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High protein chocolate coatings moving to trail mixes & clusters: Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says protein chocolate is poised to expand beyond traditional granola and energy bars to clusters and trail mixes.

Exclusive Interview: Startup from ex-iTunes producer

Cannabis in chocolate to be as normal as caffeine in drinks, says startup Défoncé Chocolatier

Défoncé Chocolatier’s founder and CEO, Eric Eslao, is waiting for the final vote on California's Adult Use Marijuana Act in November. If passed, his cannabis-infused chocolate can be sold in...

Erythritol outperforms xylitol in plaque prevention, article concludes

A review article published in a dentistry journal makes the case that erythritol is superior to xylitol or sorbitol in preventing adhesion of harmful bacteria to teeth.

Corbion’s Purac powder receives approval for sour confectionery use in Canada

Canadian confectionery manufacturers are now able to use sodium hydrogen malate-added powder, developed by Corbion, to improve the sour flavor profile of their products, says the supplier.

Confectionery Trend-Watching

As consumers become increasingly health conscious, what drives confectionery sales?

US consumers are starting to put more thought into eating healthily. But for confectionery, indulgence still drives the decision to purchase.

Healthy snacks growth outpaces overall food and beverage market

“Free from” claims and private-label sales are driving growth in the healthy-ingredient snacks market, and granola and breakfast bars are rising stars in the stagnant breakfast category, says a new report...

Guest article: Institute of Economic Affairs

Plain confectionery packaging a heavy-handed response to health concerns

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...

Warning: Health is not the top factor motivating functional food purchases

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...

NCA Sweet Insights 2016

Breakfast potato chips, frozen corn puffs and printed chocolate - the changing face of snacks and candy

Technology and demand for healthier and interactive products is helping transform the snacks and confectionery market, say analysts.

Zhaolong Foods to produce China’s first gum with organic tea ingredient

Zhaolong Foods has secured the patent from Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) to manufacture China’s first gum with organic tea polyphenols.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Summer Fancy Food Show NPD: Wild Boar, Simple Mills and Super Eats

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.

Artificial sweeteners may cause cravings for the real thing: Study

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.

Exclusive interview

Project 7 extends into snacks - but says confectionery will remain its focus

California-based confectionery brand Project 7 has entered the snacks category with a range of on-the-go nuts and grains clusters.

Ferrero’s nutrition strategy unwrapped

Portion control among ‘most cost effective’ ways to tackle obesity: Ferrero

Ferrero says it will play its part in helping curb obesity levels in Europe by offering small portions tailored to eating occasions, primarily breakfast.

Healthy chocolate: EU cocoa flavanol health claim ‘should be revised’, say researchers

Cocoa flavanols do have cardiovascular health benefits, but more are needed in a single dose than the EU’s approved health claim, say researchers.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Vermont confectioner highlights its nut-free commitment with brand new packaging

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates has unveiled upgraded packaging for its bestselling products at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

Nestlé: Reformulation could stall without EU-wide nutrition strategy

Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

European invasion: The candy and snacks coming to the US in 2016

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...

Enviro-friendly: Seattle Chocolate taps 'superfood' coffee by-product

Seattle Chocolate Company has fortified its latest product, due to hit US retail shelves next month, with fiber-rich dried coffee cherry pulp.

Hospitalized Willy Wonka candy plant workers return to work

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.

CVS to swap candy at checkouts with better-for-you snacks

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.

R&D

Shockwaves for healthy chocolate? Researchers claim 10-20% fat reduction using electric field tech

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.

Consumer standpoint: How should confectioners address health concerns?

Restricting marketing to children is the primary health action EU consumers expect from the confectionery sector, according to consumer group BEUC.

You like potayto, EFSA likes potahto starch-derived calcium

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 injects $10m into Black Forest organic gummies marketing

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.

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