Product news

ANA launches Hawaii-themed amenity kits

July 17, 2019

All Nippon Airways has teamed up with premium American jeans brand, Fred Segal, and airline amenities supplier, WESSCO International, to create an iconic amenity kit for the airline’s new route to Hawaii.

The destination-themed programme is available exclusively to ANA Business passengers on the Tokyo-Honolulu route.

The kit comes with a waterproof white or transparent pouch with Fred Segal’s iconic typeface logo and blue and red stripes, making it ideal for use on the beach. On the reverse, the pouches celebrate ANA’s special new Honolulu route with a “boarding pass” imprint complete with a token flight and gate number, “Tokyo to Honolulu” destination, departure time, and passenger name listed as “Fred Segal.”

The pouch includes an ANA branded Tyvek tote bag with a depiction of the airline’s green sea turtle livery. The wild animal is a Hawaiian symbol of good luck and prosperity and is listed in danger of extinction, and ANA Group supports the green sea turtle through a series of initiatives.

The pouch also comes with a Fred Segal romance card, eyeshade, earplugs, and dental kit.

SPIRIANT collaborate on collectible amenity kits

July 17, 2019

SPIRIANT has created a new collectible amenity kit series for Hong Kong Airlines that turns the spotlight on artistic young talent. The four amenity kits in Business will rotate every quarter so passengers can collect each unique design.

Rising young artists were specially commissioned to design each kit. Following a tough selection from a wide pool of applicants, Hong Kong airlines chose Lock Lai, founder of local TinBot toy company, celebrated illustrator Jane Lee, font creator Lee Kin Ming, and tattoo artist Lily Cash. The diverse set of designs celebrate Hong Kong culture and include subtle references to Hong Kong Airlines.

Each kit contains a curated set of amenities – earplugs, an eye mask, comfy socks, a dental kit and L’Occitane cosmetics for a luxury inflight experience. The durable nylon material enables the kit to double as a case for cosmetics, cables, or personal belongings post-flight.

Addy Ng, director of design amenities at SPIRIANT, says: “It was fantastic to merge the expertise of SPIRIANT’s team and the artists’ creativity. The result is four high-quality and extremely creative kits that go a long way to demonstrating the artistry of Hong Kong.”

Chris Birt, acting director of service delivery at Hong Kong Airlines, says: “We couldn’t be happier with the expertise and quality that was delivered with the amenity kit creation. We’re excited to introduce them to Business travellers.”

Snak Shed move to sustainable packaging

July 17, 2019

UK snack brand, Snak Shed, has unveiled new packaging designed to incorporate consumer’s growing interest in sustainability.

The 100% biodegradable cups are completely plastic free. Made from cornstarch, they decompose over time in the right conditions. The cups are designed for those on-the-go.

Snak Shed’s flavours use carefully sourced ingredients from across the world which are then hand packed in the UK. Soon the company will be launching 12 new lines including Honey Roasted Nuts, Sweet Paprika Nuts and more.

Icelandair introduces biodegradable cutlery

July 10, 2019

Icelandair has partnered with Kaelis to develop a completely biodegradable set of cutlery. The new cutlery set will start flying on Icelandair flights in the next couple of months.

These utensils are durable and suitable for hot and cold meal service. The cutlery, toothpick and packaging are made of cornstarch.

Cornstarch products produce significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional plastics over their lifetime. There is no net increase in carbon dioxide when they break down as the plants they are made of absorb the same amount of carbon dioxide as they grow. Additionally, cornstarch products do not produce toxic fumes if incinerated.

The development is part of a series of environmental policies being put in place by Icelandair onboard, in its company operations, and in its workplaces.

Heineken celebrates KLM’s centenary

July 10, 2019

Heineken has launched an exclusive limited-edition inflight can (25cl) celebrating KLM’s 100th anniversary.

The launch reflects the brewing company’s close relationship with key airline partner KLM and features a graphic of the global route map showing KLM’s connections across the world with Amsterdam, the home of both Heineken and KLM, as the heart of operations. The iconic Heineken red star is centred on the can.

Veroniek van Duren-Meijer, senior brand manager Heineken global duty free, comments: “As a 155-year old Dutch brand we are delighted to launch this striking limited-edition centenary can in tribute to KLM to celebrate the powerful partnership we share. These two iconic brands have combined their strengths to create memorable moments for travellers on KLM flights.”

The special edition can, available until the end of 2019, was launched on-board KLM on 29 June, exactly 100 days before the airline’s centenary on October 7 2019. KLM is the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name and has initiated a ‘Fly Responsibly’ programme to encourage travellers and airlines to create a sustainable future for aviation.

FlyFit now available on Emirates and American Airlines

July 3, 2019

FlyFit – the multi-vitamin hydration tablet designed to offset dehydration, combat fatigue and boost the immune system – is now available in all Emirates First Class cabins and on American Airlines in both First and Business.

Studies have shown that a decrease in hydration levels by just one to two per cent can have significant effects on the body, particularly cognitive functions causing tiredness, fatigue and irritability, which many recognise as being associated with jet lag. FlyFit contains a balance of vitamins and minerals which all work together and contribute to reduce tiredness and fatigue, support a normal energy-yielding metabolism, help maintain a proper brain function and protect cells from oxidative stress.

FlyFit reports that over the past two years, there has been a surge of interest in supplements and health enhanced solutions that can deliver tangible benefits to passengers, improving their experience onboard as well as their state of health on arrival.

Discover your next free-from product

July 3, 2019

This weekend (July 5-7), The Allergy and Free From Show opens at the Olympia London promising to showcase all the latest in free-from products.

Products exhibiting will include those suitable for consumers with coeliac disease, allergies or intolerances to gluten, wheat, eggs, nuts or dairy and more.

There will be a FreeFrom+ Zone dedicated to products with reduced sugar, fat or salt, and the FreeFrom Family Corner will showcase products for a younger audience.

Headline sponsor for the show is Schar, alongside other big brand names like Deliciously Ella, Genius Gluten Free, and popchips highlighting their products.

For a free ticket, head to the website below.

Crispifarms goes bananas

June 25, 2019

Start-up snack-maker Crispifarms is making its product debut with a new range of healthy banana chips.

The long-cut chips are acclaimed as the ‘least-processed’ of their kind, and feature bananas from the Philippines island of Mindoro, coconut oil from the Maldives, a spice blend and natural cane sugar – a sourcing and development process that has taken three years.

Batches are handmade and come packaged in 60g pouches. The chips are being sold as healthy lunchbox additions for kids, snacks and as a topping for porridge and pancakes.

June 25, 2019

Professional men’s grooming brand men-ü has launched a collection of travel-friendly bottle sizes.

At less than 13cm high, the 100ml versions hold 100 – 265 applications. All men-ü products are high performance, ultra concentrated and designed for extreme hot and cold climates, meaning a little goes a long way. The 100ml products available are its Shave Crème, Matt ‘skin refresh’ gel, and Healthy Facial Wash.

KIDZinflight dedicated to weight loss

June 25, 2019

KIDZinflight is focusing on the eco-credentials of its products by highlighting the benefits of weight savings on fuel costs.

The kids’ amenities supplier says it can provide activities that start from a weight of just 0.12g – especially important as airlines look to cut fuel costs and reduce emissions.

For every 0.45kg of weight lost from the cabin, airlines can save 53,000 litres of fuel each year.
KIDZinflight is also highlighting its sustainability initiativesat the same time, with all paper derived from green sources.

Popcorn Shed thinks small

June 25, 2019

Snack producer Popcorn Shed has unveiled a selection of popcorn snacks that it says are less likely to get stuck in your teeth.

The new Mini Pop! range is produced from white kernels, meaning the popped product is around half the size of regular popcorn and virtually disintegrates when chewed, making for a more pleasurable eating experience.

Mini Pop! comes in five flavours – Sweet & Salty, Toffee Salted, Salt & Vinegar, Regular Salted and White Truffle. It is gluten and dairy free and low calorie.

