Ingredients

'Candy scientist' Tessa Porter. Pic: Sprinkk

Podcast

Gummies – and why they are a hot trend in 2022

By Anthony Myers

Tessa Porter is the founder of Sprinkk, a candy development and manufacturing company based in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a ‘candy scientist’ and has a Masters in food science focusing on sugar crystallization from the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

'Improvements in the taste of stevia have come a long way'. Pic: HOWTIAN

Sugar reduction special edition

How natural sweeteners became a gamechanger for confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Consumers are trying to reduce or avoid sugar, and the demand for low or no sugar alternatives is rising in 2022 for the growing health-conscious public, with research suggesting more than 60% of US consumers wish there were healthier chocolate options...

Pic: Chocolove

Sugar Reduction

Guest Post: Boulder’s Chocolove rolls-out a no-added-sugar bar

By Timothy Moley

Chocolove was founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 1995 by CEO Timothy Moley. The company produces all-natural and organic chocolate bars and from the get-go focused on using less sugar in its product, ultimately leading to a 100% no-sugar-added chocolate...

Luker Chocolates' new natural sweetener range. Pic: Luke Chocolate

‘Better-for-you’

Luker Chocolate launches new sweetener range

By Anthony Myers

Luker Chocolate, the family-owned, Colombian chocolate manufacturer, has developed a new range of covertures that includes erythritol & stevia, which it says is being driven by an increase in consumer and client demand.

Luker Chocolate's new caramel 'Sensación'. Pic: Luker Choclate

NPD

Luker Chocolate creates new caramel ‘Sensación’

By Anthony Myers

Colombian B4B chocolate manufacturer Luker Chocolate is hitting the caramel flavour with a new chocolate couverture, crafted at origin, using the company’s signature Cacao Fino de Aroma and incorporating its sustainability practices.

An ofi cocoa farmer tries out some new equipment. Pic: ofi

Finance

ofi secures inaugural $1,975m sustainability-linked loan

By Anthony Myers

olam food ingredients ('ofi'), a global leader in food & beverage ingredients and includes the company’s cocoa division, has announced that it has secured a multi-tranche sustainability-linked facility aggregating $1,975m

Matt Gibson with the New Culture team: 'This partnership gives our team the chance to accelerate our path to commercialization and expand what’s possible for our product portfolio...' Image credit: New Culture

ADM teams up with New Culture to scale up animal-free dairy platform

By Elaine Watson

New Culture, a startup producing casein proteins (minus the cows) via microbial fermentation to make mozzarella and other dairy products has announced a strategic partnership with global ingredients giant ADM to scale up its animal-free dairy operation.

FUNDAY'S  jelly snakes comes in there colourful flavours: raspberry, blackcurrant and passionfruit. Pic: FUNDAY

Colour trends special 2022

Colourful gummies, without the ‘guilt-trip’

By Anthony Myers

Using only natural colours and flavours, Australia’s rising star in the better-for-you confectionary market is revamping the gummy — without the guilt trip.

Bright, intense neon colours are signifying play and also inclusivity. Pic: GettyImages

Colour trends special 2022

Colouring food - with food

By Anthony Myers

Based on the concept of ‘colouring food with food’, GNT’s EXBERRY Organics are created from edible fruit, vegetables, and plants using traditional physical processing methods - and are bang on trend.

'Colour has a greater impact on taste perception than flavour'. Pic: Sensient

Colour trends special 2022

Colour is more than a trendy ingredient in confectionery

By Anthony Myers

With social media constantly pushing the boundaries of ‘exciting’ and 'unique' further, colourful, interactive food and beverages are becoming increasingly creative, writes Pat Hanson, Managing Director of Food Colors EMEA at Sensient.

Pic: Chocxo

Retail

Chocxo signs deal with Costco in US for its KETO snaps

By Anthony Myers

Chocxo has announced its Dark Chocolate KETO Coconut, Almond & Sea Salt Snaps are now available at Costco US locations nationwide for a special limited-time promotion as consumer demand for better-for-you chocolate continues to grow.

Red Chocolate are offering #AllPleasureNoGuilt at this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: CN

Sweets & Snacks 2022

Red Chocolate debuts Blonde offering at Sweets & Snacks 2022

By Anthony Myers

Europe’s Red Chocolate will have a significant presence in the better-for-you category at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo with its dark chocolate varieties that contain 40% fewer calories than other chocolates, offering consumers #AllPleasureNoGuilt.

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