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Natural Gum – Continued 10/02/2022

A clear trend in recent years has been the use of natural gum base, from sapodilla trees in Mexico. Different companies have launched chewing gums formulated using only natural ingredients. The gum base is one of them but also the flavours and sweeteners are natural. Some of them use the claim “plastic free”.

I have talked in this website about natural gums in the past (The Humble, Endoca, Two Wise Chimps, BenBits, Simply gum, Chewsy,…) , so this is not new to us. I just want to introduce here three companies that were exhibiting in ISM:

TRUE GUM www.truegum.com

FOREST GUM www.forestgum.de

TREE GUM www.treegum.ch

Only the first one has the website in English. “True gum” has been in the market for quite a few years now and can be found in many supermarkets around Europe. Recently, it became part of The Humble group, a Swedish company that specializes in Oral Care products (not only gum) and offers its own natural gum as well.

Recently, we see also the well-known brand STIMOROL, by the giant Mondelez, also offering a natural version. This is available only in Denmark and Switzerland and it comes with 2 different flavours (Spearmint&Eucalyptus and Lemon&Ginger). I find quite interesting that one of the big names in the chewing gum industry has decided to take this way as well. Let’s see how this works in the market and… let’s see if other big names (Mars/Wrigley, Perfetti Van Melle, Lotte,…) decide to follow in the near future.

As this is a clear growing market segment, I wonder if the supply of natural gum base from the trees will be enough to cover the demand!!

 

ABOAFSITE – Mexico 03/07/2018

I wanted to post about natural gum base since a long time.

This company, ABOAFSITE, produces and commercializes natural gum base, which is much in demand these days. You can check www.natural-chicle.net  .They claim all the healthy benefits of using a natural product. They can also produce the final chewing gum itself (private label). In fact some of the companies that I have mentioned in previous posts appear in their website: Humble and Co, Simply Gum, etc..).

The company supplies natural gum base in different formats (slab or powder) and versions (different molecular weight). The prices are also in the website.

There you can also find some interesting videos where you can see the real Sapotilla tree (where it all begun!!!) and some ideas and recipes to make different types of gum, always using their natural gum base. The natural claim is followed by a “non machinery” claim, which involves making the gum by hand. At the moment the market share of these chewing gum brands are tiny, but there are more and more players joining the wave and some of them a getting bigger. Then manual production will be a limitation and machinery needs to be considered if relevant amounts have to produced.

I hope you find this interesting, as this is one of the most powerful trends in the market today. Not only in the chewing gum industry, but in the whole food products: Everybody goes crazy for “Natural”, which is automatically associated with “Healthy” (something that I am not sure always works….).

 

 

Simply Gum (and Wrigley). 23/03/2017

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 3:58 PM
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Today I wanted to “replicate” an interview with the CEO of SIMPLY GUM, from the USA, which has been published by www.confectionerynews.com (see link to the article).

Mr Caron Proschan declares his intention to compete for shelf space with Wrigley. When it comes to the issue of shelf space, I cannot avoid to tell you how frustrating it is for us, people at the technical (R&D and production) side of the chain, to see that all our efforts in developing a great product, with right the flavor profile that we want, the packaging that appeals the most, the shape, size and appearance that has been stated in the definition of the product, do not lead to a successful sales record because of the wrong positioning at the sales point. This parameter is so important (and so difficult to obtain) that we might think that all the other are insignificant.

I leave you with the article by Douglas Yu, although I do not agree compeltely with all what is mentioned there… but that would be too long to discuss here…

 

Natural gum 28/04/2014

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 5:38 PM
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The other day I came across “Simply Gum”, and I thought it would be good to mention it here.

This product claims to be the only 100% natural gum in the USA. It contains: Natural chicle, organic dried cane juice, organic vegetable glycerin, organic sunflower lecithin, organic rice flour and natural flavor.

You can learn more in their web-site: www.simplygum.com

But they are also present in Facebook: www.facebook.com/SimplyGum

and in Twitter: www.twitter.com/SimplyGum

And here are a couple of links to other websites that mention the product: Kickstarter, Examiner,  Ecofriendlyusa.

It comes originally in cinnamon flavor but it seems that they are expanding the range to licorice and ginger.

We can find more and more of these products that claim organic/natural/bio/… which is a clear trend in our society. They still take a very tiny share of the market due to different reasons: Sometimes quality, sometimes limited marketing (and financial) power in front of the big guys, sometimes the consumer is not aware (or is not ready to pay more, or finds it difficult to find, …). It will be interesting to see the evolution of such brands in the near future.