Sir; The claim by Premier Foods that Branston Bloomin Big Beans are the first real innovation in 100 years is a little off the mark ('Blooming Big Beans to boost Branston range', The Grocer, 7 April, p48). Back in the early 1990s HP Foods launched HP Big Beans which, like the Branston product, was a much larger bean than the standard bean.

The retail price was only a couple of pence more than standard, but the product life was less than a year.

Premier must be hoping for a little better.