Global Obesity Trends
Food processors around the world use new products to target obesity, diabetes.
Obesity is far from only an American problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly doubled between 1980-2008, with more than 50% of both men and women in the WHO European Region qualifying as overweight, as approximately 23% of women and 20% of men were obese.
ACN has added a new category to its European product portfolio by introducing Benevita Wellness products, including three products that comprise the Benevita Weight Management System: a choc-olate-flavored drink called Shake-It!; Go! energy supplements; and Recover!, a supplement intended to calm the consumer. The company claims the products help shape natural, long-term eating habits and positive weight loss.
Koochikoo, a brand fairly well-known in the U.S., where it recently launched its sugar-free cookie sweetened with monk fruit extract, is setting its sights on foreign markets, including the Philippines, Korea, Australia, Taiwan, China and Japan.
Indeed, the category of sugar-free sweets has become quite a contested arena. In the UK, Hancocks has developed a range of sugar-free confections. Hancocks’ purchasing director, Jonathan Summerley, notes, “Certain shoppers, especially diabetics, will find these options particularly appealing. Enjoyed in moderation, sugar-free sweets are a suitable substitute for sugary sweets among diabetics.”
The company’s sugar-free products include Chocolate Eclairs, Assorted Toffees, Fruit Drops, Sherbet Lemons, Rhubarb and Custards, Cola Bottles and Pear Drops.