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Four New Show Features at Packaging Innovations 2017

Packaging Innovations 2017, the UK’s leading event dedicated to the packaging industry, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017, with four new show initiatives, plus a series of returning visitor favourites.

This year’s show sees the launch of The Inclusivity in Packaging Feature, bringing leading experts together to examine how packaging can be more inclusive at the design stage to better meet customers’ needs and maximise appeal. Hosted by David Wiggins of DRW Packaging Consultants, visitors will be shown how to measure the impact their design decisions have on the consumer and how to develop a business case for implementing improvements.

New for 2017 is The Ideas Factory, which will enable visitors to gain fresh ideas and inspiration by learning from leading experts from non-packaging based companies such as British Gas, Mintel, Cambridge University, Blippar and Knowledge Transfer Network. This will allow cutting-edge techniques and knowledge from other industries to be applied to the packaging sector.

​In a first for the show, Campden BRI, the UK’s largest independent food and drink research body, is hosting a series of intimate, topical sessions for the FMCG industry. Topics will cover an array of subjects, from packaging defects and labelling updates, through to contact materials and openability. Campden BRI will also be hosting a competition for attendees, to see if they can guess the ‘foreign body’.

The final new addition for 2017 is The Pentawards Display, which will see the 2016 Diamond, Platinum and Gold Pentawards winners showcased live on the showfloor. The display will be made up from the awards’ five main categories – beverages, body, food, luxury and other markets – and will include packaging from brands such as Dominos, Marc Jacobs and Sony.

There will be additional showfloor entertainment in the form of The Drinks Symposium which will see innovative new drinks brands, Asterley Bros, Brighton Gin and Gigglewater explain the stories behind their new products. They will discuss how, in today’s crowded marketplace, original thinking, a unique story and imaginative packaging can enhance a new product’s desirability and create a strong brand identity.

Also returning is The Pharmaceutical Symposium, where an array of global leaders will examine the core issues and trends from the industry. Greg Anderson, Device Director at GSK, will explore ‘Medicine manufacturing industry partnership – Opportunities to engage for the packaging technology sector’, while Sanjay Patel, Global Innovation Connector at Coca-Cola, will look at ‘Can employing FMCG innovation tools deliver novelty and thus improvement in patient treatment adherence?’.

The BIG Print Debate will tackle the big issues and trends currently facing the print industry, the Great Innovation Debate will be hosted by Josh Brooks of Packaging News, while visitors looking for specific one-to-one expert advice on any packaging challenges can head to The Packaging Consultancy Clinic, which is being hosted by the Packaging Society.

Whether it’s reducing waste through smarter packaging, finding more energy efficient solutions or finding more recyclable materials, companies with an environmental agenda, will see how some of the sector’s brightest talents are helping to achieve sustainability targets during The Ecopack Challenge. This Dragons’ Den style session will feature three short-listed companies demonstrating their environmentally responsible packaging ideas to a panel of experts and show visitors. The winner will have the opportunity to develop their idea with Marks & Spencer.

The show also features five seminar theatres packed with over 30 hours of free-to-attend educational content. These sessions are being delivered by packaging industry leaders from companies such as Co-Op, Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Mondelēz International.

For more information, including the full seminar programme and free registration, please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Pentawards Winners to be Displayed at UK’s Leading Packaging Show

The 2016 Pentawards winners will be showcased at Packaging Innovations 2017, the UK’s leading event dedicated to the packaging industry, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017.

The Pentawards, which celebrated a 10th anniversary last year, is the leading and most prestigious worldwide competition, devoted exclusively to packaging design in all of its forms. The 2016 awards, which were held in Shanghai, received 1,843 entries, from five continents and 54 countries.

The Pentawards Display is a new initiative for 2017; it will feature the 2016 Diamond, Platinum and Gold Pentaward winners, across five main categories – body, beverage, food, luxury and other markets. The display offers visitors the unique opportunity to gain a global perspective of the best and most creative achievements in packaging design from last year.

Each edition of the awards sees packaging designs from around the world being judged by an international panel of 12 highly respected individuals, made up of designers, design directors and marketing chiefs from major global brands. The awards include Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Pentawards, with the most unique packaging receiving the top prize – the Diamond Pentaward.

Sony, Dominos, Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery, Argos, Man Cave Meats, Mousegraphics, The Partners, Chivas Regal, Mengniu, Holika Holika and Marc Jacobs are just some of the major names which will be in the Pentawards Display area. There will also be an ’at show’ competition, with the winner collecting ‘The Package Design Book 4’, published by Taschen, which features all of the 2015 and 2016 Pentaward winning designs.

Shona Thomson, Marketing Manager of Easyfairs’ UK Packaging Portfolio concludes: “We are thrilled to have the Pentawards Display as part of our live showfloor programme. This is a major coup for the show, underscoring our show’s credentials as the place to see the best packaging design and innovation from right across the globe.”

To register for free please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Leading Innovators Set to Take Centre Stage at the UK’s Leading Packaging Event

British Gas, Mintel, Cambridge University, Blippar and Knowledge Transfer Network are among the major names set to speak as part of Packaging Innovations 2017’s newest show feature, The Ideas Factory. This brand-new theatre will welcome an array of non-packaging based experts to share skills, experience, knowledge and the newest techniques from their sector, in order to see how they can be applied to the packaging sector.

On day one of the show, Wednesday 1 March 2017, Tom Guy, Hive Global Product Director at British Gas, will kick things off with his session ‘Hive: Different for a reason’. He will explore the latest technological advances and wireless products that allow you to control your home from your mobile, tablet or laptop.

Making sure that people want to talk about and share pictures of products on social media is an important part of any brand’s design process, particularly when it comes to the packaging. With this in mind, David Glenwright, Head of Training Services at JC Social Media, will discuss the nature of ‘user generated’ content and showcase innovative product packaging designs created specifically to encourage social sharing.

The automotive sector is a vital part of the UK’s economy, accounting for more that £71.6 billion turnover. It is currently experiencing its greatest levels of innovation as electric vehicles and developments of the ‘connected car’ flood the market. Dr Ben Lane, Director at Next Green Car and Za-Map, will take to the stage to explore the key lessons being learned from the automotive innovation, giving packaging professionals plenty of reasons to continue driving forward.

Ritchie Bosworth, Founder and Head Brewer at Twisted Barrel Ale, will use his session to explain ‘How craft beer has turned premiumisation on its head’, analysing the pitfalls and mistakes made, and how to best learn from them.

Following Bosworth’s session will be Brian McCarthy, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Advanced Materials for Functional Systems at Knowledge Transfer Network, who will discuss ‘Smart technologies in the UK packaging sector’.

Bringing day one to a close, Zeen Cala, Head of Employer Development at Skills Funding Agency – National Apprenticeship Service, will be giving attendees an in-depth look into the process of innovation.

The educational platform continues on Thursday 2 March with Regina Haydon, Food and Drink Analyst at Mintel. Haydon will reveal Mintel’s 2017 Global Packaging Trends, detailing how new active and intelligent technologies hold out the promise of extended shelf life, improved products and brand security and a more positive consumer experience.

Steven Bagshaw, Business Development Manager at the Centre for Process Innovation, will discuss its development of a simple breathalyser that will give diabetes sufferers a non-invasive method for monitoring glucose levels. Bagshaw will also outline the use of smart packaging in healthcare – one of the fastest developing areas in the sector.

To ensure that the majority of the population are able to use a product or service, organisations must consider the principles of Inclusive Design. Mike Bradley, Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University, will examine the opportunities and challenges of applying these principles in automotive product development. This will be illustrated with the original Ford Focus case study.

Closing the Ideas Factory stream will be Geert Berckmans, Commercial Director – Strategic Partnerships at Blippar. He will present ‘What the packaging industry can learn from FMCG adoption of AR’. During this session, Berckmans will showcase a series of ‘best in class’ examples, whilst discussing the key lessons learned from working with thousands of brands to bring their products to life through augmented reality.

The Ideas Factory will run alongside four other theatres packed with educational content, delivered by major names including Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover and Mondelēz International. There will also be a series of interactive show features, including The Innovation Showcase, The Drinks Symposium, The Great Innovation Debate, The Packaging Consultancy Clinic and The BIG Print Debate.

In addition to this, visitors will have access to over 350 leading international suppliers who will be demonstrating the latest products and services, spanning the entire supply chain.

For more information, including the full seminar programme and free registration, please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Dedicated Food and Drink Workshop Arrives at Packaging Innovations 2017

For the first time at Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack 2017, Campden BRI, the UK’s largest independent food and drink research body, will be hosting a series of intimate and topical sessions in a dedicated ‘mini’ theatre for the food and drink industries. The programme of presentations will take place during the UK’s leading packaging event on 1 & 2 March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The sessions will explore how organisations can ensure the strength, integrity of packaging, and correct physicochemical characteristics of their packaging so that it protects and preserves products as they move through the supply chain. Campden BRI will also discuss packaging solutions which do not adversely affect the product by interacting and causing taints or loss of quality. Presentations will include ‘The role of packaging in optimising quality’, ‘EU food contact material rules’, ‘Open surgery time – meet the experts’, ‘Understanding migration testing’ and ‘Food packaging: shape colour and texture’.

Visitors will also be able to take part in a ‘Spot the defect’ competition on the Campden BRI stand. The winner will be awarded a free place on the Campden BRI ‘Food contact materials’ seminar, worth over £300.

During the two-day event, the Campden BRI ‘mini’ Theatre will run alongside five other seminar theatres packed with educational content, delivered by major names including Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover and Mondelēz International. There will also be a series of interactive show features, including the Innovation Showcase, The Drinks Symposium, The Great Innovation Debate, The Packaging Consultancy Clinic and The BIG Print Debate.

In addition to this, visitors will have access to 350 leading international suppliers who will be demonstrating the latest products and services which span the entire supply chain from design to machinery and materials to contract packing services.

For further information, visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Health Ingredients China – The Largest Event in China For Health Ingredients

China is the world’s largest food and beverage market with a population of more than 1.3 billion. Rising incomes, an ageing population and food safety consumers have led to a large increase in the Chinese health market in the last number of years. Chinese expenditure on health products has grown at an annual rate of 15-30% in the last 20 years, versus 13% in developed countries over the same period, making it a very attractive market for anyone involved in the health industry. By 2020 it is also estimated that the Chinese heath care industry will be worth more than 8 trillion RMB.

Health ingredients China (Hi China), organised by UBM is China’s leading health ingredients event. Formally led by the brand Food ingredients Asia-China, the event has been serving the Chinese market for the last 18 years. Since the health ingredients brand was added in 2003, the show has continuously developed and played a key role within the growing food, beverage and health sectors in China and beyond. Hi China, is held alongside a variety of other events including Food ingredients Asia-China, HNC, NEX and CPhI China. Combined the events are China’s largest gathering of food ingredients, health ingredients, finished health food products, natural extracts and pharmaceutical ingredients, all under one roof.

As the largest event in China for health ingredients, Hi China will not only provide visitors and exhibitors with a meeting place to establish and grow their business relationships, but also offer them a range of on-site activities, such as The Nutraceutical Industry Development Conference which will include an analysis of the latest health food registration and application policies in China, Discovery Tours which will provide visitors with special topic driven routes around the show floor and Onsite Matchmaking to help you to optimise your visit and make the most of your time onsite.

Last year’s post show survey revealed that 91% of visitors were satisfied with their experience at Hi China 2016, and 94% of them plan to participate again in 2017. Pre-registration for the event is now open and you can register for free at http://www.healthingredients-china.com/Feb2017. Registered visitors can get access to all the on-site features and the co-located shows, as well as access to the VIP lounge and a gift and lunch voucher. You can register at http://www.healthingredients-china.com/Jan17

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Showcasing the Latest Innovations in Health & Wellbeing at IFE 2017

Focusing on global product innovation and welcoming some of the leading buyers in the industry, The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) 2017 is both the largest show of its kind in the UK, and at the forefront of predicting future food trends. Following the explosion in healthy eating trends across the industry in the last few years, IFE is again hosting a section dedicated entirely to Health & Wellbeing.

Buyers will be spoilt for choice at IFE 2017, which will showcase a diverse range of the latest product innovations. Just a few examples are Gato & Co (N2260) who aim to revolutionise desserts with a range of puddings which are less than 220 calories per pot, made with natural, nutrient-rich ingredients and free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Mighty Bee (N2434) produce 100% organic coconut water, coconut meat and jerky, whilst The Nude Spoon (N2271) will showcase organic, dairy-free ice cream sweetened with coconut sugar and packed full of nutritious ingredients to create a range of flavours such as creamy coffee, salted caramel and rich chocolate.

Moving from produce to cooking essentials, The DressQuerade Sauce Co. (N2343) will showcase a range of versatile and delicious sauces, dressings and marinades made from raw blends of 70%+ fresh fruit and vegetables. Crofts Avocado Oil (N2525) will exhibit their 100% natural and gluten free oil, which is ideal for general healthy living and a great ingredient for cooking nutritious dishes.

IFE is also proud to unveil two brand new speaker stages – the Talking Trends stage and the Big Picture theatre. The Talking Trends stage will focus on innovation and key food & drink trends, with talks such as ‘Why would a top restaurant want to go Gluten and Dairy Free?’ with Dominic Teague, Executive Chef from One Aldwych, on Tuesday 21 March and ‘Good Fats vs. Bad Fats’ with Bee Wilson, food writer and historian, on Wednesday 22 March.

The Big Picture theatre will tackle the hard-hitting issues facing the industry in these challenging times. There will be a range of topics such as ‘Plates Over Pills’ with medical practitioner Dr Rupy Aujla from The Doctor’s Kitchen who will discuss the benefit of good nutrition over medication on Sunday 19 March. While ‘The Sugar Debate’ will be held on Tuesday 21 March with Food Industry expert Jane Milton, along with Richard Hall, Chairman from Zenith Global and Tim Rycroft, Director of Corporate Affairs from the Food & Drink Federation.

Also new for this year, IFE 2017 has introduced the “trend trail”, which lets buyers walk a dedicated path throughout the event allowing them to discover the latest products and suppliers across a range of categories including ‘free-from’.

Event Director, Soraya Gadelrab comments: “IFE 2017 is in prime position to identify the healthiest forthcoming trends of 2017, such as purple produce which features increasingly on contemporary menus due to both its nutritional value and vibrant colour. Consumers are turning to flexitarian diets, encouraged by major supermarket retailers who are trying to make meat free alternatives more accessible. We’re also seeing alternative proteins gaining traction with consumers as the industry continues to position them in progressively appealing ways as the market evolves. At IFE 2017, you can discover all the emerging health trends that will lead the way for the year ahead. Over 1,350 suppliers choose to exhibit at the event, which runs across four days from the 19 to 22 March at ExCeL London, so it’s the ideal place to discover the newest innovations that will be driving growth in this market.”

With nine easy to navigate sections, insight from leading industry professionals and cooking demonstrations from some of the most respected chefs in the industry, whether you’re a retailer, chef, manufacturer, wholesaler or distributor, IFE is the only place to be to ensure you stay one step ahead of the food and drink curve. For further information visit the IFE website (www.ife.co.uk).

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Global Brands Take to the Stage at UK’s Leading Packaging Show

Amazon, Innocent Drinks, Jaguar Land Rover, 2 Sisters Food Group, Mondelēz International, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Marks & Spencer are just some of the major brands taking to the stage at Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print 2017.​

The UK’s leading packaging show, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017 for its twelfth edition, will host over 30 hours of practical and educational content, across five theatres. It will also feature experts from Co-Op, Danone Nutricia, Smithers Pira, Terracycle, Touch Pack Design, Root, the Environmental Services Association and Bunzl.

The age of e-commerce has added another level of complexity to the packaging process as organisations must find ways to reduce waste, minimise damage whilst pleasing customers throughout the journey of the package. With this in mind, two of the world’s leading exponents of e-commerce packaging, Amazon’s Brent Nelson, Senior Manager of WW Packaging, Sustainability, and Justine Mahler, Manager of WW Packaging, Sustainability, will give visitors an insight into the best-in-class solutions when designing packaging for e-commerce.

Sustainability is arguably one of the hottest topics in packaging at the moment, with forecasts predicating that the global sustainable packaging market will be reach $303.60 Billion by 2020. Innocent Drinks has always had sustainability at its heart, with this in mind, its Sustainability Manager, Simon Reid, will present ‘Leaving things better than we find them’. During his talk, Simon will look at how Innocent ensures its supply chain meets not only environmental and social minimum standards, but how it is constantly striving to reduce waste and the amount of energy and water it uses. He will also explore Innocent’s historical work on pushing the boundaries for packaging, as well as its plans for the next few years.

In today’s digitally driven world convenience is king. Consumers have the luxury of being able to access what they want, when they want it. So how do businesses meet these consumer needs while growing in a responsible way? Continuing with the sustainability theme will be Tracy Sutton, Packaging Design and Brand Sustainability Consultant at Root. Tracy will explore the benefits of having a strategic approach to packaging design that is specific to your brand. She will share her perspective on the complex issues of recycling and composting and contrast this with a simple, holistic design approach that can reap increased benefits.​

Launching and maintaining manufacturing operations abroad is a challenging task in so many ways. With this in mind, Theodoros Striftompolas, International Packaging Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, will present ‘High performance packaging behind the high performance cars’. He will detail how the JLR International Packaging team oversees the design, development and management of the packaging of parts, which are to be fitted in the firm’s international plants, and the challenges faced and the opportunities that arise during this process.

Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager at Co-Op is exploring the circular economy and what it means for packaging. As part of this he will explain Co-Op’s approach to improving packaging recyclability.

David Tonkin, Group Packaging Development Manager at 2 Sisters Food Group, will be presenting a case study-led session, focusing on creating a food brand for the online world. David will detail how the brand was created, the design explorations, how the designs were brought to life and how it was all delivered to market.

Frits Brinkerhof, Business Project Director at Danone Nutricia, and Martin Bunce, Principle Consultant at Tin Horse, will share the successful design approach used for developing the new Aptamil Profutura infant nutrition pack. Martin and Frits will also talk about an ‘Agile Innovation’ approach, which analyses how to design for an uncertain world, where change is the only constant.

Anyone looking to add value and increase brand loyalty through functionality will not want to miss the talk by Steven Hind, Head of Marketing at Lucozade Sport & Lucozade Ribena Suntory, and Heidi Maxwell, Managing Director of Touch Pack Design. The presentation will explore Lucozade’ s desire to entice more people to buy its sports drink by designing a revolutionary drinks bottle, pinpointing the consumer’s need for a lightweight yet strong bottle, addressing three key barriers to purchase; efficacy, value and relevance.

