Monster Energy launches sports drink

Monster Energy has launched a new sports focused drink, Superfuel. Suitable for pre-work out power, a mid-session sip or post workout pick me up, Superfuel’s formula is a combination that re-fuels, is replenishing and infused with vitamins.
It has electrolytes for general wellness and B3 + B6 vitamins to aid focus and exercise recovery, Superfuel contains the health benefits of a sports drink, with just enough ‘Monster Magic’ to get you fired up.
Available in stores now, there are four flavours; Tropical Thunder, Purple Passion, Blue Ice and sugar-free, Zero Sugar Fantasy Fruit.

Zomberry yogurt for Halloween

This October Australians will be able to enjoy a limited-edition Halloween treat due to Chobani’s new Zomberry yogurt pot.
Landing on Woolworth’s shelves just in time for Halloween, the yogurt is a healthier alternative to traditional Halloween treats. Zomberry yogurt features grey vanilla yogurt with black sour blackberry fruit.

Monkfruit Maple-flavoured syrup

Lakanto Monkfruit Maple Flavoured Syrup is naturally sweet, containing just two net carbs and 24 calories per 30mL serve.
On average, Maple Flavoured Syrup contains 84 calories per 30ml serve, meaning that Lakanto’s Monkfruit Maple Flavoured Syrup has 60 fewer calories per serve. This makes it suitable for diabetics and healthy eaters alike to enjoy the sweetness of syrup without spiking their glycemic index.
Lakanto’s Monkfruit Maple Flavoured Syrup acts just like any other wet sugar when cooked, meaning it can be used as a direct 1:1 replacement in baking or hot drinks. There’s also no need to worry about the taste, as Monkfruit’s natural sweetness has a similar flavour profile to sugar, unlike many artificial sweeteners.

Wilderbean – pasta alternative made from chickpeas

Melbourne-based start-up Wilderbean announces two Australian firsts – the launch of its 100 per cent Australian grown Chickpea Pasta and its high protein, all natural and vegan Chickpea Mac & Cheeze. Wilderbean is recreating everyone’s favourite pantry staples using Australian grown legumes, to make them as nutritious as they are delicious, keeping taste and the sustainability of their products at the centre of their business.
Just two ingredients
While Wilderbean pasta tastes just like regular pasta, holds its shape and texture, and cooks al dente, it is powerfully different compared to durum wheat pasta. Made from only two Australian grown legumes, chickpeas and mung beans, Wilderbean pasta packs a nutritional punch. It has twice the protein and three times the fibre of regular wheat pasta while being reduced in carbohydrates and gluten free.

Bickford's releases vegan milk range

Beverage manufacturer Bickford’s has launched a vegan-friendly Premium Plant Milk range across Australia.
The five different plant-based milk varieties – Almond, Oat, Cashew, Macadamia and, an Australian first, Pistachio, are all made from over 90 per cent Australian ingredients with no artificial sweeteners or GMOs; and have been created for various ‘milk’ needs throughout the day.
With the sales for milk alternatives in Australia growing 48 per cent to 132 million litres in the past four years, the creation of five plant milk varieties is a natural step in Bickford’s evolution as a result of access to world-class technology to produce high quality ranges.
The  range will be manufactured, bottled and warehoused in the Bickford’s HAACP accredited South Australian Operations Centre.

Coles launches organic wines

Coles Liquor is launching a range of organic, Australian wines within Vintage Cellars, First Choice Liquor Market and Liquorland stores across the country. The new range of nine wines has been introduced following global trends that see customers preferencing organic wine, as well as an increase in demand for organic alcohol options in-store.
The range features wines from three Australian wineries – Paxton, Marron Creek and Jacob’s Creek, – who are all focused on promoting biodiversity and creating a product that’s made the way nature intended.
Coles Liquor’s new organic wine collection adds increased variety to Vintage Cellars, First Choice Liquor Market and Liquorland’s organic offering, with nine new organic wine options now available.

Coopers catches the Pacific Pale Ale wave

Coopers Brewery has released Pacific Pale Ale, which was formerly called Session Ale and will be available nationally from late October.
Coopers Marketing and Innovation Director, Cam Pearce, said the new look would help make Pacific Pale Ale more distinguishable to consumers seeking a summer-style beer.
“It’s still the same great tasting beer in a blue can but with a new name that we feel better reflects its position in the growing craft beer category,” Pearce said. “We launched Session Ale in late 2017 and it quickly established itself as a popular drink among craft beer enthusiasts. Since then the perception of the overall Session Ale category has evolved to now be more reflective of a mid-strength beer while Pacific has become identifiable with a style reflecting refreshment, flavour and fruitiness.”

