Rooibos breaks into $103bn market
MASTER chocolatiers and candy-makers the world-over have been hard at work for months experimenting with new flavours and textures, trying to outdo one another in an effort to capture the lion’s share of the sales this Easter.
New flavours that are sure to excite chocoholics this season include florals, like lavender, healthy spices such as ginger, turmeric and chai. There is also a big move among chocolatiers to include superfoods, such as spirulina, goji berries, reishi mushrooms, and our humble Rooibos in this delicious treat.
Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council said it’s a real coup that the $103-billion chocolate industry has taken notice of Rooibos, which is a proudly South African product.
“As consumers’ taste profiles change and new consumers enter the confection market, new opportunities arise. Today, teens and young adults are using social media to interact with and document everyday life, providing opportunities for chocolate and sweet brands to incorporate multisensory confectionery options that use unexpected textures and flavours. The youth seek experiences over possessions and are always looking for new innovations from brands that they love,” said du Toit.
She added, “Equally, health-conscious consumers that are concerned about wellness (and their waistline) are looking for healthier chocolate options, and the chocolate industry has responded by turning to ‘functional foods’ such as Rooibos as a solution. Rooibos is rich in health-promoting antioxidants, which help to protect the body against cell damage caused by free radicals. Its naturally sweet taste also makes it an obvious choice for chocolatiers”.
Swiss master chocolatier, Daniel Waldis, founder and owner of SA’s popular chocolate franchise, Le Chocolatier, affirms the growing demand for healthier chocolate products and says he has been experimenting with Rooibos for some time. — IOL