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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.

Nestlé, Hershey, Mars’ shift to clean snacking fuels US candy market rebound: Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts predicts major candy makers’ efforts to satisfy clean-snacking consumers will help the US confectionery market rebound after slightly sluggish sales in 2016.

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Startup Fitmeals aims to fill mass-market void for protein chocolate in Germany

Fitmeals is hoping its sugar-free, pea-protein fortified snacking chocolate can satisfy demand for healthier snacking in Germany, which it says has potential to be as big as in the UK.

Enhanced tanning and hangover cures: Global functional gum market to pass $9bn by 2022

Global functional chewing gum sales are poised for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +4.7% from 2016 to 2022, says Arizton Advisory & Intelligence.

R&D

Olive oil enriched dark ‘chocolate’ has heart health pros, claims study

Researchers say commercial prospects for extra virgin olive oil enriched dark chocolate are strong after finding potential cardiovascular health benefits.

Cocoa flavanols may protect against diabetes: Study

Specific compounds within cocoa promote the release of insulin and may help protect against the onset of type-2 diabetes (T2D), reports a new study in Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry....

Datagraphics

Sugar scare fails to sweeten US sugar-free candy sales

Sugar-free chocolate and candy sales in the US have declined in the first half of 2017 despite consumers aiming to limit sugar in their diets.

Healthiest products should be tariff-free post Brexit, says Sugarwise

The market for low- and no-sugar brands could shrink if tariffs are slapped on products after Brexit, according to Sugarwise.

Health perception of chocolate drives sales in Japan: Euromonitor

The percieved health benefits of cocoa among Japanese consumers continues to drive the domestic chocolate market, according to a report by Euromonitor International.

Petrow sees demand rise for ‘free-from’ ingredients as its invests $131k in powder fill machine

Petrow Food Group has invested £100k ($131k) on an Auger powder fill machine for dry mixes.

Cadbury, Ferrero, Nestlé, Hershey among favorite chocolate brands in Asia Pacific

A survey conducted by YouGov Australia shows that Cadbury is Asia Pacific’s (APAC) favorite chocolate brand, chosen by 25% of the respondents in the region.

Hershey moves forward with nutrition facts panel despite FDA’s delay

Hershey has decided to update its nutrition facts panel across its portfolio this fall, starting with some of the power brands including Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate. 

EFSA rejects Cargill’s health claim on erythritol and dental health

Cargill cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship between eating sugar-free candy sweetened with at least 90% erythritol and a reduced risk of dental caries, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said.

Simple ingredients renovation

Next step: Mondelēz to cut sugar, salt, sat fat and artificial ingredients in power brands

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International plans to renovate its power brands with simpler ingredients and improved nutrition after meeting some of its well-being targets early.

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

IFT 2017

Protein yet to plateau in chocolate confectionery, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has expanded its protein product portfolio by launching its FortiPro brand, a chocolate coating that contains 15% to 20% protein per serving. 

Research links NAFTA to Canada’s increasing obesity and diabetes rates

Research published on Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is associated with a significant rise in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption in Canada. 

News in brief

Sweetech flavor enhancers can help firms slash sugar by up to 50%

Sweetech, a new family of flavor enhancers from Bell Flavors and Fragrances, can help food and beverage manufacturers achieve significant (20-50%) reductions in sugar and retain a clean label, claims...

US demand for cocoa fibers to grow amid FDA review, says Moner Cocoa

Moner Cocoa is targeting the US cookie market for its cocoa fiber ingredient FICAO as the Food and Drug Administration reclassifies dietary fiber.

IFT 2017

Cargill to launch new stevia sweetener for chocolate and candy

Cargill will launch EverSweet, a new stevia product that combines Reb M and Reb D, for US confectionery makers in 2018.

GUEST ARTICLE: Can the food industry learn from the GMO story? Five ways to earn trust in gene editing

If you care about GMO labeling, you only have a few more days to respond to USDA's 30 questions* about how to implement the new law. The looming deadline is...

US Senator Charles Schumer calls on FDA to regulate snortable chocolate

US Senator Charles Schumer urges the FDA to investigate a snortable raw cocoa product, Coco Loko, because he alleges it has no clear health value.

In Brazil, less is more: Two thirds want to eat less sugar

A whopping 65% of a representative sample of Brazilian consumers, representing the world’s fifth most populous country, said they wanted to have less sugar in their diets.

Sugar free and indulgent are not mutually exclusive, says Lily’s Sweets

Lily’s Sweets says it has no intention to launch any sugar-added chocolate products in the near future. 

Research: Aussie sugar tax 'would not punish the poor’

A major criticism of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar sweetened beverage tax—that it would unfairly punish the poor and disadvantaged—may have been debunked by research from Deakin University’s Global...

Startup Watch

TRŪ Chocolate spots US market gap for premium sugar-free dark chocolate

Startup TRŪ Chocolate has entered the US market with xylitol-sweetened dark chocolate and already has a listing with a mainstream retailer.

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