These seminars and case studies are selected to provide inspiration and practical guidance on packaging, label and print issues. To see the full line-up and to register for free please visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 3196 4429 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Vegan or High-protein – SternLife Develops Trendy Organic Products For Strong Brands

Vegan, high-protein and organic, combined with convenience and enjoyment: this mix of top trends has been translated by SternLife, the functional food specialist, into attractive new ideas for health product suppliers as well as for drugstore chains and private labels. At this year’s BioFach exhibition in Nuremberg, the full-service provider for functional foods to the private label sector will present its novel products to the specialist public on Stand 9-435 in Hall 9.

Vegan organic bars: purely irresistible!

Organically grown dates are the foundation of the new functional bars which SternLife offers in two flavours: cocoa with the superfood hempseed, and spicy lemon with ginger and chili. Benefitting from the natural, mild sweetness of the dates, the bar is an attractive healthy snack for a wide target group. It’s protein content of 20 percent and a high proportion of dietary fibres make it ideal for athletes and persons who casually enjoy active sports – before, during and after training. This innovative product offers additional value-added potential to for example sports nutrition manufacturers. The vegan bar is free from gluten, soy or lactose and has a balanced amino acid profile. Rice, peas and hempseed serve as sources of protein; they complement each other ideally and in combination supply all required essential amino acids.

Vegan organic shake with a high protein content

SternLife’s vegan protein shake enables manufacturers and retailers to offer a product that appeals specifically to active young people. The nutritious shake with 55 percent protein and a balanced amino acid profile derived from rice, peas and hemp as well as sunflower seeds helps to build up and maintain muscle mass. It also promotes regeneration after training. A further plus is its antioxidative and vitalizing effect, as the shake contains valuable vitamins, minerals, trace elements and secondary plant metabolites – along with a high nutrient density. Fruit and vegetable powders, and above all superfoods like wheatgrass and aronia and goji berries, make it naturally rich in potassium, iron, vitamin C, folic acid and vitamin A. SternLife will present the vegan organic protein shake in three flavours: “Red” with super-berries, “Green” with green superfood, and “Brown” with cocoa and coconut. Coconut sugar adds mild sweetness. The instantized shake is free from gluten, soy or lactose, is easy to prepare and has the further advantage of a relatively low calorie content.

Brand extensions with vegan protein porridge

The new organic protein porridge will enable brand suppliers to add a versatile vegan trend product to their range. The powder mix consisting of wholemeal rolled oats and magnesium-rich amaranth contains 20 percent protein from oats, peas and sunflower seeds. With its high level of dietary fibres and pleasant apple-and-cinnamon flavour, the organic porridge makes an ideal breakfast with a long-lasting satisfying effect. The purely vegetable powder only has to be mixed with hot water, making it a perfect quick meal in the office. Next to vegans, manufacturers will be able to position the protein porridge to persons with lactose intolerance and exploit other marketing possibilities.

New bakery mix for organic vegan, gluten-free protein bread

For breakfast, for an evening meal or to take to work: the new SternLife bakery bread mix gives a boost to strong brands and private labels. The organic vegan bakery mix gives a fluffy loaf with a high protein and dietary fibre content but a low level of carbohydrate. It is also gluten-free, which is the exception rather than the rule with protein bread. With its unique nutrient profile, the protein bakery mix meets the needs and wishes of a wide array of target groups. It can be marketed to vegans and vegetarians, but also to athletes and consumers who attach importance to a low-carb diet. And the organic protein bread is perfect for sensitive persons, too, since it contains neither gluten nor lactose.

SternLife’s new organic vegan products enable suppliers of sports nutrition  and dietetic products, druggists and food retailers to launch a demand-oriented range under their own brands. They allow to capture new target groups and generate additional turnover. The ready-made product concepts can be expanded and tweaked individually. It is no problem to develop a complete vegan range with trend products in individual flavours. From the original idea through product development to the finished product, SternLife offers its customers all the necessary services from a single source.

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Doehler at ProSweets 2017: Integrated Solutions For Unique Multi-sensory Experiences With Healthy Added Value!

Crunchy biscuits, filled doughnuts with visually outstanding glazing, extraordinary pralines and chocolate creations as well as natural fruit and vegetable gums: These are the Multi-Sensory Experiences® visitors can enjoy at the Doehler stand at ProSweets 2017 – in a natural way! In line with the company motto “We bring ideas to life.”, Doehler presents comprehensive natural ingredients, ingredient systems, integrated solutions and inspirations for outstanding confectionery and baked goods. All product innovations incorporate naturalness, “Multi-Sensory Experiences®” and “Nutritional Excellence”. Thus, Doehler presents a multitude of product concepts that offer natural and healthy added value thanks to their exclusive use of plant-based ingredients while also unveiling pure indulgence. As a producer with its own processing facilities for natural raw materials, Doehler offers an extensive portfolio of natural ingredients, including natural flavours, natural colours, health & nutrition ingredients, cereal ingredients, dairy and dairy-free ingredients, speciality ingredients, dry ingredients, fruit & vegetable ingredients and ingredient systems for all product applications, which will also be presented at ProSweets.

Pure indulgence

Nothing puts a magical sparkle in children’s eyes faster that sweets, gummy bears and creamy chocolates! But the times when confectionery should be more colourful, sweeter and flashier have passed. Consumers, and parents in particular, place more and more importance on naturalness, even with pure indulgence products, and desire ingredients that are still as natural as possible and have only undergone few and particularly gentle processing steps. At ProSweets, Doehler will present a broad range of natural ingredients and versatile product ideas for confectionery and baked goods that not only taste great but are also made exclusively of natural ingredients. The diverse range includes tender chocolate creations with ginger or strawberry crunches to fine pralines with a flavourful raspberry-mascarpone filling or with whole, freeze-dried blueberries.

For these unusual concepts, the company relies on its high-quality portfolio of natural colours and natural flavours, juice concentrates, purees and fruit pieces. Especially the extraordinary range of dry ingredients that is exclusively produced from the best natural raw materials such as fruits and vegetables opens up innovative and particularly natural world of indulgence. Thanks to extremely gentle freeze drying, shape and colour of the raw materials are optimally retained. Thus, the fruits as a whole, as slices, small pieces or as powder and fruit granulates not only provide a feast for the taste buds and the eyes, but also give tender melting chocolates and pralines and many other confectionery products an extra crispy crunch.

Less sugar – Great indulgence!

Like in all food and beverage sectors, “sugar reduction”, or the reduction of refined sugar, is also one of the most important issues in the confectionery and baked goods industry. According to a survey carried out by Doehler Sensory & Consumer Science, more than two-thirds of consumers consider the statement “reduced sugar” important. At ProSweets, Doehler presents a comprehensive series of product concepts that impress with an ideal sweetness profile while containing less sugar. The focus of the trade fair will be on baked goods with reduced-sugar fruit preparations and sweetening components used as a sugar substitute for crunchy biscuits.

Multi-Sensory Experiences® for confectionery and baked goods

Refreshing fruit gums with cooling effect, chocolate bars with three types of exclusive chocolates, chocolate-coated fruits with intense flavours and cola-flavoured biscuits: At Doehler’s trade fair stand, visitors can discover a multitude of product inspirations that truly open up multi-sensory experiences – hence, products that are not only a treat for the taste buds, but also tickle all the other senses.

Doehler creates excellent Multi-Sensory Experiences® by using natural, luminous colours and innovative coating systems for a brilliant look and extra bite in confectionery. The spectrum of natural colours ranges from white, yellow, orange, red, brown and purple to green and blue in bright to subtle shades. Natural dry ingredients made from fruit also create a special sensory experience: They are characterised by an authentic taste and crunchy mouthfeel. Furthermore, Doehler creates unique Multi-Sensory Experiences® that also contribute to more “healthy” confectionery by using combinations of fruit and vegetable ingredients or innovative flavours such as cooling-effect flavours.

For further information contact Döhler GmbH:

www.doehler.com

www.we-bring-ideas-to-life.com

mailbox@doehler.com.

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Food Matters Live 2016 Hailed as Key Cross-sector Event For Innovation in Food and Drink

More than 13,500 experts from across the food, health and nutrition sectors attended Food Matters Live 2016 – making it the fastest growing cross-sector event of the year for showcasing innovation in the food and drink industry. The three day event played host to 600 exhibitors – from global multinationals to young and emerging enterprises from the UK and internationally – all offering the latest innovations in food, health and nutrition through a range of interactive displays and thought-provoking talks, demonstrations and tastings.

More international ingredients’ companies, manufacturers and experts took part than ever before, with exhibitors from Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Wales, the Netherlands and Czech Republic.

Whole teams from retailers and foodservice providers were in attendance over the three days including the likes of Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Planet Organic, Ocado, Holland and Barrett, Superdrug, Greencore, M&R Catering, itsu and British Airways.

Manufacturers seeking innovative solutions for NPD, reformulations and new ingredients included Nestle, Mondelez, United Biscuits, Whitworths, Kruger UK Ltd – while Amazon Launchpad and new crowdfunding platform Tesco BackIt attended to meet some of the many start-ups showcasing cutting-edge products.

In addition to the extensive exhibition, there was standing room only in the many seminars and main stage conference, which featured 400 speakers covering wide-ranging topics such as nutrition for health and well being, reformulating ingredients to create ‘better for you’ food and drink, sustainable food business, innovative packaging design and strategic marketing solutions.

foodmattersliveoverview2016The rich content programme focused on some of the most hotly contested issues to affect the food and drink industry this year. Industry speakers were keen to voice their opinions on the impact of Brexit and the UK government’s decision to introduce a sugar tax on carbonated soft drinks, combined with a controversial obesity strategy.

Emma Reed, the UK Department of Health’s Programme Director of Childhood Obesity, said she had been “reassured and motivated” by industry efforts to reduce sugar in food.

“This is my first visit to Food Matters Live and I’m overwhelmed by the breadth of the discussion I’ve had so far with some of the exhibitors,” she said. “I’ve already seen some fantastic examples of how industry and food manufacturers have been cutting the sugar in their food products. I absolutely welcome that and look forward to working with the exhibitors here.”

Tesco’s Group Quality Director Tim Smith – who joined a conference debate on whether retailers can influence healthier food choices – said Tesco had reduced sugar in all its own brand products “to help customers lead healthy lives”.

“We decided to look at our entire range – 250 products – and each and every one of those we examined to see if it was possible to get below the proposed sugar levy – and in November of this year we have been able to do that,” he said.

But world-renowned behavioural economist Tim Harford urged government ministers not to demonise soft drinks because it might encourage people to increase their consumption of other sugary products. Instead, he advised: “Raise the tax a bit on sugar, see what happens, collect some data and then you can make a sensible decision about how to move forward.”

Craig Sargeant, General Manager from Mars Food UK – who were represented in both the conference and Evidence Base attraction – said: “Food Matters Live encourages the conversation and invites debate, helping people to consolidate the different messages out there into the simplest way to help consumers make healthier food choices.”

FoodMattersStackedFruitRobert Lutz from Huegli UK Limited said: “As a new exhibitor to Food Matters Live 2016, we found the show a great mechanism to promote our business and generate new business leads and contacts.  What makes Food Matters Live unique is that is brings together a wide spread of visitor profiles, which is great for a pan European business like ours that has many divisions and customer types.  Based on the success of Food Matters Live 2016 we have already booked a stand for 2017.”

Commenting on the opportunity for international companies to be part of Food Matters Live, Martijn Bergmans, Agricultural Advisor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands said:  “Food Matters Live is a great event for Dutch innovative food companies to showcase their products and meet potential UK buyers and customers.

Alessandra Vighetto, Public officer at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, also said: “It has been an important exhibition for the Italian companies and a good opportunity to meet buyers and share new ideas with the industry sector in an innovative and functional space.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, said: “Food Matters Live pleased thousands of visitors last week – many of whom attended to find answers to a range of issues and to see first hand the latest innovations shaping the future of food and drink. Our priority now is to build on the success of last week’s event and to work closely with exhibitors, speakers, visitors and supporters to make Food Matters Live 2017 even better with further international appeal.” 

Next year’s Food Matters Live takes place on 21-23 November 2017 at London’s ExCeL.

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Quality in the Spotlight at UK’s Leading Packaging Show

Over 280 leading suppliers are already signed up for Packaging Innovations 2017, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 1 & 2 March 2017. Not only does the UK’s leading packaging event boast its largest exhibitor base to date, but it has also increased the level of innovation on offer, with more organisations launching new products and services than ever before.

Aegg Creative Packaging is officially launching its brand new service ‘mini-Aegg’ at Packaging Innovations 2017. It will allow food outlets and food producers to order smaller quantities of Aegg’s off-the-shelf premium plastic food packaging range, which is ideal for smaller, emerging businesses that are constrained by limited amounts of storage space or require smaller amounts of packaging. At the launch, Aegg will be introducing a range of over 20 of its premium packaging products to choose from within the mini-Aegg service.

Following the same theme will be Involvement Packaging, discussing its new division called OiPPS. This e-commerce brand that offers plastic and metal containers and packaging to smaller businesses and home-based start-up organisations. It provides a flexibility in selection, being able to tailor requirements to the customer’s needs. There are no minimum order quantities and customers can select a range of delivery options.

PackagingInnovation2013LadyClondalkin Flexible Packaging Grootegast will be introducing two new additions to its market leading stand up pouch range, which offers sustainable, user friendly solutions, as well as food protection and extended shelf life. Also on display will be Clondalkin’s high barrier lidding film for plastic cups or trays, multi-layer laminates with aluminium, microwaveable packaging for frozen snacks, and printed bags.

Martina Fidder, Sales Manager at Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Grootegast, says: “We are very excited with the developments we have been making across our product range and are looking forward to sharing them with visitors at the show. As we’re based in the Netherlands this is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our technical expertise and innovative product range to the UK market.”

Debuting its new its M-Lock© tamper evident carton will be Firstan Cartons. The new system has a tamper evident built in mechanism. This removes the need for further processing, such as applying glue or tamper labels.

Greenearth Food Packaging will use Packaging Innovations 2017 as the launchpad for two new products. The first is Bran Tableware, which is made from 100 per cent bran fibre and includes plates, bowls, platters and cutlery. The second is Wood Carrier Trays, which are suitable for ready meals, vegetables and salad.

Those looking for glass-like clarity from polypropylene (PP), the Milliken Europe stand will feature the launch of UltraClear Polypropylene which is clarified with Milliken’s Millad® NX™ 8000 series. This offers customers a new clarity standard for PP that is comparable to glass-clear materials. In addition to offering exceptional aesthetics, the material is also very efficient with the lowest weight potential for thermoforming and sheet packaging. It has excellent heat resistance that further extends applications by enabling microwaveability and hot fill capability.

Advanta will be exhibiting its wide range of both smoothwall and wrinklewall foil containers. The smoothwall trays have a smooth rim, which allows them to be hermetically heat-sealed with standard film on high speed machines. Gas flushing techniques can also be incorporated into the filling and sealing phases of meal production. Its wrinklewall range is perfect for bakery, take-away, catering, convenience meals and desserts.

Croxsons will be focusing on adding value to glass packaging through a variety of advanced decoration techniques and closures. It will also be displaying its stunning decoration on its The House of Erick bottle live at the show.

For further information, visit www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, or via the show team on +44 (0)20 8843 8800 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.

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Global Miller’s Symposium – Creating New Ideas to Tackle Future Challenges

The concentrated know-how of the international milling industry will be represented in Hamburg (Germany) on 20 and 21 April 2017. The ICC and the flour improvement and fortification experts from Mühlenchemie will hold the first joint Global Miller’s Symposium. Research scientists and practitioners from the worldwide milling industry will come together to share their latest information and conclusions as to how the milling industry can meet the challenges of the future.

During the two-day meeting, 27 internationally acknowledged speakers will hold papers at the Hamburg Campus of the Bucerius Law School; their main topics will be “The Market”, “Grain Research & Quality”, “Quality Determination Tools” and “Health & Fortification”. The papers will provide millers with new information and ideas on current changes and challenges in the industry, such as the increasing demand for food, cost pressure, fertilizer regulations, the effects of climate and health aspects. The well-known keynote speakers include Drew Lerner, President of World Weather, Inc., and the food and nutrition scientist Fred Brouns from Maastricht University. At the end of the first day, all the participants will find an opportunity for networking at the Global Miller’s Dinner.

milling“We regard ourselves as a forum for all cereal technologists and cereal scientists the world over, and hope the symposium will network them on the global, national and regional levels,” says Michaela Pichler, Secretary General of the ICC. The ICC is the leading international association for cereal science and technology. It devotes itself to international cooperation, the dissemination of knowledge and the improvement of safety and quality in the field of cereal-based foods.

As Lennart Kutschinski, Managing Director of Mühlenchemie, explains: “In the context of our leading topics we will discuss how the wealth of information from the sciences and practical experience can be used to achieve a better supply of food to the world’s population. To do this, we intend to establish networks that will make a useful and long-term contribution to shaping the future of the milling industry beyond the framework of the symposium.” Mühlenchemie is one of the world’s leading enterprises in the field of flour treatment and flour fortification. The company exports its products to over 120 countries and maintains close partnerships with more than 1,500 mills around the globe.

Registration and information on the programme at: www.global-millers-symposium.com.

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Teagasc National Dairy Conference – 6th & 7th December, 2016

The Teagasc National Dairy Conference is taking place on 6 December at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork and on 7 December at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Co Westmeath.  ‘Technologies for Success’ is the theme for this year’s conference.

Announcing details of the event, Dr Tom O Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc said: “Dairy farmers have come through a difficult milk price environment in 2016 and in 2015, but there are now rays of light emerging on international dairy markets. This year’s conference will focus on how Irish dairy farmers can position their businesses to exploit the technologies available to ensure they continue to be competitive milk producers in a European and international context.”

Dr O Dwyer said: “This is a great opportunity for all involved in dairy farming and the dairy industry to learn about new ideas, share information, get answers to questions and, probably most importantly, be inspired to take action.  Teagasc has planned a farmer focussed, practical conference and has invited a stellar line-up of speakers to take part. “

This year’s conference follows the format adopted successfully at last year’s event, with a mixture of presentations and workshop sessions. Dr Pat Dillon, Head of Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation programme Teagasc will present the keynote address focussing on his assessment of how Irish dairy farming is positioned in 2016, with a particular emphasis on whether or not it is well positioned to avail of future growth opportunities. Pete and Anne Morgan, New Zealand dairy farmers, will tell their story of how they have built robustness into their dairy farming business so as to develop a sustainable business across a range of milk prices.

