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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 focuses on healthy reduction in commitments review

Reduction of salt, sugars, trans fat and total fat is a key focus area for Nestlé in efforts to meet its nutrition commitments, according to its latest annual report, "Nestlé...

The FoodNavigator Forum

How does sugar affect health? Find out at FoodNavigator’s Sugar Debate: Separating Fact from Fiction

Sugar – at least in excess – has been blamed for everything from heart disease to obesity and cancers in recent months. But is it as bad as all that?

Dispatches from the NCA State of the Industry Conference in Miami

US cocoa flavanol health claim nears but ‘not quite there yet’

More clinical trials are needed for a US health claim on cocoa flavanols, according to the National Confectioners’ Association’s technical director.

WHO recommends halving sugar intake advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised halving sugar intake advice from 10% of total calories to 5% of total calories in a new dietary guideline proposal.

EU eyes reformulation and marketing restrictions to cut childhood obesity

Restricting marketing to children and continuing to cut salt, fats and added sugar in processed foods are among initiatives put forward in a plan to tackle childhood obesity, agreed by...

Dark choc improves heart health, but it’s got nothing to do with flavanols

Dark chocolate may help restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, but increasing flavanol content will not affect these effects...

Smells like change for Deo perfumed candy: New name, scent and packaging

Goodbye Deo, hello Aroma Candy. Perfumed candy’s new name, lavender scent and packaging seeks to sedate high consumer expectations and go after a more “universal” appeal.

‘Stealth reduction’ the best option for sugar in confectionery: Euromonitor

Confectioners should keep quiet about sugar reduction or risk irritating consumers, according to analysts at Euromonitor International.

Irish NGO calls for sweet-free checkouts

Irish NGO Safefood has called on supermarkets to make checkouts ‘sweet-free zones’ as part of its campaign to tackle childhood obesity.

Confectionery industry prepares to battle its sugar demons

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) and leading US firms say sugar has been ‘unjustly’ victimized in recent months and the public should be free to enjoy a sweet treat...

Blow new life into burst kids' bubble gum market with tooth-friendly sweetener: Beneo

Bubble gum manufacturers can win over health conscious parents with tooth-friendly versions, according to supplier Beneo.

Protein chocolate muscling into mainstream, says Noi Sirius

The booming protein market is starting to move beyond hardcore bodybuilders, according to Iceland’s premier chocolate producer.

Dispatches from ISM 2014 in Cologne

Sustainability and health needs grow at ISM, says organizer

The confectionery industry is in good shape and demand for sustainable products and those catering to health needs has never been higher, according to ISM organizer Koelnmesse.

PureCircle pinpoints optimum stevia blends for chocolate and gum

Sweetener supplier PureCircle claims that it has identified the ideal blends of stevia for chocolate and gum under its Stevia 3.0 strategy.

Caramel colors under fire again: Is there a safe level of 4-MeI?

The FDA says it has “no reason to believe” that 4-MeI - an impurity generated during the manufacture of caramel colors III and IV - poses a health risk at...

Industry Voices: Nutri Nick talks confectionery nutrition

Confectionery industry poised for ‘analogue to digital switch’ on health, says Nutri Nick

The confectionery industry will begin to move away from sugar to ‘healthier’ alternatives, according to a manufacturer of stevia-sweetened energy and confectionery bars.

Chocolate with savory flavors and micronutrients: ADM Cocoa flags 2014 R&D priorities

ADM Cocoa unveils where it plans to concentrate its R&D efforts in 2014.

FDF slams Channel 4 sugar programme ‘as misleading’

Food manufacturers’ organisation the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has slammed a Channel 4 programme on sugar – screened earlier this week (January 20) as – “highly misleading”.

Ditch ‘possibly carcinogenic’ white color for clean label rice starch, says Beneo

Confectioners should replace white color titanium dioxide with rice starch to alleviate consumer health concerns, says supplier Beneo, even though toxicity has not been demonstrated by any authority in typical food uses....

Authenticity trend gives Belgian chocolate a boost, says Puratos

Belgian chocolate is profiting from a consumer trend for authentic and traceable products, according to industrial chocolate producer and ingredients supplier Puratos.

Conflict of interest? On the sugar payroll

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme to be aired in the UK this evening is to accuse scientists advising health ministers on sugar of a conflict of interest due to funds...

North American cocoa grind up 4% but health concerns may soon bite

A rise in the North American cocoa grind is a positive sign for the mature US chocolate market, but analysts predict health-concerns will challenge future growth.

Candy cast out: Lidl goes confectionery-free at UK checkouts

Discount retailer Lidl has rolled out its Healthy Till program across its UK stores, removing all chocolate and sweets from checkouts except for Wrigley’s gum.

Obesity counterattack: sugar reduction campaign in quotes

Prominent nutritionists have provided their exclusive feedback on Action on Sugar’s sugar reduction campaign, designed to combat the rising incidence of obesity in the UK.

Childhood candy consumption not to blame for later health risks: NCA backed study

Children can eat candy in moderation without increasing their risk of becoming obese and developing heart problems later in life, according to a study backed by the National Confectioners Association.

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