Sacred Hill Wine Company rebrands its Quench Collective

Sacred Hill Wine Company (SHWC) has rebranded its Quench Collective with a new look and name which is no longer brand or beverage specific.

According to the company, the move will allow the necessary flexibility and diversification to build the business in the future.

SHWC was set up in 2012 by Sacred Hill Vineyards to solely manage domestic sales and distribution of the Sacred Hill portfolio of wine brands.

“From the beginning, we set out to grow this as a key area of the business. The journey has been a successful one so far and now the time has come to move on from the Sacred Hill name and set Quench Collective on a new course,” said David Mason, Founder and Managing Director of Sacred Hill Vineyards.

Following two rewarding years distributing Panhead prior to its acquisition by Lion, Quench Collective now has a proven track record in growing agency brands.  In recent months Quench Collective has become the national distributor for Paynters and Zeffer Ciders, alongside craft beer brands Liberty Brewing and 8 Wired.

Quench Collective is the distributor and representative for a stable of brands in the liquor market:   Sacred Hill; Ti Point; Whitecliff; Gunn Estate; Wild South; Landscape; 8 Wired; Liberty; Paynters; and Zeffer Cider.

Quench Collective will remain wholly owned by Sacred Hill Vineyards.

 

Rekorderlig releases new cider cocktails

Rekorderlig, is shaking up the cocktail experience, blending some of its most popular flavours to create an exciting new range of ready-to-drink Cider Cocktails.

A welcomed addition for those Australians looking for convenient, quality cocktails. The Rekorderlig Cider Cocktail range is the latest innovation from the premium Swedish cider brand.

The cocktail range features blends of spirits, fruit ciders and garnishes with their three most popular flavours: Passionfruit Gimlet, Wild Berries Bramble and Swedish Punch.

Passionfruit Gimlet is a citrusy blend of Rekorderlig Passionfruit Cider, gin and a hint of lime; Wild Berries Bramble, a fruity mix of white rum and Wild Berries Cider; and Swedish Punch, blending mint, lime, cucumber and elderflower with much-loved Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider and vodka for an extra twist.

Presented in 250ml cans, the new range ensures that a great tasting, premium cocktail can be enjoyed anywhere and for any occasion.

“With summer on the way, and outdoor entertaining now on the agenda of Australians across the country, we’re excited to offer a premium range of drinks to accompany good times, anywhere. Be it a picnic, house party or poolside, Rekorderlig Cider Cocktails allow you to enjoy a premium cocktail experience without the need for extensive cocktail skills.” said Nikki Langford, marketing manager.

 

Be Natural relaunches with Coco-Nutty Granola

Be Natural has introduced a number of new granolas, cereals and snack bars with completely new recipes and ingredients. These new products will join Be Natural’s existing cereal range, all under a new-look Be Natural brand.

The leading product in the rebrand is its Coco-nutty Granola, Australia’s first granola designed specifically to be eaten with coconut water.

It contains whole grain and fibre with oven-baked muesli made with spelt, shredded coconut, nuts, seeds or fruits, and is available in two flavours: coconut, almond, spelt & cinnamon as well as coconut, spelt & fig.

According to the company, it is the first granola of its kind to be crafted with ingredients that are specifically formulated to have with coconut water.

According to IBIS World, the soy and almond milk industry experienced growth of 5.9 per cent between 2009-10 and 2014-15 and, as Australian Food News reports, coconut water consumption grew by 540 per cent between 2008 and 2012. Be Natural is responding to an increased demand for breakfast foods that go hand in hand with milk alternatives.

The release of the granola is part of a wider product launch and rebrand for Be Natural, as it looks to bring the health food trend into the mainstream, catering to everyone, everywhere.

Soon to be joining Be Natural’s existing portfolio is an organics range, crunchy granola & seeds bars and muesli & quinoa bars.

Glaceau fruitdropwater

Coca-Cola South Pacific has launched Glaceau fruitdropwater, a low-kilojoule flavoured sparkling spring water launched specifically for the Australian market.

The spring water product offers variety and taste with sparkling spring water made with 4% fruit juice plus a hint of sugar and natural flavours.

