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.

McKenzie’s SuperBlend wins healthy food award

Mckenzie’s Foods has taken out the Australian Healthy Food Guide’s 2016 Product of the Year award with their wholesome SuperBlend range. The award recognises products with outstanding nutritional value that makes healthy eating easier than ever before.

The Healthy Food Guide awards identify the healthiest foods on supermarket shelves to make it easy for consumers to shop, buy and eat good food. The judging panel consisted of the esteemed television nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan, Healthy Food Guide editor Andrea Duvall, popular author and nutritionist Catherine Saxelby and Healthy Food Guide dietitian Brooke Longfield.

“We are very excited and honoured to have our SuperBlend Protein be named Healthy Food Guide’s Product of the Year for 2016, we appreciate the continuous support of products that have added health benefits for our customers,” said Melissa Clayton, Ward McKenzie’s Marketing Manager.

“When we launched the SuperBlend range, it was a completely new concept for McKenzie’s and we worked to create the perfect taste and nutrition combinations.”

McKenzie’s SuperBlend Protein is the perfect way to reinvent soups, sides and salads. The Product of the Year combines lentils, quinoa and beans to provide a great source of protein – an average of 20% of our recommended daily intake.

The SuperBlend range is available in three different varieties, with each variant being created to specifically to target a nutritional platform – Protein, Fibre and Energy. Ingredients include nutritious grains and pulses such as lentils, quinoa, pearl barley, freekeh and beans.


Traditional Muesli Bars

Popular wholesome snack brand Mother Earth is introducing a range of traditional Muesli Bars.

Exclusive to Woolworths stores from October 31st, the muesli bar range has three delicious varieties: strawberry and yoghurt, honeycomb and yogurt, and chocolate chip. Packed full of tasty goodness, the muesli bars are a perfect anytime snack and an ideal addition to any lunchbox.

“Mother Earth’s muesli bars are everything a traditional muesli bar should be,” Mother Earth marketing manager Caroline Potter said. “They’re chewy and tasty and filling, a great and nutritious snack for any time of the day.”


Introducing the Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit

With summer drawing closer and the warmer weather setting in, there is no doubt that many Australians will be cracking open a cool beverage to escape the scorching heat. What better way to enjoy those paradoxically lovely and excruciating summer days than with fresh fruit and alcohol? The answer is to combine those two wonderful items into one fun drink dispenser: the Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit.

Winex is tapping into the potential of the watermelon by introducing an innovative product that turns ordinary fruit into a drink dispenser.

The kit enables various fruits to be easily transformed into a one-of-a-kind drink-dispensing keg. The simple-to-use shank and faucet combination is installed into a standard, hollowed-out watermelon or pumpkin to provide effortless serving of all types of beverage creations.

“Drink dispensers have changed the way we serve drinks at functions and now the Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit will heighten that experience by bringing a quirky idea into the mix. The product is simple to use and is designed to be hassle free. You can use it a few ways: either fill it to create a vodka cocktail to infuse the essence of watermelon or simply fill it with the mint, sodawater and ice for a healthy drink for kids. It’s perfect for all types of celebrations and will definitely be a conversation starter,” said Winex director, Matt Busby.

The Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit comes with a black faucet handle, a Shank, a faucet, and a coring tool.


Hellers imports pre-cooked sausages to Australia

After two years of extensive market and consumer research Hellers, NZ’s butcher, has established a strong presence in the Australian market with its retail-ready pre-cooked sausages.

Sold initially into the Costco chain at a rate of one container a week, Hellers’ ‘Chunky Cheese’ sausages, made of lightly seasoned beef with chunks of real NZ cheese, are fast becoming a staple of the Aussie BBQ.

“We’re dipping our toe in the water,” Hellers chief executive John McWhirter said. Like the kiwi sausage, Hellers is humble about its product offering but always stands by its quality and taste. “It’s really what differentiates us wherever we are and we believe we can compete with the world’s best,” said McWhirter.

“It’s a small start but McWhirter says the move across the ditch could easily increase Hellers’ overall sales by 10%.  “It’s a big step and we wanted to ensure we got it right, an important part of that is understanding the market.”

McWhirter said feedback from focus groups and product tastings in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne was invaluable. “There were also very few kiwis in those groups so the results removed any doubt about Australians’ appetite for Kiwi fare.

“What it also reinforced was that Australian consumers have a high level of trust in New Zealand products.”

That trust is well founded. This week Hellers won the pre-cooked category of the Devro Great New Zealand Sausage category with its Classic Saveloys.

