AAK has developed AKOSPREAD™, a range of fats for chocolate and nut-based spread applications that guarantees excellent stability, spreadability, visual appeal, texture and flavor – right to the bottom of the jar.
When used in chocolate and nut spreads, AKOSPREAD™ delivers superior stability throughout the shelf life of the product – even in high nut content recipes, which are prone to oil separation.
A selection of AKOSPREAD™ solutions are available, tailored for different applications, as follows:
- Spreads with a high percentage of nuts
- Products sold in warmer climates, where stability is a greater issue
- Applications that are high in liquid oil
- Spreads made with blends of non-hydrogenated, non-trans, and low-saturated fats for clean label appeal
- Spreads based on shea oil for palm oil-free labels
The global chocolate and nut-based spreads market is projected to record a CAGR of 3.2% between 2018 and 2023, when it will be worth US$11 billion.1
This growth is being driven by consumers enjoying sweet spreads in new ways. For example, office workers and young people increasingly view a sweet spread on bread as a quick and healthy breakfast solution.2 Dipping biscuits or baked goods into spreads or eating spreads straight from the jar with a spoon, is also becoming more popular.3
Marco Oomen, AAK’s Global Business Director for Chocolate & Confectionery Fats, said: “The sweet spreads category is benefiting from growing awareness of the favorable health effects associated with consumption of nuts.4 In particular, spreads that are high in protein and unsaturated fats satisfy consumer perceptions of a healthier snack.”
He added: “AKOSPREAD™ will enable companies to overcome the formulation and manufacturing challenges associated with sweet spreads to deliver high-quality products that align with this market trend.”