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March

New format shake-up
02 March, 2010

Britvic and PepsiCo UK are aiming to shake up the on-the-go drinks market with the biggest pack innovation in 15 years. In April, Britvic will launch a new range of 600ml PET bottles across its carbonates range a first for the UK supported by a £5m marketing campaign. The new bottle format will offer consumers better value for money while providing retailers with a great profit opportunity. It will be available across the no and low-sugar variants of Britvic's carbonates range including Pepsi Max, Diet Pepsi, 7Up Free, and Tango, replacing the current 500ml no suger and low sugar range.

'Babol' gum launch
02 March, 2010

Chupa Chups is extending its range into bubblegum following the company's claims of record growth of 30% year-on-year in 2009 in a flat sugar confectionery market. The new range includes Bubbly Cotton Candy, available in tutti frutti flavour; Big Babol Bubblegum (six-piece pack, available in strawberry and tutti frutti flavours) and due for launch in June, Bubblegum lollipops available in cola and cherry flavours. Aimee Reason, Chupa Chups brand manager, comments: "The bubblegum market has been stagnant for years. We have taken the opportunity to reinvigorate the category by launching a range of bubblegum products at a time when consumers are engaged in the Chupa Chups brand." 01753 442100

Spar tempts wine fans
02 March, 2010

From April 22 to June 2, Spar will be rolling out its first national Wine Festival across its 2,100 licensed UK stores, offering 25% off more than 35 different wines. For lovers of the New World, and in anticipation of the World Cup which kicks off this summer, Spar is offering 25% off a selection of its South African wines, including the Spar Reserve Chenin Blanc (£3.99); and the Alexander Fontein Shiraz from the Ormonde Estate (£5.99). Over the past six months Spar has undertaken a complete overhaul of its wine range, with new designs and suppliers. Its UK wine controller Laura Jewell, says: "The wine festival is designed to make it easy for people to try somethiing new this summer without breaking the bank."

Footie fans light up
02 March, 2010

Retailers can take advantage of the anticipated football frenzy this summer by stocking up on the new Football Decor lighters from Bic. The colourful lighters feature images of goals, tackles and celebrations which are sure to appeal to football fans nationwide.

More soup, please
02 March, 2010

Premier Foods aims to entice new customers and drive growth with the relaunch of Batchelors Condensed Soup with a new design to align it with the rest of the Batchelors portfolio.

Luxurious relaunch
02 March, 2010

Fox's Biscuits is to relaunch two of its best-selling products Caramel Shortcake and Shortcake Rounds as part of the new look, luxurious Chocolatey range.

Takeaway favourites
02 March, 2010

Glendale Foods has launched a range of microwaveable 'Takeaway Favourites' under its Yankee brand, to meet the growing popularity of fast food and microwave oven ownership.

Fresh Trade in pears
02 March, 2010

In conjunction with Fresh Trade UK, United Beers has launched United Pear Cider made with 30% pear juice, available in a 500ml bottle in readiness for the World Cup football season.

Kick off your lighter sales
02 March, 2010

Retailers can take full advantage of the anticipated football frenzy this summer by stocking up on the new range of Football Decor lighters from Bic.

Lots of snacks up for grabs
02 March, 2010

Walkers is giving readers the chance to win cases of what it says are the nation's favourite 'better for you' products.

Amid all the political turmoil, do you feel as prepared as you can be for EU exit on October 31, deal or no deal?