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Carbery Group introduces new cheese brand

September 16, 2020

Carbery Group has launched Carbery Dairy, a new cheese brand, specifically for the ingredients and food service markets in Europe and Asia.

The cheeses are suitable for a wide range of applications including pizza, baking, ready meals, sauces, seasonings and snacks.

The company claims the range offers varied flavour profiles and a high level of functionality such as excellent stretch, sliceability, good melting or low browning characteristics, among others.

The varieties of cheese on offer through Carbery Dairy include: Pasta Filata (mozzarella and grilling cheese); Natural Cheddar (mild, medium, mature and vintage); Cheese Extra (a variety of highly functional, high protein, reduced fat cheeses), and Speciality Cheeses (includes both Italian style and Inclusion cheese with flavours such as smoked, chilli, fajita and black pepper).

The Professional Range, which includes all of the cheese varieties on offer through Carbery Dairy, has been specifically developed to meet the needs of chefs in the food service sector.

The cheeses have been tested in real-life food service settings to ensure they perform well under different cooking and baking conditions. They are also available in a number of formats, to suit the requirements of different kitchen capabilities.

“We’re excited to be entering the food service market with our Carbery Dairy range of high-quality cheeses,” said Orlaigh Matthews, marketing manager for cheese.

“In developing the range, we drew on the creative and practical expertise of our chefs, who collaborate extensively with our customers to ensure the cheeses are suited to professional kitchens. Together with our cheesemakers and R&D teams, our chefs have created exciting recipes to satisfy consumer demands around the world.”


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Speciality & Fine Food Fair goes online

September 16, 2020

The London-based Speciality & Find Food Fair has announced its virtual ‘Meet the Producer’ events in partnership with Delishops.

The three-day programme will take place September 28-30, with sessions running every 30 minutes from 9.30am.

The ‘Meet the Producer’ events allow participants to meet new brands as they present their products in a live interview and Q&A. They will share the product’s key attributes, flavours and tasting notes.

Find out more and register here.


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WK Thomas launches hygiene ‘Essentials’

September 9, 2020

WK Thomas (WKT) has launched its ‘Essentials’ collection which covers a core range of personal protection equipment (PPE), disposable food packaging and hygiene products.

“Covid-19 has introduced a new dimension to both foodservice and facilities management”, says WK Thomas head of travel, David Simpson. “Hygiene and personal protection are now more important than ever and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Alongside our popular packaging ranges from hot food boxes and containers, to plates, single-wrapped cutlery and sealed cutlery packs – as well as our new Quick Serve meal boxes – offering our Essentials Range provides timely and practical support for businesses now operating under different rules.”

Alongside hygienic food packaging and wrapped cutlery, the WKT Essentials range now features PPE as well as convenient and flexible janitorial solutions, from cleaning chemicals to paper hygiene products and cloths and wipes.

WKT Essentials PPE products include face masks, powder-free vinyl gloves, aprons and hairnets. WKT also stocks anti-bacterial soap, hand sanitisers, a touchless hand sanitiser dispenser station, and a range of signage illustrating social distancing guidelines.

“Our customers expect WK Thomas to deliver tried and tested packaging solutions,” says Simpson. “The Essentials Range completes the offering, while putting the accent onto health and safety as this difficult time.”


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Sonovia offers sustainable mask technology

September 9, 2020

Sonovia is launching its zinc-infused masks in the UK. The global MedTech business claims its masks are over 90% effective against Covid-19, and EU-certified labs have found that it kills 99.9999% of viruses.

The patented technology uses Zinc Oxide nanoparticles infused into the fabric to deliver a face covering option that it says is ‘sustainable and technologically superior to anything else on the market’.

To date, the masks have only been available internationally but GlobalNPD, the B2B distributor for Sonovia’s products in the UK, has identified a gap in the UK market to introduce ‘a product at a competitive price point to be at the forefront of the B2B and self-employed markets due to its pioneering technology and sustainability credentials as well as personalisation capabilities’.

Sonovia’s masks are currently worn by the European Premier League 4th officials in Europe, amongst other high-profile individuals.

Dr Jeevan Boyal, a director of GlobalNPD, comments “We’re proud to launch Sonovia’s masks into the UK market via GlobalNPD and hope that the products help businesses and consumers alike in adjusting to the new normal. We have seen numerous reports on the environmental impact of non-reusable masks, and if we continue ignoring it for much longer the impact will go beyond what can be repaired.

