Natural Colors & Flavors

Each serving (two gummies) of Matcha Bears provides about 250mg of the finely milled green tea powder, known for its powerful antioxidants. (Photo courtesy of Matcha Bears)

Functional Jellies Special Report

Matcha Bears pack energy and antioxidants in gummy form

By Kristine Sherred

Three New York City entrepreneurs have developed gluten-free gummies infused with premium grade matcha that walk the line between functional and fun, reaching those who drink tea and those who just want a boost of energy at any time of day.

Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has launched a new range of vegan jellies in the UK. Pic: PVM

Jellies

Fruitella launches new vegan range of jellies in the UK

By Anthony Myers

Perfetti Van Melle (PVM) has launched its first ever gelatine-free range in the UK with two new Fruittella fruity jelly variants, which are also suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

Barry Callebaut's new 'Wholefruit Chocolate' is part of the clean label trend in confectionery. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Clean label

Clean label in confectionery, does anyone really care?

By Anthony Myers

‘No artificial colors’ is the top clean label claim in chocolate across all markets, followed by ‘no added sugar’, but consumers are not buying it for a number of reasons, we discovered.

The future of hemp foods in the EU remains uncertain ©iStock/Yarygin

Europe ‘dynamic’ for CBD food innovation but legal hurdles remain

By Katy Askew

Global demand for foods containing hemp or CBD is expanding and levels of innovation in the European region have been ‘dynamic’. However, the future of the market hangs in the balance as regulators consider whether Cannabis sativa L. (industrial hemp)...

Pic: Getty Images/Bloomberg

Sustainability

100% Traceable: Olam’s tech links producers and farmers through data

By Kristine Sherred

The cocoa and spice supplier unveiled sustainability goals in 2017 with a 2020 goal of nurturing a ‘fully traceable’ cocoa supply chain. We discussed progress with Olam's North American innovation lead, when we caught up with him at IFT.

Ben & Jerry's plans to source its future CBD locally from its home state.

Ben & Jerry’s announces intent for CBD ice cream launch

By Beth Newhart

CBD has not yet been fully legalized in the US, but Ben & Jerry’s is already for preparing for when it may be. The company released a statement committing to incorporating CBD into future ice cream innovations as soon as it is federally legalized....

Dragon fruit - this year's new flavor trend. Pic: GettyImages

Emerging trends

New flavor trends for candy and snacks

By Anthony Myers

What’s driving the latest marketplace and consumer trends in flavor innovation in candy and snacks? Julie Laughter, confectionery market manager at Fona international, revealed all at the Sweets & Snacks Expo.

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