Confectionery is undergoing a “chocolate renaissance,” according to chocolatier Theobroma Chocolat. The company details an uptick in product launches containing nutritionally functional, indulgent ingredients, tailored to fit specific dietary needs, such as keto. In business expansion developments, it is set to build a factory in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Canada, which will allow it to triple its area and “colossally increase” trend-driven product development thanks to investments of nearly US$10 million.

“Today’s consumers are looking for responsibly sourced Fairtrade, gluten-free and GMO-free chocolate with clear labeling. Theobroma Chocolat’s investment involves the creation of new ideas,” Kathleen Marcotte, Marketing Director, tells FoodIngredientsFirst.

“It is the main reason why our team has invested time and creativity in this new process, leading what we call the chocolate renaissance. Some of our deliciously innovative products include smooth milk chocolate with quinoa and caramel flakes. Elsewhere, we have special edition keto-friendly chocolate too,” she adds.

Theobroma ChunkiEs are also coming soon. The primary ingredient of the healthy bite-size snacks is chocolate, with 10 g of protein, low calories and less than five ingredients per serving. They are also peanut-free. “Eating chocolate that’s good for you and the planet is no longer a trend; it’s the norm,” explains Marcotte.

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