Natural Colors & Flavors

There’s plenty of truth that ‘we eat first with our eyes', coined by Apicius, a well-known Roman gourmand from the 1st Century. Pic: GettyImages/Renphoto

The psychology of colour in baking

By Gill Hyslop

Colour is one of the most important sensory cues when it comes to choosing what to eat – influencing what consumers see, what they taste and what they feel while doing it. How can bakery brands capitalise on this?

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Special edition: Flavour trends 2022

Why caramel is one of the top flavours of 2022

By Anthony Myers

Caramel hits the sweet spot in the flavour stakes for a number of reasons, primarily because it is loved across consumer generations, with a number of NPDs using it to bring a premium feel while bringing comfort through nostalgia.

ABG Aged Black Garlic is a new flavour in the Gummies Space. Pic: Pharmactive Biotech Products

Special edition: Flavour trends 2022

Aged black garlic flavour invades gummies space

By Anthony Myers

Madrid-based Pharmactive Biotech Products has moved into the gummies flavour space with the introduction of Aged Black Garlic+ (ABG+), which they described as a sweet, ‘social’ flavour that is odour-free and thus suitable for functional gummies.

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Special edition: Flavour trends 2022

What’s hot in confectionery flavour trends?

By Anthony Myers

‘To stand out from the crowd in the functional confectionery category, it’s all about creating exciting products that are healthy, nutritious, delicious and natural’, says Madeline Bills, Cocoa Ingredient Development & Innovation Manager, ofi.

GNT will be demonstrating how EXBERRY can be used to maximise visual appeal in confectionery at this year's ProSweets 2022. Pic: GNT

ProSweets/ISM 2022

GNT set to add colour to ProSweets Cologne 2022

By Anthony Myers

GNT, one of the industry’s main natural ingredients and food colour providers, is set to showcase its EXBERRY Colouring Foods in a vast array of confectionery applications at ProSweets Cologne 2022, which is scheduled to run from 30 January 1 February.

In a traditional chocolate bar, sugar accounts for around half the product. Pic: GettyImages

Sugar reduction/reformulation special edition

Replacing sugar in confectionery is ‘incredibly hard’

By Anthony Myers

Sugar is an important ingredient in confectionery, not only for its taste but also because it contributes to texture, bulk, mouthfeel, aroma, colour, and a number of other attributes that make up chocolate and candy.

TCHO's  new-look packaging. Pic: TCHO

Free-from

TCHO chocolate company makes move to 100% plant-based

By Anthony Myers

Pioneering craft chocolate maker TCHO (pronounced 'cho'), has announced it is replacing its milk chocolate-based bars with plant-based dairy alternatives and introducing a complete packaging makeover.

Excessive sugar consumption is a factor in COVID hospitalisations, the AHA stated. Pic: GettyImages

Sugar reduction/reformulation special edition

Sugar in the time of COVID

By Anthony Myers

Four in 10 consumers in Innova Market Insights’ global Health and Nutrition Survey in 2020 claimed to have decreased their sugar consumption over the studied 12-month period, with prevention of health conditions the leading reason, followed by weight...

Exberry products are made from edible, non-GMO fruit, vegetables and plants. Pic: GNT

GNT launches new natural green Exberry colors

By Jim Cornall

Dutch headquartered natural product company GNT has launched two Exberry coloring foods made from turmeric and spirulina, which it said provides new opportunities for clean-label greens in dairy and other products.

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,...

Deep dive inside Van Houten’s new ruby chocolate powder - LISTEN

Ruby chocolate

Deep dive inside Van Houten’s new ruby chocolate powder - LISTEN

By Anthony Myers

In our latest podcast interview, we talked to Freek van der Knaap, Van Houten’s Vice-President Vending & Beverages EMEA, about the launch of ruby as a chocolate drink powder, which is aimed at professionals working in the catering and confectionery...

Mecatherm’s equipment can produce a wide range of products while exactly meeting the quality criteria required. Pic: Mecatherm

Clean label

Why go clean label in the baking industry?

By Gill Hyslop

According to equipment specialist Mecatherm, the answer is twofold as it not only satisfies consumer demand, but also an industrial sustainability challenge that presents new marketing opportunities.

Freeze-dried ingredients meet consumers’ expectations for healthier, clean label ingredients, while adding flavour and colour. Pic: GettyImages/krblokhin

Guest article

The three trends shaping clean label innovation

By Gill Hyslop

Lizi Rickett, regional sales manager, UK & Ireland, Chaucer Foods, looks at how freeze-dried ingredients can help bakery and snack producers capitalise on the key trends shaping clean label innovation today.

Flavorchem's SRS Center for Taste Innovation. Pic: Flavorchem

Sustainability

Flavorchem and Orchidia Fragrances double down on sustainability

By Anthony Myers

Flavorchem and Orchidia Fragrances, manufactures of flavour, ingredient, and fragrance solutions, to the food and confectionery industry has announced it is expanding its commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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.