Finsbury grows Gordon’s portfolio with new gin-flavour cupcakes

Specialist baker Finsbury Food Group continues to grow its longstanding partnership with global drinks giant Diageo, after announcing a second collaboration with the best-selling gin brand Gordon’s.

Following on from last summer’s successful launch of one of the brand’s signature distilled gins in cake form, Gordon’s Premium Pink Cake (available in ASDA RRP £12), Finsbury Food Group have added Gordon’s gin-inspired cupcakes to its growing portfolio with the drinks brand.

Available online and in-store at Tesco from 25 April, the Divine Duo Cupcakes are topped with gin flavour frosting and finished with edible decorations. With an RRP of £4, each pack contains three pink vanilla flavour sponges topped with gin flavour frosting and dried raspberry pieces, and three vanilla sponges topped with gin flavour frosting and lemon sugar sprinkles.

Emma Hamilton, Brand Manager at Finsbury Food Group, says: “After seeing consumers flock to purchase the Gordon’s Premium Pink Cake last summer, we knew that there was further appetite to combine Diageo’s much-loved portfolio of drink brands with our expertise and bring to market innovative products in new formats. By launching the Divine Duo Cupcakes, we are confident that we can replicate the success of our previous collaboration. Not just appealing to gin lovers, each cupcake comprises delicious flavour combinations to make this treat suitable for all to enjoy.

“With the strength of the Gordon’s brand and the exceptional products that Finsbury is known for, we can’t wait to see how consumers react to the newest edition in our range, when the cupcakes land in Tesco this spring.”

Declan Hassett, Senior Licensing Manager at Diageo, adds: “After the triumph of last summer’s Premium Pink cake, Diageo have continued to work with our partners at Finsbury to once again bring something new and exciting to the supermarket aisles. We are excited to see the enjoyment our new cupcakes bring to consumers this spring!”

Finsbury Food Group expands Diageo partnership to launch Gordon’s Pink Gin cake

The UK cake manufacturer, Finsbury Food Group is expanding on its partnership with the global drinks giant, Diageo to launch a new collaboration with the best-selling gin brand, Gordon’s.

Tapping into the ongoing success of the gin market, Finsbury has partnered with Gordon’s to launch one of the brand’s signature distilled gins in cake form, resulting in the new Gordon’s Premium Pink Cake, a pink and white sponge layered cake with raspberry jam and topped with Gordon’s Premium Pink flavoured frosting.

Having sold more than one million cases in its first two years, Gordon’s Pink Gin has tapped into a wave of consumer demand for distilled gins that now account for around 40 per cent of the total gin market by both volume and value. Lockdown saw sales in the market surge by 37 per cent in the 12 months to March 27, 2021.

Finsbury has worked in close partnership with brand owner Diageo since 2018, when it introduced the first range of adult-only cakes with Baileys. The Baileys range has listings in all major supermarkets, having since expanded to feature products such as the Chocolate Treat Blondie Bars, Salted Caramel Cupcakes, Chocolate Yule Log and two celebration cake variants in Strawberries & Cream and Chocolate Marble.

Emma Hamilton, brand manager for Finsbury Food Group, said: “We’ve worked with Diageo for many years and have seen huge success when we’ve previously married together their well-loved drinks with our expertise in crafting beautiful cakes. At Finsbury we are always looking for ways to bring innovation into the cake category, and excite the public with the launch of new products that they’ve never seen before.

“We know gin lovers will want to snap this up, but we’ve made sure that there’s enough beautiful flavours and toppings to delight those who aren’t as partial to gin too. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Gordon’s on their first cake, hopefully the first of many, and can’t wait to see people enjoying the Premium Pink cake as it lands this summer.”

Declan Hassett, senior licensing manager at Diageo, added: “At Gordon’s we work hard to challenge the industry, stay ahead of the curve and set the trends when it comes to our special Distilled Collection. We invest heavily in product innovation and following the hugely successful launch of our Premium Pink Gin in 2017, we wanted to create something really different and special for our customers. There was no better choice than partnering with Finsbury to make our cake dreams a reality.”

