Unique, value-adding cacao offers mass consumer appeal, as a new 100% “free-from” superfood
Global Food Forums Report on food trends to watch in 2018 noted that nutrient dense, plant based protein indulgences were driving the ‘health treat’ trends with next-gen snacks now including wellbeing enhancing ingredients.
Recognised as universally appealing, one antioxidant-rich superfood has the attention of the food and beverage sector that realise the focus is on clean-labelled, health and wellbeing products yet without compromise of flavour.
One specialist able to surpass all product expectations and offer diverse appeal to New Zealand’s own burgeoning ‘value-adding’ food export sector (valued at $16 billion) is Solomons Gold with its own unique range of cacao and dark chocolate products.
As a ‘value-added’ ingredient for an existing, new or as a stand-alone white-label product, the inclusion of Solomons Gold premium quality, wholesale cacao nibs or dark chocolate kibble can maximise flavour and nutrient rich health and wellbeing value, to differentiate a product and justify a premium shelf price.
What sets it further apart is the fact it is the only cacao range on the market that is single-origin and free of all known food causing allergens. With no added preservatives, additives, emulsifiers or chemicals, the clean label ingredients enable it to provide mass consumer appeal.
In a society with increasing food intolerances and self-enforced, restrictive diets, all Solomons Gold products are 100% allergy-free with no added nuts, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin. They are also non-GMO, ideal for vegans and Kosher certified.
While research on cacao’s extensive list of vital health and wellbeing benefits sees it provide more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai berries, pomegranate and goji berries combined!
Commenting on cacao’s growing popularity and global recognition, General Manager of Solomons Gold New Zealand, Glenn Yeatman explained, “Our business and products are unique on many levels. As one of only a few vertically integrated chocolatier specialists in the world, we’re able to control every aspect of the bean-to-bar process”.
“Our cacao is organically grown in the pristine Solomons Islands with our established network of grower partnerships providing us the unique advantage of being able to select only the finest beans for use in our products”.
“Each year, over 15 tonnes of specially selected beans are exported from our own grading facility in Honiara to our dedicated bespoke facility in Mt Maunganui, Tauranga. Here the beans are meticulously, slow batch roasted using artisan techniques and only natural ingredients to preserve the cacao’s status as a world leading superfood while maintaining its smooth, rich flavour and aroma”.
“The inclusion of our premium quality nibs and dark chocolate kibble into a food or beverage offers many advantages such as a competitive marketing edge, improved taste, less ingredients (due to cacao quality) and entry into ALL ‘free-from’, vegan and kosher sectors”, added Glenn.
The popular gourmet flavour has the added bonus of including nutrients such as beta-carotene, amino acids (protein), omega3 EFA’s, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulphur, potassium and one of the best sources of stress relieving and muscle-relaxing, magnesium.
Glenn went onto explain, “It was the vision of our CEO, Clive Carroll back in 2006 to create a world leading cacao range that would not only delight chocolate aficionados and the health conscious worldwide, but provide long term benefits back to the Solomons Islands cocoa growing community”.
“Today, our first ‘free-from’ range launched just four years ago has so far won three international awards”. In 2018, Solomons Gold (added to its Silver won in 2017) by competing against a record-breaking 1,200 entries from 45 countries in London’s prestigious ‘Academy of Chocolate Awards’ to win two bronze awards.
Glenn enthused, “With our premium, Dark Velvet collection set to launch in coming months, we have our sights set firmly on ‘gold’ in 2019”.
Solomons Gold wholesale cacao nibs and dark chocolate kibble is ideal for manufacturers in not only confectionery but sectors such as health and sports nutrition, specialty baked goods, cereals, dairy, drinks, dessert and gourmet sauce manufacturers.
The premium quality, 100% allergy-free from range is offered in different percentages and in either plain dark or naturally flavoured (berry, orange, mint, caramel) in sizes ranging from 1-4mm.