New champagne launched

Offering Aussies a guaranteed bubble that will transport lovers of a tipple to the romantic lands of France and Russia, Champagne Tsarine is landing on Australian shores for the first time this October.

Tsarine is the latest offering from the world’s second oldest Champagne house, Chanoine Frères, which was founded in Reims in 1730.

Now led by one of the first, and few, female winemakers in Champagne, Isabelle Tellier continues the tradition of influential women on the Champagne house, and has been at the helm of Tsarine Cellars for almost 20 years. Bringing a feminine touch to the range, Isabelle’s wines have received over 70 awards in recognition of her development of fruity, balanced and harmonious blends, of which the two Tsarine cuvees are prime examples.

Launching in Australia with two blends worth celebrating, Tsarine will be available in both the Premium NV and Rosé NV varieties, both of which have won extensive awards internationally.

Pops champagne ice popsicles arrive in Australia

Pops premium champagne ice popsicles which are made in the United Kingdom using natural ingredients have been released in Australia.

The nostalgia of a popsicle coalesced with the luxury attributes of Champagne created the world’s first Champagne ice popsicle, the Pops Classic in 2014. Last year saw three new products added to the range, including the popular Bellini and two alcohol-free products which are suitable for every member of the family.

The popsicles will be available exclusively at the Arbory Bar & Eatery and via They will be stocked at various festivals over the summer period including, The Pleasure Garden, Let Them Eat Cake and the Inverloch Sound of Summer.

In addition, they will be available exclusively through Luxe Premium Brands and Services Pty Ltd for private events, festivals, brand activations and will soon be announcing a series of pop ups across Melbourne.

The popsicles have quickly become the must-have product to keep you refreshed throughout the summer and are available throughout Europe from London to Ibiza and often seen at the most exclusive events, festivals and parties.

Since launching POPS has received support from an array of well-known individuals including Andy Murray, Bella Hadid, The Chainsmokers, HRH The Duke of York, Gordon Ramsay, Miley Cyrus, Kate Moss, Example, and many more. It is also stocked at Buckingham Palace.

CLASSIC – Champagne 4.3 per cent ABV Tastes just like a glass of champagne with a crisp, dry finish 38 calories Gluten-free 80ml

BELLINI – Prosecco & Peach 3.8 per cent ABV Half a glass of Prosecco, the juice of a ripe peach, coloured with hibiscus flowers with a dash of blood orange 56 Calories Gluten-free 80ml STRAWBERRY & MINT – Made with real fruit 33 Calories Gluten-free Alcohol-free 80ml

APPLE & ELDERFLOWER – Made with real fruit 42 Calories Gluten-free Alcohol-free 80ml

Ready to serve, egg based sweet snack

Sunny Queen Australia has launched a ready to serve, egg based sweet snack that has all the indulgence of a sweet treat but with less of the naughtiness.

Sunny Queen Managing Director, John O’Hara, says launching a sweet egg-based range was an exciting next addition to their already popular commercial egg products.

“Innovation is important to Sunny Queen and with more consumers than ever looking for new alternatives to fit their lifestyle, it was a great time to show the true versatility that can come from egg based products,” Mr O’Hara said.

“Eggs are one of the first things that come to mind for breakfast and savoury dishes but we often forget that they are the foundation of many good sweet products too. The result is a satisfying, tasty, home style Sweet Bite – perfect for people of all ages.”

Leading Dietitian, Kate DiPrima, says Sunny Queen’s innovative products are a clever, well considered food option within the current snack market and will provide a fantastic alternative to current menu products.

“Snacks that have a wonderful ‘home cooked’ aroma, just like Sweet Bites, are needed in the current snack market to replace the likes of cupcakes and pastry-heavy menu items,” Ms DiPrima said.

Small enough to create flexibility in serving sizes, Sweet Bites can be enjoyed from morning tea right through to an after dinner treat, making the product very versatile for commercial outlets.

Sweet Bites can be enjoyed either warm or cool, but warm is oh so delicious and the perfect treat to serve with a cup of tea or coffee.

Sunny Queen Meal Solutions’ Sweet Bites range comes in three popular flavours: Double Chocolate and Coconut; Banana and Chocolate; and Apple and Sultana; is gluten free and contains no artificial colours or flavours.

