Brand new UK food and drink event showcases trailblazing ingredients Brand new UK food and drink event showcases trailblazing ingredients and thought-provoking debate

With innovation at the heart of the food and drink industry, its important for manufacturers to keep on top of the latest consumer trends to ensure they deliver value to customers and stand out from the competition. With the first ever year of The Ingredients Show just around the corner, the event is set to provide a one-stop shop for visitors seeking out the most innovative new ingredients from across the globe and keen to learn about the latest trends. The hotly-anticipated three-day show will take place at the NEC Birmingham between 16th and 18th April, offering a custom-built arena for UK food professionals to discover ingredients that will inspire the next generation of products. With innovation at the heart of the food and drink industry, its important for manufacturers to keep on top of the latest consumer trends to ensure they deliver value to customers and stand out from the competition. With the first ever year of The Ingredients Show just around the corner, the event is set to provide a one-stop shop for visitors seeking out the most innovative new ingredients from across the globe and keen to learn about the latest trends. The hotly-anticipated three-day show will take place at the NEC Birmingham between 16th and 18th April, offering a custom-built arena for UK food professionals to discover ingredients that will inspire the next generation of products. 


An international flavour

EHL Ingredients, an importer, blender and packer of food ingredients from around the world, will launch its brand-new proposition for the foodservice sector at the show. For the first time, the business will supply its full range of herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, pulses and grains, oils and vinegars as well as spice blends, in organic and conventional formats, to allow chefs to develop innovative international dishes for menus.


With products used by much-loved brands in over 40 countries, leading dry pasta and snack pellet manufacturer Pasta Foods will showcase its brand-new range. The tasty yet healthy treats, which utilise high-protein, gluten free and low-fat bases such as chickpea, lentil and pea, have been developed in line with the rise of today’s more health conscious consumer and are entered into the Great New Idea competition.


Spicing things up with another Great New Idea entry is Anmol QF Spices and Dehydrated Vegetables. The supplier of Indian vegetables, spices and speciality chillies has recently added Bhut Jolokia chillis to its portfolio, which offer a distinctive fruity pepper aroma and pack a huge punch. Visitors are invited to the Anmol stand to discover the Bhut Jolokia range, which comes in powder, flakes, whole and smoked.


Also bringing an Asian flavour to the show will be Changsha Sunnycare Inc, a leading manufacturer and exporter of microalgae, DHA and plant extracts and other natural ingredients. In the running for a Great New Idea Award is Changsha’s Mangosteen extract – an ingredient low in calories and rich in vitamin C that also reduces cholesterol and boosts the production of red blood cells.Idea Award is Changsha’s Mangosteen extract – an ingredient low in calories and rich in vitamin C that also reduces cholesterol and boosts the production of red blood cells.


Education to the fore

As well as the opportunity to seek out ingredients that will engage and excite the consumers, The Ingredients Show will offer an extensive educational programme of lively debate, insightful sessions and live demonstrations.


One such panel will take a look at the topical issue of Brexit and its impact on food safety. Visitors can join Leatherhead Food Research Regulatory Manager Luke Murphy, Emeritus Professor of Science Policy at Sussex University Erik Millstone and Alan Lacey from The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) as they lead a discussion on the current approach to food standards and what the post-Brexit regulatory landscape will look like.


Another session tapping into current industry concerns will cover the war on plastic. A panel of industry experts will come together to discuss how collaboration is crucial as we tackle the severe threat to the environment posed by plastic and how attendees can reduce their use of it throughout the supply chain. Confirmed to speak are A Plastic Planet co-founder Sian Sutherland, Rappor Metrics Director Duncan Curtis, and Pro Carton General Manager Tony Hitchin. 


Visitors will also be able to see latest cutting-edge technology in action with Natural Machines presenting its 3D food printer, Foodini. In what’s sure to be a highlight of the show, a Michelin-star chef will create a gourmet dish in the futuristic appliance live from the show floor, demonstrating its potential to transform food preparation.
The Ingredients Show is co-located with Foodex, Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show. Registration for any one of the events will ensure access to the other shows, which cover the whole spectrum of the £96 billion UK food supply chain – from farm to fork. Throughout the three days, organisers expect to welcome over 30,000 visitors, 1,500 exhibitors and 250 industry speakers across a series of live events.

To register to attend the first The Ingredients Show at the NEC, please visit www.theingredientsshow.co.uk