Lotus snack for fizz

June 19, 2019

Laurent-Perrier is offering champagne lovers a new take on the traditional bar snack, with the launch of Lotus Root Crisps.

The snack, produced in partnership with Made For Drink, is designed to accompany a flute of Laurent-Perrier’s renowned Cuvée Rosé champagne with complementary flavours including shichimi togarashi-style spices, poppy seeds, ginger, chilli and seaweed.

In keeping with Laurent-Perrier’s focus on sustainability, the snacks are plant-based and the packaging is fully biodegradable and compostable. The outer layer is crafted from Portuguese cork which has been sustainably grown as part of a dynamic forest ecosystem.

Sustainable cereal star

June 19, 2019

A new Mediterranean cereal with nutritional, agronomical and organoleptic benefits has been under the spotlight at the Sustainable Food Summit in Amsterdam.

Tritordeum is cultivated in Spain, Italy, Greece and the South of France – under both conventional and organic production – and is a combination of durum wheat (Triticum durum) and wild barley (Hordeum chilense).

The crop is ideal for sustainable production systems and has a better ecological footprint. It makes efficient use of water and has good resistance to diseases, reducing pesticide usage and making it a more sustainable cereal with reduced environmental impact.

Producer, Agrasys, supervises a traditional milling process to convert the grain to a quality flour. It has been particularly well received in The Netherlands but is also available in Germany and Belgium.

Into the blue

June 19, 2019

Ice cream specialist, Jude’s, has pioneered a new blue vanilla product, designed to evoke the whimsy of childhood.

Created from its best-selling ice cream flavour, Jude’s Very Vanilla, which contains bourbon vanilla and milk from Matterley Farm, and a vibrant blue hue conjured up naturally using blue spirulina.

New gins from Two Birds Spirits

June 12, 2019

British craft distillery Two Birds Spirits has developed three infused gins in readiness for the summer cocktail season.

The new offerings – which are produced and bottled at the independent firm’s distillery in Market Harborough, Leicestershire – come in parma violet, lemongrass and watermelon flavours.

Two Birds now produces more than 20 different spirits across its range. These include two traditional gins, a strawberry and vanilla flavour gin, and various rums, absinthe and vodkas.

Two Birds spirits are priced from £33.

New look for Pep & Lekker

June 12, 2019

Pep & Lekker is revamping its Seed Snack product with a new look, reformulated recipes and two sweet flavours in an effort to attract a wider audience.

One of the key changes will be the removal of sesame seeds from products, meaning the snack is now free from all 14 of the major food allergens.

Already available in three flavours – fennel & chia, cumin & linseed, and rosemary & hemp – the range will be expanded with two sweet options, cacao & coconut, and apple & cinnamon.

Co-founder, Susan Gafsen, explained: “Whilst overjoyed with the success we’ve enjoyed in our first year of trading in nutritiously empowered snacks, we realised that there was so much more we could do to broaden our appeal yet further.”

The seed snacks are approved by the Vegan Society and suitable for coeliacs. They are currently available through major retailers including Ocado, Planet Organic and As Nature Intended, as well as independent delis, farm shops and health food stores.

New free-from chocolate range

June 12, 2019

A man plagued by food intolerances has developed his own range of chocolate treats.

Chris Crutchley’s new Enjoy! Range features the UK’s first vegan caramel filled bars and vegan caramel filled buttons.

Chris, 55, came up with the idea after being unable to eat chocolate for 15 years for health reasons. He developed products in his kitchen at home using three organic ingredients – cacao powder, cacao butter and coconut sugar – as a base.

The business attracted a raft of investors, including two former directors of British chocolate giant Thorntons, and has launched with a range of 26 products. All are free from the 14 main allergens, including soya, dairy and gluten, are organic and suitable for vegans.

The company is now in discussions with big name retailers. RRPs start from £1.49.

Gut Springenheide adds Italian Bresaola pancakes

June 5, 2019

Gut Springenheide has launched new range of savoury pancakes filled with original Italian Bresaola.

Created with a focus on quality, this hand-made egg uses selected ingredients, and builds on the award-winning craftsmanship and creative ideas Gut Springenheide is renowned for.

The culinary team aims to implements latest trends into its range, and adapts flexibly to customer’s requests. Other egg products for onboard service include Italian frittatas, traditional omelettes, egg rolls, ready-made scrambled eggs and fried eggs.

New eco sweet options

June 5, 2019

Elliotts of Oxford have launched a new range of personalised sweets featuring ‘Natureflex’, a Cellulose film which makes the wrappers completely compostable.

The wrapper helps remove the threat of pollution caused by the plastic film traditionally used to wrap sweets. They are packed in polybags treated with ‘Revert’, which ensures that they too are bio-degradable, whilst the cardboard outer itself is made with recycled board, so a green and eco-friendly complete solution.

The sweets can include branding or messaging in a choice of colours and they come in over 30 different flavours, with each sweet individually twist wrapped. Best sellers are traditional peppermint, strawberries & cream and tutti-frutti.

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Travel toothbrush innovation

June 5, 2019

Looking for an alternative to all those disposable toothbrushes? Check out the new travel sized toothbrush, Minitoothbrush.

Minitoothbrush aims to be the ultimate reusable, travel sized toothbrush and comes in a sleek stainless steel (waterproof) case with a built-in keychain for clipping to kits or baggage.

The innovative design is fully ventilated to keep things fresh and dry when not in use. It also included medicine holder, has an integrated toothpaste dispenser and eco-friendly construction.

Fun for kids from Kaelis

May 22, 2019

Kaelis has worked with Turkish Airlines to develop a new kids’ kit.

The fun set is designed to fire the imagination of young travellers whilst enhancing their inflight experience. Created in a unique cloud shape, the bag combines entertainment, fun and comfort in one.

Each kit contains: small size slippers, headphones with expandable headbands and soft cushions; 
non-slip socks with cloud shaped rubber tread matching the bag; 
fun printed eyemask; toothbrush and White Glow kids’ toothpaste.

Linstol’s super cup takes flight

May 22, 2019

Linstol has launched a new line of recyclable paper Super Cups made with EarthCoating® in an effort to optimise storage and combat single use plastics.

Conventional paper hot cups often end up in the landfill or are incinerated because the interior plastic coating is not compatible with conventional paper recycling systems.

The Super Cup is made with EarthCoating, using up to 51% less plastic and is designed to be easily pulped back into recycled paper products as part of premium paper recovery and recycling.

In addition, the Super Cup is specifically designed to nest 40% more cups per stack to save on space and make for easy pre and post-usage storage and collection.

Linstol is also working with a closed-loop recycling partner and hopes to launch this initiative by third quarter 2019 for the Super Cup.

Looking ahead, Linstol anticipates launching cold cups made with EarthCoating as a viable replacement for 100% plastic cups along with a variety of other packaging applications which may be optimized for environmental, economic and performance benefits by using EarthCoating.

Ready mixed from Fever-Tree

May 22, 2019

Leading mixer brand Fever-Tree is launching into the ‘ready to drink’ market with three Gin & Tonics, packaged in a 275ml glass bottles.

The range, which includes a Premium Indian Gin & Tonic, a Refreshingly Light Gin & Tonic and an Elderflower Gin & Tonic, launches as the UK market reports record gin sales.

Rose Cottingham senior innovation manager says: “The continued popularity of the G&T is drawing in consumers in ever greater numbers and our new ‘ready to drink’ range provides consumers with a convenient way of enjoying a perfectly paired G&T. The range has been inspired by our favourite flavour combinations and reflects the same commitment to the highest quality ingredients, botanicals and taste that is at the heart of all of our products.”

Mr Lees gets onboard Norwegian

May 15, 2019

Passengers flying with Norwegian Airlines will soon be able to enjoy a new Coconut Chicken Laksa offering from Mr Lee’s.

The gourmet instant noodles will be available on the airline’s UK routes from June and is marketed as ‘the ideal in-flight meal for those wanting something healthy and wholesome’.

The noodles are low in calories, sugar and saturated fats and are made using freeze-dried proteins and vegetables, to lock in most of the original ingredients’ nutritional values.

