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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.

Cocoa processing comes to Trinidad and Tobago for first time

The republic of Trinidad & Tobago will have a cocoa-processing facility for the first time in its history.

Olam’s ‘complex’ ADM cocoa deal hits delay

Singapore-based Olam’s $1.3bn acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s global cocoa business has hit a bump in the road, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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Demand for natural colors increases as 80% of parents cite artificial color safety concerns, survey finds

While consumer demand for natural colors in the U.S. lags behind that in the U.K., it is nearing “a tipping point” as parents’ concerns increase about the potential impact on...

The Oprah effect: Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels eyes expansion after celeb endorsement

Minnesota-based Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels  has expanded its product offering and hopes to grow its retail distribution after being named one of Oprah’s favorite things of 2014....

No natural pictures to depict artificial flavours, rules German court

Manufacturers should be wary of using pictures to depict artificial flavourings, warn food lawyers as a German court ruling sets a new precedent for misleading marketing....

Could plum be the new color of confectionery?

Supplier Sunsweet claims its plum ingredients could present a pathway to cleaner labels as safety concerns over caramel colors prompt confectionery manufacturers to look explore alternatives.

Torie & Howard moves into growing fruit chews category and ups big retail distribution

Organic premium candy firm Torie & Howard has expanded its product offering to include soft fruit chews and is taking its hard candies into larger grocery and club channels.

Natural colors move costly and complex, say Just Born and Gimbal’s

Two family-owned U.S. candy firms say a switch from artificial to natural colors and flavors is financially risky and claim many technical difficulties still exist.

Jelly Belly will launch organic confections, jelly beans and fruit snacks, CEO says

Jelly Belly Candy Company is launching a line of USDA certified-organic candies, including fruit flavored snacks, gourmet jelly beans and other confections, the firm’s CEO and president told FoodNavigator-USA exclusively....

Demand for ‘natural’ drives Europe’s food colouring growth

Growing demand for natural food colourings by manufacturers and consumers will continue to drive the Western European market in the near future, according to a new report by Future Market...

Confectionery: the perfect marriage of art and science?

Chemistry and art would be good subjects for aspiring confectioners to study – as well as developing a bit of business acumen - says the co-founder of Boston-based McCrea’s Candies. ...

Mars defends artificial dyes and says natural switch 'won't happen overnight'

Mars says it is exploring natural alternatives but sees no safety concerns with artificial colors and flavors.

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Hershey's Milk Chocolate and Kisses to go non-GM

Hershey intends to remove genetically-modified ingredients from Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Kisses by the end of the year.

Nestlé to dump artificial flavors in Europe, but tightlipped on price hikes

Nestlé says it will remove artificial flavors in confectionery across Europe, but refuses to confirm whether it will implement European price hikes to offset declining confectionery margins.

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Breathing fire into confectionery: Dragon fruit a ‘promising’ ingredient for functional confections

Red pitaya fruit puree could prove a ‘promising and safe functional ingredient’ for gummy confections, according to a new Malaysian study.

Personality of the Year spills the jelly beans

‘There’s no typical day in R&D’: How the barf flavored jelly bean was created by accident

ConfectioneryNews Personality of the Year, Jelly Belly's R&D manager Ambrose Lee, talks flavor development.

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Mars stabilizes natural blue for confections

Mars has filed a patent to make natural blue colors derived from anthocyanins resistant to color changes in hard panned confections.

Taste prediction model forms bedrock of Cargill’s stevia technology

Cargill, long a leader in stevia technology, says its taste prediction model forms the foundation of its new stevia technology, called viaTech.

Natural and organic trends drive European food colourings growth

Europe is the fastest growing market for food colourings driven by demand in natural and organic products, according to a new report from Grand View Research.

Wine not? Grape-skin powder ups candy flavonol and fiber count, say researchers

Adding grape-skin powder to fruit candies may increase antioxidant content, open fiber claim doors and shorten dehydration time, according to a study.

German appeal court rejects ‘natural’ vanilla suit against Ritter

A German appeal court has ruled that Ritter Sport’s vanilla flavor in its whole hazelnut product is correctly labelled after consumer group Stiftung Warentest challenged it.

Wild taps spirulina for natural colors range

Wild Flavors has developed a natural color series that includes a blue derived from microalgae spirulina, giving confectioners a natural option for fruit flavors like blueberry.

Older consumers want ‘natural’ rather than ‘organic’ food, says Canadean

Consumers over 55 associate ‘natural’ products with healthy lifestyle and diet and prefer it to ‘organic’ food, according to a report from Canadean.

Wood you? Novel pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies

Neocandenatone, a purple pigment found in the heartwood of Dalbergia congestiflora trees, could hold colorant possibilities for gummy and hard candies, according to Mexican research.

Archer Daniels Midland buys WILD Flavors for $3.1bn

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will buy WILD Flavors for €2.3bn citing fast-growing demand for natural food and beverage flavors and ingredients as the rationale.

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