mr Lee’s Zen Garden Vegetables product includes miso rice noodles with asparagus, green beans, spinach and ginger. These noodles provide passengers with a hot vegan option and also address specific dietary requirements as they are certified gluten-free and low-in-sugar.

Founder Damien Lee says: “It can be difficult when you are flying as a vegan or coeliac as not all inflight meals are tailored to your dietary preference. It’s great to see that this need is being addressed by airlines and will keep vegan travellers happy. It will hopefully encourage other airlines to follow suit.”

mrleesnoodles.com

Apple cake from Funnybones Foodservice

February 18, 2020

The new pastel de manzana from Funnybones Foodservice is a spiced apple cake with a dulce du leche topping.

Based on a traditional Argentinian recipe, it consists of a sponge spiced with cinnamon and pieces of apple. The dulce du leche adds a toffee-like flavour.

“This special dessert is made exclusively for us, and is an extremely popular dessert from South America, one of our specialist regions,” says Tom Styman-Heighton, development chef at Funnybones Foodservice.

“We think it offers the familiarity of apple cake but with a twist that consumers will love. Traditional puddings are very fashionable at the moment, but they come with a cheffy touch that makes them stand out from the crowd, just like our pastel de manzana.”

The cake arrives frozen and pre-portioned into 12 slices. Once defrosted it will last up to seven days refrigerated.

funnybones.co.uk

MileOne Group launches new tapas box

February 18, 2020

MileOne Group has developed a new tapas box, with a secure listing in 2020 on a leading Spanish carrier.

The focus was on a strong provenance profile, with the 100% home-compostable snack box featuring a map highlighting where the products inside originated from.

“There are a lot of sustainable claims out there regarding recycling, compostability and biodegradeability,” says Ed Pakenham, managing director. “But we worked hard to ensure we were able to put the trademark seedling logo on the pack, meaning that by EU standards the box is genuinely compostable.”

The box contains 45g fuet bites (dry-cured pork), 20g hummus, 20g picos breadsticks and 30g la fragatta pipped olives. The six-month ambient solution will be flying from April 2020 and available globally.

mileonegroup.com

Kim’s Chocolates joins DFMi portfolio

February 18, 2020

DFMi is now representing Kim’s Chocolates.

The Belgian-based confectionary company has a broad range of products from pralines and tablets to bars. They are made with 100% cocoa butter and contain no artificial flavours or colourings.

The chocolates are produced with sustainability in mind, and care for the environment and the cocoa-growing communities. Kim’s Chocolates runs a “Cocoa for Schools” project which is committed to improving the lives of thousands of cocoa farmers and their families in the Kyela, Busokelo and Rungwe districts of Mbeya, Tanzania.

The products are available in flexible packaging options.

kimchoc.be

Eco pasta-based straws from Stroodles

February 11, 2020

Stroodles pasta straws are a pasta-based alternative to paper, plastic or metal straws.

Made only from durum wheat and water, the straws are biodegradable, edible, vegan and zero-waste. The straws are flavourless and, opposed to their cardboard counterparts, stay strong and firm in liquids for over one hour.

Unlike paper that requires around month to decompose, pasta straws decompose within a day.

Whilst the straws are not suitable for those with gluten intolerances, founder Maxim Gelmann says that a gluten-free version is in the works, and hopes to make all Stroodles gluten-free by the end of the year. The company also aims to have brandable Stroodles in the future.

stroodles.co.uk

Twinings targets food service sector

February 11, 2020

Twinings is launching its ‘Superblend’ range of infusion teas into the food service sector, in response to popular demand.

The range uses botanicals blended with natural fruit flavours, vitamins and minerals to promote general health and wellbeing.

The range includes Focus –mango, pineapple and ginseng; Glow – strawberry, cucumber, green tea and aloe vera; Digest – spearmint, apple, rooibos and baobab; Calm – spiced camomile and vanilla with roasted chicory root, and Sleep – spiced apple and vanilla with camomile and passionflowers.

The natural teas are currently driving category growth for Twinings and have a repeat purchase rate of 35% in the retail sector.

