McVitie’s brings European favourite DeliChoc to the UK
7th January 2015 – United Biscuits aims to build on bumper year in 2014, extending its McVitie’s masterbrand range for retailers
United Biscuits (UB), the leading international manufacturer of biscuits and cakes, has today announced the launch of McVitie’s DeliChoc in the UK, a thickly-coated Belgian chocolate biscuit with an intensely crunchy sensation.
DeliChoc is already popular in Europe, having originated in France and Belgium as part of UB’s Delacre portfolio. Part of the everyday special treats category, the product comprises a slab of thick Belgian chocolate on top of an extra-crunchy biscuit, and comes in three varieties; milk, dark and white chocolate.
McVitie’s is investing £2m to promote the UK launch of DeliChoc, with a television advertising campaign planned for the product in spring 2015. The launch will also be supported by in-store activations, as well as online marketing, PR and promotion through the company’s social media channels. United Biscuits is anticipating at least £6.5m RSV for the product in the first year.
The New McVitie’s DeliChoc range is being rolled out across grocery stores and depots from early January. The product is sold in 150g tray packs and is offered in case sizes of 12s or 6s PMP, offering options to both grocery and convenience customers.
Sarah Heynen, Marketing Director of Sweet Biscuits at UBUK, said: “Our aim is to extend the McVitie’s Masterbrand into new eating occasions by offering even greater variety for retailers and consumers. We are confident that the launch of new McVitie’s Delichoc into the UK will follow on from its success on the Continent, where its distinctive crunchy eat is a great alternative treat to many traditional products available.
“Our market research shows that biscuit-lovers in the UK often enjoy sweet snacks during the evening, and we were looking for a product that offers something a little different in order to meet this trend. As well as the generous portion of either milk, white or dark Belgian chocolate, the DeliChoc biscuit offers consumers an intensely crunchy sensation.
“Having enjoyed huge success for our sweet biscuit range in 2014, we hope that the launch of DeliChoc marks the beginning of another great year for McVitie’s.”
For further press information contact the United Biscuits trade team at 3 Monkeys
United Biscuits (UB) is a leading international biscuit manufacturer whose baking heritage goes back generations, with many recipes passed down since the 1800s. UB bakes some of the best loved sweet and savoury biscuits and cakes that are household names in their respective markets; supported by a strong culture of innovation to continually develop snack brands. Among UB’s popular brand names are McVitie’s, Penguin, go ahead!, McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, Jacob’s, Jacob’s Cream Crackers, Twiglets, Mini Cheddars and Carr’s in the UK, BN, Delacre, Verkade and Sultana in Continental Europe and Haansbro in Nigeria.
As the leading manufacturer and marketer of biscuits in the UK and second largest in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Ireland, the company owns and operates 16 manufacturing facilities, of which seven are in the UK and has a strong footprint for growth, with products sold in over 130 countries.
UB is owned by Yildiz Holding – the largest food and beverage company in Turkey with over 300 brands in 49 different categories.