Variety and quality are the hallmarks of Canada's confectionery products; from hard and soft candies, to chewing gum and chocolate, we manufacture treats to suit every taste. Our confectionery industry is so versatile because it has refined its craft in a culturally diverse country, an advantage that has allowed us to customize our products for a wide range of regional and ethnic preferences.
When consumed as part of a balanced diet, Canadian confectioneries can be very nutritious, and can contribute a significant part of a person's daily requirements of calcium, magnesium and riboflavin, as well as vitamins A, C, and B12. Many confectioneries also contain nuts, which are a good source of protein. Milk chocolate has vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and the cocoa in chocolate is a good source of antioxidants. As for chewing gum, studies suggest that it can contribute to dental health by stimulating saliva production, which helps reduce the effects of the acids that cause tooth decay.
And when it comes to counting calories, confectioneries don't have to be on the negative side of the ledger. Products such as jelly beans and gumdrops, when eaten in reasonable amounts, contribute only modestly to calorie intake.
Because Canadian confectioners understand consumer concerns about allergies and the healthiness of processed foods, our companies are introducing a stream of new products that incorporate more nutritious ingredients. Such products give people the opportunity for guilt-free indulgence, while providing new marketing possibilities for vendors. On the production side, Canadian manufacturers are using innovative blends of ingredients and sweeteners to create new product lines that both enhance consumer appeal and are easier to manufacture.
Taste the Canadian difference
Canada's confectioneries are among the most irresistible in the world. For further information on our confectionery industry, please visit:
- Agri-Food Trade Service
- Confectionery Manufacturers Association of Canada
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