Chewing Gum Consultant

Professional Chewing gum industry meeting point

ICGA 13/05/2013

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product,Production & Machinery,Research — Joan Mestres @ 3:57 PM
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Today just a quick post to give you the link to the International Chewing Gum Association (ICGA).

This association comprises the main chewing gum manufacturers worldwide and also some gum base suppliers. It was generated in 2005 by the merger of the European and the North American associations. The web site contains some information about chewing gum (History, Fun facts, FAQs,…) which may be of your interest.

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Second hand machinery 18/04/2013

Filed under: Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 12:35 PM
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Today i am not talking about a new product or ingredient.

Today I inform about a company in Spain that wants to stop its chewing gum production and has put its production line for sale.

This company is named DAMEL and located near Alicante, on the Mediterranean coast. I think it is a pity that this happens because they have a brand (“Cheiw”) which I associate with my childhood. Probably my first bubble gums were “Cheiw”. However it seems that nowadays they are focused on other type of confectionery (chewy candy, liquorice, hard candy, jellies,…) and good old “Cheiw” is not their target anymore. That’s why they offer a full cut & wrap production line (mixer, extruder, cooling tunnel, etc…) for sale.

In case you read this and are interested you can contact directly Mr Angel Cerdà at:   a.cerda@mercadalia.es

 

Printed gum. Mondelez Patent 15/04/2013

Mondelez has filed a patent related to a new system of printing gum. you see the link to the article in confectionerynews.com here and the link to the patent itself here

Printed gum has been around for decades. I remember “Fruit Stripes” by Wrigley…

fruit-stripe-gum

 

but the newest launch in this field has been “ID” from Mondelez, so this patent refers to this product. I presented this one on my post on 13th August 2012.

ID_Gum

 

There are also hollow balls in the market which are printed on the coated surface. Come to my mind the ones from Confiteca (Ecuador) named “agogo” and the one from Zed Gum (Ireland) which I discussed in my post about this company from last ISM.

 

Chewing gum consultant 08/01/2013

Happy New Year 2013!!!

As some people has been asking me recently about the type of consultancy that I offer, I’d like today to post about this issue.

 

By clicking on the “Who?” tab you can see a bit of my CV and there I explain about the services I provide, which are both in the technical and in the marketing fields, always involving chewing gum.

I’ve been doing international seminars for many years and I enjoy a lot the training aspect of my job. I took my first steps in the chewing gum world and learnt initially from Douglas Fritz. Doug is still a key reference in the chewing gum world and I want to express my appreciation and admiration from here. He also invited me to participate in his book “Formulation and Production of Chewing and Bubble Gum”, Kennedy’s Publications Ltd, London , UK.

I also participated a lot in the exciting area of New Product Development, working in many research centers and together with R&D Departments of important companies worldwide I participated in the creation of some of the chewing gums that are today in the market. I have experience both in formulation/ingredients  and also from the process/machinery point of view.

Finally, as I was for 8 years working in Sales, taking care of the commercial activity in 35 different countries around the world, I can look at the chewing gum world from the Marketing and Sales point of view. I like studying the trends of the market and keeping contact with all the players of the industry (ingredient suppliers, machinery suppliers, chewing gum manufacturers,…).

You can contact me in my e-mail: joanmestres@hotmail.com and I’ll be glad to answer your requests. Of course, if you want to send me information to be posted in this blog, I’d very much appreciate it as well!

I will be attending next ISM and ProSweets (Cologne, Germany 27th – 31th January) so I hope to see you there as well.

 

 

 

Next lectures 24/09/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product,Production & Machinery,Research — Joan Mestres @ 9:06 PM
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During next weeks I will be giving presentations about Chewing gum technology in two well-recognized organizations.

The first will be ZDS, in Solingen/Germany, on 29th October. They have a four-week long Sugar Confectionery Course dealing with all what is around technologies in this field (candy, jelly, marshmallow, coating, …) and I will be glad to discuss for eight hours with the participants about different aspects of chewing gum. Participants come from all around the world. You can find out more in http://www.zds-solingen.de

The second one will be in Leatherhead, United Kingdom, on 8th November. Here there is also a Sugar Confectionery Course and I will take care of the chewing gum presentation. The web is http://www.leatherheadfood.com

I have been lecturing in both places for more than 10 years and I must say that it is one of the most enjoyable moments of the year for me. I always find interesting to exchange ideas and experiences with other people

 

Chewing gum technology book 12/07/2012

For those of you that are interested on knowing more and more about technological aspects around chewing gum, I can reccommend the book “Formulation and Production of Chewing and Bubble Gum”, by Douglas Fritz. You can find it in different internet stores ( http://www.woodheadpublishing.com/en/book.aspx?bookID=1965  or http://www.amazon.com/Formulation-production-chewing-bubble-gum/dp/0955808529  and others). In this book you will find the top relevant issues that interest you.

 

Mixers for gum – Achema 29/06/2012

Filed under: Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 10:21 AM
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The other day i was mentioning that i was in Achema, in Frankfurt/Germany. I did not mention that there was another company related to the chewing gum industry that was exhibiting there: This is Battaggion, from Italy.They are specialists in mixers for different industries and, of course, some gum factories around the world use their double sigma mixers. http://www.battaggion.com