After analysing sales predictions and reviewing trends from previous summers, Bonds Confectionery has predicted that a mix of traditional, retro, old favourites and some crazy new innovations will make up the top ten sweet choices for summer 2014.
Family choice, Skittles, topped the list with Rowntree’s Fruit Pastels and Millions coming in second and third, proving that the old favourites are still the reigning top treat for the UK consumer.
The results also revealed the differing demands between children and adults when it comes to their sweets preferences, with the younger generation leaning towards the more fashionable and innovative lines, whilst the adults seek nostalgia and familiarity.
The top ten sweets for summer 2014 as revealed by Bonds Confectionery are:
2. Rowntree’s Fruit Pastels
4. Retro Mix Bag
5. Bonds Confectionery Fruit Jellies
6. Tung Toos
7. Toxic Waste
8. Brain Licker
9. Bonds Confectionery Lemon Sherbet
10. Bonds Confectionery Spray Candy
The old favourites still prove to be the most popular choice, with both Skittles and Fruit Pastels captialising on the sharing bag trend in recent years. However the tiny, chewy Millions sweet balls is the one consistent bestseller on a weekly basis for Bonds Confectionery, with Toxic Waste and Brain Licker the only other two lines which see similar sales peaks. Proving that the younger generation is fast becoming the key decision maker when it comes to a confectionery purchase.
Philip Courtenay-Luck, managing director of Bonds Confectionery explains: “What we often see throughout the year is that as the season changes our taste palate changes with it. So, the likes of a hard-boiled mint humbug or cough candy from our Traditional Sweet Shop range feel too heavy to enjoy on a hot day, yet a sour flavoured jellied sweet or citrus sherbet is the perfect treat for the summer months.
“It’s no surprise that the likes of Rowntree’s and Skittles are at the top, it’s often the case that as adults we all love the feeling of familiarity, even when it comes to a simple treat. Adults would rather enjoy a product they know and love rather than experiment with the latest crazy concept candy. This is something that children tend to favour and is becoming a huge trend across the confectionery industry.”
Bonds Confectionery understands that the children’s market is where the industry is looking for its most innovative products. To ensure that the company stays ahead of its competitors, Bonds has a team of experts that travel across the world in search of the latest, coolest sweet products to bring back to the UK market.
A trend that these experts are noticing year on year is the demand from children who want the more experimental sweet flavours and textures, with original flavours such as apple, blue raspberry and bubble gum as well as different textures always the most popular for the younger audience. The more fashionable ranges that feature chewy, oozy, gummy and spray candy textures are also big on the agenda for what children want to purchase in 2014.
Philip adds: “Our children’s section is very strong, which we are very proud of. We have more than 200 lines dedicated to just the younger audience. Plus, we have the UK’s biggest selling small bag range, our own brand 39p range, which is proving to be number one choice for that all important after school market. The range is also beneficial for parents as the amount of sweets their child is consuming is controlled thanks to the smaller sized bags.
“These crazy concepts and strange flavours are only set to become more demanded and regular on the UK confectionery market. What must be remembered is a children’s taste palate is something completely different to that of an adult. Not as focused on flavour, kids are always looking for the coolest, most shocking sweet to show off to their friends in the playground. Novelty is key to succeeding in this sector of confectionery. We often see the likes of our Tung Toos, Toxic Waste and Brain Licker as our bestsellers when the younger audience is making the purchase.”
Interestingly, Bonds Confectionery has seen a notable increase in the sales of products that are the more traditional sweet or a retro classic. Especially ones that invoke the idea of nostalgia in the adult consumer, which is why the launch of the Retro Classics bag in 2013 was Bonds Confectionery’s most popular to date.
Philip continues: “In the 80s and 90s these products were aimed towards the kids’ confectionery market, but as the consumers grew up the target audience for that specific product moved with it. Since launching our Retro Classic Range in 2013, we have sold more than one million bags. As can be seen from the outstanding figures, it was an immediate success, especially with the over 40s market as it evokes childhood memories, which in turn encouraged spend as the consumer wanted to taste their favorites sweets all over again”
The rest of 2014 is looking set to be a busy time for Bonds Confectionery, with four new lines currently in production looking set to hit the shelves in time for Autumn.
Philip concludes: “Confectionery, like everything else, is permanently evolving. We are constantly developing new products to keep up with the current trends. We are always looking for the most innovative, interesting, fun and delicious products for our consumers, as this is what today’s shopper demands. Not only that, as the children’s sector is moving so fast at present, we review our product lines every five weeks as a item can be in and out of fashion that quickly.”
Maverick Innovations, the pioneering creator of specialist natural flavours, ingredients and aromas, successfully introduced its range of Flavours with Provenance to the US market at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in New Orleans.
