Asda research reveals 40% of Brits would rather give up chocolate than cheese

LEEDS, UK, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A fromage frenzy is sweeping the nation – 40% of Brits reveal they would rather give up chocolate than cheese. Half of Brits would sacrifice social media for cheese. Nearly one in five admit they can’t live without cheese and find themselves regularly craving it.

It’s one of the most divisive questions that splits the nation, involving two of the most addictive foods known to man – chocolate or cheese?

Now the debate has been settled, and there is clearly a fromage frenzy sweeping the country, with 40% of Brits revealing they would rather give up chocolate than cheese, according to the research from Asda to mark National Chocolate Week.

In fact, our love of cheese runs so deep, nearly half (47%) of Brits would rather sacrifice social media than ever be faced with the prospect of giving up cheese. This is followed by beer (46%), clothes shopping (45%), dining out (37%) and even hugs (27%).

Whether indulging in a mild mozzarella or salivating over a sharp stilton, nearly half of Brits (49%) admit it’s one of their favourite foods. Nearly one in five (16%) even go so far as declaring they can’t live without cheese and regularly find themselves craving it.

For those who think choosing between chocolate and cheese is an impossible predicament, Asda has come to the rescue with the launch of a genius chocolate and cheese hybrid creation, just in time for Christmas. The new Wensleydale with Chocolate and Orange Trucklecombines Award winning creamy Wensleydale with zesty orange and delicious milk and white chocolate.

An Asda spokesperson said: “It’s clear that we’re in the throes of a cheese revolution, with a new wave of innovative artisan suppliers encouraging us to think beyond conventional cheddar. Brits are experimenting more than ever and pushing the boundaries when it comes to cheese thanks to the vast array of thoughtfully crafted products available on supermarket shelves.”

Asda’s Wensleydale with Chocolate and Orange Truckle will be available in store from 23rd November with an RRP of £1.00.

Things Brits would sacrifice for cheese:
1) Social media
2) Beer
3) Clothes shopping
4) Wine
5) Dining out
6) TV
7) Phone
8) Books
9) Hugs
10) Internet

About Asda Stores Ltd.

Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers. It has more than 172,000 dedicated Asda colleagues serving customers from 609 stores, including 32 Supercentres, 330 Superstores, 34 Asda Living stores, 197 Supermarkets, 26 depots and seven recycling centres across the UK. Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. More than 18 million people shop at Asda stores every week and 98 per cent of UK homes are served by Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.


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Source: Asda

U.S. Craft Beer Sales Dominate the South American Market

Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mexico has its tequila, Cuba has rum, Brazilians drink caipirinhas and now America has craft beer.  Though the U.K. holds the most breweries per capita, the U.S. remains the largest producer of craft beer with 5,000+ breweries.  In fact, the craft beer revolution has become so strong and established in Europe and North America that the trend has begun trickling southwards and is dominating sales in places like Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.

“Sales of craft beer in Latin America are growing at between 20% and 40% a year, depending on which country you’re in,” said Daniel Trivelli in a 2016 BBC News article.  President of Copa Cervezas de America, one of the region’s biggest craft beer contests, Trivelli said craft beer sales in Chile grew nearly 25% from the previous year, which represented only 2% of the overall beer market in 2016.

Craft beer is a trend the world over, and South America is jumping on the bandwagon as its culinary scene continues to progress at an astounding rate, its craft brewing scene is getting global recognition through its introduction of America’s most popular and beloved flavors.  Here are a few of the popular craft beers from America you can find on your next visit to Central and South America:

Chub Scotch Ale • Oskar Blues Oskar Blues Brewery • Colorado

Oskar Blues Chub Scotch Ale, which was rated amongst the top 50 beers on Ratebeer comes from a funky little brew pub in Longmont, Colorado.  The dark brown color features a beautiful Beige cream reveals notes of cocoa, coffee, dried and smoked dark fruit.  Its potent alcoholic strength of 8% balances well between its sweet and slightly bitter taste.  From the brewery that began the craft-beer-in-a-can craze, the scotch ale tastes strong with big and deliciously complex flavors.

Even More Jesus • Evil Twin Brewing • New York

A black color and a persistent foam contain an aroma espresso, chocolate, and caramel.  This complex beer produced in limited quantities features an intense flavor of chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar.  Its sweet flavor, high body, and dry coffee aftertaste are recognizable throughout all 12% of its alcohol volume making it worthy of the vote of one of the best breweries in the world.

