Chai Latte Cookies

Product name: Chai Latte Cookies

Product manufacturer: Byron Bay Cookie Company

Ingredients: (Standard Chai Latte Cookie) Wheat flour, white compound chocolate [sugar, vegetable oil, milk solids, emulsifiers (soy lecithin, 492), flavour], butter, sugar, eggs, skim milk powder, maize starch, soy lecithin, spices, cultured dextrose, natural flavour, salt raising agent (sodium bicarbonate).

May be present:  tree nuts, peanuts, egg, soy, honey, milk products and sesame seeds.

Shelf life: Nine months from date of manufacturing

Packaging: Available as individually wrapped cookies and bulk packs for cafe jars

Product manager: Emilie Emond

Brand website: www.cookie.com.au

What the company says
Blending a traditional selection of fragrant chai spices with large chunks of creamy white chocolate, the new Chai Latte cookie is the ultimate treat for cookie connoisseurs. Available now as a cafe cookie, single wrap or a gluten-free option.

 

Macadamia growers take to the skies over provenance problem

With half of Australians unaware that the macadamia nut is native to Australia, growers took to the skies on Australia Day to get their message across.

Only half of the more than 1,200 Australians that took part in a Newspoll survey could identify the macadamia but as Australian, with 32 percent claiming its Brazilian, 16 percent listing Hawaii as its place of origin and another 16 percent thought the nut originated from South Africa.

The research also revealed respondents had very little knowledge and understanding of macadamia farming with only 25 percent correctly saying harvest begins at the start of Autumn. A quarter of survey participants (26 percent) wrongly named the Northern Territory as a key growing area, 14 percent South Australia and 13 percent Victoria. 

Macadamias are predominantly grown in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and up the Queensland coast, with much smaller plantings in Western Australia producing some 40,000 tonnes each year.

To improve the understanding of macadamias, the Australian Macadamia Society took to the skies on Australia Day, hiring a skywriter to get the message across, with onlookers tweeting and posting on social media to help spread the word.

Australia is the world leader in production, research, marketing and development, and is the largest producer and exporter, delivering macadamias to more than 40 countries worldwide. Between $120 and $130 million worth of Australian macadamia products are exported each year.
 

Parents go nuts over Nestle’s ‘deceptive’ lunchbox claim

Food manufacturer Nestle and charity group Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) have been accused of promoting a new Uncle Tobys nut bar as ‘lunchbox friendly’ when in fact it should not be consumed by people with nut allergies.

According to SMH, Nestle, which owns Uncle Tobys, and worked with A&AA to develop the new products, is promoting the snack bars as a suitable option for school playgrounds, despite acknowledging that they’re not suitable for students with nut allergies.

Several doctors and parents are arguing that the affiliation of Nestle and A&AA is confusing and that the ‘lunchbox friendly’ claim is misleading.

“I think the 'lunchbox friendly' labelling is really deceptive. Mums are going to think this is a safe product when they see it,” said paediatric allergist Elizabeth Pickford.

Parents are also angered by the ‘lunchbox friendly’ claim, with Geelong mum Nicole Krasic posting on Uncle Tobys’ website, “''I'm all for education about allergies, but the [announcement] is simply Uncle Tobys marketing a product that 'appears nut free' and a way to ensure they can still sell products to kids. I'm disappointed that A&AA would support such an idea.''

A&AA, which receives funding from Nestle, is also encouraging schools that ban nuts in students’ lunchboxes to reconsider the policy. Together with Nestle, the charity wrote to thousands of schools and kindergartens last month, claiming “'While allergen restrictions do reduce risk, this strategy must be part of an overall management plan as risk can never be totally removed. To think so would increase risk to those with a food allergy.''

In recent years Nestle has lost market share to health companies that make nut-free products, as schools adopt strict no-nut policies.

