Vodka O pre-mixed cocktails

Product name: Vodka O Pre Mixed Cocktails

Product manufacturer: ASM Liquor

Ingredients: Vodka O Pear With A Hint Of Vanilla. 

  • Carbonated Filtered Water
  • Sugar
  • Reconstituted Pear Juice (5%)
  • Vodka (4.7%)
  • Brewed Apple Extract (0.3%)
  • Citric Acid
  • Natural Flavours
  • Potassium Sorbate 

Shelf life: 12 months

Packaging: 4 pack or Individual

Product manager: Nick Mann

Brand websitewww.asmliquor.com

What the company says
Australian owned ASM Liquor has released its own naturally crafted pre-mix cocktails inspired by global trends and consumer demand for more premium, crafted and healthier choices. The VODKA O pre-mix range establishes a new benchmark in the pre-mix drink market and is set to transform the Light Pre-mix category.

The naturally crafted VODKA O pre-mixes contain pure VODKA O, real fruit juices, no added colours or artificial flavours and have less sugar and fizz compared to competitors.

Inspired by the co-founders favourite drink recipes, the drinks are available in a range of flavour combinations:
– Apple, Ginger & Spice
– Pineapple, Cucumber & Mint
– Pear with a hint of Vanilla
– Strawberry, Cranberry and a touch of Basil

This is the first entry into the pre-mix category for VODKA O. VODKA O delivers a super smooth vodka experience, a result of its unique whey base, triple distillation and carbon filtration. This smoothness has been transferred to the exceptional and refreshing taste of the new VODKA O pre-mix range.

 

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Award winners announced

The 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA) trophy results have been announced, with 46 trophies awarded.

Victorian fine food producers were awarded 28 trophies overall, with 11 awarded in New South Wales, five in Tasmania, three in Western Australia, two in South Australia and one in Queensland.

The awards are Australia’s premium fine food awards, celebrating excellence in the food and produce industry.

The presentation was a celebration of both the Autumn and Spring programmes recognising the best of the best in fine food production and manufacturing across Australia.

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 trophy winners

The Victorian Award – For Best Victorian Product

Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lisadurne Hill, VIC

Cider & Perry

CHAMPION BOTTLE FERMENTED CIDER AND PERRY

Cheeky Rascal Methode Traditionelle Apple Cider, Rebello Wines, VIC

Fresh Produce

CHAMPION GARLIC

Ontos Purple, Ontos Farm, VIC

Pantry Goods

CHAMPION CEREAL/MUESLI

Granoata – Fine & Sunny – Sunmuscat, Liv & Luv Gourmet Foods, VIC

CHAMPION CRACKER

Raw Flaxseed Crackers, The Goodness Company, NSW

CHAMPION FRUIT PRODUCT

Howieson Farm Dried Apricots, Howieson Farm, NSW

CHAMPION CONFECTIONARY

English Toffee, Sweetness The Patisserie, NSW

CHAMPION SALT/SPICE PRODUCT

Murray River Gourmet Salt Flakes, Murray River Salt, VIC

CHAMPION HONEY

Buzz Honey Orange Blossom, Buzz Honey, SA

Pasta

CHAMPION PASTA

Pastabilities Kumara with Provolone & Nutmeg Ravioli, Pastabilities, NSW

Packaging

CHAMPION PACKAGING

Charlie’s Cookies Mini Melting Moments, Charlie’s Cookies, VIC

Branded Beef

CHAMPION LARGE BRANDED BEEF

Stockyard Black, Stockyard, QLD

CHAMPION SMALL BRANDED BEEF

Wuk Wuk Beef, Grassvale Farms, VIC

Branded Lamb

CHAMPION LARGE BRANDED LAMB

Remarkable Meat Co. 20-23kg weight, Australian Meat Direct, SA

CHAMPION SMALL BRANDED LAMB

Farmer Dan Grass Fed Lamb, Smugglers Cottage T/A Farmer Dan, VIC

Bread & Baked Goods

CHAMPION BISCUIT

Shortbread Button, Solcity T/A Crooked Creek, NSW

CHAMPION GLUTEN FREE BREAD AND BAKED GOODS

Lime & Coconut Cheesecake, Sweet by Nature, VIC

CHAMPION BAGEL

Coles Raisin & Cinnamon Bagel, George Weston Foods for Coles Supermarkets Australia, VIC

