Source: Finsbury Food GroupFinsbury Food Group has ventured into the snacking category with its range of Baileys licensed products with new blondie bars.The Baileys Chocolate Treat Blondie Bars feature a blondie sponge filling topped with Baileys frosting all wrapped in a thick layer of milk chocolate. They’re available in four-packs from Asda, Tesco and Co-op with an rsp of £1.50.Finsbury said the alcohol-infused NPD brought ‘an air of sophistication’ to the snacking category.It added that the sector continues to grow at speed, with 94% of UK consumers saying they are snackers, and 55% moving towards healthier meals to make way for indulgent treats.“Snacking was a no-brainer for us, we’re a nation of ‘snackers’ and the at-home snacking category has seen a rise due to lockdown,” said Jack Cook-Broussine, brand manager at Finsbury Food Group.“We’re really excited to launch this to consumers, especially with the glowing track record of previous products in our growing Baileys range.”These products include a Baileys Marbled Cake, which was launched in September, as well as a Baileys Strawberries & Cream Cake.Declan Hassett, senior licensing manager at Baileys owner Diageo, added: “Snacking products are 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 to deliver that delicious, indulgent, signature Baileys experience for consumers to enjoy wherever they are.”The alcohol brand has also ventured into the biscuit category through a partnership with Bahlsen.
You’ve likely heard a fair amount about Mungion in the last couple weeks after their tour van and trailer–containing all their gear, lights, merch, and other valuables–were stolen in Detroit. As the band explained in a statement, “Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood, we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors, we piled up in a hatchback and drove six hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!”Watch Mungion rip an amazing live in-studio version of “Schvingo” from 2016’s Scary Blankets below via the band’s Facebook page:A matter of days before setting out on their first headlining tour, the band’s entire infrastructure literally disappeared overnight. However, the Chicago community, and the music community at large, banded together to help Mungion in their time on need, raising over $30,000 to replace their gear and their transportation with help from a successful GoFundMe campaign, a local benefit show in Chicago, and even a spot on NBC News Chicago about fans’ supportive response to the situation. In the latest twist of this bizarre story, security camera footage of an armed robbery executed by five men in Dearborn, MI, just a few miles from where Mungion’s van was stolen, showed several of the suspects wearing official Mungion hats—the same ones that were taken with the rest of their belongings.Stolen Mungion Merch Worn In Armed Robbery Of Beauty SalonWhile the band still has a ways to go (donations are still open for the next couple days), thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Mungion has hit the road for their first headlining tour as planned, including a pair of stops in Colorado, on 9/7 at Globe Hall in Denver and on 9/8 at the first-ever Canyon Jam festival at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.The Main Squeeze, Mungion, and More Ruled The World at Canyon Jam [Videos]On Wednesday, November 15th, Mungion will make their way to Manhattan for a performance at American Beauty NYC. After the crazy up-and-down saga of the stolen tour van, fans are eager to catch the Chicago quartet live, and the band will surely imbue their performance with the excitement and emotion of their current and ongoing predicament, because as the band says, “the show must always go on!”You can purchase tickets to Mungion’s New York City performance at American Beauty here.[Cover photo via Gary Sheer]