Clean label cocoa powder launch
As the consumer driven trend for clean label continues to gain momentum, Barry Callebaut launches a cocoa power using chicory root fiber instead of sugars.
Chicory is a plant grown throughout Europe. Its roots are used to make a caffeine-free coffee substitute, while its leaves are often used in salads.
While this fiber is technically a type of sugar and therefore has a sweet taste, it behaves differently. This is because it has little to no impact on blood sugar levels. Instead, it acts as a prebiotic fiber that feeds your gut bacteria, which improves digestion.
Consumers are becoming more aware about their sugar intake and trends indicate that they look for familiar and smaller lists of ingredients – the so-called ‘clean label’ trend.
Nutritionists and public health advocates have now publicly called to increase individual daily fiber intake from 25g to 30g, encouraging consumers to eat more fiber-rich foods. As a result, manufacturers have responded with the release of more high in fiber products. Since 2014, there has been an increase of 60 percent of such produce.