Primarily aimed at health conscious females aged 30 and above, it is low kilojoule and made with natural flavours. It blends sparkling spring water with real juice and is sweetened with a hint of sugar.

The launch will be supported by a targeted customer media campaign with a strong out-of-home presence. The product will be supported in retail stores with a range of impactful visual and merchandising solutions.

Glaceau fruitdropwater is available in three ‘superfruity vavavoom’ combinations – raspberry apple, pomegranate pear and cranberry lime. All three will be available in 500ml single serves, while the raspberry apple and pomegranate pear flavours will also be packaged in 1.2L multi serves.

The product can be purchased at IGA now in both 500ml and 1.2L varieties, with the 500ml bottle also available from on-the-go outlets. From October, the 500ml range will also be available from 7-Eleven outlets.

Hakuna Matata Frittata

Sunny Queen Meal Solutions offering a full range of simple and tasty products that are ready to heat and serve. Adding to their popular range of omelettes, scrambled and poached eggs, the company’s new flavourful, rustic Frittatas come in two flavours, hearty Vegetable and delicious Asian Chicken and Corn.

Portioned for a lunch or dinner meal, these frittatas are a powerhouse of nutritious vegetables and real farm fresh eggs, with a light and fluffy texture that will be sure to satisfy everyone. The range also includes both a vegetarian and chicken based option to appeal to all palates.

Cooked with real ingredients and snap frozen, the frittatas can be heated and served within minutes and also eliminate the risk of egg contamination, which is especially important when cooking large scale quantities. Additionally, reduced overheads and shorter cook times mean a better bottom line for your business in terms of profitability and time to plate.

As well as being gluten free, having no artificial colours or flavours and being HACCP certified, these new frittatas mean no mess and no waste, making them the smart choice for serving egg based meals.

 

 

Icelandic Glacial Water

Icelandic Glacial is the premium natural spring water, bottled at the source from Iceland’s legendary Ölfus Spring, which was formed more than 5,000 years ago and is shielded from pollution by an impenetrable barrier of lava rock.

The spring produces water is so pure that nothing is added or taken away. As a result, Icelandic Glacial possesses exceptional balance featuring a naturally low mineral content and a naturally alkaline pH of 8.4.

Icelandic Glacial is further distinguished as the world’s first certified carbon neutral natural spring bottled water for product and operation. Icelandic Glacial uses 100% natural green energy to fuel its production delivering a premium bottled water to discerning consumers around the world while maintaining a “net zero” carbon footprint.

Icelandic Glacial produces both sparkling and natural spring water.

Manufacturer: Icelandic Glacial

Launch date: July 2016

Ingredients: Natural Spring Water & Carbon Dioxide

Shelf Life: 2 Years from Production Date

Packaging: PET Range: 330ml, 500ml, 750ml Sports Cap, 1 Litre & 1.5 Litre

Country of origin: Iceland

Brand Website: www.betterchoicebeverageco.com.au

Almond milk in single serve format

Almond Breeze is launching a range of flavoured almond milks in a single serve offering into the retail market.

Set to hit the shelves in petrol stations and convenience stores from late September, the range has been developed in Australia and will be available in three flavours: chocolate, coffee and coconut.

According to the company, with less than 100 calories per serve and low in saturated fat, this format has been created to appeal to women seeking a healthy alternative.

Almond milk is the fastest growing milk in the non-dairy category and in just a few years has overtaken soy in terms of $ sales1 for the first time.

“In research our consumers told us they were enjoying Almond Breeze at home and in cafes, and were also seeking a convenient option to enjoy on the go or whenever the impulse grabs them. Our new single serve format is the perfect solution for busy women when they’re out and about,” said Roger Ringwood, Country Director for Almond Breeze Australia & New Zealand.

 

Coca-Cola launches LIFT Hard Hitting Lemon

Coca-Cola South Pacific has launched LIFT Hard Hitting Lemon, a brand new formulation which is being introduced to shift the perception of the Lemon Flavour offerings in market.

The new product offers Aussies a full bodied lemon drink with sharper taste, more bite and a sugar content now at 8.4g/100ml. LIFT Hard Hitting Lemon is tailored specifically for the Australian market and will replace the current LIFTdrink.

