Arco Health has launched Diet-Burst Gum in U.S. health stores and tanning salons, and is planning wider rollout to convenience stores. The peppermint gum contains Slendesta, made by Kemin Industries, which is said to fool the brain into thinking food has been consumed.
Bulk food sales have jumped about 10% in the past 12 months, according to a recent survey of grocers. Conventional grocery stores are starting to sell bulk foods, which in the past were offered mainly at organic and natural-food stores.
Richardson Brands will receive aid from the state of New York to help the company maintain its facility in Canajoharie, N.Y. The factory produces Richardson Mints, Beechies Gum, Pop Shots candy and GravyMaster browning sauce.
The European market for sugar-free gum is still rife with opportunity, according to ingredients company Beneo-Palatinit. Consumers are looking for new flavors, textures and health benefits in gum, the company said.
Feiraco, a Spanish dairy co-op, has launched a new line of milk products called Laban that is geared toward the Muslim community in Spain. Based on dairy products native to Lebanon, the milk features high nutritional value and taps into a growing European market.