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.
Cocoa polyphenols can be preserved by storing pods for a week before fermentation and then by roasting beans for longer than usual, say researchers.
Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for taxation and restricted marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children aged under 19 to help cut childhood obesity.
As sugar has become one of the most maligned ingredients within food, Euromonitor International research analyst Jack Skelly says the future may prove trickyfor manufacturers.
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When faced with cardiovascular disease, Polish men and women modify their diets to increase their intakes of antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, according to a national health survey.
Connecticut’s proposed sugar tax has been amended to exclude a levy on candy.
Biotec firm Lycotec will prepare another dossier to support claims its L-tug ingredient lowers cholesterol after EFSA rejected its health claim.
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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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...
The Barry Callebaut Group has won a patent to make reduced fat chocolate to help consumers cut calories.
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...
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.
ISM show organizer Koelnmesse says confectioners are responding to growing consumer concerns on health, noting a surge in free-from and sugar free products.
A levy on high-calorie confectionery and soft drinks is being considered in Connecticut as a means to tackle childhood obesity.
Red pitaya fruit puree could prove a ‘promising and safe functional ingredient’ for gummy confections, according to a new Malaysian study.
The launch of oral caffeine strip Reon sees cigarette-making giant Imperial Tobacco diversifying its market attentions and targeting on-the-go urban professionals.
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...
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 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.
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)...
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 the progression of factors associated with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in rats.
A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.