- 1. Why did Bambi eliminate Trans fats from its products?
Following the modern trends in production of confectionery products and recommendations on healthy nutrition, Bambi decided to eliminate trans from its production process. On this way Bambi made its contribution to health care of its consumers. Medical researches show that there is connection between cardiac diseases and consumption of trans fats. Namely, trans fat acids are connected with increase of 'bad' LDL cholesterol and decrease of 'good' HDL cholesterol in blood which causes and increases risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- 2. What are Trans fats?
'Trans fats' is common name for unsaturated fat acids that have one or more two-folded (unsaturated) connections between Carbon atoms in 'trans' geometrical configuration (two Carbon atoms are linked on opposite sides of two-folded chemical bond). Although 'cis' geometrical configuration of unsaturated fat acids is most present in nature, smaller quantities can be found in meat and fat of ruminants, milk and dairy products. 'Trans' configuration derives above all from hydrogenization of 'cis' unsaturated fat acids during the industrial processing (production of margarine and other solid herbal fats) when two-folded unsaturated bond are divided and enriched by Hydrogen. By this process, fat acids gain 'trans' characteristics, changing its physical and physiological features. Trans fats can be either monounsaturated and polyunsaturated but never saturated. Cis or trans position of unsaturated connections in fat acids (fats ) define substantially biological role of fat acid.
- 3. What is good and what is bad cholesterol? What is the difference?
Cholesterol is the most wide-spread lipid (sort of fat) in our organism. It has many features, it is part of different membrane composition and it is necessary for normal function of each cell. It has been founded that 2/3 of cholesterol is created in organism by synthesis, while 1/3 comes from food intake. Most of cholesterol is synthesised in liver. Beside liver, synthesis happens in mucous membranes of intestines and in adrenal glands. From these organs, cholesterol is transported trough organism cells by blood vessels. As other lipids (fats), cholesterol is not dissolvable in water, and when transported through blood, it unites with proteins creating lipoproteins. There are several kinds of these lipoproteins and according to their density, there are divide into these groups:
- VLDL : Very Low Density Lipoproteins,
- LDL: Low Density Lipoproteins
- HDL: High Density Lipoproteins
LDLs are the most present in our organism (over 55% of all lipids). They are the main carriers of cholesterol to peripheral tissues and even 70% of all cholesterol in plazma founds actually in these lipids. LDL lipids are prone to changes (oxidation) and they are very atherogenes. It is believed that increased number of these small and dense LDL particles increases the risk of atherogenesis (layers on blood vessels that will eventually reduce flexibility of vessels and their blockage). HDL is the main cholesterol carries from peripheral tissue to liver and that is why they are considered as protectors. They prevent cardiovascular diseases by protecting LDL particles from oxidation.
Cholesterol is harmful only if it is present in blood in concentration that is higher than normal one. Increased intake of cholesterol by food influences value of its level in blood.
- 4. Are saturated fats same as trans fats?
Saturated fats differ from trans fats because they acid fats do not contain double (covalent) bond. On the other hand, trans fats contain at least one double bond between carbon atoms that is geometrically oriented in a way to take trans position. (That is why the name trans fats is used)
Saturated fats are present in natural composition of animal origin viands (meat, milk, animal origin fats). However, they can be found in herbal viands as well. Trans position of fat is created by men, for example in fat processing – hydogenization. That is why the increased level of these fats can be found in hydrogenized and partially hydrogenized fats, such as margarines and in products based on it, poorly processed herbal oils and in fried food as well.
- 5. What did Bambi plan to achieve by eliminating trans fats from its production?
Eliminating trans fats from its production, Bambi wanted to offer the choice of healthier products compared to those that contain trans fats.
We want our products to be more qualitative and with higher nutritive value, and that is the reason we are constantly upgrading our production processes. Production of trans fat free products is just one of these production upgrades.
- 6. Why has Bambi just recently eliminate trans fats from its products?
