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NTP BIOTECH- Italy 11/02/2022

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 11:00 AM
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When we talk about functional gum, one of the companies that offers a wider range of products is NTP Biotech, based on Italy. I visited their stand and thank Mr Pietro Porrini for his time.

This company produces gum by compression/tabletting and the results are excellent. They are specialists on the addition of functional ingredients in the formulation and I was surprised by the number of functionalities that they cover. The reason for that, is that the company is part of the group Sintal dietetics, specialist in food supplements (not only in gum, for which they have the brand GUMD’E) but also in capsules, liquid drops and other presentations. I already mentioned them in a post back in 2018 that you can find here.

NTP Biotech is open to private label production.

I got samples of the following chewing gums:

  • Body Drain
  • Tonus Gum
  • Energy Gum
  • Diet Plan
  • No Acid Gum
  • No Stress

In this type of product, obtaining a proper taste is a difficult task, because of the unpleasant taste of some of the active ingredients (typical example is the Caffeine in energy gum). So when this is achieved, the task of the formulating team must be praised!

 

GoBeDo 08/02/2022

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 1:49 PM
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ISM is always a good source of information and novelties. This year the event has been smaller and less crowded than in the past, due to Covid19, but at least we were able to meet again in person after a long time and see that many companies are very active and that the chewing gum industry is evolving. I will post during next days about some concepts/products/news that I saw in Köln.

The first one is “GoBeDo” a chewing gum containing Chitosan and Zinc, claiming to boost immunity. It comes in a 9-piece blister with carton sleeve with peppermint flavour. For sure, during this pandemic consumers are more aware of certain healthy claims and are searching for products helping to enhance protection of the body and overall wellness. Immunity, of course is a big issue and this gum fits perfectly well into that request from the market.

Here you can find more: GoBeDo

 

Philip Morris acquires Fertin Pharma 02/07/2021

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 1:23 PM
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1st July 2021 brought important news to the chewing gum industry. The giant Philip Morris has acquired the Danish Fertin Pharma from EQT (which controlled 70% of the shares) and Bagen-Sorensen.

You can find information and details of the operation in many sources. I leave you here just a couple of links:

https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2021-07-01/philip-morris-international-announces-agreement-to-acquire-fertin-pharma

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/philip-morris-buy-nicotine-gum-maker-fertin-pharma-push-smoke-free-products-2021-07-01/

Fertin has always been a reference when it comes to functional and pharmaceutical chewing gums. One of their strong points are the nicotin-containing products. This type of gums, used for smoke-cessation, fit well into the Philip Morris strategy of creating a smoke-free environment. Let’s see what the future brings to us in the market!

 

Compressed Functional Gum 21/07/2020

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 4:03 PM
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I received a comment on this site mentioning the product “Neuro Gum”, so I went to the website www.getneuro.com  and I see a compressed gum named “Energy & Focus” which contains Caffeine, Theanine, B6 and B12. It claims it provides the right balance between “energy” and “calmness”.

I have not tried this product (I wonder about its taste, chewability, flavor lasting, …) but as it falls within the functional gum category, I am glad to mention it here in this website.

 

Caffeine Gum 26/02/2020

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 1:44 PM
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It’s been a while that I do not mention Caffeine gum because maybe it is not as trendy as it used to be a few years ago. However, I came across the caffeinated version of one of the top brand worldwide: Airwaves, by Mars/Wrigley. In particular, I have in front of me a pack of nice hexagonal shape (quite unusual!!) coated pieces of caffein gum. Wrigley uses not only the brand “Airwaves” but also the classic “Alert Gum” to market its gum with Caffein.

 

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Related to this subject I found two interesting websites that I’d like to share with you:

Guide to Caffeinated Gum

The ultimate Alert Gum Review

 

 

CBD Chewing gum 25/02/2020

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 1:14 PM
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Let me introduce to you another natural gum containing CBD. This comes from Lithuania and it is made by the company ENDOCA, which specializes in all types and formats for the CBD.

It comes with carton boxes with 10 individually wrapped gums inside. The pieces are not coated and have a brown color, distinctive of the natural gum base that they are made of.

Each gum contains 15mg of CBD.

The company emphasizes a lot the Natural claim in their marketing.

You can learn more in their website www.endoca.com

 

Cannabis Chewing Gum 19/02/2020

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:40 PM
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This year I visited ISM, as I do since 1997, and once again it has been a source of new discoveries. As a passionate person for functional gums I find in this great exhibition all what i need to satisfy this passion.

Here I want to show you one product that goes in the direction of the CBD trend. Euphoria is the Czech brand and they offer a very broad range of products (chocolate, candy, muffin, tea,…) containing Cannabis. In the case of chewing gum, it is predented in zip-bags containing 3 coated pieces of gum each. It is also presented in blisters with a cardboard sleeve. Each blister contains 12 pieces if coated gum and each piece contains 18mg of CBD (there is another version with 12mg per piece).

Nice product, indeed, that taps into this emerging category with somehow blurred lines in terms of legislation.

You can see it here.

 

 

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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 

 

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.