As with all Sunny Queen Meal Solutions products, Sweet Bites are snap frozen, giving them a shelf life of 12 months, and can be heated in a sandwich press, combi or conventional oven, microwave or hot plate.

Sweet Bites are suitable for a range of commercial outlets such as quick service restaurants, aged care, cafes, healthcare and large institutions.

Innovative food and drink products


Wild Oats Housewares (WOH!) is an Australian company distributing much-loved food and drink brands, including Charles Viancin and Ironwood Gourmet.

The company specialises in brands that create high quality products with a point of difference.

Charles Viancin is a unique range of functional and attractive kitchenware made from silicone. Designed in France, the products are each inspired by nature and include bottle stoppers, drink covers and markers, coasters, and airtight lids in a range of sizes and designs. The silicone lids form a 100% airtight seal on any smooth rimmed surface. They insulate hot and cold foods, deter pests and preserve freshness. The lids are also an eco-friendly alternative to the 700 million metres of cling-wrap used in Australia each year.

All Charles Viancin products are made from non-toxic, BPA-free silicone, which is durable, flexible and long-lasting. Silicone can withstand high and low temperatures so all products are safe to put in the oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. Charles Viancin lids are great to use at home, as well as restaurants, cafes and bars that are looking to introduce eco-friendly kitchen solutions.

Ironwood Gourmet creates beautiful, artisanal woodware, including chopping and serving boards, trays, bowls, trivets and tea chests. Each product is handcrafted from Acacia wood sourced from sustainable plantations in Northern Thailand. The chopping and serving boards are available in different sizes and styles including paddleboards and tapas boards. Ironwood Gourmet chopping and serving boards are a popular choice for restaurants and bars as they are of the highest quality and are incredibly durable.

“We strongly believe in working with quality brands that are both practical and attractive,” said Jonathan Mills, Founder and Managing Director of Wild Oats Housewares. “Charles Viancin and Ironwood Gourmet are fantastic brands to introduce to the Australian market as they have accessible price points and are built to last.”

Wild Oats Housewares has many years of experience in finding unique brands to bring to Australia. Specialising in kitchenware and woodware, WOH! has a knack for finding brands that consumers love. Stockists will find that Charles Viancin and Ironwood Gourmet are great additions to any retail store.



Perfectly pure mash

Made with 100 per cent real sustainably grown potatoes, sourced fresh from the field, nothing but potato goes into Maggi Natural Mashed Potato.

With not an additive or allergen in sight, the Mashed Potato offers chefs a quick, nutritious side dish alternative.

As Executive Chef at Mercure Hotel Parramatta and a Worldchefs Global Judge, Kurt von Buren knows better than most what good flavour is all about.

“There’s absolutely no compromise on flavour, and the pure potato taste is there. I’ve been using this product in my kitchen and for what I get from each pack it would be the equivalent of about 14kg’s of fresh potatoes, so it’s space saving and time saving as well,” said von Buren.

“You have to steam fresh potatoes for mash for at least one and a half hours, which really limits your time and space, especially when most days the combi oven is needed for other processes too. It all adds up to lots of work from scratch and with less skilled labour around, this product is really convenient.”

This means operators can say goodbye to time inefficient peeling, dicing, boiling and mashing – making it both a labour efficient and space saving choice. Plus, with 140 serves in every pack and an 18-month stable shelf live it’s a high yielding, cost saving solution that makes perfect business sense.

This versatile potato base product offers total flexibility for effortless menu integration. So when you need to prepare your menu ahead of time – as is most often the case with contract catering, functions and healthcare sites – simply prepare cold and reheat when required.

Cobs Hip Chips

From the company behind Australia’s favourite, popcorn brand, Cobs Popcorn, comes a new chip range, Cobs Hip Chips. Made from 100 per cent Australian whole grain corn, potato and rice, Hip Chips are made without using vegetable oil, which often masks the flavour.

Manufacturer: Cobs Fine Foods

Ingredients: Potato Flakes, Rice Flour, Corn Flour, Sugar, Salt, Sunflower Oil – High Oleic, Seasoning (Sugar, Corn starch), Vegetable powders (Tomato, Onion, Garlic), Yeast extracts, Potassium chloride, Natural flavours, Salt, Sour cream powder, Food acids natural

Country of Origin: Australia

Launch Date: 25/11/16

Shelf Life: 9 month

Packaging: Foil Pack


Backburner IPA from the Lord Nelson Brewery

The Lord Nelson Brewery has released Backburner IPA, an experimental seasonal ale as it celebrate its 30th year of brewing and the 175th birthday of the pub whose name it bears.

