Shloer has reason to toast its success, thanks to its Bucks Fizz offering clocking up the highest score in The Grocer's Acid Test slot during 2006.

Of the 50 food and drink products sampled by consumer and retailer testers throughout the year, the sparkling non-alcoholic juice blend came top with a bubbly 48 points out of a possible 50.

With its lack of 'nasties', the drink is perfectly positioned to tap into consumers' thirst for better-for-you premium products. Both the buyer and consumer were impressed, with the buyer describing it as "a clean-tasting, refreshing drink, which, even though it is non-alcoholic, still has a kick".

The majority of healthy offerings aimed at children also received a warm welcome, with organic brand Plum Baby pipped by one point to the top spot. Müller's Little Stars range and Higgledy Piggledy sausages from Debbie and Andrew's fared well, with 43 and 40 points respectively.

Fairtrade brand Café-direct's Whole Bean Coffee range was a hit, scoring 42 points, thanks in part to the growth in ethical products.

But jumping on the health bandwagon has not worked for all the products featured, suggesting that consumers are unwilling to compromise taste for goodness.

Marvel Heroes Fruit Bars from Bio-Synergy fared particularly badly. It was the only food to get no points from the buyer, although the consumer did give it 10.

Procter & Gamble's Pringles Gourmet premium range also failed to impress, receiving six points, the lowest score of the year.

In alcoholic drinks, Carling C2, Tutti Cassis and Spritzz Up made the biggest impact, scoring 40 points each. King Cobra beer was described by our buyer as "a heavenly drink that delivers in every way". Low-calorie lager Bud Silver also did well, as did Roaring Meg from Springhead Brewery.