In the last three years, ‘Flavour’ offerings have been steadily growing Coca-Cola’s share of the carbonated soft drink category and the brand has identified an avenue to further capitalise on this by driving growth among consumers of Lemon products. This opportunity is borne from consumer insights that demonstrate a disconnect between what is available to Lemon consumers and what they really want.

As a result, LIFT Hard Hitting Lemon has been designed to disrupt the market by providing a bolder, better taste. The superior strength and bitterness of the drink is intended to appeal primarily to males aged 35 and above, with the overarching campaign encouraging consumers to ‘ditch the soft stuff’ and opt for LIFT Hard Hitting Lemon.

To encourage trial and raise awareness, the launch will be supported by a fully integrated multi-million dollar marketing campaign that includes multi-channel executions across social media, digital platforms, out-of-home and in-store retail activations.

In addition, Coca-Cola has partnered with the AFL and Triple M as part of a strategy to connect with sports fans and reinforce the product’s Hard Hitting proposition. Sampling activity will also take place at a number of major sporting stadiums across the country, including the MCG, SCG and GABBA, as well as at the AFL Grand Final live site, to put the product into the hands of sports fans.

 

Premixed cocktails

These premixed cocktails are convenient, delicious, and handmade. Available for wholesale.

The range includes:

No 44 – A traditional French aperitif. A combination of orange, coffee beans and vanilla vodka. Pour 65 ml over ice, add an orange twist.

Spiced Negroni – A blend of Spiced Gin, Campari and Vermouth Rossi. Pour 65 ml over ice add an orange twist.

Peach Manhattan – A twist on the classic much loved Manhattan with Peach Brandy, White Vermouth and Bitters. Pour 65 ml over ice add a twist.

Kir Cocktail – A traditional French aperitif made with Crème de Cassis and white Burgundy. Pour 65 ml over ice add a twist.

Shelf Life: 2 years

Packaging: 200 mil bottles

Product Manager: Fikadu Acknaw

Country of origin: Australia

Brand Website: peterwatson.com.au

Natural Raw C Coffee + Coconut water

Natural Raw C is the only 100% organic Arabica coffee + coconut water on the market – this vegan friendly, dairy/gluten/fat free beverage provides you with the natural boost you crave anytime, anywhere. It is the perfect healthy and delicious pick-me-up.

Product Manufacturer: Natural Raw C

Launch date: 12.09.2016

Ingredients: Coconut water, coconut flower nectar, 100% arabica coffee extract, natural flavour.

Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging: Tetra

Product Manager: Elyse Elmer

Country of origin: Thailand

Brand Website: rawc.com.au

 

Easy-to-use squeezable dips and aiolis

Chris’ Dips has launched new, easy-to-use squeezable dips and aiolis in a 1kg Food Service range.

The new Saucier Chef Range puts that final professional touch to a meal – whether it’s a dollop on the side, or drizzle on the top of any dish, the range takes the current traditional dips to an easy finishing off format.

The range is available for order from September 2016. The Food Service squeezable bottle range offers four of Chris’ most popular traditional dip flavours including Hommus and Avocado.

The new selection of Aiolis includes four enticing flavours including Wasabi Aioli and Gherkin & Mustard Aioli. All freshly prepared the new range comes in 1kg easy-squeeze bottles for convenient application that enhances almost any meal.

The range is both gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. Professional chefs and cooks will agree the restaurant quality of both flavour and texture will make them look good when applying to any dish that leaves their kitchen.

 

Gatorade launches its world-first liquid concentrate

Gatorade is revolutionising hydration options for Australians with the introduction of new Gatorade Liquid Concentrate, a thirst-quenching and easy source of hydration for athletes.

Available in Woolworths, the 1 litre Gatorade Liquid Concentrate is available in two flavours – Blue Bolt and Lemon Lime – and will make 5 litres of Gatorade by adding water.  It is on shelves in Woolworths, and will be rolled out with other independent retailers over the next few months.

This launch is backed up with digital advertising, out of home, a social media campaign and a range of in-store activations and display support.

