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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.

Simple ingredients renovation

Next step: Mondelēz to cut sugar, salt, sat fat and artificial ingredients in power brands

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International plans to renovate its power brands with simpler ingredients and improved nutrition after meeting some of its well-being targets early.

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

IFT 2017

Protein yet to plateau in chocolate confectionery, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has expanded its protein product portfolio by launching its FortiPro brand, a chocolate coating that contains 15% to 20% protein per serving. 

Research links NAFTA to Canada’s increasing obesity and diabetes rates

Research published on Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is associated with a significant rise in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption in Canada. 

News in brief

Sweetech flavor enhancers can help firms slash sugar by up to 50%

Sweetech, a new family of flavor enhancers from Bell Flavors and Fragrances, can help food and beverage manufacturers achieve significant (20-50%) reductions in sugar and retain a clean label, claims...

US demand for cocoa fibers to grow amid FDA review, says Moner Cocoa

Moner Cocoa is targeting the US cookie market for its cocoa fiber ingredient FICAO as the Food and Drug Administration reclassifies dietary fiber.

IFT 2017

Cargill to launch new stevia sweetener for chocolate and candy

Cargill will launch EverSweet, a new stevia product that combines Reb M and Reb D, for US confectionery makers in 2018.

GUEST ARTICLE: Can the food industry learn from the GMO story? Five ways to earn trust in gene editing

If you care about GMO labeling, you only have a few more days to respond to USDA's 30 questions* about how to implement the new law. The looming deadline is...

US Senator Charles Schumer calls on FDA to regulate snortable chocolate

US Senator Charles Schumer urges the FDA to investigate a snortable raw cocoa product, Coco Loko, because he alleges it has no clear health value.

In Brazil, less is more: Two thirds want to eat less sugar

A whopping 65% of a representative sample of Brazilian consumers, representing the world’s fifth most populous country, said they wanted to have less sugar in their diets.

Sugar free and indulgent are not mutually exclusive, says Lily’s Sweets

Lily’s Sweets says it has no intention to launch any sugar-added chocolate products in the near future. 

Research: Aussie sugar tax 'would not punish the poor’

A major criticism of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar sweetened beverage tax—that it would unfairly punish the poor and disadvantaged—may have been debunked by research from Deakin University’s Global...

Startup Watch

TRŪ Chocolate spots US market gap for premium sugar-free dark chocolate

Startup TRŪ Chocolate has entered the US market with xylitol-sweetened dark chocolate and already has a listing with a mainstream retailer.

Barry Callebaut-owned American Almond’s new facility opened in New Jersey

American Almond has opened its new facility that it moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Pennsauken, New Jersey, to expand its nut-based products portfolio. 

Sugar tax study: compelling evidence to carry out 'fascinating experiment in public health policy'

Overweight and obese children tend to drink more sugar-sweetened drinks than those of normal weight, making a “compelling case” for taxing the beverages, according to researchers in Ireland.

China’s functional candy crush: Iron, collagen and taurine fortification could provide a sales boom

There is vast scope to increase functional confectionery innovation and sales in China by including iron, collagen and taurine in products, according to analysts.

Oreo and Milka among products developed at Mondelēz Polish technical center

Mondelēz has started operating its latest technical center in Poland, where around 130 specialists will develop the company’s key European biscuits and chocolate products, such as Milka, Oreo, Alpen Gold...

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Russell Stover launches first sugar-free chocolate line sweetened with stevia extract

Russell Stover has unveiled a sugar-free chocolate line at the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. 

Global confectionery sector to grow CAGR 4.6% from 2016–2021

Manufacturers to develop confectionery with vegetables for a healthier halo

An improving global economy, stronger than expected economy in developed countries and rising disposable incomes in developing countries are the main reasons why demand is growing for confectionery products, according...

Protein chocolate brand cocoa+ gains Ocado listing

UK startup cocoa+ has secured distribution at online retailer Ocado for its protein chocolate bars.

Nestlé increases Milkybar’s milk content to meet sugar reduction goal

Nestlé UK has reformulated Milkybar to boost milk percentage from 26% to 37.5%.

Prebiotic and antioxidant-packed white chocolate: 'A promising opportunity for industry'

Adding prebiotics and an antioxidant source to white chocolate can alter its taste and texture, but a new sensory analysis reported that consumers still ranked it highly, with researchers concluding...

Be still my beating heart: Chocolate’s 'anti-fluttering' qualities highlighted

The link between moderate chocolate intake and lower risk of irregular heartbeat may be due to chocolate’s flavanol content, say researchers.

The right dose: Are confectionery players misreading the sugar obesity debate?

Confectionery companies should print teaspoon visualization of sugar doses front of pack instead of focusing on calories, says a consultant.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Sweets & Snacks Expo set to begin as US confectioners make portion guidance pledge

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), will kick off in Chicago next week on May 23, 2017.

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