Product news

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.’

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Foodcase International presents new ambient meals

December 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sustainable chocolate for children

December 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

Cobra Beer launches updated Cobra Zero

December 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meringue company takes flight with Virgin

December 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

Mr Lee’s Noodles puts Laksa on easyJet

December 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

Minor Figures launches vegan oat milk

December 4, 2019

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

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

Plant-based fats beef up meatless burgers

December 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Feeling Peckish?

November 26, 2019

Peckish offers a selection of boiled egg snacks with dips.

Served in a small carton, two individually-wrapped boiled eggs are packaged with a flavoured dip. Available flavours include Fried Rice, Maple Waffles, Rancheros, Salt & Pepitas and Everything.

The eggs are USDA certified organic and non-GMO, and every pack is certified dairy-free. Each pack will stay fresh for up to 30 days refrigerated, and the carton can be recycled.

Peckish is represented by AirlineMporium.

Vegan caramel popcorn from Joe & Seph’s

November 26, 2019

UK-based gourmet popcorn brand Joe & Seph’s has launched a new range of vegan caramel popcorn.

Three new vegan flavours will be joining the collection: Vegan Salted Caramel, Vegan Toffee Apple & Cinnamon, and Vegan Coconut & Cacao. All are available in both sharing pouch and snack pack form.

Founder Joseph Sopher says: “We’ve wanted to create a vegan range that truly echoed our cult-status series of indulgent popcorn flavours since we began. Never wanting to compromise on taste or ingredients, we’ve finally nailed our new vegan caramel, we can’t wait to bring our popcorn to even more households, and bring Joe & Seph’s back to those who’ve recently chosen to go plant-based.”

Hen of the Woods

November 26, 2019

Ohio-based Hen of the Woods creates a selection of kettle chips with all-natural flavourings.

Available in Sea Salt, Buttermilk & Chive, A Touch of Smoke, Red Wine Vinegar, Chile con Queso, and Everything Bagel flavours, the crisps are GMO-free, gluten-free, and free of soy and nut allergens.

The crisps come packed in 6oz/ 170g bags. Hen of the Woods is represented by AirlineMporium.

Honey beer from Hiver

November 19, 2019

Hiver uses a blend of urban and rural honeys from independent British beekeepers to produce a distinctive honey beer.

The product range incudes canned Honey IPA and bottled Honey Ale and Honey Blonde. The company uses only British ingredients and suppliers, and ferments with raw honeys to produce its range.

Hiver has won a number of awards including ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’, medals at the World Beer Challenge, a European Beer Star gold and an industry award for Corporate Social Responsibility. It also donates 10% of profits to pollinator charities and community initiatives.

Shea margarine offers sustainable alternative

November 19, 2019

Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC) has created a shea-based margarine suited for baked items such as croissants and Danish pastries.

The non-hydrogenated, clean-label margarine has no added colouring or preservatives and is said to deliver high functionality and baking performance, and allows for better total nutritional value.

“Bakeries and baking companies are seeking plant-based margarine alternatives with superior functionality and good flavour, while consumers are demanding non-hydrogenated, sustainable alternatives to palm oils and GMO oils, as well as healthier products,” explains Renee Boerefijn, director of innovation for BLC.

“The new shea margarine has a lower saturated fatty acid level compared to butter. This leads to improved sensory properties, with better mouthfeel and quicker flavour release, while awarding a more durable crispiness. Because of the superior perfomance, in certain formulations it is possible to use less fat to get the same quality as with dairy butter,” Boerefijn adds.

Superdrinks from DRGN

November 19, 2019

DRGN is claiming to offer the world’s first Turmeric “Superdrink”, providing a natural, caffeine-free source of energy.

Inspired by the ancient wisdom of the Far East, DRGN describes its drink as “a fusion of Eastern alchemy and Western science”.

Infused with pan-Asian ‘superfoods’ – turmeric, ginger and black pepper – along with added vitamins and electrolytes, DRGN’s key ingredients are said to help support liver function, reduce fatigue, restore normal energy levels and provide a natural rehydrating lift.

With 53 calories per 250ml serve, DRGN is free from caffeine, artificial colourings or artificial flavours, and has been blended with mineral water from mountain springs in Austria.

ButterflyCup gets greener

October 30, 2019

Following a €200m investment in research and development projects in Finland and product trials, The ButterflyCup company has launched a new version of its lid-less paper cup – this time with added environmental credentials.

The new ButterflyCup Bio is 100% compostable, bio-degradable and recyclable and avoids the use of PE plastic coatings by using BioPBS to make the product waterproof.

Bio PBS is compostable at ambient temperatures and biodegragdes naturally in the soil into biomass, carbon dioxide and water. It can also be 100% recycled through commercial waste disposal facilities which is not possible with plastic lined cups.

