Spiral Dip & Toss Pasta Oils

Product name: Spiral Dip & Toss Pasta Oils

Product manufacturer: Spiral Foods

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Herb Paste (Roasted Garlic, Canola/Olive Oil, Rosemary, Sage, Parsley, Dijon Mustard, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Black Pepper, Citric Acid, Salt, Cayenne Pepper), Salt, Chili Pepper.

Shelf life: 18 months

Packaging: Glass bottle

Product manager: Spiral Foods

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

What the company says
Spiral’s Dip & Toss Pasta Oils are as versatile as they are tasty. Available in Rosemary & Garlic, Sun Dried Tomato & Basil and Basil & Parmesan, the Dip & Toss Pasta Oils are made with fresh herbs and spices matched with premium quality cold-pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Spiral has blended the finest 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the punch of herbs, spices, vegetables and select specialty ingredients. Create a signature dish with this versatile pantry item or simply add to any dish that calls for olive oil.

Stir it through fresh pasta with a dollop of tapenade, or drizzle it over a pizza for that restaurant-quality taste. For something a bit different, mix the Dip & Toss Pasta Oil with vinegar and toss through a green salad, or simply use as a dip with crusty fresh bread and watch as the bowl is wiped clean.

Better for U! Barley Clusters

Product name: better for U! Barley Clusters

Product manufacturer: Popina Foods

Ingredients: Wholegrains, BARLEYmax, cranberries, macadamias, cashews, stevia, sunflower oil, golden syrup.

Shelf life: 12 months

Packaging: Cereal box

Product manager: Suzanne van Leeuwen

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

What the company says
Goodness Superfoods has extended its range of products with their new Better for U! Barley Clusters with cashews, macadamias and cranberries.The cluster cereal features BARLEYmax, a super grain, developed by the CSIRO, that can help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Goodness Superfoods products meet the guidelines and nutritional standards of Diabetes Australia – Vic, the peak consumer body working to reduce the impact of diabetes.

The Better for U! Barley Clusters, which will be on supermarket shelves from August 2014, are an excellent source of fibre and contain 25% less sugar*. The product received 4.5 out of 5 in the Health Star Ratings, a system developed by the Department of Health. It was awarded this rating due to its very high level of whole grains and prebiotics for digestive balance, nourishing the good bacteria inside the gut.


Kellogg’s releases new superfood cereal, Special K Nourish

Kellogg Australia has announced the latest addition to its Special K range, Special K Nourish.

The new breakfast cereal contains a host of ‘superfoods’ including quinoa, oats, pepita seeds and cranberries, together with the inclusion of seven vitamins and minerals including iron.

As part of the launch, Special K has partnered up with celebrity chef Karen Martini who says that the new cereal comprises ingredients that she often uses in her recipes.

“I believe it’s essential to use honest, humble and healthy ingredients. Simple is often best and I’m excited that the new Special K range now includes the ancient grain quinoa, nutritious pumpkin seeds, and tasty fruit pieces,” she says.

The launch of Special K Nourish marks the second time this year that Kellogg has upped the nutritional profile of its Special K range.  In February this year, the brand announced that it had tweaked the famous recipe for the first time in 50 years to include a higher concentration of whole grain and fibre.

Kate Harris, senior brand manager for Special K says, “Special K has changed. It’s taking a new, healthier direction in 2014 and the launch of Special K Nourish is the next significant step. After revamping the Special K flake recipe, we wanted to create some even more nutritious options for Aussie women who we know are looking for quick, great tasting breakfast options which help them feel good about their choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Special K Nourish is available in three flavours: Special K Nourish Blackcurrant, Apple & Pepita; Special K Nourish Wildberry, Raisin & Pepita; and Special K Nourish Apricot, Cranberry & Almond.

Spiral Chunky Tapenades

Product name: Spiral Chunky Tapenades

Product manufacturer: Spiral Foods

Ingredients: Green olives, black olives, roasted red peppers, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, spices, salt, lactic acid, sugar, citric acid.

Shelf life: Two years

Packaging: Glass jar

Product manager: Spiral Foods

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

What the company says
Spiral Foods Chunky Tapenades are available in three varieties: Green Olive, Black Olive and Muffuletta. Bold and full-bodied, Spiral’s Chunky Tapenades are a Mediterranean pantry staple for the busy home cook.

With roughly chopped olives and premium quality olive oil, each of the Chunky Tapenades (quite literally) brings something new to the table. Unlike most other tapenades on the market, the roughly chopped olives provide a homemade taste and appearance, almost as if you had taken the time yourself.