The Coconut Chicken Laksa is one of a range of six flavours including two vegan flavours. All of which are gluten-free, low in added sugar and free-from artificial ingredients.

Damien Lee, ceo of Mr Lee’s Pure Foods said: “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”

He adds: “Our new partnership will ensure that every single one of their passengers will be able to eat the healthiest gourmet noodles out there, a tasty warm meal to fill you up where the air is thin!” first to fly Nando’s snacks

May 15, 2019 has become the first airline to add Nando’s to its new in-flight menu by introducing Nando’s PERi–PERi Flight Bites.

Passengers can choose from a dip, drizzle and dunk ‘Nando’s Box’ which includes houmous, smoky PERi–PERi drizzle and lightly salted pitta chips, and a Nando’s Half-popped Corn, a mild snacking option where popcorn meets corn.

To celebrate the new additions, vouchers can be found in selected Nando’s Boxes onboard, entitling one person to a free meal at the restaurant chain.

The airline has also upped its vegan friendly offering with a vegan and gluten free ‘Gnaw’ chocolate bar, the Nando’s Half-popped Corn is also suitable for vegans. This follows the introduction of its first ever In-Flight vegan meal earlier this year.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “The addition of these two fantastic snacking options give our customers even more great choice than ever, and mean that we are the first UK airline to offer Nando’s products on our In-Flight menu. We have already made a number of exciting changes to our In-Flight menu this year, and we are sure this brand new menu will delight customers even more.

Time for a ‘Nice’ can of wine

May 15, 2019

Startup company Nice, has launched a range of still canned wine available in Pale Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc.

Described as a ‘can people are proud to be seen with’ the 250ml slimline cans are fully recyclable, quick to chill and are ideal for serving on-the-go. They also encourage portion control for those that only wish to have one glass.

The wine itself is sourced from family-run vineyards in France. The Pale Rosé is bottled just outside Montpellier and the Sauvignon Blanc from Cotes de Gascogne. Both have a dry, crisp flavour, ideal for the summer months ahead.

The product stems from a partnership between Lucy Wright, co-founder of Cuckoo Bircher Muesli and Jeremy May, who helped to develop Propercorn.

Popping for Brexit

May 15, 2019

The Popcorn Shed has added two limited edition Brexit-themed flavours to its range of gourmet popcorn.

The flavours poke fun at UK politics with THERESA MAIZE- ‘Soft Brexit, crunchy popcorn’ – which consists of salted caramel popcorn with Belgian milk chocolate accompanied by JEREMY CORN-BYN- ‘Available to buy now from all good Single Markets’, made from chocolate caramel popcorn with Belgian milk chocolate.

The brand has also added a vegan caramel popcorn, which it claims is the first to be offered in the UK.

Beemster brings the bite

May 9, 2019

Made using its Gouda cheese sourced from Beemster’s dairy herds, the Premium Cheese Bites are the latest savoury offering from this cheese specialists.

The light pastry bites are an ideal accompaniment to a pre-meal aperitif, on its own as a side-snack or as a tray addition. The Beemster Bites can be stored in ambient storage and with a long shelf life, the product still stays fresh.

The company is also innovating its offer to include new ways to bring cheese onboard with the Beemster Bun specifically designed to appeal to millennials. The bun is heated onboard and is already encouraging good buy-on-board sales.

3D fun for Playin Choc

May 9, 2019

Playin Choc has introduced a lighter vegan ‘milk’ chocolate to its range of kids cubes.

The chocolates are individually wrapped and accompanied by a 3D toy puzzle to assemble and a fun fact educational card – all of which is 100% recyclable.

With 46 different designs to collect, including: endangered animals, woodland animals, rabbit collection and a Christmas collection, the boxes provide an organic and dairy-free portion controlled treat which is also environmentally responsible.

Group Soi offers antipasti

May 9, 2019

Group Soi has launched a range of chilled Italian antipasti in a tray, ready to eat.

The savoury snacks are suitable for buy-on-board or as a cold meal option in Business or First.

The selection of ingredients are all DOP certified and include, prosciutto di parma, parmigiano reggiano, pecorino toscano, bresaola cured meat, coppa, salami Milano, olives and also mini bread sticks.

Group Soi has also added to its collection of craft beers with a triple APA brewed with red pepper, ginger and wild fennel seeds using fine hops. Also the “SIR BOAR” offering can now be enjoyed as an American Pale Ale and an India Pale Ale.

A good cause for Lemonaid+

May 9, 2019

Lemonaid+ is a drink with a conscience. Every bottle sold contributes to Lemonaid & ChariTea eV – an organisation which aims to improve the social, economic and environmental structures in disadvantaged areas.

The lemonade is fair trade and made from fresh juice, a little cane sugar and water and is available in lime, passion fruit, blood orange and ginger.

Sky-high gin

May 9, 2019

Pickering’s Gin and British Airways have teamed up to create the world’s first sky-high gin, botanically engineered to be enjoyed at 30,000ft.

Edinburgh-based Pickering’s Gin was tasked with developing a gin that can be enjoyed at altitude where taste-buds are less sensitive to flavour.

Lemon myrtle is central to the flavour profile of Pickering’s British Airways Centenary Gin, which adds a natural sweetness to the floral and citrus botanicals, and a depth of flavor that is often missing in gin when it’s consumed at altitude.

The gin is available to drink on all short-haul BA flights and can be purchased from the High Life shop as part of a trio pack.

Royal Smilde boxes clever

May 1, 2019

Dutch food manufacturer Royal Smilde has launched a new portfolio of products for the inflight catering market with a boxed meal range called ‘&Stories’.

The range is designed to offer new culinary experiences onboard and responds to growing demand for healthy, tasty, and exciting meal concepts in an airline-friendly way.

The new &Stories brand features four meal options – Classic Mediterranean, including quiche Lorraine, Mediterranean salad, hummus and a dessert; Lovely Latin, which has a beef and onion pie, Peruvian salad, avocado hummus and dessert; Sweet America, with an apple pie, American salad, strawberry hummus and dessert; and Incredible India, which has a chicken masala pie, lentil salad, mango hummus and dessert.

Royal Smilde says the four meals are designed to showcase regional flavours and a passion for discovery. All meals come in squared, cardboard packaging that fits in existing service trolleys.

Emirates makes a date

May 1, 2019

Emirates expects to serve over 1m dates during the holy month of Ramadan.

Its Ramadan service starts on May 5 and consists of specially crafted iftar meals onboard, relevant programming on its inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground.

Customers breaking their fast onboard will be offered iftar boxes that include a meal of couscous salad and grilled chicken or moudardara and roasted chicken, sandwiches, spinach fatayer or tomato and onion fatayer, assorted sweets, dates, laban and water.

Emirates serves more than 150,000 iftar boxes in addition to the usual Emirates meal services. Iftar box menus are refreshed mid-Ramadan.

The special meals will be available to passengers across all cabin classes on Emirates flights that coincide with iftar times. This includes flights to and from the Gulf region as well as flights catering to Umrah groups travelling to the holy cities of Jeddah and Medina. During the holy month, cold meals will be served in lieu of a hot one on all flights to Jeddah and Medina, including Umrah day flights.

The airline uses a unique tool to calculate the correct timings for imsak (the time to commence fasting) and iftar while in-flight. It calculates the exact Ramadan timings using the aircraft’s longitude, latitude and altitude to ensure the greatest level of accuracy possible while on board.

Retail inMotion

May 1, 2019

Retail inMotion has teamed up with gourmet dates producer Bateel International for the development of an exclusive range of sweet treats for Etihad Airways.

Bateel has produced a selection of half moon biscuits, plain and filled dates, pies, tartlets and a muffin based around local flavours. All are now onboard with the carrier

Established in 1936, Bateel is known across the Middle East and North Africa as a leadeing date producer. All of its dates are produced on organic farms on the Arabian Peninsula.

Bilal El-Kurjie, global director for business development at Bateel International, said: “Our vision is completely aligned with the airline – to bring the best of the UAE to the world.”

