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Bite-Size: what's new in food and drink this week

The latest launches to keep an eye out for


Early January is traditionally not the most exciting time for new launches (even when we're not in the middle of a pandemic!) but, we're happy to report, there are some great new products hitting stores. 

From vegan-friendly cheese alternatives from M&S to a new alcohol-free beer (and accompanying rap video!) from Irish start-up The Naked Collective, not to mention a chocolatey fave's big birthday competition, there's plenty to tempt your tastebuds with below.

Eating well 

M&S has just launched its biggest-ever range of Eat Well products, which includes meals developed with guidance from health experts. They include a veggie-packed Buddha Boost Bowl (€5.50), which contains two of your five a day, and protein-filled Teriyaki Chicken & Black Rice (€6.20). But if you’re dairy-free or keeping it vegan and craving a cheese fix,  you’ll be happy to hear about the new coconut oil-based Plant Based Mature Style (€3.30) which tastes and melts like cheddar, and the first-to-market Plant-Based Greek Style cubes in brine (€4) which crumbles like feta cheese. marksandspencer.com/ie


Squeezy good

Heinz has expanded its plant base product offering (which includes Heinz Beans and Tomato Ketchup) with a new range of Plant Pantry essentials. There’s Heinz Vegan Salad Cream and a vegan version of the famed [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise which also comes in aioli and chilli flavours. The 400ml bottles are RRP€3.79 and are available in Tesco now. There’s also a [Seriously] Good Vegan Garlic Aioli and [Seriously] Good Vegan Chilli Mayo ( €2.49/220ml) available online this month and landing in Tesco stores nationwide from February.

Healthy bites

Filling your freezer with bits and pieces is a great way of making life a little easier - and healthier. Green Isle has expanded its range with two new cauliflower-based products that work well as snacks or side dishes. There’s Cauliflower Bites (€4) which are vegan-friendly, low in sugar and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and Cauliflower Fries (€4) which are made with cauliflower and potato  and are also free from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The wider range of Green Isle frozen veg includes broccoli, mixed vegetables, sweetcorn, Brussels sprouts, baby carrots, and sliced green beans and you can currently select any 2 packs for €2.50. greenislefoods.ie

Pizza - for Veganuary!

Sometimes pizza is the only thing that will do the job and if you’re currently in the middle of Veganuary, Domino’s has come to the rescue. It’s added some new products to its popular vegan-friendly range. First up is the Chick-Ain’t pizza which is made with vegan dough, vine-ripened tomato sauce, and vegan cheese and is topped with plant-based strips, crunchy onions and green and red peppers. Then there are vegan nuggets, which are perfect for dipping in Domino’s vegan Garlic & Herb dip. To order, or for more info, go to  dominos.ie

Eggcellent news

It’s Cadbury Creme Egg season once again and the much-loved gooey treat is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. To mark the occasion Cadbury has gone all Willy Wonka with a great competition. There are a number of special Golden Creme Eggs - dressed in edible gold dust - hidden among the regular ones in stores across Ireland. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one between now and Easter you could win a cash prize of up to €5,000. (As if we needed another reason to eat chocolate!). The full terms and conditions of the competition can be found on cadbury.ie .

Alcohol alternative

If you’re doing Dry January or are simply a little ‘sober curious’ this could be for you: Irish start-up The Naked Collective has just launched So.Beer, a new non-alcohol larger with a difference. Billed as a ‘beer with benefits’ it contains immune-supporting ingredients including the band’s ImmunoBoost blend, comprising complex B vitamins, polyphenols, minerals and beta glucan. In honour of Dry January So.Beer created a tongue-in-cheek video DAP (Dry Ass Pinty), featuring Irish rap talent Evans Junior and Celaviedmai. You can check it out here and for more info on So.Beer go to eu.thenakedcollective.com.