The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging the chewing gum industry to contribute towards cleanup costs and encourages manufacturers to explore biodegradable gum bases.
Market research firm Technavio has unveiled its predictions for the global gum market up to 2019.
UK startup Gumipod has created a portable pod to hold and dispose of gum and is open to licensing its technology.
Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014
The biggest players in the gum industry are moving to flip top carton packaging with fewer gum pieces, according to Loesch Pack.
Researchers at the University of Arkansas have discovered a method to characterize polyvinyl acetate in chewing gum that could allow gum manufacturers to experiment with new gum base formulations.
Wrigley has filed a patent for a chewing gum base using block polymers that is less adhesive to concrete surfaces.
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.
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.
The taste and mouthfeel of silicon microparticles may be acceptable for inclusion in a functional chewing gum that aids bone health, according to researchers.
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.
The Welsh Assembly has rejected plans to introduce a 5p levy on chewing gum.
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.
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 gum makers to raise £25m for growth plans
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.
Dutch gum manufacturers along with research group TNO have partnered with the Foundation NederlandSchoon in a research project to make chewing gum less sticky and easily degradable.
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.
Irish researchers have patented the process for a non-sticky, biodegradable gum that uses cereal proteins to replace rubber gum bases in chewing gum and are looking for companies to commercialise the 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.
Spain moves to make chewing gum "less sticky"
The Spanish government has introduced new regulation to make chewing gum less sticky in a bid to reduce the high cost of street cleaning in the country.
Biodegradable alternative or a levy - gum makers should chew on that
It’s a sticky issue that just won’t go away. There are sugar-free, tooth whitening and nicotine added versions but none from leading makers, as yet, that are dissolvable in rain.
Education and law enforcement will solve gum litter problem, says industry body
Effective enforcement of litter laws coupled with consumer education programmes rather than costly clean ups is the only sustainable approach to chewing gum litter, claims the Irish gum litter task force (GLT), which includes members of the chewing gum...
Rainforest chewing gum could answer sustainable needs
In a break from artificial gum formulations, a consortium of Mexican co-operatives have used an organic gum base as the key natural ingredient for a new biodegradable gum set to spear soaring natural and sustainable food trends.
Gum must be more sustainable, litter stats reveal
Gum makers must continue initiatives for a sustainable solution to gum litter, with new research finding discarded chewing gum makes up more than three-quarters of the litter found on UK streets.
Local councils get gum funding
Fifteen local councils in the UK will receive funding from the
Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG) to help combat gum litter.
Wrigley tackles chewy problem
Chewing gum manufacturers have taken up the fight against discarded
gum that costs tax payers millions of pounds to clean.
Gumlink to focus on confectionery R&D
Danish chewing gum manufacturer Dandy, which changed its name in
October last year to Gumlink, is to establish a new research and
development centre in Vejle, Denmark.