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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.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

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...

Healthy Chocolate Florida targets traditional retail

Supplement chocolate firm Healthy Chocolate Florida plans to expand beyond medical supply and into traditional retail.

UK sets portion size and sugar reduction guidance for chocolate and candy

Public Health England (PHE) recommends chocolate should contain 43.7g of sugar per 100g by 2020 in voluntary health guidelines published today.

Startup Watch

UK popcorn and crisp brand Yumsh Snacks enters chocolate category

Manchester-based Yumsh Snacks has started producing Bean & Pod chocolates while waiting for its manufacturing facility to be certified free-from, CEO Tony Goodman told BakeryandSnacks.

Nestlé cuts 30% sugar in Rowntree’s gummy and chewy candy

Nestlé has launched 30% reduced sugar versions of two of its best-selling Rowntree’s products: Fruit Pastilles and Randoms.

KitKat cocoa content upped 13% in sugar reduction push

Nestlé UK & Ireland has upped the cocoa and milk content of KitKat in its bid to cut sugar by 10% across its confectionery range.

'Nextgen sweetener': Meringue kisses hold reduced sugar chocolate potential

Lampados International will launch a non-dissolvable version of its sugar-free meringue kisses as inclusions in chocolate bars and cookies.

Simply Gum: ‘We want to be an everyday gum sitting next to Wrigley’

Simply Gum aspires to sit on shelf next to Wrigley, and hopes its expansion into mints can help the company gain listings across the US. 

'The best kind of bad': Chocolate makers need premium ingredients not sugar reduction

Sugar and calorie reduction has taken its toll on the chocolate category, but focusing on quality ingredients can foster growth, suggests a Euromonitor analyst. 

‘Low-content’ food labels are ‘misleading’ for consumers, US study claims

Products that claim to be low-fat, reduced sodium or cholesterol-free do not accurately represent the food’s nutritional quality, giving consumers a false sense about its health benefits, according to a US study....

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