Round Up: Ingredients

Here is your weekly round-up of ingredients news. Next week’s round-up will focus on packaging news. To submit an item for inclusion, please contact Carly Wood at

  • In response to the rising popularity of the ‘purple diet’: eating lilac/purple coloured foods rich in the antioxidant anthocyanin, functional chocolate producer Herza Schokolade has launched a ‘purple range’ of chocolate pieces.
  • Orchard Valley Foods and Candeco Confektyr have merged to create a €40 million producer of confections, ingredients and decorations for the food manufacturing, foodservice and retail home baking sectors, as well as international markets.
  • PureCircle has launched its Sigma-Xcelerator tool, designed to provide ingredient combinations that maximise product taste as well as facilitate sugar reduction, speed to market, cost and solubility.
  • A survey carried out by parenting website Netmums and the international authority for sugar claims on foods Sugarwise has revealed that 80% of parents regularly look for low or no sugar products for their family, yet 30% of parents say they are unable to find these products in store.
  • According to recent data from Innova Market Insights, California almonds were the number one nut used in new products worldwide in 2016, the tenth year that almonds have held the lead position for nuts used in new product introductions.
  • Chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer Barry Callebaut has developed a fourth type of chocolate next to dark, milk and white chocolate 80 years after the introduction of white chocolate.

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