Independence Pass Ale • Aspen Brewing Company • Aspen, Colorado

Ideal for the adventurous home cook, the Independence Pass Ale is for the friend in the group who doesn’t like IPAs but wants to look like they like IPAs.  This hoppy yet balanced, high altitude rendition of the classic India Pale Ale style won Gold Medals two years in a row at the World Beer Cup, the most prestigious beer competition in the world.  A major catalyst for Aspen Brewing Company, this high-altitude rendition of the classic IPA boasts an all-around fuller flavor and smells of strong caramelized malts when you pour the off-white, hazy and “chunky” amber body into the pint.

Funk-n-Delicious, Belgian-Style Blueberry Sour Ale • Oceanside Ale Works San Diego  

Tastes as sour as blueberry jack hammer to the tongue with a hazy amber color and a thin, white, frothy head. Dedicated to using only the freshest hops and finest barleys, Oceanside Ale Works gifts to the world a series of Belgian style blonde ales spontaneously fermented with wild airborne yeast Blueberry, Peach, and Strawberry.  The Lambic/Belgian sours, aged in Johannesburg Riesling barrels with organic blueberries, gives off a mild sweet aroma and flavor of Belgian sugar, champagne, and grains.  One of the few remaining manual brew houses in the country, this 20-barrel brewery produces a hand-crafted beer with a 6% ABV you are sure to remember.  Whether you’re relaxing in luxury in Peru’s upscale Miraflores district, soaking up the arts in Sao Paulo, or experimenting with flavors in Argentina the craft beer revolution can be found nearby.

About Velour Imports
Velour Imports Limited Liability Company is an export management company which distributes alcoholic beverages through the solicitation of sales of wine, beer, and ciders to a rising number of luxury resorts and hotels around the world. The staff secures purchase orders from approved distributors, importers and agents, in addition to developing brand recognition to help increase those sales. The organization holds federal and state export licenses in compliance with the laws and regulations that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The company secures compliance, sales authority, and arranges logistics of product directly from manufacturers.

Announcing easy access to American craft beer, Velour Imports sponsored the BeerFluence #localgoesglobal, social media campaign. Running until November 4th, each week features product reviews from a different blogger, homebrewer, or journalist from Brazil, Panama, the Cayman Islands, or the U.S. For full campaign details, or a list of to participating partners, visit

Sainsbury’s launches new Taste the Difference Chocolate, Avocado & Coconut Brownie Puddings

Sainsbury’s launches new Taste the Difference Chocolate, Avocado & Coconut Brownie Puddings


Love chocolate? Love avocado? Satisfy your craving for both with Sainsbury’s new brownie pudding

London, 2017-Jun-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales of on-trend avocado have soared in recent years – Sainsbury’s has seen a 41% sales increase in the last year alone, whilst The Grocer* reports that British sales have risen nearly 200% in the last 5 years.  And now there are more ways than ever to get your avo fix!

This week Sainsbury’s has launched new Taste the Difference Chocolate, Avocado & Coconut Brownie Puddings. Fudgy and rich, the brownie uses Belgian dark chocolate, avocado and coconut and is topped with Belgian chocolate sauce and finished with delicate flakes of toasted coconut.

Simply warm in the microwave for less than a minute and indulge in the gooey chocolate goodness.

Taste the Difference Chocolate, Avocado & Coconut Brownie Puddings (2x 95g) £2.75 – with Belgian chocolate sauce and toasted coconut

Further highlights from the range include:

Taste the Difference Blueberry & Lemon Sponge (400g) £3.75 – with a tangy curd sauce and crisp granola crumble topping, perfect for sharing with the family

Taste the Difference Vanilla Latte Cheesecake Slices (2 x 91g), £2.75- with coffee and Madagascan vanilla and a dusting of cocoa, an indulgent treat for two

Taste the Difference St. Clement’s Cheesecake slices (2 x 93g) £2.75 – with a tangy orange and lemon curd and creamy Belgian white chocolate ganache, the ideal picnic pudding for two

020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury


Product recall: Agave Dream pint sized vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate chip and lavender ice creams

Product recall: Agave Dream pint sized vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate chip and lavender ice creams
Product recall: Agave Dream pint sized vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate chip and lavender ice creams


Peninsula, CA, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA is recalling all vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chocolate chip and lavender ice creams packaged in pint sized containers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was distributed across the United States through retail stores receiving product from KeHE Romeoville & Dallas warehouses, DPI NW, Americold Los Angeles & Modesto warehouses, IWI Franklin Indiana warehouse, Jakes Finer Foods Houston Texas, Haddon House Richburg South Carolina & Medford New Jersey, Grocery Outlet- CA, UNFI- Auburn Washington & Ridgefield Washington.

All of the recalled products were manufactured and packaged in a facility owned by a contract manufacturer, Dr. Bob’s of Upland, LLC. Recalled products are Agave Dream ice creams packed in pints with “best buy” date located at the bottom of the pint.