CHAMPION PASTRY

Manubread Framboisienne, Manubread, TAS

CHAMPION ARTISAN/SPECIALITY BREAD

Manubread Traditional Loaf, Manubread, TAS

CHAMPION TRADITIONAL BAKERY BREAD

Quinoa and Soya Loaf, Brasserie Bread, VIC

Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet

CHAMPION ICE CREAM

Serendipity Salted Pistachio Praline Ice Cream, Serendipity Ice Cream, NSW

CHAMPION GELATO

Dooley’s Premium French Vanilla Gelato, Dooley’s Ice Cream, VIC

CHAMPION SORBET

Very Berry Sorbet, The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, VIC

Delicatessen

CHAMPION DELICATESSEN

Paradise Beach Purveyors Tzatziki, Paradise Beach Purveyors, NSW

CHAMPION SMALLGOODS

Pastrami, Freshwater Village Butchery and Smokehouse, NSW

CHAMPION UNCOOKED SAUSAGE

Pork and Vino Bianco, Princi Butchers, WA

Dairy

CHAMPION BUTTER

Honey and Walnut Butter, The Butter Factory Myrtleford, VIC

CHAMPION FRESH CHEESE

Ricotta, Montefiore Cheese Australia, VIC

CHAMPION MOULD SURFACE RIPENED CHEESE

Unicorn Triple Cream Brie 125g, Snow Brand Australia, NSW

CHAMPION SOFT WASHED RIND CHEESE

King River Gold, Milawa Cheese Company, VIC

CHAMPION BLUE CHEESE

Tarwin Blue, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese, VIC

CHAMPION CHEDDAR

Pyengana Dairy Co., Pyengana Dairy Company, TAS

CHAMPION HARD CHEESE

Pecorino Plain, Floridia Cheese, VIC

CHAMPION YOGHURT

Brooklea Joi Mixed Berry, Fonterra Brands Australia, VIC

CHAMPION CREAM

Yeah Brand Double Cream, Yea Brand, VIC

CHAMPION MILK

Inglenook Dairy Cream Top Milk Unhomogenised, Inglenook Dairy, VIC

CHAMPION SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO CHEESE

Nectar Barrel, Holy Goat Cheese, VIC

CHAMPION SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO YOGHURT

Caprilac Goat Strawberry Yoghurt, UphamGo (Australia), VIC

CHAMPION SHEEP, GOAT AND BUFFALO MILK

Drysdale Cheeses Pure Goat Milk, Drysdale Cheeses, VIC

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

CHAMPION BOUTIQUE OIL

Rusty Gate Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil Picual, Rusty Gate Estate, VIC

CHAMPION COMMERCIAL OIL

Cobram Estate Classic Flavour Intensity, Cobram Estate, VIC

CHAMPION SINGLE ESTATE GROWN OIL

Lisadurne Hill – Hojiblanca, Lisadurne Hill, VIC

CHAMPION FLAVOURED OIL

Mt Buffalo Olives – Lemon Agrumato, Mt Buffalo Olives, VIC

Free Range Eggs

CHAMPION FREE RANGE EGG

Holbrook Paddock Eggs, Holbrook Paddock Eggs, NSW

Preserves

CHAMPION PRESERVE

Toscano’s – Yarra Valley Mixed Berry Jam, F & T Toscano Nom, VIC

 

Vermut Negre

Product name: Vermut Negre

Product manufacturer: Casa Mariol

Ingredients: Casa Mariol uses a base wine of Macabeo grapes, macerated with a blend of up to 150 botanicals including green walnuts, rosemary, thyme, orange peel, wormwood and cardamom. 15% Alcohol.

Shelf life: After opening keep refrigerated and consume within 30 days.

Packaging: 1 litre glass bottle

Product manager: James Duffield

Brand website: www.armadaimports.com.au/

What the company says
Casa Mariol Vermut Negre is a hand-made, barrel matured aperitif from Spain which is leading the vermouth revolution in Australia. Herbaceous and dark in colour, this vermouth is best enjoyed simply or mixed in cocktails as the perfect prelude to tapas.

