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Blommer buys Shanghai cocoa facility

America’s biggest chocolate supplier has acquired a manufacturing plant in Shanghai as part of an estimated US$40m investment in a fully integrated bean processing and chocolate manufacturing facility.

What's on the inside matters: See-through chewing gum coating can 'reignite' stagnant category, claims Beneo

Beneo has developed translucent chewing gum coatings from isomalt that allows colors and designs in the gum's core to be visible in the finished product.

Great expectations: Can industry meet consumer colour demands?

The news that food giant Mars will phase out all artificial colours from their global food and drink offerings in the next five years, follows similar actions carried out by...

Mantrose-Haeuser to expand into bakery sector

Mantrose-Haeuser edible coatings and specialty ingredients for the food, confectionery, pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial industries, has acquired Holton Food Products Company.

Premium-priced poverty: Organic cocoa shortages loom as farmers reluctant to meet demand

Demand for organic cocoa is on the rise but market analysts are predicting supply shortages unless more cocoa producers switch to organic farming – but where’s the incentive to do so...

Dispatches from ISM in Cologne

Melt-free chocolate nibbles & clean-label caramel: Barry Callebaut's latest innovations

Chocolate manufacturers can drive growth in the premium space with heat resistant chocolate nibbles and clean-label Belgian caramel chocolate without added flavors, claims supplier Barry Callebaut.

Controversial study linking sucralose and cancer is published

A study linking the consumption of sucralose and cancer in mice, led by Italian researcher Morando Soffritti, has been published.

ISM & ProSweets 2016

Barry Callebaut to push the limits of chocolate in dairy drinks

Barry Callebaut wants to push the limits of chocolate and sees drinks as an exciting category where consumers will see a lot of innovation over the next few years.

Russia considers a tax on palm oil and sugary drinks

The Russian government is considering imposing a tax on palm oil and sugary drinks in a bid to fill state coffers and improve public health, according to reports.

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Cookie dough & key lime pie: Project 7 breaks chewing gum conventions with Build A Flavor line

The California-based gum company, Project 7, launched new gum line, of which each product contains at least two flavors, the company’s CEO, Tyler Merrick, said. 

Ferrara Candy partners Trolli with NBA’s James Harden and his beard

The Illinois-based candy company, Ferrara, names NBA star James Harden the first brand ambassador for its sour gummy line, Trolli, launching Weirdly Awesome campaign across its social media channels.

Nestlé debuts alcohol-inspired sake KitKat in Japan

Nestlé Japan has added Nihon-shu, aka Japanese sake, to its KitKat regional flavor line.

ProSweets Live Debate

Reformulating chocolate to reduce sugar and fat key as regulations harden

A free-to-attend ProSweets panel discussion featuring Mondelēz and Nestlé will assess how chocolate makers can develop and reformulate products to comply with self-imposed nutrition guidelines.

Reduced sugar chocolate cracked with inulin and isomalt combo, claims Beneo

Beneo claims previously untested varieties of inulin and isomalt come closer to matching the taste and mouthfeel of sugar in chocolate than ever before.

Barry Callebaut thwarts global chocolate declines to grow volume and revenue

Barry Callebaut has posted increased volumes and revenue in the first quarter of financial year 2015/16 despite declines in the global chocolate confectionery market.

PureCircle refining stevia product to fit consumer tastes

Stevia is closing in on mainstream acceptance as a non-caloric sweetener, but the product will need additional innovation before it is fully accepted by consumers.

Stevia may benefit from consumer desire for natural claims: Mintel

While stevia, a natural sweetener, is not yet widely known in the US, the product may benefit from consumers demanding healthier products.

Dark chocolate’s link to warding off pancreatic cancer overplayed in media reports, says researcher

A scientist says a New York Daily News article suggesting his new study shows dark chocolate has preventative effects against pancreatic cancer because it contains magnesium is misleading.

NutraInterview: Dominique Speleers, Beneo executive board member

Beneo: EFSA forced us to change our strategy

Dominique Speleers is a long-time Beneo man who has seen a lot in his 15 years with the European ingredients giant from back when it was Belgian inulin and chicory player...

A route into chewing gum? Roquette says starch ingredient paves way for new entrants

Sugar confectioners can branch out into chewing gum with a starch-based ingredient that creates a novel confection half-way between chewing gum and chewy candy that doesn’t require expensive lamination equipment....

EFSA backs safety of new stevia form

Rebaudioside M is safe and can be added to the list of EU-approved steviol glycosides (E960), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded. The agency said this was the...

Chocolate formulations of 2030: Barry Callebaut and Olam Cocoa R&D chiefs foretell chocolate’s future

Chocolate will continue to be an indulgence product, but may have a healthier profile than today, innovation heads at two top industry suppliers predict.

FiE 2015: Our best bits

Our teams of journalists were out in force at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) last week. We’ve picked out some of our highlights from over one thousand exhibitors, a packed conference...

Veggie and kosher candy conundrum: Dispatches from FIE in Paris

Halal and kosher candy cracked? Roquette says it’s found answer for gelatine-free chewy candies

Roquette has introduced a starch-based ingredient it claims can be used to make the first gelatine-free chewy candy with a long-lasting chewiness.

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Is industry too old-fashioned to connect with living, breathing, sustainability-loving consumers?

At FiE the nutrients and ingredients industry quacked a good game, but can it really walk like a sustainability-loving duck? Or is it a sitting duck for hypocrisy and business...

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