 

Women want chocolate covered potato chips, Lay’s

Just as key food manufactures around the globe strive to decrease levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat in their products, North American potato chip brand, Lay’s appears to be going in the complete opposite direction with its latest offering; chocolate-coated potato chips.

The North American potato chip brand is looking to roll out the new ‘Wavy’ chocolate-covered potato chips before the end of the year, with young women pinned as the key target market, Business Week reports.

The Pepsico owned chipmaker has ‘tailor-made’ the salty-sweet combination to appeal to young women, with Lay’s senior director of marketing, Jennifer Saenz stating that the unusual snack has been developed to capitalise on the increasing demand for sweet and savoury combinations amongst that particular demographic.

“The increasing popularity of chocolate-covered snacks among our target audience, millennial women,” said Saenz.

“… They are looking for those more indulgent, savory/sweet combinations.”

The release of the controversial snack will be subject to a trial run with the potential of becoming a permanent member of the Lay’ portfolio depending on the reception of the product.

 

Wholeberry Folk

Product name: Wholeberry Folk

Product manufacturer: Wholeberry Folk

Ingredients: Strawberry Milkshake – Cupcake mix: spelt flour (50%), sugar, baking powder [raising agents (sodium bicarbonate, sodium pyrophosphate, monobasic calcium phosphate)], salt. Frosting mix: icing sugar, organic tapioca starch, freeze dried strawberries (1%).

Shelf life: One year from manufacture

Packaging: Box 395g

Brand website: www.wholeberryfolk.com.au

What the company says
Treat yourself to wholesome baked goods with the new home-style baking mixes from Wholeberry Folk.

The range of cupcake and cookie mixes was created in a real home, by real people using real ingredients.

Wholeberry Folk baked goodies are preservative- and additive-free, with all natural ingredients.

The baking mixes are made from nutritious spelt flour, using 25 percent less sugar than other leading brands. With real fruit providing natural flavour and colour, they’re a healthier alternative.

Wholeberry Folk is proudly Australian owned and made.

Cupcakes are available in Banana Split, Strawberry Milkshake and Blueberry Frost flavours, with a Cinnamon Raisin cookie mix to complete the range.

Wholeberry Folk products (RRP $6.49) are available at Woolworth supermarkets.
 

Fire at Victorian almond factory

A fire broke out last night at Olam International’s almond factory at Carwarp, near Mildura.

The Weekly Times reports that a pile of about 75,000 tonnes of almond hulls caught fire adjacent to the factory. CFA fire crews attended the fire at about 11.30 last night.

CFA spokesman Glenn Thompson told news.com.au that seven CFA crews were called to the blaze. He added that the blaze was brought under control and he did not believe the $60 million factory was under threat.

The almond hulling and processing plant was only opened in March this year. The largest plant of its kind in the southern hemisphere, it received $1.1 million investment from the Victorian government.

The fibrous almond hulls which caught alight were intended to be used as fuel for a million dollar power plant which is planned to be built next year.

 

Savoury biscuits innovate to target larger audience

An Innova Market Insights reports has found that savoury biscuits accounted for 10 percent of global new product activity in bakery products for the year ending July 2013.

The number equates to just over a quarter of total biscuit and cookie launches over the period, and represents a stronger growth rate in the savoury biscuit sector in many countries.

“The sector is also moving away from relatively plain biscuits used as an accompaniment for products such as cheese, savoury spreads and wine, and into products positioned as snacks in their own right, suitable for consumption straight from the box or with dips,” said Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights.

The report suggests that the increase in savoury biscuit product activity is a reflection of a heightened interest in healthy options. Over 40 percent of product launches featured health related claims such as low fat, organic, natural, gluten-free, as well as active claims including; added calcium or protein or specific health benefits such as heart health or digestive health.

The report also states that interest in all natural and clean label options has increased by 20 percent globally, a trend which is particularly evident in more developed markets. Other popular health claims featuring strongly in crackers and savoury biscuits include the use of wholegrains; featured on 10 percent of global launches, and source of fibre/ high fibre and gluten-free claims featured on 8 percent.