 

Spiral’s organic Dijon Mustard

Product name: Organic Dijon Mustard

Product manufacturer: Spiral

Ingredients: Water, organic mustard seeds, organic cider vinegar, salt.

Shelf life: 18 months

Packaging: Sealed in a jar

Product manager: Sarah Negri

Brand website: https://www.spiralfoods.com.au/home

What the company says
A dollop of Organic Dijon Mustard is the final and necessary touch to any English Ploughman's lunch. An unbeatable combination of sourdough bread, smoked ham, cheddar and relish, brought together by the all-important tartness of Dijon mustard.

At Spiral Foods we are proud of our contributions to help slow the unnecessary changes that are occuring to our earth, climate and oceans. Our products are made by people with a passion for wholesome traditional foods of the highest standards and quality.

 

Snapple Iced Tea enters Australian market place

Premium US iced tea brand, Snapple is now available in Australia following an agreement between FMCG specialist, Stuart Alexander and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Made from real green and black tea leaves, Stuart Alexander – who has been appointed as the exclusive marketing and distribution partner for Snapple in Australia – believes that US product is well suited to the Australian marketplace.

“We’re really excited to be launching Snapple in Australia, giving Aussies the chance to experience the U.S. number one premium iced tea brand. Welcoming Snapple into our beverage portfolio complements our existing business and strengthens our growing premium beverage portfolio,” says Mark Barr, general manager, Stuart Alexander.

“New brands are successfully adding value to the iced tea category and the Snapple launch offers that incentive for would be stockists. Major retailers have already seized the opportunity to make this the summer of iced tea.”

To complement the launch of the range into the Australian market, Snapple will be conducting consumer sampling experiences in retail stores nationally as well as city hotspots.

The launch of Snapple represents the beginning of Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s expansion plans for Australia.

 

Bundaberg releases three new flavours

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, has launched three new brewed beverages: Bundaberg Apple Cider, Bundaberg Traditional Lemonade and Bundaberg Pineapple & Coconut.

The popularity of alcoholic apple cider, particularly amongst younger Australians, is one reason behind the introduction of Bundaberg Apple Cider. Bundaberg Apple Cider is non-alcoholic and is brewed for up to three days. Bundaberg Apple Cider features Royal Gala and Granny Smith apples from Australia’s Goulburn Valley.

A huge and growing trend for “retro” and nostalgia amongst Australian consumers is a key driver behind the launch of Bundaberg Traditional Lemonade. The beverage uses real Queensland Eureka lemons and is brewed for over three days.

Bundaberg Pineapple & Coconut is the third new beverage to be launched by the company this summer. The flavour combination is designed to be an alternative to alcoholic beverages, or used as a mixer with spirits.

“World-wide, there is a growing consumer trend or “thirst” if you like, for more authentic and unique “adult premium” style beverages.  Younger consumers in particular, are craving beverages which use quality natural ingredients with a unique and refreshing taste, as distinct from a standard soft drink,” chief executive, John McLean said.  

“We are excited by the opportunities the new beverages will provide our valued retail partners, in terms of building genuine incremental sales and profits. We look forward to working together to ensure our new craft brewed beverages enjoy a similar level of popularity experienced by all Bundaberg Brewed Drinks”. 

The new flavours will be supported by TV advertising, Radio, Magazine, POS combined with online and social media campaigns.

 

Best new products recognised at Fine Food

Some of the industry’s newest and most ingenious products have been recognised at Fine Food’s New Product Awards.

Announced on 16 September, the awards put the spotlight on new and innovative food service products and equipment recently launched into the market.

Exhibition manager, Minnie Constan said “We are all part of a dynamic, exciting and ever evolving industry and events such as the New Product Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate everything that is great about the business we are in.”

