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Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

News in brief

Project 7 sugar-free gums available at CVS as retailer promotes healthier items

Gourmet gum brand Project 7 has launched two of its sugar-free gums into CVS across the US as the drug store chain looks to promote healthier products to its customers.

Market Insights

Two percent faster: Asia Pacific to outpace Europe and North America chocolate sales

The chocolate market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow around 2% faster than Europe and North America up to 2019, according to a Transparency Market Research’s (TMR) report.

Exclusive

Science vs taste: Nestlé and Mondelēz reveal different takes on candy nutrition guidelines

Nestlé says it is primarily guided by science when setting nutrition guidelines for its confections, while Mondelēz International takes account of multiple factors, but says consumer preference and taste is...

CEO Interview

Stepping on the gas: Drive Gum enters Autogrill and BP in Spain amid international push

Sugar-free caffeinated chewing gum brand Drive Gum has its sights on the US and Russia after expanding distribution in Spain through deals with Autogrill and BP.

Sugary treats take a hit as consumers cut back on snacking

Consumers are reducing the range of products they snack on, according to the authors of a new report on UK snacking habits.

CFIA recalled Ross Chocolates’ dark chocolate bars due to undeclared milk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recalled Ross Chocolates’ No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate chocolate bars due to its undeclared milk.

Guest Article

NCA president: When it comes to candy, consumers are embracing moderation

National Confectioners Association president and CEO John H. Downs responds to suggestions candy could be the next target of national and state sugar taxes.

Happiness factor: Emotional benefits are top chocolate sales drivers, says Mintel

Chocolate has been tied to improved brain function, enhanced energy, and other health benefits, but confectioners will be better served by leveraging chocolate's emotional connections, according to a recent report...

Doctors may encourage moderate dark chocolate consumption after latest health links: Researchers

Healthcare professionals may recommend moderate dark chocolate consumption after daily chocolate eating was tied to reducing heart disease risk factors, claim the authors of a cross-sectional study.

Opinion

Usual suspects: Confectionery may be next victim of national sugar taxes

Confectionery could be the next target for national sugar taxes after the UK’s levy on sugared soft drinks, but the industry still has time to act to thwart levies, writes...

CFSAF: 'Gen Mills was forced to make decision because of Senate’s failure to act'

General Mills and Mars to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Vermont deadline looms: 'We can’t label our products for only one state'

It was prompted by pragmatism, rather than an ideological shift, but General Mills and Mars have resolved to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Congress has proved unable to hammer...

Exclusive interview

From gum to gummies: Project 7 taps novel flavor trend for new gummies range

Project 7 plans to launch its first organic, gourmet gummies at Target in the US from April, according to the company. 

Ad block: Smaller confectioners to stop advertising to kids under new scheme

Six US confectionery businesses have pledged not to advertise directly to children below the age of 12 under a new industry initiative.

Booted out: another UK retailer bans confectionery from checkouts

Boots has become the latest major UK retailer to ban confectionery from its checkout areas.

Non-chemical process cuts stevia chocolate's bitter aftertaste, claims Basic Research

UK firm Basic Research has developed a a non-invasive process it claims eliminates undesirable aftertastes in stevia-sweetened chocolate.

Regular chocolate intake linked to enhanced cognition in cohort study

Habitual chocolate consumption has correlation with better cognitive functioning, according to analyses of 968 people living in New York

Europe’s first cocoa flavanol health claim chocolate to hit store shelves

Belgian firm Vandenbulcke has introduced ChoVita, the first chocolate brand in Europe that makes a cocoa flavanol health claim that it is 'good for your blood flow'.

Exclusive interview

Innocent Chocolate to expand product range with spread and chocolate chips

Manufacturer Innocent Chocolate – whose products are said to have less impact on blood sugar than standard chocolate - is set to extend its range with new lines including chocolate...

Cacao extract may protect skin from wrinkles: Study

A daily supplement with an extract from cacao may reduce UV-induced skin aging and protect against wrinkles, suggests a new study with lab mice and human skin cells.

Sugarfree gum could save UK healthcare system millions, claims Wrigley-backed study

Britain’s National Heath Service (NHS) could save £8.2m ($11.8m) a year if all the territory's 12-year olds chewed three pieces of sugarfree gum a day, says a study in the...

EFSA weighs up hoodia novel food application

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering a novel food application for purported weight loss plant hoodia parviflora. 

Chocolate may have benefits but flavanols make no difference to pregnancy outcomes, says researcher

Chocolate may improve placental function during pregnancy but flavanol levels seem to make no difference to pregnancy outcomes, says a Canadian researcher.

Cocoa flavanols may use gut microbiota pathway to ease metabolic syndrome: Review

Consuming cocoa flavanols may interact with the gut microbiota as a way of preventing metabolic syndrome or easing the condition’s symptoms, a review has concluded.

ProSweets Live Debate

Reformulating chocolate to reduce sugar and fat key as regulations harden

A free-to-attend ProSweets panel discussion featuring Mondelēz and Nestlé will assess how chocolate makers can develop and reformulate products to comply with self-imposed nutrition guidelines.

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