New and untraditional ingredients are also starting to appear, particularly in the US market. Nabisco’s Triscuit brand was extended in the US in mid-2013 with Brown Rice Triscuit made with wholegrain brown rice and wheat with pieces of sweet potato or red beans.

Other innovative products included the introduction of composite products such as the Milka Tuc variant – a combination of Kraft’s well-known brands, Milka chocolate and Tuc salted biscuits.

“It is clear that new product activity is helping to drive the savoury biscuits market forward,” said Williams.

“With innovation designed to increase the product’s appeal as a versatile, nutritious and tasty snack, offering planned and impulse, on-the-go and at-home options for a variety of social and domestic occasions.”

 

Chia Pod

Product name: Chia Pod

Product manufacturer: The Chia Co

Ingredients: Australian grown Chia seeds, coconut milk and real fruit.

Shelf life: Three months, keep refrigerated.

Packaging: Lid, cup and spoon are all recyclable and are made from 30% recycled content.

Brand website: www.thechiaco.com.au

What the company says
Chia Pod contains one full serve of Australian grown, sun ripened Chia seeds, mixed with coconut milk and real fruit – just three ingredients and no added sugar.

Dairy-free and vegan, Chia Pods will be sold in the refrigerated section of Woolworths supermarkets from the third week of September. Each 170g Chia Pod has been cold-processed to retain the raw nutrition, taste and colour of the fruit.

Each Chia Pod contains three grams of Omega three ALA and five grams of dietary fibre as well as essential protein, vitamins and minerals.

Chia Pod provides 100 percent of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3 and 25 percent of your fibre.

Chia Pods are ideal for people looking for a quick, delicious breakfast at work and those who are cutting sugar from their diet. Chia Pods are also perfect for pre or post workout.
 

CLIF Bar

Product name: CLIF Bar

Product manufacturer: Clif Bar & Company

Ingredients: For a full list, click here.

Shelf life: 10 months

Packaging: Kraft paper with foil inner

Product manager: Angela Kelly

Brand website: https://www.clifbar.com.au

What the company says
CLIF Bar, the top-selling energy bar in the United States and Canada, has arrived in Australia.

Made with 70 percent organic ingredients, these delicious bars offer an optimal blend of nutrition to energise people on the go.

Retailing for just $2.95, the 68g bars are available in six flavours: Blueberry Crisp, Chocolate Almond Fudge, Chocolate Chip, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.

Featuring wholesome and organic ingredients, the bars combine a mix of carbohydrates, protein and fibre to supply working bodies with the extra energy and nutrients needed for extended periods of activity.

Low on the Glycemic Index, CLIF Bars have been specially formulated to provide a steady increase in blood sugar levels, followed by a gradual decline – not a crash.

CLIF Bars also contain 11 vitamins and minerals, including antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, which play an important role in maintaining a healthy heart, skin and immune system.

 

Special K Cracker Crisps

Product name: Special K Cracker Crisps Souther Cream & Chives

Product manufacturer: Kellogg Australia

Ingredients: Dehydrated potato (43%)(potato, emulsifier [339], antioxidant [304, 221]), potato starch, brown rice flour (12%), seasoning (milk solids, maltodextrin, onion powder, dextrose, sugar, sour cream powder, salt, yeast extract, flavours, food acids [330, 270, 327], anticaking agents [341,551], herbs [chives, parsley]), sunflower oil (antioxidant [tocopherois]), corn meal, oat fibre, salt, emulsifier (471).Contains gluten containing cereals and milk.

Shelf life: As per best before date indicated on packaging

Packaging: Foil

Product manager: Jeci David

Brand website: https://www.specialkfoods.com.au

What the company says

  • They are air popped which means they are heated until they ‘pop’ (like popcorn), and as they are cooked with air, not oil, they have 60 percent less fat than regular potato chips
  • Made from a combination of potato and brown rice
  • Free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives
  • Found in the chip aisle of the supermarket

Special K Cracker Crisps will be available at Coles and independent retailers from the first week of September 2013. 

