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Confectioners Working To Meet Demands Of Health-Conscious Consumers With A Sweet Tooth

May 3, 2010: 10:37 PM EST
The global confectionery industry, now valued at more than $145 billion, is showing solid growth, thanks in part to the willingness of confectioners to meet the demands of health-conscious chocolate and candy lovers while testing new flavors and formulas. In fact, in a survey of confectionery makers, market researchers, chocolatiers, and nutritionists, an industry trade association found that the next big trend on the confectionery horizon will be products offering health benefits, "better-for-you" ingredients, reduced fat, sugar-free and other calorie- and portion-control treats. Suppliers to the industry, meanwhile, are reacting accordingly. Available ingredients include whole rather than refined functional ingredients that use more fiber and complex carbohydrates; corn products; hydrocolloids such as gelatin; pectins; almond-chocolate combos; and fruits, especially blueberries.
Diane Toops, News & Trends Editor, "Confectionery Makers Sweet Talking with Candy Innovation", Food Processing, May 03, 2010, © Food Processing
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