Officials with Firmenich said the company is developing technology that encapsulates flavors in crystals, allowing greater use of volatile molecules. "Such compounds are key components of flavors that could offer improved freshness or authenticity when used in powdered beverages, confections, and/or savory mixes," said the company's Matthew Sillick.
Artisan Confections, in Arlington, Va., offers chocolate tastings and hands-on classes for adults. Students learn about the cacao plant, paint their own chocolates and take home their own chocolate bark.
New research suggests expectant mothers who consume probiotics may offer their offspring a better chance at fighting respiratory infections later. Researchers believe that probiotics can enhance the maturation of the immune system in infants.
Cadbury and DISH Network have partnered for a new TV campaign that lets viewers interact with show characters. Cadbury's Sour Patch Kids will sponsor MTV's new reality show "Queen Bees" and feature interactive polls that consumers can work with remote controls.