 

Special K Biscuit Moments

Product name: Special K Biscuit Moments Strawberry

Product manufacturer: Kellogg Australia

Ingredients: Wheat flours, strawberry flavoured filling (33%) (Fructose, humectant [glycerol], glucose, dextrose, strawberry puree concentrate, palm oil, thickener [pectin], natural flavour, food acids [citric acids, malic acid] acidity regulator [333,331], emulsifier [soy lecithin], plant concentrates [hibiscus, carrot]), vanilla flavoured compound (vegetable fat, sugar, skim milk powder, whey powder, anticaking agent [calcium carbonate], glucose powder, lactose, emulsifier [soy lecithin], flavour [vanilla]), sugar, maltodextrin, sunflower oil, modified maize starch, emulsifier (soy lecithin, 472e) invert syrup, raising agent (sodium bicarbonate), skim milk powder, salt, acidity regulator (450, 341)

Shelf life: As per best before date indicated on packaging.

Packaging: 10 biscuits per box (five individual packs)

Product manager: Jeci David

Brand website: https://www.specialkfoods.com.au

What the company says
Some days make us feel mad as a hatter and when 3pm strikes we need a moment to unwind – in order to keep our heads! That’s when it’s time for a Special K Biscuit Moment – an afternoon treat you can feel good about.

Special K Biscuit Moments are available in two devilishly good flavours – Strawberry and Blueberry. A vanilla flavoured drizzle topping ensures each crispy biscuit is absolutely bursting with flavour.
As if that isn’t enough, each packet of tastiness is less than 110 calories! So you can share a Special K Biscuit Moment with the girls at work, your Mum, even your personal trainer! Or of course, you could just keep them to yourself – they do only count for five percent of your daily calorie intake after all.

Available in Coles, Woolworths and independent supermarkets nationally from the first week of October.

 

Wonderful Pistachios Unsalted

Product name: Wonderful Pistachios Unsalted

Product manufacturer: Paramount Farms

Ingredients: Pistachios (100 percent)

Shelf life: 12 months

Packaging: Black and transparent 250g bosch bag

Product manager: James Kfouri

Brand website: https://www.wonderfulpistachios.com.au

What the company says
Nut lovers are in for a treat with Wonderful expanding its nut offering by launching a delicious new flavour to the Wonderful Pistachios range.

Now on supermarket shelves nationally is the new Wonderful Pistachios Unsalted flavour. The Unsalted pistachios are sun-ripened and dry-roasted with no added salt or oil. They are harvested with a perfect crunch and superior taste. Unsalted joins the three original Wonderful flavours – Salt & Pepper, Sweet Chili, and Roasted & Salted.

Nuts are a wise snack choice according to the 2013 Australian dietary guidelines and are a nutritious food group to incorporate in a varied diet. In-shell pistachio consumption could even encourage slower eating and the leftover shells may offer a visual cue about the amount consumed, thereby helping to reduce kilojoule intake.

With snackers being more conscious about what they consume, pistachios are a crowd pleasing option to serve when entertaining and complement other party foods The Wonderful Pistachios range of unique flavours will help spice things up at the next social gathering.

Wonderful Pistachios Unsalted are available at Woolworths nationwide at $7.99rrp.

 

Melinda’s Blueberry Lemon cupcakes

Product name: Blueberry Lemon cupcakes

Product manufacturer: Melinda Trembath

Ingredients: Gluten free self raising flour (maize starch, tapioca starch, soy flour, rice flour, raising agents (575,501,500), dextrose, stevia, dried blueberries (0.6%), dried lemons (0.36%), natural blueberry flavour(0.3%) and natural lemon flavour (0.3%)

Shelf life: 12 months

Packaging: The design aligns with the current Melinda’s pink branded packaging however the brand's added the deep green front panel to highlight the use of ‘natural’ energy sources – the glucose and stevia. The company also added a panel to the back to explain Fructose Free and refer people to its website for more information.

Used materials continue to be recycled board however at a higher grade to ensure a stable, reinforced box that sits well on all shelves and suffers minimal to no damage during supply chain.

Product manager : Melinda Trembath

Brand website: https://www.melindasgfg.com

What the company says
Part of the new fructose friendly and gluten free range, the Blueberry Lemon cupcakes are a light blend of our signature flour, dried and crushed real blueberries and lemons, and sweetened naturally with glucose and stevia. Prepare with milk, butter and eggs (or substitutes) and add some fresh blueberries for an extra flavour hit.

Freezer stable for up to six months, the fructose friendly range of Melinda's premixes can be prepared as slab cakes for events or as individual cupcakes for a special treat.

 

Morlife dominates at Food magazine awards: videos

Functional food company, Morlife, was the big winner at this year's Food magazine awards, taking out both the Confectionery and Snack Foods categories, as well as the overall Best of the Best award.

Based on the Gold Coast, Morlife's Snake lollies won the top spot in Confectionery.

Product development manager, Cheryl Stewart, said Morlife's Snakes are a healthier alternative to the jelly snakes most of us are familiar with.

"We won a Queensland government grant to produce this product. We said we'd do two things: we said we'd lower the sugar in the confectionery product, which we did by 20 percent – over and above other confectionery products – and we also said we'd add vegetables and fruit to the Snakes. 

"So the Snakes come in four different colours: there's an orange snake which has carrot and orange in the freeze dried fruit powders; there's a green snake which has spinach, spirulina and apple in it; there's a yellow snake which has pumpkin and pineapple; and a red snake which has beetroot and raspberry in it."

Stewart said Morlife's freeze dried fruit powders are key to the company's ability to market itself as a healthier confectionery brand. The powders give the Snakes colours and taste but contain no preservatives, artificial colours and are gluten-free.

Morlife's second win at the Food magazine awards was for in the Snack Foods category, for its Choc-Coated Golden Berries.

Golden Berries contain the compounds Vitamin C, A and bioflavonoids, and also have good levels of protein, Vitamin B, B2, B6, calcium, phosphorus, fibre and pectin and, to top it off, the highest magnesium content of any fruit.

To create this winning product, Morlife combined the tart yet slightly sweet Golden Berries with dark chocolate.

"Morlife Dark Chocolate Golden Berries are in themselves a unique and delightful tasting super-food," the company said in its award nomination form. "Golden Berries (aka gooseberries) are now gaining attention as an Amazonian superfruit, native to South America. The reason we incorporated these with dark chocolate is that dark chocolate contains high levels of cocoa solids, known to be a good source of polyphenols antioxidants.

"The contrast between the soft texture and tart taste of the berry with the premium dark chocolate is sure to appeal to any chocolate lover."

Stewart said Morlife imports the berries from Peru then coats them in chocolate at their Gold Coast facility.

"It's a naughty but nice snack. It's really high in antioxidants so it's a really good treat if you're going to have a snack," she said.

Just when Stewart thought she could get comfortable in her seat and enjoy the rest of the awards night, Morlife was back up on stage, claiming the night's most prestigious award – t he 2013 Best of the Best award.

The company is a worthy recipient of the Best of the Best crown. As a functional food company with a focus on developing complete nutritional food solutions, Morlife prides itself on empowering society to get 'More out of life'. The judging panel for this year's awards was impressed with the Morlife's ability to innovate not only through the development of new products including snacks, cereals, herbal teas and beverages, but also through effective packaging and a marketing campaign emphasising its point of difference.

Morlife has not only experienced impressive growth here in Australia, forming an impressive partnership with key retailers including Woolworths, but it's also established invaluable relationships with overseas markets in countries including NZ, Singapore, Thailand, the UAE and Malaysia.

