Sugar is increasingly overtaking fat and salt as a primary consumer concern when buying food. Sugar reduction is thus a growing trend. However, the wellness trend also emphasises naturality and clean label. Manufacturers can meet these consumer requirements by developing better-for-you products that are both functional and natural.
Avoiding sugar is a clear trend. Consumers are increasingly conscious of sugar level in products and sugar is the most common nutrition fact that people look at on packages when buying food.
Consumers want to avoid sugar but not with compromise in taste or other quality properties. Many consumers prefer products that have less sugar, but in natural way rather than with artificial sweeteners and new product launches with natural combined to sugar reduction are growing significantly. For example, snacks or bakery products are used in many occasions of the day and sugar level in them is relevant for the end consumer. With reduced sugar levels these products offer enjoyment and energy with better conscious and better-for-you choices for the whole family.
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Implementation of sugar taxes and the ongoing health and wellness trends have created a hot market for new and innovative products. Watch the latest insights on the use of milk-based protein in sugar reduction from the free webinar video.
Milk-based protein is a gut-friendly* option for reducing sugar in chocolate with no artificial sweeteners. In Valio’s study, the milk mineral and protein ratio proved critical in achieving the best possible consistency in ‘30% less sugar’ chocolate. Valio’s Senior Research Scientist Terhi Aaltonen (PhD) tells us more about these findings and how you can use them in your confectionery business.
*Contains calcium, which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes as a part of healthy diet
In these videos our experts share their market insights on reduced sugar solutions and most recent customer insights. Learn how manufacturers canmeet these consumer requirements by developing better-for-you products that are both functional and natural.
With Valio’s innovative ingredients, you can reduce sugar with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or colours. You get rich, creamy and nutritious milk chocolate, with no sacrifices in taste or texture. This is of great importance, as consumers are constantly looking for ways to reduce their sugar intake, also with indulgence products such as chocolate. In their search for healthier options, they are not willing to compromise on taste or texture. They also want their products to be clean label, meaning that artificial sweeteners are not a viable option for sugar reduction in chocolate.
Valio has unique expertise and a wide portfolio to help food manufacturers create new products and open new markets. Valio Eila® lactose free dairy ingredients enable the production of lactose free foods, ’less sugar’ products, and high-protein products, for instance. Choose from three different fat varieties; skimmed, semi-skimmed, and whole milk.
In 2020, Valio set science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and now, they have been accepted by the Science Based Targets initiative. Valio is committed to limit the environmental impact of its production chain to an increase of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement.