There is growth potential for dark chocolate in the functional food sector, with the product carrying most of the heart health claims in the confectionery segment, says Leatherhead Food Research, as reported by www.confectionerynews.com.
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Editor’s Insight: This report claims that dark chocolate now accounts for 38 percent of the U.S. chocolate market. Even if this figure is overstated, refreshment service operators need to be aware there is a strong consumer demand for these products.
This report indicates that the health associated with dark chocolate is responsible for the rising demand.
Automatic Merchandiser Magazine published a feature article on health properties of chocolate, including a page highlighting various properties. To access the article, click here. 06-14-11 by Elliot Maras