Ingredients

Pic: Firetree

Special Edition: The rise of vegan/plant-based chocolate

5 vegan chocolate bars for a plant-based diet

By Anthony Myers

As Veganuary turns nine this year with a record number of sign-ups, we check out some of the latest vegan chocolate bars to hit the shelves over the past 12 months.

GNT will be demonstrating how EXBERRY can be used to maximise visual appeal in confectionery at this year's ProSweets 2022. Pic: GNT

ProSweets/ISM 2022

GNT set to add colour to ProSweets Cologne 2022

By Anthony Myers

GNT, one of the industry’s main natural ingredients and food colour providers, is set to showcase its EXBERRY Colouring Foods in a vast array of confectionery applications at ProSweets Cologne 2022, which is scheduled to run from 30 January 1 February.

Survey reveals what millennial women want in wellness

Survey reveals what millennial women want in wellness

By Danielle Masterson

Millennials have surpassed baby boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation, according to population estimates from the United States Census Bureau. And as the fastest growing demographic in the US, millennials are wielding a lot of purchasing...

Pic: CN

Cocoa ingredients trends to watch in 2022

By Anthony Myers

Olam Food Ingredients (ofi) has revealed five top trends for the confectionery sector this year, with planetary health a key focus, along with amplified taste experiences and premiumization all set to dominate.

In a traditional chocolate bar, sugar accounts for around half the product. Pic: GettyImages

Sugar reduction/reformulation special edition

Replacing sugar in confectionery is ‘incredibly hard’

By Anthony Myers

Sugar is an important ingredient in confectionery, not only for its taste but also because it contributes to texture, bulk, mouthfeel, aroma, colour, and a number of other attributes that make up chocolate and candy.

Parents want snacks that offer nutrition and satiety - along with the bonus of looking after the planet - for themselves and their kids. Pic: GettyImages/Sinenkiy

Plant-based eating is trending in snacks for kids

By Gill Hyslop

Human nutrition specialist ADM has unveiled the next big consumer trends for 2022, among them the dynamic growth of plant-based snacks that deliver nutrition and satiety for kids.

The Australian-based company has already expanded into Singapore and Hong Kong and is planning to launch into the US and Europe. Pic: Funday

Free-form

Australian candy start-up rides pandemic wave

By Anthony Myers

Funday Natural Sweets, launched in Australia in March 2021, has signed a deal with Woolworths Australia (something many brands take years to achieve) with national listings in Chemist Warehouse Australia and a recent international listing in New Zealand.

Peanuts are ticking a lot of consumer boxes. Pic: GettyImages

Why US peanut consumption has hit record highs

By Gill Hyslop

Peanut consumption in the US has hit record levels for the second year in a row – rising to an all-time high of 7.9 pounds (3.5kg) per American in 2021. However, the National Peanut Board (NPB) said the consistent rise of the nut’s popularity is not surprising,...

Excessive sugar consumption is a factor in COVID hospitalisations, the AHA stated. Pic: GettyImages

Sugar reduction/reformulation special edition

Sugar in the time of COVID

By Anthony Myers

Four in 10 consumers in Innova Market Insights’ global Health and Nutrition Survey in 2020 claimed to have decreased their sugar consumption over the studied 12-month period, with prevention of health conditions the leading reason, followed by weight...

H!P's 4-Pack is now widely available in stores in the UK - and online. Pic: H!P

Plant-based special edition

Plant-Powered H!P earns first grocery listings in UK

By Anthony Myers

Vegan-friendly oat milk chocolate H!P (Happiness in Plants), has received a boost to its free-from agenda with nationwide availability online and in stores.

Lindt-Sprüngli vegan range will be available in the UK from January 2022. Pic: Lindt-Sprüngli

Plant-based special edition

Lindt to release new vegan bars in UK

By Anthony Myers

Luxury Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli is entering the vegan fray with its Lindt Classic Recipe vegan milk chocolate bar, set to be launched early 2022.

David Greenfeld, Dream Pops co-founder and CEO. Pic: Dream Pops

Plant-based special edition

Dream Pops: taking plant-based confectionery to another level

By Anthony Myers

Dream Pops a fast-growing plant-based ice cream and frozen novelty brands in North America, is setting its sites on moving into the confectionery aisle in 2022, competing with giants such as Hershey, Mars, and Ferrero.

Chickpeas not only appeal to the plant-based trend, but also provides a high level of proteins that health-conscious consumers are looking for. Pic: GettyImages

Plant-based proteins high on the priority list for 2022

By Gill Hyslop

Research commissioned by Atura Proteins reveals the majority of UK brand owners and producers surveyed are ‘most likely’ to plough their NPD budget into investigating the plant-based space next year.

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars