Product launches at Glee - November/December 2011

Matthew Appleby runs through a selection of products launched at the Glee garden and leisure trade show.

Town & Country reported that orders taken on stand were up by at least 50 per cent on last year. The show saw the company's foray into the wild bird care market with feeders, houses and nesting boxes. The market is estimated to be worth in excess of £365m.

Among the hundreds of new products launched by Gardman at the show were 20 new designs in its wall art and clock ranges. New Wall Art products include Dragonfly Wallart, New Generation Star Wallart and Glass Bead Bouquet Wallart. RRP starts from £12.99.

Making its debut at Glee was Vitalizer, a new multi-purpose plant food from peat-free compost manufacturer Vital Earth. Presented in a pellet format, Vitalizer is a long-lasting feed, with trace elements from its green compost source, creating slow-release benefits.

Weedkiller brand Roundup launched a five-litre XL Tough & Deep Root Pull and Spray designed to eliminate tougher, deep-rooted weeds such as brambles. The manufacturer said the product is ideal for use throughout the autumn, helping retailers extend the traditional weed-killing season. Roundup UK business director Gary Philpotts said he was confident the product would be a hit.

The launch of Carbon Gold's three Biochar-based garden products marked the culmination of a product development process delivering new formulations and better prices, said the company's founder Craig Sams. The Soil Association-approved GroChar Biochar soil improver is now available in 1kg cartons. GroChar is available for immediate delivery.

Westland launched a range of new products at Glee - Aftercut Lawn Revitaliser, long-lasting lawn feed ONCE, West+ Multi-Purpose Compost with four-month feed, Jack's Magic all-purpose compost, Plant Protection Bark, Eraza Ant Killer, Eraza Fly & Wasp Killer and Eraza Rat & Mouse Killer. The firm also introduced its Hero gardening cleaning products for patio, driveway and any outdoor surface.

Maingate announced its appointment as distributor for French flower seed manufacturer Nova-Flore. The company launched its UK garden centre range at the show. It also launched County Compact boxed barrows, which are designed for self-assembly.

Growth Technology introduced five new products to its Focus range - Camellia Focus, Bonsai Focus, Herb Focus, Palm Focus and Pelargonium Focus. The range consists of more than 10 premium-quality liquid formulations that meet the nutrient requirements of different plant varieties.


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