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Probiotic chocolate anyone? Cleveland-based Ganeden Biotech and Agostoni Chocolate have come out with a functional snack that combines probiotics with artisan chocolate for consumers.
The product – Chocolate Plus Private Label — is the first store brand functional snack program to bring together GanedenBC30 probiotic with premium Italian dark chocolate, according to a report by AsiaFoodJournal.com.

Designed to fit into retailer’s confectionary and wellness supplement categories, the Chocolate Plus Private Label program offers a mix-and-match approach for product feature and pricing flexibility.

Agostoni’s premium Italian dark chocolate contains 70% high cocoa content or 60% for a softer flavor profile, which can be sold with the GanedenBC30 probiotic alone, or with toasted flax seed, which contributes additional Omega oils.

The Chocolate Plus Private Label program provides two chocolate bar sizes of 0.5 ounce mini-bar or a 1.1 ounce snack bar.

“Consumers are increasingly demanding both premium quality chocolate and the health benefits inherent to probiotics,” said Andrew Lefkowitz, president and CEO of Ganeden Biotech.  “Since this product is the best of both worlds, retailers can position it as an affordable luxury.”

Dr. Antonio Agostoni—head of the chocolate maker’s product development team—reports that GanedenBC30® delivered “excellent results in survivability of the bacteria—for health purposes—and it does not interfere with our final premium flavor, making it an ideal functional chocolate solution.”

To learn more about the Ganeden/Agostoni collaboration contact Agostoni Chocolate at 213-261-0057 and/or [email protected].

–Source: AsiaFoodJournal; Company website

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