Retail inMotion was awarded the retail contract for Etihad in April 2018 and its new Boutique programme was launched in November 2018. The launch of the expanded retail programme will be followed by the introduction of pre-order and home delivery services in 2019/20.

Marmite special

May 1, 2019

Marmite has teamed up with British Airways to create a limited-edition jar celebrating the airline’s centenary.

The jar, which launches on May 1, is sized at 70g to fit within the liquid allowance because the popular yeast-based spread is the most confiscated food item by airport security. Each jar features special Union flag branding plus BA logo.

To mark the launch, BA held a ‘Marmite amnesty’ at London City airport, allowing guests to swap oversized jars at security for the new, small size.

Hamish McVey, British Airways’ head of brand and marketing, said: “It’s clear that customers like to enjoy their favourite brands like Marmite while travelling or when they’re abroad. We work with some of the best of British to bring them to our customers on board our flights.”

Sweet Karma goes further

May 1, 2019

Hand-made pastries specialist Sweet Karma is turning its attention towards Asian-style sweet and savoury snacks for 2019 and beyond.

The business, which began in 2012, has made its name for pastries that fit best with Indian dining, winning plaudits for innovative offerings such as its Bramley Apple and cinnamon samosa.

A number of five-star and fine-dining restaurants have taken its products, and after a deal to supply Cathay Pacific in 2015, the business has recently decided to move out of supplying individual restaurants in favour of the food service market.

The new Asian range will include hot snacks for the travel sector, and comes at a time when Asian food is becoming increasingly popular.

New petits fours from Brioche Pasquier

April 24, 2019

French patisserie experts Brioche Pasquier has launched a new petits fours Delicatesse range featuring eight different bite-sized confections that come in boxes of 48 pieces.

Crafted into various shapes, textures and colours, the new collection includes Tartelette Citron made with pure butter pastry and Triangle Pistache with almonds, pistachios and a chocolate flake topping.

There are also three rich and chocolatey flavours to choose from – the Moelleux Noisette Cassis with hazelnuts and blackcurrants, the Financier Passion Cocoa with mango, coconut and passionfruit, and the Croquant Praline Abricot with apricots and pistachios.

Made with fresh, natural ingredients, the petit fours can be frozen, and retain their freshly-made appearance once defrosted.

Snacks in focus

April 24, 2019

UK healthy snacks specialist Delicious Ideas Food Group (DIFG) has launched a fly-on-the-wall video insight into its snacking and packaging businesses.

Jonathan Potter, ceo, said: “The video is short, fun and punchy, and quickly communicates what we do and how we do it. Above all, it shows how far we’ve come from a man-and-van operation, a quarter of a decade ago, to a business packing ten million different snacks each year, and distributing millions more.”

DIFG ranges include CQIN compliant, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian, sugar free, GBS compliant snacks. The main snack categories are: Healthy Ideas, Snack Ideas, and Delicious Ideas.

DIFG brand partners include: Tribe; 9Bar; BURTS Crisps; Eat Natural Bars; Eat Real Chips; KIND Bars; KINGS Jerky; Metcalfes; Nakd Bars; Penn State Pretzels; Perk!er Quinoa Bars; Sesame Snaps; Seed&Bean; Tregroes Waffles; TREK; RetroCorn.

Smart ways to wipe

April 24, 2019

Wet wipe specialist Smart Wipes is turning the spotlight onto sustainability with its range of airline-friendly wipes made from bamboo-viscose or biodegradable viscose.

Newest to the range are Deo Wipes designed for personal refreshment and containing antibacterial ingredients. Available in singles they are 20 x 22cm, embossed wipes made using 100% bio-viscose. They are fully compostable.

Others in the range include: Coolhands – a bamboo wipe; Hygiene4Hands and Play Time bacterial wipes; suntan, aftersun, after bite and festival wipes. Smart Wipes is a Dutch company with lab and production centre in Czech Republic. It specialises in wipes that are biodegradable and compostable with mild and natural formulas.

Double offering from Snackbox To-Go

April 16, 2019

Snackbox To-Go has introduced a ‘twice as nice’ twin snack box for the travel sector.

Each box contains a sweet and a savoury offering, for example, a waffle and a pasty or pancake and wrap so that passengers can enjoy a combination of some of world’s most famous snacks when travelling. The pairings can be tailored to a destination with high end or cost effective options available. The snacks can be enjoyed hot and the packaging is fully recyclable.

It has also launched a granola yoghurt box to tap into the breakfast on-the-go market. The range includes Fruity Graola with a strawberry yoghurt, Natural Granola with a peach and passionfruit yoghurt, Seedy Granola with a raspberry yoghurt and Nutty Granola with a cherry yoghurt. A paper spoon is included in each pot.

Colpac targets travel sector

April 16, 2019

Colpac has launched its first travel specific packaging range designed to streamline onboard dining, reduce handling times and maximise sustainability with 100% recyclable products.

The range is manufactured from paperboard with sustainability in mind, and is 100% recyclable offering commercially compostable options.

Consisting of up to 19 different formations, from retail to traditional in-flight food service packaging, each element of the Travel Packaging range has been designed and sized to fit aircraft trays or replace the need for trays with runners for trolley storage. The core range has been created as stock products, reducing waiting and delivery times. Additionally the range can be customised to suit individual branding requirements.

The combination meal boxes, are positioned as ideal for enhanced second service full service meals, and have been developed to maximise ease of delivery and cabin crew handling. They allow for hot meals to be served as one with accompanying sides and snacks. Perforated removable areas can be used to insert hot meals.

Retail Snack Boxes are offered for inflight treats such as popcorn, or a kids offer, and The Snac Pac is designed for toasties and uses ovenabale, microwavable and freezable materials. A full-sized Treats Tray fits on a cabin trolley and features a divider.

Sitting comfortably with LumbarAir

April 16, 2019

LumbarAir has launched the world’s first shirt designed to relieve back pain onboard.

The design incorporates an inflatable AirCell into a high performance undergarment. Super discreet, LumbarAir can be worn under regular clothes (available as a T-shirt or Camisole) as its integrated ergonomic pillow supports your lumbar spine and aligns your posture while you sit.

The LumbarAir inflates and deflates with the touch of a button, and is (machine washable) stretch fabric construction is breathable and lightweight for year round comfort.
It gives lumbar support and posture correction, uses moisture wicking fabic and is activated by a single touch.

Seaweed snacks from Oh my gim

April 16, 2019

Oh my gim, gim being the Korean word for edible seaweed, is a healthy, superfood perfect for on-the-go snacking.

Said to boost concentration and mood, gim contains over 60 minerals with nutritious qualities such as Iodine, magnesium, calsium, potassium, vitamins, fibre and protein. Oh my gin is also made using Perilla Oil, renowned for its anti aging qualities among other attribute.

Oh my gim (OMG) is sourced from Korean bay salt from UNESCO biosphere reserves and is less than 25 calories per pack. The range is made up of four flavours including Sea Salt & Perilla Oil, Sea Salt & Spicy, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Sea Salt & Wasabi and is a suitable snack for vegans.

BrewDog helps BA mark centenary year

April 9, 2019

Scottish brewery BrewDog has launched an exclusive beer with British Airways to celebrate the airline’s centenary this year.

Named Speedbird 100 after the airline’s call sign, the ‘transatlantic IPA’ was created at 40,000ft on a flight over Scotland when BrewDog founders Martin Dickie and James Watt mixed water, hops and barley onboard to start the ‘mashing’ process.

The beer has been specifically brewed for consumption onboard by compensating for the impaired sense of taste and smell in pressurised airline cabins.

“The key thing is that the bitterness and fruit flavours aren’t really affected by the altitude, so we wanted to play on those two things and ramp up the sweetness. We really hope British Airways customers love Speedbird 100 as much as we do,” says Martin Dickie.

Speedbird 100 will be available on all British Airways flights and in selected lounges from May 1, and passengers will be able to watch a documentary about the making of Speedbird 100 on inflight entertainment systems from July.

The relationship will also see BrewDog opens its first bar in New York as part of British Airways’ Club lounge at JFK’s Terminal 7 which opens this spring.

