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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Top ten trends 2018: On trend product innovation

Jan 2018

The increasingly thoughtful and mindful consumer will continue to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products. “Mindful Choices” leads the list of Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2018, where the company continuously analyzes global developments in food and drinks launch activity and consumer research to highlight the trends most likely to impact the food and drinks industry over the coming year and beyond.


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.