“We’re seeing a decline in consumers drinking black tea and as more adopt healthier options such as fruit and herbal teas,” said Lucy Chappell, tea specialist at Twinings. “Consumers are increasingly looking for products that taste good and do good while maintaining a busy lifestyle.”

twinings.co.uk

New earbuds from InflightDirect

February 11, 2020

InflightDirect has launched a new low-cost, sound-reducing earbud model.

The model ID-028 combines several features typically seen on retail quality earbuds, with modifications to make it suitable for the airline industry.

“One of our current earbud customers contacted InflightDirect to say they wanted to board something unique but cost effective for our passengers” states Dawn Thurman, vp sales. “We designed a very cool earpiece style that pleased the customer and made it unique to them.”

The ID-028 can be customised with different color combinations and eartip color.

inflightdirect.com

Canned water surges in popularity

February 11, 2020

CanO Water is an infinitely recyclable alternative to plastic bottled water, featuring Alp-sourced spring water in a resealable aluminium can.

In 2019 the company sold 10 million cans and saw a 300% growth year on year. It also saved 140 tonnes of plastic.

Aluminium cans are the most recyclable and recycled drink containers on the market. They are recycled more than twice as often as plastic, glass and cartons.

Ariel Booker, co-founder of CanO Water comments: “The concept for CanO Water is simple: recycle your can, and it will be back on the shelf in as little as six weeks. Our mission is to spread this message (and our cans) far and wide to create a strong business model and incredibly important public behaviour change which will save our oceans.’

canowater.com

European Parliament to consider raising price on meat

February 4, 2020

The European Parliament will this week be presented with a plan to increase the price of meat across the EU to reflect its environmental costs, including CO2 emissions and biodiversity loss.

The fair-meat pricing proposal, also known as a ‘sustainability charge’, is set out in a new report which calls for a new pricing model to be included in the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork Strategy. It would apply to member states from 2022.

The report was written by the TAPP Coalition, which comprises leading farming, health, and environment organisations.

A key aspect of the proposal is that revenues from the sustainability charge, projected at €32.2 billion per year across 28 EU Member States by 2030, could be used primarily to help farmers to invest in more sustainable agricultural practices. It could also be used to lower VAT and consumer subsidies on vegetables and fruits, provide financial support for low-income households, and support developing countries to adapt to climate change and protect forests and biodiversity.

Philip Mansbridge, executive director (UK) for ProVeg International, one of the TAPP Coalition members, said: “The time has come for us to act decisively with policy on the environmental consequences of animal protein, the price of which has been kept artificially low for far too long.

“Here we have a solution that is fair for farmers and supports the transition to a more plant-based food system that we so urgently need if we are serious about mitigating climate change.”

The scale of potential environmental savings is outlined in the report. Fair meat prices in Europe could lead to a reduction in CO2-eq. emissions of up to 120 million tons of CO2 per year.

tappcoalition.eu

Bobo’s launches nut butter bars

February 4, 2020

Bobo’s has launched a range of Nut Butter Protein Bars made with almonds, peanuts and 10g or more of plant-based protein.

The bars are available in four flavours: Almond Butter, Cherry Almond Butter and Hemp Seeds, Banana Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter.

Each bar is 2.2 oz. and has 11 grams of protein and 260 calories, and can last at an ambient temperature for 210 days.

The products are all certified non-GMO and gluten free.

eatbobos.com

Minor Figures innovates with Nitro Chai Latte

February 4, 2020

East London-based coffee company, Minor Figures, has launched a ready-to-drink chai latte.

The drink features nitro-infused spiced black tea, slow brewed at Minor Figure’s East London microbrewery, combined with its signature oat m*lk.

The Nitro Chai Latte is served in 200ml can. All Minor Figures products are plant based, dairy free and contain no refined sugar.

Co-founder Stuart Forsyth comments: “Minor Figures’ focus is on quality, innovation and sustainability. As baristas we know that chai can be poor in quality and taste and packed with sugar. Our nitro chai latte is refined sugar free and brewed to our own special recipe, so quality control is in safe hands. The result is an innovative and high quality drink to enjoy on the go.”

minorfigures.com

New single-serve shortbread from Dean’s

February 4, 2020

Scottish shortbread makers Dean’s has created a range of single-serve all butter shortbread fingers and thins.

