Flashing lollies to hit the UK
So what shape and form has innovation in the food and drink
industry taken this month? From flashing lollies to lemon crisps
Mintel provides this month's latest round-up of new product
The health factor
The trend towards healthy variants of food products continues with
the likes of Cadbury getting in on the act, according to Mintel's
Christmas illusions from Elizabeth Shaw
Following the launch of schnapps and tequila shot chocolates last
month, Elizabeth Shaw has launched its latest innovation, Illusion,
a new chocolate combination for the Christmas market.
The Hosokawa Confectionery & Bakery Group is attending one of
Europe's biggest equipment shows, the IBA in Düsseldorf. This year
two branches of the company are displaying their latest
Fair trade cocoa launched
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has introduced fair trade-certified
organic cocoa. This is the company's first non-coffee fair trade
A taste of the dark side
Be prepared for some heavy promotion of Hershey's special dark
Back to roots
Scientists in the US have developed two new breeding lines for
smooth root sugar beet that could pave the way for more efficient
processing method for manufacturers.
DSM present Twinsweet
DSM Food Specialties will be presenting a number of products this
November at FiE when it launches new ingredients claimed to enhance
the bakery, dairy, vegan and confectionery industries.
Tagatose to take on the globe
Arla Foods' new functional ingredient, Gaio tagatose, believed to
enhance toffee and mint flavour and prolong the sweetness delivery
in chewing gum, is to debut in the US market under Pepsi.
Filling fat FiE finalist
Our run up to the Food Ingredients Europe exhibition in Frankfurt
continues with a look at a selection of the ingredients nominated
by the jury for the most innovative food ingredient award.
Liquorice under scrutiny
Chemicals in liquorice, used extensively in confectionery, could
have an effect on testosterone levels, according to a new study
presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference this week.
CarboRite goes sugar-free
Carbolite Foods has launched two sugar-free products in its line of
low-carbohydrate confectionery - chocolate covered peanuts and
chocolate crisp wafers
Tooth friendly tear tape
P P Payne has produced a printed tear tape featuring the Happy
Tooth symbol. The Happy Tooth logo, created by TSI, is licensed to
its members proven to be tooth friendly by a standard scientific
New bio-organic glucose goes mainstream
Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties Europe has added a new grade
of bio-organic glucose syrup to its C*BioSweet product portfolio.
The new product meets demand as the bio-organic food market
continues to grow.
Agent for change
The common food ingredient pectin may be more valuable than thought
as it has significant prebiotic properties, claims a US scientist.
Bags of horror instore this Halloween
With a marked surge in confectionery sales at Halloween Haribo
Dunhills (Pontefract) has plenty of treats in store this year for
retailers who want to increase their profits.
Heart of the matter
Evidence continues to mount in favour of dark chocolate and its
heart healthy benefits.
Unwrapping a Cadbury's Flake can offer female consumers a moment of
pure pleasure in their otherwise hectic days - at least according
to the latest advertising campaign for the brand.
Confectionery giant Haribo is to distribute a new range of Pez
confectionery in the UK featuring cartoon family The Simpsons. The
launch follows a two-month burst of TV advertising for the brand.
ASA rules on choc advert
A complaint regarding an advert for Green & Black's organic
chocolate has not been upheld by the UK's Advertising Standards
Good news from the dark side
Dark chocolate could potentially reduce both cardiovascular and
thromboembolic disease, due to its high flavonoid-rich cocoa
content, suggests new research on chocolate consumption.
Into the black
Chr Hansen has developed a new form of natural colour that the
company claims will allow manufacturers of confectionery to create
the perfect black.
Easy as toffee
APV Baker has developed a new cost-effective system to manufacture
a range of toffee and caramel products.
Tisma launches cartoner designed for confectionery needs
SWF Companies' Tisma Division has launched a high speed, small
centre TC 100 vertical cartoner, which is claimed to reach speeds
of up to 1000 cartons per minute and works well with a variety of
Dark days for chocolate lovers
European dark chocolate lovers have lost their hard-fought battle
to keep their chocolate pure.
