Chocolate NPD explores new frontiers

Oct 2017

Chocolate is being widely used across various product categories, either as a base or as a source of flavor. The most active categories for chocolate applications include bakery, confectionery and desserts & ice cream. Additionally, chocolate is increasingly being used in soups, alcoholic beverages and flavored bottled waters. Meanwhile, finished products with chocolate are offering more health benefits, such as skin health and heart health, in combination with other nutrients. Cacao nibs are an emerging ingredient for chocolate application, featuring a chocolate flavor, crunchy texture and extra health benefits.

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  • Terrafertil Raw Chocolate Covered Goldenberry (UK). Goldenberries covered with raw chocolate. The goldenberry is an Andean superfruit. Source of iron which supports the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. High in magnesium. High in fiber. More potassium than bananas. High in vitamin A which contributes to maintaining healthy skin. Terrafertil grows and produces its own goldenberries, so every berry has been quality controlled from day one. Made using raw chocolate which has been minimally heated treated to keep it as close to the natural state of hanging off the tree.   

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Vanilla: A classic with a modern twist

Sep 2017

Vanilla is one of the most classic and dominating flavors in categories such as Ice Cream, Cookies and Yogurts. Although vanilla is a well-established flavor in some market categories, in others it is still emerging or steadily continuing to gain ground. A look at the categories where the use of vanilla flavor is currently growing the fastest uncovers a range of great modern product profiles starring this well-loved flavor.


Soft drinks sophistication

Sep 2017

With an increased demand for healthy beverages and the continued consumer backlash against sugary soft drinks, manufacturers are under increasing pressure to adapt and re-engage their consumers. As a result, health claims such as no added sugar are fast growing in this category. Still and sparkling water innovations are on the rise as consumers look to healthier alternative drinks with a natural image. The soft drinks category is seeing an increased number of launches with ingredients benefiting digestive health such as fiber and probiotics. Looking at flavor innovations, herbs and spices are on the rise, while adult flavor profiles which mimic those of alcoholic beverages show potential.