Henley Bridge adds Belcolade M.Plant chocolate to its portfolio ahead of Veganuary

UK Independent chocolate supplier Henley Bridge has added Puratos flagship brand Belcolade’s new vegan milk chocolate to its range in support of the key ‘Veganuary’ period next month, reports Neill Barston.

As the company noted, the Selection M. Plant-based series is a creamy ‘milk-alike’ offering, which is suitable for use in a wide variety of applications, featuring Belgian chocolate, and is said to have fine cocoa and nutty notes.

Confectionery Production recently covered the launch of the range, which has been developed in response to considerable growth for the vegan category. It is 100% dairy and nut-free, and also gluten-free as are all chocolates produced in the Belcolade factory.

Tracey Hughes, Managing Director of Henley Bridge, comments: “The new Belcolade plant-based, milk-alike chocolate fills a gap in the market for professional bakers, chefs and chocolatiers looking for a versatile, quality product which allows them to cater for their vegan customers.

“We’re seeing growing demand for plant-based ingredients which can be used to create indulgent desserts and treats, and we’re expecting this Veganuary to be the biggest yet – which makes the launch of this new Belcolade product absolutely perfect.”

The new milk-alike chocolate is the latest addition to Belcolade’s Cacao-Trace selection. Belcolade launched the Cacao-Trace program in 2013 because the company wanted to develop its own approach for better control of the cocoa chain.

The sustainable cocoa sourcing program – which is validated by independent, third-party certification – is redefining the standard for chocolate, focusing on taste improvement rather than productivity.

“It’s a really pioneering approach,” says Tracey Hughes. “Proper fermentation is the key to great tasting chocolate, so Belcolade’s fermentation experts work closely with local farmers to help them to produce cocoa beans of superior quality. This, in turn, creates more income for the farmers and provides a better standard of living.

“Chocolatiers benefit by having access to chocolate of the highest quality, so it’s a win-win for everyone.”

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