The following flavors and “Best By” dates are being recalled:

Flavor UPC Dates
Vanilla 8 9934900201 7 7/4/17, 9/8/17,10/9/17, 12/12/17, 1/14/18
Chocolate 8 9934900202 4 7/4/17, 8/5/17, 9/8/17, 10/9/17, 12/12/17, 12/24/17
Cappuccino 8 9934900204 8 7/4/17, 9/8/17, 12/2/17, 1/14/18
Chocolate Chip 8 9934900203 1 8/5/17, 12/12/17
Lavender 8 9934900206 2 12/2/17

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finding samples positive for Listeria monocytogenes in the contract manufacturer’s facility and in finished product of another company’s brand, leading the contract manufacturer to recall all ice cream products it produced for Agave Dream.

Consumers who have purchased the identified Agave Dream ice cream products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 866-993-4438 or Monday-Friday, 9 am PST-5 pm PST.

Consumers Contact:

Agave Dream

Source: FDA


Debenhams Pet Insurance latest figures show that most claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over Easter month

LONDON, 2016-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Easter is a time for celebrations, chocolate and bank holiday weekends, but pet owners nationwide are being reminded that while the Easter holidays are fun for the family, there are potentially life-threatening dangers for our pets.

In the UK, 13 million (46%) households are pet owners*.  Mislaid Easter eggs can be a tempting treat for the family’s four-legged friends, but theobromine, a chemical found in chocolate, is highly poisonous to dogs.

Latest figures from Debenhams Pet Insurance show that a third of all claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over the Easter month with the average cost of a claim being just over £300. **

In one case Hudson, a beagle, ate an Easter egg and was rushed to the vet’s for treatment. Owner Debera said:  “It is easy to forget how something as nice as a chocolate Easter eggs can cause dogs to become so ill and even die. When the worst happened and Hudson found Easter eggs left in the bedroom it was such a comfort to not have to worry about the cost of the vet, especially when we had to use an emergency out of hour’s service on Good Friday.

I found Hudson licking his lips with pleasure and as I was aware of the dangers of dogs eating chocolate I was able to take action straight away and avoid some very nasty symptoms and focus on his recovery.”

Director of Debenhams Personal Finance, Mike Hazell, said: “Sadly, we do see an increase in claims over Easter, usually down to mischievous dogs getting their paws on the family’s stash of Easter eggs.  It is useful to remind pet owners that this tasty treat is potentially life threatening for their pets, so where possible make sure that Easter eggs are stored out of the reach of hungry pooches.”

Hazell added: “While some pet owners believe Pet Insurance can be an unnecessary expense, it is clear that when the worst happens, pet insurance is essential.  With cover starting from just a couple of pound a week, peace of mind really is cheaper than most people think.”

Notes to Editors:

* Source PFMA commission

** Source Debenhams Pet Insurance and figure is an average of all claims made in 2015

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning for pets include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased reflex responses
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Advanced signs (cardiac failure, weakness, and coma)

For more information on Debenhams Pet Insurance visit,

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of over 240 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for over 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Jeff Banks, Giles Deacon, Jasper Conran, Savannah Miller, Sadie Frost and Jemima French, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Betty Jackson, Stephen Jones, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn,  Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Thea Bregazzi, Justin Thornton, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas, Justin Thornton, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.

Source: Debenhams


Laura Duncan
0141 225 3425


Debenhams Pet Insurance latest figures show that most claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over Easter month

Debenhams Pet Insurance latest figures show that most claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over Easter month

Serenata Chocolates Look Forward To Valentine’s Day

Once again chocolate is the food for expressing love. Online retailer expects that sales are set to soar on Valentine’s Day.

Online specialist Serenata Chocolates sees a better financial climate as one of the major keys for the forecasted sales boost this year.

The London-based retailer assumes that its sales will grow by more than 50% in the build-up to February 14.

Peter Ahl, Managing Director of Serenata said:

“A secure way to a woman’s heart is through chocolate. However one issue is to find out which chocolates she prefers. This is due to the fact that women can be quite particular about the ones they like.”

“Luckily, we include one of the major choices accessible on the internet to suit each and everyone’s tastes. Just to name a few secure cards, the sexy Truffle or perhaps a mixture of the stylish Belgian Van Roy Chocolates.”

The three businesses are poised for one its busiest periods of the year with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day (March 14) coming up.

Serenata Chocolates is a London merchant that offers next day and same day chocolate deliveries for customers who wish to send chocolates. The online chocolate shop offers a great variety of different Valentine’s Day chocolate. The customers can easily buy chocolate gifts online. Serenata has recently introduced a flexible “avoid the school run” delivery slot early mornings and late afternoons and evenings. With Serenata’s service customers can easily send chocolates by post in the UK.

Via EPR Network
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