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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.

What will be the next cocoa health claim?

‘Neuroprotective effects’ and ‘improved metabolism’ could be the next health claims for cocoa and dark chocolate after Barry Callebaut’s heart health win, according to a medical doctor.

Confectionery-free checkouts register with NZ consumers

The impulse checkout channel may be under further threat after a survey revealed a third of consumers in New Zealand supported candy-free checkout zones.

Is the rise of raw chocolate a safety concern?

The rising trend for raw chocolate may present a health hazard to consumers unless adequate steps to eliminate Salmonella are taken, says the US National Confectioners Association (NCA).

Flavanols crying over split milk chocolate opportunity?

Barry Callebaut says that high flavanol milk chocolate would be too expensive, but is hopeful that its blood flow health claim for dark chocolate will galvanize the functional chocolate market.

Dark chocolate can help people walk: Study

Researchers claim that dark chocolate could improve the walking ability of peripheral artery disease patients.

Health ‘a strategic priority’ says Mars as it creates specialized health chief role

Mars has flagged health as a leading priority and has named Debra Sandler, former Mars Chocolate North America president, as chief health and wellness officer for the global company.

Will the UK’s first superfood truffles hit the functional choc sweet spot?

As start-up food business Sweet Virtues claims to be launching the UK’s first hand-made ‘superfood’ truffles, one industry pundit questions whether confectionery with a health dimension will ever move beyond...

High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best?

Epicatechin is the gold standard cocoa flavanol says a medical doctor, but Barry Callebaut claims all flavanols have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Is functional chewing gum the answer to the category’s woes?

Fortified chewing gums that go beyond dental could reinvigorate the stagnant global chewing gum market, according to a Datamonitor analyst.

Reduce fat in confectionery fillings with maltodextrin, says researchers

Partly replacing vegetable fats in confectionery fillings with maltodextrin gels can cut fat content and calories without impacting taste, according to research.

News in brief

Taura Natural Ingredients secures European distributor for fruit series

Taura Natural Ingredients is teaming up with France-based Phoenix Ingredients for European distribution of its Gourmet Series fruit line.

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

Mass-market gum makers unmoved by functional ingredients, says Fertin Pharma

Private label gum maker Fertin Pharma says that mass-market gum makers are content with existing health claims on sugar free gum and are unconcerned about boosting the effects through added...

Cocoa extract could fight Alzheimer’s – mice study

A polyphenol-rich cocoa extract called Lavado may reduce nerve damage in Alzheimer’s patients before they develop symptoms, according to research in mice.

Campaigner’s sugar plan rejected by food manufacturers

A new plan to tackle childhood obesity by curbing sugar consumption from Action on Sugar (AoS) has been slated by food manufacturers.

Caffeine in confectionery: FDA may ‘not publicly address the issue’

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unlikely to regulate caffeine levels in confectionery products, according to caffeine chocolate firm Awake Chocolate.

Sugar in teeth of fresh controversy

Anti-sugar campaigners are targeting the damage it can do to teeth as well as tackling its contribution to obesity in the UK.

Mars faces class action over cocoa flavanol claims

Mars will face allegations it mislabeled cocoa flavanol content in its chocolate bars, after a judge rejected a request to dismiss the US lawsuit.

Beauty chocolate: Algatechnologies touts red seaweed for functional confectionery

Algatechnologies sees potential for red seaweed derivative astaxanthin in chocolate coins promoting beauty for the US market.

Chewing gum is a 'cheap' way to help stay alert: Study

Chewing gum may make you more alert and could be useful in contexts such as driving, according to a new study.

Solving the unhealthy = tasty dilemma

As the number of overweight and obese people worldwide continues to climb, policymakers and public health officials are scratching their heads over how to stimulate healthier food choices among consumers. ...

Taking the biscuit: Consumers more sensitive to sugar reductions than fat

Food manufacturers could reduce the fat content of biscuits by up to 50% without impacting overall product acceptability, according to new research.

Snyderman: People are ‘hard wired’ to love candy

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a surgeon and resident medical expert on NBC, believes candy and sugar are not taboos, but necessary to human health.

Europe approves use of new high-intensity sweetener

The European Commission has approved the use of the high-intensity sweetener advantame in a variety of food and drink categories.

Checkout bans could kick confectionery while it's down: Euromonitor

The recent flurry of retail checkout confectionery bans, joined last month by retail giant Tesco, could hurt impulse-driven sales, but present high margin opportunities to supermarkets, according to Euromonitor analysts.

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