Registration is now open for The Ingredients Show, which returns this March (30th-1st April, NEC Birmingham) to provide 2020’s most comprehensive deep dive into new ingredients, innovative solutions and services focusing on technology, traceability, clean label, sustainability, nutrition, health and wellness.

Ahead of the show, we’re providing a tantalising glimpse at just some of the forthcoming highlights; visitors can go to: www.theingredientsshow.co.uk today to register for their completely free badge. 


#1. Feed Your Inner Maestro (12.40pm - 30th March)

Dr Jay Noller is Director of the Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University; he will be making a pilgrimage to the show floor to impart his research on ingredients to stimulate the human endocannabinoid system, known intriguingly as our ’inner maestro’. Labelled the ‘most important ingredient of the decade’ as the buzz around hemp extract grows, Dr Jay will examine how brands can create products that feed the endocannabinoid system. As a wholesale supplier of CBD oils and industrial hemp extracts, the KlerSun team will also be on hand to offer visitors an industry-focused deep-dive into how legal, reliable and high-quality ingredients can break new ground in a fast-moving market in which CBD is just the start.


#2. Examine the ‘New’ Old (11am - 31st March)

In an aging population, where growing old gracefully has become a requirement for many seniors, this presentation will examine opportunities for the industry to innovate by crafting nutritious and convenient products to meet their exacting needs. Will Chu, Science &Technology Editor at Nutraingredients.com, will be joined by Max Gowland, Founder of Prime Fifty Ltd – a brand exclusively dedicated to the nutritional and wellbeing needs of the over 50s – and Filip Van Hulle, Snior Manager at Kaneka Pharma Europe, to debate food design, functionality and taste and texture concepts to support today’s ‘new’ old.


#3. Hear from a Bona Fide Food Futurologist (2.20pm - 30th March)

Eminent futurologist Tony Hunter will be part of a panel alongside Dr Michael Dent of IDTechEx and Katy Askew, Senior Editor of Nutraingredients.com, examining the global approach to protein and asking what a sustainable future will look like. Visitors will get to hear first-hand about the innovations shaking up the space, from lab meat and biotech, through to meat analogues and plant proteins. In what promises to be a lively discussion, Katy will provide the balance and highlight the positive case for animal agriculture and regenerative models.


#4. Ground-Breakers at Every Turn (30th March -1st April)  

A show is nothing without its exhibitors and in 2020, The Ingredients Show has amassed a crack team of innovators, ready to greet visitors this March. The class-leading programme is allied to an exhibitor list boasting names such as FrieslandCampina Ingredients, HB Ingredients, Agrofusion, Caldic (UK) Ltd, Mile High Labs and PGP International Inc., to name but a few. The show floor will be a hotbed of innovation and new products. To see more of what’s on offer ahead of the show and plan ahead, visitors can go to www.theingredientsshow.co.uk.


#5. What’s next in ‘Snackification’? (1.30pm - 31st March 2020)

In recent years the snacking market has exploded, but modern consumers are demanding even more from this industry behemoth.  Examining everything from CBD products, to how children are shaping shopping lists, healthy convenience and the rise of the ‘brand story’, Bakeryandsnacks.com Editor Gill Hyslop will be turning the spotlight on so-called ‘Snackification’ and hunting down the top 10 trends in this fast-moving category.


#6. Reviving Forgotten Ingredients (3.10pm - 30th March)

With 20,000 species of edible plants in the world why is 75% of global supply dominated by just five? An expert panel will uncover the untapped potential of novel and ancient ingredients like hemp, spelt, duckweed and beyond, while discussing the pros and cons of lesser-known choices. As well as looking back, the panel will scope out what’s next on the health horizon, uncovering the super ingredients of tomorrow.  


#7. Looking Beyond the Bin (1.30pm - 30th March)

Reducing food waste is undoubtedly a key priority for industry, governments and consumers and this debate will look at where in the supply chain the industry can have the biggest impact on both cutting carbon emissions and preventing hunger. An expert panel will discuss and debate just how to tackle food waste from farm to fork in what promises to be a highly thought-provoking, not-to-be-missed session.


#8. The Next Big Thing in Drinks (3.10pm - 31st March)

This session will provide a tantalising chance to experience some of the beverage start-ups that will set the agenda for years to come. The category is full of innovation: but which ideas have the best chance of succeeding in today’s crowded marketplace? What are the biggest challenges for today’s start-ups? And how can they overcome them? We’ll hear from the entrepreneurs themselves and find out what sets their products apart.


#9. Fats in Fashion (11.50am - 30th March)

Where once high fat food was considered the devil’s work, consumers are becoming more aware that certain fats and fatty acids offer several benefits to skin, hair, brain function and even gut health. With nutrient-dense fats now the name of the game, an expert panel including Ellen Schutt, Executive Director, Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED), Amy Moring, co-founder of Hunter & Gather Foods and Nikki Hancocks, Editor at Nutraingredients.com, will discuss the health implications, the consumer knowledge gaps, and potential business opportunities.


#10. Don’t just take our word for it…

These delegates reaped the benefits of a day away from their busy schedules:“You get so many new ideas; so many things in such a short period of time. I’ve been sort of kicking myself going, ‘why don’t I do this more?’ because you do get so much out of it.” Kiti Soinine, Category Director, Mintel

“The (Ingredients) show helps put me in touch with the people I need to drive my business forward.” Stephen Ware, Partner, MM&JE Ware      

“Today has been completely about innovation. I would recommend other people come to The Ingredients Show purely to be inspired.” Sarah Jane Large, NPD Manager, Cook


The UK Food Shows unite five shows under one roof, covering the complete supply chain in three comprehensive days of insight, innovation and inspiration. The Ingredients Show joins Food & Drink Expo, Foodex, National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show, to create an unmissable proposition for progressive food and drink professionals across the industry.   

While the content of each show has been tailored to meet the exacting requirements of its respective audience, The UK Food Shows are united by four overarching themes: Health & Nutrition, Sustainability, Technology and Consumer

Insight; issues faced unilaterally that will filter down into every part of the show discourse.   

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


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