Is there a better time for food and drink launches than in autumn? We love the new whisky from Black Bottle, the cute chocolate elephant from Laila, and the biscuits from Crosstown.
Plus there’s so much more to check out below.
Crosta & Mollica, Italian Ready Meals
Crosta & Mollica’s new range of oven-ready meals transport the taste of Italy directly to your table. Featuring four Italian staples including Lasagne al Ragù, Aubergine Parmigiana, Lasagne Alle Verdure, and Linguine Alla Pescatora. All priced between £5 - £6 each, available from Ocado.
Chicago Town, New Pizza Launches
The launches include two Crispy Chicago Thin pizzas including Loaded Cheese, and Sausage ‘N’ Pepperoni. Also, there are two Deep Dish The Ultimate Ones to choose from, Peppered Cheesesteak, and Picante Nduja. Plus two Weekender Stuffed Crust pizzas including Salt & Pepper Chicken, and Philly Cheesestack. Priced between £2.50 - £5.73. Available from all major supermarkets.
Squished, Energy Balls and Flapjack Bites
Squished, a brand from Climate Positive Food is helping to make snacking sustainable with its range of fruit energy balls and flapjacks. All created from surplus fruit that is rescued from British farms. The Energy Balls come in 2 flavours including Strawberry and Blueberry. Equally, the Flapjack Bites are available in 2 flavours, either Blueberry or Strawberry. They even make jams too! Priced at between £14.99 - £16.99 each (12 x 40g packs), from Amazon, Squished and more.
Laila, Chocolate Elephant
Just in time for Diwali (24th October), Laila one of the top rice brands in the UK has launched a new gifting range of foil wrapped hollow chocolate elephants. The chocolate elephants from Laila are in partnership with conservation charity, Born Free. 10% of the net profits from every sale of the chocolate elephants will be donated to Born Free’s global elephant conservation work. Priced at £2 per 200g elephant, from Asda, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons.
Crosstown, Festive Biscuits and Doughnuts
Move over mince pies - Crosstown has unwrapped its collection of festive flavours and sweet treats. Biscuit flavours include Chocolate and Hazelnut, a gianjua ganache between two vanilla butter biscuits topped with chocolate glaze, hazelnut nibs, and gold shimmer. Plus Cinnamon and Blackberry (vegan), two spiced biscuits dipped in cinnamon glaze, filled with blackberry jam, topped with cinnamon and raspberry crumble. Doughnuts include Brown Butter & Chestnut, Pear & Ginger, and Black Forest Cake. Priced at £12.95 (6 x biscuits), £26.95 (6 x doughnuts), from Crosstown. Available from 21st October.
Häagen-Dazs, Festive Dessert Collection
The perfect treat for the cosy season, the new mini cup collection features two delicious flavours from Häagen-Dazs, including Caramel, Lotus Biscoff Biscuit & Cream Speculoos, and Red Velvet Cheesecake! Available from Waitrose and Co-op. Priced at around £4.99.
There is an exciting new launch from Corona, their first ever non-alcoholic beer in Europe. Corona Cero is a light and golden beer that is 0.0% ABV and is a low calorie drink. Brewed with 100% natural ingredients, and clean on the pallet. Available to buy from most leading supermarkets across the UK, priced at around £4 (4 x 330ml bottles).
Black Bottle, Blended Scotch Whisky Launches
Two brand new Alchemy Series expressions from Black Bottle for 2022 including Smoke & Dagger and Andean Oak. Smoke & Dagger brings together older malts with younger smoke bombs. Grain whisky added to the cask makes a seriously heavy peated malt within the Black Bottle Alchemy Series collection. Andean Oak is a spiced experimental whisky, which matures in Andean Oak casks, giving a creamy and smooth grained finish. Both bottles are priced at £27.95 and are available from Master of Malt.
Giant Steps, Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2021
An elegant and refined chardonnay, which is also surprisingly voluptuous! Classic Yarra characters of fresh melon and citrus flavours on the nose, underpinned with notes of marzipan & hazelnut. Located in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Giant Steps is recognised as a global benchmark for cool climate Chardonnay. The winery is one of the most progressive in Australia and is known for its pursuit of site expression. Priced at £23 from Vinvm.
Green Man, Wildwood Vodka
Silent Pool Distillers have launched their Green Man Wildwood Vodka, part of their admired Green Man Spirits collection, packaged in a 94% recyclable cardboard bottle. A handcrafted spirit made with unusual botanical herbs fro the local Surrey Hills woodland, and filtered through Silent Pool Distillers charcoal hardwood sourced from the Adbury Estate. Priced at £30 (70cl), from Silent Pool Distillers and Amazon.
Beavertown, Fuzz Box Pale Ale
Beavertown Brewery has just released a brand-new Peach and Apricot Hazy Pale Ale, perfect for the autumn ahead. Made from a delicious combination of ripe peach and apricot pulp, this a hazy juice-bomb with a low bitterness. Priced at £2.35 per can or £26 for 12 cans, from Beavertown.