Pampelle arrives for summer

Pampelle – the world’s first ruby red grapefruit aperitif – is bringing the French Riviera and the relaxed holiday vibes to your summer drinks.
Crafted on the banks of the River Charente in the Cognac region of France, Pampelle is an artisanal, versatile aperitif capturing the bittersweet essences of the Ruby Red Grapefruit.
With a relatively low 15 per cent ABV and 30 per cent naturally lower in sugar than other  aperitifs, Pampelle is a complex spirit served simply, focussing on the deep flavours of its natural ingredients.
The very literal star of the Pampelle show is the hand-picked Star Ruby Red Grapefruits, which are distilled three ways to make a distinctive and unique flavour profile. First, the grapefruits are halved and macerated until full extraction occurs. Then, to enhance the natural citrus aromas, fresh peels are macerated and distilled in copper. The rubies are then pressed and reduced until they become a deep, velvety red, giving its distinct colour. The distilled grapefruits are then combined with an artisanal infusion of natural botanicals, macerated citrus peels, and Pampelle’s signature Eau-de-Vie, made from grapes that have been fermented and distilled through column stills

Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake released

Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake has arrived in Australia.  Available for a limited time only, Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake is a blend of light fluffy red velvet cupcakes folded into Baileys Original Cream.
Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake (700ml) will be available from mid-October for a limited time at most liquor stores nationwide – until stocks last.

SunRice launches baby cereal

SunRice has introduced its first-ever product in the baby food category, the new SunRice Australian Baby Rice Cereal.
Recommended for babies four months and over, SunRice Baby Rice Cereal provides a source of iron and is made with Australian rice, grown with care locally in the Riverina region of New South Wales.

Rosebank limited edition single malt released

Rosebank Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the first in a series of annual, limited edition, releases – a 30 Year Old 1990 vintage, bottled un-chillfiltered at 48.6 per cent ABV.

Rosebank 30 Year Old is a hand-selected vintage, laid down in 1990, shortly before the distillery’s untimely closure in 1993. The limited-edition bottles will be marked Release One, a nod to this new chapter in Rosebank’s legacy. Each year will see a new limited-edition release, laddering up to the first “new” Rosebank spirit under Ian Macleod Distillers.

Only 4,350 bottles of Rosebank 30-Year-Old will be available to buy worldwide.

Rosebank is also giving its fans and connoisseurs the chance to get more than just a bottle of the rare whisky. The first 200 people to scan the QR code on the neck collar of their Release One bottle will be given the opportunity to enjoy a dram of Release Two at their nearest high-end, luxury bar or whisky retailer in 2021 as well as the chance to receive an early link to purchase Release Two before the general release.

Vacay alcoholic seltzer hits the market

An all-natural, alcoholic seltzer has hit Australian shores. Vacay is 100 per cent Australian-made and owned and the first of its kind to have a sommelier working on its light, crisp, clean flavour.
Research has shown that consumers are looking for options that will improve their overall wellbeing, which is one of the macro trends impacting behaviour and choice, along with taste preferences.
“I noticed a category gap in the current Australian liquor market. From a wellbeing perspective there is no one liquor category that categorically delivers all the consumers wants. Any new drink needs to be ‘better for you’, low in calories, and consumers are seeking hydration as much as refreshment,” said founder James McPhie.
With this in mind, McPhie brought on operations expert Amanda Schafer and sommelier Alex Kirkwood to develop a low calorie, unique and crisp palate to appeal to Aussies.
Brewed off a malt base, Vacay is turned into alcoholic water with the artificial colours and preservatives removed, then infused with all-natural ingredients, and then carbonated.

Plant-based pepperoni slices

Vegie Delights (Life Health Foods) is releasing pepperoni-style slices alongside new versions of its bacon-style rashers and chicken-style slices.
Dean Epps, general manager Life Health Foods Australia said the new pepperoni-style slices were formulated with the sensory experience in mind.
The slices are designed for pizza, home cooked meals, quick entrees or as part of a plant-based platter and are packaged in a new recyclable tray which provides an easy-to-peel format.
Vegie Delights has applied this improved packaging format across the rest of the Deli-style slices range to ensure that they are now all easy to peel. The brand has also developed a new recipe for its chicken-style slices.