Whilst history and tradition are very important to the brewer, convention is rare. It is in this spirit that it has entered the arena of current trend with its first can release. Then to really cement this modernity, The Lord Nelson has filled it with Australia’s current favourite craft style – an IPA.

This ‘out there’ style innovates while sticking to the brewer’s principles of no added sugar or preservatives. Using bold malts and intense hop flavours, they have injected the IPA with some real spice, using Belgian Wit yeast to ensure its sessionability and coriander and curacao orange to add to its depth of flavour.

Copper in colour with subtle fruit hop aromatics, subtle phenolic wit yeast characters and bitterness, Backburner IPA has fresh curacao orange peel and coriander added at the final turn for depth, intensity and flavour.


Christmas fruit mince tarts and all butter shortbread

Fergys – Honest to Goodness Food has released a  range of artisan products available to retailers in time for Christmas.

Fergy’s Christmas fruit mince tarts and all butter shortbread are made from traditional recipes that have been handed down through the Ferguson family for generations.

“Our Christmas fruit mince tart recipe is especially unique,” said Michael Ferguson, CEO/Owner of Fergys Food. “It was created by my Great Grandmother in the 19th Century and continues to be enjoyed by our consumers to this very day.

“The manufacturing of our Christmas tarts is no easy feat either. Each tart is made by hand and we have eight qualified Pastry Chef’s working together to produce 4,000 each day in the lead up to Christmas.”

Each tart has a decadent fruit mix of sultanas, currants and apples with a hint of citrus which is encased in a rich buttery almond shortbread. Each tart is then topped with a star and a sprinkling of sugar to give it that extra special Christmas touch.

To complement the fruit mince tarts, Fergys Food has also released All Butter Shortbread Fingers. Also made with a traditional family recipe, each classic shortbread finger has a deliciously melt in your mouth buttery flavour and are a perfect accompaniment to your Christmas table.

Both products are now available from Aussie Farmers Direct, Independent Supermarkets & Specialty Grocers.


Gelista launches new flavours

Premium ice-cream and gelato manufacturer Gelista has released two new flavours in its  570ml consumer jar range, Almond Milk and Coconut with Raspberry Swirl.

The addition of the two new flavours balances and expands the existing range of six to eight flavours; from five dairy and one non-dairy option to five and three respectively.

“Our flavours are always carefully selected and developed”, said Peter Cox, Managing Director of Gelista. “We don’t follow fads or develop gimmick flavours. We research emerging trends in the premium gourmet market and develop flavour profiles that are clean, authentic and exceptional.”

Gelista is well known for taking great care in selecting the best ingredient they can identify. Their mantra is to find ingredients with “Terroir” – a sense of place and provenance that translates into a quality that is distinctive and discernible to taste.

“A lot of work goes into flavour development”, said Cox. “We track trends in London, Milan and New York as we research a development slate. This gives us insights that allow us to match flavours based on the best of what’s locally available or anticipate emerging trends putting us ahead of the game. Then we have internal taste panels evaluate a large number of new flavour formulations. It is only the very best formulations that end up with the Gelista name on them!”

This almond milk product has a sweet and subtle almond flavour that is neutral enough for it to become an accompaniment to gourmet deserts; the new non-dairy substitute for traditional vanilla bean ice-cream and gelati.

The “Coconut with Raspberry Swirl” product builds on the huge success of the plain coconut product included in the range originally launched last year.


The Brooklyn ice cream collection

Connoisseur has partnered with the world famous OddFellows Ice Cream Co. in Brooklyn, New York to create The Brooklyn Collection, a new range designed to take people on a journey throughout four iconic Brooklyn neighbourhoods.

Billed as one of the most progressive culinary experts in America, former pastry chef Sam Mason is one of the creative brains behind the OddFellows outfit. Mason received a host of accolades during his time at past roles including WD-50 and Pierre Herme, and has been praised by one of the world’s best chefs, Rene Redzepi for challenging the norms.

