Two versions of what is claimed to be the UK’s first bao bun kit have been released by School of Wok, the Asian cooking school and kitchen utensil brand, into Tesco stores nationwide. Both black pepper and barbecue flavours come with flour mix, pickling salts, dry rub and glaze, along with step-by-step instructions on creating four to six bao buns in 30 minutes.
The sausage guys at Heck have released a range of 100% plant-based sausages into Asda. The new bangers come in four varieties – Bollywood Bangers, Super Green Saus, The Beet Goes On, and Sweet Fusion Sausages – and are made of whole foods such as sweet potato, rice, pulses, quinoa and beetroot.
Kraft Heinz has revamped its Creationz line, doing away with cans in favour of smaller pouch formats while also overhauling the variants. The pouches are 36% smaller than the cans and are also 36% more expensive, with Kraft Heinz eager to premiumise the range, which now come in four variants: Lentil Curry, Mexican Beanz, Italian Beanz and Spanish Beanz.
In an attempt to challenge Lindt’s superiority in the chocolate gifting market, Ferrero are to release Thorntons Pearls, marking the start of the company’s Christmas rollout. The pearls, which resemble Lindt Lindors, come in two versions – Salted Caramel and Nutty Crunch – and are aimed at millennial shoppers (particularly women aged 25-34)
Following the success of Iceland’s own-label No Bull burgers, the supermarket is to expand the range with 13 more vegan variants. Arriving early September, the new SKUs will include No Bull Jalapeño Burgers, No Chick Crispy Fillets, No Bull Meatballs, No Bull Mince and No Bull Sausages.
Lactalis McLelland have released a new version of Président butter into Waitrose. The butter comes in new packaging, following the success of the format in the US, where the butter sits on a flat dish with a cloche-shaped lid providing the semblance of a butter dish. Classy.
Three versions of snack company Kind’s high-protein bars are to arrive in Sainsbury’s from mid-September following their successful release into the independent retailer space last month. Crunchy Peanut Butter, Double Dark Chocolate Nut and Toasted Caramel Nut all boast 24g of protein per 100g, are gluten-free and are low in sugar.
The discounter is extending its dry-aging process from 30 to 36 days for its premium-tier ribeye, sirloin and rump steaks. Behind only Tesco in the supermarket steak-selling game, the extra six days of dry-aging means Aldi’s steaks will be matured for longer than any other UK supermarket. How’s that for one-upmanship?
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Fairtrade confectionary brand Divine Chocolate is releasing its first organic bar range made with cocoa from a farmers’ co-operative on the African island of São Tomé. The line-up consists of a plain 95% chocolate frontrunner, with lemon, cocoa nibs, blueberry and popped quinoa, and turmeric with ginger in the supporting cast.
US meal replacement sensation Soylent debuts on UK shores this September exclusively at Amazon. The drink is “designed as a complete meal, packed with 20g of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals,” according to the company. It comes in three variants: cacao, cafe mocha and original.
Another UK first, Dutch company Struik Foods is releasing a hotdog meal kit into Tesco. The move comes one month after Struik released individual packs of Bunlimited hotdogs, toppings and sauces into Asda.
A quick dip into the oil sector now for what claims to be this nation’s first dalliance with legally edible mustard oil. Prevalent in the likes of Indian and Pakistani cuisine, mustard oil is actually a banned foodstuff in the EU due to the high level of erucic acid, which can have a toxic effect on the heart in high doses. KTC’s product is made through a blend of rapeseed oil, reducing the erucic acid level to less than 5%.
Swiss company Chocolate Confectionary is bringing its range of low-calorie chocolate to the UK. The Red selection is currently sold in Central Europe, Russia and Scandinavia, and will come in four versions: extra dark, hazelnut and macadamia, nut filling, and orange and almond. Per 100g, the bars have between 305 and 382 calories, compared to Cadbury’s Dairy Milk’s 534.
A high-cocoa milk chocolate is to be released by Cadbury. The company claims that Dark Milk offers “a more grown-up taste” than its Dairy Milk counterpart, but doesn’t taste as bitter as traditional dark chocolate. The product is the result of over two years of development, with the sharing bar format to be joined by a single bar version in the New Year.
Made up of 30g porridge pots and 200g meal pots, Ilumi have released a new Disney Kitchen range into Asda. The range of porridge includes original, apple and raspberry, and have no gluten, dairy, sugar or artificial additives. The meal pots, which are also dairy-free and gluten-free, include vegetable risotto, mild beef chilli and brown rice, and mini meatballs with rice and tomato sauce.
Yeo Valley has become the latest dairy brand to jump on the booming kefir bandwagon with a trio of new products hitting three major supermarkets. Strawberry, natural, and mango and passionfruit entered Sainsbury’s last month, while raspberry and blueberry flavours will join the party later this year – at which point Waitrose and Tesco will get in on the action.
Along with the expansion of its vegan pizza bases, Waitrose will add 100 additional lines to its own-brand label. Under the Cooks’ Ingredients line, the new items will include Japanese chilli condiment yuzu kosho, rhubarb essence, umami-flavoured porcini powder and calamansi lime juice.