Spiral’s Chunky Tapenades can be used as an appetiser, mixed with fresh tomatoes and herbs and served atop crunchy bread for a bruschetta delight, as a marinade for red meat, or as a stuffing for poultry. Fold some into lightly scrambled eggs with some creamy goats cheese, or simply layer it onto a pizza base for a blast of flavour.

Cobram Estate wins Best of Class Trophy

Australian-grown Extra Virgin olive oil, Cobram Estate Classic, has been awarded a Gold Medal and Best of Class Trophy at the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition.

In order to win a Gold Medal and Best of Class trophy, an olive oil must rank in the top 0.1% of oils produced worldwide for both quality and taste.

Leandro Ravetti, chief olive oil maker at Cobram Estate says “Freshness is a key component of olive oil quality, the fresher the oil, the higher the health benefits due to increased levels of over 20 different natural antioxidants found in Extra Virgin olive oil.

In winning the awards, the product beat a line-up of olive oils that retail for up to 10 times the price.


Pompelmo Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverage

Product Name: Pompelmo Sanpellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverage

Product manufacturer: Sanpellegrino

Ingredients: Reconstituted grapefruit juice (16%), sugar, carbon dioxide, flavours, food acid (citric).

Packaging: 330ml can

Shelf life: 15 months

Product manager: Manuela Capponi

Website: www.sanpellegrino.com

What the company says
Pompelmo “Grapefruit” has 16% fruit juice and is made from the finest pure grapefruit juice which exhibits a bitter sweet, zesty taste to refresh and quench any thirst. The innovative ‘foil seal’ that shrouds the top of the can is exclusive to Sanpellegrino cans, providing tamper security and hygienic protection while reflecting the colour of fresh grapefruits. The Pompelmo can is the same great taste as the 200ml glass bottle but is now available in a more convenient can, perfect for on-the-go outdoor activities and glass free venues.


Tip Top gets personal with new campaign

Rather than personalising labels like the successful Coke campaign in 2011, Tip Top are instead providing a ‘Mum Song Dedications’ digital platform.

The microsite follows a four-step process of choosing a melody, beats, effects and lyrics to create a personalised Tip Top ‘Good on ya mum’ song.

Each song is a digital revamp of the Tip Top jingle, which can then be shared on Facebook, in an email, or with a phone call.

The campaign will also be supported by in store promotion, out of home posters, TV, radio and PR.

Group Marketing Manager, Justine Cotter said “The jingle celebrates the effort mum goes to for her family and we are excited to provide an interactive platform that allows Aussies to create their own unique, personalised, and meaningful song to dedicate to their mums.”

To check out the microsite, click here.


SPC returns to TV [video]

This week SPC is launching a new television commercial to support the launch of its Baked Beans and Spaghetti products with Sneaky Vegetables.

The range has been developed to help Australian parents struggling to get their children to eat their greens.

The ‘Sneaky veg’ range has been developed with children’s nutritional requirements in mind, with recent research finding that more than half of primary school aged children are not eating the recommended daily dose of fruit and vegetables.

Created by Leo Burnett, the TVC features different children refusing to eat their plate of vegetables, with some kids using sneaky tricks to avoid eating their greens.

SPC marketing and innovation director Bronwyn Powell said “SPC has been loved by Australian families for more than 100 years. While we’ve changed with the times, it is important our campaign remains true to the SPC brand essence.

“Our new TVC captures everything that Australians love about the brand, including its humour. I’m sure most parents will be able to relate to the scenarios in the ad when their own children refuse to eat their vegetables.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the SPC jingle and revamp our tagline to ’Happy Little Human Beings’ which explains how our new SPC products are making meal time easy for Australian parents and enjoyable for kids.”

The TVC forms part of a larger digital and PR campaign for SPC’s beans, spaghetti and fruit products that will feature former Australian Olympic swimmer Elka Whalan.

See below for the new TVC.



Weetbix goes gluten-free

Weetbix is now available in a gluten-free option, with the launch of Gluten Free Weet-Bix, made with sorghum.

Over the past six months, Sanitarium has recommissioned an entire Perth-based Weet-Bix factory into a dedicated gluten free manufacturing site.

Todd Saunders, general manager of Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Australia, said “Gluten Free Weet-Bix has been developed for people with coeliac disease. Also, people who have been advised by a health professional to avoid gluten or wheat can enjoy a great-tasting wholegrain breakfast.”

Sanitarium nutritionist and dietician Trish Guy said that Gluten Free Weet-bix looks and tastes very similar to Weet-Bix Original, and like Weet-Bix original it is also low in sugar.”

