January 29 2024  |  Confectionery & Fine Foods

Fazer introduces world-first chocolate snack bar powered by Solein

By Laura Shirk

Fazer Taste the Future snack bar is the first in the world with a novel food approval of the ingredient; the snack bar is now available as a limited edition at select shops in Singapore

Fazer actively monitors shifting consumer trends and requirements and drives the development of the food industry. It has introduced a unique chocolate snack bar, Fazer Taste the Future, powered by Solein®, in Singapore. Solein® is created out of thin air and Singapore is the first in the world with a novel food approval of the ingredient. The snack bar is now available as a limited edition at select shops in Singapore. The innovation is a part of Fazer’s agenda for developing the future of chocolate.

Introducing innovative and sustainable food solutions is one of Fazer’s strategic priorities, and to this aim, the company has introduced a delicious addition to its offering. Fazer offers consumers in Singapore the opportunity to taste a product that includes Solein®, protein made by Solar Foods, a Finnish food technology company on a mission to revolutionize global food production.

In 2022 Solein® received its novel regulatory approval in Singapore which makes it the first country in the world where consumers can enjoy products with Solein®. Solar Foods has a novel food approval process in progress for Europe and the approval is expected to be received by the end of 2025.

“Innovating for a more sustainable food system requires a fearless approach; it means pioneering solutions and venturing new unexplored possibilities. Fazer Taste the Future snack bar is the first ever packed consumer product where Solein® is used. At Fazer we are continuously looking for opportunities to innovate for a more sustainable future, which is also why we have invested in Solar Foods, the Finnish start-up behind Solein®,” says Heli Anttila, VP, New Product Development at Fazer Confectionery.

Fazer Taste the Future dark chocolate snack bar contains strawberries, hazelnut and Nordic oat puffs high in fibre. The snack bar is powered by Solein®, a highly functional, nutritious and versatile ingredient that enriches the flavours and makes the bar high in iron. The snack bar is also palm oil free.

“This is an exciting moment for us working with Fazer – the very first time people can try Solein® in a consumer product. This also demonstrates the potential of Solein® as a nutritious fortifier. With this introduction in Singapore, we are getting valuable customer feedback on Solein®'s viability in a new product category and also get a sense of the consumer acceptance of future ingredients. Our shared aim extends beyond this pivotal moment, targeting a wider scale European launch in 2025-2026 with a whole range of products,” says Pasi Vainikka, CEO at Solar Foods.

As explained by the company, instead of watering and fertilizing the organism, Solein® is created by a fermentation process that utilizes air and electricity as its primary resources. It is grown without agriculture and only needs a fraction of the land, water, and energy compared to animal or plant production.

Fazer transforms innovations into tasty products

The limited edition of Taste the Future chocolate snack bar powered by Solein® will be introduced at select The Cocoa Trees candy shops in Singapore. Fazer also arranged an open tasting on January 18 and 20 at Raffles City Shopping Centre’s The Cocoa Trees shop.

As the world is rapidly changing and it is increasingly difficult to predict consumer behaviour and requirements, direct consumer feedback is very valuable. With consumer feedback received through the tasting, Fazer will develop the product further and initiate preparations for potential wider launches in Europe once needed regulatory approvals have been received.

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