Natural Colors & Flavors

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.

Pectin is a natural component of plants, abundant in fruits such as apples and citric fruits. Pic: Cargill

Clean label special feature

The hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of clean label palatability

By Anthony Myers

New technology and food science are helping food ingredient manufacturers provide innovative solutions to meet the consumer-fuelled clean-label megatrend. From hunting for the ‘holy grail’ of clean-label bakery mould inhibitors to freeze-drying fruit...

pic: ingredientcommunications.com

Clean label special feature

Clean and clear labelling appeals to consumers, new research finds

By Anthony Myers

Many food and beverage products do not offer the clear labelling that consumers want, according to new research (September 2020), in the UK and USA, commissioned by Ingredient Communications and conducted by SurveyGoo.

Olam’s deZaan TrueDark cocoa ticks all the clean label boxes - VIDEO

Clean label special feature

Olam’s deZaan TrueDark cocoa ticks all the clean label boxes

By Anthony Myers

To meet demands of customers increasingly looking for low sugar and clean label products, cocoa companies are meeting the trend for darker chocolate flavours using natural ingredients. Charlene Zhu, head of ingredient development and innovation for Olam...

The London Botanists' 'grown-up' chocolate bar. Pic: The London Botanists

Ingredients

The London Botanists launch single-origin CBD milk chocolate bar

By Anthony Myers

Independent producers of CBD products, The London Botanists, has announced the launch of its latest creation - a 43%, single-origin artisan milk chocolate bar crafted from Venezuelan beans and infused with their best-selling, premium CBD oil.

Interest from organic companies in next year's ISM trade fair has risen, say organizers. Pic: ISM

ProSweets/ISM 2021

ISM 2021: Organic sweets & snacks set to steal the show

By Anthony Myers

Organic has been popular for years in the confectionery industry, but the coronavirus pandemic is contributing towards a boom in the sector, reflected by an increase in exhibitors at ISM.

Philippe (JP) Tournoy. Pic: Ciranda

Appointments

Ciranda names new CEO to succeed founder Friese

By Anthony Myers

Ciranda, a leading supplier of organic and fair-trade food ingredients, has announced that Jean-Philippe (JP) Tournoy will become the company’s new chief executive officer.