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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Transparency: Sourcing claims

Apr 2018

Ethical claims are an important feature of food and beverage, household items and personal care product marketing. Consumers are increasingly concerned by how their products are produced, where the ingredients come from, if they are sustainably sourced, who the producers are and if they are fairly paid. Sourcing claims are likely to become the new industry standard in new food and beverage products and companies need to be more transparent than ever about their product sources in order to gain consumer’s trust.


Good start: Breakfast options

Apr 2018

Breakfast is the meal that provides the energy and nutrition required to start a new day. Choices can range from the traditional cereals to local, crafted foods. Breakfasts can vary considerably according to region and are the result of culinary, ethnic and cultural influences. With today’s consumers traveling more and demanding increasingly exciting food experiences, manufacturers are being challenged to maintain an interesting and desirable breakfast selection in their portfolios.


Bottoms up: Beverage trends

Mar 2018

Today’s consumers want more from their beverages. They cannot simply hydrate and quench thirst. Though these attributes remain as motivations for consumption, nutrition and health benefits are increasingly key considerations. Furthermore, authenticity is key to stand out from the crowd. New textures, exotic ingredients, unusual flavor combinations and creative packaging are all necessary to catch the eye of the consumer.