“Sonovia’s revolutionary technology took over seven years to develop because we were not willing to compromise on functionality or sustainability whilst keeping in mind our competitive price point and appeal to the B2B audience. Ultimately, our mission is to bring frontier products led by superior technology to global audiences, and our roll out in the UK is the next piece of our puzzle”.


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Dina adds Tasty Goodness range

September 2, 2020

Mediterranean foods supplier Dina Foods has launched a new Tasty Goodness range featuring three flatbread varieties combining health, convenience and innovation.

The breads are seeded, sourdough, and plain mini flatbreads made using 50/50 wholemeal and white flour. The seeded option uses a variety of wholesome seeds, including sunflower, pumpkin, linseed and quinoa, offering a good source of vitamins for energy and vitality.

The sourdough is naturally fermented for easy digestion. Completing the line-up, is the Demi Pain, which is sold in a pack of eight pieces with a 45 day shelf life.

The latest launch joins an extensive range which includes Middle Eastern wraps, speciality breads, and ethnic breads as well as premium confectionery and savouries. A best-seller is the trademarked two-layered Paninette flatbread which has all the characteristics of a wrap, but opens like a pocket.


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It’s a wrap for wooden cutlery

September 2, 2020

Celebration Packaging’s EnviroWare wooden cutlery is now available in a plastic-free wrapper.

“With the current heightened focus on hygiene, resulting from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to offer one of our popular sustainable product ranges with an added hygienic benefit,” says Celebration Packaging managing director Nick Burton.

The EnviroWare wooden cutlery range consists of a knife, fork and two sizes of spoon. Each piece is available individually wrapped, plus there is a popular meal kit option containing a knife, fork, spoon and 22cm square brown paper napkin. The cutlery is made from wood from sustainable forestry and has full FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) chain of custody accreditation, while the unbleached paper wrapping is plastic free.

Celebration Packaging supplies many different types of hygienic paper items from cutlery sleeves to table-top items such as place mats and tray liners, which can be supplied custom printed and can include social distancing and other messages.

Burton adds: “We continue to add more products made from sustainable materials such as bagasse, PLA, paper, and wood. Many people think this important focus on sustainability is something new and are then surprised to discover that we launched our EnviroWare range over 13 years ago.”


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Hand sanitiser solutions take flight

September 2, 2020

Eirtech Aviation Services have selected Foaming Hand Sanitiser from Prolong for onboard hand sanitation solutions inflight.

Eirtech has designed a mounting solution that can hold the Prolong alcohol free Foaming Hand Sanitiser throughout the cabin. The lightweight mount can be located in galleys, bulkheads, lavatories and cockpit. Released with EASA / FAA approved engineering package and aircraft installation kit, the combination is seen as a key part of the hygiene measures airlines need as they restart service.

The Foaming Hand Sanitiser is specially designed with personal protection of crew & passengers in mind: water-based, non-flammable, fast killing a broad spectrum of bacteria, skin friendly and leaving a lasting protective shield up to 8 hours. AMS 1452 and Boeing D6 7127 tested.


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Minor Figures sees over 357% growth

September 2, 2020

Fast growing diary alternative start up Minor Figures has experienced over 357% growth in the past year with total oat milk sales doubling.

The cold brew and oat m*lk specialist has developed an organic oat m*lk for professionals made with quality ingredients for use in both barista style coffess and tea, smoothies or on morning cereal.

Stuart Forsyth, co-founder and CEO of Minor Figures, comments: “Our Regular and Organic Oat M*lks have been designed to pair perfectly with great tasting coffee. We’re all coffee people, and wanted to reflect that by creating a product that would allow baristas to heighten their customers’ own coffee-drinking experience. The desire for decent dairy-free is huge, and only getting bigger, with café customers choosing oat in and out of home. We’ve rightly built a reputation for quality, and now Minor Figures is proud to add two SKUs to Waitrose’s alt m*lk offering”.

The product is dairy free, contains no added sugar, is suitable for vegans and nut allergy sufferers. It is made in the UK.

Also in the range is a ready to drink coffee – Black; Mocha; Latte; and new Chai Latte; a CBD Tincture – Peppermint; Ground and Whole Bean Double Origin Coffee; Barista-Quality Oat M*lk 1L & NEW Organic Oat M*lk 1L; Chai Concentrate 1L.


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Linstol expands PPE efforts

July 29, 2020

Linstol is leveraging its global supply chain to deliver personal protection equipment (PPE) to both airlines and non-airline businesses and entities.