TeagascLogoThese will be followed with a panel discussion with three leading dairy farmers. They will discuss the critical success factors which are important to their farming businesses.

In the afternoon there will be six workshops and attendees can choose three to attend.  The workshops this year cover a varied range of topics with a great mix of Teagasc, other professional and farmer presenters.  All of the workshops will be interactive, with plenty of time for audience involvement.

Workshops

  • What has clover to offer to Irish dairy farmers?
  • What is your farm’s breakeven milk price for 2017?
  • What AI bulls should you use in 2017?
  • What steps can you take to reduce calf scour in spring 2017?
  • What are the causes and solutions to a herd lameness problem?
  • “Your health is your wealth”… are you looking after yourself?

To book a place at the conference, visit www.teagasc.ie . Pre booking is essential.

 

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Pictured in Moorepark at the launch of the Teagasc National Dairy Conference on ‘Technologies for Success’ which takes place in Rochestown, Cork on 6th December and Mullingar on 7th December are speakers John Phelan, Kilmeaden; Brendan Smiddy, Teagasc, Cork East Region; Anne-Marie Butler, Ulster Bank; Donald Bateman, Cahir and Michael Gowen, Kilworth. Photo O’Gorman Photography.

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Volac Showcases Platforms For Driving Growth at HiE 2016 -Stand D40

Volac, leader in high performance whey protein, will be showcasing its solution driven product portfolio targeting the performance and active nutrition sectors at this year’s HiE in Frankfurt, 29th November -1st December, 2016.

Volac, (stand D40) will showcase a range of whey based product solutions – Volactive® – which deliver on high performance ratings, as well as taste, ease of application and convenience criteria. Key products will include the innovative Volactive® ProCrisp product, which demonstrates how protein can be used in various formats for convenient “on the go” high protein options before, during and after exercise.

The Volactive® UltraWhey range will also be promoted on stand. The Volactive® UltraWhey 80 is a premium quality whey concentrate, whilst the Volactive® UltraWhey 90 is a pure whey protein isolate. The Volactive® UltraWhey XP is also a premium quality whey protein isolate containing typically 94% whey protein. As a range, Volactive® offers a depth of flexibility to develop products across a range of formats, and with a range of end consumers in mind from performance to health optimisation.

Suzane Leser, Volac’s Head of Nutrition.

Suzane Leser, Volac’s Head of Nutrition.

Volac will also be using the exhibition to highlight its latest thought leadership stance in relation to sports nutrition, “Sports Nutrition 2.0”, and the role of protein in optimising muscle health – the largest organ in the human body.

Volac, will be engaging with customers and visitors on the stand about how sports nutrition as a category needs to evolve to best capture the growing number of consumers, and how food manufacturers, retailers and branded businesses need to address this with products which better reflect the differences between health, performance and active nutrition end users.

Volac will also be using HiE to talk about Muscle Health and how high quality protein consumption, along with the right exercise, is integral to keeping muscles active, which can ultimately lead to optimising overall health and enabling consumers to feel ageless. “It is about providing solutions for the end user so they can use and consume the products which best reflect their needs, whether it be for health or performance goals. Volac is at the forefront of driving debate and offering solutions that meet the needs of all of its stakeholders,” comments Suzane Leser, Head of Nutrition at Volac.

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5 Reasons to Attend Hi Europe & Ni and Secure the Future of Your Business

Hi Europe & Ni, which is being held between November 29th and December 1st in Frankfurt, Germany, provides you with a 360 degree perspective of the nutrition and health ingredients industry through an exclusive offering of new ingredients & solutions, innovative tours, presentations & live demonstrations.

Join in one of the largest health & nutrition hubs in Europe and get the latest industry developments in the fastest growing markets of Botanicals, Natural ingredients, Preservatives, Antioxidants, Sports nutrition, Minerals and much more.

As the global meeting place for the health and nutrition ingredients industry, Hi Europe & Ni’s 465+ health & natural ingredient suppliers offer you the opportunity to find the solutions you need – all in one location in just three days. Hosted in Europe’s largest F&B market Germany, this is your platform to keep on top of the latest nutritional food and beverage innovation.

Register today to save €130 via www.hieurope.com/FDBE.

hieurope2november2016Get Exclusive Insights into the Latest Health & Nutrition Trends

Get updated by 80+ specialist speakers discussing top trends from natural & functional ingredients to organic, salt, sugar and fat reduction, health claims, free from, anti-allergens, antioxidants, clean label, sports nutrition and much more.

Your Gateway to the Entire Health & Nutrition Value Chain

Meet 465+ leading international ingredient suppliers – offering you food ingredients from A to Z, such as Botanicals, Natural ingredients, Preservatives, Antioxidants, Sports nutrition, Minerals and much more!

Your Chance to Connect With the Industry During Health & Nutrition Week

For the first time ever, Hi Europe & Ni will be part of the Health & Nutrition Week – bringing together the global health and nutrition community in Frankfurt for networking, social learning and business opportunities. This is your ultimate opportunity to meet with the entire health & nutrition industry.

hieurope3november2016The Latest Industry Innovations For You to Discover

Browse the New Product Zone showcasing new product launches, or take a free Innovation Tour in one of the specialised topic areas and meet the suppliers with the exact solutions you are looking for. Hi Europe & Ni promises to deliver you innovation!

Source Your Processing and Packaging Solutions

The brand new Expo FoodTec exhibition trail will showcase exhibitors with solutions in processing, packaging, equipment and associated services. Source from key exhibitors and industry leaders who offer solutions in all of the above.

Find knowledge & solutions you need in just 3 days!

Register today to save €130 via www.hieurope.com/FDBE

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GEA Presented Innovative Solutions For the Beverage Industry at BrauBeviale 2016

At BrauBeviale 2016 in Nuremberg, GEA presented not only this year’s innovations to the beverage business – but also its technologies, which set standards in its sector. In close collaboration with the beverage industry, GEA mechanical engineers and process technicians create tailored solutions. Customer requirements here are focused on superior-quality product results with absolutely reliable and secure production, flexibility with respect to demand fluctuations, improvements in their own productivity at ever lower operational costs, and a sustainable ecobalance.

BrauBeviale 2016 highlights at the GEA booth:

DI-BATCH-F™ batch mixing system with new recipe management allows for complete control during production. This new system processes dry substances and liquids to a finished syrup or finished beverage. A special feature of this system is its partial discharge from packing drums by means of a drum pump and a hopper tank on weight cells. This provides producers with additional flexibility regarding production volumes and with the opportunity to purchase the base ingredients in containers of different sizes.

The GEA “Plug & Brew” skids with centrifuge for trendy craft beer created a lot of interest among customers. These compact units are multifunctional and rated for outputs of 1,000 to 100,000 hectoliters per annum. GEA offers craft breweries customized solutions in the form of efficient Plug & Brew units, to assure success on the marketplace with premium product quality. With the centrifuge skid, the craft brewer can save 30 % production time with dry hopping, and can increase his yield by up to 10 %. The space-saving skids are piped and pre-assembled in four sizes and are ready for use immediately. 

gea2braubevialenovember2016With its market launch of the GEA rotoramic, GEA offers a new, energy-saving filter with ceramic membrane disks, which enables beer recovery from surplus yeast or retentate processing in fruit juice filtration. The ceramic cross-flow filter requires approx. 75 % less energy than conventional cross-flow procedures. Breweries and fruit juice producers can achieve maximum product yields together with gentle product treatment and with no quality losses.

For the production of high-quality non-alcoholic beer, GEA has developed a system for reverse osmosis with membrane filtration for de-alcoholization of beer with low feed rates. GEA offers compact plant configurations for capacities from 2.5 to 10 hectoliters per hour. The systems feature modular design and are optimized for batch processing. Automation assures high process reliability and low service expenditure.

For cold hopping technology, GEA has developed its HOPSTAR™ Dry. It is now available as a skid-mounted standardized plug & play unit and offers dosing rates from 200 to 600 grams per hectoliter. In an independent process with this system, hop pellets can be extracted with beer. The resulting enriched liquid can be used for topping up beer with special hop ingredients.

gea3braubevialenovember2016Since last year, GEA has reorganized its hygienic pump range, and has combined them in the SMARTPUMP line for standard configurations, as well as in the VARIPUMP line. The VARIPUMP models, optimized for demanding applications such as in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and the dairy business, offer maximum flexibility in use. These pumps generally stand out owing to their excellent surface finish and the complete absence of pores in the product contact area. The result of intensive collaboration is the new GEA Hilge HYGIA range.

Shortly before the fair, GEA also launched its new service concept: “GEA Service – For your continued success”.This GEA concept focuses on support for the customer throughout the entire life cycle of their installed systems and components: from project engineering, installation, and commissioning to maintaining and improving the performance of the customer’s plant and equipment.

At the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry – drinktec, in Munich from 11 to 15 September 2017 – GEA will take the next opportunity to present its extensive offering of products and services for the beverage industry.

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Food Matters Live is Hosting its Biggest Ever Special Events Programme – 22-24 November at London’s ExCeL

Do you fancy speed dating your brand – or matchmaking your company with a European partner? How about launching your start-up on Amazon – or even finding out if your business complies with trading standards? Visitors and exhibitors at this month’s Food Matters Live in London’s ExCeL have a unique opportunity to do all of this and much more – thanks to a series of special events that will be running alongside the main conference, seminars and exhibition.

The programme, which is organised by a host of different organisations taking part in Food Matter Live, will run throughout the three-day event and includes one-to-one meetings with innovation teams and buyers from retailers, manufacturers and ingredient suppliers – plus industry awards and educational workshops.

Among these is Enterprise Europe South-East UK’s matchmaking event which aims to help companies, research centres and universities, keen to get a foothold in Europe, identify potential clients, distributors, collaborative partners and suppliers from across the continent.

Exhibitors and visitors can choose in advance the firms they are interested in from an online catalogue – and schedule a meeting before the event. Many of the link-ups last year resulted in commercial and technology partnership agreements.

Amazon Launchpad will be making its debut at this year’s Food Matters Live, on a mission to help start-ups showcase their innovative products to millions of Amazon customers – while Intertek will be offering a regulatory advice hub with experts from the Department of Health, Food Standards Agency, law firm Bird & Bird and trading standards.

Unilever will be running an innovation competition to encourage other companies to help solve a number of challenges posed by brands Bertolli, Flora and Flora ProActiv – while high street chains battle it out with tiny neighbourhood cafés to see who will be the Best FreeFrom Eaterie 2016.

FoodMattersLive2016LogoFood experts from industry and academia will join the N8 Agri-Food Round Table to review novel manufacturing methods, the advent of ‘tomorrow’ foods and concerns over global food security – while the Institute for Manufacturing will be running a Sustainable Food Business Hackathon.

Two days of pitching and one-to-one meetings have been lined up by the Department for International Trade London Consumer Team with a carefully selected group of international food and drink buyers.

Meanwhile, brand owners looking at new marketing opportunities should join the Brand Chemistry speed-dating event, which gives each participant a 15-minute window to meet specialist agencies that can help. Only 12 brand owner places are allocated for each session, which are operated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Returning to London’s ExCeL on 22-24 November, Food Matters Live is the only event that brings together the people that matter with more than 15,000 influential visitors to find solutions to some of the most hotly contested issues to affect the food and drink industry this year.

foodmattersliveoverview2016More than 600 organisations are taking part in the Food Matters Live exhibition – from global multinational companies to young and emerging enterprises – so in addition to manning the stand, exhibitors have a chance to network, forge collaboration and attend these special events.

Others include:

  • The Irish food board Bord Bia offering insight into the sustainability and resource efficiency agenda affecting the agri-food sector
  • The Sustainable Restaurant Association setting out its plans to create an online community and campaigns focused on healthy eating, food waste reduction and a sustainable seafood service
  • Grub Club Cambridge’s social networking event for food and drink professionals
  • Food Matters looking at progress made on ‘may contain and precautionary allergen’ labelling
  • Industry experts talking about the benefits of reformulating with pulse flours and fractions
  • The Food and Drink Federation hosting a session for small firms who are thinking about reformulating to reduce sugar in their products
  • Public sector catering experts discussing the Childhood Obesity Strategy and its impact on the services they deliver
  • And a finalist from a new competition sponsored by Campden BRI, members of the Institute of Food Technologists’ Student Association, presenting his thesis on whether anti-oxidants from blueberries could impact colon cancer cells.

To find out more or to book a session, simply register at www.foodmatterslive.com

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Anuga FoodTec 2018: Positive Half-time Balance For the First Registration Period

The early bird campaign of Anuga FoodTec (20 to 23 March 2018) has been running since June 2016 and a positive trend has already been recorded. More than 200 companies have confirmed their participation at the world’s most important supplier trade fair for the food and beverage industry at an early stage – with a rising trend! The early bird campaign, which enables exhibitors to secure the “best places” in the Cologne exhibition halls at discounted conditions runs up until 31 May 2017. For those, who would like to profit from the early bird discount and secure an optimum stand area: This link will take you to the application form www.anugafoodtec.com/application.

The first-class half-time balance of the first registration phase demonstrates that Anuga FoodTec is continuing on its course for success.

Between 2009 and 2015 the number of exhibitors rose up to around 1,500 (+24 percent). With over 200 confirmations of participation in the first six months after the start of the registration period and the ongoing, strong demand for exhibition space, the signs for the global supplier trade fair for the food and beverage industry are already very good.

anugaThe initial results are also impressive in terms of quality too. Companies such as Andritz, Ashworth, Auer, Beckhoff, CSB, Heuft, Hosokawa, Hochland Natec, JBT, Konica Minolta, Kronen, KSB, Leybold Oerlikon, Marchant Schmidt, Mespack, Multivac, Pentair, Polypack, Pöppelmann, Schur, Serac, Sesotec, Seydelmann, SPX, Stephan Machinery, Weber Maschinenbau, Zeppelin and Zumex are going to use Anuga FoodTec 2018 as a presentation platform for their new products and innovations. The strong and wide-ranging ‘early’ field of participants already in the first six months of the early bird phase reflects the diversity of Anuga FoodTec: From process technology, to filling and packing technologies, from packing materials to ingredients, through to food safety: Anuga FoodTec covers all aspects of food production and gathers all of the international market participants together in one location.

The next Anuga FoodTec will take place from 20 to 23 March 2018 in Cologne. The trade fair is jointly organised by Koelnmesse and the German Agricultural Society (DLG).

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Explore the Interactive Visitor Attractions at Food Matters Live at London’s ExCeL on 22-24 November

Running alongside the main conference, seminars and exhibition, Food Matters Live attractions give visitors a chance to get involved, taste and even become part of the research into the latest innovation in food and drink.

In Catering for Health, renowned chefs Jenny Chandler, Paul Gayler, Domino Teague, Mark Kennett and Preston Walker will join Premier Foodservice, Artizian, Bidvest, foodologists and nutritionists to create healthy, nutritious and cost-managed meals to suit a variety of consumers, workplaces, and dietary needs.

Through live cooking demonstrations, talks and tastings, they will show how free-from food and drink, sugar and salt replacers and natural ingredients like pulses can help tackle obesity, manage diabetes and other diet-related diseases.

Tailored menus will be designed to show how to meet the specific nutritional needs of different people – from teenagers in a school environment, those living with allergies, patients at risks of malnutrition, through to health conscious consumers wanting to achieve optimal performance during the working day.

And with nearly 45% of the UK population experiencing food sensitivity, Benjamin Xavier, executive chef at the Allergy Aware Scheme Accredited Rainforest Café, will show how to adapt one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes – the Wiki Wiki Stir Fry – by leaving out 12 of the top 14 food allergens.

The FEED Sensorium showcases scientific developments that will impact the food industry, education and policy-making in the coming years, offering potent tools for companies to design more exciting, commercially viable, sustainable and healthy foods of the future.

Visitors can take part in educative sensorial experiments from looking at the role cutlery plays in modelling flavour perception – to how our brain perceives food and brands. They can also co-author an artist’s book, contribute to a traditional cookbook, match typeface fonts to taste and learn about the exciting potential of digitising flavour.

FoodMattersLive2016LogoNew concepts underpinning innovations in ‘better for you’ food and drink, brand health and wellbeing strategies will be explored in the Evidence Base theatre, with the help of Mars Food, Ella’s Kitchen, The Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition/General Mills, and a2 Milk.

Meanwhile, visitors will have their reactions tested to a menu of delicious bites, from fresh fruit skewers with berry coulis and barbequed cauliflower with saffron yoghurt, to dark chocolate and beetroot brownies or cucumber cheesecake in the Experimental Café, organised in association with the Institut Paul Bocuse and Levy Restaurants.

New to this year’s Food Matters Live is the Sustainable Food Futures attraction, which will show sustainable food practice at work, including how disused London Underground tunnels are being used to grow mouth-wateringly fresh micro greens and salad leaves 33 metres below the busy streets of Clapham.

Meanwhile, the Growth Lab gives young and enterprising food and drink businesses the chance to meet experts and hear their thoughts on a range of issues, from getting products ready to manufacture, open innovation and collaboration for SME growth, to unlocking hidden benefits of the R&D tax credit scheme, crowdfunding, complying with trading standards, getting innovation grant funding from the EU and the power of storytelling.

A team of experts will be on hand during the course of each day for one-to-one meetings with visitors and exhibitors, including Macknade Fine Food’s Stefano Cuomo, Crowdfooding’s Alessio Dantino, Giant Peach’s James Read, Eat Well Global Inc’s Erin Boyd Kappelhof and Barker Brettell’s Susan Fridd.

Food Matters Live is free to attend, including entry to the conference, seminars and all visitor attractions. Simply register at www.foodmatterslive.com

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PPMA Total Show 2016 Confirms Bright Future For British Processing and Packaging Industry

The UK’s latest innovations in processing and packaging machinery, materials, containers and packaging design solutions were on show at the PPMA Total Show 2016, which returned to the Birmingham NEC from the 27–29 September. The triannual PPMA Total Show welcomed 1200 leading packaging and processing machinery manufacturers to showcase the latest technological innovations and discuss key business opportunities with more than 7,300 visitors.