The Bio PBS material is made from renewable materials – corn, cassava and sugar cane.

Healthier ices with a kick

October 30, 2019

Ice-cream specialist, LiQ, claims to be transforming the frozen dessert sector with its alcohol flavoured ice-creams.

Available in six flavours, three options are vegan-friendly, three are high-quality dairy products and all have been created with healthier ingredients in mind.
Made using a mixture of cane sugar and Stevia for sweetness, the product uses 100% real fruit, sustainable milk and cream from ‘happy pasture’ cows, and Belgian chocolate. A generous slug of LiQueur adds the kick and further flavour.

Flavours include Strawberry Rum Daiquiri, Bourbon Salted Caramel, Amaretto Cookie Crunch, Irish Coffee Crumble, Limoncello Raspberrt Ripple, and Coconut Rum Punch

The cups (and spoons) are 100% biodegradable.

Celebration ups its eco range

October 30, 2019

Celebration has extended its range of Enviroware products made from sustainable and renewable materials.

Building on a well-established portfolio of products created using renewable sources, the offer now
includes new compostable CPLA cutlery and the EcoTensil Ecotaster compostable range made from FSC certified paperboard from sustainably-managed forests.

Nick Burton, md at Celebration, says: “Compostable CPLA cutlery offers the same strength and high quality as standard plastic cutlery but is made from natural sustainable resources (not oil) and has OK Compost accreditation confirming that it can be disposed of in commercial composting facilities. To ensure we involve consumers in the sustainability story, the word ‘Compostable’ is embossed on the handle of each piece, making them aware of the cutlery’s eco-friendly credentials.”

The cutlery is available in black and natural white, and sits alongside cups, food containers and food-on-the-go boxes such as PLA-lined salad containers with clear PLA lids, portion pots, trays and clamshell boxes and lids made from bagasse. The range also includes clear plastic salad containers made entirely from recycled PET (rPET).

Radnor Hills spring water launches new canned range

October 21, 2019

Radnor Hills has announced the launch of a new range of canned spring waters which will hit the onboard hospitality market next month.

Pure spring water is sourced from the company’s family farm in Powys, mid-Wales, where it takes seven minutes to filter from the ground into a can. Radnor Hills believes the benefits of the aluminium can option include its long shelf life, 100% recyclability, transport efficiency and leakproof/lightproof qualities.

The company has a new canning line following a £3.5 million investment and is able to fill still, sparkling and infused products with a direct feed from their boreholes.

William Watkins, owner and managing director of Radnor Hills, says: “Installing our first canning line has been an exciting new adventure for us as a business, and we are so pleased to be able to offer our customers yet another format for their spring water and other products.”

Radnor Hills is now able to offer its spring water all in 100% recyclable packaging formats including PET, recycled PET, Glass, Tetra Pak and now cans.

Tuk In Foods looks to onboard

October 21, 2019

Tuk In Foods aims to bring “delicious and wholesome” Indian street food to the travel industry. Its core product range includes Indian curries wrapped and sealed in naan bread, and the company is currently developing a new range of samosas and meal pots.

Thomas Cropper, managing director, Tuk In Foods, says: “Indian food is one of the most popular and fastest growing cuisines. It performs particularly well at altitude with strong flavours, is handy and mess free for passengers and crew to prepare, serve and eat.”

The products can be cooked in airline ovens or panini grills, and can also be eaten cold. They are positioned as free of preservatives, high in protein, low in saturated fats and sugar.

Packaging innovation from DRINKS3

October 21, 2019

Soft drinks brand DRINKS3 is championing a sustainable image with one litre and 500ml servings of natural mineral water in cube-shaped, eco-focused packaging.

DRINKS3 aims to be lowest CO2 footprint soft drinks brand in the UK by 2022. Its WATER3 carton-bottles are made from 100% responsibly-sourced materials of which over 90% are plant based. These are estimated to generate up to 41% less CO2 than multi-layer plastic bottles, according to the company.

The supplier is also in the process of building its own production facility in the UK which will be exclusively powered by renewable energy. This source of renewable energy will also be used to power its fleet of electric vehicles.

Well&Truly aim to ‘unjunk’ snack favourites

October 21, 2019

Snacks specialist Well&Truly is offering healthier alternatives to traditional snack as it sets out to ‘unjunk’ snacking with its range of baked-corn snacks.

Available in Smokey Paprika, Really Cheesy and Sour Cream & Onion flavours, The Well&Truly range is gluten free, base on natural ingredients and suitable for vegans and vegetarians. The snacks are available in individual 30g and 15g pack formats.

Mr Lee’s launches on Virgin Australia

October 15, 2019

Mr Lee’s Pure Foods, a finalist of the Onboard Hospitality Awards 2018, has won a new contract which sees its instant noodles on Virgin Australia.