“Gatorade Liquid Concentrate is a world first for the brand and it’s going to change the way teams and individuals hydrate to ensure they perform at their best. This product has all the Gatorade benefits in a new convenient format, with the backing of over 50 years of scientific research,” said PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand Senior Director Franchise Beverages, Brad Van Dijk.

 

Curo Alkaline Water

Curo Lifestyle was born from a vision, to empower others to take control of their health naturally.

Curo is naturally occurring alkaline water bottled at the source in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. This water is rich in alkaline minerals that help neutralise toxins and flush them out of your body to leave you feeling lighter and full of energy.

Available in 600ml and 1.5L sizes.

Manufacturer: Jo Hancock Investments

Launch date: 01/07/16

Ingredients: Natural alkaline water

Bicarbonate 224mg/L

Calcium 62mg/L

Magnesium 12mg/L

Potassium <1mg/L

Chloride 3mg/L

Sodium 8mg/L

Silica 19.7mg/L

pH 8.19

Shelf Life: 1 year from date of bottling

Packaging: Biodegradable, BPA, BPS free PET bottles

Product Manager: Thomas Cho

Country of origin: Australia

Brand Website: www.curolifestyle.com.au

 

New ice cream treats from Bulla

Bulla Dairy Foods is celebrating summer this year with an tasty selection of ice cream varieties for the whole family.

The company is bringing an authentic twist with the launch of four brand new varieties as part of its commitment to bringing fun to the freezer and celebrating an Australian summer.

The new products include:

  • Choc Bar Jelly Top – a nod to the classic Australian flavour combination of raspberry jelly and ice cream, covered in a delicious milk choc coating.
  • Jelly Splits – which combine a traditional zingy raspberry jelly covered in a refreshing icy lemonade shell.
  • The Frozen Greek Style Yoghurt range, available in cones, mini sticks and tub flavours, combine a smooth and creamy texture with the distinctive tanginess of Greek yoghurt, creating an indulgent refreshing treat, perfect for balmy summer evenings.
  • Creamy Classics Choc Hazelnut Spread – which captures the flavour combination of the moment in a deliciously decadent choc hazelnut flavoured ice cream

Jam ‘Doughkie’ cookie

Fresh off celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Byron Bay Cookie Company will be back at the Fine Food Show in Melbourne from 12-15 September, and will be releasing a new limited edition flavour exclusive to the food expo.

Inspired by the iconic Jam Doughnut, the limited-edition flavour developed by the pioneers behind Australia’s Original Café Cookie is a cross between a cookie and a doughnut, and as such aptly named Jam Doughkie.

“As Australia’s largest food expo, the Fine Food Show is the perfect platform for us to launch such a product, as it attracts visitors from different channels, across foodservice, hospitality and retail” explained Emilie Emond, Marketing Manager.

The special edition cookie combines real doughnut pieces with juicy strawberry jam inclusions, with a hole in the middle to complete the ‘doughkie’ look.

The new cookie is only available at the Fine Food Show at the Byron Bay Cookie Company Stand from 12-15 September, where free samples will be handed out. Visitors of the Byron Bay Cookie Company stand (G35) will also be able to enjoy a complimentary coffee with their Jam Doughkie, thanks to Melbourne’s Evoke Coffee blend.

Japanese curry mix

Saori 100% natural Japanese curry mix is Ideal for making Katsu (Japanese cutlets) Curry, Udon noodle curry or regular Japanese curry (recipes on website).

Saori Kojima created her range of healthy and delicious sauces and seasonings so that anybody can enjoy a large variety of quick and easy Japanese dishes.

You don’t need to go to a restaurant to enjoy fine Japanese meals anymore. You can make them in the comfort your own home, anytime you like.

The curry mix is –

  • 100% natural
  • Gluten free
  • Onion, garlic free
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Manufacturer: Saori Premium Japanese sauce

Launch date: July 2016

Ingredients: vegetable oil, rice flour, raw sugar, curry powder, sea salt, potato powder, yeast extract, fruit (apple, pineapple, tomato powder), spice mix

Shelf Life: 12 months

Packaging: 150g bag

Product Manager: Saori Kojima

Website: www.saorijapanesesauce.com.au

Summer snacking made easy

Funch’s range of premixes has done to healthy snacks what the cake mix did to baking cakes.