The new range of foodservice products features packaging with artwork by Scottish artist Steven Brown. On each individual-serve pack is a colourful portrait of a Highland cow from Brown’s McCoo series.

Originally a collaboration for luxury gift tins, the McCoo range won Bakery Product of the Year at the 2019 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

deans.co.uk

Joe & Seph’s extends popcorn bite range

January 29, 2020

Joe & Seph’s has added a White Chocolate & Raspberry Bite to its popcorn bite range. This marks the first addition to the range since its launch in Spring 2019.

“Extra-large” mushroom kernels are air-popped, hand-coated in salted caramel sauce, and then dipped in chocolate.

“We’ve wanted to create a more decadent sweet treat for a while that’s different to our range of gourmet popcorn,” says Joseph, co-founder of Joe & Seph’s. “I can’t wait for everyone to try them, though I must hazard a warning, they’re extremely moreish…”

The popcorn bites are currently available in 63g resealable bags. Milk and dark chocolate bites are also available.

joeandsephs.co.uk

Freeze-dried fruit innovation

January 29, 2020

Fruits For Drinks offers a freeze-dried fruit garnish solution for drinks that can increase profitability and reduce waste.

It claims it has perfected the process of freeze-drying citrus fruits and berries to maintain colour, texture and improve flavour. There are no added ingredients, and the freeze-dried fruit weighs 85% less than fresh fruit. This makes the product ideal for air, minimising the carbon footprint and streamlining the touch points for fruit served in each glass.

There are a number of airlines scheduled to test Fruits For Drinks long haul and short-haul in the near future. David Ross, director of Fruits For Drinks, says of the partnership: “To create a product which delivers excellent flavour for passengers and in turn can provide a great solution for the staff in these arenas, while providing an upturn in margin and reduction in carbon footprint and waste is immensely satisfying.

“Our ethos and working practice is about being the leaders in sustainability, waste and carbon footprint reduction and ease of service. Fruits For Drinks is the ideal partner for airlines who want all this”.

fruitsfordrinks.com

Mirabeau Rosé Gin wins gold

January 29, 2020

Mirabeau has announced that its new Rosé Gin has won gold in the Classic Gin Category at the 2020 World Gin Awards.

The gin is made with the grape alcohol extracted during the dealcoholisation process producing Mirabeau’s lower alcohol rosé, Forever Summer. Unlike many of its competitors, it claims to be a ‘true’ gin with juniper being a dominant component.

Additional flavours added include lemon, coriander, orris and angelica root, rose petals, lavender, jasmine, bay, thyme and rosemary. The gin is 100% naturally flavoured, gluten free and handcrafted in France.

Mirabeau has also partnered with Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic to create the signature Mirabeau Rosé Gin and Tonic, garnished with a sprig of rosemary.

mirabeauwine.com

GATO & Co launches ‘Cookies N Cream’

January 21, 2020

Plant-based bakers GATO & Co has launched a new range of cookies called Cookies N Cream.

Handmade with natural ingredients, the snacks consist of cookie ‘sandwiches’ with a creamy filling. They are plant based, high in fibre, free from gluten, dairy and palm oil and low sugar.

Co-founder Kim Lamza says: “At GATO, we are passionate about creating super indulgent plant-based products that are better for you, your gut and the planet – the dream! Our treats are vegan friendly, packed with natural ingredients and contain much less sugar.”

The flavours in the range include Choc Vanilla – chocolate cookies with a vanilla cream filling; Choc Peanut Butter – chocolate cookies with peanut butter cream; Choc Hazelnut Butter cookies – chocolate cookies with a hazelnut butter filling; and a Salted Caramel cookie, the only vanilla cookies of the range with a chocolate-salted-caramel filling.

All include gluten-free oats and ground almonds in place of flour and nut butters and coconut oil in place of butter. Containing 50% less sugar than comparable snacks, GATO cookie sandwiches have 99 calories per serving.

gatoandco.com

Positive Kitchen + Co announces new vegan bakery range

January 21, 2020

Positive Kitchen + Co, a UK-based environmentally-friendly food brand, has launched a new plant-based and dairy-free range.