Mason says that ice cream is serious, and the team’s latest creations with Connoisseur seriously reflect the city they call home. Sam Mason will be available this Friday for interviews as he touches down in Melbourne to chat about his latest scoop.

Take take a trip to Coney Island with Golden Syrup with a Butter Swirl & Corn Nuts, visit trendy Williamsburg with Matcha Green Tea & White Chocolate Waffle Cone, explore Bed-Stuy with Peanut Butter & Pretzel with Sweet Cream or indulge in a Flatbush icon with Chocolate Brownie with Chocolate Custard.

Known for its amusement parks and famous boardwalk, Coney Island re-ignites nostalgia. Taking inspiration from weekends spent at the fair with strong smell of freshly popped popcorn, this flavour combines golden syrup ice cream with crunchy corn nuts and a buttery swirl.

We go back to the neighbourhood which plays home to OddFellows Ice Cream Co. and the centre of the hipster universe, Williamsburg. Here you’ll discover the latest food trend or sip on the hottest cocktail in town. Such a creative locale would appreciate the combination of matcha green tea ice cream filled with crunchy white chocolate-coated waffle cone pieces.

The Flatbush, is inspired by Ebinger’s Bakery famous for its Blackout Cake. The Blackout Cake was a chocolate layer cake filled and frosted with dark fudge and chocolate cake crumbs. Chocolate ice cream, chewy chocolate brownie pieces and swirled rich chocolate custard come together to create a decadent throw-back to this uniquely New York cake.

Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of the most historically and culturally significant suburbs of Brooklyn. The Bed-Stuy flavour is inspired by the bodega, the corner store synonymous with the neighbourhood. The place to get your fix of all things salty and sweet. In homage to the bodega, salty peanut butter swirl and choc-coated pretzels are combined with sweet cream vanilla ice cream.

New Yorker Sam Mason who has elevated the humble ice-cream, adds: “I’ve always thought outside the box, and that’s something that really translates to frozen dessert.”

New packaging for Coopers Lagers

Coopers Brewery is repackaging and relaunching Coopers Premium Lager and Coopers Premium Light.

The two lagers, along with Coopers Original Pale Ale, will be the main beers sold at the Australian Open following Coopers’ success in winning the pourage rights for the tennis earlier this year.

Coopers Sales and Marketing Director, Mr Cam Pearce, said Coopers Premium Lager and Premium Light would be repackaged in 355 ml green glass bottles with clean, contemporary labels, cartons and cluster packs.

The new packaging is expected to be on shelves through most Australian liquor outlets this month.

“The green bottles and clean packaging underline the premium quality of Coopers Premium Lager and Coopers Premium Light and give the beers a distinctive contemporary look that stands out in the market,” Mr Pearce said.

“The new packaging will also differentiate the Coopers’ family of lagers from Coopers’ traditional ales, which retain the current brown glass bottles with roundel labels.”

It follows the revamp of Coopers Clear low carb dry beer last year which was relaunched in new blue and silver packaging, emphasising the beer’s freshness, sessionability and low carb credentials.

Mr Pearce said Coopers had been considering changing the packaging for its Premium Lager and Light beers before it won the pourage rights for the Australian Open.

“Winning the rights for the Australian Open helped accelerate this process,” he said.

“The Australian Open and its related tournaments provide us with a great opportunity to showcase our lagers which we believe will find strong acceptance among spectators and visitors from Australia and overseas.”

Coopers Premium Lager and Coopers Premium Light are both all malt beers. Premium Lager has an alcohol level of 4.8% while Premium Light is at 2.9%.

Wizz Fizz Fizza Ballz

Fyna Foods Australia has launched new Wizz Fizz Fizza Ballz, an on-the-go treat with a chewy sherbet centre, to the Australian confectionary market.

An exciting addition to the iconic and much-loved Wizz Fizz range, the new product is made with all natural colours and flavours, providing a fizzy taste sensation with every bite.

Set to appeal to every Australian’s inner-child, the confectionery continues the tradition of delivering a ‘fizzy’ promise since 1947.

Fyna Foods Australia are also the makers of Superior Liquorice Co, Australian Bush Friends, Ballantyne and more.

Chivas Regal Ultis blended malt Scotch whisky

Chivas Regal has launched Chivas Regal Ultis, the first blended malt Scotch whisky from the House of Chivas.

