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Peters Ice Cream has partnered with Gelato Messina on a new Drumstick X Messina range to be launched in supermarkets and convenience stores.
Peters Ice Cream, a subsidiary of European food firm R&R Ice Cream, has co-created four Messina-inspired flavours include Mango & Salted Coconut, Vanilla Bean & Peanut Praline, Roasted Hazelnut and Dulce de Leche.
“This truly was a 50/50 collaboration where both brands’ philosophies came together to take cones to the next level in Australia,” Peters Ice Cream director of marketing, category and product technology Emma-Jane Collins said.
This is not the first time Messina has branched out into a collaborative branding and product partnership with the business teaming up with Arnotts in 2017 to create Gelato Messina Tim Tams.
Suntory’s new Toki whisky bucks the brand’s traditional blends with a product that is distilled not only with malt but also with grain.
Toki is produced at Suntory’s Chita distillery using Hakushu and Yamazaki malt and Chita grain and involves a blend of Yamazaki American white oak cask malt whisky, a heavily grain-influenced Chita whisky as well as Yamazaki Spanish oak cask malt whisky.
Suntory describes the results as ‘a subtly sweet and spicy finish with a hint of vanilla oak, white pepper and ginger’.
‘Ghost distilleries’ are at the heart of a new scotch whisky from the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Reserve.
Other previous partnerships with Peters Ice Cream has produced flavours inspired by Krispy Creme doughnuts, Jatz crackers and Arnott’s Iced Vovo biscuits as well as Tim Tams.
The single-sell Drumstick X Messina is available in convenience stores for RRP $4.90 while supermarkets sell the flavours in boxes of four for RRP $9.99.
Suntory Whisky Toki, 700ml, is RRP $64.99.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost has been blended with a rare Islay single malt, Port Ellen, sourced from a distillery which closed its doors in 1983.
Launched in Australia by Diego, it is the company’s second release to be added to its series of bottlings with components from ‘ghost’ distilleries. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen has been crafted in small batches using three ‘ghost whiskies’ and five rare malts from the Johnnie Walker Reserves.
“Whiskies from ghost distilleries are becoming increasingly rare. I’ve hand picked a few uniquely full-bodied expressions of these precious malts and grains to encompass the true rarity that Port Ellen whiskies offer,” Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge said.
Presented in unique numbered bottles, this second release from the Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare series is RRP $480 for a 750ml bottle (46% ABV). | March 2019 | Food&Drink business | 57
The number one packaged feta in Greece, Epiros cheese, has a new Victorian distributor and is now stocked in IGA stores across Australia.
Three varieties of Epiros cheese imported from one of Greece’s largest cheese factories in Epirus – including an authentic Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) feta cheese – are now available at Australian IGA supermarkets.
The family-owned Epirus sources milk from over 1200 milk suppliers in Greece with a majority still traditional, independent sheep and goat headers who allow their herds to roam freely, feeding on the flora unique to the Epirus hills, giving the cheese its distinctive taste. Around 70 per cent of these farmers still milk by hand.
“Australia produces many fantastic cheeses, however the Australian ‘fetta’ style cheese is not authentic traditional PDO feta,” Epiros managing director Stefanos Panteliadis said. “It’s often made with cow’s milk without observing the traditional methods, the result is a very different taste profile. Epiros is one of a handful of authentic Greek feta products in the market.”
Epiros PDO Feta, 200g, is RRP $6.55; Epiros Goat’s Cheese, 200g, is RRP $6.55 and Epiros Saganki is RRP $10.25. All are available from IGA, independent supermarkets and delis.

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