Luker Chocolate has launched Balance, a new line of products that responds to the growing demand for indulgent options for the health-conscious customer.
As well as innovative products using oat milk and coconut sugar, the line will include new chocolate couvertures in the functional category, with added benefits such as high fiber and antioxidants.
The Balance line forms part of Luker’s wider portfolio, which now has new packaging for the foodservice range. The wider portfolio and packaging - split into Regions, Heritage Recipes, Maracas and Balance - honors Luker’s connection to origin and commitment to sustainability. It gives customers access to some of the finest chocolate in Colombia, with premium, ethical and now, even more functional couvertures.
43% Balance Oat Milk Chocolate
Due to oat milk’s creamy consistency, free-from consumers can indulge in a range of milk chocolates too.
Luker’s 43% Balance Oat Milk chocolate mixes the exquisite flavor of Cacao Fino de Aroma with all the natural benefits of oat milk. It gives producers and consumers a unique option for plant-based milk chocolate without compromising on flavor. The oat-milk couverture will reach new and developing market segments, being both vegan, natural, gluten-free, clean label, non-GMO and kosher. Delicate and creamy, it is also ideal for confectionery, bakery and ice-cream products.
“Oat milk is extremely popular with consumers who are trying to cut down their dairy consumption, as well as those who just love the taste,” said Paul Morris, European sales lead. “The smoothness of the milk is a great match for our fine Colombian cocoa, which together create a delicious plant-based alternative to premium milk chocolate. More broadly, the launch of our Balance line reflects what we are seeing in market – we expect the demand for healthier products which are also indulgent to remain strong.”
70% Coconut Sugar Dark Chocolate
Luker introduces Coconut Sugar 70% Dark Chocolate as part of the Balance line, where bitter cocoa notes mix with the delicate tastes of coconut. The sweet notes of the coconut sugar pop through the chocolate’s creamy texture. With a lower glycaemic index and subtle coconut flavor, coconut sugar is a perfect natural alternative to sugar.
70% Stevia and Erythritol Dark Chocolate
Luker has also developed dark chocolate sweetened with stevia and erythritol, offering more natural, sugar-free options. These sugar-free dark chocolate couvertures deliver on consumer flavor expectations, without compromising on wellness benefits.
“We are excited to see the growing consumer interest for a healthier lifestyle and how this has dynamized the chocolate industry,” said Marcella Jaramillo, v.p. of marketing, Luker Chocolate. “The Balance range is our answer to these wellness demands. At Luker, we’re committed to creating luxury chocolate that satisfies on flavor and leads the way on sustainability. Our new range incorporates what we want to achieve as a company, opening new opportunities for product innovation.”