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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.

Enviro-friendly: Seattle Chocolate taps 'superfood' coffee by-product

Seattle Chocolate Company has fortified its latest product, due to hit US retail shelves next month, with fiber-rich dried coffee cherry pulp.

Hospitalized Willy Wonka candy plant workers return to work

All 11 workers, who were hospitalized after a solution spill at the Willy Wonka candy plant last week, have returned to work, Nestlé has told ConfectioneryNews.

CVS to swap candy at checkouts with better-for-you snacks

US pharmacy retail chain CVS is to replace 25% of checkout space traditionally dedicated to candy with ‘better-for-you’ snacks at almost a third of its stores.

R&D

Shockwaves for healthy chocolate? Researchers claim 10-20% fat reduction using electric field tech

Applying an electric field to liquid chocolate in the flow direction can reduce the fat level in chocolate by 10% to 20%, according to Mars-funded research conducted by Temple University.

Consumer standpoint: How should confectioners address health concerns?

Restricting marketing to children is the primary health action EU consumers expect from the confectionery sector, according to consumer group BEUC.

You like potayto, EFSA likes potahto starch-derived calcium

Japanese firm Glico Nutrition has won the approval of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its calcium derived from potato starch, which is already used in functional chewing gum...

Ferrara Candy injects $10m into Black Forest organic gummies marketing

Ferrara Candy has set aside $10m in total marketing for its Black Forest Organic brand this year, including the first national digital campaign for the brand.

'Breakfast biscuits no healthier than Coco Pops' - the industry responds

Belvita owner Mondelēz International has said a UK study claiming breakfast biscuits may be “no healthier for you than a bowl of Kellogg’s Coco Pops” has ignored the full nutritional profile...

Shell-shock: Ferrero disputes ‘hook’ claim as Chile bans Kinder Surprise eggs

Kinder Surprise eggs are to be outlawed in Chile from the end of this month for using toys to ‘hook’ young consumers.

'When the price is low you should be suspicious.'

Action needed to curb boswellia adulteration: QC analyst

Boswellia serrata adulteration remains a major problem in the EU and elsewhere and responsible players need to do more to identify fraudulent material and actors, an expert has said.

Mondelēz Polish R&D centre to develop well-being snacks and e-commerce

Mondelēz has started construction on a $15m R&D center in Poland as part of the company’s plan to create a global integrated supply chain and Research, Development & Quality (RDQ) network...

When sweets and snacks go 'thin'

Sweets and snacks companies are increasingly targeting consumers by branding their products “thin” to suggest convenience or health, or to tap the snacking chocolate trend.

It’s official: Manufacturers can make sugar replacement claims

From 20th June, manufacturers will be able to claim a “lower blood glucose rise” when using non-digestible carbohydrates as sugar replacers, following the publication of a new article 13.5 claim in...

Cocoa, tea compound may slash heart disease mortality by 40%

Long-term consumption of epicatechin, a compound found in tea, apples, and cocoa, may significantly boost heart health and reduce the risk of heart-related mortality, says a new study from The...

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Start-up Tuanis to bring single-origin, soy-free chocolate to US

Tuanis Chocolate debuted its soy-free chocolate bar during the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago recently, and is set to sell it at 28 US retailers, mostly Midwestern, from June...

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Mood Foods expands raw chocolate production as it targets 40% business growth

UK business Mood Foods has invested £1m ($1.4m) in moving to a larger facility to increase production of its raw cacao Ombar Chocolate.

Guest article

What we saw at Vitafoods Europe 2016

The Healthy Marketing Team (HMT) were impressed – mostly – by what they saw at the 20th year of Vitafoods Europe in Geneva last month from probiotics to novel powders to...

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'Worrying' obesity trend prompts EU confectioners to tackle portion sizes

Portion size control will be a focal point of the European confectionery industry’s push to address consumer concerns on health & nutrition, according to industry association CAOBISCO.

Binge behaviour mechanism ‘switched off’ in brain study

Binge eaters are less motivated to eat a treat after hearing a ‘sugar cue’ when certain brain pathways are suppressed, an animal study has found.

NEWS FROM THE SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO: CHICAGO

Trendspotting at 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo: Awake Caffeinated Chocolate grows functional product portfolio

Awake Caffeinated Chocolate continues to lead in the functional chocolate product category with its chocolate bar that contains a full serving of caffeine without a detectable caffeine taste.

Mass-market future for protein chocolate after Mars and Snickers launches?

Protein experts at leading nutraceutical trade fair Vitafoods consider if protein chocolate has mainstream appeal.

Jake vitamincandy to focus on US & China under global expansion

Jake vitamincandy has opened a sales office in China and says the country and the US will be its focus for the next two years.

Women's well-being chocolate Nutricoa enters market with vitamin supplement alternative

Start-up Nutricoa aims to make vitamin supplementation more palatable with a range of fortified chocolates aimed at women.

Untapped seasonal prospects for protein chocolate, says Cocoa Plus

Protein-packed Easter eggs, chocolate Valentine’s hearts and advent calendars are previously unseen novelties that will resonate with health-conscious consumers, says UK startup Cocoa Plus.

Good Chocolate Company's heart health chocolate comes to UK and Denmark

The Good Chocolate Company is to introduce better-for-you chocolate brand Lavlé, containing Barry Callebaut’s Acticoa, to the UK and Denmark.

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