5 Trends in the Chocolate Business
June 15, 2017
Business success comes from having an edge over your competitors. Though, in the global industry of the chocolate market, reportedly worth $98.3 billion or more, how does a chocolate business find opportunities to get ahead?
The “Healthier” Chocolate Trend
June 21, 2013
Research has it that America is the leading chocolate consuming country. However, there are some countries in Europe that consume more per person.
Around 13% of the world's yearly cocoa production, more than 500,000 tons, is used mainly for America alone to make chocolate candy. This is based on U.S. Economic Census data, which is analyzed by the National Confectioners Association (NCA). That makes up for 2/3 of total American cocoa consumption.
"Today, it is increasingly about consumers weighing not only the costs of goods, but the multitude of benefits they offer as well," says Todd Hale, who is a senior vice president, consumer and shopper insights for Nielsen. Nielsen gives global consumer information and insights.
Carmit Candy Healthy Chocolate Coins
May 31, 2013
Carmit Candy in Israel has launched Grow Strong Chocolate Coins, a milk chocolate candy that has vitamins. They target children as their market with the coins containing calcium, vitamin D3, and vitamin K.
Adrian Sagman, vice president of international sales and marketing at Carmit, stated: “It’s a milk chocolate for children on a daily basis to get some calcium in their body. This one also has a tooth-friendly sugar ingredient so the parents don’t have to worry about their kids taking too much sugar.”
Added Awesomeness To The Already Awesome Chocolate
October 11, 2012
Did my title just scare you? Please, say it didn't. I may come off as a chocoholic who worships chocolate and its overall greatness. Well, yeah, that is actually true. But heck. I am sane enough to be writing this for you. So, welcome, and go on with your reading, and you will perfectly understand why I am just this appreciative when it comes to chocolate.
Lots of things have already been said about chocolate when it comes to its beneficial effects to the human mind and body. Little did we know that further studies and research are being conducted in order to lengthen the existing long list of the good things about it.
Chocolate Better Than Fruit Juices
April 17, 2012
Chocolate is deemed healthier compared to a lot of fruit juices. It's even considered as a superfood in its own right, according to a recent research conducted by an American-based chocolate company.
Superfoods are foods that contain high levels of compounds and antioxidants that help in preventing damage to healthy cells. Scientists from the Hershey Centre for Health & Nutrition in America discovered that powdered dark chocolate contains higher amounts of polyphenols and antioxidants, which are known to protect cardiac conditions and cancer.
Take fruit juice out of the picture as chocolate proves to be much better in boosting one's health, a recent study has indicated. Cocoa and dark chocolate have higher antioxidant capacity compared to fruit juices, such as pomegranate, cranberry, and blueberry powder, based on a study seen in Chemistry Central Journal.
About Organic Chocolate
April 12, 2012
Organic chocolates are made of cacao beans that are cultivated without using any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Authentic organic chocolates also utilize organically grown sugar.
In America, specific standards of qualification (set by the USDA) need to be met in order for a product to be called organic. That said, when you eat organic chocolate, you can rest assured that you are consuming those ingredients that have been farmed in an environmentally-suitable manner.
One primary reason why it is best that you opt for organic chocolate, instead of its non-organic version, is the fact that you decrease your chances of ingesting harsh pesticide residues. Non-organic chocolate, especially dark ones, are fine to eat all their own. However, the drawback there is the possibility of also eating the pesticide residue, if any, in the cocoa used. In great enough quantity, this could lead to certain health problems.
Goodbye King-Size Chocolate Bars?
February 24, 2012
Mars, Incorporated is one of the world's renowned makers of confectionery, pet food like Pedigree, and other food items such as Uncle Ben's rice and Dove ice cream bars. They are the manufacturer of popular candy bars such as Twix and Snickers. Reportedly, by the end of 2013, they'll no longer sell chocolate products that contain over 250 calories.
Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, this globally-known company manufactures other well-loved candies such as Skittles and M&Ms as well as Juicy Fruit chewing gum. They claim that it's part of an attempt to enhance the nutritional value of their food items and to be able to market them responsibly.
Chocolate Yogurt Ice
February 15, 2012
Yogurt is widely used across the globe nowadays, and we know all too well that it's a renowned health food. It derived its name from the Turkish word "yogurur", meaning "long life".
Research has it that a cup of plain yogurt, which is around 240 mg, purportedly contains 140 calories. Not so bad for a tasty treat, eh?
More to these, regular consumption of yogurt is said to have several health benefits, and among those is that it aids in better absorption of the nutrients you get from other food.
It is a highly nutritious food on its own, containing numerous health benefits that include protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.
Austrian Students Develop Healthy Chocolate
January 31, 2012
Good news to every chocophile out there. Pretty soon, your favorite guilty pleasure will be way more pleasurable! Students of the University of Applied Sciences in Wels, Austria are currently working to develop a certain type of chocolate that does not only taste good but also packs a lot of nutritional benefits.
I know where you're getting at, and you may be right. Yes, it’s no surprise that chocolate has a lot of health advantages to offer, specifically because of the high antioxidant properties it contains. But this one is of different level, a higher one.
The students were able to come up with the special chocolate through a project in their course of organic and environmental technology. They were looking to bring the healthy apple back into the diet of Upper Austrians. The bitter-tasting and filled chocolate is made out of old, native apple varieties that are purified using apple brandy in oak barrels.