Product focus: Christmas
In FFD’s August issue, there is a raft of Christmas new product development on show. Here are a few new launches to get retailers thinking about how to pep up their shelves for the festive selling season.
The Fine Cheese Co has unveiled a Christmas collection that takes in savoury and sweet biscuits and crackers under its own Miller’s and The Fine Cheese Co labels, as well as sweet cream waferini from Babbi in Italy.
Under The Fine Cheese Co brand, there is a new Cranberry & Sour Cherry Cracker for blues and goats’ milk cheeses (RRP £2.80), an All-Butter Wheat, Spelt & Wholemeal Cracker Selection (RRP £8), a Heritage Selection (RRP £7.60) and a Flavoured Cracker Selection box (RRP £7.70). For lovers of Miller’s biscuits, the Best of Miller’s Crackers for Cheese Selection box contains favourites such as Miller’s Damsel Buttermilk (RRP £5.80). Then, on the sweet side, elegantly presented Babbi Waferini are available with three fillings: hazelnut, chocolate and pistachio (RRP £13.70 for 190g).
In a twist on the traditional Christmas cracker, Langleys’ has created its own version containing hand-made chocolate Rocky Road. Featuring Cornish ingredients such as Trevethan gin and Cornish sea salt, the Rocky Road is made by chocolatier Amanda Langley in her Newquay workshop. Milk chocolate varieties include Orange, Lime & Seasalt, Gin, Christmas Spice and non-flavoured Milk while the dark collection features Espresso Coffee, Amaretto and plain Dark. The crackers are presented in a gift box of 12 retailing at £30 and with a trade price of £18. So far, they are only sold regionally, via outlets such as Bellamama in Lostwithiel, Trevilley Farm Shop in Newquay and Darts Farm in Topsham, Devon, but Langleys is keen to expand nationally.
Proving that you can never be too old to enjoy marshmallows or advent calendars, Exmoor producer Grown Up Marshmallows has combined the two. Its advent calendars have a cube of hand-made marshmallow behind every window, in flavours such as Sicilian Lemon, Salted Peanut & Caramel and Raspberry Chocolate Drizzle. The calendars are also 100% recyclable, with biodegradable trays.
Launching on 1st October, Tracklements’ special edition Rhubarb & Apple Chutney is designed to complement those cold cuts on the Boxing Day table. Available only while stocks last, the sweet-sour accompaniment marries English rhubarb with Bramley apples from Kent. RRP £3.35 for 220g.
Vegan and organic chocolate brand Radek’s has launched a Vegan Truffle Selection Box in three sizes: small (RRP £6.70), medium (RRP £9.10) and large (RRP £17). The truffles tick the organic, gluten-free, palm-oil-free and refined-sugar-free boxes.