Moulded into shape: a novel process for mouldable gum

The colours, raw materials and other ingredients in chewing gum are always changing — their shapes, on the other hand, have been limited to sticks, candy-coated pellets and gumballs

At ProSweets Cologne 2018, Wacker is introducing its new process for depositing sugar-free chewing gum, it can now simply be moulded into different shapes, similar to gummy bears (image credit: Wacker Chemie AG/Bosch Makat Candy).

CAPIVA C 03, a premix from Wacker, is coming to the rescue and will allow manufacturers to deposit chewing gum into a variety of different moulds.

Statistically speaking, 13.5 pieces of chewing gum a year go into the mouths of every human being on earth — a number derived by taking the volume of chewing gum sold in 2017 according to the Euromonitor market database (700,000 metric tons) and dividing that figure by the global population.

The phenomenon is not new: humans have been chewing rubbery substances for thousands of years.

Whereas northern Europeans chewed birch tar, the Romans preferred mastic, a resin obtained from the mastic tree.

The Maya and Aztecs, on the other hand, consumed chicle, the latex of the sapodilla or naseberry tree. Chewing gum has continued to develop over the centuries and now generally begins with a gum base that serves as a carrier for sugar, polyols or other sweeteners and flavourings.

New flavours have continued to pour in over the years and the purpose of chewing gum has changed as well. No longer consumed just for enjoyment, chewing gum is now used as an oral-care product and as a means of delivering medications.

To find out more information download the following PDF from Wacker.

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