Chewing Gum Consultant

Professional Chewing gum industry meeting point

AFPI – Australia 28/02/2022

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 10:55 AM
Tags: , , , , ,

It is not usual to find chewing gums coming from Australia, but this one is even more unusual: Gum using mastic as gum base. This would go together with the current trend for natural gum bases (several posts earlier in this website) but unlike the natural gum base from chicle /sapodilla tree from Mexico, this product uses the resin from “Pistacia Genus”, a type of mastic gum.

Mastic gum is common in the Middle East, with examples in Turkey and Lebanon but this product made in Australia by Australian Food and Pharmaceutical Industries (AFPI) is different. It comes in flip top boxes and a range of flavours (original mastic, mint, cinnamon) and also a “Zero” version formulated only with mastic gum + beeswax and mint oil. Note that no sweetener is used. This gives a very special taste and texture to the product. There is even a version with probiotics (Organic Kombucha culture)!

All of them are labelled as “organic”.

Thank you to Dr Sharifi for his explanations and time during Gulfood/Dubai.

I invite you to visit their website at www.foodpharmaindu.com

 

HELIKON – Turkey 15/02/2022

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

This last ISM I discovered a company that is producing chewing gum in Turkey named Helikon Gida, however they advertise and appear under their brand name “NUNU”. The company is expert in tableting technology and the main products are compressed candies (see their website https://www.helikon.com.tr/). Surprisingly , the compressed chewing gum does not appear in the website, although I have samples of “Nunu Ciklet”, which claims to be Aspartame Free and sweetened with Stevia. It comes in zip pack pouches with 15 pieces inside and different flavours. The ones I have are with Mastic (very popular in Turkey) and another with Tutti Frutti. Thanks to Mr Yasar Acar for his time and explanations.

 

MASTER CHEWING GUM – Lebanon 07/06/2018

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 1:48 PM
Tags: , , , ,

Do you know what mastic is? If you are from the Middle East, I am sure you know. Outside this region, this traditional resin (from the Pristacia Lentiscus) is not so well-known. This chewable resin with a slight bitter intial taste has been used for ages. In fact the word “mastication” comes from this name.

I wanted to talk today about the lebanese company “Master Chewing Gum”, founded back in the 60s.

They have developed a lot during these years, of course, and are now well-established as one of the leaders in their region.

Among their range of products (and also offer for Private label production), I wanted to mention this one which relates to Mastic:

 

“Created in 2015 as part of the Strategic Business Unit of MCGC, MASTIKA is the first uncoated, sugar free and aspartame free mastic flavored chewing gum in the MENA region and thus in the world.
It is presented in a sophisticated, oriental pop packaging that reflects the high quality of the product while giving it a nostalgic nod. “

 

 

The company has also more “common” chewing gums… or wait! maybe not so common, because their brand “Cheque Gourmet Gum” offers a range of sophisticated flavours such: “Birthday cake”, “Mojito”, “Liquorice” and “Frozen Lemonade”. They are sugarfree and aspartame free. You can learn more using the link to the website above.