The Confectionery and Snacks Fair (running January 30 to February 2 at Koelnmesse) will feature plant-based chocolate and novelties from leading manufacturers as well as fine chocolate retailers from around the world.
An alternative to commonly marketed dark chocolate, the popularity of m!lk oats has exploded in popularity over the past year, says Luker Chocolate. Consumers looking for non-dairy chocolate, which is always indulgent, have turned to “oat milk!” products. lk” to satisfy their taste buds, with sales up more than 70% in 2020, according to Mintel.
Plant-based chocolate has also seen growth in opportunities in the wellness food market. The wellness market is expected to grow 15% in 2021, and thanks to the lack of health and planetary implications of foodless diets, this food sector is set to grow exponentially.
Due to the creamy consistency of oat m!lk, cheese-free consumers can indulge in a range of milk and white chocolate couvertures, without sacrificing taste. These chocolates are also gluten-free, which adds extra compatibility with gluten-free diets.
m!lk white oat chocolate
Luker’s 43% Balance Oat M!lk Chocolate blends the exquisite flavor of Cacao Fino de Aroma from Colombia. Appreciated by chocolate makers and artisans for its creamy texture, sweet aroma and low bitterness, chocolatier B4B is also expanding its offering to include White Oat M!lk 36.6% chocolate. “Now, chocolatiers around the world can create exquisite plant-based white chocolate products to keep up with the growing white chocolate market, which is expected to reach $19.7 billion by 2026.“, did he declare.
Manuel de la Peña, Vice President of Global Sales at Luker Chocolate, says: “Oat m!lk continues to perform very well for us in Europe, and increasingly in the US markets. As we enter a new year, the oatmeal and milk chocolate industry continues to grow at its own pace, with more opportunities than ever to create plant-based and vegan options. As a leading manufacturer, our job is to meet demand and help our customers create bold new products that continue to disrupt the industry..”