It is offering a mix of PPE safety essentials that can be packed in customised kits to promote increased safety for both passengers and crew. These include disposable and reusable masks, disposable gloves, face shields, 75% alcohol-based hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Linstol has also teamed up with strategic partners to facilitate a broader offense against COVID-19. Among these partners is PURE, an antimicrobial disinfectant and deodoriser that claims to kill germs for up to 24 hours after application, offering a solution for high contact surfaces that can’t continually be disinfected after every contact.

Another partnership has been made with iCloth who produce cleaning wipes made from super soft, aerospace-grade fabric. It claims to have the optimal moisture level to gently clean without harming IFE screens, phone screens, tablets and other touchscreens.

Finally, Linstol has partnered with Theraworx Protect, who claims to be a leader in products and practices for preventing infection in ICUs and Acute Care facilities in the US.

Mark Russell, CEO, Linstol, states “We will continue to adjust to this ever-evolving
situation and know that the entire Linstol team and I are dedicated to helping you navigate today, tomorrow and beyond. Quite simply, we are here to help deliver products that improve the health and safety for all and can create customised solutions to meet individual airline needs.”


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Indulge with #indulge

July 29, 2020

Novel Foods has added a new dairy-free and vegan snack to its savoury #indulge range in the form of Crunchy Corn Sticks with Cheddar Cheese.

The range offers a savoury mix of high-fibre corn snacks, shaped and toasted to nibble-sized pieces.

Novel Foods has made the #indulge range from simple recipes and healthy ingredients, using just corn, sunflower oil and seasoning. This provides a nut-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly snacking experience.

Novel Foods’ range of snacks come in a variety of pack sizes and styles, including bags of 10g to 225g and pods of 20g.


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PROLONG and Glasklar partner in sustainable sanitisation

July 21, 2020

PROLONG Interior Protection BV and Glasklar have combined forces to introduce a sustainable sanitising re-fill and re-use concept to the market based on the Aerocare sanitising three-in-one technology.

The concept consists of eye-catching, colourful 30ml spray bottles that can be easily branded, refilled and re-used from the Glasklar filling stations and transported in small carry-on luggage – with the aim of helping cabin crew to take precautionary hygiene measures before starting their duties.

The companies say the refillable spray is “unique in terms of its re-use and sustainable properties, effectively addressing both sanitising and single use plastic requirements to protect both people and planet in a cost efficient way”.

Glasklar is a German company with a long-standing reputation of innovation and high-quality products in the Optician industry, while PROLONG Interior Protection is the exclusive global distributor of Aerocare sanitisers.

The Aerocare sanitiser spray is designed with the personal protection of onboard crew and passengers in mind. Water-based and non-flammable, it works fast to kill a broad spectrum of bacteria while being skin friendly and leaving a lasting protective shield up to eight hours. It is AMS 1452- and Boeing D6 7127-tested.


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Korita Aviation focuses on face masks

July 21, 2020

Korita Aviation has partnered with a medical-grade mask manufacturer to produce large quantities of masks for onboard use.

The company, which is partnering with a manufacturer that has been operating in the medical device industry since 1988, says it believes that the most valuable item for restoring passenger confidence is the provision of face masks to passengers.

It is offering a range of disposable, single-use Type II face masks with CE Mark with three packaging options: one face mask individually packaged in a plastic zip-lock bag (minimum order 200,000), two masks in a plastic zip-lock bag (minimum order 201,000 face masks), or fifty masks in a box, with face masks packaged in a plastic bag inside the box (minimum order 200,000).

This product, the packaging and documentation are manufactured in accordance with the Medical Device Directive (93/42/EEC) including Directive 2007/47/EC and are approved to carry the CE Mark.


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Birchall Tea joins pledges to be climate neutral

July 21, 2020

London-based and family-owned Birchall Tea has become the first tea company in the world achieve the Carbon Neutral International Standard.

The tea company was the first of its kind to join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative, which invites organisations to work towards global climate neutrality, and has now achieved the Carbon Neutral International Standard by measuring and offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions and supporting verified volunteer reforestation projects around the world. This means that all of Birchall’s products – including its award-winning Great Rift Breakfast Tea – are now completely Carbon Neutral.

The recognition is the latest in a series of steps taken by Birchall to help avoid the worst effects of climate change, such as droughts, flooding and heatwaves. The company has significantly reduced excess and single-use plastic from its supply chain and in 2019 unveiled the Birchall Tea Factory – the UK’s first solar-powered tea production facility, in Amesbury, UK.

