SPECIAL EDITION: HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL CONFECTIONERY
They say a smile is worth a thousand words. The tooth fairies in the chewing gum industry are exploring ways to make that smile worth even more.
SPECIAL EDITION: HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL CONFECTIONERY
What is the best way to add active ingredients to gum to ensure health properties are released and flavor is maintained?
Mars subsidiary Wrigley has announced plans to cut 207 jobs at its Biesheim site in France in the wake of falling impulse sales in Europe.
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Chewing gums backed by approved health claims and with low price points are a rare growth opportunity in the mature Dutch confectionery market, according to market analysts Canadean.
The number two gum player Kraft (now Mondelez) has filed a patent for a degradable gum composition that is similar to one currently being assessed for novel foods approval in the EU.
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A high-dose satiety gum containing a potato extract and African mango has launched in the US that takes four pieces to achieve clinically-backed results.
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Cloetta-owned confectioner Leaf has launched a bubble gum variety for its Chewits brand to seize on what it claims is a rapidly growing hard bubble gum market.
The taste and mouthfeel of silicon microparticles may be acceptable for inclusion in a functional chewing gum that aids bone health, according to researchers.
Argentinean confectioner Arcor has introduced a new sugar free gum that includes a gel-release in a development costing $6m.
Rev7 makers Revolymer has decided to stop selling branded gum in the US to avoid conflicting with its efforts to license the degradable gum base used in the product to other firms.
India’s confectionery market has a ‘bright future’ and will be bolstered by a growing gifting culture and increasing rural consumption, a report suggests.
Kraft Foods has filed a patent for tooth-whitening chewing gum that uses encapsulated solid peroxide within the base.
Mexico is considering forcing gum manufacturers to pay a 50% tax on top of the selling price of products to pay for clean-up costs on streets.
German chemical group Wacker has developed a solid resin for gum bases that it claims halves processing times and eliminates the need for additional flavorings.
Japan’s second largest confectioner Meiji pointed the finger at hot weather conditions for chocolate sales declines in its half year results.
Sugar-free is not limited to chewing gum and medicated confectionery; there are opportunities in boiled sweets too, says Roquette.
British polymer firm Revolymer, the creators of Rev7 degradable gum, has suffered a loss in its first half results as US sales were lower than expected.
American teenage girls are two times more likely to consume gum than the average US consumer, according to the US National Confectioner’s Association (NCA).
Rev7 degradable chewing gum maker Revolymer is set to exploit Canada’s lucrative nicotine gum market following two distribution deals with pharmacies, its CEO said.
Functional confectionery that targets Thailand’s ageing population is an area of opportunity for manufacturers, says analyst.
Gum titan Wrigley has blasted proposals in Wales to introduce a 5p levy on chewing gum for cleaning up gum-littered streets that it argues would give consumers a license to litter and would harm oral health.
ConfectioneryNews.com asks what the two biggest players in the chewing gum market are doing to introduce non-stick gums that degrade quickly in the environment.
Kraft Foods is inviting potential partners to pitch “ingredients, formulations or technologies" that could help it create an environmentally-friendly chewing gum base that will degrade after disposal.
Kraft-owned R&D firm Reading Scientific Services Limited (RSSL) looks set to gain EU novel foods approval for a degradable gum base by October, according to a source in the know.
Rev7 degradable chewing gum maker Revolymer plans to trade its entire share capital on the London stock exchange to raise £25m for its five year growth strategy.
The future is not bright for UK confectionery packaging as consumers turn to healthier options, but packaging firms can profit from a growing preference for sharing products and smaller offerings, according to a report from market analysts Euromonitor.
NovaGreen to produce sugar substitute xylitol for North America
Canada-based refinery NovaGreen has announced plans to produce sugar substitute xylitol over the next two years to supply confectioners in North America.
Chewing gum harms short-term memory contrary to previous studies that suggested gum could improve recall, according to researchers.
