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Health & Functionality

Health & Functionality

The healthy chocolate sector is still in a relatively embryonic stage but is being buoyed by the increasing amount of cocoa polyphenol science, exciting product innovation and increasing public interest. And, while the segment still suffers from a counter-intuitive response in many consumers that a health benefit shouldn’t be derived from an indulgence food like chocolate, this is being overcome.

Unreal Candy shifts from mass market to natural channels

Unreal Candy is back on US store shelves after a six month hiatus and the company now plans a targeted approach to grow the brand in natural stores.

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Better-for-you candy, energy-efficient processing and portion-control: ConfectioneryNews unveils 2015 features lineup

We’ve chosen four topics for our 2015 special editions and are inviting expert comment.

Confectionery marketing to kids taboo under WHO’s European Region Nutrient Profile model

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a nutrient profiling tool to help European member states that wish to restrict marketing of certain foods to children. Applying the nutrient profile...

Barry Callebaut wins patent for reduced fat chocolate

The Barry Callebaut Group has won a patent to make reduced fat chocolate to help consumers cut calories. 

Industry creating 'health halos' by adding vitamins, says BEUC

Adding in vitamins and minerals is one way the industry is getting around current health and nutrition regulation and creating a 'health halo' around otherwise unhealthy products, according to the European...

Chocozero aims to counter ‘tasteless’ lactose-free chocolate segment

A Swiss company has introduced lactose-free chocolate Chocozero, which it claims will help manufacturers offer a better tasting option for a rising global population of lactose intolerants.

Confectioners respond to consumer health trip: ‘It’s not like in the past’, says ISM organizer

ISM show organizer Koelnmesse says confectioners are responding to growing consumer concerns on health, noting a surge in free-from and sugar free products.

Candy tax proposed in Connecticut

A levy on high-calorie confectionery and soft drinks is being considered in Connecticut as a means to tackle childhood obesity.

The tropical fruit with a vibrant red colour and anti-oxidant credentials

Breathing fire into confectionery: Dragon fruit a ‘promising’ ingredient for functional confections

Red pitaya fruit puree could prove a ‘promising and safe functional ingredient’ for gummy confections, according to a new Malaysian study.

Big Tobacco eyes caffeine growth with oral strips

The launch of oral caffeine strip Reon sees cigarette-making giant Imperial Tobacco diversifying its market attentions and targeting on-the-go urban professionals.

Health benefits of chocolate bars directly correlates with percentage of cocoa

Companies hoping to appeal to consumers interested in the heart health benefits of dark chocolate now have another marketing tool at their disposal: the percentage of cocoa labeled on their...

Sweet enough? French dismissal of sweetener benefits is a public health pity, says ISA

The French food agency failed to take on the full health picture and missed a good opportunity for public health change with its dismissal of sweetener benefits, according to the...

Ferrara Candy Company to produce vitamin gummies for Perrigo

Ferrara Candy Company has agreed a deal with Irish healthcare firm Perrigo to manufacture a line of store brand gummy vitamins and dietary supplements for the US market.

Intense sweeteners have no proven nutritional value, says French authority

Recommending intense sweeteners as a way to reduce sugar intakes cannot be justified as a public health strategy, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)...

Sugar disquiet to hurt Europe’s candy market

The European sugar confectionery market is forecast to decline in the next few years as regulators and consumers consider the impact of sugar on public health, according to a report...

Cocoa intake may delay progression of type 2 diabetes: Rat study

Cocoa intake may delay the progression of factors associated with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in rats.

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

Tesco extends candy checkout ban to C-stores

Tesco has become the first major UK supermarket to remove confectionery from checkout lanes at its convenience stores.

Is added sugar worse than salt for heart health?

Sugar in processed foods may have a larger impact on heart health than salt, argues a paper published in the journal Open Heart.

‘No palm oil’ label battle won’t start trade or court war: Malaysian minister

The Malaysian government says it is assessing what action it should take to address ‘no palm oil’ labels in France and Belgium, the legal grounds for which have come under...

Hershey may answer consumer calls to ditch corn syrup

Hershey is considering replacing high fructose corn syrup with sugar in its product range in response to consumer demands.

High-protein cookies definitely hold mass market appeal, says Lenny & Larry’s

High-protein cookies will continue to soar in the mass market, says the president of Lenny & Larry’s as the company plans more US roll-outs in mass stores.

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Significant changes required for ‘light in calories’ chocolate

Chocolate makers must completely replace sugar and reduce fat content to a legal minimum to be able to make a ‘light in calories’ claim in the EU, according to Barry...

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reducing portion sizes: Cutting calories or cheating consumers?

Shrinking a confection is a surefire way to reduce calories, but can it aggravate consumers and even discourage sales?

Special edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reduced or no sugar SKUs help confectioners cut calories without risk

Manufacturers can create reduced or no sugar hard and soft candy product extensions without the risk of changing the taste of a proven seller through reformulation, according to Cargill.

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