Three years ago, we started to conduct already developed initiative to eliminate trans fats from entire portfolio of products. This process included great number of analyzes, industrial probes, testing of products with different trans fats that were made by world known producers. In this process we paid full attention to maintain the quality of our products, which was something we were expected to do. It was not possible for us to offer quicker response to introduction of fats that would be better than hydrogenized ones, because there were no suitable ingredients for different products on our market. Although non trans fats were significantly more expensive, we did not want to increase the price of our products.
Today, you can find many of our products on the market that we produced without hydrogenized fats ( that are main sources of trans fats), such as dark chocolate, hard and rubber candies... Milk chocolate can contain certain portion of trans fats that naturally derive from dairy products.
- 7. Did the elimination of trans fats effect taste and recipe of Bambi products?
Introduction of better fats than hydrogenized ones did change neither taste nor recipes of our products. One of the targets why we are using these new fats is to keep the taste unchanged because it is the essential characteristic of our products.
- 8. What does GDA mean and what does it stand for?
GDA ( Guideline Daily Amount ) is the guideline that stands on product declaration and indicates what amount of energy and nutrients is present in portion of particular product ( food or beverage) and in what percentage these amounts are parts of daily nutritive needs. This guideline helps consumers to take care of themselves as well as to help them choose the sort and quantity of viands.
In few words, GDA is:
- Guidance for balance nutrition- daily intake of energy and nutrients in selected portion for average adult person
- 'One eye' information that helps consumers to understand more easily what part of nutritive needs is satisfied by the choice of certain viand
- Widely used information – it has been used by all mayor food producers since the end of 2009 and it has been adopted lately by smaller producers as well.
- GDA is based on facts that rely on nutrition recommendation given by Eurodiet, a panel body that was founded by European Committee.
- 9. We notice that you have nutritional claims on your new packaging. Does this mean that you have altered the recipes?
Nutritional claim is the statement that the product contains certain nutritional characteristics. In other words, nutritional claim is any statements that is used for assertion, suggestion or opinion that certain product has favourable nutritional characteristics because of:
a) Energy value that the product:
- Provides either reduced or increased amount of energy
- Does not provide energy value at all
b) Nutritive or some other ingredients that the products:
- Contains in reduced or increased amount
- Does not contain
By pointing out these claims on our declarations, we wanted to offer more valuable information to our consumers not only about the products themselves, but about products composition and ingredients that that we use as well.
- 10. Do you think you are creating a trend and do you think that domestic competition will follow your lead?
We follow the global trends when it come to nutritional claim as well as indicating GDA on declarations. More and more local producers accept this way of communication with consumers. As for the elimination of trans fat and care for consumers health, we expect to be followed by competitors, because the consumer has right to be informed on the best possible way. The moment our competitors realize that consumers appreciate the way we communicate with them, they will follow our lead.
- 11. I am regular consumer of JOS, and i have been buying it since it appeared on the market. Recently, i realized that you have declared 'no artificial colouring ',
does this mean it did contain artificial colouring before and that you have changed the recipe of the product?
We have not changed the recipe. BY declaring this, we wanted to draw our consumers' attention to the fact that our product has never been artificially coloured and that its present colour is actually the natural one.
- 12. Why Bambi do not have products which are suitable for people who suffer from celiac disease?
Gluten free products are intended for people that suffer from celiac disease. These products require strict conditions when it comes to production. This implies the space for production that is completely separated from the space where our standard ingredients such as wheat flour is used. Criteria for gluten free products when it comes to their safety for consumers' health are petty high. On the other hand, there is possibility that products for celiac disease are contaminated by gluten flour during the production process, and therefore we decide not to take that risk.
- 13. Is dark chocolate healthy?
Dark chocolate is the confectionery product that is made from ingredients such as cocoa, sugar, soy, lecithin, and vanilla. Cocoa is the key ingredient and it is known as natural source of iron, vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, folic acid and minerals K, Mg, P, Cu. Cocoa contains polyphenols which are known as strong antioxidants. Dark chocolate with higher % of cocoa is strongly recommended for consumption.
