NPD in action: Confectionery 

Jan 2018

Indulgent, premium and better-for-you are the key themes in confectionery NPD. To stand out of the shelf, confectionery bets on unexpected flavor combinations and new textures. Ethics also plays a role in new product launches, which can be perceived by several fair-trade certifications and ingredient provenance on the label. Health claims are desired. However, products that balance health and indulgence claims offer the greatest potential for growth. Creativity and a holistic wellness approach are paramount to staying ahead of the competition and satisfying consumers’ demand for novelty.

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  • Apis Flora Ginger Candies With Coffee (Brazil)
    Individually wrapped ginger candies with coffee. 100 percent natural product. Gluten free. Lactose free.
     

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Vibrant, fresh and clean label: Natural Colors

Jul 2018

Consumers often associate rich colors with freshness, quality and good taste. Natural colors offer benefits as they open up opportunities to deliver vibrantly colored foods with a clean label. Also, in this social media age, vibrant, natural foods are inherently “instagrammable.” Think charcoal, curcumin, beetroot and spirulina.


Touch of convenience: Novelty fruit and veg applications

Jul 2018

Consumers with health on the mind are looking for ways to reach their healthful fruit and vegetable goals, without sacrificing taste or convenience. To keep up, manufacturers should be continually innovating with interesting shapes, premium processing techniques and new flavors, offered in convenient packaging. A touch of novelty can go a long way.


Global flavors: Diversity in ready meals

Jun 2018

There is an ongoing interest in ethnic recipes for ready meal categories and vegetarian and vegan options continue to soar. Protein claims have seen the greatest rise in interest with its share more than doubling from 12 percent in the first half of 2016 to 26 percent in the first half of 2017, according to Innova Market Insights. Offering a great variety of flavors, formats and recipes, while tapping into consumer trends and health benefits, is paramount to keep consumers engaged.