Capturing the true essence of Chivas Regal, the whisky uses only five of Chivas Regal’s most precious, signature single malts from Speyside, Scotland, and represents the style and diversity of this prestigious world-renowned whisky region.

The latest release has been crafted with hand-selected malts from Tormore, Longmorn, Strathisla, Allt A’Bhainne and Braeval, presenting complex flavours, a golden hue and a commanding rich aroma. Out of millions of casks of inventory at Chivas Brothers less than 1% of casks are used to create the whisky, with the expert blending team individually nosing and selecting casks of the highest quality to create the blend; a traditional method of hand-selection that is no longer standard in the Scotch whisky industry today.

Since 1909, only five men have ever mastered the iconic Chivas Regal house style, and Chivas Regal Ultis pays tribute to the strength of vision, commitment and mastery of Master Blenders Charles Howard, Charles Julian, Alan Baillie, Jimmy Lang and of current Master Blender Colin Scott.

Colin Scott, Chivas Regal Custodian Master Blender, comments: “I am honoured to be one of only five Master Blenders for Chivas Regal, and I believe that Chivas Regal Ultis represents the true essence of this iconic Scotch whisky. With the release of Chivas Regal Ultis, only the most precious single malts from five signature Speyside distilleries have been selected to craft this luxury blended malt whisky from the House of Chivas.

The luxurious Chivas Regal Ultis bottle mirrors the precious whisky within and is designed to provide impactful on-shelf stand-out with a slender shape and contemporary crest in gold champagne. In honour of the Chivas Regal Master Blenders and representing the five signature malts within, the bottle features a unique pen-clip closure which is etched with five rings, and a striking placement of the Roman numeral figure for five on the highly crafted base and within the textured crest label.

Lenard’s new Christmas turkey range

Lenard’s has introduced a range of festive stuffing flavours and ready-to-cook products in a deliberate move to take the hassle out of Christmas.

With the intention of increasing quality family time on Christmas Day, the company has facilitated the Christmas feast prep with ready-to-cook turkey products in signature stuffing flavours that do not contain gluten such as Fig Caramelised Onion and Bacon, Cranberry and Macadamia, and Traditional Herb.

In addition, the company will now offer three whole turkey sizes – small (serves 8-10), medium (serves 12-14) and large (serves 16-18) as well as a valued-added festive chicken range – providing an option for every kind of celebration.

Lenard’s Chicken CEO, Chris Caldwell said the company was always looking for ways to evolve its extensive range of fresh, value-add and ready-to-eat products and was excited to unveil the new range set to free-up time with loved ones.

“We fully understand Christmas can be a taxing time of year for many individuals and families which is why we’re committed to making it easier for customers to source high quality, flavoursome products while taking into account the rising number of Australians with allergies,” Caldwell said.


Australian made olive spoon

Savannah has released the Olive Spoon, an innovative tool to join its signature ‘Smarts’ range.

“Savannah is all about design, innovation and quality. Savannah Smarts takes it a step further; the new Olive Spoon has been custom-designed with smart features that improve functionality. Where we can take an existing kitchenware product and make it better, we do! We love solving problems through smart design,” said Paul English, Savannah Product Designer at VGM International.

Australian-designed, the spoon features an innovative drainage system designed to extract liquids as efficiently and effectively as possible, with holes ranging from small to large.

These holes can also be used for stripping woody herbs such as thyme and rosemary.

Sometimes it can be hard to actually get into an olive jar. The olive spoon has been designed with a narrow head, making it the right size and shape to fit perfectly into even small-mouthed jars. Yet is also big enough to collect up to four olives at a time (depending their size).

The olive spoon is made from quality materials. The ergonomic handles are made from reinforced nylon with a brushed stainless steel bolster, while the body of the tool is made from robust heavy gauge satin finish 18/8 stainless steel.

Brownies and lemon drizzle squares

Fibre One Chocolate Fudge Brownies and Lemon Drizzle Squares are tasty snacks that allow you to fill up without filling out.

With just 90 calories per square, the soft-baked squares are also naturally high in fibre (5g per square) and lower in fat. And the best bit is that there’s no compromise on taste. They are as good for you as they are tasty.

You can indulge guilt-free with these brownies. They are high in fibre with chocolate flavour fudge pieces and chocolate flavour drizzle.