Stewart credits the company's success to the passion and commitment of its team members.

"To win the Best of the Best is an honour. We must be doing something right," she told Food magazine. "I truly, honestly, believe in our mission and our vision. We're very passionate about what we do and it's all about bringing wellness to people through adding nutrient-dense ingredients to every day foods. And we're going to continue along that path."

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Spiral’s Organic Coconut Sweet Spread

Product name: Organic Coconut Sweet Spread

Product manufacturer: Spiral Foods

Ingredients: Organic coconut, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic coconut nectar

Shelf life: Two years

Packaging: 300g glass jar

Brand website: www.spiralfoods.com.au

What the company says
Spiral Food’s Organic Coconut Sweet Spread is 100 percent certified organic, has no artificial colours or flavours, and boasts the versatility to act as a spread, a topping, a sugar substitute or even just a sneaky spoonful snack.

Coconut Spread is made entirely of coconut that has been crushed in a way that creates a paste, which is then blended with the nectar from the coconut flower. Coconut oil has been proven to reduce hunger, aid in weight loss, have powerful medicinal properties and is rich in lauric acid.

It spreads like nut butter and melts in your mouth like chocolate. The richness of the flavour is surprising, as is the sweetness. Its rich, light, caramel colour all but disguises the healthy spread as something that shouldn’t be this good for you.

Keep Spiral’s Coconut Spread in the cupboard with your other spreads. Smooth and melt it across crumpets or hotcakes instead of using maple syrup, use it as a sandwich filling, or spread it liberally on toast to give the kids that sweetness kick they crave, safe with the knowledge that they are reaping the health benefits of coconut. 

 

Special K launches virtual currency pop up store in Sydney

Kellogg’s is opening Australia’s first pop -up Special K Post Office which will allow consumers to purchase the brand's new savoury snack via social media.

The pop-up post office will be open for four days starting August 14th at Westfield Sydney, enabling shoppers to sample the new Special K Cracker Crisps in either Sour Cream & Chives or Honey Barbecue by posting a picture, commenting or checking into the post office via social media.

Nik Scotcher, marketing manager, snacks at Kellogg’s is excited to be launching Special K’s new product via the new and innovative pop-up post office.

“The Special K Post Office is Australia’s first shop where you don’t pay, you post – it’s where you can come in and take away a crunchy, new savoury snack simply by posting a picture, comment or checking-in on social media,” said Scotcher.

“We wanted to give people something in return for the things they do naturally on social media already – and give them a snack option which means they can say yes to that afternoon savoury chip craving and still stay on track as part of their healthy eating plan.”

The Special K Cracker Crisps are made from potato and brown rice and are air popped, omitting the need for oil. The cracker crisps have been successfully launched in the US and Canada, and mark the brands first venture into the savoury snack category in Australia.

 

Health claims dominate nutrition bar segment

Growing interest in health and convenience has seen the popularity of nutrition bars rise considerably in recent years, new research has revealed.

According to Innova Market Insights, the nutrition bar sector is enjoying rising levels of interest, in-line or even ahead of cereal bars as a whole.

Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights, said health is a big factor is the product's popularity.

"While convenience is the leading positioning for cereal bars overall, used on over 90 percent of total launches in the sector, health has also been a key driver," she said.

"This is not only in terms of the importance of nutrition and performance bars, but also in the perception of offering a healthier snack alternative to products such as confectionery, biscuits and cakes."

Over three-quarters of global launches in the 12 months to the end of April 2013 were positioned on a health platform of some kind, ranging from 'passive health', which includes natural, organic or low calorie claims, to 'active health' including vitamin-fortified, digestive health and weight management claims. This rises to over 90 percent in Australasia, just under 85 percent in the US, but just two-thirds in Asia.

