Golden Goose lifts lid on new Del Monte Frozen Fruit partnership with Iceland

The UK’s popular fruit brand, Del Monte has lifted the lid on a new collaborative partnership with Iceland that will see the retailer launch an extensive new Del Monte Frozen Fruit range.

In a deal brokered by the licensing agency, Golden Goose, the pair have launched the new line exclusively at Iceland and The Food Warehouse, both online and in store. The range has been developed in response to ‘increasing consumer demand for frozen foods.’

A total of 11 lines feature in the range, including single variant packs of popular fruits such as Del Monte Frozen Raspberries, and Del Monte Frozen Blueberries, as well as convenient solution orientated offerings such as Del Monte Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Mix.

The products will be listed across the majority of the Iceland and The Food Warehouse estate in the UK, with selected lines available in the Republic of Ireland. Del Monte Frozen Pomegranate Seeds will be exclusive to The Food Warehouse. 

  Martin Tilney, senior commercial director for Del Monte UK and Europe, said: “Just like Iceland, we are very focussed on offering consumers quality, convenient solutions for creating delicious and nutritious meals at home. We have over 125 years’ experience in delivering handpicked fruit of exceptional quality, kept perfectly fresh in a range of formats including canned and now, frozen too.

“This proposition is perfectly suited to the modern, health aware consumer and we are delighted to be working with Iceland to bring this range to market.” 

Andrew Staniland, trading director at Iceland, added: “We’re proud to be working with Del Monte on this frozen fruit range which allows us to offer the best quality frozen fruit options to our customers. Del Monte is well recognised as a leading household name in the fruit sector and we were excited to see the introduction of frozen options in this exclusive range.

“Frozen fruit not only offers convenience and value, it is also an incredible way to lock in nutrients and guarantee quality by freezing the best varieties at peak season. The exclusive Del Monte range is a great option for our shoppers allowing them to reduce food waste whilst feeding their families delicious, healthy fruit. We’re looking forward to seeing the response from customers as the products launch in stores and online.”

Antonia Habdank-Toczyska, client and strategy director at Golden Goose, concluded: “The Del Monte brand is immediately recognisable as a sign of fruit quality and we expect it to grow the category for Iceland. This strategic partnership is another building block in the expansion of the Del Monte® licensing programme which we will continue to develop.”

The spirit is strong with Original Stormtroopers as IP sees ‘huge online demand’ and new product launches

The Sourceror Ltd has called ‘all hands to the pump’ over the current surge in demand for Original Stormtrooper Beer, a licensed line produced in partnership with Vocation Brewery and Shepperton Design Studios, that has risen in popularity over the course of what had been dubbed Lockdown 2.0.

It’s according to The Sourceror’s Ben Fowler that such is the increase in online ordering of the licensed beer that supply chains for the business have been ‘massively challenged’, and that now ‘it really is all hands to the pump’ in order to meet demand.

Meanwhile, the Original Stormtrooper licensing programme is experiencing pick-up across the alcoholic beverage sector where it has recently launched three new 70cl gin variants to complement its successful Salted Caramel and Vodka liqueurs in B&M stores. The new spirits from Blue Tree Gifts strengthen the brand in the BWS category where it has already driven sales of over 150,000 Original Stormtrooper gift-sets.

Finally, licensee Beer Buddies is ready to unveil a new hand-sculpted wall mounted Original  Stormtrooper bottle opener: a sure sign of the brand’s potential in this space.  

Shepperton Design Studio’s Andrew Ainsworth, commented: “Any connection  between these products and the Stormtrooper’s failure to shoot straight is purely coincidental.”