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Natural Colors & Flavors

Natural Colors & Flavors

In 2007 the notorious Southampton study linked certain artificial food colourings to hyperactivity in children. Since then, confectioners have been under increasing pressure to replace some of the vibrant hues used in their products with natural alternatives. Trouble is, it’s not always easy to find suitable, stable sources for the natural shades they need.

Simply Gum: ‘We want to be an everyday gum sitting next to Wrigley’

Simply Gum aspires to sit on shelf next to Wrigley, and hopes its expansion into mints can help the company gain listings across the US. 

'The best kind of bad': Chocolate makers need premium ingredients not sugar reduction

Sugar and calorie reduction has taken its toll on the chocolate category, but focusing on quality ingredients can foster growth, suggests a Euromonitor analyst. 

News in brief

Symrise reports major growth in 2016

German flavours and nutrition supplier Symrise reports strong growth in 2016 following expansion and decentralisation of the company.

Nut chocolate consumption increases globally, says Almond Board of California-backed study

A survey conducted by the Almond Board of California (ABC) and Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) suggests 70% of consumers across the globe prefer chocolate products with nut inclusions. 

Natural flavours and colours can reassure health-conscious parents

Industry used to shy away from scrutiny towards ingredients lists, but by choosing the right colour or flavour firms can add value to products and reassure consumers, according to colouring...

NCA State of the Industry Conference 2017

E-commerce the ticket to Millennial candy and snack sales: Analysts

Confectionery and snack companies should up the focus on e-commerce sales in 2017, even though the online channel represents 1% of overall CPG sales volumes, say analysts at IRI and Barkley.

Nonni’s Foods competes with Oreo with seasonal biscotti

Artisan bakery, Nonni’s Foods, has launched limited batch spring biscotti to boost market share in the growing snack category. 

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Hershey looks to upgrade chocolate confectionery lab upon visiting AAK’s new innovation center

AAK has opened an innovation center in Edison, New Jersey, during which it highlighted some of the most up-to-date product making technologies to partners, including Hershey, Mondelēz and Barry Callebaut....

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Taza reduces dark chocolate bitterness through stone grinding process

Taza Chocolate has never conched its cocoa beans since it started 10 years ago in Somerville, Massachusetts, as the company believes stone grinding is the best way to reduce bitterness of...

Anlit develops veggie turmeric gummies to tap confectionery supplement growth

Anlit has develop its first pectin-based gummies that deliver curcumin amid growing interest for natural confectionery supplements for adults.

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Coffee Flour expands footprint into chocolate and baking categories

Coffee Flour, a firm that started with an idea to take advantage of discarded coffee cherry fruit, is vying for health and nutrition-focused investment partners after recently being selected by...

Carmit launches private label vegan chocolate with rice flour

Private label maker Carmit Candy has developed a dairy-free vegan chocolate, which it will debut at Expo West in Anaheim, California, next month.

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Whole Foods executive-created OCHO Candy fills Easter's organic chocolate void

Organic confectionery brand OCHO Candy has developed its first Easter egg after spotting an unmet need for natural alternatives during the holiday season.

Startup Watch

Dave’s Sweet Tooth may break $1m revenue after e-commerce scale-up

Michigan family-run toffee brand Dave’s Sweet Tooth has reported a 300% sales growth along with a 2,500% e-commerce business increase in 2016 after launching a new website through the Shopify...

Health & wellness chocolate to outpace regular category: Euromonitor

Functional, organic and reduced-sugar chocolate are set for higher volume and value growth than regular chocolate up to 2021, says Euromonitor.

Wrigley launches first soft chews under Orbit brand

Wrigley has added a soft chew format for Orbit White in the US as the country's chewing gum market returns to growth after a challenging few years.

ISM 2017

Bon Bon Buddies extends Disney partnership with new fruit candies

UK licensing confectioner Bon Bon Buddies has unveiled its latest “100% fruit-made” candies, Fruitickles, at ISM 2017 in Cologne, Germany, but will not roll out the brand across the EMEA region until...

ProSweets 2017

Norevo launches a process for chewy candy with vitamins

Norevo, which supplies natural ingredients for the confectionery, food and cosmetic industry, has launched Quick Mix, to produce chewy candy without a cooking step. 

ProSweets 2017 preview

Manufacturers to focus on ‘less is more’ in response to natural, sugar-free trends

Belgian Sweets Design, Döhler, Schur Flexibles, Fuji Packaging, GNT, Haas, Knobel, Loesch, Sopp Industrie, VEMAG, Wacker and Rudolf Wild are just some of the companies exhibiting at ProSweets Cologne 2017...

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‘Retrovate’ don't ‘innovate’ granola startups, says former Kellogg’s director

The increasingly crowded granola bars category has made it difficult for startups to gain ground. However, introducing new ingredients might not be the solution, suggests Ernie Pang.

Mondelēz expands Trident gum in Europe against headwind from fading chewing habit

Mondelēz has reported “positive” results after it launched a series of Max flavors under its multiple gum brands in Europe, including Trident, Stimorol and Hollywood, according to the spokesperson of...

Indian colours giant Roha continues expansion into Europe

Roha has acquired the Italian flavour manufacturing group Essential.

Startup Tracker

Fantasy Candies owner creates probiotic chocolate startup Blue Planet

Long-time candy maker and owner of the Ohio-based Fantasy Candies, Joel Fink, hopes to take probiotic chocolate to the national level through his new startup called Blue Planet Chocolate. 

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Transparency and portion-control: Execs at top candy firms set 2017 expectations

Mars Wrigley, Ferrara, Just Born, and other top candy firms offer their business outlooks for 2017 and share details of innovation in the pipeline.

Runamok Maple creates new maple candy brand after acquisition

Vermont-based maple syrup producer, Runamok Maple, has just started producing maple candy products for the first time after acquiring Bascom Maple Farms’ maple candy operation.

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