The winners for 2014 are:

Food Service Awards
Winner: Freedom Foods for their Almond Breeze Barista Milk
Runner-up: Biozone Scientific for their product Icezone
Runner-up: Lamb Weston for their product Ultrahold Fries

Bakery Awards
Winner: Simple Simon Pie Machines for their True Blue Pie Machines
Runner-up: Macpan Australia for their product Macpan Cyclops
Runner-up: Monika for their product Monika Pathfinder

Retail Awards
Winner: Rinoldi Pasta for their Vetta Smart Pasta
Runner-up: White Prince Mushrooms for their product White Prince Crumbled Mushroom
Runner-up: Lotus & Ming for their Grab & Go Steam Box

Australian Made Awards
Winner: Borthwick Food Group for their Cocktail Angus Burger Kit
Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Spring for their Tonic Water
Eurostore for their product Neha Ice Cream

Hospitality Awards
Winner: Coolsan Australia for their product Chillsafe
Runner-up: Biozone Scientific for their product Icezone
Runner-up: Monika for their product Monika Pathfinder

The Hospitality award recognised leading-edge equipment in the industry, and was sponsored by Hospitality magazine, a fellow Cirrus Media publication.

The winner of this category was Chillsafe, a sustainable chemical disinfection process, which uses Reactive Oxygen Species as the disinfection agent to reduce microbial load. The process is safe to use and leaves no chemical residues on any surfaces as the only chemicals to contact the surfaces are reactive oxygen molecules.

The product costs hospitality businesses roughly $1 a day and can extend food’s shelf life by sanitising cool rooms, shipping containers and storage facilities.

Fine Food is an industry trade show targeting foodservice businesses, manufacturers and suppliers.

 

OMG! Desserts move into Coles

OMG! Desserts are launching in Coles’ supermarkets this week with a new range of desserts.

The four new flavours are Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Rich Chocolate Cheesecake, Lemon Curd Cheesecake and Millionaires Dessert.

The Salted Caramel Cheesecake reflects the creamy classic with a twist. It is made in the traditional way with caramel and a biscuit base.

The Rich Chocolate Cheesecake has a biscuit base, rich cheesecake and features Belgian chocolate ganache.

The Lemon Curd Cheesecake has a tangy citrus taste of the lemon curd, paired with the rich cheesecake.

The Millionaires is a traditional favourite made to our own recipe. Rich caramel covers a biscuit base that is smothered in Belgian ganache, topped with a sprinkling of white chocolate shavings.

 

Mueso muesli

Product name: Mueso

Product manufacturer: Mueso

Ingredients: coconut, puffed quinoa, triticale oats, barberry, goji berry, cinnamon, utmeg, diced apples, dig, almond, walnut, coconut sugar

Shelf life: 6 months

Packaging: clear stand up pouch

Product manager:  Victoria Wein

Brand website: https://mueso.com.au

What the company says
Mueso is the latest trending Melbourne made muesli to fill up bowls nationwide! Mueso offers a unique blend of ingredients to tantalise taste buds, some of the ingredients include: caramelised figs, coconut sugar, antioxidant filled goji berries, tritcale oats and even barberries.

Mueso is the brainchild of local food enthusiast Victoria Wein who has been working on Mueso in her home kitchen in order to find the perfect blend and bring forth a new player to the muesli market.

The company has been established to provide a high quality product. All the ingredients in the 500 gram pouch have all been sourced from the best supplier; one of the suppliers is from Western Australia. Additionally, Mueso will be ensuring that from each packet sold, they will be giving back to the local community.

The company is going to be giving back through the use of crowdsourcing initiatives. Their website (www.mueso.com.au) is providing a means for people to email in suggestions about how and where Mueso should help those in need. The company’s primary focus is to provide Mueso during the most important meal of the day, breakfast! They want to ensure people are being fed a wholesome and delicious breakfast.

 

Packaging needs to display quantity on the front: CHOICE

CHOICE is calling on policy makers not to remove the requirement that product quantity information be on the front of packaging.

CHOICE’s call comes in response to a proposal by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) to remove the requirement for Australian packaged food products to display quantity information on the front of pack.          

“Whether it is getting less joy from our chocolate bars or not so saucy pasta pots, some food companies look to pump profits by reducing portion sizes while maintaining the same price and package size,” said CHOICE spokesperson Tom Godfrey.

“Quantity statements allow consumers to quickly see what they’re paying for, such as 1.25 litres of lemonade or 220 grams of chocolate.”