With the outcome of June’s referendum looming large, the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment opened the 2016 exhibition and delivered the opening address on both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Lord Maude, who drew a substantial crowd, addressed the future of the UK processing and packaging sector, discussed the potential aftermath of Brexit negotiations and future plans for the government’s ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign.

Presenting an optimistic outlook on the future, Lord Maude said: “Britain is bigger; its pattern of trade and investment is much more closely intermingled with the EU; and we should aim for and I hope achieve something much more bespoke than Norway, Canada, Switzerland or even Albania.

PPMA2July2015“When we leave the EU Britain will be able to negotiate its own free trade agreements with what are today  third world countries.  Yes, we have less clout on our own to negotiate with India, the US, Japan, China and so on.  But we have several advantages.  First, we unequivocally want Free Trade Agreements. Second, we can focus on what is of interest to us and us alone. And, third we don’t need to aim for perfection.

“I’m not going to pretend that the road ahead will always be smooth and straight.  It won’t be.  There will be twists and turns and bumps along the way.  But I have no doubt that there are huge opportunities as well; and that British manufacturing companies are incredibly well-placed to exploit them.”

Expertise on Display

Visitors to the PPMA Total Show 2016 were privy to not only headline speaker the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, but a range of industry experts who tackled the most pressing issues such as hygiene compliance, food and packaging waste and the skills gap.

Adding to growing national debate on food and packaging waste, Claire Shrewsbury, Packaging Programme Manager for WRAP, educated visitors on the number of government programmes that promote both environmental improvements and the cost benefits to industry, including current projects with GlassRite Wine, and the benefits of developing recycled food grade PP processes.

PPMA2016LogoIn addition, Emma McLeod, Principal Engineer for Process Solutions Global Chocolate R&D Team at Mondelez International, gave aspiring engineers insight into the engineering opportunities in the largest industry in the UK on the final day of the show. Emma discussed her own career as well as how Mondelez are responding to the skills gap, mentoring young engineers from the beginning of their career to build their skills quickly to become chartered professional engineers.

Commenting on the seminar programme, PPMA Total Show visitor Tim Bednall, Business Development Manager, Lorein Engineering Solutions said: “Having attended a number of the seminar sessions, I must say they were great. It is nice to hear real industry experts addressing the problems of the industry as a whole. By coming to a show like this, I am able to listen to a range of expert opinions all under one roof.”

Latest Innovations in Manufacturing

The food and packaging waste debate was not restricted to the seminar stage with debut exhibitors such as TIPA Sustainable Packaging revealing its flexible food packaging that behaves just like an orange peel to the UK market.

TIPA, a developer and manufacturer of breakthrough bio-based, fully compostable, flexible packaging, also announced its partnership with UK social enterprise, Snact, who make snacks from surplus product.

Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and co-founder of TIPA, says, “Our partnership with Snact marks a first step in the UK market. We’re currently trialling our products with a number of UK brands within the grocery retail sector and hope to see further partnerships announced as brands recognise the benefits of our technology.”

“Working with such an eco-conscious brand like Snact was a natural fit for us and we’re excited to see the roll out of our fully compostable, flexible packaging in support of such a worthy brand in the fight against food waste.”

PPMA3March2016Attendees to Hall 5 at the NEC also witnessed a number of new product launches. Fortress Technology unveiled the latest version of its Halo automatic test technology. Building on Emma De-Alwis’s seminar session on hygiene and contamination, the solution is designed to automatically check that a metal detector is identifying ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel contaminants as well as testing the reject system. For food suppliers, it offers a more robust, objective and auditable testing procedure, satisfying the most demanding retailer Codes of Practice.

Speaking about the 2016 exhibition, Phil Brown, Sales Director, Fortress Technology said: “There was a good mix of visitors to the show and we welcomed a number of customers to the stand, both well-acquainted and new. We took a number of orders on the stand and achieved a great deal of interest on our new Halo automatic testing technology that we unveiled and demonstrated at the show, particularly from the pharmaceutical industry.”

Discussing the success of the 2016 show, David Harrison, PPMA Group Exhibition Manager said: “The PPMA Total Show 2016 has been extremely successful and the expanded show format was well received by visitors and exhibitors alike. The show was busy and there was a real buzz on the show floor particularly on the second and third day.”

“Over 150 exhibitors have already booked stands at the PPMA Show 2017, which is a testament to how good the event was. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to exhibit or visit the show and made it a success.”

Celebrating Industry Excellence

Celebrating manufacturing success, over 400 industry leaders, government representatives and press came together on the first night of the PPMA Total Show to see the winners of the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016 revealed.

PPMA2March2016Awards were presented in 14 hotly contested categories, covering every facet of the industry from processing and packaging to the environment, vision and automation. Among the winners, Festo & Siemens bagged two awards on the night including Most Innovative Automation System and Partnership of the Year while DC Norris took the Processing & Packaging Machinery Manufacturer of the Year and HepcoMotion walked away with the PPMA BEST (business, education, skills and training) accolade for their apprenticeship programme

Commenting on their success at the PPMA Awards, Peter Jones, HepcoMotion Marketing Manager said: “The PPMA Group Awards were a great event, honouring the latest innovation in the industry. The skills gap is a hot topic at the moment, and we’re very proud to be acknowledged for work we do in training young engineers.”

The PPMA Group CEO, Dr. Andrew Mint said: “The PPMA Group Industry Awards was a fantastic evening, celebrating the best that the British processing and packaging industry has to offer. The sheer volume of entries we received this year gave the judging panel an extremely tough task and we’d like to congratulate all those who were shortlisted and those who were successful on the night!”

The PPMA Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham, 26 – 28 September 2017. For information on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities please email PPMA Exhibition Sales Manager scott.mckenna@ppma.co.uk.

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Big Turnout at Teagasc National Beef Conference

Large numbers of beef farms attended the recent Teagasc National Beef Conference. The theme for the conference was putting ‘Practice into Profit’, and speaking at the opening of the conference, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Teagasc through its research, advisory and education programmes will continue to play a huge role in working with farmers and the beef industry to ensure that technologies, such as those that were discussed today, would be put into practice on farms, thus leading to more sustainable and profitable beef systems on Irish farms over the coming years.”

Rob Prendiville, Teagasc researcher, presented the latest research coming from Johnstown Castle where many different systems of dairy calf-to-beef have been evaluated in recent years. His key message was: “Systems that utilise high quantities of pasture and which are focused on high output per hectare are fundamental to the profitability of calf to beef systems.”

Martin Kavanagh, consultant vet with Cow Solutions, gave a paper on the practical factors which affect calf health in indoor calf rearing systems.  Martin Kavanagh emphasised that: “The environment the young calf is in is critical in maintaining the health of bought in calves and that good management input can solve many issues that otherwise would compromise the immune system and disease burdens on these calves.”

IrishBeefCookedCompressedAlan Kehoe, a young beef farmer from County Wexford, explained how he has built up a calf to beef enterprise on his home farm since returning from Australia in 2012.  He now rears 120 calves each year and brings them through to beef.  Alan Kehoe said: “The three year plan I put in place with my Teagasc advisor set clear targets for me to achieve and by following this plan, especially in the areas of grassland management, I am on target to return a gross margin of over €1,200 per hectare from my beef enterprise in 2018.”

Thierry Pabiou of ICBF presented a paper on behalf of Laurent Griffon of the Institut de l’Elevage in Paris. He outlined how the French beef cattle performance recording system is collecting the weights from over 1.2 million beef animals on farms before they are 300 days of age, and that this level of recording is the base of the French national beef breeding scheme.  This was followed by a paper given by County Tipperary suckler farmer, David Clarke, who explained that through the recording of calving and breeding data, along with birth and weaning liveweights over a long number of years, the accuracy of the replacement index of the suckler cows on his farm were now much higher than the national average which gives him the confidence to make much more informed breeding decisions when it comes to selecting which animals he will breed from.

The last paper of the conference was presented by Teagasc geneticist, Donagh Berry, who described how over the coming years beef genomics will be about much more than just increasing the reliability of the beef breeding indices. He said: “There are many uses for genomics including parentage verification, mating advice to minimise inbreeding, monitoring of major genes or unfavourable DNA mutations, as well as increased accuracy of genetic evaluations.”

The full proceedings for the Teagasc National Beef Conference are available at

https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/publications/2016/Beef-Conference_2016_Proceedings.pdf

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Pictured at the Teagasc National Beef Conference were from (L to R):  Rob Prendiville, Beef Researcher, Teagasc; Martin Kavanagh, Consultant Vet, Cow Solutions; Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc, Director; and Tom Kellegher, Regional Manager – Roscommon/Longford, Teagasc.

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Discover the Newest Ingredients and Products – Just a Click Away at Food Matters Live

From curry-flavoured mealworms to chickpea pasta, gut-friendly snacks to biscuits and chocolate with no added sugar – discover some of the newest and most exciting food and drink products on the market. The Food Matters Live Product and Ingredients Directories provide an invaluable online resource for buyers, retailers and manufacturers eager to discover what’s likely to hit the shelves tomorrow.

They also serve as a showcase for the latest products and ingredients that will be on display at this year’s Food Matters Live – and enable visitors to find out more about the innovators behind ‘better for you’ food and drink.

Accessed via the Food Matters Live website, the easy to use directories categorise ingredients into functional, natural clean label, salt and sugar replacers, pulses and grains – while products range from organic, natural and no added sugar to edible insects, free from and functional.

Natural clean label ingredients include: Homecraft pulse flours – protein rich, vegan and gluten free flours made from lentil, pea, chickpea and faba bean sources, and Meatless Fibres, which are used as a raw material ingredient in vegetarian food, or a substitute in processed meat products to improve health, juiciness and sustainability.

For salt and sugar replacers, look no further than NTC Flavours’ range of natural taste modifiers that replace salt, fat, improve Stevia and block acidic and bitter notes – while Belgian company FLINN proves its functional ingredients’ credentials with a Crunchy Micro food coating for frozen poultry nuggets, which maintains crispiness after being heated in a microwave oven.

Under pulses and grains, LCI shows how replacing nuts with toasted corn germ is a cheaper and more nutritious alternative ingredient for cereal bars, while Döhler’s portfolio of liquid and dry cereal and malt extracts improve the taste, colour and freshness of food.

In the Products Directory, Fodify Foods’ no onion or garlic Mexican and Moroccan Spice Pots are some of the latest products on the market specifically for people suffering from IBS and food intolerances.

Other ‘new products’ promoted in the gallery include: Dutch family firm Van Koolen’s range of delicious mushroom dishes that serve as meat replacers, Saile Irish Seaweed Foods’ Organic Kelp Krispies Mix – chocolate bites that don’t even taste like seaweed – and Nutristrength’s Pea Proteins.

FoodMattersLive2016LogoEat Grub’s cricket protein coconut and cacao energy bars fall under the ‘edible insects’ category, along with One Hop Kitchen’s Cricket Bolognese, Jimini’s Fruity Curry Grasshoppers, MicroNutris’ Thyme Flavoured Mealworms and Morphagy’s Whole Roasted Crickets.

Googly Fruit pouches and snacks for children feature in the ‘no added sugar’ section, alongside Coppa della Maga gluten, egg and sugar free Italian ice cream, Oliphen dark chocolate with Stevia & olive fruit polyphenols, Functional Food Company’s IB’Snack and Frill’s frozen smoothie.

Organic drinks include German firm Wostok lemonades, featuring notes of pine needle, pomegranate, pear and rosemary, alongside Juiceman’s cleansing cold-pressed juices – while the ‘organic foods’ include Really Healthy Foods’ Mung Bean Fusilli, Coconoil, My Raw Joy’s vegan chocolate, cookies and crackers, and Creative Nature’s Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, says: “More than 600 organisations, ranging from global multinational companies to young and emerging enterprises from the UK and internationally will be taking part in the Food Matters Live exhibition. Our online directories give buyers, retailers and manufacturers a taste of the newest ingredients and products coming to market – and a sneak preview of the breadth of Food Matters Live.”

foodmattersliveoverview2016More than 15,000 influential visitors from across the food and drink industry are expected to attend this year’s Food Matters Live, which is free to attend and takes place on 22-24 November at London’s ExCeL.

Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose, Premier Foods, John Lewis Food Hall, Asda, Jamie Oliver Ltd, Superdrug and Holland and Barrett and many other retail organisations have already registered.

Among those attending include: CEOs, food buyers and technologists, commercial directors, sales directors, product development managers, growth analysts, nutrition managers, grocery product developers and many other representatives from the retail sector.

Register yourself and your colleagues for this unique event, which is free to attend and brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government, and those working in nutrition and health atwww.foodmatterslive.co.uk

In addition to the extensive exhibition, Food Matters Live offers a multi-stream seminar programme and main stage conference, featuring 400 speakers covering wide-ranging topics – from the latest food and public health policies to improving the availability and delivery of free-from food and drink, latest trends in sustainable retailing, packaging design and exemplar brand strategies.

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Highlights on the agenda in 2016

network_article_l_all_4_pack_engAt its 2016 edition, ALL4PACK Paris, the international reference trade event for the packaging and intralogistics sector, will be offering an unprecedented range of content, addressing today’s most pressing themes for industry professionals: connected and ultra-smart packaging, health, safety and transparency issues, eco-design and zero waste, and e-commerce.

With a programme packed with exciting and insightful features and events, ALL4PACK fulfils the promise of its tagline “Let’s be creative”, plunging its attendees into a visiting experience hallmarked with innovation, as illustrated by the creative prowess of industry players.

Allforinnovation: a crossroads for trends and new products

In 2016, ALL4PACK Paris will offer a multitude of show features to give the expected 98,000 trade visitors the opportunity to gain insight into trends and learn more about the challenges facing the industry today and tomorrow. This represents a high-value source of forward-looking information.

  • PACK INNOVATION: revealing trends and acting as a showcase for new solutions, ALL4PACK Paris has asserted its status as the definitive crossroads for innovation. This is the backdrop for Pack Innovation (Hall 7), a space dedicated to innovation and the discovery of all the most recent solutions offered by exhibitors. The selected products will be displayed in a showcase
    throughout the show, and the most outstanding will receive a distinction from the Pack Experts Committee in the form of an Innovation Award.
  • The TV Stage (Hall 7): a unique platform for analysis and exchange where all the exhibition’s highlights will be discussed by experts, stakeholders and influential figures from the industry. 4 days of debate broadcast on YouTube via All4PACK Paris’ WebTV! All the “programmes” will benefit from simultaneous interpreting into English. In tune with current market evolutions, the TV stage will focus on the following themes:

–  Waste avoidance

–  The 4.0 industry

–  Health, safety and transparency issues

–  From eco-design to zero waste

–  Connected, active and ultra-smart packaging

–  Packaging as a booster of the supply chain and e-commerce

  • Expo 10/10, presented by the Pentawards: in a world exclusive, ALL4PACK Paris will play host to “Exposition 10/10”, the international competition dedicated to packaging. This look back in time will showcase the “greatest hits” from among the exceptional packaging solutions distinguished for their creativity and originality by the Pentawards judging panel over the past ten years. This is a unique opportunity for professionals to discover 100 packaging solutions from 26 countries, sorted into 10 categories, thus offering a global vision of the most creative and best-in-class from over the last decade.
  • Best Pack 4.0: the event which offers a blend of foresight, changes in use and design, at a time when connectivity is the buzzword for packaging of the future. Design students from four international colleges in Canada, France, Italy and the
    Netherlands will offer a fresh and forward-looking view of technological progresstriggered developments which await the packaging world. They will offer their contributions to answer the question: “Starting from existing and already utilised technologies and those that will emerge in the short or longer term, what is your forward looking vision for utility and life
    cycle scenarios of the Connected Packaging of the future?”

Allforbusiness: 4 days of business meetings and sales opportunities 

Through its scale and the exhaustive nature of its range on offer, ALL4PACK Paris is capable of bringing professionals from nearly 100 countries together in one place, making it a major meeting place for all industry players. To help all these people develop high quality ties at the show, the exhibition is stepping
up its efforts in 2016.

  • Business Meetings: a brand-new and free-to-use service which uses an online platform to forwardplan business meetings between exhibitors and visitors.
  • The Forum (Hall 5a): a venue devoted to technical talks and workshops about the Packaging industry and the supply chain 4.0, in association with trade bodies ASLOG, CISMA, GEPPIA, SECIMEP and SYMOP. Among the themes addressed: the digitalisation of the supply chain, automation, robotics to improve firms’ industrial competitive edge… This event will
    provide an opportunity to foster dialogue and networking between professionals around lessons learned and tangible solutions.
  • Test zone (Hall 6): an area set aside for AGVs (automated guided vehicles) and other wheeled and mobile equipment, to allow exhibitors to demonstrate their machines to visitors.

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Stellar Turnout at London’s Only Packaging Exhibition

This year’s Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London had it all, with speakers from the House of Commons to the Los Angeles packaging design community, visitors from the world’s leading brands and retailers, and exhibitors launching everything from innovative new packaging products to brand new packaging companies. With visitor numbers up it really was a case of quality and quantity.

Visitors to the show included Lucozade & Ribena Suntory, Harrods, Dairy Crest, Burberry, Adidas, Avon, and Chanel, with many exhibiting and visiting brands booking stands live on the showfloor, resulting in an 84 per cent uptake for next year’s show.

The exclusive two-day event, which took place at London Olympia, on 14 & 15 September 2016, opened with a keynote session by Mark Pawsey, MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Packaging Manufacturing Group, who commented: “The UK packaging manufacturing industry has a turnover of £11 billion, generating 85,000 jobs, which is 3 per cent of the UK’s total manufacturing workforce. This shows just how important the role of packaging is within the UK, it does not get the credit it deserves, so I am here to stand up and say well done.

Innovation

“Looking around it’s clear to see just how fantastic the level of innovation on show is. We have innovative products, high end and high quality offerings, which to me shows the industry to be in great health. One of the greatest challenges the packaging industry faces is turning these ideas into mass-market products. This show is a fantastic shop window into the future of packaging, but we must ensure these innovations go on to change the way we work.”

Meanwhile, the first ever UK edition of The Dieline Conference explored a mixture of packaging and branding topics, from major names including Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Wagamama and Elmwood, all presenting the very latest cutting-edge subjects currently challenging the world of design.

Emma Stapleton, Head of Client Relationships at Elmwood, remarked: “We have to change the way design is viewed, as it’s experiences that drive behaviour and all experiences need to be designed, packaging is just one piece in the 21st century FMCG jigsaw.”