Steve Pearce, Owner and CEO of Maverick Innovations, says, “We launched Maverick Innovations, the sister company to Omega Ingredients, at IFT last year and it was fantastic to receive such a welcome back to the show from our existing partners as well as a lot of new interest and contacts. For just over a year we have been supplying a number of the major American manufacturers of household food and drinks products with our flavours.
Melanie Evans, Technical & Creative Director of Maverick Innovations, says, “Our Flavours with Provenance were extremely well received, particularly the fruit flavours. But it was our nut-free nut flavours which stole the show on the Maverick Innovations stand - these comprise Nut Free Peanut, Nut Free Hazelnut, Nut Free Pistachio, Nut Free Almond and Nut Free Pecan. The new innovative range of flavours with heating and cooling effects such as ‘Fire and Ice’ also proved very popular. These demonstrate an initial heat followed by a cooling back note to enhance the various flavours.”
Flavours with Provenance, nut-free nuts and the Fire and Ice flavours make up part of the ever-expanding Maverick Innovations portfolio which offers not just a range of quality natural flavours, but the best possible flavour and aroma characteristics of its type. The successful new Flavour with Provenance range includes an array of specific provenance flavours - Florida Orange, Scottish Raspberry, English Blackcurrant, Sicilian Lemon, Ecuadorian Passion Fruit, Tahitian Vanilla Extract, Brazilian Lime and American Niagara Grape.
Maverick Innovations also offers a collection of other specialist flavour ranges. Rose and Lavender, fresh from an English Country Garden; Mint Humbugs and Cola Bottles, throwbacks to days of old and part of the Bygone Confectionery range. Then there’s the Oriental Express, which includes Ginger and Szechuan Pepper and the Chocolate range, which has all of the most popular chocolate combinations. Meanwhile, the Great British Orchard conjures up the flavours of a British Autumn harvest, while The Christmas Collection is suitably festive. There is also a comprehensive “Free From” range, including various nut themed products.
‘Forage to Glass’ is a global initiative that will build awareness of the Caorunn Gin's unique crafting process and will highlight the importance of the local, foraged ingredients that make the gin so unique.
To launch the initiative in the UK, Caorunn Gin will host a series of interactive foraging events this summer, which has already kicked off in Manchester.
Guided by urban forager David Winnward, top Manchester mixologists were briefed on sustainable foraging and foraging laws, before harvesting a variety of herbs and botanicals including rowan berry and bog myrtle, all key to Caorunn Gin’s complex flavour. Mixologists were also given the chance to forage seasonal delicacies including barberry, mugwort and raspberry ensuring they have enough local edibles to prepare their gin-based cocktails.
The day concluded in Manchester, at 22RedBank, where David Barber, Caorunn Gin’s Brand Ambassador for the region, revealed the secrets to Caorunn Gin’s production. Crafted using natural resources from a boreal forest and distilled with traditional botanicals, alongside the wild foraged rowan berry, Coul Blush apple, dandelion, bog myrtle and heather in one of the world’s three Copper Berry Chambers. Bartenders were then be invited to experiment with the versatility of Caorunn Gin and create their own range of unique cocktails that reflect their newly foraged botanicals.
Caorunn Gin will be activating the ‘Forage to Glass’ initiative in key cities in the UK and US at major events, including Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and Bar Convent in Berlin. Consumers and trade members will be introduced to Caorunn Gin’s distinctive handcrafted process through a showcase of foraged cocktail recipes, created by leading mixologists across the UK and U.S.
For further details about the Manchester events, contact David Barber.
A new regulation has recently been implemented, laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the control of levels of dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs in certain foodstuffs.
This new regulation replaces the Commission Regulation (EU) No. 252/2012.
Analysis of PCBs and Dioxins in Food The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 252/20122 described in detail the methods for sampling and methods of analysis for the official control of dioxins, dioxin-like and non-dioxin-like PCB’s in certain foodstuffs.
It allowed screening methods of analysis with widely acceptable validation and high throughput to be used to identify samples with significant levels of PCDD/Fs and dioxin-like PCBs (preferably selecting samples exceeding action levels and ensuring the selection of samples exceeding maximum levels). The only limitation was that the levels of PCDD/Fs and dioxin-like PCBs in these samples needed to be determined by a confirmatory method of analysis such as High Resolution gas chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS).
This regulation has now been withdrawn and replaced by the Regulation (EU) No. 589/20141 whereby in addition to the gas chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS), due to technical progress and developments, also gas chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) can be used as a confirmatory method for checking compliance with the maximum level.
Regulation (EU) No 252/2012 has therefore been replaced by the new Regulation No. 589/2014 which allows for the use of GC-MS/MS as an appropriate confirmatory method for checking compliance with the maximum level.
The ML for certain contaminants in foodstuffs are set out in the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/20063 of 19 December 2006.