BA is embarking on a series of ‘centenary edition’ products with British brands this year. It has already partnered with luxury watchmaker Bremont on the launch of a limited edition timepiece that incorporates materials from Concorde.

Chum Fruit Snacks does good

April 9, 2019

Chum launched its fruit bites last year with each of the four flavours identified by an animal character.

The snacks are made from 100% peach, apple, strawberry or berry with no added sugar, no preservatives and no colorants. What’s also great about this brand is that 15% of profits are donated to to help save endangered species.

Coffee Planet goes cold

April 9, 2019

This year marks the launch of Coffee Planet’s new range of 100% Arabica cold brewed cans, available in four different varieties that include; Original, Nitro, Nitro with Milk and Nitro with Milk and Natural Vanilla.

This offering is brand new to the UAE and provides consumers with a natural and healthier alternative to energy drinks, catering to a more general ready-to-drink consumer market.

These cold brewed coffees are expertly crafted to deliver the perfect combination of flavour and revitalization, with no added sugar and will be available for both retail and foodservice.

Snacks with Soul

April 9, 2019

With healthy snacking now accounting for 40% of the total UK snacking market, Soul Food has created its own range of Soulful Snacks.

Its packets of nut clusters and organic veggie mix use organic freeze dried fruits, fair-trade chocolate, are gluten free and use no preservatives.

Flavours include Nacho Cheese, Spicy Peri Peri coated nut clusters and an organic mix of soya beans, pumpkin seeds, tomato and courgette pieces.

Spritzers from Silver Swift

April 9, 2019

Silver Swift creates 100% natural gin and vodka spritzers that are low calorie, gluten free and made using premium British spirits.

Each bottle or newly launched can is 100% recyclable, under 100 calories and contains 5% alcohol. Flavours are Wild Rose Gin, Basil Blush Vodka, Tipsy Iced Tea Vodka and the Orchard Pear Gin Tonic which is new for spring 2019.

News from WTCE

April 3, 2019

We’re touring the stands at WTCE in Hamburg. Here’s just some of what we have seen…

En Route: En Route International has launched ‘Four The Future’ – a new strategy aiming to reduce its impact on the environment and help its customers meet their individual environmental targets. Built around four key principles: reduce, remove, replace and reimagine, the campaign will see it replace plastics and plastic linings in its bakery, boxed hot hand-held products and cheese offerings with biodegradable alternatives manufactured from renewable resources. It will also conduct a full audit of all its supply chain packaging to optimise and embed environmental KPIs. The new, four-pronged approach will see En Route develop a broad range of initiatives which will further mitigate its environmental impact, reimagining service concepts to tackle the issue of environmentally harmful materials present in many pre-packaged products. Robert Dalboth, managing director, En Route, said: “Our joined-up approach to a CSR covers a multitude of activities, from charitable contributions to health and wellbeing initiatives. We know that, as an agile business, we can be a force for good for broader society and we are constantly looking at different and creative ways to do this.”

Buzz: The amenity kit provider will showcase a number of new collaborations featuring high-end skincare and designer bags. The EVA Air partnership for Royal Laurel and Premium Laurel classes sees Jason Wu-branded unisex sleeper suits and slippers offered alongside stylish amenity kits by Georg Jensen. A collaboration for Etihad Airways sees the authentic Italian quality of Acqua Di Parma onboard; and for Air Canada, the WANT Les Essentiels and vitruvi kits have been created for international flights.

Padre Azul: Premium tequila brand, Padre Azul is launching ‘Padre Azul Cristalino Añejo Tequila’ on the WKO Advantage Austria stand. Limited to 1,000 bottles, the offering is a co-production with Swarovski, which has created an engraved skull design to number each bottle with.

MileOne: MileOne has partnered with Higgidy to provide customers with ‘big flavoured feel-good family food’ while on-the-go. The savoury snacks can be eaten hot or cold and the range includes 155g quiches, 250g pies and mini 40g tartine and sausage roll snacks.

Sola Airline Cutlery: Passengers continue to rate ‘real’ cutlery, and Sola Airline Cutlery will showcase its stainless steel tableware that is 100% recyclable. By investing in production innovations, Sola is able to provide stainless steel cutlery that is both sustainable and affordable.

Bayart Innovations: Amenities specialist Bayart Innovations will showcase new collections inspired by the fashion industry. New products in the French company’s portfolio will include amenity kit concepts, pyjamas, blankets, kids’ kits, and headphones, all of which are designed and developed by Bayart’s in-house creative team.

RMT Global Partners: RMT Global Partners has designed a drawer with collapsible wall features, interchangeable with standard drawers. The drawer is designed to hold snacks on departure and then post-service it can be collapsed and stored, freeing up galley space for items such as recyclable trash.

Mr Lees: Mr Lee’s Noodles has further improved its authentic seasoning recipes and will be introducing a shredded chicken breast offering in two flavours.The noodles are made using quality, freeze-dried ingredients and are free from MSG, low in calories, low in sugar and gluten-free, with vegan options now also available.

GL Food Solutions: GL Food Solutions supplies convenience food for airline catering ranging from sandwiches and salads, to meal combination DuoBoxes and healthy DuoBoxes. It also offers protein salads, fruit pots and protein snacks. The company offers both fresh and frozen solutions and flexible recipes and can be adjusted to suit onboard catering budgets.

skysupply: Best known for its tailor-made designs, skysupply will showcase its amenity kits, kids’ kits and comfort items, and show new ideas for eco-friendly and sustainable onboard concepts.

Langerhuize Kosher Cuisine: Langerhuize Kosher Cuisine’s new executive chef, Delano Hammen, will present a new line of premium kosher meals to be offered fresh or frozen.
The products focus on high culinary quality and taste.

AMI: Schellig’s Bakery has created a new range of hot snacks created to deliver simple flavours, made with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. The first four flavours are Italian Chicken Calzone, Goat’s Cheese and Spinach Short-Crust Slice, Chicken Tikka Parcel and Tomato and Mozzarella Short Crust Slice.

WK Thomas: With a focus on sustainability, WK Thomas will showcase the pokito pop-up cup in a range of six vivid colours. The collapsible, compact cup combines functional sustainability with style and elegance.

GEM Airsupply: Gem will showcase a non-skid tray proven to hold a full glass at steeper angles. It also reduces waste and limits spills. The tray has stackable and space-saving qualities and can withstand a 2.5kg impact from a 1.8m drop. It is also machine washer safe and can come in multiple colours to reflect an airline brand.

PHIZZ: Phizz has launched a new apple and blackcurrant flavour of its hydration, vitamins and minerals formula. Increasingly popular amongst jet setters, Phizz is currently onboard Emirates and American Airlines and combines a hydration mixture, electrolytes, vitamins & minerals.

Monty’s Bakehouse: The new Chocolate Nemesis dessert from Monty’s Bakehouse is an indulgent, hand-held, warm treat made of cookie dough and rich chocolate brownie pieces, finished with a gooey dark chocolate sauce. Served in sustainable, oven-ready card packaging, the dessert is easy to heat and serve.

Mills Textiles: Mills Textiles will be presenting its textile range including a new supersoft non-woven fabric with 50% finer fibres. It uses traditional SBPP fabric and faux hemmed edges to resemble a woven luxury textile and is suitable for pillows, cases and headrest covers.

The Barista Cup: Coined as a ‘coffee machine in a cup’, this uses a patent pending system which traps coffee grounds as they brew to ensure they never turn the coffee bitter. Immediately drinkable like instant coffee but with a brewed coffee taste.

Die Räucherei: Die Räucherei offers flexibility and innovation in exclusive handmade seafood products created to international standards IFS and halal certified.

Onboard Logistics: Irish company Onboard Logistics is celebrating 15 years exhibiting the award-winning Atlas Flex-e-Bag waste management system. This system features a patented plastic collar that fits snugly onto the tray runners of any Atlas-standard food service trolley, converting it into a waste trolley. More recently the Atlas Flex-e-Drawer was added – a draw that’s stackable if full but nests when empty, freeing up space in the warehouse. The company will also display further new concepts for waste segregation and recycling.

