In brief

02 November, 2007

Limited edition McCoy's Jackets will be returning to retailers shelves from November. The range will be available in single packs of Sour Cream & Chive and Melted Cheese & Bacon with a retail price of 44p. Multipack of six will also contain Chilli Beef flavour (rrp £1.41).

Covert security markings are being placed on all cigarette packs sold in the UK to protect against counterfeiting. Similar markings will feature on roll-your-own tobacco packs from 2008. The move follows an agreement between the Tobacco Manufactures' Association, HM Revenue & Customs and Trading Standards. "Cigarette packs will appear no different to the naked eye," according to James Ryan, Imperial Tobacco's trade communications executive.

Unilever UK has launched a new healthy snacks range under the Marmite banner. The range includes Marmite Rice Cakes and Marmite Breadsticks. Both are coated and baked with Marmite yeast extract. Marmite Rice Cakes are available in 24x30g bags and Marmite Breadsticks in 20x30g bags

(rrp 65p).

Kettle Chips' two top-selling flavours from its core range - Light ly Salted and Sea Salt

& Balsamic Vinegar - will be available in 225g bags for Christmas. A

seasonal flavour

of Mature Cheddar

& Burgundy is also being released.

United Biscuits' trade communications manager Jessica Wylie has been appointed

senior brand manager for savoury biscuits. Nick Stuart will take on responsibility for trade communications.

Paterson Arran has unveiled a range of single-origin chocolate biscuits under its Café Brontë brand. The gift collection consists of two soft cookies dipped in single-origin chocolate from Mexico and two shortbread rounds. The cookies, priced at £6.99 per 500g pack, come in Stem Ginger and Mixed Fruit flavours, while the shortbread rounds come in Clotted Cream and Cranberry, also retailing at £6.99. Marketing manager Debbie Ballach said: "Due to the limited supply of single-origin chocolate

we will be introducing exciting new varieties of the Café Brontë gift collection

through the year."

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