Registration is now open for The Ingredients Show, which returns this July (NEC Birmingham 5-7th), with a remit to cater to the highly innovative UK food development market.

The Ingredients Show showcases the services and solutions set to inspire a new generation of products. Part of the William Reed family of market leading events, publications and awards, and supported by digital platforms FoodNavigator and NutraIngredients, we shine a light on the trends driving consumer demand.

Visitors should make a date and register now for a free pass to 2021's most compelling opportunity to catch up with recent trends and developments in ingredients and applaud our award winners. Visitors should go to: to register today.

With July approaching, here's just a glimpse of some of the highlights visitors can expect to see.


#1. Game-changing ingredients: what’s new in sports nutrition?  (10:45, 5th July 2021)

Sports nutrition has found a vibrant mainstream future among two key groups, millennials and ‘healthy agers’. So, what’s next for this fast-moving category? Led by Will Chu, Science & Technology Editor, NutraIngredients, our thought leaders will discuss the industry’s changing landscape – from translating sports nutrition principles into practice to the latest innovation to meet consumers’ changing needs.

(Venue: The Education Lab)


#2.  Lifting the lid on cocoa pods and politics (11:45, 5th July 2021) 

The global chocolate industry faces an existential threat: an ageing farming community, lack of investment and welfare initiatives causing concern with stakeholders. Anthony Myers, Editor, Confectionery News looks at the West African cocoa sector. Hear how the national governments spend the 30-40% of the cocoa sale price they retain and what they could do to support sector development.

(Venue: The Education Lab) 


#3.  Beyond the Bin: Rethinking food waste (13:45, 5th July 2021)

Everyone’s agreed that reducing food waste should be a key priority for industry, governments and consumers. So where in the supply chain can we have the biggest impact, to cut carbon emissions and prevent hunger? Join our expert panel, led by Flora Southey Section Editor FoodNavigator, for a top-level talk on tackling food waste from farm to fork. 

(Venue: The Education Lab) 


#4.  Future proteins: From lab meat to plant power: (14:45, 5th July 2021)

To feed a growing global population, our approach to proteins needs to change. But what does a sustainable future look like? We tour the innovations shaking up the space, from lab meat and biotech, through to meat analogues and plant proteins. In this lively panel discussion Katy Askew, Senior Editor, FoodNavigator will also highlight the positive case for animal agriculture and regenerative models. 

(Venue: The Education Lab)


#5. Best in show: All the winners!  (16:45, 5th July 2021) 

Make a date for our main event, the FoodNavigator Recognition Awards at The Ingredients Show. We’re dedicated to highlighting the key players taking our industry to the next level. Find who gets the kudos as we recognise leading companies from across the show floor in three categories: Most sustainable solution, Most Innovative reformulation Ingredient and Best health & wellness ingredient.

(Venue:  The Education Lab.)


#6. The new old: nutritional concepts for seniors (10:45, 6th July 2021) 

Healthy ageing is a clear goal for seniors preparing for a longer, healthier life. It means there’s an opportunity for our industry to innovate by crafting nutritious and convenient products to meet their needs. Will Chu, Science & Technology Editor, NutraIngredients leads our experts as they debate food design, functionality and the taste and texture concepts to support today’s ‘new’ old.  

(Venue:  The Education Lab)


#7.  Snackification showcase: What’s beyond COVID-19? (12:45, 6th July 2021)  

Today’s consumers are demanding more from their favourite snacks. From CBD to how kids are shaping shopping lists, healthy convenience and the rise of the brand story – there’s plenty to explore. So, join Gill Hyslop, Editor, and our experts as they put the spotlight on snacks and run down the trends set to define this fast-moving category in the next decade.

(Venue:  The Education Lab)


#8.  Making your visit COVID safe: What you need to know

The Ingredients Show and its sister UK Food & Drink Shows have 'Visit Britain' 'We're Good To Go' accreditation. This confirms they meet Government and public health guidance on Covid-19 and have health and safety processes in place for safe July opening. As part of these measures, we will have wider aisles to help social distancing and smart crowd flow, to ensure safe interaction. Hand sanitisation stations will be in easy reach in all halls. We will be following government guidelines on facemasks and all our theatres will have socially distanced seating. See our website for full details.


#9.  Innovation, Innovation, Innovation!

The Ingredients Show floor will be alive with a wealth of product launches, with exhibitors including Avient Biosciences, Foodie Flavours, FrieslandCampina Ingredients, Global Food UK, Linwoods Ingredients and Univar Solutions. Discover brand new launches - get face to face with new and existing suppliers. To make the most of your visit and plan ahead, go to, select the 'Innovation' product category and see all the new launches at the show.


#10.   Don’t Just Take our Word for it…

Here’s what our visitors said about the previous Ingredients Show:

“We’re here at the show looking for free-from ingredients suppliers. It’s been a very interesting show and a good place to source new suppliers for the food manufacturers we work with.”

Susanne Scott, Symingtons


“It’s an amazing opportunity to come to The Ingredients Show and meet lots of other people in a similar line of work, take lots of inspiration from them and learn new things.”

Sarah Jane Large, NPD Manager, Cook


The UK Food & Drink Shows are an opportunity to celebrate the return of our exhibitions across food development, grocery, manufacturing, specialist retail, wholesale and foodservice at the NEC Birmingham between 5-7 July 2021. The Ingredients Show will run alongside Food & Drink Expo, Foodex, National Convenience Show, Farm Shop & Deli Show and The Forecourt Show.

Now more than ever, you can trust us to bring the whole industry back together and furnish you with the information, insight and connections you need to navigate the future in the best way possible.

The UK Food Shows are a product of the award-winning team at William Reed.





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