It’s the latest in a string of industry awards for Hellers over the past decade.  Now Australia is seeing the company’s acumen.

“It’s a willing market and it’s a big market, particularly when you consider for example that Sydney alone has a bigger population than New Zealand.”

The initial sausage sales are part of Hellers strategy to increase its footprint throughout Australasia under its well-known “NZ’s butcher” tagline.

“It’s a logical commercial step but we’ll do it without losing our core values and family roots,” McWhirter said.

Heilala Vanilla hits supermarket shelves in Australia

New Zealand’s original premium vanilla company, Heilala Vanilla, has launched its range into Australia’s biggest supermarket chains.

After more than 12 months of negotiations, a selection of Heilala products are now available in approximately 700 Coles stores and 839 Woolworths supermarkets throughout Australia.

Woolworths will stock the 50ml vanilla extract and the two-piece vanilla beans, while Coles will sell the multi-award-winning 65gm vanilla paste.

Previously, Heilala Vanilla has only been available through gourmet and specialist food stores in Australia.

Heilala Vanilla co-founder and CEO, Jennifer Boggiss, says the new partnership is a significant step for the company, which was established on the island of Vava’u in Tonga over a decade ago.

“Eleven years ago we harvested our first crop of vanilla beans after falling in love with the people of Vava’u and the place,” she says. “Vanilla was already growing on the island and we were instrumental in re-invigorating the vanilla industry there.”

Heilala pays its growers more than the commodity market price for vanilla beans. “From the start, our driving force was to create a premium vanilla brand that benefitted a community in a very remote part of the South Pacific,” says Jennifer. “We have seen first-hand the positive impact this has had on the local community.”

Vanilla has been available in New Zealand supermarkets for five years, with sales increasing every year.

Kakadu Plum Powder

Kakadu Plum Powder is Australia’s native superfood. It is known to have the highest source of natural vitamin C of any plant in the world, up to 100 times more vitamin C to the orange.

Product Manufacturer: Kakadu Plum Co.

Ingredients: 100% Kakadu Plum

Shelf Life: 18 months

Packaging: 50g

Product Manager: Tahlia Mandie

Country of origin: Australia

Brand Website:


New Bounce Ball: Maple Pecan

Bounce has introduced the latest ball to join the scrumptious Bounce Natural Energy Balls range, Maple Pecan, combining a mix of pecans, almonds and cashews with the natural sweetness of maple.

Bounce Australia’s nutritionist, Teresa Boyce, says, “It’s always great to see a new flavour added to the much loved Bounce Natural Energy Balls range. The Maple Pecan ball gives you a subtle flick of sweetness without the guilt of empty calories. Plus, knowing that the ball is 100% natural, contains 19% protein and a massive 40% nuts and seeds makes it a nutritious choice when you’re squeezed for time. Pecan nuts are a rich source of energy and contain beneficial nutrients, minerals and antioxidants.”

The Maple Pecan Natural Energy Ball is gluten free, contains 19% protein per ball and has no refined sugar, no artificial colours, flavours, additives or preservatives. Not only will Bounce Maple Pecan keep you feeling fuller for longer, you’ll also receive added health benefits:

Pecans are very high in energy, fibre, and are rich in essential monounsaturated fatty acids to help stabilise cholesterol levels, and assist in losing weight

Maple is rich in antioxidants, and minerals like zinc and manganese

Bounce Natural Energy Balls are available in eight additional flavours including Almond, Apple Cinnamon, Cacao Mint, Coconut Macadamia, Hazelnut Cacao, Peanut, Spirulina Ginseng and Superberry.

The Bounce philosophy focuses on the belief that good physical health and nutrition are the cornerstones of a full and vibrant life. Grab Life with Bounce Natural Energy Balls.


Organic Arjuna Ginger Bar

The Arjuna Ginger Bar is a better-for-you indulgence made with fresh organic ginger and sweetened with low-GI organic coconut sugar.

Handcrafted in East Java from organic ‘sparrow’ ginger, grown on the slopes of the Arjuna volcano (hence its name!), the Bar is a rich and deeply satisfying treat.

It also actively supports the small cooperative of farmers who sustainably farm the organic ginger used to make it. The profit-share program, known as Arjuna Share, guarantees a minimum price of 15% over commercial value, in line with Fairtrade guidelines for fresh organic ginger, and additionally pays 0.5% of worldwide sales revenue from Arjuna Ginger Bars to the organic ginger farmers’ cooperative in East Java.

