Leading chocolate and cocoa product manufacturer Barry Callebaut has announced that it is launching Bensdorp Natural Dark – a flavorful, 100% natural, dark cocoa powder – at the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas on September 8-11.

Bensdorp Natural Dark is health-focused and flavorful. In a consumer taste test, the new natural dark cocoa powder was approved by consumers all over the world.

The new product enables food manufacturers to deliver a rich and chocolaty flavor in all major applications while offering a clean label. Bensdorp Natural Dark’s alkali-free processing gives it the rich flavor and the deep dark color consumers prefer while remaining completely natural. It comes at a time when health-focused consumers are increasingly seeking out premium products with taste and a recognizable ingredients list.

Natural Dark has a much wider range of applications that other natural cocoa powders due to its rich, chocolaty flavor and premium dark brown color. The taste palate is a mix of roasted cocoa, spices, and a hint of dried fruits giving way to warm notes that blend well with toasted aromas, such as coffee or pecan nuts.

“We are delighted to introduce Natural Dark after years of development and continuous improvements,” says Steven Retzlaff, President Global Cocoa at Barry Callebaut Group. “Our biggest challenge was to create a cocoa powder that not only delivers a natural dark brown color but brings a rich, chocolaty flavor that our customers can confidently use across all major applications. Since it’s a 100% natural proposition with a rich, chocolaty taste, we believe that this powder will set a new standard in the years to come.”