Sugar Confectionery

Sugar reduction only at 3% announces Public Health England

Sugar reduction only at 3% announces Public Health England

Public Health England (PHE) has published new data showing how much progress the food and drink industry has made in reducing sugar in products that contribute most to children’s sugar intakes. The voluntary ambitions are set by government and form a vital part of measures to tackle obesity by making healthier choices easier and more accessible for…

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Chr Hansen launches a new FruitMax blue

Chr. Hansen launches a new FruitMax blue

Protecting the colour during boiling is a technical challenge now solved with the global launch of FruitMax Blue 1506 WS from Chr. Hansen Natural Colours. The Chr Hansen R&D and application team have developed a unique, liquid blue that protects the colour in that instant it hits the extremely hot candy mass. Blue is a…

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‘Hocus Pocus’ cookie dough

Hocus Pocus

Kenny Ortega’s 1993 Halloween classic Hocus Pocus seems to get more and more popular with each passing Halloween season, and this year we’re even getting official cookie dough! Being released by Nestle Toll House this Autumn, which is right around the corner, the Hocus Pocus-themed dough is oatmeal peanut butter flavoured, and each pack makes 20 cookies.…

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Confectionery and Chocolate Creators are on the rise

Confectionery and Chocolate Creators

 Alex Smilansky and Benjamin Redford of Mayku explore how lockdown has inspired the confectioners of the nation to grow creatively The lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on life in the UK. With millions of Brits being confined to their homes and many suffering job losses or being placed on furlough, the pandemic has…

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UK Government’s obesity strategy

Obesity challenge

Responding to the announcement of the new UK Government’s obesity strategy, Tim Rycroft, Chief Operating Officer at the Food and Drink Federation said: “The UK’s food and drink manufacturers and the half a million people we employ – so recently the heroes heralded by government for feeding the nation during the Covid crisis – will…

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Pecan Deluxe candy values bring AA Grade from BRC


The recent introduction of a new set of company values consolidating the guiding principles and fundamental beliefs of Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe, has played a key role in the inclusions specialist achieving the much-sought after double-A Grade from the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Generally acknowledged as technically one of the toughest assessments to meet, the…

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Mentos Xtra Strong variant added to range


Mentos releases officially the Mentos Xtra Strong as an available product sold individually but also in multi-pack form Mentos Xtra Strong is now available in both single roll (rrp: 69p) and multi-pack (rrp: £1.29) formats. Both the single and multi-pack will be included in the brand’s Me & You loyalty programme which encourages shoppers to…

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Influencers of confectionery habits amongst COVID-19


COVID-19 is impacting all areas of the food and drink market, and the confectionery market is no exception to this. Currently, sales of items such as chocolate and sugar confectionery are on the rise across the globe, as consumers seek out moments of comfort. However, as these snacking occasions increasingly conflict with health goals, consumers…

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Ice cream market moves to healthier choices

ice cream takes a healthier approach

Pleasure is still the driving force behind ice cream purchases, with consumers naming its taste, the fact that it’s a treat and makes people feel happy as the top three reasons for buying it. In the contemporary consumer environment, however, the balance between health and indulgence is increasingly important and a new report from Innova…

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Curaleaf to acquire cannabis chocolates and gummies maker BlueKudu

Curaleaf acquires BlueKudu

US-based cannabis retail operator Curaleaf Holdings will acquire BlueKudu, a Colorado-based producer of cannabis chocolates and gummies. Neither company has divulged any of the deal’s financial details. Curaleaf CEO Joe Lusardi said: “Colorado is the second largest cannabis market in the US with sales surpassing $1.7bn in 2019. With over eight years of operating history,…

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