PackagingInnovationsJune2016Stapleton cited ‘Anchor X-Ray Casts’ campaign as an example, that invited children to decorate their casts with a special X-Ray sticker, which they could scan instore to obtain free milk while their bones healed.

Visitor, Steve Rowe, Creative Director at Agency Spring, enthused: “It’s my first time at the show, and it’s really great to get out of the office and see all of the innovation that’s available, particularly for the FMCG and retail sectors. I’ve just been to one of the talks and it’s pretty cool to be at a show like this and feel inspired by your peers.”

Arun Thomas, Packaging Technologist at Lucozade & Ribena Suntory, also visiting commented: “It’s interesting to see such a range of products for the food and beverage industry. I have seen a lot of innovation that is really interesting and the talks have been so informative. It’s also good to network with others in the industry about some topical issues.”

Conference Programme

The highly rated two-day conference programme, included speakers from Britvic, Young’s Seafood, Neil Farmer Associates, Iggesund and Milroy’s of Soho.

One of the speakers, Ann Dunne, Head of Food Technology and Development at Harrods, shared her insights on emerging trends within the luxury market said to visitors. “We’re seeing more of a craft feel, for instance letter press being used in the wine and spirits field. There’s a move towards keepsake items, plus we’re seeing use of contrasting materials such as woods and metals. There are also some interesting trends around size – with smaller sizes coming through in some categories.”

PackagingInnovations3January2016With innovation at the heart of the show, it was no wonder that The Great Innovation Debate was packed out. Chaired by Stefan Casey, Business Innovation Manager at The Retail Institute, commented on the debate: “Once again sustainability has come across as a big part of innovation, as consumers are looking for simplicity in design combined with honesty. They want to know where their products are coming from – are they ethically made and environmentally friendly – as a result brands are trying close loop recycling, and by applying circular economy principles from the onset to product design and packaging, it’s driving brands to be more innovative giving them a competitive edge.”

Speaking at the Beauty Forum was Tom Szaky, CEO at Terracycle, who said: “Everything around us will become waste, the vast majority of beauty products can’t be recycled, the reason being economics – not that it can’t be done –  just that it costs more than it’s currently worth, so we need to design things differently.”

Szaky referred to the JOHNSON’S® Baby ‘Wipe Out Waste’ initiative that helped reduce the amount of baby wipes packets going into landfill, enabling consumer to do something they hadn’t before – recycle. The packets were collected via a free post address label and then ‘up-cycled’. “Not only did more wipes get recycled, but sales increased by 40 per cent as a result”, remarked Szaky. “It is clear consumers are craving these things and we need to reinvent waste.”

Back by popular demand was The Drinks Report, which saw Catherine Monahan, Founder and CEO of Daemon and Genius, look at creating an emotional link between the consumer and the product. She said: “We mustn’t fit in; we must stand out! Have you done your homework? Has your brand got integrity? Can you stand up and shout about your product? If the answer is no, then you are doing something wrong. We must take our ‘tribe’ on a journey, and to do this we must fully understand what we want to achieve first.”

PackagingInnovations1January2016New Products

As well as a show stopping line up of speakers, more than 170 exhibitors presented their latest products and services with over 100 new product launches. New products to market included Swedbrand’s next generation technology of bag-in-box wine, called Topflow; Segura’s latest cloud-based software and KTEC Group’s new LX500e Color Label Printer.

Exhibitor, Jacqueline Redman, Group Strategic Marketing Manager at James Cropper, commented: “We seriously considered how we wanted to launch our new business James Cropper 3D Products – and decided to come here to Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London, not only because it’s the centre of design, but we knew the show would offer the right visitor profiles for our market. Over the two days we have met leading international and UK brands, packaging designers and agencies across our desired sectors, and had many meaningful conversations. The show has played a vital part in launching our business and setting out the brand to our target market – we certainly made the right choice to come here, not only to exhibit but to launch a business.”

Similarly, Paul Farmer, Managing Director at Wade Ceramics, stated: “The show has been better than we ever could have expected. There has been such a high calibre of visitor to our stand in terms of what they offer, which has been incredibly exciting. This year has also provided some particularly exciting opportunities in allowing us to network with other exhibitors to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. On day one we received over 50 enquiries, and day two has been fantastic too. A great show!”

Gerry Sherwood, Event Director of the Easyfairs Packaging Portfolio concluded: “We couldn’t be happier with how this year’s show turned out – the attendance figures and feedback off exhibitors and visitors has been incredible – all I can say is bring on the NEC in March!”

The next Packaging Innovations show will take place on 1 & 2 March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. For anyone interested in exhibiting, more information can be found at www.easyfairs.com/PIUK or via the Packaging Innovations team on 020 8843 8800.

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Exclusive findings of a major European survey commissioned by ALL4PACK Paris and conducted by ObSoCo

all4pack_resultats_sondage_article_l_all_4_pack_engWith 4 months to go before its opening, ALL4PACK Paris – the leading tradeshow for the EMEA zone in the packaging and intralogistics markets – publishes the findings of an exclusive survey into the “packaging experience” of European consumers.

Conducted with the support of ObSoCo in four countries (Germany, Spain, France and Italy), this survey reveals in particular that expectations with regard to packaging, whether in terms of shape, the emotional impact it creates or the information it bears, vary according to the country examined.

Another finding is that a generation effect also appears to affect consumers’ attitudes to packaging, most notably as regards innovation and reducing the environmental footprint.

COUNTRY-SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS

While there appears to be some form of consensus on some points examined, the survey highlights the influence of cultural traits in its results. A certain disparity can thus be observed between the French and Germans on the one hand, who seem to have a more functional approach to packaging, and the Italians and Spanish on the other, who are more sensitive to how packaging looks and acts on emotions.

Useful packaging for the French, eco-friendly for the Germans 

The survey reveals that while the French are more sceptical about innovation and the packaging “experience”, greater numbers consider packaging to be a source of useful information, to help them buy the “right quantity”. The French have a chiefly “utilitarian” approach to packaging in which economic
considerations are central.

  • 32% of the French see packaging mainly as “a source of useful information about products”.
  • 18% consider packaging as something that helps them “buy the right quantity”.

As for the Germans, a greater proportion of them say they prefer packaging which reduces environmental impact, whether as lightweight packaging to reduce the volume of waste or as packaging which can be given a second life. According to the data collected, German consumers appear to be more sensitive to the environmental impact of packaging, whether in its design or its recycling.

  • 33% of Germans say they prefer “lightweight packaging” which, when used in e-commerce, reduces the volume of waste.
  • 29% of Germans say that packaging should be “recyclable” or “reusable”.

“Aspirational” packaging for the Italians and Spaniards 

Italian and Spanish consumers are considerably more sensitive than French and Germans to the “experiences” offered by some forms of packaging. Overall, they are more optimistic with regard to
innovation and the development of connected and customised packaging which constitute a “genuine advance” for more than two thirds of them.

  • 75% of Spaniards and 66% of Italians consider connected packaging as “a genuine advance”.
  • On a scale of 0 to 10, the Spanish give 6.5 points to the “wow” effect of customised packaging, and the Italians give 5.1. The average mark for the “wow” effect across the entire sample is a mere 4.8.

IDEAL PACKAGING FOR EACH GENERATION

A generation effect also appears to influence consumers’ attitudes to packaging, most notably as regards innovation and reducing the environmental footprint. Two generation categories point to specific expectations in this survey.

“Light and connected” for the 18-24 age range 

In the four countries studied, the younger respondents are unsurprisingly the biggest fans of connected packaging which they consider as a source of progress for health, product safety and reduction in environmental impact This category of the population is a segment for which innovating in packaging is essential!

  • 71% of the 18-24 age range think that connected packaging constitutes a “genuine advance” (compared with 57% across the sample).
  • 36% of the 18-24 age range say that in e-commerce they prefer to see packaging that is “light so as to reduce volumes of packaging-related waste” (as against 28% across the sample).

“Robust and reusable” for the 55-70 age group

The older respondents in the sample are more interested in packaging which ensures that the product is well-protected, as more than two thirds of them cite this as the number one property. Furthermore, the 55-70 age range is more likely to prefer e-commerce packaging which can be reused or recycled. The ideal form of packaging for this generation appears to be sustainable, made from materials which provide robustness and protection of contents and which might be reused or recycled at the end of its life.

  • 37% of respondents aged 55-70 think that packaging is above all “a guarantee of product protection”.
  • 32% of the 55-70 age range say that in online shopping they prefer packaging “which can be reused or recycled”.

ABOUT THE SURVEY

This survey, conducted by ObSoCo on behalf of ALL4PACK Paris, aimed to gain insight into the “packaging experience” of European consumers, in both its functional and emotional aspects. The survey was conducted in May 2016 on consumers in 4 key countries: Germany, Spain, France and Italy, reflecting European consumer trends.

Five main attributes of packaging were examined:

  • the development of connected and smart packaging,
  • packaging in online shopping,
  • information displayed on packaging,
  • the “wow” effect associated with limited edition or customised packaging,
  • the main properties of packaging.

6 main findings emerged:

  • The majority of respondents approve of the development of connected and smart packaging;
  • In the area of e-commerce, two seemingly contradictory expectations emerge, with robust packaging to protect products on the one hand, and lightweight packaging to reduce the volume of waste on the other;
  • Also on the subject of e-commerce, more than half of the respondents rank the reduction in environmental footprint as the main criterion;
  • With regard to information displayed on packaging, expectations converge around the manufacturing process;
  • As regards limited edition or customised packaging, there is a strong divergence between the French and Germans on one side and the Italians and Spaniards on the other;
  • With regard to the main function of packaging, consensus appears between the four countries regarding the guarantee of protection.

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ALL4PACK Paris launches “THE NETWORK”

pack-inno-02_article_l_all_4_pack_engWith the packaging industry alone boasting 300 trade shows around the world, ALL4PACK Paris, organised by the COMEXPOSIUM Group, announces the launch of “THE NETWORK”, an international network federating several packaging shows, granting their community access to the market information of its members.

Through this initiative, ALL4PACK Paris, the international benchmark trade show for the EMEA region in the packaging and intralogistics markets, intends to create a high-quality network, facilitate relationships and encourage the sharing of experience among major international events.

Véronique Sestrières, director of ALL4PACK Paris and of the Manufacturing & Transport division of COMEXPOSIUM Group, comments: “We are proud to be behind this initiative which has met with an enthusiastic response from our partners. In the space of a few months, THE NETWORK has already brought together 11 shows in 7 countries and more exhibitions are due to follow! The creation of this packagingprocess-printing-handling network underlines the desire of the COMEXPOSIUM Group to contribute added value to its events in terms of content for participants, and to federate the packaging community in its
international dimension.”

PACKAGING, A KEY GLOBAL ECONOMIC SECTOR

Valued at US$839 billion in 2015, the worldwide packaging market could account for US$998 billion in 2020 with compound average growth of 5% per year, rising to US$1,100 billion by 2024 . With a growing world population, demand has never been so high and the industry is more than ever correlated to countries’ economic development, in particular that of emerging markets, which see packaging as an opportunity to gain a position or emerge on the world industrial market.

With buyers present all around the world and specificities and requirements varying by individual market, international trade shows are showcases for trends and needs on a local level and represent an extremely valuable source of information for trade professionals and manufacturers. To capitalise on this data and promote the internationalisation of the sector, ALL4PACK Paris has decided to bring together several of these events to encourage the sharing of information and experiences.

THE NETWORK, A BRAND NEW GROUPING, SERVING THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE SECTOR

THE NETWORK was started up in April 2016 and to date has already attracted 11 partner trade shows,
representing 7 countries and 7 markets:

  1. ALL4PACK – Paris – France (COMEXPOSIUM Group) – www.all4pack.com
  2. AUSPACK – Sydney – Australia (APPMA – ETF) – www.auspack.com
  3. DJAZAGRO – Algiers – Algeria (COMEXPOSIUM Group) – www.djazagro.com
  4. HISPACK – Barcelona – Spain (FIRA BARCELONA) – www.hispack.com
  5. KOREA PACK, KOREA MAT, KOREA CHEM, COPHEX – Seoul – South Korea (KPMA – KYUNGYON
    Exhibition Corp.) – www.koreapack.org
  6. PACK PLUS – New Delhi – India (PRINT PACKAGING.COM (P) Ltd) – www.packplus.in
  7. PACK PLUS South – Bengaluru – India (PRINT PACKAGING.COM (P) Ltd) – www.packplussouth.in
  8. 3P PLAS PRINT PACK– Lahore – Pakistan (FAKT Exhibitions Pvt Ltd.) – plasprintpack.com

Just like ALL4PACK Paris, each of the shows in the network offers an integrated packaging range, with printing, process and handling solutions.

COMEXPOSIUM, ORGANISER OF ALL4PACK PARIS AND OF TRADE SHOWS ALL OVER THE WORLD

The COMEXPOSIUM Group, one of the world leaders in event organisation, is involved in more than 170 consumer and trade events, covering 11 different sectors of activity such as food, agriculture, fashion, homeland security, construction, high-tech, optics and transport. COMEXPOSIUM hosts 45,000 exhibitors and more than 3 million visitors in 26 countries around the world. Comexposium is developing worldwide through its activities in around thirty countries: Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines,
Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Business Growth For UncertainTimes

“Uncertainty is something the Irish food and drink industry has been grappling with for some time,” commented Una FitzGibbon (pictured), Marketing Director of Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board), at the recent Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition in Dublin. She was referring to how the industry had faced challenges such as the ‘credit crunch’ in 2008 and the more recent ‘horsemeat crisis’.

“Brexit is a profound crisis and a prolonged crisis,” she added. “Clearly there is an immediate currency impact effect and Bord Bia is providing assistance on an ongoing basis.”

With 63 million consumers, “the UK is the most sophisticated retail and food service channel probably in the world. It has led the industry in many ways and continues to invest in technology,” she remarked. “It has also invested in standards, to pre-empt what consumers are looking for, and in securing its supply chains.”

BordBiaBrexitSince 2008, Irish food and drink companies have been working on improving their innovation and sustainability. These ongoing efforts will become increasingly important in the Brexit era.

“Potentially there will be more competition and less expensive product on the market for some time,” she said. “This will require a change in equilibrium between price and value, as perceived by consumers.”

She identified two clear routes to rebalancing. Reducing costs to produce the same products for less is one option. However, much has already been done by Irish food and drink manufacturers in this regard leaving limited scope for further cost reduction.

Origin Green

BordBiaOriginGreenLogo“The other option is to increase value for consumers.” She continued: “Origin Green is addressing both sides of the value and price scale.”

Origin Green is Bord Bia’s innovative sustainability programme, which is underpinning Ireland’s green image abroad. The programme sets out Ireland’s ambition to become a world leader in the delivery of sustainable, high-quality food and drink products. Indeed, Bord Bia believes it will be key in setting Irish food and drink exporters apart from their competitors.

The Origin Green programme is helping manufacturers to cut costs in energy consumption, water usage and waste. It is also adding to the ‘value’ proposition by allowing Irish manufacturers to show that their food and beverage products are independently certified as being sustainably produced. This is helping to differentiate Irish food and drink products in international markets. “Customers need a secure and safe food supply,” concluded Una FitzGibbon, who leads the strategy and communications for Origin Green.

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Innovation – The Key Ingredient in the Competitive Recipe

Established in 1985, when it employed just twelve people, Dawn Farm Foods now has a workforce of over 1,000 across its three production plants in Ireland and the UK. Dawn Farms supplies cooked and fermented meat ingredients to the food service and food manufacturing sectors, and  is the preferred cooked meat ingredient partner to many of the world’s leading grocery and high street food service brands in over 40 countries worldwide.

A key note speaker at the recent Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition, held at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin, Larry Murrin (pictured right), Chief Executive of Dawn Farm Foods, provided an insight into how innovation has been crucial to the company’s competitiveness and has helped it grow rapidly in international markets.

“We have been very fortunate,” he said, “but the harder you work, the luckier you get.”

Operating to ‘Lean’ business principles to maximise value for customers, Dawn Farm Foods offers a one-stop shop in B2B cooked and fermented meats for use in the pizza, ready meal, sandwich and the wider food service and retail sectors.

Innovation

With 32 people working full-time, the company’s science and innovation team, constantly researches global and local trends to identify the ‘next big thing’ in the food world, and how to leverage this to create innovative products for customers. Dawn Farm Foods uses a ‘world class, NPD stage–gate process called NECTAR to convert ideas into outstanding products quickly and efficiently.

Dawn Farms capability“We all have different definitions of innovation,” he said Larry. “Innovation is not just about product, packaging and service – it is how you do things and is reflected in the attitude and leadership in every aspect of our business.”

Larry Murrin added: “Everyone in the organisation must support the customer or support someone who does. Customer-centricity is an important part of our corporate DNA. The new source of competitive advantage is customer-centricity.”

Sustainability

As a family owned business, rooted in the agri-food sector in Ireland, sustainability has always been a core business principle for Dawn Farm Foods and it is a member of Origin Green, the Irish State’s innovative sustainability programme designed to underpin Ireland’s green image abroad. The programme sets out Ireland’s ambition to become a world leader in the delivery of sustainable, high-quality food and drink products.

Origin Green has provided Dawn Farm Foods with the framework for a robust sustainability plan to reduce energy consumption, minimise carbon footpint and reduce overall environmental impact, whilst independently tracking performance. This allows customers to have even more confidence in the sustainability of Dawn Farm Foods’ food production practices.

“Sustainability is now one of the top three questions any customer will ask of any food company. It is essential that Irish business continues the great work started by Origin Green,” he stressed.

Larry Murrin also expressed his views on Brexit. “We need really positive Government and stakeholder leadership for Ireland to maintain its market share in the UK. We need to act now before the storm breaks.”

He continued: “The food and drink sector is as important to Ireland as the automotive industry is to Germany.”

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Brexit – A View From the North

“We lobbied very hard against Brexit,” said Michael Bell (pictured right), CEO of the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association, at the start of his key note presentation, entitled: ‘ Brexit – A view from the North’, to the Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition, held at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin.

The Northern Ireland food and drink industry supports 100,000 jobs and has an annual turnover of £4.6 billion, of which £708 million is generated by trade in the Republic of Ireland. Indeed, agrifood is the largest indigenous industry in Ireland – North and South – but is export dependent.

Indeed, the food and drink sectors in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are closely entwined. For example, 40% of the milk produced in Northern Ireland is processed south of the border. “Currency fluctuations damage both industries. The industries North and South are co-dependent,” he commented.

