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How mocktails have injected some fun into Dry January

2022-03-17T09:49:34+00:00Categories: Beverage, Flavourings, Industry News|

Happy New Year, Happy Dry JanuaryWith the departure of 2020 and new hopes and resolutions for 2021, a record number of Britons have signed up for ‘Dry January’ seeing an increase in sales of no and low alcoholic beverages.According to Alcohol Change UK 6.5 million have taken up the challenge of going alcohol-free for the

Retro is all the rage – the resurgence of nostalgic pudding flavours

2021-01-05T15:56:16+00:00Categories: Confectionery, Flavourings, Food Trends, Industry News|

The growing trend for all things retro The trend for all things ‘retro’ has been on the increase in recent years, with the demand for retro products appearing everywhere; from video games, to fashion, interior design, and everything in between. This trend has also been spreading through the food, beverage and fragrance industries; with restaurants

Where next for immunity support? 10 functional trends & ingredients to watch in the new normal

2020-07-23T15:54:50+01:00Categories: Uncategorised|

A ‘new normal’ for immunity support COVID-19 is a watershed moment for functional foods and beverages. Interest in the category has skyrocketed in the wake of the pandemic, and products associated with supporting the immune system – previously a small but steadily growing segment of the market – have been the main beneficiary. The

Lionel Hitchen Ltd – Coronavirus Statement

2021-08-24T10:54:44+01:00Categories: Industry News|

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented businesses and communities with innumerable challenges on a global basis over the last 18 months and, sadly, the direct and indirect consequences continue to cause disruption. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our employees, suppliers and customers for their continued support and understanding as we all

African flavours bring a bit of ‘Chakalaka Spice’ to the food scene!

2020-01-03T10:16:39+00:00Categories: Flavourings, Food Trends, Herbs & Spices, Industry News|

African flavours and ingredients are now seeing a rise in popularity across the food, drink, health and beauty sectors. Whilst much of the focus has initially been on North African flavours such as Harissa and Ras El Hanout, within the UK market West African and South African flavours are also increasing in popularity, with

Infusions – the big botanicals boom

2019-12-05T15:07:46+00:00Categories: Flavourings, Food Trends, Herbs & Spices, Industry News|

How it started - the ‘Gin Craze’ When William of Orange became king of England in the late 1600s, he brought with him the idea of ‘genever’; the national spirit of Holland and Belgium, flavoured predominantly with juniper berries. This was the beginning of what is now known as the ‘Gin Craze’. Due to

New Autumnal craft chocolate flavours – Speculaas, Pumpkin Spice and more…

2020-03-12T12:56:55+00:00Categories: Confectionery, Flavourings, Food Trends, Industry News|

Chocolate has always been a firm favourite for those craving a sweet treat, but recently within the chocolate market the pendulum has started to shift from the traditional flavours for chocolate such as caramel, strawberry, hazelnut and orange. The booming craft chocolate trend Craft chocolates are becoming more prevalent, especially within the Australasia market,

Lionel Hitchen appointed its first CEO, Eva Agnew

2019-11-01T15:03:08+00:00Categories: Timeline|

A focus on manufacturing and service  excellence and the implementation of our World Class Manufacturing program have assisted in ensuring that Lionel Hitchen continues to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Over the next few years an extended board of directors is assembled to ensure continued growth and success.

BRC Accreditation

2019-11-01T16:32:05+00:00Categories: Timeline|

The business demonstrates its commitment to the highest possible food industry standards when BRC Accreditation Grade A is attained on our first attempt in 2011.