Last year, Cadbury was caught out promoting 10% more joy when they increased their 200 gram block to 220 grams, even though it was originally 250 grams.

“The industry proposal to hide the quantity information on the back of pack is particularly concerning given consumers’ reliance on the information,” Godfrey said.

A national survey conducted by CHOICE suggests nearly three quarters of Australian consumers want to continue to see how much they’re getting on the front of packages. The survey of over 3000 adults found 74 per cent considered it important that quantity information is shown on the front label.

“It’s simply incorrect for industry groups to claim consumers do not care where the quantity statement is located,” Godfrey said.

Currently Australian weights and measure laws, and an international recommendation that Australia has signed, requires that quantity statements are located on the front label of packages, where it is easy for consumers to notice, read and compare figures.

“It’s important to know what you’re paying for – we’ve seen plenty of examples in the past where companies have quietly shrunk the size of products but not the price.”

 

Henkell launches new look

Henkell Trocken Sparkling Wine NV has launched a new look in the first change to the brand since 2009.

This is the first change to the brand since 2009 and has the objective of creating relevancy for the Champagne for the traditional special occasions as well as casual get-togethers and spontaneous celebrations.

Both the Henkell Trocken Sparkling Wine NV 750ml and 200ml piccolo bottles will boast the new look which includes a slimmer bottle silhouette, developed for Henkell and inspired by the classic Champagne bottle; new structured crown cap with palpable embossing; new neck ribbon with elegant embossing of the Henkell lettering and hot foil stamping and blind embossing; new neck foil with a fleur-de-lis; and new label with high-quality finish, hot foil stamping and blind embossing and emphasised fleur-de-lis.

Henkell export director Klaus Kuerten said, “The new look gives the brand a stylish and vibrant design while at the same time lending it even more international appeal and inspiring a taste for sparkling wine enjoyment and special moments”.

 

Quorn Pies and Schnitzels

Product name: Quorn Pies and Schnitzels

Product manufacturer: Quorn

Ingredients: Mince and Potato Pie: Water, wheat flour (iron, thiamin, niacin, calcium carbonate), Quorn Mince (18%) [mycoprotein* (16%), rehydrated free range egg white, firming agent (calcium chloride), acidity regulator (calcium acetate), barley malt extract, caramelised sugar], vegetables 14% [potato (6%), onion, swede, carrot], vegetable oil, maize starch, salt, canola oil, free range egg, yeast extract, emulsifier (471), milk, sage, white pepper, wheat maltodextrin, dextrose, sunflower oil, raising agent (503)

Shelf life: Approximately 18 months

Packaging: 400g cardboard box with two pies in each.

Product manager: Suzanne Harman

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

What the company says  
Mince & Potato Pies (200g each) – This pie features a meat and soy-free form of high quality protein with diced potato in a rich savoury gravy topped with puff pastry.

Chicken-Style & Leek Pies (200g each) – Inspired by the household favourite, meat-free, soy-free chicken style pieces are combined with sweet leeks and a rich, tasty creamy sauce topped with puff pastry.

Tomato & Cheese Schnitzels (240g each) – Better than any pub meal, the chicken-style schnitzels are covered with a tomato and cheese sauce and coated in crunchy golden breadcrumbs.
 

Latasha’s Kitchen’s Malaysian Satay Paste

Product name: Malaysian Satay Paste

Product manufacturer: Latasha's Kitchen

Ingredients: Peanuts, chilli, coconut cream, spices, tamarind juice, peanut oil, lemongrass, palm sugar, candlenuts, shrimp paste, lemon juice, salt, vinegar. Contains crustacean, peanut and nut product.

Shelf life: 2 years

Packaging: 180g Net Glass Jar

Product manager: Latasha Menon

Brand website: www.latashaskitchen.com.au

What the company says
A nutty, thick and spicy paste ideal as a staple in any pantry. Made with fresh lemongrass, ginger, garlic and chillies, and combined with warm roasted crushed peanuts and hand blended spices – this versatile paste is sure to please.

Refrigerate after opening and use within 8 weeks of opening. Always use a dry, sterilised spoon. Top left over paste with olive oil.