Georgie Aley, managing director of Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council said the use of sorghum, in Gluten Free Weet-Bix provides customers with a range of important nutrients and has a history of traditional use as a staple grain in several countries.

Gluten Free Weet-Bix is certified gluten free by Coeliac Australia and New Zealand.


Campbell’s boss says biscuit makers need to innovate

According to Luca Mignini, president of Campbell International, the Australian grocery sector needs to concentrate on innovation in favour of price promotions in order to remain competitive.

“We all know Australia is a market where promotion is having a key role,'' Mignini told Fairfax. ''We have just launched some innovation in terms of flavouring and there must be more than one currency with which you delight your consumer and promotion is just one of those. There are many others.''

According to Mignini, it was through innovation that the Arnott’s Tim Tam brand (which is owned by Campbell International) was able to reclaim customers that it lost to the sales of rival brands and cut-price private-label biscuits.

The Tim Tam brand launched its portion controlled Adriano Zumbo range earlier this year, which helped Arnott’s to reclaim customers and boost its share of the sweet biscuit category to 59 percent, as well as increase its majority share of the chocolate biscuit category to 80.9 percent.

Together with a renewed strategy locally, Arnott’s plans to launch its savoury biscuit range, Shapes, into the Indonesian market this year. It will also be looking to launch its Tim Tam range into other South East Asian countries.

“The launch of Shapes in Indonesia this year will be the biggest launch since the inception of Arnott's and actually I do see personally Asia as a big playground for both Arnott's and Tim Tams in particular,' Mignini said.

Spiral Organic Sugo

Product name: Basil & Garlic Sugo

Product manufacturer: Spiral Foods

Ingredients: Organic Tomatoes, Organic Tomato Puree (water, Organic Tomato Paste), Organic Onions, Organic Roasted Garlic, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Basil, Salt, Organic Garlic, Organic Spices, Citric Acid.

Shelf life: 2 years

Packaging: Glass jar

Product manager: Spiral Foods

Brand website: www.spiralfoods.com.au

What the company says
Spiral’s Organic Sugos are available in three varieties: Basil & Garlic, Arrabiata, and Primavera, making them a pantry staple to keep on repeat. Chefs Weber and Declercq hung up their aprons and headed to the Sonoma Valley to source the finest quality ingredients to put their years of expertise into a jar. With plump organic tomatoes and fresh herbs cooked to perfection, the Sugos are rich, robust, and tempered with the smoothness of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. As well as a partner to fresh pasta, they can be served as an accompaniment to meat, poultry or seafood. Add a dash of verjuice to create a broth for cooking mussels or a sauce for poached salmon.

Mrs Mac’s Oven Fresh

Product name: Oven Fresh

Product manufacturer: Mrs Mac's

Ingredients: Steak (Minimum 25%), Water, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oils [Vegetable Oil, Water, Salt, Milk Solids, Emulsifiers (471, 472c, Soybean Lecithin), Antioxidants (304, 320), Flavour, Colour (160a)], Thickener (1422), Seasoning [Wheat, Soy], Maltodextrin, Flavour

Shelf life:18 months frozen

Packaging: Two pies per pack

Brand websitehttps://www.mrsmacs.com.au

What the company says
Our range of unbaked pies are made with premium ingredients like 100% lean Australian beef, fresh free range chicken and fresh vegetables. Simply add a milk or egg-wash glaze and bake to perfection. We make it, you bake it!


Beak & Sons Classic Meatball

Product name: Beak & Sons Classic Meatball

Product manufacturer: Beak & Johnston

Ingredients: Beef, Tomato Diced, Water, Salt, Vinegar, Thickener 1422, Onion, Stock powder, Herbs, Preservative 223, Dextrose, Tomato Paste, Food Acids 330 300, Spices, Natural Flavour, Garlic, Herb Extract, Spice Extract

Shelf life: 14 days

Packaging: plastic trays

Website: www.beakandsons.com.au

What the company says
Beak & Sons has introduced a fresh take on the classic meatball recipe with juicy tomato flavours and delicious Italian herbs that enhance the rich, tender beef. A versatile family favourite Beak & Sons Classic Meatballs can be served for any occasion and prepared pan-fried, baked or barbecued. Serve with a favourite side for a simple and satisfying meal, or mixed into pasta for a classic spaghetti and meatballs dish.


SunRice Low GI Brown Rice

Product name: Low GI Brown Rice

Product manufacturer: SunRice

Ingredients: Rice

Shelf life: 12+ months

Packaging: Easy, resealable

Product manager: Sandra Lee

Brand website: www.sunrice.com.au

What the company says
This specially developed rice variety combines the benefits of a wholegrain brown rice with the advantages of being a low GI food for sustained energy release.

