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Health & Functionality

Health & Functionality

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.

Is functional chewing gum the answer to the category’s woes?

Fortified chewing gums that go beyond dental could reinvigorate the stagnant global chewing gum market, according to a Datamonitor analyst.

Reduce fat in confectionery fillings with maltodextrin, says researchers

Partly replacing vegetable fats in confectionery fillings with maltodextrin gels can cut fat content and calories without impacting taste, according to research.

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Taura Natural Ingredients secures European distributor for fruit series

Taura Natural Ingredients is teaming up with France-based Phoenix Ingredients for European distribution of its Gourmet Series fruit line.

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

Mass-market gum makers unmoved by functional ingredients, says Fertin Pharma

Private label gum maker Fertin Pharma says that mass-market gum makers are content with existing health claims on sugar free gum and are unconcerned about boosting the effects through added...

Cocoa extract could fight Alzheimer’s – mice study

A polyphenol-rich cocoa extract called Lavado may reduce nerve damage in Alzheimer’s patients before they develop symptoms, according to research in mice.

Campaigner’s sugar plan rejected by food manufacturers

A new plan to tackle childhood obesity by curbing sugar consumption from Action on Sugar (AoS) has been slated by food manufacturers.

Caffeine in confectionery: FDA may ‘not publicly address the issue’

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unlikely to regulate caffeine levels in confectionery products, according to caffeine chocolate firm Awake Chocolate.

Sugar in teeth of fresh controversy

Anti-sugar campaigners are targeting the damage it can do to teeth as well as tackling its contribution to obesity in the UK.

Mars faces class action over cocoa flavanol claims

Mars will face allegations it mislabeled cocoa flavanol content in its chocolate bars, after a judge rejected a request to dismiss the US lawsuit.

Beauty chocolate: Algatechnologies touts red seaweed for functional confectionery

Algatechnologies sees potential for red seaweed derivative astaxanthin in chocolate coins promoting beauty for the US market.

Chewing gum is a 'cheap' way to help stay alert: Study

Chewing gum may make you more alert and could be useful in contexts such as driving, according to a new study.

Solving the unhealthy = tasty dilemma

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. ...

Taking the biscuit: Consumers more sensitive to sugar reductions than fat

Food manufacturers could reduce the fat content of biscuits by up to 50% without impacting overall product acceptability, according to new research.

Snyderman: People are ‘hard wired’ to love candy

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a surgeon and resident medical expert on NBC, believes candy and sugar are not taboos, but necessary to human health.

Europe approves use of new high-intensity sweetener

The European Commission has approved the use of the high-intensity sweetener advantame in a variety of food and drink categories.

Checkout bans could kick confectionery while it's down: Euromonitor

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.

UK Responsibility Deal: Sweet success or sleight of hand?

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.

News in brief

Wrigley launches its first stevia-sweetened product

Wrigley has introduced Extra Professional Mints containing stevia rebaudiana across Europe, marking the first time it has used stevia in a product globally.

Which big player will be first on functional confectionery scene?

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.

Stressed? Try some dark chocolate, say Swiss scientists

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.

Fertin Pharma sees industry blind spot for eye health chewing gum

Medical gum firm Fertin Pharma has teamed with DSM to develop a Vision Gum in the ‘under-exploited’ eye health category.

Cocoa shown to have role in colorectal cancer reduction: Review

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....

2014 sweets and snacks

Candy sales are dandy at $33.6bn in the US

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.

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Top five tasty trends at Sweets and Snacks

Confectionery manufacturers showing their latest products offer a glimpse of current and upcoming industry trends, including hot ingredients, growing categories, and standout packaging.

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