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.
Anti-sugar campaigners are targeting the damage it can do to teeth as well as tackling its contribution to obesity in the UK.
Mars will face allegations it mislabeled cocoa flavanol content in its chocolate bars, after a judge rejected a request to dismiss the US lawsuit.
Algatechnologies sees potential for red seaweed derivative astaxanthin in chocolate coins promoting beauty for the US market.
Chewing gum may make you more alert and could be useful in contexts such as driving, according to a new study.
As the number of overweight and obese people worldwide continues to climb, policymakers and public health officials are scratching their heads over how to stimulate healthier food choices among consumers. ...
Food manufacturers could reduce the fat content of biscuits by up to 50% without impacting overall product acceptability, according to new research.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a surgeon and resident medical expert on NBC, believes candy and sugar are not taboos, but necessary to human health.
The European Commission has approved the use of the high-intensity sweetener advantame in a variety of food and drink categories.
The recent flurry of retail checkout confectionery bans, joined last month by retail giant Tesco, could hurt impulse-driven sales, but present high margin opportunities to supermarkets, according to Euromonitor analysts.
The UK Department of Health hails its Responsibility Deal a success in its annual update, but reports emerge that companies have failed to meet sugar and salt targets.
Wrigley has introduced Extra Professional Mints containing stevia rebaudiana across Europe, marking the first time it has used stevia in a product globally.
The functional confectionery market is awaiting a big player and private label maker Carmit Candy gives its tip on which it’s likely to be.
Fifty grams of dark chocolate a couple of hours before a stressful event may blunt the rise in stress hormones, says a new study from Switzerland.
Medical gum firm Fertin Pharma has teamed with DSM to develop a Vision Gum in the ‘under-exploited’ eye health category.
Cocoa polyphenols can suppress oxidative stress that provokes the proliferation of cancerous cells in the colon, according to a study published in the book Cancer: Oxidative Stress and Dietary Antioxidants....
Candy industry experts report confectionery sales are faring better than figures in other retail food markets, with US shoppers snapping up nearly $34bn worth of sweet treats annually.
Confectionery manufacturers showing their latest products offer a glimpse of current and upcoming industry trends, including hot ingredients, growing categories, and standout packaging.
Leading Dutch supplier Sensus is pushing inulin as a sugar and sweetener replacer with minimal taste and texture tariffs.
When it comes to cognitive health products, women look for emotional ‘brain food’, while men look for caffeine sources, according to a survey of German students.
Indian consumers are swapping traditional, high calorie confectionery in favor of chocolate, according to TechSci Research.
DSM has developed a stress-reducing chocolate that it says could allow manufacturers to take the relaxation category beyond drinks.
Vital Solutions has developed a concept chocolate bar that it claims can improve cognitive function.
Biotec firm Lyctoec is poised to apply for an EU-approved health claim for cholesterol lowering chocolate.
Money spent picking holes in negative sugar research could be better spent developing profitable functional confections that deliver indulgence.
Sugar free candies only account for 5% of the UK sweets market but the dynamic could be changing, according to German confectioner Sulá.