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Drive Gum – Italy 12/02/2015

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:00 PM
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In ISM I met Mr Nazareno Mario Ciccarello, CEO and CoFounder of the company Functional Gum s.r.l. in Italy, which were presenting their “DRIVE GUM”.

I mentioned this product in a previous post, but now I can update the information. It is a chewing gum in form of coated dragees and presented in blister pack (with 10 pieces per pack). The gum contains caffeine and claims “Energy + concentration” due to the fact of combining the well-know effect of caffeine on the body and also the studies that show that the action of chewing also helps to improve alertness. It comes with mint flavour. Its retail price is from 1,99 to 2,50 Eur per pack. It is sugarer, gluten free and claims the reduced calorie intake compared energy drinks (which could have the same effect on alertness). The company also advertises the convenience of using chewing gum for this purpose and, I would add, in general as a vector to include a functional ingredient.

I leave you with one image of the product and the link to their web:

www.drivegum.com

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Caffeine gum 13/03/2013

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 5:45 PM
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As you know, I have a special interest on functional chewing gums. The industry is venturing more and more into this field (basically driven by juicy margins) and every time I get news about one of these products I like to share it with you.

Today I read in Confectionerynews.com an article informing that Wrigley is planning to launch a gum with caffeine. It will be branded “Alert energy” and follow the path of energy drinks and the like. The product will contain 40mg of caffeine per piece, which is about half of the content of a cup of coffee (I wonder what size of coffee cup is considered a standard “cup”, but that’s another issue…). However the article points out potential problems from having this product consumed by children or teenagers. The article also reviews a number of chewing gums that are currently present in the market which also contain caffeine. Really interesting! Please have a look to this link:

Caffeinated Gum by Wrigley – confectionerynews.comĀ