A healthy option carbohydrate and a great source of dietary fibre, Brown Rice is unmilled rice that has retained its bran layer, the most fibre and nutrient rich part of the grain. Naturally Low GI Brown Rice contains essential vitamins and minerals including Thiamin, Niacin and Magnesium, and it is gluten and cholesterol free which makes it a heart friendly food.

Low GI Brown Rice is:

  • Grown in Australia
  • Contains essential vitamins and minerals
  • Wholegrain and a source of dietary fibre
  • Rich nutty taste
  • Gluten and cholesterol free
  • Low in fat, sugar and salt


Coopers launch 2014 Vintage Ale

Coopers Brewery officially launched its special edition 2014 Extra Strong Vintage Ale today, at three key events in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

The fourteenth in the Vintage series, the Vintage Ale is driven by the choice of hops.

Coopers’ managing director and chief brewer Dr Tim Cooper said “This year’s selection of hops has been given careful consideration to ensure the best combination of bittering and aromatic varieties.”

“Four varieties – two Australian and two American – make up the 2014 Vintage Ale. American variety Bravo provides the foundation for the bitterness of the brew, while Galaxy and Ella from the hop-growing regions of Tasmania provide fruity aromas and flavours of peach, grapefruit and passionfruit. There are also layers of spicy notes to complement the citrus and tropical notes," he said.

"The other American variety, Cascade, harmonises and emphasises the floral and fruity undertones arising from the Tasmanian hops and from our distinctive ale fermentation.”

The yeast strain used for primary and secondary fermentation is from a family of strains used in the brewery for more than 100 years, and will enable the beer to survive a cellared journey of five years or more.

As it ages, the 2014 Vintage Ale will develop subtle flavour changes.


New “black apple” developed to rival Pink Lady

The same WA researchers that developed the Pink Lady have grown a new “black apple”, following 20 years of research.

The Department of Agriculture and Food has 75,000 trees sitting in nurseries near Manjimup ready to distribute to growers, The West Australian reports.

It’s expected it will take about two years for the fruit officially known as ANABP 1 to appear on shop shelves.

Agriculture Minister Ken Baston revealed on Wednesday (2 July) that agreements were in place for the apple to go into commercial production, with Fruit West Co-operative managing the process.

Baston said the royalty stream had the potential to underpin the future of Australian apple breeding.

Fruit West Co-operative chairman Ben Darbyshire said he took his hat off to the world-class team based at Manjimup who developed the apple.

"It is a special apple in a lot of ways," Mr Darbyshire said. "It connects with the eye and has a magical taste.

"This apple will be available for every grower to plant and ultimately it will be dev-eloped as a global variety.

"We have tried to align it with the Pink Lady, which came out of the same world-class breeding program."

The apple has been kept under wraps up until now after it was assessed and the intellectual property rights locked away.

The fruit has been taste-tested in virtual secret on consumers while trees were grown in limited numbers on South West orchards.

The apple was developed under the Australian National Apple Breeding Program with investment from the State Government and Horticulture Australia.


Tip Top expands frozen bread range

Tip Top Foodservice, the foodservice bakery division of George Weston Foods, is extending its range of frozen sliced breads.

Adding to the existing frozen sliced breads and English muffin products, Tip Top Foodservice is now also offering frozen Abbott’s Village Bakery and Burgen sliced breads as well as Golden pancakes.

Available from 7 July, the frozen bread range thaws quickly and can be stored in the freezer for up to four months.

“For Australian foodservice outlets looking to cater to the increasingly sophisticated tastes of Australian consumers, having premium rustic and health breads available is important to consumers,” said Brian Esplin, national business manager for Tip Top Foodservice.

“Tip Top Foodservice’s expanded frozen range of baked products will ensure that cafés, lunch shops and other outlets are able to always have premium product on hand. The product is frozen soon after baking to maximise freshness and our sensory appraisals confirm the quality and taste when compared to its non-frozen equivalent.”

The frozen range now includes:

  • Abbott’s Rustic White Sliced
  • Farmhouse Wholemeal Sliced
  • Country Grains Sliced and Light Rye Sliced
  • Burgen Soy Linseed Sliced and Rye Sliced
  • Golden Pancakes
  • Along with the existing offerings of White Sliced, Wholemeal Sliced, Multigrain Sliced, Super Thick White Sliced, Super Thick Raisin Bread and Traditional English muffins


The Experimental Spirits Co. launches Smoked Bacon Bourbon

The team behind the Eau De Vie cocktail bars and the Roosevelt Bar & Diner have launched a new boutique spirits company, The Experimental Spirits Co. which focuses on creating unique, high quality spirits.

