Desserts & Ice Cream

Dessert trends: Visual appeal, keeping a clean image and vegan NPD

06 Nov 2018 --- More than clean label, today we see a trend toward “clean image” which encompasses sustainability, low sugar, low salt, plant-based, health, and nutrition as well as products which do not negatively impact on society and the environment. These megatrends are driving new product development across many food and beverage categories, including desserts. And as vegan innovative for NPD gathers pace, manufacturers and suppliers are constantly creating ways to tap into the opportunities that this huge category presents as well.

Clean appeal: CP Kelco launches label-friendly texturizing agent for neutral desserts

04 Oct 2018 --- Producer of specialty hydrocolloid ingredients, CP Kelco, has launched GENU Explorer Pectin ND-200, a label-friendly food ingredient solution designed for neutral pH dairy desserts. GENU Explorer Pectin ND-200 is positioned as an ideal gelling agent for formulators seeking consumer-friendly ingredients for indulgent dairy desserts, such as Panna Cotta, crème desserts and more, according to CP Kelco.

Ice cream down under? Pecan Deluxe Candy tips off dessert trends in Australia

04 Oct 2018 --- The Australian ice cream market is thriving, according to Pecan Deluxe Candy. Intense competition between the big players in the market is leading to R&D innovation in Australia, one of the largest markets for ice cream in the world, with one of the highest per capita consumption, according to the company. 

Wessanen acquires plant-based dairy business Abbot Kinney’s

12 Sep 2018 --- Wessanen has acquired Abbot Kinney’s, a fast-growing and innovative leader in plant-based yogurt alternatives and ice-cream. Founded in 2014, Abbot Kinney’s already built a leading position in its category in Health Food Stores in The Netherlands and has started to establish a strong presence in key markets across Europe.

Vegan ice cream: Unilever to debut dairy-free Magnum bars in Sweden and Finland

29 Aug 2018 --- Magnum is set to launch two new vegan versions of its popular ice-cream bars in Sweden and Finland next month. The brand – owned by Unilever – will add Magnum Vegan Classic and Magnum Vegan Almond, which are European Vegetarian Union approved, to its existing product line. The ice cream bars will be made from a pea protein base and covered in smooth dark chocolate. They will be available to purchase in four-piece multipacks and singles from supermarkets in both Sweden and Finland.

UK ice cream probe: One in five vanilla ice creams has no vanilla, cream or fresh milk, says Which?

27 Aug 2018 --- Half of the ice creams investigated by UK Consumer Association Which? failed to include fresh vanilla, cream or milk. Vanilla ice cream may be a favorite among UK consumers and sales have soared over the last few weeks as Britain has experienced a heatwave, but a new survey by Which? has revealed some surprising truths about vanilla ice on the shelves of UK supermarkets. 

Ben & Jerry’s slammed by consumer group over “deceptive” dairy advertising

12 Jul 2018 --- US iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has come under attack from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) which has filed suit against the Unilever-owned company over deceptive marketing allegations. The OCA is suing Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., for what it calls the "deceptive labeling, marketing and sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products." The suit was filed in D.C. Superior Court under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

Tetra Pak doubles ice cream production speeds with large-sized inclusions

18 May 2018 --- Liquid packaging specialists, Tetra Pak, has launched an Extrusion Wheel that produces stick ice cream products with large-sized inclusions, such as whole nuts, real fruit segments, or cookie dough chunks at the highest capacity on the market.

Frozen blackout: Swirl’s brings black ice cream to the Netherlands

10 Apr 2018 --- Swirl’s Ice Cream has launched black ice cream to the food market in the Netherlands.  As of last Friday (April 6), ice cream lovers have been able to get a taste of the international ice cream hit. Not only the ice cream but also the cone in which the ice cream is served is entirely black. The ice cream, which has a familiar vanilla taste, will be available for a limited time and exclusively sold at Swirl’s Ice Cream.