Mr Lee’s has created a range of six noodles with two vegan flavours, all of which are certified gluten-free, low in added sugars, and free from MSG and artificial ingredients. Innovation lies in its use of freeze-dried proteins and vegetables, locking in most of the original ingredients’ nutritional values.

“Our Hong Kong Street Beef noodles will be available as a part of Virgin Australia’s onboard menu on their routes from October and we look forward to an ongoing partnership to achieve our goal of putting healthier, better foods in the hands of airline passengers everywhere,” says founder Damien Lee.

He adds: “I think the airline catering industry has really got to a point now where they need to address certain dietary requirements, other than just a vegetarian option. Over the past years gluten-free options have become more attainable whilst flying, but instead of just another tasteless alternative, our noodles will bring an option uniquely crafted from authentic recipes, created by our team of Asian innovators”

Enjoy a flight out at the movies

October 15, 2019

Gastro Worldwide has launched a new movie-themed snack selection box onboard Virgin Atlantic.

The new Gastro Movie Box offers a selection of movie-favourite nibbles including sweet and salty gourmet popcorn, corn chips with chia seeds and salsa dip. The box is finished off with a meringue bar coated in Belgium white chocolate and raspberry crumble

The launch in October, follows the onboarding of the Gastro Mezze Box in September.

Organic insights at the Nordic Organic Food Fair

October 15, 2019

Climate change, Brexit, organic campaigning, technology, and GMOs are just a few topics up for discussion at the Nordic Organic Food Fair 2019.

The two-day trade event will return to MalmöMässan (Sweden) on 13-14 November with a packed ‘free-to-attend’ seminar programme – providing thousands of buyers and retailers with plenty of ‘food for thought’ about challenges, opportunities, innovations, and future trends for the organic industry.

High-profile speakers from The Soil Association, Organic Sweden, KRAV, Natural Products Global, Futerra Sweden, Arla (Finland), Ecovia Intelligence, EkoMatCentrum, Organic Denmark and Beyond GM.

Visitors will be able to sample the biggest certified organic food and drink products to hit the Swedish organic market in a live pitching session with sustainable grocery store Paradiset. For the first time, top suppliers have been chosen in different categories to pitch their products live in front of the Paradiset senior buying team, where the winners can secure a potential listing with the ethical retailer.

For more information and to register, visit

Cathay trials plant-based pork

October 07, 2019

Cathay Pacific is claiming a world first as it serves up OmniPork, a plant-based pork alternative suitable for a range of traditional pork recipes.

The airline is collaborating with a Hong Kong social venture Green Monday to develop new dining options that vegetarians, flexitarians and even meat lovers will enjoy inflight.

OmniPork is a vegan blend of pea protein, non-GMO soy, shiitake mushrooms and rice that looks and tastes like real pork. It has 0mg cholesterol, is cruelty-free and 86% lower in saturated fat and 66% lower in calories than pork.

Pork is the most consumed meat in the world, accounting for nearly 40% of global meat production. OmniPork is a climate-friendly alternative that reduces greenhouse gases, saves our seas from waste run-off, feeds more people per hectare of land, and is better for health.

Throughout October, Business class passengers will be offered OmniPork Bolognaise with Garganelli pasta on all long-haul flights departing from Hong Kong. The airline will then review passenger satisfaction and continue to experiment with OmniPork dishes.

Since October 2018, Cathay Pacific has also been serving Beyond Meat, a beef alternative marketed by Green Monday, in The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

CLIF evolves its portfolio

October 07, 2019

California-based Clif Bar & Company, is evolving its portfolio of organic foods and drinks in response to the growing demand for free-from products. Made using all natural, no sugar, dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients, the company’s flagship product, the CLIF Bar, now sits alongside a Whole Lotta healthy snack bar, Clif Minis (now on American Airlines) and whey protein bars (provided in United’s pilot box crew packs). The company is represented by AirlineMporium.

Roons adds bite-sized

October 07, 2019

Macaroons specialist, Roons, has launched a new bite-sized product called Lil ROONIES – mini coconut macaroons, fully coated in a thin layer of Guittard chocolate. Flavours include Original, Chocolate Espresso, Lemon and Orange, and they are packaged in 4 oz, resealable bags with a six-month shelf life at room temperature or frozen. The company is represented by McQuire & Associates.

Podberry adds flavours

October 07, 2019

Freeze-dried seasoned snacks specialist, Podberry, has added two new flavours.

A Parmesan and Truffle flavour and Ham Hock variant join the two existing flavours, Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar.

Offered in 20g single-serve packs Podberry snacks are harvested and frozen in under two and a half hours before undergoing a freeze-drying process, never fried. This retains the highest level of nutrients and flavour in every pea.

Plant Pops offer alternative savoury snack

October 01, 2019

Plant Pops are a new popped lotus seed snack that provides a healthy alternative to fried savoury snacks.

