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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.

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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.

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Practical Course on Chewing Gum Technology 21/09/2016

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 12:20 PM
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Next week I will be lecturing in this interesting seminar organized by the German school ZDS, in Solingen. I am honoured to take part once again in this type of training, which I enjoy a lot. I hope I will be able to share the know how i have about chewing gum and also learn from the other elcturers and participants.

The Course will cover many different aspects of the production, looking at ingredients, machinery, processes, etc. and includes a hands-on experience which participants in previous editions rated as extremely useful.

If you are interested, you can read more on this link:

ZDS Chewing Gum Seminar

Inscription still open, so if you hurry, we can still meet there next Tuesday!!

 

Stevia, Stevioside, Rebaudioside… and Chocotec 07/12/2012

Almost everything, but not all is chewing gum in this world… there is also chocolate! So this week I attended Chocotec, a symposium organized by ZDS in Cologne.

Of course both worlds have some common features and I’d like to mention now about the new trend: Stevia, or better I should say “Streviol Glycosides”. This family of intense sweeteners includes Rebaudioside A, B, C, D, E and F, and also Stevioside, Steviolbioside, Rubusoside and Dulcoside A. This group of molecules have been approved by EU with the number E960 as long as they contain at least 95% of Steviol glycosides and a minimum of 75% of Stevioside and/or Rebaudioside A.

The origin of all those ingredients is the plant “Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni” which was first cultivated in Paraguay. Nowadays the main source of this plant is China.

Important, the maximum level allowed in chewing gum is 3300 mg/kg of Steviolequivalents or 5500 mg/kg as Stevioglycosides. And it cannot be combined with sugar! EU Commission Directive 1131/2011

Also important that it cannot be labelled with sentences as “Natural Sweeetener Stevia” or “Stevia-extract”.

I heard rumours that most probably we will see chewing gums with this sweetener being launched in the market by next year 2013…

 

Sugar Confectionery course in ZDS 31/10/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 10:48 AM
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I gave a presentation on Chewing Gum Technology a couple of days ago in the German Confetionery School, ZDS, in Solingen. This lecture on chewing gum is part of the Sugar confectionery course that takes 4 weeks. I really enjoy these moments, as I can share what I know with others and most of the times I also learn news things from the comments and questions from the audience. This time, there were participants from very diverse origins, like Brazil, China, New Zealand, Austria, Argentina, Lebanon,… and they were very active and had very sharp questions. Thank you all!

 

Next lectures 24/09/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product,Production & Machinery,Research — Joan Mestres @ 9:06 PM
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During next weeks I will be giving presentations about Chewing gum technology in two well-recognized organizations.

The first will be ZDS, in Solingen/Germany, on 29th October. They have a four-week long Sugar Confectionery Course dealing with all what is around technologies in this field (candy, jelly, marshmallow, coating, …) and I will be glad to discuss for eight hours with the participants about different aspects of chewing gum. Participants come from all around the world. You can find out more in http://www.zds-solingen.de

The second one will be in Leatherhead, United Kingdom, on 8th November. Here there is also a Sugar Confectionery Course and I will take care of the chewing gum presentation. The web is http://www.leatherheadfood.com

I have been lecturing in both places for more than 10 years and I must say that it is one of the most enjoyable moments of the year for me. I always find interesting to exchange ideas and experiences with other people

 

Sweet Tec – ZDS 22/09/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 12:08 PM
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Just back from Lindau – Germany, where I attended this year’s edition of Sweet Tec, organized by ZDS. Interesting presentations about coating and all what is around it (ingredients, technology, …) Not necessarily about chewing gum, but also. For me it was special because, after many years (since 1998 if i remember well) giving lectures in ZDS, this is the fist time that I talk about something which is not chewing gum. This time was about chewy candy technology, which of course has some points in common with chewing gum but it has also its specificities.
Besides the usual companies attending these seminars (Capol, Danisco -now DuPont-, Chocotech, Beneo-Palatinit, Roquette, AZO, Munters…) I found specially important to note the presence (with booth) of two companies offering Stevia. One of them is Cargill, the other is NP Sweet A/S. While the first is well-known, I was not aware of the second, which is a joint-venture between Nordzucker and PureCircle. This follows, and reinforces the trend of this new ingredient, at least in Europe (I posted something about it already in this blog). However, no chewing gum has been launched in the market yet. I could chew samples (lab scale) and they were very nice, so I’m sure we will see some chewing gum with Stevia in the near future.