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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  • Buttermilk Crumbly Vanilla Fudge (UK)
    All-butter fudge flavored with natural vanilla. Artisan confectionery. Established Padstow 1964. Handmade in Cornwall, UK. Stirred over open flames in traditional copper pans. Gluten free. Suitable for vegetarians. No artificial flavors or colors.
     


Zesty flavor combinations: Dairy trends

Oct 2018

Today’s consumers are seeking dairy products that offer the best of all worlds. New dairy launches increasingly carry health and clean label claims, without compromising in convenience or taste. Beyond traditional sweet flavor profiles, savory and spicy flavors are making their way into dairy, including exciting pairings like champagne rhubarb and mango habanero. 


From luxurious to raw: Chocolate NPD

Oct 2018

While indulgent flavors and textures remain key drivers in chocolate NPD, the quest for cleaner and lighter chocolate continues with confectioners launching more options featuring clean label, sugar reduction and ‘thin’ claims. Vegan claims in chocolate are gaining momentum with a CAGR of +47 percent globally over the past five years. Furthermore, chocolate NPD experiences a colorful wave of ruby, blond and matcha tea chocolate.


Tantalize the taste buds: Creative flavor trends

Sep 2018

Food and beverage manufacturers are getting creative with flavors. Bowls have emerged as smart carriers for mixing and matching flavors and textures while ethnic tastes are on the rise, calling for spicy, smoked and hot flavors. Alcoholic drinks, coffee and tea NPD have also led to new levels of flavor sophistication. As consumers are increasingly seeking natural and minimally processed foods, products with floral, botanical, nut and vegetable traces emerge, often alongside honey and syrups for a hint of natural sweetness.