Luker Chocolate Showcasing ‘On-Trend’ Treats At PLMA

Company officials said its latest selections were developed to meet the needs and tastes of consumers.
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Luke Chocolate will showcase a host of new products at the 2023 PLMA Show.

Luker Chocolate will showcase a host of products at the 2023 PLMA Private Label Trade Show that include items to meet the ever-evolving needs of consumers while also capturing the latest trends, company officials said.

“Staying ahead of market trends and producing innovative solutions is critical as we serve the needs of our customers,” said Cristian Chu, vice president of New Business Development and Research and Development at Luker. “Since 1906, Luker has been crafting chocolate at origin, which puts us in a unique position to answer to increasing customer demands for traceability, sustainability, and quality assurance. With direct sourcing, we are close to the farmers and can specialize our R&D capabilities to our partner's specifications.” 

Among the key trends Luker has identified are:

  • Better for You, Better for the Planet. In response to consumer preferences, Luker has introduced a range of plant-based oat milk chocolates including m!lk, white, and no-sugar-added alternatives. This offering not only fulfills the growing demand for healthier options but also tends to consumers looking for Better for the Planet options without sacrificing indulgence. 
  • More Snacking Capabilities. Luker has expanded its capabilities to cater to the increasing consumer preference for on-the-go snacking. The company now offers a range of snacking options, including almonds, cashews, quinoa, and chickpeas covered in premium dark, milk, or plant-based chocolate, meeting the need for convenient and indulgent treats.
  • Portion Control and Seasonal Products. With a shift in packaging trends towards smaller sizes, Luker is offering 0.28 oz (8g) bars, designed for those mindful of portion control as well as ready-to-launch seasonal products tailored for occasions such as Valentine's, Easter, and Christmas. These offerings allow retailers to refresh their line-ups with convenient formats and seasonally trending flavors, satisfying the needs of a diverse customer base.

The company is also catering to the flavor preferences of the U.S. market by offering familiar flavors with a twist such as salted caramel or raspberry.

Luker’s ready-to-launch portfolio includes a 33% smooth caramel milk chocolate bar, as well as crunchy inclusions such as puffed rice or sea salt flakes. These chocolate options are designed to adapt to diverse flavor preferences and offer the perfect solution for retailers looking to offer more on-trend options to their growing customer base, company officials said.

Also featured is a favorite for North American customers – hot chocolate. Available in seasonal flavors including peppermint, salted caramel, or hazelnut as well as traditional flavors like mocha, vanilla, and double chocolate.

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