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.
Legislating for tobacco-style plain packages for confectionery is a disproportionate response to the obesity crisis and strips companies of valuable trademarks, writes the Institute of Economic Affairs' head of lifestyle...
An Italian consumer survey has revealed the factors motivating functional food purchases. The researchers said health function was just one reason on the list, and manufacturers would do well to...
Technology and demand for healthier and interactive products is helping transform the snacks and confectionery market, say analysts.
Zhaolong Foods has secured the patent from Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) to manufacture China’s first gum with organic tea polyphenols.
This site attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York to see how trends including clean labels and plant-based protein are shaping the snacks and confectionery markets.
Sugar alternatives may actually increase an individual’s appetite for real sugar by interfering with the way glucose is used in the body, a study has found.
California-based confectionery brand Project 7 has entered the snacks category with a range of on-the-go nuts and grains clusters.
Ferrero says it will play its part in helping curb obesity levels in Europe by offering small portions tailored to eating occasions, primarily breakfast.
Cocoa flavanols do have cardiovascular health benefits, but more are needed in a single dose than the EU’s approved health claim, say researchers.
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates has unveiled upgraded packaging for its bestselling products at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.
Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.
European confections and snacks have become increasingly appealing to American consumers for their premium quality and health benefits. European Confections, a New York-based confectionery importer, will bring over 20 new...
Seattle Chocolate Company has fortified its latest product, due to hit US retail shelves next month, with fiber-rich dried coffee cherry pulp.
All 11 workers, who were hospitalized after a solution spill at the Willy Wonka candy plant last week, have returned to work, Nestlé has told ConfectioneryNews.
US pharmacy retail chain CVS is to replace 25% of checkout space traditionally dedicated to candy with ‘better-for-you’ snacks at almost a third of its stores.
Applying an electric field to liquid chocolate in the flow direction can reduce the fat level in chocolate by 10% to 20%, according to Mars-funded research conducted by Temple University.
Restricting marketing to children is the primary health action EU consumers expect from the confectionery sector, according to consumer group BEUC.
Japanese firm Glico Nutrition has won the approval of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its calcium derived from potato starch, which is already used in functional chewing gum...
Ferrara Candy has set aside $10m in total marketing for its Black Forest Organic brand this year, including the first national digital campaign for the brand.
Belvita owner Mondelēz International has said a UK study claiming breakfast biscuits may be “no healthier for you than a bowl of Kellogg’s Coco Pops” has ignored the full nutritional profile...
Kinder Surprise eggs are to be outlawed in Chile from the end of this month for using toys to ‘hook’ young consumers.
Boswellia serrata adulteration remains a major problem in the EU and elsewhere and responsible players need to do more to identify fraudulent material and actors, an expert has said.
Mondelēz has started construction on a $15m R&D center in Poland as part of the company’s plan to create a global integrated supply chain and Research, Development & Quality (RDQ) network...
From 20th June, manufacturers will be able to claim a “lower blood glucose rise” when using non-digestible carbohydrates as sugar replacers, following the publication of a new article 13.5 claim in...
Sweets and snacks companies are increasingly targeting consumers by branding their products “thin” to suggest convenience or health, or to tap the snacking chocolate trend.