Ingredients

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The secret to making healthier chocolate: Lubrication

By Oliver Morrison

UK scientists have uncovered what makes chocolate so popular: lubrication and fat release are key. This understanding, they say, can unlock opportunities to develop a new, healthier, generation of chocolate.

Fudge Kitchen’s renowned slab fudge comes in four vegan flavour varieties. Pic: Fudge Kitchen

Veganuary

Fudge Kitchen ramps up plant-based offering for Veganuary

By Anthony Myers

UK High Street brand Fudge Kitchen has joined the Veganuary campaign by expanding its vegan offering. The fudge brand, which still batch-makes all of its products at its HQ in Kent, saw a 3.5% rise in vegan sales in 2022 with 10% of all its online sales...

Clean Food Group is fermenting yeast to develop a lab-grown, bio-equivalent alternative to palm oil, which has attracted the attention of ingredients major Doehler Group. Image credit: Laurie Lapworth: University of Bath

Doehler invests in lab-grown palm oil alternative

By Flora Southey

The German ingredients supplier is investing in UK-based Clean Food Group (CFG) – a start-up developing a bio-equivalent cultivated alternative to palm oil – via its investment arm, Doehler Ventures.

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CRN: Gummy article harps on problems, ignores benefits

By Hank Schultz

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted potential issues with the formulation and usage of gummy supplements with little attention given to the benefits of these products, the Council for Responsible Nutrition says.

'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...

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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