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Champagne crisps and Tabasco popcorn: Innovations at ife 2017

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Gill Hyslop

By Gill Hyslop+

Last updated on 10-Mar-2017 at 12:49 GMT2017-03-10T12:49:53Z

Adding the fizz of Champagne to crisps - what could be better? One of the novel products to be showcased at ife 2017. Pic: ©iStock/Romolo Tavani
Adding the fizz of Champagne to crisps - what could be better? One of the novel products to be showcased at ife 2017. Pic: ©iStock/Romolo Tavani

UK exhibitors will be showcasing novel products at ife 2017, the international food & drink event in London from March 19 to 22.

Go vegan

Lemon + Pistachio Protein Balls is a handful of raw pitted dates, cashews, flaked desiccated coconut, poppy seeds, vegan plant-based proteins (including organic pea + brown rice) with a zesty lemony flavour. The Protein Ball Co produces a range of clean, protein-enriched, sugar- and gluten-free vegan snacks, including cacao and orange, coconut and macadamia, cheery and almond, goji and coconut, and peanut butter. It is aimed at vegans who want to add ‘15% more protein to their day’, claims the UK company. Available in boxes of 10 45 g packs at $19.50.

Enticing zing of sting

Jimmy’s UK has added chilli SKUs to its popcorn, including Tabasco Sweet Chili BBQ Popcorn and Sweet Chilli Cheese Popcorn. The Huddersfield-based popcorn maker has been producing Ready-to-Eat and Microwave Popcorn for three generations. Other flavors in its line up include Toffee, Chocolate and Cheese Popcorn, Sweet Honey, Apple Pear, Sea Salt and Smoked Paprika Popcorn. No artificial flavors or colors have been used in the GMO-free popcorn.

Batting for health

Hull-based Battle Oats has added a protein cookie to its portfolio of protein bars. Battle Oats are gluten-free protein-enriched flapjacks made using English oats, butter, coconut oil, protein isolate and other 100% natural ingredients. The GMO-free bars are high in fiber (8-9 g per bar), a natural source of energy, gluten-free, and do not contain palm oil. The bars, with a RSP of $16.99 each, come in five flavors, including White chocolate and Coconut, Cranberry & Blueberry Fusion, Cinnamon 'N' Raisin, Double Chocolate Brownie and Dark Choc Chip.

Reinventing the sandwich

According to Signature Flatbreads UK, its Sandwich Thins are great for topping, filling or toasting and have driven significant growth in the market for alternative sandwich carriers. The family business, now managed by the third generation, produces authentic flatbreads and morning goods available in ambient, chilled or frozen form, distributed throughout the UK as well as in India.

Moments of crisp bliss

The famously decadent Japanese beef known for its eye-watering price tag and marbled texture and taste is complemented with mustard and the sweet bite of honey in Savorsmith’s latest SKU, Wagyu Beef & Honey Mustard Crisps. Using home-grown British potatoes, the gluten and MSG-free range also includes indulgent flavors like Champers & Serrano Chilli Crisps (with crisp bubble accents of Champagne) and Truffle & Rosemary Crisps.

Add crunch to fruit and veggies

Emily Crisps adds crunch to real fruit and vegetables through a vacuum process that crisply dries out the plants without losing its nutritive benefits. The London company produces the halal-certified, low fat, no added sugar using organic fruit and vegetables, including Crunchy Apple, Crunchy Sweet Potato, Carrot and Beetroot, Crunchy French Beans, Sugar Snap Peas & Black Edamame, Crunchy Pineapple and Crunchy Banana. The products contain no preservatives, no additives, no added sugars, no e numbers and are gluten-free.

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