Signature bakes include chai cake, rose and five spice cake, pineapple and coconut flapjack, coffee cake, and lemon and orange cake.

Positive Kitchen + Co also supplies a selection of brownie flavours including pink peppercorn, pineapple and chilli, mango and ginger, orange and cardamon, and sea salt and lime.

The company also produces raw tarts in a number of flavours, including espresso, chocolate, passionfruit, rose, and lemon.

All of Positive Kitchen + Co’s cakes are made with sustainable ingredients, and are free from dairy, gluten, soya, and refined sugar, along with being no GMO. They are all 100% vegan.

Aatin Anadkat, co-founder, says: “We are shaking up the industry by offering a universal range whilst catering for allergens that will reduce food waste and improve margins. We are a forward thinking and considerate brand which is positively plant based and look forward to working with like-minded partners as the business grows.”

Alongside the need to create baked goods and raw treats that are kind to the body, the company also takes a conscious approach to being kind to the planet, manufacturing in a low environmental impact facility, and using packaging which is 100% biodegradable and fully compostable.

positivekitchen.co.uk

AirlineMporium adds Taali to portfolio

January 21, 2020

AirlineMporium is now representing Taali Waterlily Pops, a new healthy snack made from popped waterlily seeds.

The popped seeds are slow roasted which gives them a naturally crunchy texture. They are made of non-GMO, whole and natural ingredients, and are vegan-friendly. The snacks contain around 6g of protein per serving.

The snacks come in a variety of flavours, including Himalyan Pink Salt, Salt & Pepper, Tangy Turmeric, White Cheddar, Tikka Masala, and Siracha Spice.

taalifoods.com

Healthy energy from Hise

January 14, 2020

Hise is a new sparkling lemon tea soda made with organic Japanese matcha and several natural energy-boosting herbs.

The drink claims to ‘power up’ brain functions, in particular concentration and memory, and to battle fatigue by strengthening physical ability. It claims to offer a boost of energy without unwanted side effects such as increased heart rate or blushing of the skin.

Made with organic Japanese matcha from Okayama, the drink is flavoured with mint, lemongrass, lemon and lime juice and natural sweeteners. It is low in calories and contains no sugar, making it suitable for those on low/no-sugar diets.

Gloria Yip, founder, says: “Born in a family that is enthusiastic about teas and herbs, I am always amazed by their nutritional benefits. But we are aware that tea soda is also a soda that needs to taste good. So we studied the popular Western beverages’ taste and came up with a delightful tea lemonade recipe which is refreshing and sweet.”

The drink is served in recycled 355ml aluminium cans.

hisedrink.com

Two new drinks from Belvoir

January 14, 2020

Belvoir Fruit Farms has added two new products to its ready-to-drink Pressé range. From mid-January 2020, Belvoir’s Pink Lady Sparkling Apple Juice will be available, alongside Belvoir’s new Lime & Soda.

The launches reflect market research which showed apple flavoured ready-to-drink products are worth £16.4m annually, accounting for 13% of the market, and growing by 13% year on year. Another rapidly growing trend is the popularity of pink drinks, led by the phenomenal rise of pink gins which is now beginning to play through into adult soft drinks.

Combining these two market observations has resulted in Belvoir’s Pink Lady Sparkling Apple Juice. It also includes elderberry juice to enhance the pinkness of the drink, with the aim to place it right on trend.

Lime is another building trend in the premium soft drinks’ category, growing at 22% year on year. Belvoir’s Lime & Soda is made with 100% natural ingredients including lime juice and lemon for a zingy taste. It can be served on its own, or mixed with white rum, fresh mint leaves and ice for an easy Mojito.

Both the Lime & Soda and Pink Lady Sparkling Apple Juice contain no artificial sweeteners, colourings, flavourings or preservatives. The drinks are available in 250ml and 750ml bottles.

belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk

UK demand for game meat rises

January 14, 2020

The British Game Alliance (BGA) has announced a series of collaborations to bring sustainable and ethically-sourced game meat to more British consumers, to cater to rising demands.

