Health & functionality

Approximately 70% of the cacaofruit was previously discarded.  Pic: Cabosse Naturals

Ingredients

New breakthrough in cacaofruit reduces refined sugar in confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Cabosse Naturals, established by Barry Callebaut to unlock the potential of the entire cacaofruit, has launched a ‘free-flowing, 100% pure cacaofruit powder’, a new ingredient that can replace refined sugar in food manufacture, which also caters to growing...

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Has indulgence taken a backseat to healthy snacking?

By Gill Hyslop

#healthandwellness, #better-for-you and #better-for-all – that is both people and the planet – have become familiar trigger words in the bakery and snacks sectors. But what is behind the consumer preference towards more natural, more nutritious, function...

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Maple adds the sweet spot to bakery

By Gill Hyslop

The New England supplier of 100% pure and organic maple syrup and maple sugar recently highlighted how its maple products can help bakers tick consumer boxes: sustainability, plant-based/vegan, clean label, sugar alternative, organic and a good source...

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Plant-based special

NOMO unleashes vegan cookie dough bar

By Anthony Myers

Vegan & free from chocolate brand NOMO has launched its ‘biggest chocolate bar yet’ with the arrival of the chunky Cookie Dough block.

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Plant-based special

H!P Chocolate launches Crunchy Orange Bar

By Anthony Myers

Plant-powered confectionery brand H!P has released its latest offering - a Crunchy Orange bar - that ticks all the boxes for conscious consumers … smooth, creamy oat m!lk chocolate combined with zesty orange and crunchy waffle cone pieces.

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Plant-based special

What next for plant-based confectionery?

By Anthony Myers

With new inventions and innovations coming thick and fast, the plant-based confectionery category is increasingly shifting into the mainstream market with big brands like Mars entering the space in the past couple of years.

Naturally occurring sugars and 'free' sugars have a profoundly different effect on health. Source: Julia_Sudnitskaya/Getty Images

The difference between natural and ‘free’ sugars

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

We all know that eating fruit is better for us than eating doughnuts. One is essential to keep us healthy, the other, perhaps, nearly essential to avoid. However, both doughnuts and most fruits are high in sugar, an ingredient widely considered to lead...

 7th Heaven Chocolate's new vegan range is available in the US. Pic: 7th Heaven

NPD

Israeli vegan chocolate brand 7th Heaven launches in US

By Anthony Myers

Israel’s premier vegan chocolate brand, 7th Heaven Chocolate, has launched in the United States after two years of research & development on a formula that delivers the same creaminess as milk chocolate.

Hershey takes plant-based mainstream with alternatives of two classics. Pic: CN

NPD

Hershey launches plant-based milk chocolate into mainstream

By Anthony Myers

The Hershey Company has released dairy-free alternatives for two of its most iconic brands with Reese’s plant-based peanut butter cups going on sale this month, making it the first vegan chocolates sold nationally, followed by Hershey’s plant-based extra...

H!P's New Share Pouches. Pic: H!P

NPD

H!P Oat M!lk Chocolate launches share pouches

By Anthony Myers

The brand said it is bringing out a trio of bite-sized oat m!lk chocolate delicacies: H!P Caramel Crunch Peanuts, H!P Peanut Butter Truffle Bites and H!P Creamy & Smooth Buttons.

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...

ofi's Dezaaan single origin cocoa. Pic: ofi

Special report

Asian consumers driving demand for single origin cocoa

By Anthony Myers

As ConfectioneryNews reported last month, the trend for single-origin cocoa ingredients has been growing for some time, as consumers with a sweet craving also look more closely at how and where their cocoa is sourced.

Raw cacao pioneers Lovechock has a new owner. Pic: Lovechock

M&As

Lovechock eyes expansion after company takeover

By Anthony Myers

Lovechock, the Dutch raw cacao company, has been acquired by Belgian family-owned company Pauwels Engineering NV, the two parties have announced in a statement.

Research by Délifrance reveals that healthier options could encourage 21% of consumers to eat more bread. Pic: Délifrance

Healthy snacking

The meteoric rise of the conscious consumer

By Gill Hyslop

These consumers still want to purchase indulgent pastries or breads out-of-home or on-the-go, but these days are placing more emphasis on treats that are guilt-free.

Brands will have 365 healthy opportunities to appeal to consumers in 2023. Pic: GettyImages/anyaivanova

Healthy snacking

What will drive the healthy snack space in 2023?

By Gill Hyslop

While snacking has long been associated with indulgence and fulfilling a guilty craving, a raft of new offers are popping up on the market that more closely align with consumers’ holistic wellness goals.

US black land-grant universities have been underfunded by at least $12.8bn over the past three decades compared to predominantly white counterparts. Pic: GettyImages/Amand Burger

Clif Bar commits $1 million to boost black equity in organic agriculture

By Gill Hyslop

The Californian better-for-you snack producer has made a $1m endowment to Tuskegee University in Alabama – a Historically Black College and University – to support the advancement of organic farming practices through the University’s College of Agriculture,...

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