“Becoming a signatory to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now pledge is a clear reaffirmation of Birchall’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable future” said Daniel Graham, managing director of Imporient, the company which owns Birchall. “We recognise that climate change is a threat to the livelihoods and wellbeing of everyone on the planet and that we must all take action now. That’s why we have worked hard to do our bit, achieve net zero emissions and win One Carbon World Carbon Neutral Gold Standard Status.”


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Green Gourmet adds pre-packed solutions

July 15, 2020

Green Gourmet has extended its range to provide a pre-packed cold food solution that helps reduce ‘touchpoints’ within the inflight catering environment.

The sandwich range is delivered frozen then thawed providing greater flexibility and minimial wastage whilst there is uncertainty of potential uptake.

Developed as a simple, efficient and safe solution for caterers and includes egg, tuna, chicken mayo and cheese, ham sandwiches (with or without mayo), an onion bhaji wrap and chicken and sweetcorn wrap.

A spokesman said: “We are listening to the needs of catering teams as the food industry adapts to the challenges of foodservice and social distancing. The landscape is constantly changing and we are using our wealth of expertise to respond in the most dynamic way possible.”


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Hygiene focus for CSS seals

July 15, 2020

Cambridge Security Seals (CSS), has a new line of antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial seals.

The A-MVB line of patent-pending seals are infused with a proprietary blend of resins and additives designed to protect users or anyone who may come in direct contact with the seals from contracting any infectious agents, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, moulds, or other microbes that can exist on the surface of a standard plastic seal.

“The current global pandemic has sensitised all of us to the vulnerabilities inherent in just about every aspect of our lives,” said Brian Lyle, president, CSS. “As a company, we decided to address the issue by developing a solution that would succeed in dramatically reducing any chances of disease transmission through plastic security seals. CSS’s fully customisable A-MVB line of products meets the ever-widening needs of tamper-evident seal customers seeking to expand their levels of protection against the transfer and transmission of diseases and harmful microbes.”

The ionic silver-based A-MVB (antimicrobial viricide-material-infused) formula specifically targets, repels, and deactivates or eliminates the metabolic and reproductive capacity of virus-hosting bacteria, as well as other microorganisms such as moulds, fungi, and algae. This removes the need and labour required to clean the product with disinfectants, and the worry of missing potentially hard-to-reach areas of the seals.

Claudia Coetzer, business development manager, CSS, said: “Our A-MVB™ seals provide an excellent line of defence for those companies who are concerned about the health of their employees and want to reassure them that they are taking every possible step to protect them.”

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Flavoured waters from sustainable brand JUST

July 8, 2020

JUST Water has launched a range of infused flavours in lime, lemon and tangerine.

Founded in 2015 and following the vision of rap artist, singer and actor Jaden Smith, for a world with less plastic, Just Water claims to be the most sustainably packaged, responsibly sourced, 100% naturally alkaline still spring water on the market today.

JUST’s new infused range adds a subtle dash of fruit made from 100% fruit extracts – as if there was a slice of lime, lemon, or tangerine in the carton. The new range contains zero sugar, zero calories, and zero artificial ingredients.

Like all JUST products, the 500ml cartons are made mostly from paper (82% from renewable resources) and the caps made from recyclable sugarcane.

Said Steve Gibbons, md of JUST Europe: “The product caters for consumers who want a subtle flavour without sugar, artificial flavours or calories. Our carton has performed the best in carbon footprint terms versus the main water category packages in Life Cycle analysis, whether it is aluminium cans, PET or glass bottles.”


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A new gin infused with CBD

July 8, 2020

Manchester-based Strangeways Spirits has a launched a new gin infused with CBD (Cannabidiol) to promote calm.

The Hazy Dry and Hazy Strawberry Gin come in 50cl bottles and are 40% ABV. The gins are handcrafted and distilled in Manchester and the CBD is from authorised and regulated suppliers in the UK supported by a COA (Certificate of Analysis).

Hazy Dry Gin is a blend of spiced notes including cinnamon, coriander and ginger, with the balance and depth of fresh orange, lemon and grapefruit peel while the Hazy Strawberry Gin is a blend of citrus peel and English Strawberries for a sweet and spicy blend.

Strangeways founder Paul Hesketh said: “The gin revolution isn’t slowing anytime soon and for many customers having their gin cocktail infused with CBD is exciting and adds a little more spice to their night than a wedge of lemon or stuffed olive. CBD is known to promote feelings of calmness and self confidence.”

