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.

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  • Nestle Kitkat Mini Moments Desserts (Saudi Arabia). Fifteen pieces of a unique variety of wafer fingers filled with rich ingredients covered with milk chocolate with cherry brownie, crème brûlée, strawberry cheesecake and tiramisu flavors. Cherry brownie: an exquisite fusion of cherry blast and rich dark cream. Crème brûlée: a dazzling suave cream with caramel flakes. Tiramisu: fascinating with the smooth gush of rich tiramisu. Strawberry cheesecake: glamorous with its superb infusion of strawberry and cheese cream. Nestle Cocoa Plan. Green Dot Certified.


The Adventurous Consumer: Top Ten Trends 2019

Dec 2018

Consumers are moving out of their comfort zones to explore bolder and novel flavors from a range of global locations, as well as multisensory food experiences. Leading the Top Ten Trends for 2019, from Innova Market Insights, is “Discovery: The Adventurous Consumer,” which denotes how targeting increasingly adventurous consumers set on discoveries and experiences will be key in the food and beverage industry in 2019. Some other key trends pegged for 2019 are “Plant Kingdom,” which illustrates the continuing popularity of plant-based products and “Alternatives to All,” noting that replacement foods and ingredients are on the rise.


Beyond the cup: Coffee & tea flavors

Nov 2018

There is ample space for innovation and differentiation using tea and coffee flavors in the food and beverage market. We see tea and coffee flavors cropping up in several categories beyond hot drinks, including ice cream, sweet biscuits and beer. A focus on indulgence is likely to be a key focus in the foreseeable future.


In full bloom: Floral flavors

Nov 2018

Although flowers such as rose, lavender and hibiscus have long been used in food products as decoration or as dried ingredients in herbal teas, food & beverages launches tracked with floral flavors are growing with a CAGR of 21 percent globally over the past five years, as reported by Innova Market Insights. Flower extracts, syrups and actual petals can be found in all kinds of products these days, ranging from tonic drinks to bakery, ice cream and convenience foods.