According to Michael Bell, continued growth of the industry in Northern Ireland is dependent on the type of trade deal the UK negotiates with Europe. “Access to labour and common standards are going to be crucial.” He added: “However, London is short on resources as agrifood trade deals have been negotiated by the EU for many years.” The level of any future tariffs is going to be critical to the future development of the industry in Northern Ireland.

The average net profit margin for the food and drink manufacturers is roughly 3% and about 2.7% in Northern Ireland. “Any tariff that starts to go beyond those numbers is untenable for food and drink manufacturers.” He continued: “Access to global markets is critical to make the sums work. Tariffs will restrict markets.”

Trading Models

However, the trading models, including those used by Norway and Switzerland – that provide free access to the European market also entail a contribution to the EU budget and free movement of people – both of which are red line issues for many Brexiteers.

northernirelandfooddrinkassociationlogoOther trading options have been suggested such as the high tariff trading WTO regime but this could risk greater access to the UK market for meat and dairy products at lower prices but also with lower standards of production. “The more the UK wants to do its own thing, the higher the tariffs,” he pointed out.

Regarding future UK Government policy on agriculture, he remarked: “There is a danger that the voices in City of London will over rule the agribusiness lobby.”

He continued: “The situation is fluid and we need to be fluid in developing responses to the changing landscape. Depending upon whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, we are either about to walk into a minefield or a new dawn. We have to change the mindset.”

He pointed to the increased funding for the various food marketing and development agencies across Ireland and Great Britain. “We are spending tax payers money knocking the ‘tripe’ out of each other in these islands. Brexit is a huge opportunity to deliver closer collaboration in the agrifood industry to drive exports from these islands.” He cited tourism as a model that could be useful in this regard.

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Weakness in Sterling Could Cost Over €700 Million in Irish Food Exports and About 7,500 Jobs

“If the Irish food sector starts to sneeze, the overall economy will catch a cold,” according to Paul Kelly (pictured right), Director of Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII), a business sector within Ibec, the group that represents Irish business both domestically and internationally.

He was speaking on the challenges facing the Irish food and drink sector in the wake of Brexit at the recent Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition, held at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin. “Ireland is by far the most impacted country and food and drink is by far the most impacted sector,” he said.

Although the Irish food and drink industry has been successfully expanding and diversifying its export markets to reduce over-reliance on the UK, Brexit has left it very exposed. The UK is still the Republic of Ireland’s largest single market, accounting for sales of Eur4.4 billion in 2015, equivalent to 41% of total Irish food and drink exports. Some 70% of Irish consumer food exports, 56% of meat exports and 30% of dairy exports are destined for the UK.

“We are the most exposed sector as the UK is our largest trading partner. The food and drink sector is the more worried than other sectors, even though better prepared.” Paul Kelly added: “This reflects the exposure the sector feels and this will impact on the wider economy.”

Structural Change

The Irish food and drink sector has coped with major trading fluctuations in the past such as in 2009 when it lost a significant amount of UK market share as a result of a currency shift. Brexit is very different, he stressed. “Brexit is causing a structural change rather than a cyclical change in Sterling.”

fooddrinkconference4september2016An FDII review of the historical exchange rate and the agri-food export relationship shows that a 1% weakness in Sterling results in a 0.7% drop in Irish exports to the UK. “If Sterling was to weaken towards the £0.90 mark, this would translate to losses of over Eur700 million in food exports and about 7,500 Irish jobs,” he pointed out.

“Ireland is the preferred supplier at the moment for many food categories but the risk is that the UK will start to look elsewhere,” he said. With a weaker Sterling, UK food and drink exports would also become cheaper in international markets providing increased competition for Irish products both at home and abroad.

He elaborated: “We are a high cost country and we have now lost a further 15% of our competitiveness compared to our neighbour. The big issue for us is that there will be a loss of confidence in Ireland as a competitive supply base resulting in loss of markets and jobs.”

Immediate Response Needed

fooddrinkconferencenagleseptember2016“We need an immediate Brexit response from Government,” he remarked. “In addition to an immediate response to the currency shock, we need to work towards a positive outcome in formal exit negotiations. The main objective must be to maintain full unfettered access to the UK market for Irish exporters.”

In a recently published report into the implications of Brexit, FDII has made a number of recommendations.

* A review of the impact of Brexit on the objectives contained in the national agri-food strategy FoodWise 2025.

* A Government established taskforce led by the Department of the Taoiseach to engage with the food and drink sector on implementing immediate measures that will safeguard today’s business and trade flows in the face of this major challenge to our competitive position.

* The re-introduction of the Employment Subsidy Scheme and the Enterprise Stabilisation measures which were last applied in 2009-11.

* €25 million in funding for market diversification and product innovation measures.

* An access to finance package that includes sustainable financing via funding from the Irish Strategic Investment Fund and improved State Aid rules.

* An intense on-going focus on cost competitiveness led by a Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in areas such as labour, energy and insurance.

* A fully ‘Brexit-proofed’ Budget which will address tax competitiveness against the UK.

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Ireland’s Largest Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition Lives Up to Expectations

Described as ‘the largest gathering of food and drink industry professionals on the island of Ireland’, the third annual Food & Drink Business Conference and Exhibition, held at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin, on Wednesday 14th of September, lived up to its billing, attracting over 2,000 delegates to what has become firmly established as a ‘must attend event’ in the Irish business calendar.

The theme for this year’s event was ‘Collaboration for an Innovative Food Island- Everyone to the Table’. Innovation is crucial to building Ireland’s international reputation for producing quality food and drink products and for differentiating its offering in the global market-place. However, following the recent UK referendum on leaving the EU, an additional sub-theme was added to the event: ‘Brexit – What does it mean for the Irish Food Industry?’

fooddrinkconference1september2016Given Ireland’s close trading links with Britain, Brexit obviously has serious implications for Irish food and drink processors across the whole island. A number of carefully selected speakers were able to provide listeners with a better understanding of the key issues now facing the Irish food and beverage industry.

Speakers included Paul Kelly, Director of Food & Drink Industry Ireland- Ibec, who examined the Brexit challenge facing the food and drink sector; Philip O’Sullivan, Chief Economist at Investec, who assessed the opportunities and threats posed by Brexit for Ireland; and Michael Bell, CEO of the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association, who provided a view of Brexit from the North.

Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO of FSAI.

Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO of FSAI.

Exploring the themes of ‘innovation’ and ‘collaboration’, Larry Murrin, CEO of Dawn Farm Foods, delivered a keynote presentation entitled:Innovation – the key ingredient in the competitive recipe’; while ‘Collaboration to ensure safe and trustworthy food for everyone’, was the theme of the address by Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO of FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland).

The 2,000 delegates, including food and beverage manufacturers, food retailers, food service companies, Government representatives and independent associations, were able to choose between keynote presentations on the Main Stage and simultaneous conferences on Supply Chain and Procurement, Research and Innovation, Marketing, NPD, Branding & Design, Sustainability, Future Factory, Traceability, Quality and Safety, Packaging and Processing etc.

Many Events in One

fooddrinkconference3september2016A key feature of the 2016 Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition was that it incorporated several dedicated events under one roof. Co-located with the main Conference & Exhibition were –the Food Retail and Hospitality Ireland Expo, Ireland’s largest show dedicated to the food retail, food service and hospitality industry; Craft Beers & Spirits Conference & Exhibition 2016, an event dedicated to the craft brewing and distilling industry; Free From Foods Expo 2016, the only B2B networking platform for food professionals with an interest in the free-from and functional food and drink sector in Ireland; Forecourt Retailing Expo 2016, which examined the latest trends within the Irish forecourt retailing sector; Food Quality & Safety Expo 2016, a solution-based conference and expo designed to meet the food quality and safety educational and informational needs of the food industry including growers, processors, retailers, distributors, food service operators, regulators and academia; and Speciality & Fine Food Fair Expo 2016, which provided the opportunity to meet with Irish and international producers and suppliers of new, artisan food and drink products.

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Dare to Dairy – New Technical Tour in Response to Great Demand!

In response to the great demand for participation in the Technical Tours, the Organising Committee of the IDF World Dairy Summit 2016 in Rotterdam has decided to organize another Technical Tour, in addition to the original nine Tours already offered. The new Tour is called “Farming in a Challenging environment” (Tour # 0) and deals with dairy farming in a densely populated area and the introduction of “circular economy” at the dairy farm. The Organising Committee hopes offering this additional tour will help to give all participants the opportunity to get a taste of the Dutch dairy sector.

As the booking for the Technical Tours goes fast, and some of them are nearly fully booked, its is recommended that you book your Technical Tours at your earliest convenience!

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London’s Only Packaging Show Offers Plenty of Food for Thought

Those working in the food and beverage industry will have masses to see at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2016, which returns to London’s Olympia, for its seventh edition on 14 & 15 September.

Over 170 international suppliers have signed up, many of whom will be using the show to introduce their new products, services and solutions to the UK market. For instance, API will debut its new brand enhancement creative service and holographic foils.

Swedbrand will be presenting its next generation technology of bag-in-box wine, called Topflow. This new-patented technology enables the wine to be poured from the top of the bag.

According to Rawlings – Black is the New Amber – with its new type of glass bottle, Black Glass. Its high gloss finish not only increases shelf presence, but its UV light protection acts as a taste protector, extending the life of the bottle’s contents.

Drinks Symposium

The Drinks Symposium, happening on day two of the show, will see three leading drinks brands take to the stage in order to share their knowledge, and first-hand experience on how packaging can help to win the hearts and minds of the consumer.

PackagingInnovationsJune2016Kicking things off will be Catherine Monahan, Founder and CEO at Daemon & Genius, who will be presenting ‘Bricks vs. Clicks’: Brand Experience > Brand Exposure’. Monahan who has worked for two of the UK’s largest supermarkets, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, as well as one of the largest global distributors, Constellation Brands will be talking about how brands that provide consumers with deep experiences of their product, and manage to generate an emotional experience of ownership, win at the point of purchase.

Monahan comments: “I’ve been in the retail and wine industry since 2000, and there are still a few things that continue to fascinate me. There is a fear to innovate on shelf within grocery, because of financial targets set for year on year performance and the risk associated with replacing known products/trusted brands with new/innovative products. This leaves innovation in the hands of the big boys and whilst yes, they do provide that to a degree, it often removes the entrepreneurship type of innovation coming in from start-ups, new brand builders and so on.”

Next up will be Steven Sturgeon, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and recipient of the International Wine & Spirits Competition’s ‘outstanding achievement to industry’ award. Steven will be looking at ‘Packaging’s role through the lens of the Operations Director and CFO’. He will examine why their perspective is often at odds with the brand team, and explore ways to overcome these tensions, with tips on how to review concept designs to ensure the best chance of success.

PackagingInnovation1September2015The session will consider some of the sources of inspiration for the packaging: heritage, provenance, characters, myths, stories and product cues, and how these can be used to inform an inspiring design brief. The presentation will end with a number of ‘top tips’ and some ‘so what’s?’

Show Features

New for 2016, The Dieline Conference, the first ever to appear outside the US, will deliver a series of sessions from leading brands and design agencies to discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise when designing for a brand.

The Starpack Awards, now in its 58th year, will be hosted for the first time at the event, plus The Beauty Forum, The Great Innovation Debate, and The Innovation Wall will all return. The show will also feature a free-to-attend seminar programme spanning the entire packaging market, delivered by an array of leading experts, including Coca-Cola, Harrods and Britvic.

Registration is now open. To register for free, please visit www.easyfairs.com/PI-London, www.easyfairs.com/LuxuryPackaging or contact +44 (0)20 8843 8800.

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The World of Dairy Farming at IDF World Dairy Summit!

This year’s IDF World Dairy Summit brings the world of farming together from all continents. In Rotterdam farmers from around the world ‘dare to dairy’. Four interesting sessions are on the program on Tuesday 18th October:

• In the nutrition session, Chantal Jörissen, innovation manager at DSM, brings in new insights about the way feed additives can reduce the methane emission.Massimo Bionaz, assistant professor Oregon State University, is explaining the role of nutri-genomics in future dairy farming.

• The world dairy situation seen from a farmers’ view is presented by Torsten Hemme. In this economic session, local aspects will be colored by representatives from Europe, Asia, and South America.

• After the plenary session with Robin Ganzert, from America Humane Association,Alfred de Vries, from breeding co-op CRV, and Alex Strolenberg from GEA’s, talk about the way new information technology can improve animal health & welfare.

• Farming & Circular economy is at the focus of the last session. A quick overview shows the newest developments from Ireland, The Netherlands and New Zealand

For more information, take a look at the farmers’ program!

Don’t miss out on the interesting online dialogue, with several blogs posted on theIDF World Dairy Summit 2016 website each week. Register now at www.idfwds2016.com

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“Let’s Create Your Success!” With GEA at Chillventa 2016

GEA1August2016From October 11 to 13, 2016, Chillventa will turn the trade show fairgrounds in Nuremberginto an international meeting point for the world of refrigeration, HVAC, and heat pumps. “Let’s create your success!” is GEA’s motto at this year’s Chillventa. Analogous to the classical Tangram puzzle with its infinite opportunities, the products and solutions from GEA offer virtually unlimited possibilities for individual customer requirements in a great diversity of applications and industries. GEA will present innovative products in its range of commercial and industrial compressors, ice generators, solutions along the entire cold chain as well as product animations in hall 7, booths 306 and 504. Furthermore the Service team is looking forward to show the comprehensive range of service for the first time and will be available during the days of the exhibition.

Efficiency enhancement with the semi-hermetic compressors in the GEA Bock HG series

The HG series of semi-hermetic compressors – the GEA Bock HG22e, HG34e, HG44e, HG56e, HG66e, HG76e and HG88e models – have now been optimized and offer top efficiency as well as optimized running quietness. These compressors profit from an efficient valve plate system, electric motors from the latest generation, and improved gas passage – which enables them to achieve optimal efficiency. The oil pump lubrication system enables a greater control range with frequency inverters.

Whereas the models already on the market have been optimized, the GEA Bock HG56e represents a completely new 6-cylinder series. The new HG56e series replaces the previous 4-cylinder HG5 series and the smallest series of the HG6 compressors. It offers greater efficiency and optimized running quietness, and its three model sizes cover the displacement range from 73.8 to 100.4 m³/h (at 50 Hz).

The semi-hermetic compressors GEA Bock HG22e, HG34e, HG44e, HG56e, HG66e, HG76e, and HG88e (left to right).

The semi-hermetic compressors GEA Bock HG22e, HG34e, HG44e, HG56e, HG66e, HG76e, and HG88e (left to right).

The compressors HG22e, HG34e, HG44e, and HG56e operate with an optimized standard valve plate design. The two series HG66e and HG76e, to be launched on the market, will feature the proven-successful mexxFlow design concept. The combination of the double lamellar ring design of the mexxFlow valve plate, featuring flow-optimized characteristics, with a cylinder head especially designed for this valve plate, has enabled an efficiency increase of the compressors by up to 20%, depending on application.

Minimum space requirement and top performance: the new GEA RedAstrum heat pump

GEA3August2016An innovation in the heat pump range will soon go into production: the GEA RedAstrum, a new series of standardized ammonia heat pumps designed for indoor installation. With this system, the refrigerant ammonia remains in the machine room. The distribution of heat to the user takes place via a water circuit, which extends the application range of the heat pump. The performance of RedAstrum and the heat it supplies, at temperature levels between 55 and 80 °C, makes it ideal for industrial applications – especially for heating water in industrial processes – or for feed of heat into nearby or remote district-heating networks. In addition to its outstanding efficiency, the RedAstrum impressively applies a further advantage: thanks to its compact design, it can be effectively installed and operated in machine rooms. Speed-controlled screw compressors contribute to low power consumption in full- and part-load conditions as well as a high COP with their optimal internal volume ratio and heat exchangers that had already been used in the GEA Blu chillers. These heat exchangers ensure very good heat transfer from the ammonia to the water circuit.

Sustainable compressor technology for natural refrigerants: the GEA Bock HG series

For subcritical and transcritical CO2 applications, GEA offers a range of compressors that now includes a displacement of 6.2 to 38.2 m³/h (at 50 Hz), with 2, 4, or 6 cylinders. These compressors are characterized by great reliability, excellent running behavior, a broad frequency band for minimal part-load requirements, slight oil carry-over, and outstanding efficiency. The semi-hermetic 6-cylinder piston compressor HG46 CO2 T, for example, is currently the largest of its kind for transcritical CO2 applications and offers long-standing field experience. In addition to its displacement up to 38.2 m³/h, it is also impressive owing to its outstanding coefficient of performance (COP). The great efficiency of transcritical GEA CO2 compressors has been confirmed by ASERCOM certification for a number of compressor models.

GEA compressors for applications with natural refrigerants: GEA Bock HG34e CO2, HG46 CO2 T, and HG56e HC (left to right).

GEA compressors for applications with natural refrigerants: GEA Bock HG34e CO2, HG46 CO2 T, and HG56e HC (left to right).

GEA also offers efficient solutions for hydrocarbons: the HC range (HC = hydrocarbons), with displacement of 5.4 to 279.8 m³/h, satisfies all stipulations of the F-Gas Regulation. This provides planning assurance to plant contracting companies, operators, and investors. In addition to the already optimized and well-establish model HG44e HC, GEA will present new 6-cylinder compressors for hydrocarbons: the GEA Bock HG56e HC series, with three models, covers the range with displacements from 73.8 to 100.4 m³/h. HC compressors for applications with hydrocarbons are available in an extensive displacement range, including ATEX applications, Zone 1 and Zone 2.

The GEA Grasso M series: extended portfolio for smaller capacities

GEA5August2016With its new, smaller screw compressors, GEA now rounds off its GEA Grasso M series downward by adding smaller output ratings. The former spectrum of offerings began at volumetric displacements of 471 m³/h (at 2,940 rpm) and extended to 870 m³/h. The expanded series now begins at 231 m³/h. The new small models benefit from the proven and energy-efficient design: they are engineered for the speed range from 1,000 to 6,000 rpm, which allows them to cover a broad load range. The internal volume ratio (Vi) can be controlled in an extended range, which allows energy-optimized operation even at reduced condensation temperatures.

In addition, the pressure-activated check valve ensures minimal pressure drop on the suction side. The GEA Grasso M series furthermore offers an integrated suction filter and an adaptive coupling casing, which simplifies integration into a package. The GEA Grasso M series represents the development of an industrial screw compressor that differs above all from conventional screw compressors in reliability and efficiency.