Nestle Canada invests US$51.5m in London ice cream plant

07 Mar 2018 --- Nestle Canada has announced it is investing US$51.5 million in its London (Ontario) factory to not only expand its existing product lines, but also its physical footprint by 9,000 square feet.

BRC publishes new guidance on food packaging

22 Aug 2017 --- Brand and consumer protection organization, BRC Global Standards has published the first edition of food packaging materials guidance. It’s geared towards achieving a common understanding, terminology and point of reference for good practice for businesses involved in the delivery of food and to prevent substances from packaging materials from getting into food.

Dean Foods' Mayfield Creamery Brand Expands

26 Apr 2017 --- Dean Foods has announced that its iconic Mayfield Creamery ice cream brand is expanding further across the southern U.S. to a collection of new markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico. Mayfield Ice Cream debuted in 1923, and can currently be found in grocery stores across the southeast in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana.

Puratos Highlights Perceptions in the Patisserie Market

04 Apr 2017 --- The cakes and patisserie market continues to grow both in volume and value terms. Puratos have interviewed close to 6,000 consumers about their choices, attitudes and perceptions all related to the patisserie industry. 

Emmi Buys Dessert Specialist Italian Fresh Foods

18 Jan 2017 --- Emmi has hailed the strategic importance of its dessert portfolio following the purchase of premium dessert specialist Italian Fresh Foods (IFF). Urs Riedener, CEO of Emmi, said: “Italian Fresh Foods is an agile, innovative manufacturer of high-quality Italian desserts. The product portfolio suits Emmi extremely well and strengthens a segment that is strategically important for the company.”

Innovation from Cargill Broadens Choice in Chocolate Flavored Products

23 Nov 2016 --- The latest addition to the Gerkens cocoa powder range from Cargill is an intense dark red cocoa powder – with unique colour attributes that make it the only powder of its kind on the market.

Olam Launch No Added Sodium Dark Black Cocoa Powder

04 Nov 2016 --- Olam Cocoa is marking 70 years of Joanes with the launch of a sodium dark cocoa powder with no added sodium, opening a new product development & innovation center and inaugurating a sustainability program to improve yields and good labor practises amongst growing communities. Olam Cocoa opened the Cocoa Product Development & Innovation Centre at its llhéus processing facility yesterday (Nov 3) - and to coincide, launched the AJ11PK cocoa powder which it says meets the growing market demand for lower sodium products. 

Unilever Boss Warns of Ice Cream Price Hikes and Pulling Billions of Euros in Investment Should Britain Vote to Leave the EU

08 June 2016 --- Unilever boss Paul Polman has flagged up that there will be "serious consequences” should Britain vote to leave the EU and suggested that the Anglo-Dutch business could pull billions of Euros in investment from the UK.

Going for Gold, Pecan Delux Launch Popping Candy as Popularity of Dessert Toppings is Set to Rise

13 May 2016 --- A new lustre popping candy inclusion from Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) Ltd will be giving bakery and dessert products a golden shimmer over the next few months, providing visual excitement as well as an intense mouthfeel sensation.

Nestlè Strikes Ice Cream and Frozen Food JV with Britain’s R&R Ice Cream as it Looks to Provide Stronger Competition to Unilever

27 Apr 2016 --- Nestlè has confirmed that it is setting up a joint venture with Britain’s R&R Ice Cream which will sell ice cream and frozen food in over 20 countries, as the Swiss giant looks to offer stronger competition to Unilever.

Sensient Develops Better for You Ice Cream Flavor Solutions

26 Jan 2016 –- Sensient Flavors’ APSS (All-Purpose Sweet Solutions) and DairyBoost portfolios help ice cream manufacturers differentiate themselves in the premium market. With demand for better-for-you options in the ice cream segment experiencing notable growth, Sensient’s solutions are designed to reduce fat and sugar significantly while compensating for any associated sensory shortcomings, particularly in terms of texture and mouthfeel. The flavorings are natural, Halal & Kosher certified and also available as organic versions.