Market research quoted by Strangeways estimates that the CBD market is currently one of the fastest growing wellbeing product categories in the UK.

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New Rosé from Bottega

July 8, 2020

Italian winery and distillery Bottega has a new Prosecco Doc Rosé, which will be available on the European market from this November.

According to Bottega, the new sparkling wine ‘maintains the freshness and versatility of Prosecco’ and will be produced with a blend of Glera (85%) and Pinot Noir (15%), giving ‘greater aromatic complexity’.

The new addition to the Bottega range is called Il Vino dei Poeti Prosecco Doc Rosé and comes with a traditional flame-shaped label to distinguish it from Bottega’s other sparkling wines.

This wine is characterised by its pink colour and a ‘fine and persistent perlage’. On the nose, the fruity hints of cherry and berries stand out, which accompany the delicate floral notes. On the palate it is fresh, lively and dry.

The new product is recommended to be served with appetizers, first courses and white meats and is also ideal as an aperitif or as an ingredient for preparing cocktails.

Due to the formal processes involved in introducing a new product in the Prosecco Doc family, it will not be available until November 2020.

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Mr Wolf launches dry spice blends

July 8, 2020

Mr Wolf Spices has announced seven new culinary herb and spice combinations available for catering kitchens right now.

Selected from a total of 26 individual spices, each combination is designed to enrich and enhance the core flavour of meats, poultry, seafood or vegetables.

All the spices are plant-based and are expected to appeal to vegetarians looking to add some zest to otherwise bland dishes.

The seven blends are labelled Urban Spice under the Mr Wolf brand.

My Cellar Salt is described as a universal seasoning salt and a playful nod to the Masala curry flavouring. It includes Himalayan rock salt, fenugreek, fenugreek leaf, cumin, turmeric, sweet paprika, piquin chilli and garlic.

The ‘zingy and spicy one’, La Rossa, includes paprika, fennel, oregano, rosemary, garlic, bay, cayenne pepper and coriander, and is said to be an ideal companion to Italian or Spanish-style dishes.

There’s also Pink Pecker, described as ‘the meaty, beefy, hearty one; Sweet Raby James, described as ‘the mild and gentle one’; Mediterranean-themed The Imperial; a Middle Eastern-style blend called the Peaceful Turk; and Pierre’s Erld Smokey, described as ‘the smokey rustic one’.

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BLC opens Creative Studio in Istanbul

July 8, 2020

As part of its focus on Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC), a supplier and distributor of edible oils and fats, is opening a Creative Studio in Istanbul.

The state-of-the-art studio will provide on-site support to regional confectionery and bakery manufacturers to co-create innovative new products with sensory appeal, vibrant new flavours, and enhanced nutritional value while staying ahead of constantly-evolving trends, supporting them in the design of exciting new solutions to meet regional tastes.

“Our goal is to be close to our customers and work with them to streamline product development and time-to-market,” says Renee Boerefijn, director of innovation EMEA for BLC. “Whether pioneering products with a balanced nutritional profile or creating more indulgent treats, our Creative Studios help our customers stay ahead of the competition.”

The Istanbul Creative Studio is the latest addition to the existing global network of Creative Experience Centers from BLC’s parent company, headquartered in the St. Louis, Missouri, USA. As well as serving to develop solutions with food manufacturers across bakery, confectionery, culinary, and dairy in collaboration with innovative networks such as Le Cordon Bleu, it will also provide training in specific ancillary issues, such as reformulation of products according to new regulations on things like trans-fats and food safety.

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John Horsfall launches BioFibre

July 1, 2020

John Horsfall has launched a new naturally sustainable alternative to traditional airline non-wovens, called BioFibre.

The fabric offers the reassurance of a single-use hygienic product, without compromising on sustainability priorities. It is made with reclaimed waste-wood, using a clean, chemical-free process. It creates a a soft, lint-free material positioned as a responsible choice for economy class disposables.

BioFibre can be used for headrests, pillow covers and tray mats, and can be dyed and printed to complement cabin branding, with options for plant-based inks also available.

Standard polypropylene headrests take up to 50 years to break-down in landfill but John Horsfall claims BioFibre takes less than a year – without the need for any special processing. Made from reclaimed wood-fibres just like paper, Biofibre can also be recycled with other paper-based products.