Game sales in the UK have risen by 8% in the last year and now stand at £114 million, meaning that an estimated 14% of the population now regularly consumes game meat.

Responding to this rising demand for game in the UK, the BGA has partnered with one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers, Samworth Brothers, on their new game range across the Foodservice sector.

A range of new commercial dishes has been created with Samworth Brothers’ chefs including a game pie, a game pork pie, and pheasant and fennel sausage roll – all developed using ‘BGA-assured’ meat, meaning it has been sourced according to the BGA’s strict regulations.

Nick Anderson, group commercial director – foodservice, Samworth Brothers, says: “Samworth Brothers is a business that strives to work with the best British ingredients, so our chefs were delighted to work in collaboration with the BGA to put sustainable game on the menu with a range of innovative and unique game products. We think this will resonate well with existing and new consumers.”

samworthbrothers.co.uk
britishgamealliance.co.uk

bakerly introduces ready to eat pancakes


January 7, 2020

bakerly has introduced a range of individually-wrapped, ready-to-eat pancakes.

The French-style pancakes are made with simple ingredients and are served in in their packaging. Made with eggs and milk, the pancake offers a cake-like texture, and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

bakerly is represented by DFMi.

bakerly.com

Aidell’s flavoured breakfast sausage

January 7, 2020

DFMi is now representing Aidell’s breakfast sausages.

With two flavours on offer, the sausages are pork-free and instead made with chicken.

The Maple and Smoked Bacon flavour features real maple sugar from Vermont and vanilla flavouring, alongside smoky flavours of bacon, chicken and turkey.

The Chicken and Apple flavour is made with Washington state farm apples and fruit juices.

Both products are antibiotic free, gluten free, and contain no nitrates.

aidells.com

Foodcase International presents new ambient meals

December 9, 2019

Foodcase International has announced a new range of Western and Asian-style ready meals based on an authentic and local flavour profile.

From two production sites in Europe and South East Asia, the team of product developers worked with local chefs to bring real authentic flavours. All meals are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.

Foodcase aimed to create a selection of meals that met the latest “comfort food” trend and reflect the most internationally preferred dishes for all passenger profiles.

Wilbert de Louw, ceo of Foodcase, comments: “Our meals are shelf stable which provides a less energy and environmentally friendly supply chain whilst minimising food wastage and potentially increasing sales revenue from improved stock management.”

The meals are centrally produced in two BRC/IFS certified factories, which it states delivers consistent quality and improved food safety. By removing the need to defrost meals prior to service, pre-flight preparation is reduced as well as the energy consumption onboard used to reheat meals.

The new meal range with 12 options is now available in new specifically designed packaging for optimal onboard oven space.
foodcase.nl

Sustainable chocolate for children

December 9, 2019

PLAYin CHOC offers a selection of sustainable children’s chocolate snacks with accompanying educational toys.

In February 2020 the ToyChoc Box will take flight with Norwegian Airlines. The ToyChoc Box contains an eco-friendly toy to collect and assemble, an educational ‘fun facts’ card made from 100% recycled and recyclable card and paper, plus two 10g organic vegan chocolates wrapped in home-compostable film.

Launched in 2018, there are now 66 animals for children to collect across five ranges. The newest range is the 18-set Dinosaurs range, which sits alongside 18 Woodland animals, six Rabbits and six Christmas characters.

Maya Simler, founder of PLAYin CHOC and mother of two, says: “I still remember the anticipation, excitement and joy I felt as a child when my parents would buy me a special treat – a chocolate with a small toy! I felt compelled to create my own take on this but with a firm focus on beautiful illustration and design, an awareness of the world around us and, of course, artisanal, fairly traded ingredients.”

playinchoc.com

Cobra Beer launches updated Cobra Zero

December 9, 2019

Cobra Beer has announced the relaunch of its alcohol-free offering, Cobra Zero.

Brewed in the Netherlands, Cobra claims the beer has a delicate and malty taste with sweet and citrus flavours that can easily pair with spicy food, fish and meat.

