AAK devises latest high stability fat range for chocolate spreads

Swedish ingredients manufacturer AAK has devised its latest range of Akospread fats for chocolate and nut-based spread applications focused on stability, visual appeal, texture and flavour.

A selection of solutions are available, with tailored products for different applications including spreads with a high percentage of nuts, high liquid oil items, ranges sold in warmer climates, where stability is a greater issue, as well as ranges based on shea oil for palm oil-free labels.

According to the company, the global chocolate and nut-based spreads market is projected to record a CAGR of 3.2% between 2018 and 2023, when it will be worth US$11 billion. This growth is being driven by consumers enjoying sweet spreads in new ways.

For example, office workers and young people increasingly view a sweet spread on bread as a quick and healthy breakfast solution. Dipping biscuits or baked goods into spreads or eating spreads straight from the jar with a spoon, is also becoming more popular.

Marco Oomen, AAK’s Global Business Director for Chocolate & Confectionery Fats, said: “The sweet spreads category is benefiting from growing awareness of the favorable health effects associated with consumption of nuts.4 In particular, spreads that are high in protein and unsaturated fats satisfy consumer perceptions of a healthier snack.”

He added: “Akospread will enable companies to overcome the formulation and manufacturing challenges associated with sweet spreads to deliver high-quality products that align with this market trend.”

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