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.
ADM Cocoa has introduced a low fat cocoa powder that it claims is well suited to nougats and other protein foam based confectionery that lose structure in the presence of...
Wrigley is urging consumers to chew sugar free gum as part of oral healthcare routines and dismisses that it is contributing to dental diseases through parent company Mars’ sugar-based products.
Nestlé UK has rejected claims that its freshly launched range of Wonka Chocolates is high in calories and aimed at children.
A lack of sleep could alter the way our brains work, making us more likely to consume unhealthy snack products than healthier options, say researchers.
A US startup part-funded by celebrities has ‘unjunked’ America’s favorite candy bars and says it is serious about taking on the industry's major players.
A study has found stark differences in the amount of cocoa flavanols preserved after cocoa beans from different origins have been roasted.
A Lactobacillus rhamnosus probiotic blend can battle chest infections, says Danish probiotics leader Chr Hansen in a global patent application.
The functional confectionery market remains niche but is growing rapidly as candy makers look for new ways to differentiate their products, according to ingredients firm Naturex.
Mars Incorporated’s commitment to research into cocoa flavanols has been rewarded recently with an annual award from the Institute of Food Technologists.
Fruit and vegetable residues typically discarded in the manufacture of isotonic sports drinks could be a rich nutrient source for other foodstuffs like bars and biscuits, Brazilian researchers have found.
A systemic review has detailed the antimicrobial agents and herbal extracts it deems to have the greatest positive effect on plaque indices.
The global reduced fat chocolate category is set for 13.4% sales growth this year. We ask how chocolate makers can formulate to get a piece of the action.
Around a quarter of recent product launches in the tablet confectionery category have made claims for breath freshening or oral care. Mintel explores the latest flavor trends and health claims...
The maker of a new sugar free cookie sweetened with monk fruit extract claims its product is set for big things in markets with high diabetes rates such as Australia...
Does the industry believe there is strong demand among consumers for functional and healthier confectionery products?
The meteoric emergence of cocoa flavanols as the new 'super ingredient' continues, with many new scientific publications focused on the potential health effects of these special compounds. As part of...
Energy and antioxidants are the biggest trends for herbal sugar confectionery with acerola, guarana and green tea the hottest three ingredients, says Naturex.
The possibilities for functional chocolate are wide-ranging. In this special edition, ConfectioneryNews scopes out the in-demand active ingredients for chocolate products, from probiotics to phytosterols and energy ingredients.
What is the best way to add active ingredients to gum to ensure health properties are released and flavor is maintained?
They say a smile is worth a thousand words. The tooth fairies in the chewing gum industry are exploring ways to make that smile worth even more.
The EU energy market is set to grow by €1bn by 2017 and much of that could come from ‘natural energy’, a sub-sector that has been boosted by recent health...
US firm Vitaball is gearing up to launch a caffeine-free energy tablet gum and gum ball that it claims gives it a distinct market position over its competitors.
Mars Drinks says it sees huge global potential for single-serve hot drinks machines and consumables in the high-growth office environment, and predicts ‘tremendous growth’ in emerging markets.
The UK's largest confectionery company, Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, has decided against signing up to the UK’s hybrid front of pack nutritional label as competitors Mars and Nestlé adopt the tags....
Colombian researchers have questioned the clinical benefits of sugar free chewing gum to prevent dental caries and gingivitis after a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. A scientist from Mondelez has doubted...