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WACKER – Germany 28/05/2018

The German company that in 2017 launched the concept of 3D printed gum (link to my post on this) is focusing now on another concept: Deposited Chewing gum. Their ingredient “Capiva C 03“, which is compatible with the standard candy process allows the mass to be deposited, for instance in Mogul lines. Then, depending on the shape of the mould, the piece of gum will be completely different and, in any case different than the 3 or 4 conventional formats that we all know.

This concept of “Deposited Gum” was also developed by Cafosa in the late 90s. The Barcelona-based company developed a gum base called “Forma-T” which (unlike other gum bases) produced a mass which flowed enough to be deposited. This was marketed under the name “Gum To Mould”. As Technical Assistance Manager of Cafosa at that time, I tested this in Carle & Montanari chocolate depositors (we produced gums with shapes of any praline in the market), in Aasted Mikrowerk “Frozen cone” technology (we produced center filled gum with much more liquid -over 50%!- than any other gum in the market) and in APV Baker candy depositors (producing candy with gum in the center). We did not check the Mogul lines at that time, which is something that Wacker is now doing. Later in the development, other companies joined the project, like Firmenich from the flavouring point of view, or Roquette for the sweeteners. This is an extract from Cafosa’s website in 2007:

 

Magic Chewing gum

Cooperating with Cafosa, the world’s leading gum base supplier, the French company Roquette has developed a new approach to applying sugar-free ingredients to current deposited technology.

The sugar-based Gum to Mould or deposited gum technology developed by the leading gum base supplier Cafosa offers chewing gum manufacturers the opportunity to develop new concepts in product shapes, colour combinations and centre-fillings. It also helps sweet producers to extend the boundaries of their existing product range to include chewing gum-type products.

Using Cafosa’s special gum, Roquette has been able to create a formula that takes advantage of the combination of two polyols, Maltisorb maltitol and Xylisorb xylitol. The formula has been successfully tested in chewing gum production at Baker Perkins, the depositing process specialist.

These results, which could not be achieved with conventional chewing gum processing, include chewing gum filled with a flavoured liquid centre; stripped chewing gums with different colours; chewing gum in a sugar-free, hard-boiled candy; coated chewing gum.

International Food Ingredients. Nº 1 2007 
I think that Cafosa eventually dropped this idea, but now Wacker is taking it with a new approach and with better results.
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3D gum printing – Wacker (and Katjes, and ZDS) in ISM’17 14/02/2017

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:18 PM
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As I mentioned before, the 3D chewing gum printing has been one of the most interesting presentations of last ISM. Please, check the different links that are included in this post, as they will take you to really exciting information!

The company who developed it, WACKER, had the printer in their stand and generated a great exposure in the media for this. We all could see how a gum was “printed” in front of us. Of course the concept is only a prototype now, with no industrial application. But for sure there will be more and more development on this field.

 

3d-gum-wacker

The company KATJES already showed a 3D printed candy last ISM (2016) and this year they had long queues of people waiting in front of their stand to have the pictures of their faces transferred by the software of the Magic Candy Factory to a 3D print of them. They are planning to install such type of 3D-candy printers in amusement parks and other events.

3d-katjes

 

Another proof that the 3D era is coming, is that the German confectionery school (ZDS) has introduced this year for the first time a specific seminar: “International ZDS Congress for Additive Manufacturing and 3D-Food Printing for the Confectionery and Snack Industry”. This will take place in their premises in Solingen on 19-20th September.

 

PRINTED GUM IN 3D 10/01/2017

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 5:33 PM
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The new 3D printers that have been developed during the recent years have shaken the whole industry in all fields, and they will influence the objects that we will see in the market in the next years. Then, why not chewing gum? How could it escape from this revolution? No way. Last month, Wacker, one of the leading suppliers of PVA to produce gum base, annouced that they have developed a process to produce 3D chewing gum using such printers. This will be presented during next ISM/ProSweets (Cologne, Germany 29th Jan – 1st Feb 2017), so I am eager to see it in action!

In the press release of the company (see link here) they mention a newly developed process under the name CANDY2GUM(R). This process involves cooking (as for standard candy production) and then their ingredient is added (Capiva(R) C03). This results on a product which behaves like a chewy candy at the initial chew and then becomes a gum. The idea is not new, I worked with this about 20 years ago, and before me many other people. The “Chewy Candy Gum” has been in the market in some contries and there are some patents (quite old as far as i know) about this. Cafosa marketed the idea under the brand “Velvet Gum” in the 90s. However, the product did not catch enough and the companies that started producing it did not keep it for a long time. Let’s hope that this new attempt, with this new ingredient, will be more successful.  If this is linked to the 3D printed chewing gum (when I read the press realease it is not clear to me if they are linked or they are talking about two different launchings), then the chances of survival are clearly much higher.

 

There are other linkes in internet showing 3D printed gum:

https://3dprint.com/videos/3d-printed-chewing-gum/

https://3dprint.com/44851/gumjet-3d-printer/

https://all3dp.com/3d-printed-chewing-gum/

so this will be an issue to follow very closely in the near future!

 

New gum base ingredient 16/11/2012

Filed under: Research — Joan Mestres @ 11:34 AM
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There are not many news about ingredients for gum base. Basically because, as you know, this field of research is quite restricted and companies keep their own developments for themselves. However, yesterday, confectionerynews.com informed about a new resin from Wacker (Germany) which claims to improve many properties of the gum base. The name of this ingredient is “Capiva” and according to the article it reduces the processing time, improves the flavour release, increases the shelf life, reduces the stickiness and increases the elasticity.

I am happy that some of the research on gum base production is openly communicated and published.  Usually, the general public can follow the developments on this field only by the patents that are being filed now and then, so this is like fresh air sneaking through. I hope it is not the last time and that the community can read more of these type of news.

Here is the link to the article:

http://www.confectionerynews.com/Formulation/Halve-processing-times-with-novel-gum-resin-says-Wacker/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2BDaily&c=0%2FaKxp4dYMXLpipVB5%2FCo7cy%2FDtUWCBL

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