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Could mandatory fruit and veg sections near entrances be next?

By Oliver Morrison

With the UK set to roll out restrictions on unhealthy food promotions in stores next year, fresh research claims healthier supermarket layouts, including fruit and vegetables placed near store entrances, improves customers’ food choices.

Kohler's new Sugar Free Chocolate: Pic: Kohler’s Original Recipe Chocolates

Kohler adds new sugar-free chocolate to its line

By Anthony Myers

Wisconsin-based Kohler’s Original Recipe Chocolates has added a new and improved sugar-free variety, available in two-piece, four-piece and nine-piece blocks that complements its gourmet line with a health-conscious offering.

Pacha de Cacao is one of the first brands to bring the healthy cacao juice to a wider market. Pic: Pacha de Cacao

Guest post

A peek behind the scenes of an innovative start-up: Pacha de Cacao

By Marika van Santvoort

Pacha de Cacao is a 100% natural and nutritious cacao juice made from the fresh pulp of the cacao fruit. Marika van Santvoort founded the company in 2020 and she explains how she was introduced to this most nutritious by-product - and how, as an entrepreneur,...

Happi Oat M!lk Chocolate Nibbles are now available to retailers nationwide,  Pic: Happi Free From

Free-from

Happi Free From launches oat milk chocolate snack

By Anthony Myers

Happi Free From has launched a brand-new range of oat milk chocolate snacks in response to the growing demand for vegan and allergy-friendly sweet treats for those on-the-go moments.

Lily's expanded line of bars, baking chips and other confections can be found across the US at key retailers. Pic: Lily's

M&As

Hershey buys Lily’s confectionery brand for $425m

By Anthony Myers

The Hershey Company has completed its acquisition of Lily's, the high-growth maker of low-sugar, better-for-you (BFY) confectionery products, for a purchase price of $425m.

Vegan by design, the new KitKat is now available in Sainsbury’s stores in the UK. Pic: Nestlé

Plant-based

New vegan KitKat launched in UK

By Anthony Myers

Alternative KitKat combines crisp wafer and smooth chocolate blended with a rice-based milk alternative for fans to enjoy ‘a plant-based break’.

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Healthy sweets special edition

Spoonshot report on sugar reduction looks at consumer sweet spots

By Anthony Myers

A new report from Spoonshot, ‘Sugar Reduction: A Bittersweet Pill’ includes must-haves for food and beverage manufacturers responding to growing consumer demand for reduced sugar and sugar replacements.

Ancient grains and seeds are a wholesome clean addition to breads. Pic: GettyImages/Proformabooks

Guest article

Powering the hunt for better-for-you clean label snacks

By Gill Hyslop

Today’s consumers are proactively seeking foods that are good for them and good for the world. Clean label is more than a trend; it’s becoming a mainstream expectation in all areas of the food industry. John Powers, marketing director, Snacking &...

Can reformulation answer the mounting public health crisis? IGD shares industry perspectives / Pic: Getty Images Liountmila Korelidou

What does the future hold for reformulation?

By Hannah Pearse, Head of Nutrition and Scientific Affairs at IGD

With the impending publication of part two of the National Food Strategy in the UK, IGD convened major retailers, manufacturers, food service companies and members of the National Food Strategy team to discuss reformulation, the challenges, and opportunities....

The new redesign from Freedom Confectionery. Pic Freedom Confectionery

Packaging

Freedom Confectionery puts inclusion at the heart of new branding

By Anthony Myers

Through the introduction of its lively new Mallow Land packaging, Freedom Confectionery said it is injecting some freedom and fun into Free-From food ‘to inspire a feeling of excitement for children around the food they eat’.

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Researchers use cocoa to tackle obesity in mice

By Danielle Masterson

Dietary supplementation with cocoa can improve obesity and obesity-related comorbidities, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Grummies democratizes superfoods with a gummy format

Grummies democratizes superfoods with a gummy format

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Many consumers are aware of the nutritional value so-called superfoods have, but few can commit to a daily diet packed with turmeric, ashwagandha, and elderberry (and even fewer enjoy the taste). This hangup was the impetus for Grummies, a brand of gummies...

Olam's deZaan Cocoa Powder is ticking a lot of boxes for trends in 2021. Pic: Olam Cocoa

Special Report: Post Pandemic Trends 2021

Covid-19 accelerates the trend towards healthy cocoa

By Anthony Myers

ConfectioneryNews talks to Wouter Stomph, North America Head of Ingredient Development & Innovation, Olam Cocoa, on the latest confectionery trends and why celebrating cocoa as an ingredient in its own right will play a significant part.

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