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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.

Could pecans be the next big ‘better for you’ ingredient in snacking?

Pecans could become a mainstay ingredient across the bakery and snacks industry as consumers look for more versatility in their products, says the Center for Pecan Innovation.

More than half of consumers eat across a 15-hour span daily, study finds

Consumers end up eating for much longer stretches of the day than they had anticipated with over half of adults eating over a 15-hour span daily, says new research.

Welch’s fruit snacks are ‘no more healthful than candy’, says false advertising lawsuit

Welch’s fruit snacks are candy masquerading as healthy snacks, says a false advertising lawsuit filed in New York.


Even a small bit of peanut can cause a recall: Why you must fight allergens in baking

There’s no one size fits all approach to stopping allergens from making their way into baked goods, but one researcher says manufacturers must put many safeguards, including training, in place...

UK candy cull: Confectionery gets the boot at Morrisons checkouts

UK supermarket chain Morrisons will replace confectionery with fruit nuts and bottled water at its principal checkouts by February 2016.

Mondelēz to lean on healthy snacks and digital media to expand margins

Mondelēz International hopes to “significantly expand margins” through healthier versions of its products, product innovation and more reliance on digital media.

Latvia becomes latest EU country to ban trans fats

Latvia has banned the use of trans fats in domestically produced and imported food, joining ranks with Austria, Hungary and Denmark - but campaigners are pushing for an EU-wide ban....

Chocolate unsuitable for cocoa flavanol delivery despite new heart health pros, says Mars-backed consortium

Cocoa flavanols have been tied to lowering blood pressure and heart disease risk in new research by a Mars-backed project, but study authors say chocolate is too calorific to be...

‘Free-from’ may become industry standard in snacking, Mintel analyst says

“Free-from” snack products are closer to becoming an industry standard, according to a report from Mintel.

‘On the go’ eating may mean eventual weight gain, says study

Those who eat food and other snacks on the go may end up heavier and have a greater inclination for obesity, according to a recent study.

We can pack ‘glass of milk’ level of calcium into chocolate, says Delavau

Nutritional ingredients supplier Delavau has utilized its fortification technology to enrich chocolate and compound coatings with calcium equivalent to levels in a glass of milk.

Candy science observatory: ‘Pro health biscuits’

Bee pollen may up biscuits’ protein, fiber and polyphenol game: Researchers

Fortifying biscuit with bee pollen may help manufacturers increase protein, fiber and polyphenol content without impacting taste, according to Polish researchers.

Front-of-pack labels boost purchase intent – regardless of nutrition

Consumers are significantly more likely to buy foods that carry front-of-pack nutrition labels irrespective of their nutritional value, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition.

Will fructose follow trans fats’ fate?

Mounting scientific evidence and a shift in public opinion could mean fructose is set to follow the same black-listed fate as trans fats, argues an analyst.

Nestlé H1 confectionery sales dip; cornerstone brands need investment, says analyst

Nestlé confectionery sales dipped $300m in H1, so if it wants to stay at the top it must continue to invest in brands like KitKat rather than focus too heavily...

'We do not support a Daily Value for added sugars', says candy trade body

Candy labeling: NCA says added sugar values may cause 'confusion'; backs voluntary GMO labels

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) fears plans to place percentage daily values for added sugars on food labels is unnecessary and may confuse consumers but supports a federal law proposal...

Citrus food flavouring is genotoxic, says EFSA

Citrus food flavouring perilla aldehyde causes DNA damage to the liver, says EFSA – a finding that calls into question the safety of nine other chemically similar flavourings.

Massachusetts’ proposed candy and soda tax ‘regressive and discriminatory’, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association has hit out at plans in Massachusetts to remove a state sales tax exemption for candy and soda.

Private label nutrition equal to national brands

There are no major differences in nutritional content between private labels, national brands and hard discount goods – although private labels come out top for nutrition labelling, according to a French...


Emulsifiers, fat, sugar may cause inflammation and alter gut bacteria, say researchers

Fatty, sugary snacks have been popular in the US and UK for decades, but new research shows that the emulsifiers, fat and sugar content of some snacks, baked goods and...

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

Confectionery escapes UK tax calls, but marketing practices probed

The British Medical Association (BMA) is pushing for a tax on sugary drinks rather than confectionery, but has urged voluntary added sugar reduction targets for confectioners and a crackdown on...

Are low-calorie sweeteners helpful for weight loss? The answer may depend on study design…

Lack of media differentiation between different study designs has helped warp public perception of low- and no-calorie sweeteners, according to registered dietitian and diabetes educator Hope Warshaw.

One-third of Germans question stevia's healthiness

Germany is a leading market for stevia-derived sweeteners in Europe – but more education is needed to further boost its usage, according to Mintel.

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