McDonalds releases new chicken range

McDonalds will be releasing a new chicken menu featuring four permanent menu options:

  •  McSpicy – a fiery burger so hot it will bring tears to your eyes;
  • Parmi Burger – a seriously saucy burger made with parmigiana and cheese sauce;
  • Chicken Salt Shaker Fries – Macca’s iconic fries shaken up with classic chicken salt seasoning; and
  • McPieces –  pieces of Aussie chicken breast in a golden coating.

McDonald’s chicken menu is made with 100 per cent Australian chicken sourced from local suppliers.

White Claw arrives in Australia

White Claw is officially available across Australia. It has been brought to Australian shores by Lion Australia – the brewer behind beer brands, XXXX, James Squire, Furphy, Byron Bay Lager and Tooheys.
There will be three White Claw Hard Seltzer flavours available at launch: Mango, Lime and Grapefruit. White Claw Hard Seltzer is made using a blend of sparkling water, a gluten-free alcohol base and a hint of natural fruit flavour and contains only 95 calories per can.
1 White Claw has 62.3% market share in the US (IRI December 2019).

New plant-milk range to Welcome a NuYu

NuYu is an Australian range of premium long-life vegan friendly plant-milks made in South Australia.
It has a shelf life of nine months and consists of five variants – Almond, Oat, Macadamia, Cashew and Pistachio.
A CSIRO survey found that 74% of people avoiding milk and dairy were doing so due to gastrointestinal problems. Lactose intolerance has also become increasingly more common over recent years.

Pernod Ricard Winemakers releases Jacob

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has released Jacob, a vintage Australian sparkling wine.

On lees for 32 months, with the grapes sourced from a coterie of grape growers from South Australia, Jacob is bottle fermented and comprises the trinity of traditional Champagne varieties Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

Having flavours of baked apple, nougat and acidity balanced with bready complex aromas and a lasting finish, Jacob is made to be enjoyed as an aperitif or with a selection of food, particularly seafood such as chucked oysters, BBQ scallops or calamari.

Tip Top launches gluten-free bun

Tip Top Foodservice has expanded its Tip Top Burger Bun Range to include a Gluten Free Bun that looks and tastes like a ‘real’ bread bun.

With over 27 per cent of Australian bakery consumers open to consuming gluten free products, the bun is catering for a gap in the market for a soft, moist gluten free bun.

“These days, if you’ve got a burger menu without a gluten free option, you’re missing out on valuable revenue,” said Darren O’Brien, national account manager at Tip Top Foodservice. “But it’s not always easy to find a good gluten free alternative. Many of the buns we found in the market fell apart in your hands as you ate them. Some also needed to be toasted before eating. After a long research process, we have created a gluten free bun that can be eaten toasted or untoasted and doesn’t fall apart. Our bun is also brown on the outside and white on the inside, the way a burger bun should be,” he explained.

The new bun tastes just like ‘real’ bread with no strange aftertaste, something that is often associated with gluten free products. It’s also free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives so health conscious diners can be confident they’re making the right choice. Plus, it’s pre-sliced saving you time in the kitchen. They are delivered frozen, in cartons of 24.

They also have an 8-month frozen shelf life, come in convenient inner packs of 4 and defrost quickly so you can thaw as needed, without wasting any stock.

Woolworths launches dedicated BBQ range

Just in time for summer, Woolworths has launched 18 brand new BBQ-ready products made with 100 per cent Australian protein and veggies and inspired by flavours from all over the world.

It’s the first time the supermarket has launched a dedicated BBQ range which includes 7 new kebabs that hero some favourite global cuisines, 7 new burgers packed full of spices, herbs, and beans, and four vegetarian options.

The kebab range is made with Australian protein and is inspired by the flavours of the Middle East, India, Italy, Asian and Mexico. It includes: Pork Belly Kebabs with Sweet Soy, Chicken Falafel Style Kebabs with Chickpeas, Lentils & Onion, Chicken Tenderloin Kebabs with Tandoori Style Marinade, Beef Kebabs Mexican Style and Pork Kebabs Italian Style.

The burger range is also made with Australian protein and includes: Wagyu & Beef Chuck Burgers with Sauteed Onion & Cracked Pepper, Mexican Style Pork Burgers with Corn & Black Beans and Chicken Burgers with Zucchini & Parmesan.

Catering to all tastes and preferences, the Woolworths BBQ range also features four new vegetarian products, including Mexican Style Street Corn with Chipotle & Feta, Smokey Paprika Sweet Potato Wedges with Ranch Drizzle, Peri Peri Potato Wedges with Herb Crumb and a Vegetable Kebab Kit with Smokey BBQ Marinade.


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.