The GEA Splitpack – a GEA Geneglace ice generator and GEA Bock Plusbox, perfectly matched

The GEA Splitpack combines the GEA Geneglace ice generator with the GEA Bock Plusbox to provide a complete solution. The split system allows the ice generator to be installed on the shop floor, near the process. In contrast, the Plusbox, a complete outdoor condensing unit, is installed outside at a distance of up to 20 m from the ice generator.

GEA6August2016The Plusbox features proven semi-hermetic GEA piston compressors, with maximum displacements of 18.8 to 33.1 m³/h. A speed-controlled fan at the condenser ensures efficient ice production, even with high outdoor temperatures, since it assures a constant temperature of condensation. The GEA Splitpack operates with the refrigerants R404A or R134A and is available with GEA Geneglace ice generator F15, F30, F90H, or G100. Maximum production is 400 to 2,200 kg/day, depending on the ice generator used.

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9th Protein Summit 2016, 19-21 September, Lille Grand Palais, France

Consumer awareness of the benefits of proteins has soared, prices for dairy protein have dropped, new plant proteins, ingredients and technologies have come to market. How do retailers and food service organisations see the future across Europe and the world? Availability of new vegetable protein sources such as pulses, rapeseed, rice, insect, algal, oat, potato, sugar beet and duckweed is increasing. How to accelerate and scale-up introduction and investment in new protein sources and ingredients for both the food and drink industries? Which new technologies accelerate change? What is the legal framework?

Increased Consumer Understanding and Demand

Many consumers understand the value of proteins and global food companies develop high protein foods which are often more nutritionally balanced. There is a need for better understanding of the market and consumer insights. How does awareness of proteins change, how is awareness linked to shopping behavior?

High Protein Foods: Taste v Texture

The quality of food and drinks with a higher protein content have increased but there remains a ‘taste’ and ‘texture’ gap. How can the development of better tasting protein food and drinks to delicious food and drinks be accelerated? What is needed, what is available but not used and which know-how from outside the food sector could be ‘sourced in’?

Plant-Protein Foods: A Tipping Point?

Is the consumer market for plant protein foods at a tipping point? Influx of new capital offers great opportunities. How do retailers and food service organisations see the future? Availability of new vegetable protein sources is increasing. How to accelerate and scale-up introduction and investment in new protein sources?

Bridge2FoodLogo2August2016A Great Place to Develop Your Protein Strategy – 9th Protein Summit 2016

At this networking and insights platform 250 delegates will share visions and gain inspiration in the global proteins world. More than 40 high level corporate and start-up speakers will inspire the audience to take the next step and raise the protein bar for creating new business and a better food world.

Free Innovation tours to the research facilities of IMPROVE – the first open European platform for research and development dedicated to the valorisation of plant-based proteins, and Roquette – a family owned group specialising in the processing of plant based raw materials: maize, wheat, potato and pea.

Unique 3-in-1 Industry Summit + Exhibition

Track I: Consumer Insights & Target Groups – Get a better understanding on the food protein consumer. Be inspired by thought leading speakers from: Auchan, General Mills, GEPV, GfK, Nestle, Watch Me Think, Nutrikeo, Mintel, Motivaction, Wageningen University, INRA.

Bridge2FoodLogoAugust2016CompressedTrack II: New Protein Ingredients & Processes – Accelerate market access for new protein sources and technologies for agriculture, ingredient suppliers, technology and research organisation and food manufacturers.

Focus on pea, pulses, wheat, rice, faba beans, milk, animal by-products, insects, single cell protein and fish by-products. Thought leading speakers from: Tereos, VTT, IMPROVE, Clextral, Rousselot, Mosa Meat, MycoTechnology, NIZO, EAPA, IPIFF, GIRACT and Ingredia.

Track III: New Protein Foods & Channels for acceleration of market access for new protein foods in different channels, from brands to retail, food service and investment funds and venture capitalists. Start-ups speaking: Muscle Food, Gold & Green, Protein Pow, WheyHey, Tereos, Fortified Food Coatings, Fresh Fitness Food. Venture Capitalist: NewProteinCapital, Seventure, Munich Venture Partners.

Bridge2FoodTrophyAugust2016Bridge2Food is a specialist knowledge and network agency which develops specialist platforms on food category trends such as Sports & Performance Nutrition, Healthy Ageing, Ingredients with a specific focus on Protein and Food Technology.

Bridge2Food is hosting the 11th Food Proteins Course, 8-10 November in Amsterdam. This unique event is designed to give participants a theoretical and practical overview of vegetable and animal proteins currently available for food applications and to provide hands on know-how and know-where.

For more information, please visit: www.Bridge2Food.com

New Awards Celebrate and Reward Protein Innovation!

New Protein Awards from Bridge2Food are designed to showcase and celebrate entrepreneurs and organisations driving growth and innovation in protein industry. Awards for Best New Category Development, Best New Protein Product, Most Novel Protein Ingredient, and Most Disruptive Technology will be presented at 9th Protein Summit.

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The Future of UK Manufacturing Debate Heats Up at the PPMA Total Show 2016 – 27–29 September 2016, NEC, Birmingham

The UK manufacturing industry looks to the future with baited breath following the results of the EU referendum. As the wider UK economy remains unpredictable, the results of the referendum could represent a unique opportunity for the manufacturing sector should businesses consider the tactical, short-term implications and realise the importance of maintaining a focus on long-term strategic planning.

Speaking about the future of the UK manufacturing sector, the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment will join visitors at this year’s PPMA Total Show to open the 2016 exhibition and deliver the opening address on both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Appearing on the PPMA Total seminar stage on the first day of the show (Tuesday 27 September) Lord Francis Maude will discuss the outcome of the recent EU referendum and reveal the future plans for the government’s ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign.

PPMA3March2016The PPMA Total Show 2016 will not only see headline speakers like the Rt. Hon Lord Francis Maude but a range of industry experts who can offer insight and advice on the future of the UK manufacturing industry. Also confirmed to speak at this year’s PPMA Total Show, Emma De-Alwis, Hygiene Specialist at Campden BRI, Claire Shrewsbury, Packaging Programme Manager for WRAP, Elliot Woolley, Lecturer for the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing & Recycling Technologies (SMART) at Loughborough University and Joanna Stephenson, Director for Women in Packaging will join the line up to discuss a wide range of highly topical issues including contaminated food products, food and packaging waste, self-optimising Cleaning in Place (CIP) systems as well as the gender balance in the UK packaging industry.

Demonstrating the Latest Innovations in Manufacturing

Attendees to Hall 5 at the NEC in September can also find out more about the latest trends and innovations taking the industry by storm. With returning exhibitors, Bosch Packaging Technology, Schubert, and Festo, already confirmed to join the line-up, organisers are confident that the 2016 show will be bigger and better than ever before.

In fact, since the PPMA shows returned to the full control of the association in 2013, the size of its events has increased by circa 25% year-on-year. The latest edition – PPMA Total 2016 – is already 50% larger than the first show of the new regime in 2014. With over 400 exhibitors, the event has already firmly established itself as the industry event not to be missed with 2016 set to be one of the biggest and highly anticipated events yet.

PPMA1July2015New PPMA Group CEO, Andrew Mint, who joined the association on the 1st February 2016, says: “The PPMA Total Show 2016 is set to be biggest yet and the show is a great opportunity for businesses to get their brand, products and equipment in front of a high profile audience and celebrate the innovation that the industry has to offer. The show is a fantastic platform to highlight the latest innovations whilst also bringing some of the industry’s biggest issues to the fore such as the skills gap. I’m looking forward to seeing some the most exciting recent technological developments in our industry on show, as well as hearing from some of the industry’s leading figures at the PPMA Total seminar theatre.”

To register your attendance at the show please visit: http://bit.ly/28QsHuF. For more information on the PPMA Total Show 2016, please visit http://www.ppmatotalshow.co.uk/ or join the conversation on twitter @PPMATotalShow #PPMATotalShow or the PPMA Total Show LinkedIn page.

 

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Riggs Autopack Volumetric Depositors and Filling Machines on Display at PPMA Total Show 2016 – Stand A21

RiggsAutopackAugust2016Riggs Autopack Ltd will be exhibiting a selection of their high quality volumetric depositors and filling machines, transfer pumps and conveyor filling lines at this year’s PPMA Total Show, including an example of their servo drive filling machine.

Visitors to the Lancashire company stand on A21 will view a 4 head automatic depositor with conveyor, a semi-automatic servo drive filling machine with transfer pump, a micro-fill depositor for small volume deposits, and a semi-automatic bulk depositor for filling catering bags, buckets and jerry cans.

Riggs Autopack’s depositors and filling machines are available as a semi-automatic stand-alone unit for small scale producers, or as an automatic conveyor filling system for medium to large scale manufacturers. They provide damage free depositing of hot or cold liquid, semi-liquid and suspended solid products, and accurately fill most container types or size.

If you’re investing in a high quality semi or fully automatic depositing system to accurately fill jars, bottles, pots, tubs, ready meal trays, cartons, buckets, jerry cans, pouches or bags, then Riggs Autopack could have the solution.

For further information contact Riggs Autopack Ltd on Tel +44 (0)1282 440040, Email info@riggsautopack.co.uk or vist www.riggsautopack.co.uk.

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Manufacture Software and Display Systems From London Electronics at PPMA Total Show 2016 – Stand G01

LondonElectronicsAugust2016London Electronics design and manufacture software and display systems to help you optimise the efficiency of your manufacturing and logistics processes.

Tailored real-time displays and software show production figures such as rate, total, downtime, OEE, finishing time, quality % etc. Whatever is important to you, London Electronics can measure it.

Live data allows you to respond immediately to any drop in performance, which you might not otherwise notice.

London Electronics’ secure cloud-based systems allow you to view live and historic data from anywhere you may be, over a protected link. A big advantage is that you don’t need to download and special software or apps. Everything is run in your browser and is kept up to date automatically.

London Electronics’ speciality is customising systems to suit your requirements exactly. Nothing you don’t need, everything you do need, in a format which is easy to understand. Visit Stand G01 or www.london-electronics.com.

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Nutrition and Sustainability Sessions at IDF World Dairy Summit 2016

Dairy is part of the solution of key nutritional problems in the various parts of the world: in developing countries it provides the needed nutrients to overcome shortages and in the developed countries it plays a role in preventing non-communicable diseases associated with obesity, like bowel cancer and type 2 diabetes. In addition, dairy production should be accomplished in a most sustainable way. All these issues are highlighted in the Nutrition and Sustainability sessions during the IDF World Dairy Summit 2016.

Reason enough to take a look at the Nutrition and Sustainability sessionsprogramme details of Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October during the IDF World Dairy Summit 2016:

On Tuesday, in the session The role of dairy in developing countries Prof. Dr. Kim Michaelsen will explain the role of dairy in preventing undernutrition in low-income countries;

Dr. Mickey Rubin of the National Dairy Council will give an overview of the role of dairy in dietary guidelines in the Western world;

On Wednesday morning Prof. Rogier Schulte and Prof. Dr. Pieter van ’t Veer (both Wageningen University, Netherlands) both will provide insight in the latest developments in projects regarding healthy sustainable diets: how to gain insight and how to determine diets for all that are healthy, sustainable and environmental friendly.

For more information on the nutrition program, take a look at the programme!

Don’t miss out on the interesting online dialogue, with several blogs posted on theIDF World Dairy Summit 2016 website each week.

For summit registration, please use the following link or have a look at the website.

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World Cheese Awards 2016 Open For Entry!

The 29th annual World Cheese Awards are now open for entry with organisers, the Guild of Fine Food, expecting more cheese-makers than ever to enter as the competition heads to San Sebastián this year, during the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. Dedicated only to cheese, with no other dairy products able to enter, the World Cheese Awards, supported by Artzai Gazta and the Basque Country Government, will be the showpiece event at the inaugural International Cheese Festival. Being held between 16-18 November 2016, this global celebration of cheese will be open to consumers and tourists, as well as food professionals, buyers, and retailers.

Cheeses from over 30 different countries are expected to line up in front of 250 judges from every corner of the globe, including international buyers, retailers, writers and cheesemakers, providing a golden opportunity for small artisan producers to spotlight their cheese on a world stage. With all tasting, nosing and conferring taking place within a single day, thousands of entries will be judged in order to identify any cheeses worthy of a Bronze, Silver or Gold award, before the World Champion Cheese is crowned later in the afternoon.

John Farrand, Managing Director of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the World Cheese Awards, explains; “Our experts were presented with the mammoth task of judging 2,727 individual cheeses in 2015, but with so much excitement about the awards heading to Europe’s unofficial culinary capital this year, we’re expecting record numbers. I can’t think of a better time to be taking the world’s largest cheese-only awards scheme to San Sebastián, as it enjoys its moment as European Capital of Culture. We’re all delighted to be giving cheese such a prominent place in the celebrations, alongside San Sebastián’s world class cuisine, which is only fitting given the exceptional artisan cheese-making of the Basque Country that brought us here in the first place.”

The World Cheese Awards judging will commence on Wednesday 16 November. All entries will be judged and whittled down to the top 60 in just one day. Then the best 16 cheeses will be voted for by a final judging panel later in the afternoon, when the 2016 World Champion Cheese will be crowned.

With the World Cheese Awards at its heart, the International Cheese Festival will be held at the Kursaal Congress Centre on San Sebastián’s spectacular beachfront. In partnership with the Guild of Fine Food, Artzai Gazta will stage this truly global cheese event, open to food professionals, buyers, retailers, consumers and tourists. Major figures in the cheese world will come together to discuss dairy industry issues in a conference environment, whilst consumers will have the opportunity to learn about cheeses from all over the globe through talks surrounding the World Cheese Awards, in the process raising awareness of local artisan cheese production and helping to promote the region’s culture, gastronomy and tourism.

The World Cheese Awards is open for entry from Wednesday 17 August until Tuesday 11 October, unless the entry cap is reached before this date – early entry is recommended.Producers can enter online at www.gff.co.uk/wca.

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Record number of entries for PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016

PPMA2016LogoReturning to the PPMA Total Show 2016 (27-29 September), the PPMA Group Industry Awards will once again celebrate the best that British manufacturing has to offer following a record-number of entries submitted. Taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on the first night of the exhibition, the industry will come together to recognise innovation and celebrate notable manufacturing successes from the past 12 months.

The awards bring together influential leaders from across the packaging, processing and machinery industries, with over 400 guests expected to attend the gala dinner hosted by comedian and Mock the Week regular, Andy Parsons and Sky Sports presenter, Hayley McQueen.

55 entries were submitted for the awards in 2015 and this year’s number has exceeded that, with hundreds of businesses entering across the award’s 13 categories. The finalists were announced last week and will now do battle to win prestigious titles ranging from Most Innovative Processing or Packaging Machine to Exporter of the Year.

Recognising the popularity of the awards, an overwhelming number of high quality entries were recorded for the Most Innovative Processing or Packaging Machine category resulting in a record-number of 13 shortlisted entries. The quantity and strength of entrants demonstrate that innovation is still being championed across the industry in a sector that is continuing to strive despite recent reports.

Other awards announced on the night include Customer Service, Most Innovative Automation System, Most Innovative Vision Project and Partnership of the Year. In addition to the shortlisted finalists, the PPMA Group will also announce the Outstanding Achievement and returning for its second year, Apprentice of the Year award winners on the night.

 

Speaking about the PPMA Group Industry Awards, Grant Jamieson, Chairman, PPMA Group of Associations, said: “The sheer volume of entries we’ve received this year only goes to highlight the strength of the British processing, packaging and manufacturing industries. It is clear to see the judging panel will have a tough task of identifying 2016’s winners and we wish all of the finalists the best of luck on the night.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend the PPMA Group Industry Awards ceremony. Visit http://bit.ly/2bkDltD for more information and to book your spot today. For more information on the PPMA Total Show 2016, please visit http://www.ppmatotalshow.co.uk/ or join the conversation on twitter @PPMATotalShow #PPMATotalShow or the PPMA Total Show LinkedIn page

 Please see below for a full list of categories and entrants:

 Most Innovative Processing or Packaging Machine

  • Adelphi Packaging Machinery
  • Atwell Self-Adhesive Labellers
  • Bosch Packaging Technology
  • Cama Group
  • Domino UK
  • Fortress Technology (Europe)
  • Gebo Cermex UK
  • Ishida Europe
  • Jenton International
  • Mespack
  • Pacepacker Services
  • Tekpak Automation
  • Winkworth

Customer Service

  • ABSSAC
  • Bradman Lake
  • Enercon Industries
  • ICE – Interactive Coding
  • Equipment

Most Innovative Automation System

  • Festo & Siemens
  • Ishida Europe
  • Langen Group
  • Tekpak Automation

Most Innovative Vision Project

  • Acrovision
  • Olmec – UK
  • Stemmer Imaging

Partnership of the Year

  • Bradman Lake & Pladis
  • Evolution Bottling and
  • Packaging Solutions & MBF
  • Festo & Siemens
  • Fortress Technology
  • (Europe) & Sparc Systems
  • Jenton International &
  • Marine Products (Scotland)
  • SMAC & BPX
  • Stemmer Imaging &
  • Acrovision

Exceptional Sales or Company Growth Award

  • The Food Machinery Company
  • ICE – Interactive Coding Equipment
  • Herma UK
  • Riggs Autopack
  • Yorkshire Packaging Systems

Exporter of the Year

  • Detectamet
  • Herma UK
  • Russell Finex
  • Spooner Industries

Most Innovative Ancillary Equipment

  • Ambersil
  • Gebo Cermex
  • Russell Finex
  • Colin Mear Engineering

Processing & Packaging Machinery Manufacturer of the Year

  • DC Norris
  • Endoline Machinery
  • Riggs Autopack
  • Karmelle
  • Loma Systems & Lock
  • Inspection
  • Russell Finex
  • Yorkshire Packaging Systems

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London’s Only Packaging Show Announces Seminar Programme

Britvic, Harrods and Young’s Seafood are just some of the major names who will take to the stage as part of Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London’s seminar programme, taking place on 14 & 15 September 2016, at London’s Olympia.

The free-to-attend seminar programme will run across three theatres throughout the two days, including an opening interview and Q&A with Mark Pawsey MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Packaging Group. Visitors will be invited to submit their questions for Mark in the run up to the show. These highly practical sessions will span the entire packaging chain, and have been carefully selected to provide inspirational guidance on all things packaging, print and design.