Green Gourmet: Green Gourmet specialises in creating innovative products to overcome airline catering challenges. It will this year showcase a selection of premium, hot hand-held snacks including pizza twists and a new range of mini grilled cheese sandwiches and Lebanese inspired fatayers.

Bless: This cold-pressed juice company based in Hong Kong produces 100% real juice with cold-pressed and High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology. No additional heat or oxygen is use in the process.

Kaelis: Kaelis is turning its design and development focus for 2019 onto recyclable materials and products, innovating to offer goods with a reduced carbon impact. It will showcase a range of tableware and amenity concepts using rich colours and textures. It also offers textiles, comfort items and entertainment products for all cabins.

DF Marketing: DF Marketing has been winning accolades, including a Mercury award, for its Delta Chocolate Chip Cookie Trays. They are available in different variations including sweet and salty trays with one half sweet snacks and the other half savoury.

Flying Food Group: Flying Food Group will showcase the services of its expert international culinary team across 20 facilities in the U.S.

Flyfit: Front of stand for FlyFit will be its rehydration tablets, designed to combat jetlag. The vitamin and mineral tablets are available in five flavours, including berry, with Fruitflow, dervived from tomato seeds, to support a healthy bloodflow for up to 18 hours Available in a 10-tablet tube or single packed.

Wessco International: WESSCO International celebrates its 40th year in creating airline and hospitality amenities and will showcase its latest brand collaborations and product designs for 2019. Recent collaborations include Etro for Japan Airlines and luxury bedding label DUXIANA onboard Etihad Airways.

Portfolio Partners: Joe & Seph’s has created a new, squeezy sachet format for its caramel sauce. Available in salted caramel and chocolate caramel, it is made using British double cream. The product also uses a new form of single-serve sachet with ‘extreme directional flow’.

Pier Augé: Pier Augé offers specially-designed toiletries for onboard service. There is a refreshing face mist and a pillow mist to aid relaxation. The scented mist duo is intended to encourage wellbeing onboard.

Gispol: Made from polycarbonate material, Gispol’s Domus Tray can resist temperatures of up to 120ºC and has a high-impact resistance. It is used onboard the Caledonian Sleeper rail service.

Global-C: Global-C has developed a 100% compostable single-use cutlery pack for Virgin Australia. All components of this pack are manufactured from natural materials such as cornstarch and bamboo fibre, creating a better environmental alternative whilst meeting all inflight catering needs.

AK-Service: AK-Service will present its new Aeroflot Business amenity kits. The kits comprise textured rich eco-leather to emphasise the airline’s corporate image and reflect its commitment to the environmental highest standards. Kits include L’Occitane toiletries to support inflight skincare.

NOVO Food: Family-run NOVO Food has more than 35 years of experience in cutting and packaging premium cheeses from all over the world. The packaging and portion-size can be tailored depending on the requirements of the individual customer.

Flyfit extends its formats

March 20, 2019

Flyfit has unveiled a series of new design packaging and reformulated supplements for inflight service.

The FlyFit Flow hydration tablets support healthy blood flow during travel and include vitamins, minerals and a Fruitflow formulation derived from the seeds of tomatoes. The patented formulation is said to be the first natural solution to counteract the health risks of extended inactivity during long haul flights.

The product is available in a tube of 10 or as a single packed tablets. The formats sit alongside the FlyFit single shot, direct to mouth sachets which are offered in three flavours to boost fitness, support waking, or promote sleep.

Coconut options for oral care

March 20, 2019

Australian oral care brand, White Glo, has launched an innovative new coconut oil oral hygiene product.

The Coconut Oil pulling sachet is inspired by an ancient practice that involves swishing oil in the mouth to remove bacteria and promote oral hygiene. This is said to help reduce the risk of cavities, gingivitis and bad breath, and help detoxify the mouth and enhance overall health.

The product is recommended as a part of the inflight amenities offer, as a way to help passengers immediately and effortless benefit from clean teeth and a refreshed mouth.

White Glo products are already widely featured onboard and include its original White Glo whitening system which is Australia’s fastest selling whitening system – selling in excess of 1 million units.

New popcorn offering for TUI

March 13, 2019

Popcorn Shed’s Salted Caramel popcorn will be available to buy on all TUI Airways UK routes from April for the 2019 Summer season.

Available in small 24g bags, the product fits conveniently onto catering trolleys, and Popcorn Shed uses advanced technology to take the air out of the bags in order to stop them ‘puffing up’ mid-flight.

The popcorn is also suitable for vegetarians, gluten free and contains less than 120 calories, appealing to the health-conscious traveller.

It marks the first major retail listing for the start-up gourmet popcorn brand since its inception in 2016. Popcorn Shed hopes to secure further travel retail listings off the back of this success.

A can full of Nice

March 13, 2019

Start up brand Nice has launched its Pale Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc wine offering in a can.

The 250ml slimline cans are 100% recyclable and are perfect to drink on the move. Nice source its Pale Rosé from just outside Montpellier and its Sauvignon Blanc from Cotes de Gascogne, France. Both are dry, crisp, vegan and sourced from family-run vineyards.

Being canned means that Nice chills quickly, is endlessly recyclable, it’s light enough to take on any outings and if you’re just after one glass, there’s no need to pull the cork on an entire bottle.

Superfood skincare solutions

March 13, 2019

ELEMIS has added a mist, two masks and exfoliator to its range of Superfood Skincare.

The products are packed with supergrains, supergreens and superfruits that work to balance and brighten the skin.

The Superfood Kefir-Tea Mist (100ml) is a 4-in-one treatment that tones, primes, sets and hydrates to give skin radiance and the ultimate ‘dewy-fresh’ look.

Smooth skin with the Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator (50ml), with blackcurrant fruit pulp and bilberry extract to provide a smoother more radiant complexion.

Mix and Mask with the Superfood Vital Veggie Mask (75ml) – a brightening treatment full of green goodness, and the Superfood Berry Boost Mask (75ml)- a mask to purify and mattify skin.

New products with DFMi

March 13, 2019

DFMi will exhibit its new Cloud Corn Popcorn and PinkFinch products at WTCE in April.

Available in three flavors – sweet and salty, salted, and sweet chili BBQ, Cloud Corn Popcorn is 100% vegan, high in fiber and gluten, nut- and dairy-free.

BRC accredited and currently exporting to eight countries worldwide.

While its PinkFinch crisps are available in three flavors – apple fruit, banana fruit and green bean and sugar snap pea.

PinkFinch crisps is 100% vegan, high in fiber and gluten-, nut- and dairy-free. 1 of your 5 recommended portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

ANA ups the sake stakes

March 5, 2019

All Nippon Airways has revamped its choice of sakes, expanding its choice to 44 different brands.

Renowned sake sommelier Yasuyuki Kitahara – crowned the world’s leading expert in 2014 – has helped transform the carrier’s selection of traditional rice wines following a prolonged tasting process.

As a result, ANA has introduced 36 new sakes to its menu (19 for in-flight and 17 for lounges), in addition to the existing choice.

The selection process began with approximately 300 varieties of sake, many of which are well known across Japan. After the first paper screening, these were narrowed down to 90, followed by a rigorous screening process involving tastings and consultations with ANA service staff. A final tasting was held to pair up with in-flight cuisine.

“At ANA we consider ourselves unofficial ambassadors for Japanese culture, which is part of the reason we aspire to set the standard for comfort and convenience in air travel,” said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA. “This commitment has been crucial to the sake selection process as we look to share this unique Japanese beverage with first-time drinkers and aficionados.”

Selections from the new sake menu include the sparkling KID Junmai Daiginjo; Haneya Junmaidaiginjo 50 Tsubasa, which won a gold medal at the IWC International Wine Challenge in 2016 and 2017; and Hiraizumi Junmai Daiginjo, made by a brewer that has operated for more than 500 years. Highly-rated sake such as Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, Jigon, Nabeshima and Denshu will continue to be served to enrich the selection.