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FORMIA evolves its ‘Clean Kits’ offer

July 1, 2020

Formia’s new range of Clean Kits have been designed to assure passengers that their health and safety is a priority.

The range has been developed with quality personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitiser products which comply with international safety standards and regulations, to ensure passengers are protected throughout their journey.

All the products are available as own-branded or in collaboration with a choice of established brands to give airlines flexibility, and the range comes with individually sealed products in a smart, durable pouch with customisable options for branding.

Commented Philipp Wendschuh, FORMIA’s CCO: “We are pleased to be able to offer airline customers added value with quality, tailor-made solutions for their needs”.

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Novel Food adds dips and boxed solutions

July 1, 2020

Ambient snack food specialist Novel Foods has created a new range of dips and spreads, and is focusing on its range of snack box solutions for airlines.

The new spread recipes include Pistachios & Black Garlic, Tomato & Almond, along with Novel’s classic range, Authentic Salsa, Black Olive Tapenade, and Smoked Salmon and Cream.

The range is designed to offer a fresh twist to snack packs and bring an an ‘exotic dimension’ to snack box service. Novel’s Classic Houmous has also been re-formulated to enhance it as an authentic dipping experience.

Novel’s dips and spreads are available in portioned pods of 25g to 50g.

The company is also offering a comprehensive range of snack boxes, tailored to be convenient, attractive and filling. The solutions include an array of snack and drinks options such as the new spreads, free-from foods, drinks as well as serviettes and hand sanitisers.

The box design, and the content, can be tailored to suit each airline customer and contain anything from a simple two-component dip and cracker offering to fully-inclusive multi-component meal-packs. The goal is to provide flexible core products that can be tailored into a package that best suits an airline’s needs and serving style.

For more information and samples contact info@novel-foods.co.uk

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PortaBrands re-invents F&B service delivery

July 1, 2020

The PortaBrands range from Tri-Star Packaging is pioneering a socially-distanced serving solution for delivering food and beverage to customers.

Designed to allow the easy and safe carrying of multiple hot or cold beverages, the PortaBrand product also helps speed up service and save space.

“Our PortaBrands solution creates the opportunity to re-invent service,” says Tri-Star Packaging sales director Lee Richards. “Drinks need to be served quickly and safely with minimum contact between staff and customers. We have a great range of quick-service drink carrier solutions which enable safe multi-drink serving under social distancing guidelines.”

PortaTray™, PortaDrink®, PortaClik®, PortaChilla™, and PortaBottle® can be fully branded and printed with additional messages such as social distancing guidelines, and can be combined with a drinks ordering app, and information on how to recycle them.

All PortaBrands products are 100% plastic-free and are made in the UK, from FSC® certified paper which is fully recyclable in dry mixed recycling. Almost waterproof, the carriers are available in white/white, white/kraft and kraft/kraft in a range of board weights. They are flat-packed and extremely quick and easy to assemble.

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Skysupply adds PPE kit options

June 24, 2020

Amenities specialist skysupply has launched a range of personal protection products in zipped and sustainable pouches.

The PPE portfolio includes different kinds of face masks, nitrile gloves and hand sanitiser. skysupply puts these items together as three different sets packed in a zipped pouch made of sustainable Kraft paper.

The Small Hygiene Kit contains one disposable face mask and three sanitiser wipes and represents the basic hygiene package. The Medium Hygiene Kit includes two disposable masks, 30ml hand sanitiser and one pair of nitrile gloves. The Large Hygiene Kit comes with an additional pack of 10 hand sanitiser wipes. All products are CE approved ensuring that they meet the EU standards. Airlines are able to edit and customise the bag and its content.

At a very early stage of the pandemic, skysupply’s subsidiary company Hostlab began responding to the urgent need for masks in Germany with the help of its parent company’s extensive supply chain capabilities. End consumers can buy through the online shop, which was especially created, but also the German government, hospitals, production companies etc. were supplied direct.

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Albéa focuses on its safety offer

June 24, 2020

Albéa Travel Designer has launched a new range of Travel&StaySafe customisable amenity kits to support the focus on travel hygiene post-COVID-19.

The range features masks, hydro-alcoholic gel, gloves etc and is designed to suit both airlines, rail operators, shipping companies and private transport companies.

The #Travel&StaySafe kits are made to order and can be customised to suit the brand. A variety of different mask types are available (KN95, FFP2, surgical type 1, reusable/ adult and child sizes), along with disposable lab coats, overcoats, gloves, disinfectant wipes, hand cleaning gel, or hydro-alcoholic solutions in standard or travel format.

