The Flava People debut two new Guinness-flavoured sauces

The Flava People have teamed up with Diageo once again to launch a new range of Guinness sauces – Guinness Smoky Tomato Ketchup and Smoky BBQ Sauce, both available at Tesco stores now. The partnership was brokered by Diageo’s global brand licensing agency, Beanstalk.

Dubbed ‘the beer of taste’ and loved by chefs across the world, Guinness adds a recognisable malty, smoky flavour to everyday cupboard essentials.

Part of a wider partnership with Diageo, the ‘Guinness Kitchen’ portfolio is aimed at targeting foodies and beer lovers. The range targets consumers who enjoy experimenting with home cooking but rely on easy-to-use base ingredients and ready-made add-ons to create intense, delicious meals.

Olivia Parkes, Brand Manager for ‘Guinness Kitchen’ at The Flava People, says: “Guinness is a beer with a unique standing in the world of food and has long been associated with hearty home cooking and delicious flavour. The new sauces are designed to expand shoppers’ relationship with Guinness and food beyond that of the traditional – providing more premium, flavoursome alternatives to household cupboard staples, perfect as we enter the summer BBQ months.

“We’re now building the range with products suited to entry level through to accomplished cook, meaning we can capture consumers and introduce them to the concept of Guinness with food through the comfort food they traditionally associate with the brand, like pies and gravy, before transitioning them to more experimental formats and cooking with the Guinness flavour as an ingredient.”

Guinness Smoky BBQ sauce and Guinness Smoky Tomato Ketchup are a twist on Britain’s much loved classic table sauces. Packed full of flavour, they promise to add a little oomph to the well-loved burger and bacon butty. The two condiments are available at over 300 Tesco stores and are an addition to the Guinness food range that includes six other existing products.

Beanstalk returns to Licensing Expo with new partnerships, clients and initiatives

Celebrating its 30th year in business, global brand licensing agency Beanstalk continues to grow its clients’ licensing programmes, and has announced a series of recent new partnerships and clients in addition to new corporate initiatives in sustainability, diversity and charitable programmes.

Diageo’s Irish Stout brand, Guinness, has grown its presence in the aisles of UK supermarkets by expanding its partnership with The Flava People. The Irish beer brand launched two new sauces, the Guinness Smoky BBQ Sauce and Guinness Smoky Tomato Ketchup, bringing a twist to Britain’s much loved classic table sauces. This follows the Guinness cooking paste, a blend of Guinness beer, honey and soy, which launched in 2021.

Beanstalk also debuted a pair of cookbooks for two of its well-loved brands; Baileys partnered with HarperCollins to publish The Baileys Cookbook, featuring a collection of over 60 delectable delights, from sophisticated cocktails and desserts, to sensational hot chocolates and puddings. The recipes showcase the versatility and deliciousness of Baileys, inviting consumers to enjoy “the ultimate adult indulgent treat” at any time. Additionally, Guinness joined forces with publisher Insight Editions to bring the taste of Guinness to home kitchens with The Official Guinness Cookbook. Providing recipes for everything from savoury braised short ribs, to traditional Irish soda bread and decadent cheesecake brownies, this comprehensive book boasts over 70 recipes for dishes that feature or pair with the stouts, ales, and lagers of the Guinness breweries, including classic Guinness Draught, crisp Extra Stout, and citrusy Baltimore Blonde.

Chocolatier Godiva, together with Beanstalk, continues to expand its licensing portfolio in the U.S. and Canada with Godiva-inspired products developed in conjunction with new licensing partners, Boardwalk Frozen Treats for ice cream pints; Jimmy’s Gourmet Bakery for frozen cookie dough; Le Vian for special edition Chocolate Diamond jewelry at Kay Jewelers; and Cookies United for gingerbread house and cookie decorating kits. The four new partners join Godiva’s extensive North America licensing portfolio, including General Mills, The Cheesecake Factory and Jessica Pastries, which debuted as part of Godiva’s Holiday 2021 collection.

TGI Fridays, the iconic American bar and grill, expanded its exclusive strategic partnership with the UK’s leading frozen food retailer, Iceland, through a range of new sides, mains and sweet treats, created solely with the forthcoming BBQ season in mind. The mouthwatering dishes include Beef Short Ribs with Maple BBQ, Cheese & Jalapeño Hot Dogs and Chocolate Cookie Pie.

Long-standing client U.S. Army partnered with Manly Bands for U.S. Army branded rings; Ice Shaker, a “Shark Tank” success, for shaker bottles and stainless-steel drinkware; and Diamond Supply Company for skate apparel and accessories.

For The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Beanstalk has developed partnerships across home décor, fashion accessories, gifting and educational gaming categories. Inspired by the artworks and stories within its robust collection, The Met has worked closely with selected partners who exhibit the highest level of creative development, from home textiles to accessories to social expressions. The new licensing partnerships include Lingo for educational card games, Pura for home fragrance, Caspari for paper goods and social expressions, and Scalamandré for textiles, wallpaper and trim.

In the digital media space, Tinderbox continues to develop the licensing programme for Call of Duty. Call of Duty partnered with Middle Eastern manufacturer and distributor of licensed products, Trucare, expanding the brand’s licensing program into the MENA region, which has quickly proven to be a valuable emerging market for the global gaming industry. The partnership will see Call of Duty grow its consumer product reach into these new territories across categories including apparel, accessories, housewares, and gifting.

