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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.

Symrise wins battle for Diana Group with €1.3bn bid

German flavours and aromas specialist Symrise has won the battle for French flavour and ingredients producer Diana, after agreeing a deal that values the firm at €1.3bn.

Roses are red, violets are blue, and so is chocolate, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says chocolate makers can produce products in novel colors far easier with its new flower-shaped food colorant pellets compared to using high doses of powder and liquid dyes....

Mondelēz not sweet-talking kids into poor nutrition choices with Barny ad, rules watchdog

The UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has dismissed complaints that a TV advert for Mondelēz International's Barny cake bar was an implied health claim and that it encouraged poor nutritional...

Carbon nanotube sensor detects food dyes

A sensor that detects some synthetic organic food dyes has been created by Iranian researchers.

Natural colors our first port of call, says spirulina-experimenting Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly is experimenting with natural color spirulina after a major reformulation project.

Ritter Sport wins 'natural flavor' German court battle

Ritter Sport has been granted an injunction preventing a German consumer group from claiming the chocolate firm is deceiving consumers with misleading natural flavor claims.

Sour flavors and sweet & spicy mixes ‘the vogue’ for candy and gum, says Leatherhead

Leatherhead Food Research has identified the in-fashion flavors for sugar and gum confectionery.

Special Edition - Beyond sugar: Hitting the sweet spot

Hard and sweet: The elusive candy promise

Between laxative effects, clean labeling and GM, ConfectioneryNews takes a walk through the different sweetener options for hard, soft and jelly candies and the associated pros and cons for each.  ...

Ritter Sport ‘natural’ bust up with consumer group gets litigious

Ritter Sport and a German consumer group will go head-to-head in a court battle over the naturalness of vanilla flavoring piperonal.

DISPATCHES FROM FIE 2013

What’s the occasion for Barry Callebaut’s E-free red?

Barry Callebaut has expanded its E-number free printable colorant range to include red, a move the company hopes will help tap into seasonal opportunities as well as the clean label...

Crediton Confectionery explores meat-free gelatins after business turnaround

UK firm Crediton Confectionery intends to move to non-meat gelatin for its confections to differentiate itself from bigger players after overseeing a significant rise in production volumes since the firm...

Mars defends use of artificial colors in M&Ms as CSPI-backed petition urges it to ditch ‘neurotoxic chemicals’

Confectionery giant Mars has defended its use of artificial colors in M&Ms after being urged to ditch them in a petition on change.org accompanied by a press release from the...

News in brief

Naturex launches natural blue spirulina for 'fat-loving' candies

French ingredients firm Naturex claims to be the first supplier to offer natural blue spirulina coloring for lipophilic confectionery applications such as compound coatings.

News in brief

Australia ‘lagging behind emerging nations’ in artificial colour use

One of Asia-Pacific’s leading authorities on natural food colours has urged Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers, marketeers and media to show greater leadership in converting to natural colours.

What's a bored, hypoglycemic lawyer to do? Start a natural label, low sugar ice cream company, of course!

For Justin Woolverton, founder and CEO of premium ice cream brand Halo Top Creamery, life had become too sweet and too sour at the same time.  A dissatisfaction with his...

Functional confectionery niche continues to grow, says Naturex

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.

Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013: How clean is your label? And can GMOs ever belong in 'natural' products?

Recent data from Symphony Consulting (click here ), shows that while US retail sales of products making ‘natural’ claims still grew in 2012, the pace of that growth slowed noticeably compared...

Cloetta acquires ‘very special’ natural candy technology with Goody Good Stuff buy

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has acquired UK firm Goody Good Stuff and its unique gelatin free technology to help it capitalise on what it calls a growing natural candy category.

Food colors in India: Researchers call for review

Majority of colored foods in India illegal

Researchers are calling for a review of food colors in India after finding that the majority found in popular products exceed legal limits and almost a fifth of products contain...

Study hails eco-friendly synthetic colour test

Scientists have outlined an eco-friendly test for certain synthetic food colours commonly used in soft drinks and sugar and gelatin-based confectionery.

Global report on food colours

Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake synthetics

Natural colours have overtaken their synthetic counterparts for the first time ever, and the trend towards clean label products is one of the key drivers according to new data from...

Blue colors study author clarifies position on lollipop risks

The author of a study on blue dyes in lollipops says that her paper focuses on the risk of systemic absorption in small quantities and not “human health risks”....

Natural vs. synthetic: ‘The consumer will always choose the natural product’

Switching to natural colours can be an important product differentiator, as consumers around the world will always choose a natural product when given the option, says ingredient firm Chr. Hansen.

Blue colors in lollipops present health risk to kids, say researchers

Researchers are urging candy makers to remove two blue food colors from hard candies and lollipops because they may pose a health risk to children.

EFSA on caramel colours: Consumer exposure lower than previously estimated

Consumer exposure to three caramel colours used in a variety of food and drink applications is ‘considerably lower’ than a 2011 scientific opinion published by EFSA suggested, says the Authority.  ...

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