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: www.kakaduplumco.com


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: www.carmanskitchen.com.au


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

Website: www.morlife.com


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.

Tiger Buck beef jerky targets beer & liquor aficionados

Tiger Buck’s progressive branding and iconic packaging has been influenced by saloon bar games of the American frontier, and traditional playing card design.  These elements combine to create a brand that complements a premium drinking experience and delivers unmatched brand-in-hand exposure.

Tiger Buck is a medium-soft, approachable beef jerky. The signature flavour is its smokey bbq notes, and the more you chew, the more it shines through.  Tiger Buck uses no artificial flavours or colours, and is made from 100 per cent raw, unprocessed Australian Beef. It’s low in fat, it’s a great source of protein, and has also been endorsed by Coeliac Australia as a certified Gluten Free product.

This beef jerky was born of the idea that premium pre-packaged bar-snack options are almost non-existent.  Venues and retailers focus endlessly on constructing wine-lists, beer-lists, and back-bars, with snack options almost always forgotten.  A premium bar-snack can be an important addition to a customer offering, often leading to an increased spend-per-head on drinks.

The beef jerky will be available at bars and retailers across Australia in November 2016- Melbourne stockists include: The Beaufort, Stomping Ground, The Local Taphouse, Boilermaker House and Less Than Zero.

Creator, Benjamin Cairns has worked across local and global liquor brands for over 15 years.  He is currently also part of the Melbourne-based East 9th Brewing Co.  The lack of quality ‘drinking snacks’ at bars and liquor retailers drove him to create the Tiger Buck brand.

Savoury muesli bars

Uncle Tobys has crafted its very first savoury muesli bar, Roasted Macadamia & Chickpeas with Spice (35g), now available as part of the premium Farmer’s Pick range.

In addition to the new warming savoury combination, the company has also added a brand new sweet and salty delight to the popular muesli bar range, crafted using a moreish blend of  Pecan, Maple & Cashew  with Salt (35g).

Keeping the discerning snacker in mind, unlike most muesli bars you won’t find a single added flavour in the range, just the deliciously natural taste of real quality ingredients like maple syrup, almonds, macadamias, pecans and 100 per cent Australian whole grains.

Scott Coles, General Manager at Uncle Tobys, said, “Most people think ‘sweet’ when they hear the words muesli bar but we know a lot of consumers opt for savoury snacks, so we’ve crafted our very first unique tasting combination of chickpeas and spices to give shoppers real choice and variety. At Uncle Tobys, we’re committed to bringing new and delicious healthier snacks for our customers, so we’re excited to hear what snackers out there think of our latest sweet and savoury flavour creations.”

The muesli bar also feature the industry standard health star ratings, with all bars in the range achieving 4 out of 5 health star ratings, so snackers can be sure they are making the right food choices while on the go.

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.