Montezuma’s boosts Absolute Black range

March 5, 2019

Montezuma’s is adding a hemp and seasalt variety to its Absolute Black 100% cocoa bar range.

The new flavour is the fourth Absolute Black flavour, joining the original Absolute Black; Absolute Black with orange and cacoa nibs; and Absolute Black with almonds.

The range was originally launched in 2016, and all bars are gluten free, made without dairy and have no added sugar, making them suitable for vegans, coeliacs and those on special diets.

Montezuma’s co-founder Helen Pattinson said: “Absolute Black was introduced to provide a delicious option for our customers who wanted the highest cocoa percentage. Since then we have seen the whole range go from strength to strength and so it’s great to be able to add this unique new flavour. I love the nuttiness of the soft hemp and the slight saltiness just adds to the flavour explosion.”

All Absolute Black bars are priced at £2.59 per 100g.

Hawker’s embraces veganism

March 5, 2019

Hawker’s Snacks is tuning in to the increasing popularity of veganism with the launch of a range of popped chips made from soya and potato certified by the Vegan Society.

New flavours include Cheese & Onion, Smokey Barbecue, Sweet Chilli and Salt & Vinegar, and all products are plant-based, palm oil and gluten free, low in saturates and high in fibre.

Sold in bags of 23g available as a multi-pack of 24 with an RRP of £6.50 and single packs with an RRP of between 69p-99p. All flavours have a shelf life between nine-12 months, foil sealed for freshness with a matt finish.

As well as highlighting the healthy nature of the snacks Hawker’s are promoting ethical standards sector, with the products certified by the Orangutan Alliance for using no palm oil.

Founder Chris Christofi says: ‘‘We wanted to launch a collection of vegan popped chips with just as much flavour as our competitors using animal products, to meet the increasing demand for plant-based snacks. The unique combination of soya mixed with potato, heated and popped gives us our point of difference, using no palm in the process. Each new variety has been carefully tried and tested to ensure they stack up in the flavour stakes, whether people are following a strict vegan diet, or just looking to try the latest innovation on the market our new collection offers something for everyone.’’

New arrivals unveiled in London

February 27, 2019

A range of new products suitable for onboard is set to launch during the 21st International Food & Drink Event (IFE) 2019, taking place at ExCeL London on 17-20 March.

The event will feature 1,350 exhibitors and among planned product announcements will be that of first time exhibitors, Jelley’s Distilleries, which is launching a new Pomegranate & Rosemary Vodka and Grain/Straight Vodka, and Native Snacks offering a new line of savoury, popped lotus seeds in response to the trend in plant-based snacking. The range comes in three flavours: Jalapeño & Kaffir Lime, Pink Salt & Black Pepper and Cheesy flavour. The brand works in partnership with the Bihar Development Foundation to donate a percentage of its sales to support health camps in Bihar, India.

Amboora, offering authentic and innovative Moroccan food option will showcase a range of North African tagine cooking sauces including Moroccan Preserved Lemon Tagine Sauce, Moroccan Fragrant Tagine Sauce, Moroccan Shakshuka Sauce and Moroccan Fish Tagine Sauce.

Buttermilk, a Cornish artisan confectioner will launch its newest snack bar – an all butter bar of crumbly caramel, sea salt fudge enrobed in Belgian milk chocolate. Focusing on sustainable packaging, the bars are wrapped in a compostable cellulose wrapper which decomposes within weeks..

Attendees are encouraged to register to attend.

Falafels on the up

February 27, 2019

Dina Foods has been experimenting with falafel flavours to meet the growing trend to vegan and vegetarian eating.

Offering hand-finished, frozen, falafel, the current falafel line-up includes traditional Lebanese falafel, spinach, the bestselling sweet potato version, fresh beetroot falafel, chilli & coriander, lemon & carrot, mixed quinoa seeds falafel and peri peri spices as well as Mexican, Indian and other specialised spicy varieties.

Dina Foods founder and managing director, Suheil Haddad, says that falafel sales are booming: “The market is still really only getting acquainted with falafel, which can be used in anything from a convenient vegetarian salad wrap to a healthy hamburger or as tasty party food. There is tremendous opportunity for future development here.”

The falafels are available in 20g to 28g, 35g, 45g and up to 85g for falafel burgers. Box sizes are flexible.

The company also offers Vine Leaves, Kibbes, Sfiha, hummus and Baba Ganoush.

Beckleberry’s introduces new flavours

February 19, 2019

Beckleberry has added two indulgent flavours to its range of ‘Me tub’ ice creams.

The family-run ice cream business continues to use full-bodied flavours with the addition of its salted caramel and chocolate orange offerings.

Available from April, the salted caramel ice cream uses sea salt to contrast the sweetness of the caramel, while the chocolate orange uses the sharpness of the orange to accentuate the richness of the chocolate.

The range also includes: Espresso, Blackcurrant & Liquorice and Rich Chocolate. Each is available in an individual 100ml tub.

Brioche Pasquier gets fruity

February 19, 2019

Brioche Pasquier has added a ‘Notes Fruitées’ range, consisting of fruity macarons.

The patisseries are available in Tropical Pineapple, Mango and Mandarine along with Green Apple, Blackcurrant and Strawberry – with the addition of poppy seeds.

The macarons come frozen in boxes of 36 and are an ideal accompaniment to afternoon tea, served as a desert or as part of a sweet canapé.

They are made free from artificial colours, flavours, palm oil and are preservative free.

JAL and ANA passengers feel the love

February 12, 2019

Japan Airlines (JAL) and ANA will be among airlines celebrating Valentine’s Day tomorrow, by handing out chocolates to passengers.

JAL passengers will receive LOTTE Ghana milk chocolates will those boarding ANA will be offered chocolate from world-renowned chocolatier Pierre Hermé Paris.

Last year JAL and LOTTE handed out the popular bite-sized chocolate on all domestic flights and now the service has been expanded to international flights departing from Japan too.

Passengers travelling in First and Business on America, Europe and India routes with ANA will receive an Orangette chocolate – a sweet and sour orange confit-base coated with bitter and milk chocolates.

In addition, all domestic and international passengers travelling in all classes will receive chocolates from Japan’s Meiji THE Chocolate. This year’s chocolate will be Comfort Bitter, a variety made with roasted cacao beans. Comfort Bitter is deeply roasted at a high temperature to bring out its strong cacao flavor, giving it a nutty taste.

Kaelis introduces its blanket made from bottles

February 12, 2019

Kaelis is upping its environmental offer with an eco-friendly polar fleece blanket made from recyclable plastic bottles.

To produce the DEKU blanket, 45 plastic bottles are broken down and transformed into small plastic chips or rPET, which are then turned into fibres to create the polar fleece.

The production process generates 75% less CO2 emissions than traditional polyester manufacturing, cutting its carbon footprint as well as reducing plastic waste.

The quality of the blanket is the same as traditional polyester – soft, warm, resistant and with high durability. The blanket is available in any colour and is antiPilling and tear resistant.

New vegan wrap onboard Virgin Trains

February 12, 2019

Virgin Trains has extended its vegan-friendly menu following a partnership with the Vegan Society.

The new hummus and pomegranate wrap has been introduced in a bid to provide more plant-based food onboard and has been certified as animal-free by the Vegan Society.

The partnership follows feedback that customers wanted to extend ‘Veganuary’ or simply cut down on their meat and dairy intake.

Julie Harper, Virgin Trains’ food & beverage proposition manager, said: “The response from our customers has been really positive. Vegans who want reassurance that they’ll be looked after onboard have welcomed this but we’ve also had great feedback from non-vegans. We’re delighted to be working with the Vegan Society and hope to be launching more products officially registered by them through the year.”

Making the best of wonky veg

February 12, 2019

Spare Snacks has developed Seasoned, a healthier fruit and veg crisp range.

The crisps are made using fruit and veg that is wonky, misshapen or surplus produce with flavours including Pear & Ginger, Apple & Cinnamon and Beetroot & Apple Cider Vinegar.

By using wonky veg the brand supports farmers and the environment by not wasting the oddly shaped, discoloured or blemished produce.

