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ILHAM SWEETS – Turkey 31/05/2018

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 8:57 AM
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Turkey has great gum producers. Although some of the companies that existed in the past have disappeared (either taken over by a larger international group, or just closed down) there is still a huge production of all types of gum in the country. Also gum base is supplied by Turkish manufacturers.

ILHAM SWEETS (www.ilhamsweets.com)  is one of these chewing and bubble gum producers which covers a broad range of presentations and formats. From Bubble gum filled with fizzy powder or liquid, to gum balls with many different shapes and sugarfree chewing gum presented in blisters or in plastic bottles. The company covers many flavours (including extrem sour, cola, cinnamon,…) and funny shapes (like basketball, tennis balls, rugby, football, golf, …). I find specially interesting the gum balls coated with “pearl effect”.  I leave you some pictures.

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PRAN – Bangladesh 30/05/2018

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:52 PM
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Today I will not talk about functional gums. Let me go back to the traditional single piece of bubble gum, which is still extremely popular in many countries. It might not be the case in Europe or US anymore, but I would like to introduce today the company PRAN Foods from Dhaka, Bangladesh. This company produces a huge range of food products: Beverage, Biscuit, Dairy, Frozen foods, snacks, but the most interesting for this website is the confectionery range, and within this category, the gum. PRAN has different types of gum:

  • Center filled, with brands like FRUITFIL, ATOM, KLAK or POWER GUM
  • Football gum: In flowpacks containing individual pieces
  • Bubble gum: Individual cut & wrap pieces with brands like MAGIC GUM or KIDS HERO
  • Ball gum: Twist wrapped hollow balls, which is quite an unusual presentation!
  • Chewing gum under the brand XCEL, coated dragees

 

I leave you with the website of the group and a picture of the cut & wrap bubble gum:

www.pranfoods.net 

bubble-gum-Banana

 

SWEET GUM – Brazil 29/05/2018

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:37 PM
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The number of Gum Base suppliers in the world is quite stable. There are no big ups and downs in this field and the number of options is quite limited. Maybe the last “big news” on this aspect were the disappearence of one of pioneers: “LA Dreyfus”, founded in 1909 and merged with Cafosa on 2005 (already a long time ago!) and the more recent acquisition of the Belgium-based “Eurobase” by the Italian “Ferrero” in 2016.

That’s why when I get news about another player, I want to share them with you. This is the case of “Sweet Gum”, from Brazil (www.sweetgum.com). The company belongs to the RB group and they offer a range if gum bases for different applications (chewing, bubble, non sticking, …). RB Group is specialist on gum rosin, gum turpentine and derivatives (which are ingredietns of the gum base itself).

I think it is interesting to have new players in this market and I look forward to see the development of such new offer!

 

MARS WRIGLEY in Kenya 28/05/2018

Filed under: Market & Fairs,Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 1:36 PM
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http://www.confectionerynews.com just informed that MarsWrigley will open a new factory near Nairobi (link). I remember visiting the Wrigley factory in Kenya already in the early 2000s, and it was quite impressive. They were producing chewing gum coated pellets under the brand “PK”.

 

p.k.-and-juicy-fruit

This is gum with sugar. Sugarfree is still not mass-produced in SubSaharian Africa.

This new factory was already announced back in 2015, with expectations to start operations in early 2017. Well, finally here! Good to see new, large factories of gum.

Some there links to this news here:

Business Daily Africa

Africa Business Chief

Food Drink & Franchise

 

WACKER – Germany

The German company that in 2017 launched the concept of 3D printed gum (link to my post on this) is focusing now on another concept: Deposited Chewing gum. Their ingredient “Capiva C 03“, which is compatible with the standard candy process allows the mass to be deposited, for instance in Mogul lines. Then, depending on the shape of the mould, the piece of gum will be completely different and, in any case different than the 3 or 4 conventional formats that we all know.

This concept of “Deposited Gum” was also developed by Cafosa in the late 90s. The Barcelona-based company developed a gum base called “Forma-T” which (unlike other gum bases) produced a mass which flowed enough to be deposited. This was marketed under the name “Gum To Mould”. As Technical Assistance Manager of Cafosa at that time, I tested this in Carle & Montanari chocolate depositors (we produced gums with shapes of any praline in the market), in Aasted Mikrowerk “Frozen cone” technology (we produced center filled gum with much more liquid -over 50%!- than any other gum in the market) and in APV Baker candy depositors (producing candy with gum in the center). We did not check the Mogul lines at that time, which is something that Wacker is now doing. Later in the development, other companies joined the project, like Firmenich from the flavouring point of view, or Roquette for the sweeteners. This is an extract from Cafosa’s website in 2007:

 

Magic Chewing gum

Cooperating with Cafosa, the world’s leading gum base supplier, the French company Roquette has developed a new approach to applying sugar-free ingredients to current deposited technology.

The sugar-based Gum to Mould or deposited gum technology developed by the leading gum base supplier Cafosa offers chewing gum manufacturers the opportunity to develop new concepts in product shapes, colour combinations and centre-fillings. It also helps sweet producers to extend the boundaries of their existing product range to include chewing gum-type products.

Using Cafosa’s special gum, Roquette has been able to create a formula that takes advantage of the combination of two polyols, Maltisorb maltitol and Xylisorb xylitol. The formula has been successfully tested in chewing gum production at Baker Perkins, the depositing process specialist.

These results, which could not be achieved with conventional chewing gum processing, include chewing gum filled with a flavoured liquid centre; stripped chewing gums with different colours; chewing gum in a sugar-free, hard-boiled candy; coated chewing gum.

International Food Ingredients. Nº 1 2007 
I think that Cafosa eventually dropped this idea, but now Wacker is taking it with a new approach and with better results.
 

ONE GUM – France 24/05/2018

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:25 PM
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Last ISM Fair in Cologne I had the chance to meet the founders of the French company ONE GUM.  This company commercializes a tabletted (compressed) chewing gum containing Vitamins B3, B6, B12 and Caffeine (50mg per piece). The interesting feature of this product is that it is made of two layers: One of the layers contains the caffeine, which is separated from the other layer that contains the gum and the vitamins B. This allows a faster absortion of the caffeine because it is not trapped in the gum structure.

This is produced in Denmark using patented technology. Other functional gums in the market use the double-layer feature, which has advantages not only related to the release of the active ingredients, but also related to the manufacture of the product itself.

 

You can learn more about it at www.onegum.eu

 

FUNCTIONAL GUMS – Italy 23/05/2018

I have posted in the past about DRIVE GUM (www.drivegum.com). This gum contains caffein + guaraná.

Now the same company offers “NATUR GUM” , which instead of focusing on the energy, it goes in the direction of the natural ingredients. It claims to use 100% natural ingredients, which includes natural gum base from Central America, the flavours, the sweeteners (Xylitol and/or Stevia). Even the packaging!

There are 3 types of gum in the range, which include functional ingredients like vitamin D and fluoride, while the compnay is working on other SKU, like “Multivitamin”, “Hunger inhibitor” and “Hemp”.

Witht his additions to the previous Energy Gum, the portfolio covers a good variety of functional applications.

The owner of the company, Mr Nazareno Mario Ciccarello, has been clever enough to register the domain  www.functionalgums.com