Mastic and mojito: Innovating in the Middle East’s ‘reshuffled’ gum market

Mocktail and birthday cake gum provide excitement in Middle East gum market, says Master Chewing Gum & Candies. Photo: MCGC

Lebanese company Master Chewing Gum & Candies has introduced a gourmet gum brand in unconventional flavors such as mojito as it looks to seize on the Middle East’s changing gum market.

De Neuville’s Egg Box is the winner of this year's Pro Carton Awards.

De Neuville’s Egg Box wins Pro Carton 2016 Confectionery award

FoodChain ID is Non-GMO Project's first technical administrator that helps verify products as non-GMO in the US.

Non-GMO Project verification moving to ingredient suppliers: FoodChain ID

Bazooka taps US gummy category, which is growing at a rate of 9% year-over-year.

Bazooka launches new gummy range through Yo-Kai Watch partnership

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What does Greenpeace's palm oil report mean for IOI & RSPO?

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Ecolabel market to grow by 66%, and will become more powerful than regulation, say Danish researchers

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Biscuit-width display stands, price marked packs and field visits to generate $115m growth in UK biscuits within five years: pladis

Pladis reports 28% sales uplift with McVitie’s impulse trial

Quick byte-sized nuggets of nutritional information seemed to resonante well with consumers. ©iStock

Health-minded shoppers want easy-to-read label information

Quri encourages confectionery and salty snack companies to move products out of the home aisle as both categories see display declines. ©iStock/Ben Harding

A multimillion lost opportunity: Confectioners and snack makers must keep items stocked, says Quri

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Ingredients

Steviva's new headquarter facility in Portland is four times bigger than its previous site

Steviva receives Safe Quality Food certification

Barry Callebaut to take over Halle, Belgium plant under supply deal

Barry Callebaut to acquire Côte D’Or factory from Mondelēz in Belgium

Xylitol benefits from an EFSA-backed health claim for its cavity-fighting properties but a recent Cochrane review cast this into doubt. © iStock/Marcel Braendli

Xylitol anti-cavity debate settled, says DuPont

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Processing & Packaging

Mentos wrapping from Clondalkin is one example of strip laminated waxed paper with coated alumunium paper and ‘Ecowax‘

Barrier-coated packaging demand rises in candy and bakery

SABMiller has launched a ‘smart sensor’ technology that tells consumers when their beer is at the perfect drinking temperature.

The future of packaging knows no bounds, says CDP

The family-owned company produces chocolate décor products. Photo: Ulmer.

Ulmer Schokoladen turns to Bosch to replace 20-year-old chocolate packaging line

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Markets

Nestlé hits back at critics after replacing Toffee Deluxe with Honeycomb Crunch (pictured) for Quality Street brand. Photo: Nestlé

Social media meltdown as Nestlé withdraws Toffee Deluxe from Quality Street

Picture credit: Siemens. The company is encouraging manufacturers to embrace IoT & Industry 4.0.

Siemens: F&B manufacturers are slow to embrace IoT and Industry 4.0 demands

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Top 10 US gum brands: Ice Breakers, Mentos and Project7 outshine declining market

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Australian confectionery industry says star system neglect is ‘disingenuous’ as it agreed an exception with government Photo: Australian Department of Health

Australian confectionery industry rejects claims it is snubbing star labeling

Four play: France is trialling four labelling systems in 40 supermarkets in a bid to determine the best system to influence 'purchasing behaviour'. ©iStock

Is all fair in love & war, logos & lobbying? France begins nutrition label trial

'Only 40% of us have a healthy weight,' said health minister Simon Harris in a foreword to the report. 'In terms of scale, this represents one of the biggest public health challenges Ireland is facing today.'  © World Obesity Federation

Ireland launches national obesity plan

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Manufacturers

Lindt aims to be the world's leading retailer of premium chocolate by 2020.

Lindt seeks travel retail boost with Bijoux praline launch

French subsidiary Lutti and Harlekijntjes licorice owner Festivaldi helps Katjes International sales grow 9.3% in H1. Photo: Katjes

Katjes International seeks more acquisitions as H1 sales rise

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Free2b Foods pulls off ‘difficult task’ of chocolate without dairy

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R&D

Sweet returns: 'we adhered to Cochrane Collaboration standards for inclusion and exclusion,' said lead researcher Dr Daniele Mandrioli. © iStock/Bigredcurlyguy

Bitter feud: Sweetener industry says review accusing it of bias is itself biased

'The presence of a food matrix had a significant effect on polyphenol bioaccessibility from almond skin in both the gastric and duodenal environments.' ©iStock

Food affects almond skin polyphenol release: Study

“A sugar tax will just mean that the public spend more of their money on unhealthy foods,” says Bayn managing director Lucy Dahlgren. © iStock/BogdanReava

Profit increase can drive sugar reduction: Bayn

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Commodities

Rotterdam port - Europe's biggest - is 'palm oil’s gateway into Europe'. Image: © Greenpeace

Greenpeace activists block IOI palm oil at Rotterdam port

The candy industry can easily clean up its sugar supply chain by sourcing from developed nations, but will it be turning its back on those who need it most? Photo: Joe Woodruf – Bonsucro.

The 'ignored’ commodity: Confectioners face tough choice on sugar sustainability

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One for all: Cocoa sector can only be sustainable with strong and unified farmer voice

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