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ABOAFSITE – Mexico 03/07/2018

I wanted to post about natural gum base since a long time.

This company, ABOAFSITE, produces and commercializes natural gum base, which is much in demand these days. You can check www.natural-chicle.net  .They claim all the healthy benefits of using a natural product. They can also produce the final chewing gum itself (private label). In fact some of the companies that I have mentioned in previous posts appear in their website: Humble and Co, Simply Gum, etc..).

The company supplies natural gum base in different formats (slab or powder) and versions (different molecular weight). The prices are also in the website.

There you can also find some interesting videos where you can see the real Sapotilla tree (where it all begun!!!) and some ideas and recipes to make different types of gum, always using their natural gum base. The natural claim is followed by a “non machinery” claim, which involves making the gum by hand. At the moment the market share of these chewing gum brands are tiny, but there are more and more players joining the wave and some of them a getting bigger. Then manual production will be a limitation and machinery needs to be considered if relevant amounts have to produced.

I hope you find this interesting, as this is one of the most powerful trends in the market today. Not only in the chewing gum industry, but in the whole food products: Everybody goes crazy for “Natural”, which is automatically associated with “Healthy” (something that I am not sure always works….).

 

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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

 

3D food 15/02/2017

Filed under: Production & Machinery,Research — Joan Mestres @ 10:06 AM
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In this post I will allow myself to move outside the world of chewing gum and jump into the larger “food industry” field.

After the eye-opening experience I had during last ISM, and that I discussed in previous posts, about the production of 3D chewing gum, I’ve done a bit of research on internet on the 3D Food printing matter. I have found a few interesting things that I’d like to share with you.

For sure this field (making food with a 3D printer) is complete novelty in all aspects. However there are restaurants that are already using this technology. I found one not far from home:

MIRAMAR in the Costa Brava, about 100km north of Barcelona (and not far from where the world-famous Ferran Adria’s “El Bulli” was located) is one of them. Miramar’s Chef Paco Pérez, with 2 Michelin stars experiements and develops 3D dishes.

This is a link to an interesting article in the New York Times that discusses some of the issues and controversies which curound this fascinating new paradigma. Will this machines become part of a common kitchen? What new possibilites do they offer in terms of tastes, textures, ingredients and composition of the food…?

Finally, a link to the website of Foodini the printer used by Paco Pérez, where you can side excellent pictures of 3D food and discover more about the machine. I reccommend the FAQs section!

 

Report ISM 2017 13/02/2017

Once back from Cologne, I intend to develop during the next posts the highlights of what I saw there, always from the point of view of the chewing gum industry.

There are a few interesting news, but I would summarize then in 3 main lines:

  • 3D printing
  • Clean label and movement towards “natural”, “organic”, “healthy” claims
  • 2 new players with high quality products

On the other hand, ProSweets exhibition, which runs parallel to the ISM and where we can find the suppliers to the industry (machinery, ingredients, packaging, …), has been significantly smaller this year. The reason is that most of the machinery suppliers where not there exhibiting because this year in May there will be the 2017 Edition of INTERPACK, in Düsseldorf. This has been the traditional big show for the machinery suppliers, so it seems that keeping both (ProSweets and Interpack) in the same year was not convenient for them.

 

MONDELEZ and GABLER 14/01/2016

Filed under: Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 5:34 PM
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The press (www.confectionerynews.com) has released news about the new technology that Mondelez is using for the production of their top brands (Trident, Dentyne, Clorets, etc…). The new cooling system has been supplied by the German company GABLER and it offers huge processing advantages.

 

You can read the article following this link:

 

http://www.confectionerynews.com/Processing-Packaging/Mondelez-installs-high-speed-chewing-gum-cooling-tech/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14-Jan-2016&c=0%2FaKxp4dYMV2Z34IKVPbf%2BaX8PaxPUZS&p2=

 

 

ISM 2015 27/01/2015

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product,Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 3:07 PM
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Getting ready one more year to go to Cologne and visit ISM and Prosweets. i will inform you, as usual, about the novelties I find there. I invite you to visit older posts in this blog to find the different reports about different brands and products that I found in 2013 and 12014.

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Interpack 2014 29/04/2014

Filed under: Market & Fairs,Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 5:41 PM
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This is Interpack year!

I will be attending this great Fair in Düsseldorf / Germany next week , from 8th til 14th May. See you there!

You should not miss it if you are interested in machinery for processing chewing gum.

www.interpack.com