Made in Australia from local and imported fresh ingredients and premium herbs & spices. Gluten and preservative Free, with no artificial fillers or flavour enhancers.

Latasha's Kitchen is dedicated to the art of cooking homestyle regional dishes using traditional methods and techniques.

 

Gippsland Dairy Organic Yogurt

Product name: Gippsland Dairy Organic Yogurt

Product manufacturer: Gippsland Dairy

Ingredients: (Vanilla flavoured yogurt): Organic milk, Organic sugar, Milk solids, Water, Rice starch, Natural flavours, Thickener (Locust Bean Gum), Food acid (Citrus acid), Yogurt cultures

Packaging: 900g tub

Shelf life: Once opened, consume within 3 days

Product manager: Lynley Radford, General Manager of Sales and Category on Gippsland Dairy

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

What the company says
This month Gippsland Dairy introduces a new range of Organic yogurts.

The Gipplsand Dairy Organic range will consist of 450g tubs in Vanilla, Mango and Blackberry & Raspberry flavours and 900g tubs in Vanilla and Natural flavours. This product line will be available exclusively in Woolworths from late-August 2014.

The Gippsland Dairy Organic range is Australian Certified Organic (ACO), one of the most respected and rigorous standards in the world for organic production. The new range has been carefully crafted to cater to the growing number of Australians who are looking for organic food products. Gippsland Dairy Organic is also free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours.

Gippsland Dairy is one of the top five yogurt brands in the country and the latest move is set to make it accessible to even more Australians.

Vitasoy Coconut Milk

Product name: Vitasoy Coconut Milk

Product manufacturer: Vitasoy

Ingredients: Filtered water, coconut cream (min. 8%), raw sugar, minerals (calcium phosphate), emulsifier (471), stabiliser (407, 418), natural flavour, sea salt

Shelf life: 9 months

Packaging: 1L, UHT

Brand website: https://www.soy.com.au

What the company says
Coconut milk is a new way to enjoy an alternative to dairy, soy and other plant milks – it's also lactose free. Using real coconut to make its coconut cream, Vitasoy Coconut Milk is perfect for cereals, smoothies or as a dairy alternative in cooking savoury dishes and baking.

Vitasoy is one of the first major manufacturers to bring coconut milk to Australian food fanatics keen to try out new flavours. Look out for Vitasoy Coconut Milk on shelf in major supermarkets from mid-September, RRP $3.79 for both Original and Unsweetened.

Vitasoy Coconut Milk:

  • Made from real coconut cream, with the consistency of lite milk*
  • It’s low in sugar and has at least 1/3 less calories than lite milk*, just 75 calories per serve
  • Contains the goodness of calcium
  • It’s naturally lactose and dairy free with no colours or preservatives
  • Available in two variants from major supermarkets:
  1. Vitasoy Coconut Milk Original (1L)
  2. Vitasoy Coconut Milk Unsweetened (1L)

* Based on dairy milk with 1% fat containing 51 calories and 6.1g total sugars per 100mL (NUTTAB 2010)

On Shelf: From 15th September 2014

 

Connoisseur’s Empire Collection

Product name: The Empire Collection

Product manufacturer: Connoisseur

Ingredients (red bean with coconut flavour): Cream (32%), Skim Milk Concentrate, Water, Sugar, Glucose Syrup (Wheat), Desiccated Coconut (2%), Red Bean Paste (1.5%), Dextrose Monohydrate, Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Origin Emulsifier [471 (Soy)], Vegetable Gums (410, 440), Flavours, Colours (150d, 120, 163), Salt, Food Acid (327)

Packaging:  Tubs, designed by Melbourne street artist, Steve Cross

Brand website: www.connoisseuricecream.com.au/

What the company says
Connoisseur, the creators of luscious ice cream flavours such as Murray River Salted Caramel and Kangaroo Island Honey with Fig, have launched a new range of decadent gourmet ice cream.

The Connoisseur Empire Collection brings the story of ice cream to life with four unique flavour combinations inspired by four historical characters, each of whom had a connection to the very origins of ice cream. In an ode to Italy and Emperor Nero, coffee hazelnut flavoured ice cream has been taken to the next level with the addition of chocolate coated hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur sauce, while in a homage to King Louis XIV, French vanilla flavoured ice cream gets the royal treatment with the addition of choc flakes and Armagnac sauce.

