Chewing Gum Consultant

Professional Chewing gum industry meeting point

MARS WRIGLEY in Kenya 28/05/2018

Filed under: Market & Fairs,Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 1:36 PM
Tags: , , ,

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

Advertisements
 

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
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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 

 

MD’E GUM – Italy 22/05/2018

The italian company SINTAL GROUP offers in their portoflio an interesting range of food supplements, but the ones of interest for us are the functional gums that come under the brand “MD’E GUM” (www.gumde.eu). Using the tabletting technology, which avoids the typical high temperatures of the traditional extrusion production method, they have a complete range of varieties, which includes:

  • Boost immuno gum: non viable lactic ferments + Echinacea angustifolia + Zn
  • ACE family gum: A, C, E
  • Chol control gum: Red Yest rice, betaine, B6, B12
  • New Folic gum: Folic acid
  • Anti Ageing gum: C, E, resveratrol, CoQ10
  • No stress gum: L-Tryptophan, Lemon balm, scullap herb
  • Diet Plan: Bitter orange, garcinia, gymnema, griphonia
  • Body Drain gum: Orthosiphon, green tea, pinneaple (bromelain)
  • Omega Gum: DHA, EPA
  • Energy Gum: Caffeine (200mg per serving, which consists of 4 pieces of gum

The chew of the product is good, avoiding the crumbliness of some tabletted gums that I have seen in the market. The information related to the products contains data related to the release of the active ingredients, which enhances the reliability and professionality of the product.

 

 

SUPHERB – Israel 21/05/2018

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 10:45 AM
Tags: , , , , , ,

Continuing with functional gums, some days ago I found this interesting example from Israel. The company (Supherb) has been manufacturing dietary supplements for over fiteen years, but recently decided to use chewing gum as a delivery system for such supplements. They launched the brand “Tab in Gum” (www.tabingum.com) for this purpose. One of the most interesting claims of this product is that it may contain up to 800mg of active ingredients, which is more than other functional chewing gums in the market. The company also claims that the active ingredient is released inside the mouth within 45 seconds. This gum does not use a tabletting technology (which seems to be the most common way to produce functional gums) and the product is coated.

The product is presented in different varieties:

 

  • MultiVitamin, for Kids: With Ca, C, B3, Zn, Fe, Mn, B1, B2, folic acid, biotin, Cr, B12, A, D3, E
  • Iron 30mg. For anaemia.
  • Ginger + B6. For sea sickness/nausea
  • Cranberries + Vit C. for urinary tract infection
  • Winter : With elderberry, astragalus, vit C, liquorice and Zn. For immune system enhancement

 

 

The Humble – Sweden 18/04/2018

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 10:00 AM
Tags: , ,

This is a new company in the field of chewing gum. They exhibited at last ISM for the first time.

Based in Sweden, they focus on oral care products (toothpaste and toothbrush are their stars) with a natural and evironmentally friendy approach. Their chewing gum completes this oral care range and it claims to be compeltely natural: Natural gum base, no sugar, etc. Even the packaging is eco-friendly. The gum comes in three different flavors: Mint, Lemon, Topical Fruits and Salty Liquorice (to honour their Scandinavian origin!).

More and more companies jump on this trend for natural products. Sometimes the legislation is not clear about what can be claimed or not (the words “eco”, “organic”, “natural”, “bio”, … have sometimes blurred borders and change depending on the legislation of each country) so I think it is a very tricky field, althougb for sure one that will take more and more share in the near future.

Check their web-site to learn more.