The Ford Gum & Machine Co. will take ownership of Big League Chew starting Jan. 1, 2011. The company says it is planning line extensions for the chewing gum brand, currently supported and sold by Wrigley.
Big League Chew creator Rob Nelson came up with his revolutionary idea while watching kids try to emulate their tobacco-chewing major league baseball icons, finally partnering with a Wrigley subsidiary to develop the shredded gum product. Sales of the gum are currently growing at a rate of 10% to 15% each year, accounting for 35% to 40% of current owner Ford Gum's nearly $45 million in annual revenues.
A Datamonitor report predicts anti-aging chews and coffee that is inhaled will be among the products soon populating U.K. store shelves. Products promising health benefits are expected to gain traction, including vitamin-enriched sweets from Raven Manufacturing.
According to a Harris Interactive poll taken for Whole Foods, 27% of U.S. adults say natural and organic foods make up more than a quarter of their food purchases, up 20% from the previous year. The poll also found that 75% of U.S. adults purchase natural and organic foods.
At the Jelly Belly factory in California, food scientists develop flavors based on easily recognized tastes. At tasting parties, company officials compare the taste of the beans to that of the real thing.
A study has found that emulsions and foams could be made more stable through the addition of emulsifying proteins and solid particles. The process could lead to the production of low-fat emulsions with greater stability, as well as foods that are more filling, the researchers say.