The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, announced that the European Patent Office has awarded their patent EP 2 152 091 on reduced-fat chocolate. With this patent, the Barry Callebaut Group continues to broaden its innovation-based product offering of reformulated products. The company is now able to offer its customers an additional solution for products with a better energy balance and an improved composition—without compromising on taste.
Patent on reduced fat chocolate to broaden the Group's portfolio
The patented process makes it possible to manufacture milk chocolate with only 25 percent of fat by weight (a similar milk chocolate has 36 percent of fat). The process consists of a means to refine fatcoated particles before the traditional conching step. Barry Callebaut can apply this newly developed processing technique for products used in applications like enrobing (bars and biscuits) and moulding (tablets, pralines). The patent on reduced-fat chocolate is a new addition to the Barry Callebaut Group's portfolio of now more than 30 international filed patents.
Calorie management is high on consumer wish list
“Some consumers are looking for ways to reduce their calorie intake,” said Marijke De Brouwer, program manager of authenticity and permissibility at the Barry Callebaut Group. Finding their favorite indulgence with fewer calories is high on the wish list. Reducing the fat content has bigger impact on calories than reducing sugar. Calorie reduction is an even bigger challenge in chocolate as both fat and sugar reduction is needed. It is all about finding the right balance. Barry Callebaut has a long history in reformulation in a responsible way. With the new processing technique we continue to offer to our customers solutions that will help them to reformulate their products without compromising on taste.”