UK-based firm Revolymer has secured distribution agreements with 450 retail chains in the US for its degradable chewing gum Rev7.
Five segments of the Spanish sweets market have come together to form the new Spanish Confectionery Association (PRODULCE).
UK-based polymer firm Revolymer has gained novel foods approval in the EU for a gum base that degrades faster than conventional bases and is seeking commercial partners to launch chewing gum products in the EU.
Packaging firm Robatech has launched a line of hotmelt applicators designed for confectionery packaging that it has said can enhance efficiency by using less energy.
British researchers have conducted a study that suggests chewing gum can combat daytime sleepiness.
Growth in the US chewing gum market will be driven by products with perceived health benefits as children’s gum market declines, according to an analyst at IBISWorld.
Dutch confectioner Leaf International has introduced a soft gum that it has said is the first 100% xylitol-based soft gum on the European Market.
The Japanese confectionery market offers limited opportunities for foreign players due to the nation’s ageing population and preference for functional foods, according to analysts from Leatherhead Food Research and Euromonitor International.
Chinese sweets market recovers from melamine scandal
The sugar confectionery category in China achieved growth of 3 and 4 per cent in retail value and volume terms respectively in 2010, according to estimates from Euromonitor.
There is a space that has not been filled in the confectionery market for ‘healthy’ mints, according to UK confectioner Peppersmith, following the launch of its new natural Freshmints product.
Degradable gum brand could see 2011 launch in EU, Revolymer
UK based Revolymer said it hopes to launch its less sticky and degradable chewing gum brand REV7 in Europe by the end of this year following EFSA’s recent positive novel foods opinion for its Rev-7 gum base polymer.
The positive EFSA opinions for gum claims under Article 13.1 will compel the sector to further innovate along functional lines, says an expert who argues that gum is the confectionery category 'most likely' to get such regulatory backing.
Lots to chew on for R&D teams as gum claims backed by EFSA
Positive opinions issued by EFSA for sugar-free chewing gum and the claim that it helps to strengthen teeth and neutralise plaque acid will, no doubt, leave R&D teams in the leading gum brand owners smiling.
Degradable gum base gains EFSA novel foods nod
A new synthetic polymer for use as a chewing gum base has received a positive novel foods opinion from EFSA, bring the technology for less sticky gum that breaks down within months closer to the market.
High lead levels in chewing gum force recall
Findings by the US authorities indicating elevated levels of lead in a chewing gum product has led to a recall of the gum by US confectionery firm Candy Dynamics.
Chewing gum wrap equipment supplier Loesch leverages sector growth
The market for chewing gum sticks is experiencing a boom on the strength of modern carton packs, claims LoeschPack, which is launching new gum wrapping equipment at Interpack that it claims operates a speed of 3,000 sticks per minute.
Further growth for functional chewing gum, predicts analyst
“Strong growth” is predicted for functional chewing gum in 2009-2014 due to an increasing demand for health-oriented products, according to Euromonitor.
Pilot phase testing can aid SME sugar-free gum market entry, Beneo
Beneo claims that new equipment at its laboratory in Germany will enable small and medium sized sweet manufacturers test its sugar replacer, Isomalt, in chewing gum.
Lindt could aid Lotte Group's global expansion plans, analyst
Publically listed confectionery company Lindt & Sprüngli remains the most interesting acquisition target in terms of its premium portfolio and its post-recession weakened state, with Asian conglomerate Lotte a potential frontrunner, argues a market...
Kraft opens Swiss R&D centre to ensure gum has regional flavour
Kraft said its new innovation centre in Switzerland, inaugurated today, will ensure innovations in chewing gum and sugar confectionery have regional appeal.
Sugar-free chewing gum reduces tooth decay, finds EFSA
EFSA health claim opinion
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved a health claim for xylitol, sorbitol and mannitol-based sugar-free chewing gum that it reduces the risk of tooth decay.