And when the afternoon sugar cravings strike, forget the vending machine or lolly jar, liven up your tastebuds with the Lemon Drizzle Squares – high in fibre bars with lemon flavour pieces and lemon flavour drizzle.


Boutea Premium Tea launched

Boutea, a loose leaf tea founded by Australian rugby union player Adam Ashley Cooper, is now available in Australia.

The range consists of four varieties: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Citrus and Peppermint. Whilst the English Breakfast sticks to traditional roots of full-bodied flavour and maple colour, the Earl Grey delivers a strong floral aroma with a well-structured and creamy body.

For fans of herbal teas, the addition of citrus peel balances the earthiness of traditional green tea in the Green Citrus blend whereas the Peppermint delivers a slightly restrained peppermint profile ensuring you can finish the whole cup.

Whilst living in Canberra and playing for the Brumbies, Ashley Cooper discovered his love of tea. Outside of playing, training and sleeping, he and his team mates created a ritual of going to cafés together to socialise off the field.

During this time, he lived next door to tea connoisseur Jody Hillier who introduced him to the many intricacies of the world of tea. Their shared passion for a remarkable brew resulted in a partnership where five years later, Boutea was born.

This premium tea is now available for purchase via the company’s website. As well as the taste, the simple yet classic black and white aesthetics is intended to create a visual point of difference from other teas on the market.

Authentic Sourdough range


Brumby’s is launching an authentic sourdough range which includes four new products, each made with levain culture.

According to recent research for IBIS World, Australian consumers are spending more on high quality, freshly baked bread products and focusing more on health awareness. This sourdough range caters for the increased consumer demand for healthier, more artisan style products.

“We’ve been working on developing a new range that fits into the artisan category, focuses on health consciousness and also caters to consumers’ gourmet entertaining needs,” said Brumby’s Bakery General Manager David Dinnes.

He said the baking process is part of Brumby’s authentic baking roots delivering a superior product for customers.

“The difference between a traditional Sourdough loaf and our Authentic Sourdough loaf is the starter we use called ‘levain’, which is an active bacteria culture that is added to the bread to help make it rise,” he said.

“Levain is not as sour as other starters that are used in commercial kitchens and needs to rest for 12 hours to ferment before it can be kneaded and shaped.

“The baking process is quite complex which is why our bakers call it a labour of love.”

The range launches this week and includes Authentic Sourdough, Authentic Sourdough Baguette, Authentic Sourdough Fig & Walnut, and Authentic Sourdough Fig and Walnut Baguette.


Oqua organic coconut water

Those who love the taste and hydration properties of fresh coconuts but not the inconvenience of cracking the whole fruit are in for a treat with Oqua Organic Coconut Water.

Made from organically grown, fresh coconuts, not concentrate, Oqua Coconut Water is extracted fresh and packed immediately to ensure the purest tropical experience.

Each serving provides more potassium than a banana and has no added sugar, artificial ingredients or preservatives. Dubbed ‘nature’s energy drink’, Oqua Coconut Water is a great certified organic post-workout beverage to replenish electrolytes or simply a refreshing thirst quencher on hot summer days.

BrewArt personal beer brewing system

BrewArt, the world’s first fully-automated personal brewing system, comprises two sophisticated machines – the BeerDroid and the BrewFlo.

The BeerDroid brews 10 litres of quality beer and allows budding ‘BrewArtists’ to experiment and create any beer style imaginable. Available in chrome and black, it comes with WiFi connectivity, requires minimal preparation and is easy cleaning.

Beer progress can be monitored and controlled from the Smartphone app (available on iOS and Android), and the user will receive push notifications of brewing milestones. Patented end of fermentation technology with full temperature control throughout the brewing process ensures a professional result every time.

BrewFlo is a temperature-controlled beer dispenser that pours a fully carbonated beer with a rich frothy head without the use of CO2. It is designed for use with BrewArt 5 litre kegs.

The chrome finished beer tap and interchangeable tap top labels provide a pub-quality finish.

A range of Brew Prints (quality natural ingredients) inspired by some of the world’s greatest beers, will complete the BrewArt experience.

Each BrewPrint includes an exact mix of Elements, Enhancers, Hops and Yeast, allowing the brewer to craft their own unique beer in the comfort of their home.