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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.

Cocoa flavanols may boost skin from within: 24-week RCT

High-flavanol cocoa supplementation may have positive impacts on facial wrinkles and skin elasticity in photo-aged Korean women, says a new study from scientists from Seoul National University.

Diet soda: A key to weight loss?

Low energy sweeteners commonly used in diet sodas may help with weight loss, says a University of Bristol study, adding that confusion among consumers between sweeteners and sugar needs to be...

Naturex CEO: “There is already quite an interesting list of first contacts.”

Naturex takes Barry Callebaut cocoa flavanols to the supplements aisles

Swiss Chocolate titan Barry Callebaut has handed the job of taking EU heart health claim winning cocoa flavanols to the supplements sector to French herbals leader Naturex.

New guidance to prevent free-from faux pas

Concern over misuse of the term ‘free-from’ in relation to allergens in food products and a need for greater standardisation of manufacturing practices has led the British Retail Consortium (BRC)...

Time for candy makers to prepare for FDA added sugar label changes, says consultant

US confectioners should ready themselves to declare percentage daily values for added sugars set at 10% of total calorie intake, which could be a regulatory requirement by 2018, says a...

Science brief

Study confirms safe doses of cocoa flavanols for supplements & fortified products

Consuming up to two grams per day of cocoa flavanols for 12 weeks is well tolerated in healthy men and women, says a new study from scientists from Mars Inc....

Junk food not the biggest culprit for obesity: Study

While many people have snacks, sugar and sodas pinned as the bad guys in the war against obesity, one recent study found little to no correlation between consumption of junk...

Chocolate market to exceed $26bn by 2018: Packaged Facts

The chocolate market will exceed $26bn in the US by 2018, according to a recent report.

Katjes acquires rights for Vicks cough drops in Europe and considers UK expansion

German confectioner Katjes has acquired a perpetual license from Procter & Gamble to sell and distribute Vicks cough drops in Europe and Russia.

Kayco launches Chocolate Leather to appeal to better for you segment

Kosher product manufacturer Kayco has launched Chocolate Leather, a chewy candy bar lower in calories, fat and sugar than an average chocolate bar.

Mars targets healthier, on-the-go crowd with Snickers Crsiper and other c-store launches

Mars announced the November launch of its portion-controlled Snickers Crisper at this year’s National Association of Convenience Stores Show.

Mondelēz to bring belVita to China

Mondelēz International will launch its belVita breakfast biscuits in China in hopes of grabbing a larger piece of the country’s biscuit market share.

Smart chocolate may eventually be used to treat Alzheimer’s, says neurologist

Cocoa extracts could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and may eventually come in chocolate form, according to a leading neurology doctor.

Pack Expo 2015

Consumer trends changing the world of packaging

Consumer trends are actively changing how food items are packaged, according to a report released at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas and Pharma Expo 2015.

Praline popularity: Aunt Aggie De’s seeking growth outside Texas with new flavor

Aunt Aggie De’s Pralines, one of Texas' best-known praline makers, is trying to boost its popularity outside of the Lone Star State.

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The live debates: Call for panellists at ISM and ProSweets sessions

ConfectioneryNews will host three live sessions at ISM and ProSweets 2016 and seeks experts in confectionery packaging, chocolate reformulation and companies with innovative strategies to reach Millennials to join our panels.

Hershey fortified peanut butter project feeds Ghanaian stomachs and economy

Chocolate giant Hershey has committed to 100% local peanuts for its Ghana school feeding programme.

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...

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