Sustainably-grown lotus seeds are sourced from farmers in Bihar, India, to be dried and popped. They are then roasted using all-natural ingredients to add flavour. The snacks are vegan friendly, gluten free, sustainably grown, and contain no artificial ingredients or palm oil, and each serving contains less than 99 calories.

The Plant Pops come served in individual snack bags and are available in three flavours – Peanut Butter, Smoked Chilli, and Himalayan Salt.

Innovative tea service from Cup Tea

October 01, 2019

Cup Tea is a 100% degradable disposable cup that uses patented chemical-free technology to integrate loose tea leaves, removing the need for individual teabags.

The tea leaves are contained to the bottom of the cup using a layer of food-grade filter paper. Hot water is simply poured into the cup to brew the tea, and each cup can be refilled three times.

The Cup Tea is available in a range of flavours, including traditional Jasmine, Black, Green and Oolong tea, as well as Sencha, Pu’er, and Silver Needle White Tea.

Cold classics from Fitch Brew Co.

October 01, 2019

Fitch Brew Co. offers ready-to-drink cold brew coffee and tea served in 100% recyclable, BPA-free 330ml cans.

The drinks contain 0% sugar, two calories per 100ml, and no preservatives.

Fitch Brew Co.’s coffee offerings are free from anything artificial and use only Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee and purified water. It claims its carefully monitored and innovative brewing process brings out the hidden natural flavours in the coffee bean. The company sources high-quality single origin beans and then roasts and grinds them before placing them into its brewing tanks at the FITCH brewery in UK. The tanks are then filled with tailored cold water and left to brew over 16 hours before a triple filtration process is used to procure the end result – a bold, smooth and clean Cold Brew Coffee.

Fitch Brew Co also offers a variety of sparkling teas, including Rosehip, Hibiscus and Elderflower, and Chamomile and Ginger.

Yes Peas simple snacking

September 20, 2019

Baked crisps manufacturer PopChips has launched a new Yes Peas snacking choice made from whole peas.

The popped pea chips come in Himalayan Salt and Farmhouse Ranch flavours and are made of simple, clean ingredients. The creator’s goal is to offer a wholesome snack which comes with six grams of protein and three grams of fibre.

Represented for inflight by Stephen Gould, the company also offers potato snacks and has a second new line of Nutter Puffs, puffed snacks flavoured with peanut butter.

Chai tea on the move

September 20, 2019

Specialist tea producer Tea India is promoting a range of individual serve Chai Moments as a comforting alternative to traditional hot beverages for those on the move.

The range of chai lattes are made with real milk, tea and spices, and are free from artificial flavours or preservatives. They aim to mirror the classic taste of chai as served in India.

The mix is available in Masala, Caradamom, Ginge and Milk Tea varieties. Each single serving just requires hot water and a stir.

The company is represented for inflight by Macquire & Associates

Gluten-free with on-trend flavours

September 20, 2019

Milton’s Craft Bakers has extended its range of gluten-free crackers to include new on-trend flavours within its portfolio of organic crackers and craft breads.

Specialists in gluten free, organic and non-gmo products, the company has added gluten-free crackers with Olive Oil and Sea Salt, and gluten free crackers with Fire Roasted Vegetables.

The company also offers a range of gourmet crackers with signature blends of whole grains, seeds, herbs and spices. The range is among the convenience products offered through Evertaste.

A taste of Italy

September 20, 2019

DFMi has added to its range of healthy biscuit snacks through a collaboration with the Biscotti Brothers of western Pennsylvania, specialists in biscotti baking.

Made to a traditional Italian recipe, the individually wrapped biscotti come in a range of flavours including Almond, Chocolate Dipped Almond, Cranberry Pistachio, and Vanilla.

The company also creates Biscottini, Granotti and Pizzelle cookies.

Dietz & Watson announces new snacks

September 17, 2019

Charcuterie and snacking specialist, Dietz and Watson, has responded to the trend towards jerky and meatstick protein snacking with a new range of snacks products.

The new offers include Dietz Nuts and Dietz & Dats. Dietz Nuts are protein-packed, savoury sausage bites said to be ideal for service with drinks or within an onboard food box. Dietz & Dats is a new snack pack combining meat, cheese and crackers.

Madeleines with a twist

September 17, 2019

French madeleines specialist bakery, St Michel, is now being represented for inflight service by Dfmi.

The broker showcased the company’s range for the first time in the U.S during the IFSA Expo last week highlighting the classic individually wrapped madeleines and a new French Doonuts product created from the madeleine batter but shaped like a doughnut. The Doonuts are created without frying and are also individually served.

The all-butter madeleines are supplied to airlines frozen and come in four flavours, they are already cooked when supplied but five minutes additional warming ensures they have the classic crispy edge and crunchy topping when served.