Hershey Foods Corporation has introduced Hershey's Kisses rich dark
chocolates, the first permanent addition to the brand in nearly 10
Good news for chocolate lovers
The Balance Bar brand has added three new sweet-tasting flavours to
its nutrition bar range, including a chocolate cookie dough
flavour, which it claims remains a healthy snack food.
Choc of ages
A German confectioner has made the rather brave claim that it has
developed chocolates capable of countering the ageing process.
Calls for ban on chocolate treat
The German government is considering banning chocolate cigarettes,
claiming that the confection encourages children to take up smoking
in later life.
Will Benefat benefit the confectionery industry?
Danisco is launching Salatrim, a new low-calorie fat targeted at
the European confectionery and bakery industry. The product, which
has been patented, will be sold under the name Benefat.
Vepatec boxes up
A robotic concept from cartoning specialist Vepatec is to be
launched and demonstrated by Partners in Packaging at the PPMA
Machinery Only Show.
Sweet news for the summer
Fun, convenience and health are the clear drivers of innovation in
the food industry, as the latest review of new products from
Mintel's Global New Product Database shows.
New slimline metal detector
Lock Inspection Systems is to preview its Compact Vertical Fall
metal detector for the first time at the forthcoming PPMA, to be
held in the NEC, Birmingham, UK this September.
The PPMA sponsored Starpack Award has gone to Field Packaging
Systems, UK, for the process technology in its carton erecting
system for After Eight mints.
Northampton-based packaging firm Boxes Prestige has won the
packaging business of the year award at the UK's national Starpack
Pack up a penguin
RPC Market Rasen and RPC Halstead have produced an innovative
two-piece pack for Penguin Chukka, the new product from biscuit
New tech locks in flavour shelf life
New flavour encapsulation technology could provide product
developers with a new tool to prolong shelf life, claims flavours
company International Flavors & Fragrances.
Brighter smile with D-tagatose
The US Food and Drug Administration has given the all clear for
novel food ingredient to bear a tooth-friendly health claim.
Cutting the fat
Denmark-based firm Foss has unveiled the latest addition to the
Foss meat analysis portfolio, the MeatMaster.
Sugar-free, the new candy concept
Faced with growing consumer health concerns, a US candy maker is
introducing a sugar-free, fat-free product to the diabetic market.
Say it with chocolate
Chocotelegram, an innovative confectionery product allowing
consumers to send personalised messages to their friends and
families is set to hit retail shelves in Europe and the US over the
next few months.
Flavour to savour
Health foods with a 'naughty' edge may well give food manufacturers
the chance to gain market share. And what finer ingredient than
chocolate to meet this need.
Surface Specialties expands range
Packaging firm Surface Specialities has expanded its range of
All wrapped up
Empire Torte, a new chocolate dessert currently being marketed in
the United States by confectioner Tuesday Evans, is being
hand-wrapped in Cellophane from Surface Specialties for extended
Macphie Triumphs again with Cappuccino Sauce
Cappuccino Sauce manufactured by Scottish confectionery firm
Macphie won the foodservice dessert category at this year's
Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards.
Filling a gap in the market
Taste, texture, and stability in confectionery fillings can all be
achieved with a new range of filling fats from Loders Croklaan, the
Dutch-based company recently spun off by Anglo-Dutch giant
Nestlé and Colgate stick together
Nestlé is to team up with Colgate-Palmolive to help develop the
latter's range of breath freshening chewing gum, a deal which could
be extended to other products if initial sales are a success.
US-based confectioner Yosha! Enterprises is launching a new mint
product that it believes will make a significant impact on the
breath freshener market.
Cocoa butter replacer developed
Swedish vegetable oils supplier Karlshamns has come up with a cocoa
butter replacer with a low trans fatty acid content.
Haribo strengthens brand
The UK arm of the German confectionery group Haribo is to launch a
new product, Maoam Mini's, and introduce a major promotion for five
of its other major products during the key school holiday period.