Benefits of chocolate are based on polyphenols and on release of happiness hormone. That is the reason why it is claimed that chocolate reduces stress, helps in prevention of cardiac diseases, eases depression and has aphrodisiac trait. On the other hand, chocolate has high energy value and special attention should be paid to this fact when it is consumed.
The finest Bambi Dark chocolate is used as a coating for Wellness biscuit, which represents the real choice for consumers who take care of their health and enjoy the excellent taste.
- 14. Since I am fasting, I would like to know which Bambi products can I eat?
Bambi provides variety of product to the consumers that fast. For this purpose, you can consume:
Bambi dark chocolate
Bambi chocolate for eating and cooking
Half coated Zlatni Pek with honey
JOS salty fish
JOS salty pretzels
JOS salty crackers
Wellness integral biscuits
Wellness ceral bars
- 15. Is it true that lent products are suitable for vegetarians and vice versa?
There are several categories of vegetarians:
1. Vegan is the person that consumes viands that derive from herbs only, excluding even honey.
2. Lactovegetarian is the person who consumes milk and dairy products besides food of herbal origin.
3. Ovovovegetarian consumes eggs and food of herbal origin.
4. Ovolactovegetarian consumes eggs, milk and herbal food.
5. Half vegetarian consumes chicken white meat and fish, but excludes red meat.
6. Peskovegetarian eats fish and herbal food, same as person who fats. This is the only category of vegetarians that consume same viands as those who fast.
7. There are vegetarians which consume just raw herbal food
8. Macrobiotics based their diet on whole grains of leguminous plant and cereals that are organically grown and no refined.
9. Fruitarians eat fruit only
10. Radical fruitarians eat fruit from the ground only.
Vegetarians base the diet on their belief. Since there are huge differences between them, we point out that lent products are equivalent only to peskovegetarian diet, but at the same time they contain the ingredients that are consumed by vegans and fruitarians.
- 16. Since I am vegan, I would like to know which Bambi product I can eat.
You can consume all products that do not contain ingredients of animal origin, including honey:
Bambi Dark chocolate
Bambi chocolate for eat and cook
Half coated Zlatni Pek with honey
JOS salty fishes
JOS salty pretzels
JOS salty crackers
Yo D'oro Wafer with cocoa coating
Wellness integral biscuits
Wellness ceral bars
- 17. Since I am vegetarian, I would like to know which Bambi products can I eat?
Lactovegetarins can consume all products that are made of herbal origin ingredients, milk and dairy products,, which can be seen on product declaration. These products are:
Plazma dobar start
Plazma mlevena za decu sa čokoladom
Wellness integralni keks
Bambi čokolada za jelo i kuvanje
Poslastina kakao krem tabla
Yoyo sa rižom
Bambi crne čokolade
Bambi mlečne čokolade
Bambi bele čokolade
Zlatni Pek polucokoladiran
JOS slane ribice
JOS slane perece
JOS slani krekeri
Yo D'oro prelivene napolitanke sa kakaom
Yo D'oro Prelivene kockice sa kakaom
Yo D'oro snack sa lešnikom
Yo D'oro Napolitanke sa lešnikom
Yo D'oro Napolitanke sa mlekom i lešnikom
Yo D'oro sendvič keksk sa kremom od čokolade
Yo D'oro sendvič keksk sa kremom od lešnika
Yo D'oro sendvič keksk sa kremom od vanile
- 18. You have a glass of milk on some of your packaging. Does it mean that if I consume the product I do not need to consume milk?
Glass of milk that can be seen on our products indicates that the product contains the milk and that we use the benefits of milk for our products. If there is significant amount of calcium in some products, that fact is indicated on product declaration.
- 19. What does HALAL mean and what does it stand for?
The product that has HALAL sign must not contain ingredients made of pork or alcohol. This means that HALAL products can be consumed by all and especially by consumers of Islamic belief.
