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Anuga Food Tech 2012 20/03/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs,Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 2:12 PM
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Just a reminder that next week (27-30 March) the 6th Anuga FoodTech in Cologne.

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Cloetta + Leaf merger 19/03/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 10:19 AM
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If you have been in the Netherlands, you have seen for sure the gum named “Sportlife”. This is a leading brand in this country and produced by the well-known company LEAF. Recently this company merged with the Swedish CLOETTA.

This is a link to the company’s website where it informs about this fact.

http://www.leaf.eu/en/Newsroom-redir/News-room/News/LEAF-and-Cloetta-merger-completed/

 

Isomaltulose in chewing gum

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 10:00 AM
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I attach a link about news on the use of isomaltulose in chewing gum. The company Beneo is promoting this feature.

http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Sectors/Confectionery/New-chewing-gum-with-next-generation-sugar

You can learn more about the company in www.beneo.com.

I have been in touch with this supplier usually in relation to the use of “Isomalt” in chewing gum, which is a well-know and common ingredient to be used in sugar-free gums, specially in the coating of pellets.

Now we will need to follow the use of this new ingredient, isomaltulose…

 

ProSweets 2012 14/03/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 10:22 AM
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The other day I was commeting about ISM, but I think it is quite remarkable the growth of the paralel show: ProSweets. It is becoming an interesting meeting point for suppliers of the confectionery industry (basically machinery and ingredients). I remember that in the first years of this show we could find there the main flavour suppliers (Symrise, Firmenich,…), however this has decreased and now the machinery is taking the big chunk of the hall. I was positevely surprised by the size this is taking. Could it be a serious competitor to Interpack? Time will say… It seems to be the right place for the “confectionery machines”, while in Interpack the suppliers are a tiny part of the huge exhibition. I wonder, however, about the type/quality of visitors. While in Interpack we find the decision-makers ready to buy machines (Engineering Dept, Production dpt, etc.) I am not sure these are the people attending Prosweets. If the visitors are the same as for ISM (distributors, marketing…), then for sure they are not the right people to visit Prosweets.

 

ISM – Cologne 2012 08/03/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 4:19 PM
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Once again, I visited the confectionery fair in Cologne/Germany. It is always nice to see old friends, customers, competitors,… Always eager to learn what’s new and to see the changes in the market. This year I could find some new chewing gums (from Colombina, from Maghreb, …) together with some already known types. Interesting to note the revitalization of the “Cheiw” brand, from the Spanish company Damel. This was a top brand in the 70s and went through difficult times recently, but it seems that it is going up again, even if far from the golden times because now the Spanish market is clearly dominated by Wrigley and Cadbury (and always the interesting presence of Fleer with some market share). Also news from this market is the absence in the ISM Fair of the well-established firm “Fiesta”. It seems that the company is going through a restructuration process.
In terms of products I’d like to note the “Dr Look – Pelukloca” from Confiteca (Ecuador). This is a cotton gum presented in well-sealed plastic jars to avoid deformation and to ensure air-tightness. This (cotton gum) is a complex product to produce from the technological point of view, so it has always interested me. It is delicate and has always struggled to survive on the shelves of the different markets where is has been launched. I have seen it in USA, in Spain, in Korea but not in many more places.
Generally speaking, I found less exhibitors this year, with many empty spaces. It seems to me that the Fair is getting smaller and smaller (I do not know about the official figures of visitors). We already lost some years ago the presence of big names such as Wrigley, Cadbury, Perfetti and more recently Arcor and others. Lotte still keeping a relatively small booth (in relation to the size of the company). This year we missed the presence of companies from troubled countries like Egypt, Syria, Pakistan,… The Arab Spring left its effect in the fair.
Some comments around the fair said that there is not enough novelties or generation of business to justify a yearly fair and that it would be more interesting to have this type of show every two years.
However, the parallel event – Prosweets – seems to be taking off successfully. Last year we did not have Prosweets because we had Interpack Fair in Düsseldorf in May 2011 and the organizers decided that having Prosweets and Interpack in the same year would be too much. Wise decision!