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CHEW POD – USA/Canada 24/03/2017

I have in my hands some samples of “Chew Pod”, in the two verison that exist: “Energy on demand” and “Sleep on demand”.

Both are a very good example of tabletted gum (made from gum in pwoder by means of a tabletting machine). The gum pieces have 3 horizontal layers, I assume that they serve technological purposes (like minimizing the stickiness to the tabletting machine) rather than aesthetical ones. The crumbliness (quite common in these type of products) is minimized, or i would say, even non-existing. The flavor has a very good lasting. They come in blisterpacks wth 8 pieces each.

The one that claims “Energy” contains Caffeine, Taurine and Guaraná seed extract (50mg, 50mg and 40mg respectively). The ones that claims “Sleep” contains Griffonia simplicifolia seed (5-HTP: 5-hydroxytryptophan) at 50mg per piece and 1,5 mg of Melatonin. Both versions contain vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCl) and are sweetened with Sucralose.

The company that produces them is headquartered in California, USA and the product is manufactured in Canada.

You can learn more in a very attractive website: www.chewpod.com and also in www.khloros.ca (where I can see a thrid version of the product, named “Focus” but this does not seem to be in the market yet). You can also check the facebook page  @chewpod and the instagram with the same label @chewpod , where this “Focus” version also appears.

The company seems also open to produce for private label.

 

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Project 7 02/11/2016

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:49 PM
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According to Confectionerynews.com, the company  “Project 7” has announced the launching of a new functional gum. This one contains vitamins B6, B12 and guaraná and goes under the brand “Midnight”. The article also discusses about other functional gums and some data from the US chewing gum market. : link here

In the website of the company (www.project7.com) you can see the different flavors, which are very interesting. although I mentioned this company before, I think it is worth to refresh it because of the special focus they give to the business (related to some NGOs) and the special designs of the packages and flavors they use (e.g. birthday cake gum, kettel pop gum, peppermint vanilla gum , etc..)

 

Functional Gum 07/07/2016

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 10:11 AM
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I have been silent for a while, but now I am happy to come back with one of my favorite subjects: Functional Gum.

See what I found in a pharmacy next to my home:

 

Chicle saciante WUG chicle relajante WUG chicle vital WUG

 

3 interesting functional gums:

 

“Satiant gum”: Appetite suppresant gum or also labelled as “Diet gum” containing FOS (Fructooligosacharides) and CGMP (CaseinGlucoMacroPeptide). It is tabletted gum (not so many in the market!)

“Relaxing gum”: It claims that it helps sleep, promotes resting and treats occasional insomnia. Formulated with valerian, tryptophan, lemon balm and melatonin. This is also tabletted. It has the characteristic texture of this type of gum.

“Vital gum”: Also labelled as “After party”. It says to promote alertness and reduce mental tiredness. It contains Pineapple extract, Vitamin C, B6 and B12, guarana extract and lycopene. This one is coated which makes it a bit different from the others.

The company which markets the gum is WUGum. The website is www.wugum.com

According to the web, there is also a gum that helps you getting tanned, but I did not find this one in the pharmacy.It is formulated with Betacaronte, lycopene and vitamins C, D3 and E. “Bronze gum”.

 

 

Drive Gum (II) 19/02/2016

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:26 PM
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It is the second time that I write about this company. It was one year ago that I discovered them in ISM and introduced them to you. Now, again in ISM, they launch a new version of their Energy gum. They have added Guarana in the formulation, so the coated gums contain now caffeine + guarana.

You can learn more in their website: www.drivegum.com

drive gum guarana

 

Chewing gum (non producers) 12/04/2013

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 11:23 AM
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In ISM I met not only many companies producing and selling their chewing gums, but also some others that are only taking care of the commercial part, and leaving the production to others.

Of course the number of the producers in the fair are much higher than the number of these commercializing companies, but I’d like to mention at least three here:

– BLINK.

This Danish company combines confectionery with fashion. They are experts in mints but they also have now a Gum version. Their packaging is really outstanding: Tin boxes with incredible designs which give a premium look to the product. Their BlinkGum comes in three different flavors and the gum itself is a two-layer compressed piece. So, in this case, not only the packaging is unique, but the product inside is exceptional. This is the link to their web: blink

– KERRY GUM

German company selling gum (coated dragees filled with liquid) in many different interesting packagings. Design is also in their focus. The plastic bottles are their strong point and they are modifying them to adapt to different circumstances. Like the football, basketball or tennis versions, or the one with a lanyard.:

GumBox_KerryGum_Fussball_mGumBox_KerryGum_-Basketball_m GumBox_KerryGum_Tennis_mGumPocket_KerryGum_Lanyard_m

They also have blister presentations. One of the versions (which I did not find in their website but was presented in ISM) was Keery Gum Energy, which claims to contain Caffeine, Guarana and Taurin. This the link to their website (only in German): Kerry gum

-MAXX SWEETS

German company commercializing chewing gum dragees in different presentations. I am sorry, I could not find their web site.

 

LOTTE – Korea / Japan 05/04/2013

Today’s turn for one of the big names in the chewing gum industry: LOTTE

This huge group has even an entry in Wikipedia! They have many branches in different industries (electronics, tourism, publishing, building, finance, retail, …) but chewing gum was in the origin of the company back in 1948. Other food products in their range are: Drinks, Fast Food and Ice creams.

Lotte is producing chewing gum in many different factories, most of them in Asia, but I’d like to focus here on the new products presented last ISM by their headquarters:

Lotte Korea presented “Tri VIEW”. This is a tab (or ministick) with three different layers (this format is very trendy now in the market). The top and bottom layers are chewing gum whilst the middle layer is chewy candy. This allows for great flavour combinations, not only in terms of taste but also in terms of impact and lasting. I attach a photo taken with my iPhone (so I apologize for the “sub-optimal” quality!)

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Lotte Japan introduced two products. I discussed on a previous post about “ZEUS” (28th Aug 2012). This is also a three layer tab (or ministick) with the same concept as Tri VIEW and some others (discussed in the post I mentioned). ZEUS GUM comes in different flavors with “sexy” names: Aurora curtain, Snow storm, Thunder spark, Rain shower,…

Another product is “ENGINE”, which comes in cubic format with a slight coating and presented in a flip top box. There are different versions of the product, such as X-TRA SPEED, X-TRA WILD and X-TRA BURST and the product contains caffeine and guarana, so fall perfectly into the category of functional gum. The cubic presentation is also interesting because it is not very common in the market.

 

lotte xtra speedlotte engine open

 

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