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Chewsy – Natural Gum 20/02/2020

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:53 PM
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Another of the big trends nowadays, not only when talking about chewing gum, but also in the food industry and even further, is the “natural” claim.

 

In ISM’20 I found CHEWSY (www.chewsygum.com). Thus gum in produced in China by a UK-based company. It claims that contains only xylitol as sweetener (no sugar, no aspartame) and that it is made using natural gum base (“plastic-free gum base” as they define it). I have some personal issues though, accepting the claim of “biodegradable”. The fact of being natural does not bring automatically the biodegradability. But it would be great if the product really degrades after some short period of time. Please allow me to be a bit skeptical on this matter because the products that have been launched in the market with this claim, have not really succeeded, for one reason or the other.

In any case, good proposal that deserves to be followed, which I will do with interest.

 

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 

 

CB12 – Meda 29/03/2017

The Swedish company MEDA (belonging to Mylan (USA) since mid 2016) has the nice “CB12 boost”. It is designed to fight the bad breath and for this prupose contains Zinc (in form af zinc acetate dihydrate) and sodium fluoride (NaF). The foremr is supposed to reduce the sulphur gases which cause the bad breath, the later is a well recongized agent in the oral care field which contributes to the maintenance of the tooth mineralization. It is also formulated with xylitol, which plays a role in this action.

This is another example of tabletted gum. It has two different layers (one white and the other blue), with the brand name “CB12” engraved in one of them. It some in two different flavors: Mint and Eucalyptus. website: CB12

The product is patented (Nr. 1 589 825) by GumLink, the danish company.

The CB12 range has also a mouthwash that has the same purpose, so both products complement each other.

 

 

 

XYLITOL IN CHEWING GUM 01/04/2015

Filed under: Research — Joan Mestres @ 11:32 AM
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I leave you here a link to the article published in confectionerynews.com where you can see the discussion about the validity of the claim about the value of xylitol as oral care agent.

The article does not deal only about chewing gum. It mentions other products with xylitol (lozenges, toothpaste, …). The conclusion is that the effect is not as proven and clear as other studies suggest. Well… it is always good a bit of discussion and debate…

 

Daeyoung Foods – Korea 02/03/2015

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 5:35 PM
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This korean company (www.deayoungfoods.co.kr) might not be one of the big players in the country (Like Lotte, Haiti, Orion,…) but their product is outstanding.

They had a booth in ISM and I had the pleasure to talk to Mr Rhee. They produce other products than gum, but …  their chewing gum portfolio is really interesting!

Most of the products are xylitol based, aligned with what the market demands in that part of the world. But the company gives them a very nice final touch which differentiates them from the competition. See this photo that I took from the “Rainbow gum”. Isn’t it an appealing way to present the dragees? When I see this, the rest of sugarfree gums risk to look too boring.

 

rainbow gum korea

 

 

The range of gums is completed with other “not-so-common” types of gum: Tube gum, gum in cubes (I talked about this type of presentation in my previous post) and also functional gum, with three different products:

“No sleep Gum” containing guaraná

Vitamin Gum, with vitamins A, B, C, D and E

Polyphenol gum, with antioxidant properties

and Aloe Gum which contains, of course, Aloe Vera.

Daeyoung Foods also exports to a number of countries and has been growing in the last years.

 

Sugarfree gum and Gingivitis 03/11/2014

Filed under: Research — Joan Mestres @ 12:01 PM
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I would like to sure with you today this article published by Confectionerynews.com about the effect of sugar free gum on gingivitis. In particular the study mentions xylitol and maltitol gums, not gums with other bulk sweeteners.

This is the link to the article:  Gingivitis and chewing gum

and this is the link to the clinical study itself: International Journal of Dental Hygiene 

One more study to add in the list of oral care benefits of the chewing gum.

 

Sweet Bites – USA 29/08/2014

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 7:40 PM
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Tasty chewing gum that prevents tooth decay for impoverished children around the world.

 

A good initiative with chewing gum!

5 students of the University of Pennsylvania founded Sweet Bites Gum some time ago. The company aims to support the dental health of children in areas where there is not the required infrastructure. They are focusing for the time being in India and launched the project in Bangalore (although planning to expand to other areas like the Phillippines as well). They are distributing xylitol gum (50.000 pieces so far!) among the children in these communities. The wrapper of the gum includes a text with a message reinforcing good habits related to oral care.

They are trying to scale up their activities by means of crowfunding. I invite you to check their website and learn more about this exceptional project, which is competing for the Hulk Price for Social entrepreneurship.

This is the web site;

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sweet-bites-cavity-fighting-xylitol-gum