The company is also launching an e-commerce platform where this Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and kits will be offered for sale with low minimum quantities.

The group has been actively supporting suppression of the virus through the production of pumps and tubes for hydro-alcoholic gel solutions, and with a range of local initiatives to distribute masks, hand disinfectants, protective visors, etc. for healthcare workers.

The wipes, spray pumps and pouches are produced in France on Albea’s sites; with reusable masks made in Portugal. Albéa was the first beauty packaging company to sign the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in October 2018, and thereby is committed to producing 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025.It is collaborating with Ares, a French specialist in professional reintegration, whose team packages the #Travel&StaySafe kits.

The kits are already being offered by two majors airlines, the biggest taxi corporation in France, the Ile-de-France region as well as some consultancy and private owned companies.

Albea recently acquired Orchard and Fasten to support its amenity provision. Orchard Custom beauty (based in Toronto) is a full service, custom product development and manufacturing company active across the colour, skincare, haircare, bags and accessories sectors; and Fasten (based in the Netherlands) designs and develops cosmetics packaging and full service, with a focus on custom collections in fragrance, home fragrance, skincare, color cosmetics and personal care.

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SPIRANT turns the spotlight on its #flysafe offer

June 24, 2020

SPIRIANT is partnering with FUZE-technology to offer new #flysafe amenity kits.

The kits will contains a wide variety of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and give airlines the opportunity to promote their brand and choose from a selection of different design options.

There will be three key options: Essentials, Eco Warriors and Fashionistas.

The Essentials concept includes a MOPP pouch that contains items such as non-woven face masks, a small bottle of hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes. While the Eco Warriors range combines hygiene offers with environmental awareness and a general sense for fashion. It includes a reusable facemask and a pack of sanitising towels stored within a brown and dark green pouch designed to resemble the eco-friendly material.

The customised Fashionista collection will contain a refreshing towel and pack of tissues, and reusable facemask made with 100% cotton fabric in a choice of eye-catching designs reflecting the airline brand identity, and reusable post-flight.

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EcoTensil launches plastic-free single-use cutlery

June 24, 2020

Global pioneer in sustainable paperboard utensils, EcoTensil has announced the European launch of its plastic-free, single-use cutlery for food packaging.

The range of folding multi-functional paper utensils was developed to replace small plastic spoons and sporks found in pot lids, trays, and other grab-and-go packaging, with a more environmentally-friendly option.

Founded 10 years ago, EcoTensil has already provided hundreds of millions of the plastic cutlery. The EcoSpoon is formed with one simple “bend to touch dots” fold, easy enough for a young child to do, and is designed specifically for single-serve packaging, foodservice and sampling applications.

All EcoTensil products are made from materials sourced from well-managed FSC®-certified forests* and use 50-80% less material than plastic, bio-plastic or wood cutlery.

There is an EcoTensil utensil to fit just about any size package and application process. The pre-folded TabLock EcoSpoon4 (49mm folded length, 89mm unfolded) is locked shut and comes packed stacked in tidy rows for easy placement on the assembly line.

EcoTensil offers an unfolded, 82mm utensil and a 95mm size, both of which may be ordered hygienically flow-wrapped or loose pack. The 95mm also can be ordered folded to a 48mm length and wrapped for small spaces.

EcoTensil functions effectively as a spoon, spork and spreader for most foods that are scoopable or easy to cut, such as cake, desserts, yoghurts, deli salads, flans and quiches, hot or cold grain and legume dishes, porridge, soups, stews, gazpacho etc. For gelato and other frozen desserts, EcoTensil offers the extra sturdy iScoop, designed specifically for ice cream type products.

The range is available to order now across Europe through EcoTensil.eu.

ecotensil.eu

British Airways gets boxed in

June 17, 2020

British Airways will start serving box meals in all classes from tomorrow (June 16).

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the airline has unveiled temporary adjustments to its onboard catering while it works for “a more permanent with its catering suppliers”.

The boxed meals are designed minimise interactions between customers and crew and included pre-prepared meal boxes for long-haul, Business and First passengers. At the premium end the boxes include a salad, hot entrée or sandwich, served with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
On short-haul routes, passengers receive a boxed salad or sandwich with a selection of beverages.

