Health & functionality

Latest research suggests that consumers are increasingly looking for food and beverage products that support their immune health. Pic: GettyImages

Special Report: Post Pandemic Trends 2021

Confectionery trends 2021: Taste is king’, along with immunity and health

By Anthony Myers

Balancing personal health and environmental health in confectionery while making the product tasty and indulgent is going to be a huge responsibility, as is predicting global confectionery trends post COVID-19 – according to Barry Callebaut research.

The vegan version of KitKat is being rolled out in several countries later this year. Pic: Nestlé

Plant-based

Nestlé to launch vegan KitKat in 2021

By Anthony Myers

New KitKat is certified vegan, and made from 100% sustainable cocoa sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance, company announced.

Ritter Sport are offering vegan options for Veganuary and beyond. Ritter Sport

Veganuary

Ritter Sport launches ‘Accidental Vegan Range'

By Anthony Myers

Ritter Sport’s ‘Accidentally Vegan Range’ has been launched to help the thousands of consumers participating in Veganuary this year who are craving a chocolate fix.

Consumers are increasingly looking for smaller packs of snacks. Pic: GettyImages/FotoDuets

Guest article

Capitalising on the small pack trend

By Gill Hyslop

Lifestyle changes are redefining the packaging sector. Along with the increased lean towards the snackification of mealtimes – ‘grazing’ on snacks throughout the day – consumers are also demanding more convenient, timely and portable solutions. Mike Pipe,...

Flavanols in cocoa drinks can boost brain power, scientists have revealed. Pic: GettyImages

Research

Drinking cocoa can make you smarter, say scientists

By Anthony Myers

New study, published in Scientific Reports, is the first to recognize the cognitive effects of flavanols in young, healthy participants and the link with brain activity.

An advertising ban on HFSS foods could result in a £3bn loss for the food industry. Pics: GettyImages/Eskemar/Suradech 14/happy_lark

£500m at risk if promotion ban on HFSS bakery and snacks goes ahead

By Gill Hyslop

The predictive analytics provider told BakeryandSnacks the UK savoury snacks industry stands to lose £381.1m, while the bakery sector is at risk of losing £143.4m should the government’s injunction on advertising products labelled as high in fat, sugar...

Ohso's healthy chocolate is now available online at Ocado. Pic: Ohso

Retail

Ohso probiotic chocolate brand launches on Ocado

By Anthony Myers

Award-winning probiotic chocolate brand, Ohso, has announced it has launched its range of low-calorie chocolate bars on Ocado, the UK’s high-end online grocery retailer.

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