Owner and founder of The Experimental Spirits Co, Sven Almenning said that he had the idea to create a boutique spirits company some time ago, but was only recently able to get the idea off the ground.

“I had an idea to create a unique boutique spirits company some time ago, when I ran my own consultancy outfit (behind bars), but due to various conflicts of interest I was unable to do so. Having now untangled myself from that, I am very excited to be launching the Experimental Spirits Co.”

Speaking about the company’s first product – a smoked bacon bourbon that has been launched to coincide with Australian Bacon Week – Almenning says that he sources genuine American bourbons and puts them through a ‘fat washing’ process, which allows the smoked bacon flavour to be integrated into the whiskey. The whiskey is then thoroughly filtered, bottled and wax sealed – all of which is done by hand.

“We developed this great little whisky when we were working on our Eau De Vie Small Batch Cocktails… and we thought it was too good not to share with the world in a more familiar format,” he says.

“It’s quite a laborious process, but it’s the nature of the products we want to produce.”

The Smoked Bacon Bourbon will initially be available within the Speakeasy Group venues including; Eau De Vie, The Eau De Vie Apothecary, The Roosevelt Bar & Diner and Eau De Vie Melbourne.

The spirit is also available for purchase via The Experimental Spirits Co’s crowdfunding campaign on Pozible.


Kez’s Kitchen’s Taking Cafe Home cookie range

Product Name Taking Cafe Home cookie range

Product Manufacturer Kez’s Kitchen

Product Manager Michael Carp

Brand Website www.kezs.com.au

What the company says

Kez’s Kitchen, has expanded its ever-popular Taking Cafe Home range with the launch of five new flavour-packed cookies, exclusive to Woolworths.

Kez’s Taking Cafe Home range allows biscuit-lovers to enjoy the luxury cafe experience in their own homes. The five new products add a creative twist to family favourites. Mini Mixed Moments is a new take on Melting Moments, a packet of nine bite-size melting moments in heavenly chocolate, red velvet and passionfruit flavours which were inspired by the French macaron. 

Using its fabulous Florentine as a muse, Kez’s Kitchen has delivered true innovation to the biscuit category and created two delicious cookie slice options: available in Fig & Date with Dark Choc and Salted Caramel Peanut & Pretzel with Milk Choc, it will be near-impossible to have just one.

Taking its famous Chocolate Chip cookies and smothering them in rich choc deliciousness has resulted in the creation of the most decadent Taking Cafe Home snacks yet: Chocolate Mud-Cookie Bites available in Chocolate Chip and Salted Caramel Fudge, both are sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Michael Carp, Managing Director of Kez’s Kitchen, is confident the products will be a new favourite among existing and new customers. “Consumers are always looking for new and exciting innovation and we are pleased that with the support of Woolworths these products will be available to Australian consumers nationally from June. These new products were created specifically so that consumers can experience cafe style, indulgent treats in the comfort of their own homes.”

New products in the Taking Cafe Home range include:

  • Mini Mixed Moments 9 in 190g pack 
  • Fig & Date with Dark Chocolate Cookie Slices 6 x 25g
  • Salted Caramel Peanut & Pretzel Milk Chocolate Coated Slices 6 x 25g
  • Chocolate Mud-Cookie Bites Chocolate Chip 200g box
  • Chocolate Mud-Cookie Bites Salted Caramel Fudge 200g box


Glengoyne Highland 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Product Name: Glengoyne Highland 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Product Manufacturer: Glengoyne

Packaging: 700ml heavy bespoke bottle and outer box featuring a fine metal stopper, crafted cartouche and branded neck tag within an oak box interior.

Brand Website: www.glengoyne.com

What the company says:

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has expanded its whisky portfolio with the release of the new 25 year old bottling.

Matured exclusively in hand-selected sherry casks for a quarter of a century, the unique malt is an important addition to the Glengoyne collection, which includes the 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 Year Old and Cask Strength malts.

Commenting on the new malt, Jonathan Scott, Area Director Asia Pacific for Ian Macleod Distillers, said:  “Now more than ever, Whisky consumption is increasing worldwide – including in Australia. We’re seeing strong demand for product developed to the highest standards, something that Glengoyne have a long-standing history in delivering.

Our newest, the Glengoyne 25YO is an extremely special malt. Matured in our traditional dunnage warehouses for 25 years in the finest European oak sherry casks, unchill-filtered and bottled as taste insists at 48%ABV, the result is a flavour of soft oak, cinnamon, stewed fruits and a Seville marmalade tang.  A perfect after dinner dram.”