Muesli and muesli bars

Carman’s, the 2016 naming rights partner of the Carman’s Women’s Fun Run, will donate 20 cents to the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) for every special edition very pink package of Carman’s muesli and muesli bars that is sold.

The limited edition packaging will feature on Carman’s Super Berry Muesli and Super Berry Muesli Bars, made with cranberries, blueberries and goji berries, which will hit supermarket shelves in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Manufacturer: Carman’s

Launch date: 1 October 2016

Ingredients – Super Berry Muesli:

Whole Grain Oats, Fruit10% (Berries [Cranberries 2%, Goji Berries 1%, Blueberries 1%], Currants, Coconut 2%), Nuts 9% (Almonds, Pecans), Seeds 9% (Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Pepitas1%), Golden Syrup, Sunflower Oil, Cinnamon.

Ingredients – Super Berry Muesli Bars:

Carman’s Muesli Blend 79% (Whole Grain Oats 47%, Fruit [Berries (Cranberries 4.3%, Goji Berries 2.9%, Blueberries 1.4%), Currants, Coconut 2.9%], Seeds 14% [Pepitas, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds], Sunflower Oil, Nuts 7% (Almonds, Pecans), Golden Syrup, Oat Flour, Cinnamon), Glucose, Natural Vanilla Flavour.

Both these products are suitable for a vegan diet.

GI RATING 50 = LOW GI (Foods with a low glycaemic index (GI) help control hunger and provide more sustained energy).

Shelf Life: 1 year

Packaging: Box

Country of origin: Australia

Brand Website:


Cacao Bliss chocolate drink

Morlife’s Cacao Bliss chocolate drink contains functional ingredients, such as cacao, maca, inulin, lemon balm, eleutherococcus and ginkgo, making it the perfect drink to enjoy and relax with… especially after a busy day.

This drinking powder incorporates the taste of cacao, coconut and lucuma with subtle hints of carob. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, at any time of the day.

Manufacturer: Morlife

Launch date: August 2016

Ingredients (average quantities):

Organic Cacao Powder (27.8%*), Coconut Powder (15.7%*), Organic Lucuma (8.6%*), Cocoa Powder, Xylitol, Strawberry powder, L-Glutamine (4%*), Natural Chocolate Flavour (4.0%), Inulin, Carob (3.4%*), Maca extract (3.3%*), Lemon Balm Extract (3.2%*), Himalayan Salt, Magnesium Citrate, Natural Vanilla Flavour (0.5%), Eleutherococcus Extract (0.3%*), Bacopa Extract, Ginkgo Extract (0.13%*), Steviol Glycosides, Guar Gum.

Shelf Life: Two years

Packaging: 150g foil pouch

Product Manager: Sahar Marvasti

Country of origin: The chocolate drink is manufactured in Australia from local and imported ingredients



DIY beer kit from Coopers

Coopers Brewery has released a new DIY Brewing extract ahead of Christmas, reviving the beer maker’s earliest successful push into lagers.

Golden Crown Lager has been released as part of the Thomas Cooper’s Selection range of extracts and celebrates Gold Crown Lager, the first lager made by Coopers in 1968.

Gold Crown was a delicate, less sweet beer of the Dortmunder style and created a whole new market for Coopers when it was introduced.

Developed by Maxwell Cooper, Gold Crown achieved strong success. Eventually superseded by other Coopers’ lager brands in 1982, the beer remains an important milestone in Coopers’ brewing history.

Coopers Marketing Manager, Brewing Products, Mr Scott Harris, said the new Golden Crown Lager extract makes a classic lager with deep golden hues and a firm malty body.

“It’s refreshingly bitter with a lingering fruity aroma, crowned by a tight compact head,” he said.

“It’s recommended to be brewed with Coopers Light Dry Malt and Coopers carbonation drops.”

Coopers has a total of 20 DIY Brewing Extracts as well as a range of brewing accessories to assist DIY beer makers.

Jarlsberg launches cheese mini’s

Jarlsberg cheese is now available in a new mini format.

Currently available at Woolworths, Coles and leading independent supermarkets in packs of five minis, each 20g Jarlsberg Mini is a perfectly round, individually wrapped miniature cheese wheel.

Bite-sized and consistent with the brand’s sweet nutty taste Australian’s have come to love, the products are ideal for breakfast on the go, school lunches, work lunches and snacking occasions.

Naturally low in lactose, the cheese portions suit the needs of today’s busy families with hectic schedules who snack more frequently but want healthier, all natural and fresh ready to eat options.