The meal boxes prepared by DO & CO which, since May 2020, provide catering for all BA long-haul flights at London Heathrow, and when flights resume at London City and London Gatwick, the meal service should be broadly similar. DO & CO has also won a tender to cater for BA flights at airports in North America.

ba.com

Hands off with Foodcase

June 17, 2020

Ambiant foods and snacks specialist Foodcase International has launched a simple personal handling tool that allows passengers or crew to avoid touching key items along the passenger journey with their hands.

The NoTouch Assist Key is a shaped gadget designed to help open door handles, drawers, levers, push buttons and open packaging, and is a small, easy to carry tool that can be added to any key ring or gifted to customers.

It is made from 100% post-consumer waste plastic.

For more info: info@foodcase.nl

info@foodcase.nl

Clean hands support for emergencies

June 17, 2020

Hygiene brand Super Clean Hands was founded in the wake of COVID-19 to support good hand hygiene for people on the go.

Offering 70% alcohol sachets with contemporary branding and strong message, the 2gram packs of gel 
offer sufficient product to eliminate bacteria and viruses 
without the need for a towelette which has to be disposed of.

Simple to distribute to colleagues or customers and with no plastic bottles, the product can be supplied in a shelf dispenser and in bulk. Some 10% of profits made by the company go to National Emergencies Trust a charity supporting 
local communities in crisis.

supercleanhands.com

Oral freshness from Qikfresh

June 17, 2020

Qikfresh is offering a new oral care product designed to support passenger freshness and the wellbeing experience.

The Mouthwash-Powder is an alternative to liquid mouthwash and comes in sachets containing 2g of active ingredients. Passengers simply tear open the sachet and pour the powder directly into their mouth where it liquidises immediately. They swish it in their mouths for 15 seconds and expel for total mouth freshness.

The sachets can be offered in airline lounges, onboard lavatories or amenity kits. They are made in Germany with short supply routes and using 100% natural and plant-based ingredients.

qikfresh.com

In-house PPE action at deSter

June 3, 2020

Gategroup business, deSter has expanded the development of its hygiene range and has its focus on personal protective solutions created in a controlled supply chain.

The items offered for crew and passengers can be customised to meet different requirements across both the airline and food service industries – and have been designed in-house.

Building on its 35+ year track-record serving airlines, restaurants and catering facilities with personal protective equipment (PPE), the range includes mouth masks, disinfecting wipes, gloves, hand gels and bespoke individual hygiene packs.

deSter’s professionals’ range for employees includes protective gowns, shoe covers, hairnets, visors, face shields and ear guards (to relieve the pressure of long-term use of visors and masks on the users’ ears).

deSter is producing most of these new items in-house – wipes, mouth masks, gels – alongside the assembly of the kits at its own facilities in Europe, Asia and the USA to ensure a robust supply chain, proper certification and short lead times.

The packs are designed as a ‘welcome back’ offer for passenger and employees – inflight, along the journey or in the office, and are also being offered to support takeaway meal service, restaurants, airline lounges and retail onboard concepts.

Before the COVID-19 crisis the company was already selling more than 200 million such items per year.
gategroup.com

Sproud’s new milk alternative

June 3, 2020

UK company, Sproud, is claiming a UK and European first with the launch of Sproud Unsweetened – a low-carbon footprint, pea-protein milk alternative.

Sproud Unsweetened can be used with cereals, in hot beverages and for cooking and comes with zero sugar.

The product is said to taste similar to semi-skimmed milk with the same level of vitamins and minerals as skimmed milk.

It has a natural creamy texture and neutral flavour, with a clean colour and is made from yellow split peas, a highly-sustainable plant-based milk protein source.

Peas use minimal water, land and carbon to be produced, but they are said to pack over three times the amount of protein than oat milk and five times the amount of almond milk.

Maria Tegman, head of brand at Sproud said: “Consumers are looking to eat and live smarter than ever before. Our new Unsweetened addition to the Sproud family supports the need for a health-focussed, plant-based lifestyle.

All Sproud products are vegan-friendly and free of allergens, including gluten and soy.

besproud.com

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.”
besproud.com

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.”

buzzproducts.com

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.

kydex.com

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.

lift.aero

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.

becleancompany.com;thisismatrix.com

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.

travelretailglobal.com

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.

food-beyond.com

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.

@hattershemp

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.”

en-route.com

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

manchestergin.co.uk

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

gategroup.com

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

interweavetextiles.com

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.

gategroup.com

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.

kaelisgroup.com

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.”

dnata.com

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!”
lner.co.uk

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.”

kaelisgroup.com

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.

sproutworld.com

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.

bottegaspa.com

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.

See more
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