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On sale this October: Jimini's new insect range and Bite UK's free-from snacks

All the new launches you need to know about this month.

29 September 2017
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Rock Rose Gin autumn edition, £37 for 70cl, from Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis and Majestic 

Made with local raspberries, blackberries and blueberries from the Dunnet area in Scotland, where makers Dunnet Bay Distillers are based, the autumn edition has a warming spice addition: Vietnamese coriander. It comes packaged in a ceramic bottle with a burgundy wax seal.

 

Indie Bay pretzel snacks, £1.20 per 26g pack, from Sourced Market, Planet Organic and Ocado

Breaking away from the traditional pretzel shape, these are round. Available in three flavours – sunflower supersedes, quinoa cracked pepper and spelt rock salt – they’re preservative-free and healthier than your average pretzel at 100 calories a pack.

Charlie Bigham’s autumn range, £7.50 per 820g pack, from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Budgens and Booths

The six-strong range from the pre-prepared meals company goes big on winter-warming comfort foods. There’s sausage and mash in port, red wine and sage sauce; sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice; chicken chow mein; lamb rogan josh; chicken, ham and leek pie; and steak and onion pie. Designed to be cooked in an oven not a microwave, they’re marketed on their big flavour and fresh ingredients.

Deliciously Ella vegan oat bars, prices start at 99p, or £2.75 for a multipack of three, from Holland & Barratt

Three flavours will appear on shelves this month from the entrepreneur: cacao & almond, apple & raisin, and apricot & coconut. These were chosen according to what has had the best response on the blog. They will be closely followed by the Oat bars and granola launches.

 

Bite UK’s Pure Bites, £1.49 for a 20g pack, from Tesco and Waitrose

The rice, nut and coconut baked snack clusters are dairy-, gluten- and preservative-free, high in fibre and protein, and low in salt, sugar and calories. They are available in five flavours: blueberry and cranberry popped rice clusters; strawberry and goji berry popped rice clusters; almond nut clusters; hot and spicy nut clusters; and strawberry crunch coconut clusters.

 

Actiph ionised water, £1.39 for a 600ml bottle, £1.99 for a one litre bottle, from Waitrose and Holland & Barratt

Actiph claims it is the UK’s first ionised water. Billed as a powerful antioxidant, it’s made by adding electrolytes to purified spring water, before ionising it with an electrical charge. It’s a hit in the US, where sales of ionised water have increased by 70% in the last year.

Schär’s new range, prices start at £2, from Morrisons, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s

The company, which specialises in gluten-free baked goods, is launching seven new products into supermarkets this month. These are a four-pack of waffles (£2 for 100g); a deli-style seeded loaf (£2 for 250g); Universal, an all-purpose flour mix (£2 for 500g); Chocolate O’s biscuits (£2.10 for 165g); chocolate shorts (£2 for 150g); luxury chocolate biscuits (£2.60 for 200g); and high-fibre crisp breads (£1.35 for 125g).

 

Tesco Finest Pre-mixed cocktails, £15 for 70cl, from Tesco

Tesco says these are tapping into the growing trend for enjoying cocktails at home. The new additions to the range are negroni and espresso martini, and they’ll appear in 300 selected stores initially, before being rolled out nationwide by Christmas if the trial is successful.

 

Online-only launches

Jimini Snacks’ new flavours: Buffalo worms retail at £5.95, crickets at £6.82

Salt and vinegar, sour cream and onion, and spicy chilli-flavoured buffalo worms and crickets join the insect snack line-up this month. They’re made from 100% European edible insects fed with GMO-free vegetal food. The insects are first dehydrated, then slowly baked at low temperatures to preserve the nutritional values, before being seasoned with natural spices.

 

Ember Biltong: £2.50 for a 30g pack

Each pack made by Ember Snacks has 19g of protein in, which is a big tick in the trend box. It's gluten free, low in calories, and made from British and Irish grass-fed cows too, which will further bolster the appeal. Available in original or chilli flavours, it's already got a Great Taste Award above the door.

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