Spare Snacks are air-dried and contain under 77 calories per bag. They are also suitable for vegans, gluten free, high in fibre and one of your five a day.

The brand has also added beetroot to its Pure range, which are a great source of protein, potassium and folic acid.

Jude’s hand held ice cream

February 12, 2019

Family-run ice cream brand Jude’s has introduced its first hand held range using lower calorie ice cream.

The ice cream is made using vanilla bean ice cream which are 95 calories per serve.

Each box contains 2 x Belgium milk chocolate and almond, 2 x Belgium milk chocolate and 2 x Belgian white chocolate-coated hand held ice creams.

Last year the company introduced its lower calorie tubs which included a vegan chocolate flavor.

Smilecare introduce plastic-free packaging

February 5, 2019

Smilecare has designed an airline dental care set which is held together with a paper banderole.

The banderole eliminates the need to use plastic packaging, allowing the company to become more environmentally friendly.

The new Smilecare Maximum While set consists of whitening toothpaste 6ml, a newly designed toothbrush, a paper banderole and a plastic cap to protect the bristles for hygienic reasons.

Customisation and alternative colours are available upon request.

New Bumbu rum

February 5, 2019

Bumbu Rum Company has launched Bumbu XO, a small-batch ultra-premium rum.

Bumbu XO is a full-strength, 80 proof rum, with aromas of toffee, toasted oak and vanilla giving way to orange zest, peppery spice and a hint of coffee on the palate.

The rum is distilled and aged at a 120-year old Panamanian distillery using only local sugarcane and pure spring water. It is then aged up to 18 years in bourbon barrels and finished in white oak sherry barrels from Andalusia, Spain.

Bumbu XO is perfect for traditional rum cocktails but is even better on its own, neat or over a single ice cube. It is packaged in an ultra-heavyweight, glass bottle, with a matte black finish, silver and white details and a tarnished silver “X” medallion.

Jet2 introduces first vegan meal

January 29, 2019

Jet2 has refreshed its inflight menu to include its first vegan meal, available on all flights.

Passengers can now enjoy the Penne Arrabbiata tomato pasta dish as past of the buy-on-board offering. Also new to the menu is the Freixenet Prosecco which is served in a cut-glass bottle. has also added vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free logos to relevant products to make the menu card easier to navigate for customers.

Steve Heapy, ceo of and Jet2holidays, said: “In line with our ethos of delivering a VIP customer experience, we are always looking at how we offer a great choice for our customers onboard. We have worked closely with our food suppliers to source a meal that is not only a delicious choice for our vegan customers, but is also a great meal option for everyone on our flights. We hope our customers enjoy the latest additions.”

Organic Turmeric Capsules from Moksha

January 29, 2019

Moksha Organics has launched Organic Turmeric Capsules with Organic Turmeric Curcumin and Organic Black Pepper.

Studies suggests Organic Turmeric Curcumin capsules contain inflammation fighting compounds and are ‘a great way to support wellness and to control destructive inflammatory factors in the body.’

Turmeric is associated with health benefits said to prevent indigestion, skin diseases, diabetes and is also used to strengthen the immune system.

While curcumin, the active compound that gives turmeric its bright yellow hue, is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant, antibacterial, immunity-modulating substance.

Natural turmeric powder has low bio-availability and most of the turmeric ingested is not absorbed by the body. By adding 5mg of black pepper, the Moksha Turmeric Capsules are said to increase absorbability in the body.

Gluten-free and guilt-free bites

January 29, 2019

GlutenFree Bar’s new dark cchocolate coconut bites use plant protein to help cut hunger.

The snacks are peanut-free, certified, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and certified kosher. They are 100 calories per serving.

The bites consist of: organic brown rice syrup, toasted coconut, complete protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), organic dates, organic agave nectar, organic dark chocolate (organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter), organic brown rice, cocoa powder, natural flavours (vanilla, coconut), organic sunflower seeds, flaxseed, sea salt.

Nairn’s adds to oatcakes range

January 22, 2019

Nairn’s has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of new Ancient Grain Oatcakes, Gluten Free Caramelised Onion Flatbreads and Gluten Free Cheese Crackers.

The new products reflect the brand’s simple, natural and wholesome ethos and contain no added sugar and are free from preservatives, additives and artificial ingredients.

Its Ancient Grain Oatcakes are enriched with rye, amaranth and quinoa and packed with wholegrain oats, and are a natural source of protein.

The Gluten Free Caramelised Onion Flatbreads are designed primarily as a healthy lunchtime option and a light, crisp alternative to bread.

The Gluten Free Cheese Wholegrain Crackers are made from of wholegrain, a natural source of protein.

New flavours from The Great British Biscotti Co

January 22, 2019

The Great British Biscotti Company has added to its indulgent biscuit range with a new sweet and savoury offering.

A White Chocolate Cranberries and Pistachios biscuit will join Belgian Chocolate, Lemon Honey & Ginger, Coffee & Walnut and Simply Almond.

On the savoury side a Chorizo & Parmesan biscotti baton is the latest offering. Others include: Parmesan and Fennel, Indian Spice, Jalapeno and Cheddar, Sun Dried Tomato and Olives and Wild Garlic and Rosemary.

The savoury snacks can be used as an accompaniment to a cheeseboard, charcuterie platter, soup or salad or simply as a snack, while the sweet biscotti can be paired with coffee, hot chocolate or tea.

Filo-Delight from Dina Foods

January 22, 2019

Authentic Mediterranean food specialist Dina Foods has launched a new sweet pastry Filo-Delight, an extension of its luxury baklava selection.

The handcrafted pastry features layer over layer of leaf-thin filo pastry, shaped and filled with high-quality ingredients such as mint, cashew and chocolate chip, mincemeat, orange zest and almond or walnut and ginger, finished to an authentic Mediterranean recipe.

The product is best served as a sweet accompaniment after a meal or with a hot drink.

Filo-Delight is available in a variety of flavours including Walnut and Ginger; Mincemeat; Mint, Cashew and Chocolate Chip; and Orange Zest and Almond and has a shelf life of 90 days.

Retail inMotion and Barilla launch pasta meal

January 16, 2019

Retail inMotion has added to its portfolio with a new ambient pasta meal based on traditional Italian recipes.

Barilla, the world’s biggest producer of dry pasta, has developed its pasta meals specifically for the travel industry. The pasta fits the demands of airlines’ inflight product portfolio in terms of size, cost and quality. The meals also come with a shelf-life of six months, making them a sustainable solution for a variety of catering models.

The packaging of the pasta meal box, called SplitBox, fits airline trays and galley ovens and can be heated in flight while retaining the original texture and taste of the meal. Pasta and sauce are stored in different compartments of a square foldable tray and can be combined by passengers once the meal has been heated in the galley oven. To make the handling for the crew as easy as possible, the box comes with an included fork and napkin.

Matcha latte from Teapigs

January 16, 2019

Premium tea company Teapigs has introduced larger 200g serving pouches for its matcha latte product.

Available in cocoa, turmeric and chai, Teapigs matcha is made from premium, organic matcha and spices. It claims nutritional benefits and contains no fillers, sweeteners or milk powders.

To make a matcha latte, users whisk a spoonful of the matcha powder with a little milk or an alternative milk and topped with foamed milk. The matcha can also be drunk as a hot tea, added to fruit juices and smoothies.

Icelandair puts pale ale onboard

January 08, 2019

Icelandair is tapping into the craft beer trend by offering passengers a winter-inspired pale ale.

The Snæbjört (snie-bioert) beer is brewed with American hops varieties Azacca, Mosaic and El Dorado and American Ale yeast, bringing passengers a hoppy and fruity taste with a sweet aroma of pineapple, mango and passionfruit.

The pale ale is inspired by the Icelandic winter and contains an abv of 5%, a ‘homage to the average temperature within Iceland all year round’.

Snæbjört replaces its popular predecessor, the 737 Max IPA as the alternative inflight beer. It will be available for all passengers on board flights across the Icelandair network from both European and North American destinations.%