Taking inspiration from the east and the extravagant Emperor Jing Zong, red bean flavoured ice cream has been paired with coconut; and as a tribute to King Cyrus of Persia, divine pistachio flavoured ice cream has been swirled with a sauce made from cinnamon, honey and dates. These four flavours make up The Empire Collection, a range packed with the signature creaminess of Connoisseur ice cream and indulgent textural extras.
 

Espresso di Manfredi 250g

Product name: Espresso di Manfredi 250g

Product manufacturer: D.E.Coffee & Tea

Ingredients: Roasted Classico coffee beans

Shelf life: 12 months

Product manager: Amy Galbac

Brand website: www.caffedimanfredi.com.au

What the company says
Leading Italianate boutique espresso brand Espresso di Manfredi has launched a take-home pack of coffee beans allowing customers to experience their Espresso di Manfredi moment at home.

The 250g Classico blend offered in the 250g pack is a fine, complex coffee with a full and textured body. Blending high-quality arabicas from South America and a touch of fine robustas from Asia, the blend offers well-balanced fruit and elegant acidity with a long lingering chocolate finish.

Teh 250g take home pack is available at Espresso di Manfredi cafés Australia wide which can be found using the café locator via www.espressodimanfredi.com/find-us.

The Espresso di Manfredi family of coffee blends is the creation of two taste masters, celebrated chef Stefano Manfredi and leading coffee roaster Wayne Archer from D.E. Coffee & Tea. At the heart of the brand is ‘Sprezzatura’ or ‘effortless mastery’. With decades of experience between them, both masters have drawn on their unique language of flavour and knowledge of food, to craft the family of blends, Classico, Audacia and Chiaro, sealing the essence of sprezzatura.

 

VIDEO: 2014 Food Magazine Awards

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The 10th annual Food Magazine Awards was the biggest and best ever, with more than 300 guests helping us celebrate at Sydney's Luna Park.

Click here to view this year's winners.

 

Jacob’s Creek’s Sparkling Lightly Range

Product name: Sparkling Lightly Range

Product manufacturer: Jacob's Creek

Packaging: Glass – 750ml

Shelf life: 12 months

Website: www.jacobscreek.com.au/home

What the company says
Jacob's Creek has launched a new pétillant-style wine range, named Sparkling Lightly.

The Sparkling Lightly range, which is available in white and rosé variants, has been developed by the winemaking team at Jacob's Creek to offer a delicately bubbly drinking experience that is enjoyable on any occasion.

“Talking to consumers revealed significant interest in wines that are less bubbly, as some people said they experience a full feeling when drinking sparkling beverages”, said Jacob's Creek Sparkling and White Winemaker, Rebekah Richardson.

“In response, we crafted this delicious Sparkling Lightly wine. By limiting the sugar in the second fermentation we have achieved its very delicate sparkling character.”

Each Jacob's Creek Sparkling Lightly wine is a blend of aromatic grape varieties such as Fiano, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and White Frontignac, among others. The result is a fresh wine that is delicately bubbly and dances lightly on the palate.

Packaged in an attractive spumante-shape bottle with a hooded cork and cage closure, Sparkling Lightly looks stylish and contemporary, both on shelf and in the home.

 

Five:am introduces organic baby yoghurt

Five:am has released the first certified organic baby yoghurt to be available at major supermarkets, that can be introduced to baby’s diet from 6 months of age.

Made with whole organic milk and live cultures, five:am has no added sugar, no preservatives and nothing artificial.

The yoghurt comes in 170g resealable tubs and will also be available in a 70g squeezie from the end of August.

The release is the latest move from the yoghurt manufacturer, which was purchased by Cussons Australia and New Zealand for £44.1 million in early August.

Five:am was founded in 2011 and has its manufacturing operations in south-east Melbourne. David Prior, founder of five:am, will continue to be involved with the business following completion of the deal.

Five:am is being acquired on a cash and debt free basis and is expected to be earnings enhancing in the current financial year.

 

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