Chocolate is a popular ingredient in nutrition drinks because it adds rich flavor and color, and is effective in masking some of the flavors associated with added protein. Many drink-makers opt to use cocoa powder because is easier to incorporate, said Kim Yoder, technical service manager for Cargill. ADM has introduced deZaan Chocolate Microflakes, which combine the flavor and color of chocolate with the ease-of-use of cocoa powder.
Japanese confectioner Meiji posted a 2.4% sales increase for the first six months of the fiscal year, but said a heat wave in Japan caused overall chocolate sales to post a year-on-year decline. The company posted declines in confectionery and gum, but expects a 1.8% increase in full-year operating income.
Ingredion has launched Novation Endura, a line of clean-label starches said to have "the highest process tolerance ever available in a functional native starch." The ingredients company said the starches are available in North America, Europe and Asia, and are suitable for foods including dressings, frozen meals, processed soups and yogurts.
A store with a Willy Wonka theme, called Sweet! Hollywood, has opened in Hollywood, Calif. The space includes candy-making demonstrations, tasting tours, a Yucky Shop with "gross" treats and the opportunity for visitors to create their own candy bars.