The company is now offering their Funch Staples which include all the additional, individual ingredients required to make their protein balls, bars and slices, packaged in convenient, pre-weighed pouches.

Maintaining the focus on quality was critical when sourcing the ingredients, all of which are premium grade, and free of additives and preservatives.

The new products include organic Rice Malt Syrup, raw organic cold-pressed Coconut Oil and fresh, premium-grade Medjool Dates.

The range includes:

  • Protein Balls: Salted Caramel, Vanilla & Coconut (gluten free), Cacao & Chia, Matcha & Cacao, Almond & Cacao (gluten free), Turmeric, Ginger & Lemon Paleo Ball (gluten free)
  • No Bake Superfood Slice; Almond, Coconut & Cacao (gluten free)
  • Superfood Muesli Bar; Coconut, Cacao & Chia
  • Staple Ingredients; Rice Malt Syrup, Coconut Oil, Medjool Dates

Cacao Tea

Loose leaf chocolate tea made from 100% cacao husk with no artificial colours, flavourings or additives. A cup of this delicate chocolate infusion is filled with antioxidants, vitamins & minerals that will nourish and uplift.

Perfect for that 3.30pm afternoon slump, as an after dinner treat or in your morning smoothies. A great alternative to coffee or chocolate.

 Manufacturer: kkäo Co.

Launch date: 28th July 2016

Ingredients:

  • 100% Natural Cacao Husk
  • Caffeine Free
  • GMO-Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • No Artificial Additives
  • Ethically Sourced

Shelf Life: 1 year

Packaging: Zip Lock Pouch

Brand Website: kkao.co

 

Pickled vegetable range with ‘lift and drain’ packaging

Adelaide food producer Spring Gully Foods has launched a range of pickled vegetables packaged in innovative ‘lift and drain’ baskets.

The range, which is available nationally through Coles, includes Australian grown and processed cucumbers, pickled onions, olives and capsicums.

The lift and drain packaging, in which the products sits in a basket without a container, is an Australian first for this category. The basket can be lifted from the liquid to allow easy use.

“We last processed Australian gherkins about 25 years ago when they were grown by commercial grape growers in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley as a secondary crop,” said Spring Gully’s Managing Director Kevin Webb.

“Since then we have been sourcing them from overseas. However, we recently signed a multi-year agreement with a large commercial market gardener at Virginia, north of Adelaide and will receive around 300 tonnes of fresh cucumbers this year. This volume is anticipated to increase year on year.”

Coles General Manager Grocery, Neil Lake said the supermarket is passionate about innovation and supporting Australian businesses to innovate and grow.

“We are proud to work with Spring Gully Foods to grow their business and develop new products for our customers to try. Their focus on innovation has led to these new products being the only items packaged in plastic containers in the category, making it easier and more convenient than ever for Australians to enjoy some of their favourites,” he said.

Loving earth updates pantry range

Loving Earth, the Melbourne chocolate company, known for its bean to bar chocolate made from raw cacao, has updated the branding of its pantry range.

The decision came after the company’s rebrand of its organic, vegan chocolate and Buckini breakfast range last year. The intention of this packaging refresh was to bring their pantry range more into line with the aesthetic of the new look.

This is also the first unveiling of the companies’ updated mantra ‘Food is Sacred’, replacing ‘Healthy Sustainable Fair’ on all packaging.

“As a company we believe food is sacred; it is the reason Loving Earth exists and we want to lead with that in all we do. We are still a company that creates healthy products, in a sustainable manner, with the intention of supporting indigenous growers with fair trade,” said Martha Butler, Creative Director and co-owner of Loving Earth.

“Rebranding the pantry range was the next step in bringing all our products under the same roof. As with the initial rebrand, we want to keep evolving as a company and challenging ourselves to keep up-to-date with our philosophy and all the iterations of that.”

Loving Earth is stocked in most health food and independent organic stores nationwide, as well as across New Zealand, and the UK.