The convenience store retail market in China is forecast to increase nine percent from 2016 to 2021, according to market intelligence agency Mintel.

Consumers globally are increasingly health conscious—they want healthier ingredients in food and drinks, with lesser sugar content. Transparency in where ingredients are sourced is also key in gaining consumer trust and loyalty, as sustainability in the products they purchase are important to them. Tom Vierhile, director of innovation insights at GlobalData, shares his views on how the health & wellness trend and changing consumer tastes are driving the confectionery and snacks market.

The market growth of cakes and pastries has grown 18 percent between 2012 and 2016.

Takasago, a Japanese flavour and fragrance company, opened its research and development as well as manufacturing plant at One Hub in Chennai with an investment of US$10 million.

The acquisition provides Australian equipment supplier tna with access to NID’s starch moulding technology and expands their services and products to more industry segments like confectionery.

Water is one of the most important components in confectionery. Though sugar is the signature ingredient of candy and confectionery, water runs a close second, and water will have a big impact on the taste, texture, and shelf stability of a confectionery product. By Julia Mumford, technical writer and Dr Brady Carter, senior research scientist, Decagon Devices

Emulsifiers and stabilisers are commonly used food additives for their functional properties. What roles do they play in food applications? By DPO International

Rebranded as Food Japan this year, the exhibition for Japanese F&B related products and services concluded for its fifth successful showcase with a turnout of over 11,500 trade and public visitors turned up over the three days.

Consumers are looking for unique tastes, such as sourness, throughout the food and beverage market, including confectionery. How can manufacturers incorporate this into their products but maintain product appeal? By Edwin Bontenbal, director Business Development, Food Corbion Purac Asia Pacific

There is nothing more disappointing than expecting a creamy chocolate centre in a bakery product, but getting instead a hard piece of chocolate or liquid, oily filling. How can manufacturers ensure chocolate fillings stay stable throughout baking? By Wong Li Na, marketing manager, AAK Malaysia

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