The potential health benefits of certain compounds found in chocolate are helping to drive greater levels of innovation and product launches in the candy segment compared to sugar confectionery, according to recent research.
Barry Callebaut has launched its ProBenefit probiotic chocolate for food manufacturers in the US, saying that Dannon’s Activia advertising has boosted consumer awareness of probiotics’ potential benefits.
Meeting criteria to quickly, and delicately, overwrap luxury chocolates in various format sizes, UK firm Marden Edwards employed their latest individual large format pack overwrapper for Polish confectionery manufacturer Mieszko.
Ingredients firm Puratos bolsters its offerings to US chocolatiers, unveiling a new chocolate innovation centre and announcing the formal launch of chocolate line formulated to target the chocolate flavour profiles of the US consumer.
Kalev Chocolate Factory led the Baltic chocolate and sugar confectionery market in the beginning of 2009, according to survey carried out by the market research company ACNielsen, writes the Baltic paper LETA.
An alleged price-fixing case in the US against chocolate giants that include Hershey, Mars, Cadbury and Nestle will be put on hold after a federal judge allows the manufacturers to appeal his decision not to dismiss over 80 anti-trust suits.
Chocolate makers seeking to leverage sales through health-positioned products could find a fresh direction with new research from the UK suggesting cocoa drinks rich in flavanols could help consumers do maths.
Small ingredients companies supplying chocolate and other products are expected to benefit from the cost-cutting tactics of their larger counterparts which now find themselves under threat, according to a co-founder of HB Ingredients.