Keeping the momentum going, Beanstalk has also added to its diverse client portfolio of global brands. Earlier this year, Skullcandy joined the agency’s client roster to unleash the power of expression; the client partnership will extend the lifestyle audio brand across consumer electronics, sporting and outdoor goods, apparel and accessories, and experiential spaces. Beanstalk also signed Cath Kidston, extending the joyful British brand into new categories in home, fashion and gifting, globally. Most recently, Beanstalk announced its partnership with Audi, the German automotive manufacturer of premium vehicles, to extend the automotive brand into new lifestyle, technology and mobility categories.

“Throughout our 30 years, Beanstalk has strategically developed licensing programmes for some of the most globally recognised brands. These new partnerships and clients demonstrate how we continue to harness the power of licensing to successfully extend brands into new categories around the globe,” says Allison Ames, President and CEO of Beanstalk. “After a two-year hiatus, Licensing Expo 2022 provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with our industry colleagues and forge new partnerships across industries, categories and territories.”

Complementary to Beanstalk’s robust client activity, the agency has premiered several corporate initiatives. In keeping with Beanstalk’s “best practices” model, it has established a global, cross-functional Sustainability Team. The key objectives of Beanstalk’s sustainability initiatives are to align clients’ sustainability goals with licensees’ efforts and capabilities and to share information across clients, licensees and industries.

Additionally, Beanstalk’s Antiracism, Allyship and Action programme continues to make diversity, racial justice and advocacy for marginalised groups a priority through education, client service and monetary donations.

Most recently, Beanstalk unveiled Licensing Labs by Beanstalk, an initiative to raise funds for charity while providing a service to the licensing community. Through the Licensing Labs by Beanstalk promotion, the agency will work with three winners to help them identify areas of opportunity for brand extension. In turn, the winners will be asked to donate to UNICEF to aid in Ukraine relief efforts. For more information on Licensing Labs by Beanstalk, visit


Guinness partners with Ginsters to ‘elevate the at home mealtime’ with new savoury slice

The iconic Irish brewer, Guinness has joined forces with the UK pastry brand, Ginsters to launch a new Ginsters Smoky Steak and Guinness slice.

In a deal brokered by Beanstalk, the premium recipe has been developed by the Cornish born, award-winning head chef, Chris Eden – a longstanding Ginster chef partner – helping the pair innovate in the savoury slices category.

According to Ginsters, the new launch is ‘set to widen appeal among valuable post family shoppers who account for two thirds of all category spend.’

The slice combines 100 per cent British farmed beef with potato, carrot, onion, swede, leek, chestnut mushrooms, black treacle, garlic and a measure of world-famous Guinness. Brought together in a rich gravy and infused with smoked salt, the filling is then wrapped in Ginsters’ hallmark 80- layer light, puff pastry to finish.

It uses a blend of spices and quality British ingredients, including  vegetables from Hay Farm on Cornwall’s Rame Peninsula – 15 miles from the Ginsters bakery. 

Sam Mitchell, Ginsters’ managing director, commented: “We’re all looking for more excitement at the moment and lunch has become even more important in our day. We know consumers are up for trying new things and looking for recipes with a difference. It’s our job to keep the category fresh and bring flavour-driven innovations to the aisle for shoppers.

“We have come together with Guinness to contemporise a traditional recipe with our combined signature taste. Ginsters’ chefs and Guinness’ master brewers have created a bold new flavour which brings vibrancy into the subcategory while elevating the at-home mealtime occasion.” 

Neil Shah, head of Guinness Great Britain, added: “Guinness and food is an iconic combination, be it as an ingredient or as a perfect pairing. Teaming up with Ginsters is a celebration of our unique  heritages and shared values, bringing together the best of our regions – all while having fun with flavours and bringing consumers something new.” 

The Ginsters Smoky Steak & Guinness Slice is the latest in several recent co-partnered product launches for Ginsters. In 2020, the savoury pastry market leader continued its partnership with meat-free pioneer, Quorn, to launch the Vegan Peppered Steak Slice and the Ginsters’ Vegan Quorn Sausage Roll – an innovation strategy that has contributed to Ginsters’ 9.6 per cent overall year-on-year  growth. 

Beanstalk appoints Maurizio Distefano Licensing to grow Baileys and Guinness brands across Italy

Beanstalk has appointed Maurizio Distefano Licensing to expand its slew of Diageo brands, including the likes of Baileys and Guinness across Italy.

The partnership has been established, based on a shared philosophy between MDL and Beanstalk that a successful licensing programme requires a “strategic approach consistent with a brand’s unique positioning.”

MDL will be leveraging its specific knowledge of the Italian market to grow the Diageo brands on behalf of Beanstalk.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Beanstalk and look forward to growing the licensing footprint for Baileys and Guinness in the Italian market,” said Maurizio Distefano, president of Maurizio Distefano Licensing.

Strategic brand extension through licensed products is among the most authentic and credible forms of communication, opening up further opportunities for consumers to experience the brand in fresh and attractive ways.

“In particular, Baileys and Guinness offer multiple possibilities to create products suitable for the Italian market in categories such as food & beverage, apparel, and gift & novelties.”