Ed Hughes, beer sommelier at Molson Coors comments: “The new Cobra Zero liquid is perfectly balanced; a beautiful light golden colour, honeysuckle sweetness with a hint of citrus and a hop aroma. The taste is balanced and elegant, the initial malt sweetness followed by a delicate hop bitterness.”

Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer, adds: “We are delighted to introduce the New Cobra Zero packaging in line with the newly introduced Cobra Visual Brand Identity across the whole Cobra range.

“We have recently reverted to producing Cobra Zero in the Brewery Bavaria in the Netherlands, renowned around the world for producing the finest quality non-alcoholic beers. We are delighted to be working alongside this brewery, such that Cobra Zero results in an extra smooth and extremely drinkable taste.”

As well has having 0% alcohol content, Cobra Zero has been Kosher accredited.

cobrabeer.com

Meringue company takes flight with Virgin

December 4, 2019

Meringue company Flower & White is now onboard Virgin Atlantic’s international flights via inflight concessionaire 3Sixty Duty Free.

The company’s Raspberry Meringue Bar now forms part of Virgin Atlantic’s inflight Movie Box and features 100% paper, recyclable, plastic-free packaging.

“Being with a hugely popular airline such as Virgin is a brilliant step for us and it’s great for us to know that passengers on all Virgin Atlantic flights are being able to taste our products,” said co-founder Brian Crowther.

In addition to the Raspberry Meringue Bar, the company has a full range of bite-sized Swiss-baked meringues covered in Callebaut Belgian chocolate and textured toppings. Handcrafted using British free-range eggs as well as natural flavours and colours, the snacks are gluten-free, low-fat and suitable for vegetarians. They’re also under 100 calories per portion.

flowerandwhite.co.uk

Mr Lee’s Noodles puts Laksa on easyJet

December 4, 2019

Mr Lee’s Noodles has launched its Coconut Chicken Laksa instant noodles on easyJet.

Finalist of the Onboard Hospitality Awards 2018, Mr Lee’s Coconut Chicken Laksa consists of chicken curry rice noodles with chunks of 100% chicken breast, coconut, cauliflower, green beans and turmeric.

The company is on a mission to shake up the reputation of instant noodles, often seen as unhealthy, and improve the ready-meal category through the introduction of a rice noodle product made with no MSG, palm oil, artificial additives, preservatives, colours or flavour.

The entire range is gluten free (registered with Coeliac UK and AU), certified low in sugar by Sugarwise and has two flavours registered with The Vegan Society.

mrleesnoodles.com

Minor Figures launches vegan oat milk

December 4, 2019

Cold-brew startup Minor Figures has launched a new organic vegan oat milk.

The sustainability-minded business has developed the recipe to offer the appropriate stability for froths and foams that baristas look for. The oat milk is suitable for vegans and those with nut allergies, and includes no added sugar. The milk also contains the same amount of calcium as dairy, and is made with 100% certified organic ingredients.

minorfigures.com

Plant-based fats beef up meatless burgers

December 4, 2019

Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC) has introduced a range of plant-based burgers infused with its palm and shea-based fats.

The company claims its mix of fats has the ability to deliver more bite, a juicy mouth-feel, and full flavour while producing no oil leakage or excessive smoking on a cooking surface.

“A significant number of European consumers are adopting a version of the vegan or flexitarian lifestyle,” explains Feike Swennenhuis, marketing director for BLC Europe. “Still, they insist on not missing out on that sensation of biting into a succulent beef burger and are seeking sustainable meat alternatives that can deliver the same eating experience. Fat, especially derived from beef, is the key contributor to flavour.”

BLC’s palm-based system is a flaked product designed to impart better functional attributes to meat-like products. It can, for example, mimic the fat-bubbles and pockets characteristic of animal fat in hamburgers, and is easier to process than liquid oils or waxy fats such as the more commonly used rapeseed oil (RP) or sunflower oils (SFO).

The products also improve firmness, cohesiveness, springiness, and potentially reduce the need for adding emulsifiers, gum-based texturisers, salt, and other flavour enhancers. Both fats are non-hydrogenated and contain no trans fats.

bunge.com