Must-see highlights: The Ingredients Show 2019

The Ingredients Show will return for a second year to Birmingham’s NEC from 8th-10th  April, following its successful launch last year. Over three days, visitors can expect to meet leading exhibitors driving innovation, hear from global industry experts and absorb the latest trends. With innovation at its heart, the second year of the show will deliver all-important advice for manufacturers, giving them the edge to stand out from the competition and deliver value to customers.

As the market for health food continues to dominate across FMCG categories, a raft of exhibitors showcasing their nutritious credentials will lead the way to ensure visitors in the food development industry are at the forefront of this growth. The Ingredients Show will provide the latest insight into the ingredients set to meet consumer demands and offer a glimpse into upcoming key category developments.    

Among the key exhibitors, specialist suppliers of dates Global Foods UK, will launch its nutritious deodorised date syrup, giving clean label manufacturers the ability to naturally sweeten any product without resorting to sugar. The specialist will also showcase its chopped dates and date pastes, which proved popular at last year’s show.

Also offering visitors a taste of the health market will be Fact 2006, which will introduce its newest product, Fimivita – a gluten-neutralising baking powder that offers a viable alternative to chemical based products. 

Producer of natural and raw ingredients Dani Organics will be among the show’s exhibitors to provide visitors with the organic and Fairtrade ingredients they need to secure the all-important ethical credentials, deemed to be a key sales driver. A Nielsen report found that, across the board, consumers are willing to pay more for sustainability, particularly millennials, who were 73% more likely to spend money on brands with eco-friendly credentials. [i]From dried herbs, spices and fruits to nuts cereals and grains, Dani Organics ingredients will enable chefs to develop innovative menus with the freshest ingredients.

Alongside the opportunity to discover the latest ingredients that are sure to excite consumers, The Ingredients Show educational programme will offer lively discussions covering topics including the use of fermented foods and the microbiome, to sports performance nutrition and insects as ingredients.

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Setting the pathway for innovative new ingredients, Eat Grub Founder Shami Radia will delve into why forward-thinking insect-based products are starting to pick up more mainstream listings. Richard Ford from Sherlock Studios will also host a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for this fledgling category, featuring a stellar line-up including Rick Rosseau from the Woven Network, Neil Whippey from Eat Grub, Christian Bartsch of Essento Food AG, Kiti Soinine from UK Food & Drink Research, Nick Cooper from Crunchy Critters and Lee Cadesky, food scientist at Proti-farm Processing BV & C-FU Food Inc.

Discussing the new ingredients poised to become mainstream staples, a ‘Meet The Microbiome’ talk will dive into the next major food trend, which will uncover how this ground-breaking, science driven revolution is kick-starting a revolution of the FODMAP diet.

With the wellness category continuing to boom, the once-niche sports nutrition sector is becoming increasingly commonplace. As brands big and small look to incorporate ingredients that support perceived health claims, The Ingredients Show will see a cohort of industry experts look at what is next for the health category and discover the innovations that are set to rock the market, along with the new technologies and consumer demands shaping the sector. According to research house Euromonitor International, the demand for sports nutrition products is continuing to soar in the UK, with sales up 16% compared with 2016.

Oliver Shorts, Co-owner of Seed and Bean, will take to the stage alongside Lumina Intelligence to discuss single-origin cocoa beans and the brand’s ethically produced and exceptionally-sourced chocolate bars. The brand’s adventurously-flavoured, Fairtrade and vegan-certified bars include Coconut & Raspberry, Cornish Sea Salt, Mandarin & Ginger and Espresso.

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The stage will also host talented chefs Fergus Martin and Matt Owens from Major International. The pair will rustle up delicious dishes using innovative and easy-to-use ingredients, giving visitors the chance to taste crowd pleasers such as Balinese fish, potato curry and mouth-watering lemon curd tart.

While the show’s focus on health ingredients cannot be ignored, confectionery manufacturers will not be disappointed by the wealth of advice on offer at The Ingredients Show. The Chocolate Dream discussion, focusing on sustainability and single-origin ingredients will offer insight into how the leading brands are supporting change in the cocoa producing regions of Columbia. Hosted by Paul Morris, European sales

Speaking about the event, Dan Dixon, Event Director, said: “Innovative ingredients are at the forefront of new product development, so staying on top of the latest trends is essential for suppliers and manufacturers if they want to continue to meet constantly-changing consumer demands. manager at Luker Chocolate, confectionery producers and buyers will want to hear how the chocolate industry is developing.

“The Ingredients Show provides an unrivalled opportunity to hear directly from the industry experts who are leading the way to exciting new concepts, while offering R&D professionals encouraging advice on how to make their mark in the food and drink industry.”

The Ingredients Show is co-located with National Convenience Show, The Forecourt Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show. Registration for any one of the events will ensure access to the other shows throughout all three days.

Register your interest to attend here