Just over 22 percent of global cereal bar launches were marketed on a sports/recovery and/or energy/alertness positioning, down from just under half in 2005, when launches of bars with a sports or energy positioning peaked.

The most popular health claims overall in the cereal bars sector are additive-/preservative-free or natural claims, displayed on 27 percent of launches recorded by Innova Market Insights. This rises to over 38 percent if organic claims are also included.

Interest in fibre content is also high, with 25 percent of introductions featuring high-fibre or source of fibre claims, rising to over 31 percent if wholegrain claims are added. 'Low' and 'light' claims (i.e. low in fat, calories and/or sugar) were also popular, used on over one-fifth of launches.

"The cross-pollination between more specialist nutrition and performance bars on the one hand and more mainstream cereal and snack bars on the other, has been key to continued growth in the market as a whole," Williams said.
 

Aeroplane Sweet Treats

Product name: Aeroplane Sweet Treats

Product manufacturer: McCormick Foods Australia

Ingredients
Strawberry Jelly Slice Pack Ingredients

  • 85g Strawberry Flavoured Jelly Crystals: Sugar, Gelatine (Beef Origin), Acidity Regulators (297, 331), Flavour, Colours (129, 122, 133).
  • 15g Filling Mix:  Gelatine (Beef Origin), Sugar, Flavour.
  • 125g Crushed Biscuits: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil [Antioxidants (322, 307)], Milk Solids, Salt, Raising Agents (503, 500, 450).

Shelf life: 12 months

Packaging: High-gloss cardboard box, similar to a cake mix box. The use of bright colours stays true to the Aeroplane brand, but also gives them a point of difference in the dessert aisle of the supermarket. 

Product manager: Linsey MacIntosh

Brand website: www.aeroplanejelly.com.au

What the company says
Trusted in jelly for more than 85 years, Aeroplane has spread its wings with the new Sweet Treats desserts range, including jelly slices and mousses.

With family favourites including Strawberry Jelly Slice and Chocolate Mousse, Aeroplane’s Sweet Treats are kid-friendly dessert mixes the whole family will love.

Easy to make and lots of fun, it’s a great way to encourage the kids to enjoy themselves in the kitchen. And with no baking required, even the littlest kids can get involved.

The jelly slices are as simple as mixing and setting each layer in the fridge – and the mousses, once mixed, can be eaten straight away for a creamy texture, or popped in the fridge for a firmer set.

You can choose from Strawberry Jelly Slice or Lime Jelly Slice – each pack makes 12 yummy serves, enough to share with the family and friends. There’s also the Chocolate Mousse or Choc Honeycomb Mousse, each pack making six serves and is a tasty treat both the kids and adults can indulge in.

Look out for all four delicious family favourites in the dessert aisle of your local Woolworths supermarket now. Aeroplane Sweet Treats will be available in Coles and independent supermarkets from August 2013.
 

Snack foods slide, but chips still on top

While there has been a drop in the number of Australians buying snack foods in recent years, the humble potato chip still reigns supreme in the popularity stakes.

According to a recent study by Roy Morgan research, one-third of Australians aged 14 years and over bought potato chips over an average four week period in the year to March 2013. This is down from 36 percent in the year to March 2009.

Coming in at second was sweet plain biscuits (22 percent, down from 28 percent) and in third was nuts (22 percent, down from 24 percent).

Unsurprisingly, those living with children under the age of 16 were more likely than those without children to have purchased all the top six most popular snack foods, except for nuts (20 percent of those with kids versus 22 percent without).

It's a similar story across the Tasman, with the potato chip also the most popular snack in New Zealand, with 44 percent of Kiwis buying them in an average four week period (unchanged from 2009).

Chocolate-coated and plain sweet biscuits were tied as the second most popular snack food (30 percent, both down from 32 percent in the year to January 2009).

The research also found that New Zealand citizens – regardless of whether or not they have children – are more likely to buy the top six snack foods than their Australian counterparts.

Top six snack foods bought by Australians