Choices, challenges abound for sweeteners

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By Bernie Pacyniak, Candy Industry Magazine

(Within the adult gum and mint categories, the switchover from sugar to sweetener alternatives has been nearly seemless. This gradual yet almost totally pervasive transition goes back several decades.)

It hasn’t been that easy, however, within chocolate and other candy categories. Nonetheless, increased health concerns, coupled with a persistent sweet tooth amongst stressed out and harried consumers, have stimulated ongoing development by sweetener suppliers to find the right ingredient, the right formulation, the right application.

As Philippe Levresse, head of Roquette’s Confectionery Technical Services notes, “The popularity of sugar-free confections is strong, especially in the...

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