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Who: Unilever

What: Gold from Flora

Where: Butters & spreads

When: Launched May 2014

How much: £2.49/400g

Why: With butter currently taking market share from spreads, some spread suppliers are blending butter with their products in a bid to woo consumers. One such supplier is Unilever, which in May unveiled Gold from Flora, a standalone sub-brand that it says has 40% less satfat than block butter, and 30% less than spreadable butter. Gold had already attracted block butter shoppers in other European countries to spreads, added the company.

Consumer verdict: Seventy per cent of testers said they would definitely or probably notice the distinctive gold-coloured tub in store, though a few suggested more could have been made of the Flora heritage and brand. Ratings for the product were high; it scored above average for all key measures and accumulated an overall score of 46, just one point below the maximum ever scored for the category, and considerably above the average. A significant proportion of testers said they would buy it on a regular basis.

Pre-trial purchase: 51%

Post-trial purchase: 75%

Better than what’s out there: 67%

New and different: 58%

Overall score: 46/50

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