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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.

R&D

Nestlé develops natural method to cut sugar in chocolate by 40%

Nestlé plans to introduce a faster-dissolving sugar across some of its confectionery range from 2018.

Findings point to risk from saturated fats outside some reduction guidelines

Harvard-Unilever study confirms link between sat fats, heart disease & importance of reformulation

There is an association between intakes of individual saturated fats and the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new analysis of data that underlines the importance of switching...

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

Americanna spearheads edibles market by launching first Cannabis puffs

The cannabis industry just welcomed a new edibles format, puffs, thanks to one of the major edibles brands in the US market, Americanna. 

Peppersmith repositions as dental health brand, targeting $3.8m sales

UK mint and gum maker Peppersmith is to reposition itself as a dental health brand and has secured a listing in supermarket Waitrose's dental section.

Sunrise Confections plans vitamin gummies at first US candy plant

Sunrise Confections’ owner Mount Franklin Foods has acquired a factory in South Carolina where it will produce vitamin gummies, fortified candies and natural fruit snacks for private label.

R&D

Study finds milk chocolate has a dark side by adding peanut skin extract

Scientists has developed a way to emulate the antioxidant content of dark chocolate in milk chocolate by using encapsulated peanut skin extract, all without altering its consumer-preferred flavor or texture.

Comments in FDA docket reveals consumers’ shifting perceptions of ‘healthy’

If the FDA’s decision to wade into the ‘natural’ debate seemed like an act of sadomasochism, its decision to re-examine the criteria underpinning ‘healthy’ claims on food labels looks set...

Project 7 launches first functional gum line, expanding into c-stores

California-based gourmet gum and gummy brand, Project 7, unveiled its latest energizing gum line, Midnight, with added B vitamins and guarana at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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Gummies overtake chocolate in Colorado cannabis edibles space

Gummies are now the most popular cannabis edibles in Colorado with a share of 22% share of sales in the sector, says a newly released report from BDS Analytics’ GreenEdge database....

Cobden and Brown eyes expansion after 100% cocoa bar launch

Northern Irish chocolatier Cobden and Brown has plans to enter southern neighbor the Republic of Ireland after recently introducing a 100% cocoa bar, according to the company’s founder and CEO,...

X-ray fat for formulation wins?

Food scientists are X-raying fats in a bid to understand how saturated and trans-fats can be replaced by healthier versions without compromising taste or texture.

Startup Tracker

'Sweetener of the future': Adam’s Fresh Chocolate spearheads yacón use in chocolate

Peruvian daisy yacón will be the natural sweetener of the future in the chocolate industry, according to British raw chocolate startup Adam’s Fresh Chocolate.

Expo East 2016

PUR enters bubblegum to seize on aspartame-free movement

Canadian aspartame-free gum and mint manufacturer, The PUR Company, has introduced two new gum flavors during the recent Expo East in Baltimore, MDi including a bubblegum SKU.

Cravings in Croatia: Probiotic firm launches prenatal choc supplements

Croatian supplier of probiotic chocolates Milsing has added a prenatal product to its range of supplements, a move which follows investment from several big players in pregnancy probiotics.

'War on sugar’ fosters change for global candy industry: Euromonitor

The “war on sugar” has dented demand of sweet snacks as 47% of global consumers look for foods with limited or no added sugar, according to a recent survey by Euromonitor....

NCA Sweet Insights Summer Series

Former Mars sales director encourages retailers to put more snacks on checkout aisle

The $6bn retail checkout was described as a “big, highly profitable and dynamic” business by the founder and president of Impulse Marketing, Cam Cloeter, during the recent NCA Summer Insights...

Expo East 2016

Non-GMO Project verification moving to ingredient suppliers: FoodChain ID

Non-GMO verification is moving beyond branded goods as more ingredient suppliers look to become certified, says certification body FoodChain ID.

Steviva receives Safe Quality Food certification

Stevia supplier Steviva has received Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification at its new headquarters based in Portland.

NPD

Theo Chocolate introduces heart health quinoa cocoa flavanol clusters

Bean-to-bar maker Theo Chocolate has launched a range of quinoa chocolate clusters containing 50 mg of flavanols per serving.

Expo East 2016

Expo East 2016 sneak peak: Some of the contenders for Best of East award

Forty-eight natural products are competing to be winner of the Best of East Awards at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland this year.

Food affects almond skin polyphenol release: Study

Milk may significantly lower the release of polyphenols from almond skins during digestion, while consuming almond skins with food also has a significant effect on their release, according to a...

Enjoy Life Foods builds $39m ‘free-from' bakery to expand global footprint

Mondelēz-owned snack brand Enjoy Life Foods has doubled its capacity with the opening a new 200,000-square-foot free-from bakery in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Profit increase can drive sugar reduction: Bayn

More profitable business models are needed for companies committed to healthier products, according to Bayn following the launch of its new Sugar Reduced Community.

Smash-hit marshmallows? Sonoma Brands will have to battle sugar fears, say experts

Sonoma Brands could have its work cut out entering everyday snacking with marshmallows given the sticky problem of sugar avoidance, but SMASHMALLOW is an innovative new concept that could appeal...

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