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Sugar tax study: compelling evidence to carry out 'fascinating experiment in public health policy'

Overweight and obese children tend to drink more sugar-sweetened drinks than those of normal weight, making a “compelling case” for taxing the beverages, according to researchers in Ireland.

China’s functional candy crush: Iron, collagen and taurine fortification could provide a sales boom

There is vast scope to increase functional confectionery innovation and sales in China by including iron, collagen and taurine in products, according to analysts.

Oreo and Milka among products developed at Mondelēz Polish technical center

Mondelēz has started operating its latest technical center in Poland, where around 130 specialists will develop the company’s key European biscuits and chocolate products, such as Milka, Oreo, Alpen Gold...

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Russell Stover launches first sugar-free chocolate line sweetened with stevia extract

Russell Stover has unveiled a sugar-free chocolate line at the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. 

Global confectionery sector to grow CAGR 4.6% from 2016–2021

Manufacturers to develop confectionery with vegetables for a healthier halo

An improving global economy, stronger than expected economy in developed countries and rising disposable incomes in developing countries are the main reasons why demand is growing for confectionery products, according...

Protein chocolate brand cocoa+ gains Ocado listing

UK startup cocoa+ has secured distribution at online retailer Ocado for its protein chocolate bars.

Nestlé increases Milkybar’s milk content to meet sugar reduction goal

Nestlé UK has reformulated Milkybar to boost milk percentage from 26% to 37.5%.

Prebiotic and antioxidant-packed white chocolate: 'A promising opportunity for industry'

Adding prebiotics and an antioxidant source to white chocolate can alter its taste and texture, but a new sensory analysis reported that consumers still ranked it highly, with researchers concluding...

Be still my beating heart: Chocolate’s 'anti-fluttering' qualities highlighted

The link between moderate chocolate intake and lower risk of irregular heartbeat may be due to chocolate’s flavanol content, say researchers.

The right dose: Are confectionery players misreading the sugar obesity debate?

Confectionery companies should print teaspoon visualization of sugar doses front of pack instead of focusing on calories, says a consultant.

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Sweets & Snacks Expo set to begin as US confectioners make portion guidance pledge

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), will kick off in Chicago next week on May 23, 2017.

Mars joins Nestlé, Lindt and Ferrero in calorie reduction goal

Mars-Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, and Ferrara Candy say half of their individually wrapped products will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

Daily chocolate fix reduces heart disease risk in postmenopausal women

Daily consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa reduced arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women – therefore lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study revealed.

Sugar tax confusion could hit sales of confectionery, biscuits and cakes

Brits are completely baffled by the country’s planned new levy on sugar-sweetened drinks, with many believing it covers food as well.

Startup Watch

Energy chocolate brand Zippy Bites expects ‘contagious’ growth in the US, CEO says

Natural caffeine added chocolate truffle company Zippy Bites is looking to scale up its business by expanding beyond coastal areas in the US. 

Size matters: Researchers question smaller packaging’s effect on obesity

Consumers may eat more candy in multiple small bags compared to one large bag with the same amount, say researchers.

Former Kraft exec launches Artisan Kettle organic chocolate chips

Artisan Kettle, an organic baking chocolate line created by former Kraft Foods’ brand manager Beth Goeddel, is rolling out across the US market.

Startup Watch

Oral care gum startup Confadent to launch in US

Startup Confadent is planning to bring an oral care gum brand to the US public after a test launch earlier this year.

Puratos has 'absolutely no intention to go public,' CEO Daniel Malcorps says

The bakery, chocolate and patisserie applications development company has no plans to go public, despite being run like a public firm.

Hershey seeks to reduce calorie counts with product reformulation, size adjustment

Hershey has included in its five-year plan a goal that 50% of its total offering of individually wrapped standard- and king-size confectionery products will be 200 calories or less. 

Top public nutrition adviser faces criticism after receiving money from chocolate industry

A spate of recent reports have accused a top member of Scotland’s food standards agency of bias after revealing her financial ties to a major chocolate firm - is the...

Project 7 partners with Weight Watchers

Gourmet gum brand Project 7 is aiming to capture a new target consumer – fitness enthusiasts – upon partnering with Weight Watchers.

Guest article

How to reduce sugar scientifically and creatively in confectionery

Soluble dietary fibers, dextrins and added vanilla can help manufacturers cut sugar beyond reducing portion size, writes Leatherhead Food Research’s head of microscopy.

Orkla cuts palm oil from 98% of its Nordic sweets and snack brands

Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Sweden has removed palm oil from 98% of its products, meaning 1,500 fewer tons of saturated fat in consumers' food. But what were the technical challenges and...

Nutritionists dispute relevance of sugar levels in chocolate spreads following report

Chocolate spreads and jams contain huge amounts of sugar, with two slices of bread containing the entire maximum daily intake - but some experts have questioned whether the quantities eaten are...

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