Wacker unveils new chewing gum shapes at ProSweets
Wacker, a supplier of food-grade polyvinyl acetate solid resins, presented a rather novel process for depositing sugar-free chewing gum at ProSweets.
The trick, Wacker revealed, involves producing chewing gum based on the premix CAPIVA C in a cooking process, thereby enabling the use of standard sugar confectionery equipment. This makes possible the production of entirely new shapes of gum.
Wacker also introduced its new process for depositing, sugar-free chewing gum to a wider specialist audience for the first time. Normally, gum is mainly formed in shapes such as sticks, balls and pillows. But thanks to this new process, gum can now simply be moulded into different shapes, similar to gummy bears.
This is made possible via a brand new formulation. Whereas conventional chewing gum is produced in a dry mixing process, chewing gum based on the premix CAPIVA C can be cooked. This way, products can be processed using standard sugar confectionery cookers and subsequently moulded into a wide variety of shapes.
Another advantage is that the cooking process allows the use of numerous ingredients such as fruit juice, coffee, dairy products, chocolate, coconut and plant extracts, which a traditional mixing process could not handle.
Wacker experts have also developed what they believe is the world’s first 3D printing process for chewing gum, and at ProSweets, the company demonstrated how to custom-produce gum in different colours, shapes and flavours.
Other innovations showcased at the show included a new CAPIVA C 03 premix, which offers a new mouthfeel by making it possible to produce confectionery that begins like a piece of chewy candy before turning into gum while it is being chewed; and CAPIVA S, a solid resin specifically developed to simplify gum-base manufacturing and make it more efficient.