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June 2014

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Cafosa at Interpack 2014

The Interpack fair was held in Düsseldorf in mid May. This event is held every three years and it is aimed at food machinery manufacturers. Cafosa has been participating in the fair for many years because it is an ideal place to meet our customers; they visit the fair to purchase machinery and we offer them gum base for these machines.

This year, our booth was moved to a different pavilion and this has allowed us to be much closer to gum machinery manufacturers. Our 48 m2 booth was very bright and welcoming, as you can see in the photograph. We created a nice and versatile meeting space with some pouffes that could be moved as needed.

It was a long and intense fair and many customers visited our booth, which was very good for developing closer ties. We also had the opportunity to see the novelties introduced by gum machinery manufacturers.



2014 Customer Seminar

In May, we held a new edition of our customer seminar. The seminar was hosted after the Interpack Fair (May 14) so that our customers could use the trip to attend the seminar (15 and 16 May).

Customers from around the world attended the seminar this year. On these two days, we shared information and insights on market trends, challenges on a technical level and we also discussed how we see the future of chewing gum.

They all were able to visit our laboratory, which they very much enjoyed, and they were able to see our unique collection of chewing gum from many different countries.

The results of the surveys that attendees answered and the comments we received suggest that the seminar was a great success. We look forward to next year's edition!



CSR review

As we have been saying in our previous Cafnews issues, at Cafosa, we are firmly committed to being responsible towards the environment by supporting various corporate social responsibility initiatives.

On the one hand we have created a working group made up of associates from different departments that aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce our paper consumption and to develop an action plan to reduce its use in our facilities.

On the other hand, the associates in our cross CSR group are working on new initiatives so that our company continues making a positive difference in our environment and at Cafosa.

What are we doing?

  • Two Lunch & Learn sessions. The purpose of these one hour voluntary sessions is to start conversations and search for ideas about what Cafosa should focus on to become more sustainable. In order to start the discussion, TED Talks videos addressing issues related to sustainability were shared.
  • Back stretching sessions at our facilities in Santiga. After conducting a survey about exercise and eating habits among our associates, postural and stretching classes have been organized to help them acquire better habits and relieve muscle tension.
  • Volunteer days in collaboration with Casa Solidaria. These sessions are organized on Wednesdays in June and July; our volunteer associates buy, cook and serve meals to over 120 people with limited resources at Estació del Nord

We are also working to organize a volunteer day to clean the Ripoll river, which runs near our facilities in Santiga (Barberà del Vallès).

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Chewing gum for over 10 mins relieves stress – study

The study in the Journal of Prosthodontic Research by Tasaka et al. from the Tokyo Dental College found that cortisol levels, a measure of stress, fell after prolonged gum chewing.

"The present results indicate that chewing time affects the reaction of the endocrine system to mental stress, and that continuous chewing for more than 10 min is effective in reducing stress," concluded the researchers.



Method & findings

14 healthy men were asked to perform arithmetic calculations for 30 minutes to build up stress followed by chewing gum for 5, 10, 15 minutes or not at all. Each participant was assigned all chewing conditions, each on different days.

The researchers collected salvia samples from participants before and after the stress-loading mental arithmetic tasks and also measured cortisol levels.

Each experiment was completed at 25 minutes after stress loading – so for example under the non-chewing condition there was a 25 minute rest period after stress loading and for the 15-minute chewing condition there was 10-minutes of rest before samples were taken.

The researchers saw no differences in salivary alpha-amylase activity among the gum chewing conditions, but noted a significant decrease in cortisol levels at 15 minutes of chewing compared to 5 minutes.

Blood collections may be inaccurate "…There may be a relation between number of chewing strokes and stress reduction, which would also apply during daily consumption of foods," they said.

The researchers used a tasteless gum provided by South Korean confectioner Lotte.

Tasaka et al. suggested that many previous studies may be less accurate because they used blood collection rather than salivary markers to measure stress, which could cause further stress.



Non-dental gum benefits

The research builds on earlier studies linking chewing gum to reduced stress. Three recent Wrigley funded studies found that chewing gum improved measures of stress and lead to a more positive mood. "Such an effect would not totally remove stress at work but would lead to a meaningful reduction in the problem," said one of the studies published in the journal Appetite.

Another recent study in the journal Appetite by Erbay et al. claimed that chewing gum could reduce symptoms that occur when people are depressed such as loss of appetite and flatulence.

Daytime tiredness may also be alleviated by gum chewing, according to another study in the journal Physiology and Behaviour.

But UK health group Bazian previously issued a caution to consumers about a Japanese study last year that linked chewing gum to improved brain performance because the sample size – 17 people – was too small.



Gum chewing drawbacks

Other research has reported negative effects from chewing gum.

A study published in the journal Pediatric Neurology associated excessive gum-chewing with chronic headaches in children and adolescents.

Other research in the journal Eating Behaviors said that contrary to popular belief chewing gum was not an appetite suppressant and mint-flavored varieties may even deter people from healthy foods like fruit. However, A Wrigley backed study had previously said that gum could reduce cravings for sweet and salty snacks.

Source: www.confectionerynews.com



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Is chewing gum a food?

Yes, chewing is a food. It is defined as such in different regulations.

EU: Regulation 178/2002 - For the purposes of this Regulation, 'food' (or 'foodstuff') means any substance or product, whether processed, partially processed or unprocessed, intended to be, or reasonably expected to be ingested by humans. 'Food' includes drink, chewing gum and any substance, including water, intentionally incorporated into the food during its manufacture, preparation or treatment.

FDA: 21 USC 321 - The term "food" means (1) articles used for food or drink for man or other animals, (2) chewing gum, and (3) articles used for components of any such article

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