When it comes to confectionery industry, the following ingredients must be avoided:
- Gelatine made of pork
- Enzymes and additives made of pork
- Rum, liqueur or any other sort of alcohol
This kind of product is produced in production and business environment that are in line with HACCP standards for food safety and all other requests by International standards for quality management ISO 9001.
- 20. If a product has HALAL certificate what does it exactly mean?
HALAL quality certificate is mostly applied in food industry. In order to meet requests that would be in accordance with Islamic religion, products with HALAL certificates must not contain harmful additives that are and ingredients made of pork. When it comes to confectionery products, liqueurs and alcohol are strictly forbidden as well as the additives that used for product consistency if they are made of pork. As for the production space, it must not be cleaned and disinfected by means made of alcohol.
If producers fulfil all requests, the HALAL status of products is certified and the producer is allowed to use HALAL quality label on the packaging.
The meaning of words HALAL is everything that is allowed and beneficial for human being but only if it is in accordance with Islamic religion. Contrary to HALAL is HARAM which implies everything that is banned because it is not by Islamic belief.
If one product is HALAL it must not contain HARAM substances. Main groups of HARAM substances are:
- Pork and products made of pork
- Alcohol and other intoxicants
- Cigarettes, tobacco ( there are differences in interpretation of this group)
- Meat of animals that died
- Meat of animal that is not slaughtered in the name of Allah
- Meat of animal that is slaughtered by non Muslim ( there are different interpretations here)
- Meat of carnivorous animal ( for example; lions, tigers, snakes, eagles)
- Meat of certain animals: donkeys, monkeys, elephants, dogs
- 21. Did Bambi have to change its recipes and ingredients in order to meet HALAL standards?
We changed neither composition nor recipes of our original products in order to meet HALAL standards. Some products, such as Cari would not be same if we avoid alcohol in their filling and that is why we cannot recommend these products to the consumers that respect HALAL standard.
- 22. Do Plazma and Wellness cause weight gain?
Everything is the matter of measure and balanced diet. That is why the energy value of the product per 100g and per piece as well is indicated in our nutritive charts and on GDA claim.
- 23. Is it recommended to use Plazma in the diet of 6 month old baby?
The diet of that small baby should be monitored by paediatrician.
- 24. Is it possible to make Plazma that would be suitable for diabetics?
Since diabetics cannot consume products with added sugar, it would be necessary for us to use certain substitute for sugar such as polyols and izomalt instead of sugar we are using now (saccharose, dextrose and honey)
Diabetics can use Plazma now in their diet, only if it is recommended by their doctors.
- 25. What does HACCAP mean and how does it differ from ISO standards?
ISO 9001- system of quality management in all part of company
ISO 14001- system of environment management
HACCAP (Hazard Analyse and Critical Control Points) is international system for food safety that is used for indentifying, analyzing, controlling and preventing health hazards that can occur in production and distribution of food.
Hazard implies biological (microorganism), chemical (hard metals, pesticides, additives) or physical ( glass, metal ) impact on food as well as state of food that can cause hazardous influence on humans health.
HACCP system provides high level of food safety and it has preventive function
HACCP system is applied for entire food chain, starting from raw material and finishes with final product and its consumer.
HACCP has been required by the law in our country since 2009.
HACCAP has been introduced in our company because we want our consumers to be absolutely sure that our products are healthy and safe.
- 26. On some of your packaging is says 'it may contain traces of' and some it does not.
Does this mean that where is not stated, exists no contamination?
If there is possibility of cross- contamination with any allergen that is not listed in declaration, it is always clearly indicated on our products that that traces of certain allergens can be found. According to our rulebook, allergen is declared by indicating its name together with name of ingredient, such as: soya lecithin, wheat starch.
If there is no declaration of this kind, this means that only allergens that could be found are those that ingredients of the product may contain.
- 27. Which health regulations are you following at your work?
Above all, that is Law on food safety and additional rulebooks that define more precisely all request related to safety and quality of food – our products and raw material for them. In case that certain regulative does not exist on our legal system, we try to apply European standards.