Gordon’s Premium Pink Cake will be available in ASDA stores and online from 25th July, and in Tesco from 6th September.

Finsbury Food Group extends its partnership with Thorntons, and we can all be happy about that

Finsbury Food Group has detailed a three-year extension to its long-term partnership with the chocolatier Thorntons, a collaboration that has driven the celebration cake market for the past 20 years.

Finsbury has developed a range of premium products through a licensing arrangement with the Thorntons business. Thorntons full cake range with Finsbury includes celebration cakes, including classic flavours such as sticky toffee and triple layer chocolate, cupcake platters, FTG Bars and the much-loved Bites, designed to make bitesize moments special, with flavours ranging from chocolate fudge brownie to caramel shortcake made with Thorntons’ traditional recipe toffee sauce.

The businesses will continue to work together until 2023, with future developments including the launch of treat bars, and further updates to the bites ranges, including seasonal, and cupcake platters.

 Jack Cook-Broussine, brand manager at Finsbury Food Group, said: “Our relationship with Thorntons is one of the longest in the industry, a true testament to the partnership we have built and the team’s ability to monitor changing consumer trends and develop products that capture the imagination of the consumer.

“We have seen huge success throughout the years of working together, particularly with our scrumptious bites products which are perfect for making bitesize moments special.

“With 20 successful years under our belt, it’s brilliant to be able to extend our partnership by another three years, particularly after what has been a challenging year for the cake industry overall. We are looking forward to seeing what 2021 brings for the brand.”

Fiona Morgan, head of Foodservice Ferrero UK & Ireland, at Ferrero UK Ltd, added: “It is through our strong partnership with Finsbury that we continue to drive the celebration cake market. There’s no denying it has been a challenging year for all, but we hope to bring some joy to consumers with our cakes this Christmas. Thorntons is also a strong player in the cake bites market, and we are excited to refresh our delicious bites ranges in the near future.”

Finsbury Food Group and Diageo launch new Baileys Marbled Celebration Cake with more to come for 2021

Cake manufacturer Finsbury Food Group and Diageo are strengthening their successful partnership by introducing the Baileys Marbled Celebration Cake to its growing Baileys range. Featuring traditional Baileys-infused frosting, the cake is on sale from September in Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury and Tesco.

Since 2018, Finsbury Food Group has been working closely with Diageo on its Baileys and Guinness brands to introduce the first range of adults-only cakes to supermarket shelves.

Successfully launching the Baileys Freakshake Cake, Baileys Chocolate Yule Log, Bailey’s Salted Caramel Cupcakes and most recently, the Wimbledon inspired Baileys Strawberries and Cream Cake, Finsbury has now created a cutting edge product that celebrates the signature flavourings of Baileys, teamed with the new, trending, marble technique.

Jack Cook-Broussine, brand manager for Finsbury Food Group, said: “As our Baileys range continues to do so well, demonstrated by the retailers’ response, we’re keen to continue working hard, creating delicious cutting-edge cakes that deliver something different to the cake fixture.

“As the autumn months approach, we want to give consumers a product that echoes current trends in the baking industry, at ease. Think, sat by the fire on a drizzly day with a piping hot cup of tea and slice of Baileys Marbled Cake. We see huge opportunities to build on the momentum of the range and continue to add more exciting SKUs in the future.”

Declan Hassett, senior licensing manager at Diageo, added: “We continue to work with Finsbury developing the ongoing success of the range. The marble effect is something we’ve wanted to put our Baileys stamp on for a while, we’ve been working hard to stay ahead of the curve and achieve the most beautiful design that still has that delicious, mouth-watering, signature Baileys taste, well loved by many.

“We have already enjoyed great success with Finsbury and our range of Baileys-infused cakes, and we have no doubt this is going to be one to be enjoyed throughout the rest of the year and beyond.”

The full range of Baileys cakes includes: Baileys Hot Chocolate Freakshake Cake, Baileys Chocolate Yule Log, Baileys Salted Caramel Cupcakes and Bailey Strawberries and Cream cake. New additions to the range are planned for 2021.