Also on day one of the show will be an interactive panel discussion, looking at ‘The future of creative packaging’. At least one third of product decision making is based on the packaging it comes in. With this in mind, the panel, which includes Alex Higgs, Creative Manager at Think Tank Media, Simon Rumble, Brand Enhancement at Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co, Chris Jones, Technical Print Production Manager at Novalia and Ian McKay, Business Development Manager of Strand Paper, will explore the latest consumer trends in premium and creative packaging.

For those of you are looking for the latest luxury solutions to enrich your products packaging or respond to the latest trends Ann Dunne, Head of Food Technology and Development at Harrods, will be examining ‘The emerging trends in the prestige and luxury markets’. She will analyse what packaging trends work well in this market and what has been emerging over the last year.

Lisa Meade, Senior Innovation Manager – Packaging at Britvic, will discuss packaging development challenges and opportunities, talking about the packaging technologies and trends that are shaping the company’s packaging decisions.

PackagingInnovation1September2015Sticking with the drinks theme, Natalie Maher, Managing Director at Good, will present in partnership with its client Milroy’s of Soho, leading the audience on a journey looking at the power of packaging as a brand storyteller. She will discuss why, in the world of spirits, a pack is so much more than a pack, and why primary and secondary packaging are vital for both differentiation and premiumisation.

In a perfect combination of both shows, luxury and innovation, Neil Farmer, Owner of Neil Farmer Associates, will be assessing the status of the world packaging market and innovations by leading consumer goods producers. He will also look at some of the latest developments in the luxury goods market and examine the design features that have made these innovations so good, whilst looking ahead to 2025.

Paul Day, Packaging Technologist at LF Beauty, will be exploring what pitfalls should be avoided when managing NPD projects and where to look for inspiration to innovate. Day will also detail how best to create new packaging formats and designs.

Alison Vincent, Managing Director of AVA Packaging Solutions will explain the seven essential elements packaging departments in FMCG/CPG companies must embrace in order to create value.

As always sustainability is a hot topic, so for those interested in knowing how your choice of material impacts on sustainability, do not miss the seminar run by Jessica Tommila, Director Market Communications at Iggesund Paperboard.

In addition to the full seminar programme, the 2016 show boasts a packed exhibition hall full of over 170 leading international suppliers. Plus, new for 2016, The Dieline Conference, the first ever to appear outside the US, will deliver a series of sessions from both leading and emerging brands, as well as packaging suppliers and design agencies, to discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise when designing a brand.

For further information about Packaging Innovations 2016 and Luxury Packaging London please visit www.easyfairs.com/PI-Londonwww.easyfairs.com/LuxuryPackaging or contact +44 (0)20 8843 8800.

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Codico to Launch Intrex Labeller Range at Food Drink Conference 2016

labelling_head1-001Codico Distributors, a leading supplier of Coding and Marking Equipment in Ireland, will be showcasing a new range of automatic labelling applicator machines at this year’s Food & Drink Conference at stand A24, which takes place at Citywest on the 14th of September 2016.

The new range comes from Intrex of Poland and features 3 options of label applicators the 100+, 200+ and 300+. Each model differs in speed and size of labelling that is required. Intrex can also provide state of the art bespoke solutions for bottling and other difficult labelling applications. Codico will be showcasing the 200+ labeller which has been combined with a Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO), the V230i from Domino Printing Sciences. This combined will enable food and beverage manufactures to print dates, batch information and other data on to labels at a speed of up to approx. 24m/min.

Also at the conference, Codico will have their bestselling i-Tech A320i Domino continuous printer that has been integrated in to the Mobile Coding Station (MCS) which has proven a real hit with SME’s and start-up businesses due to its affordability, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

machine_6-001Myles Ogle, Nation Sales Manager at Codico outlines the benefits of the solutions to be showcased at the conference: “Our approach to food & beverage companies has been to provide an autonomous coding solution that is cost effective, highly reliable and extremely affordable. In other words the manufacturers will be able to handle and print on to their own packaging in one seamless solution. The Intrex labeller has been a huge success across Europe and we are delighted to bring the range to Ireland. We are offering a high quality product that has world class back up that is 100% local due to the country wide location of our service engineers.

All Intrex and Domino equipment comes with a 12 months parts and 6 month labour warranty cover, Codico with offices in Waterford and Newry, provides 24/7 technical service support along with the installation of new printers and accessories.

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Cibus Tec 2016 – Signs of a Record Edition

Cibus Tec confirms the highly specialised, vertical market technology exhibition for the main food production chains. At this unique trade fair, international operators can discover the best technological solutions, in the very place that puts them to the most advanced and innovative use in the world – here in Italy and, in particular, in Parma. Cibus Tec is a platform for Italian excellence in food processing & packaging and its technological innovation and customizability, with a strong emphasis on specialisation, sustainable technology and advanced automation”.

With these words from Antonio Cellie, CEO of Fiere di Parma, began the recent Cibus Tec presentation, now with the Parma exhibition centre joined by the German giant Koelnmesse.

Attending the event were Gerald Böse, President and CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, Thomas Rosolia, CEO of Koelnmesse Italia and Antonio Cellie, CEO of Fiere di Parma.

The contents of the exhibition as presented at the meeting can be summed up as follows:

  • Three months before it opens, the exhibition can lay claim to being the Italian benchmark for the food processing industry, with 95% of the 2014 exhibitors confirming their attendance, along with 200 new exhibitors, and a significant expansion (+ 30%) of the packaging technologies and materials section.
  • Cibus Tec demonstrates the attraction of all technologies (sorting, processing, packaging, end-of-line and logistics) for the major agro-industrial sectors (fruit & vegetables, meat, milk & dairy, bakery, confectionery and coffee), alongside new areas for ice cream, desserts and ingredients. In response to the event’s expansion, the new, higher-capacity Pavilion 2 has been opened.
  • An intensive program of workshops with international guests is laid on to address the most current issues in the sector, including the new frontiers of food hygiene and food safety, energy consumption diagnosis and future solutions, water footprint and strategies for reducing water consumption, and the role of eco-friendly technologies in enhancing competitiveness. Production and packaging solutions for “free-from” products as well as eco packaging will occupy a large space.
  • Alongside established partnerships with organizations like Federalimentare (Federation of Italian Food Industries Associations), Assolatte (Italian Dairy Foods Association), Assocarni (Italian Meat Industry and Trade Association), AMITOM-WPTC (for processing tomato) and EHEDG Italy, new partnerships with leading national and international institutions including the Ordine Nazionale dei Tecnologi Alimentari (Italian Order of Food Technologists) and IFU (International Fruit and Vegetable Juice Association) are developing. The goal: to create network between operators in different communities and develop new business potential for Cibus Tec exhibitors.
  • 1000 CTOs (Chief Technology Officers) from the most relevant global food companies will be attending as part of the incoming programme developed by Fiere di Parma, Koelnmesse, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and ICE (Italian Trade Commission), boosted by an investment of 1.5 million euro. Some of the major international companies already attending: BRF (Brazil), Fonterra (New Zealand), Kagome (Japan), Solico and Kalleh (Iran), The Morning Star and Coca Cola (USA), Unilever (UAE), Arcor (Argentina) and Amul (India).
  • New promotional tools will be introduced to support business matching: The Cibus Tec Showcase digital platform developed with Koelnmesse Italia means greater visibility for exhibitors before, during and after the show; the Cibus Tec Agenda online tool enables visitors to request appointments with exhibiting companies; the Innovation Hub integrated portal on the Cibus Tec website will promote the technological innovations exhibited at the show.

CibusTech1July2016All in all, a format for success that will promote 1200 exhibitors and, as of this year, enjoy a major boost for Italian businesses on both the international and domestic markets (see appendix) through the support of Koelnmesse, with whom Fiere di Parma has recently created the Koeln Parma Exhibitions Srl (KPE) newco.

“Koeln Parma Exhibitions’s main purpose initially is indeed focusing on    Cibus Tec, an event that has seen rapid growth over the last two editions, securing an ever more important slot in the Italian exhibition calendar, and to which we can certainly bring Koelnmesse’s industry experience and the high standard of international events such as Anuga FoodTec or ProSweets Cologne”, said Thomas Rosolia, CEO of Koelnmesse Italia.  “With Fiere di Parma, we will ensure that Cibus Tec becomes an unmissable event for as many exhibitors and visitors from around the world as possible, making it even ”stronger” on the international market. Without neglecting new opportunities on the Italian market”.

Cibus Tec is more than an international showcase for the best food processing and packaging solutions. Technology is an essential travelling companion for food companies looking to break into new markets. It is only research and innovation in technology that has enabled Made in Italy food to be available everywhere, whilst maintaining its high quality and wholesome nature, and thereby set its sights on the 50 million euro exports target set by Agriculture Minister Martina at Cibus Food Exhibition (May 2016) itself.

CibusTech3July2016It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the CL.uster A.grifood N.azionale CL.A.N European Strategic Cluster Partnership has identified technological innovation as one of the six paths for supporting national food industry development and competitiveness.

With a 2016 turnover estimated at 134 billion euro (with almost 29 from exports), the Italian food industry is the country’s second manufacturing sector; over 1.2 billion consumers worldwide buy a Made in Italy product every year; convenience products (ready-made sauces, fresh and frozen toppings, etc.) are an ever growing consumer trend, now representing 25% of the agri-food turnover.

If excellent Italian produce is to take on the world’s markets, closing in on Germany and France (whose respective 2015 agri-food exports amount to 71.1 and 60.5 euro), it will need the support of technologies to preserve its flavour, freshness and identity: like those that will be exhibited at Cibus Tec from the 25-28 October 2016.

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IMHX 2016 Showcases the Latest Materials Handling and Supply Chain Solutions

Logistics and materials handling touch everyone’s lives – whatever is purchased be it online, in store or delivered from a wholesaler. That’s why IMHX, the UK’s leading logistics exhibition taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 13th to 16th September, is a must-attend event.

Sponsored by financial services provider Investec, IMHX 2016 will reflect every aspect of 21st century intralogistics. Present at the show will be over 100 suppliers of forklift trucks and associated products and services, over 30 supply chain and warehouse IT providers, in excess of 40 suppliers of automation solutions, over 25 companies working in packaging and well over 60 general materials handling exhibitors.

The regional heats of the RTITB Operator of the Year return to IMHX in 2016. This is held every three years to find the best forklift operator in the country.

The Design4Safety awards, organised by the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), will also be part of IMHX 2016. The aim of the awards is to highlight the importance of product or service design in improving safety standards. Enter by visiting http://www.imhx.biz/design4safety.

Demonstration Zone and Supply Chain IT Village

There will also be a Demonstration Zone where manufacturers will be putting their trucks and equipment through their paces, showing their capabilities and versatility.

IMHX2July2016IT solutions are playing a growing role in the supply chain and in response to these developments for the first time IMHX will feature a dedicated Supply Chain IT Village. Among those exhibiting will be Proteus Software which specialises in providing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).

David Bugden of Proteus says: “IMHX is the event for anyone involved in logistics and supply chain and this is our fifth time attending. The new IT Village provides a great platform for technology providers to meet potential customers and showcase new innovative developments.”

Future Skills Zone

Also for the first time ever this year at IMHX we are pleased to announce a Future Skills Zone highlighting the careers available to young people in Britain’s logistics sector, and featuring leading employers from across the sector.

IMHXLogoJuly2016The Future Skills Zone at IMHX will show the brightest and the best that they don’t need to choose university as their route to a good career – and that a vocational route can take them into highly skilled managerial positions.

Leading companies across the UK are crying out for ambitious and motivated young people to take on interesting and challenging roles in logistics and allied industries and those participating in the Zone include leading forklift truck manufacturers Toyota Material Handling, and Linde Material Handling, whose apprentices will be stripping down and rebuilding a vehicle, Crown and Jungheinrich.

IMHX3July2016Within the Future Skills Zone there is also a Future Skills Presentation Theatre which will feature a series of presentations from young aspiring logisticians who will provide insight into what a logistics career path can offer. Presentations from XPO Logistics and Widdop & Co are already scheduled, with others being confirmed shortly.

The former BITA Academy, now the new Forklift Training Engineering Centre (F-TEC), the industry’s training centre for apprentices and engineers, will also be providing information on apprenticeships. 

Aftersales Director for Linde Material Handling UK, Mark Sullivan, says: “As a business, it’s so important for us to invest heavily in future generations, and create a highly diverse and skilled workforce. Participating in the Future Skills Zone enables us to demonstrate the role we can play in harnessing talent. We’re delighted to be part of it.”

As you can see there is plenty going on over the four days of the show – and with over 400 exhibitors expected to attend, IMHX 2016 is on track to be the biggest ever. To find out more go to www.imhx.net.

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Changing Lifestyles Grow Turkish Desire For Packaged Food and Drink

Turkey is experiencing a number of big shifts in its demographics which is having a positive effect on the packaged food market. Since the 1950s, the urban population has expanded. 75% of Turkey’s total population now live in urban areas. Over 20 cities across the country are home to a million or more inhabitants.

Turkey’s population is relatively young, too. Over 60% of population is aged 35 or under.

A busier, urban lifestyle amongst the population is shaping food consumption habits. Traditionally, Turkish consumers enjoyed food bought, prepared and eaten on the day. Things have changed. Now, Turkey’s young population seems to prefer convenience over freshness, which has seen a rise in demand for frozen and pre-packaged offerings. A rise in the number of women in the workplace, who have less subsequent time for cooking, is further fuelling growth in this sector.

Indeed, urbanisation is playing a major role in changing how Turks consume food. A report from Euromonitor revealed that, between 2009-2011, the packaged food market grew 11% alongside urbanisation rates. Demand for packaged food is only likely to increase, providing exporters to Turkish markets an almost future-proof sector to explore.

Frozen Food Gains Prominence

Frozen food is perhaps benefitting the most from Turkey’s shifting consumer patterns. Not only does this open the door for food producers to enter Turkey but also for chilled logistics companies to make their presence known.

Revenues generated by the Turkish frozen food market totalled $1 billion in 2014; the results of a particularly fertile period for the sector. Between 2010-2014 a compound annual growth rate of 4.7% was observed – demonstrating the growing taste for readily available options amongst Turks.

Key food suppliers of frozen food have also seen their revenues grow across comparable periods. Kerevitas, Turkey’s oldest and largest frozen food producers, enjoyed a 14.7% increase in its sales during 2009-2012. Through its brand Superfresh, Kerevitas controls nearly half of Turkey’s frozen market. Kerevitas’ successes are a good indicator of the burgeoning demand for ready-made products amongst Turkish consumers.

Supermarkets Gain Prominence

As Turkey’s population increasingly focusses on convenience, supermarkets based on Western layouts and business models are expanding their food retail market share. Packaged food, and its increased consumption, is helping fuel this trend.

Food is traditionally bought fresh from smaller grocers, known as bakkals, in Turkey. However, as consumers demand greater choice and cheaper prices, supermarket chains such as BİM, Migros Ticaret and A101, are seeing their revenues increase.

The food retail sector in Turkey is worth close to $726 million. Mass grocery sales are expected to increase by 8% year-on-year by 2018.

It is likely that supermarkets will become the pre-eminent way shoppers buy food in Turkey. In effect, this means exporters should be looking to supermarkets to distribute their pre-packaged foodstuffs across Turkey.

Purchasing Power is on the Rise

Young Turks aren’t just convenience-minded. They’re looking for more luxurious products to complement a rise in spending power. McKinsey predicts that in 2016 23% of Turkish households will enjoy annual incomes of $50,000 or higher.

What does this mean for packaged food? It means the consumer class has more spending power and wants diversified, internationally sourced offerings to satiate its demands. Euromonitor identified in February 2016, that Turkey’s population is buying more artisanal breads and cheeses, alongside other pricier products. Turkish imports of mineral water, for example, have increased in value from $34.3 million in 2010 to the current figure of $67.2 million.

Exporters of packaged food to Turkey should therefore be aware of a growing desire for luxury, high end products. Expect this to rise alongside growth in household incomes.

The above trends are just some of the factors powering Turkey’s expanding packaged food market. As the nation progress economically, it will be interesting to see how consumers’ tastes fluctuate. At present, the onus is very much on international and domestic companies alike to offer Turkish consumers a wide range of conveniently packaged options.

If you’re interested in the Turkish food market, why not attend WorldFood Istanbul in September? Find out more at http://www.food-exhibitions.com/WorldFood-Istanbul or to request more information, e-mail marketing@ite-exhibitions.com.

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Dare to Dairy at the IDF World Dairy Summit 2016 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands!

The IDF World Dairy Summit is the annual top meeting of the global dairy industry attracting about 1,500 participants from all over the world. This year (from the 16 to 21 October) the Summit is organized in The Netherlands and the message is Dare to Dairy!

The IDF World Dairy Summit is held annually by the International Dairy Federation somewhere in the world. This year more than a thousand people from around the world are expected in Rotterdam. The organizing committee has chosen a new approach: it engages the ‘outside world’ to have an inside look. Representatives of civil society are taking the stage to debate with the international dairy community about animal welfare, animal health, climate and energy, and sustainable food.

There is one central question: how could dairy products contribute to feeding 9 billion people? The answer requires a thorough dialogue with civil society organizations and public authorities. Speakers are representatives of the World Wildlife Fund, the US animal protection and the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency among others. Dare to Dairy and already join the debate online and on twitter.

Participants can also get a taste of the Dutch dairy! They can have an insight at the innovative farming, discover the Dutch cattle breeds or learn about the high-class research and education done in The Netherlands. To avoid missing the summit sessions, the participants enjoy the visits after the conference program, on Thursday 20th and Friday 21stOctober.

This summit is of interest to anyone who has been active in the dairy sector, and who wants to quickly update in the challenges the sector faces. For decades, the Dutch dairy has been in the forefront of developments in the global dairy sector. The entrepreneurship, innovation and international orientation that underpin the competitive position of the dairy sector in The Netherlands is attracting many visitors!

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) represents the global dairy sector and ensures the best scientific expertise is used to support high quality milk and nutritious, safe and sustainable dairy products. For further information visit www.fil-idf.org.

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Food Matters Live Unveils Packed Education Programme Line Up

More than 70 leading figures from the worlds of politics, industry, science and health will be debating obesity, sugar tax, sustainable diets and a host of other topical issues at this year’s Food Matters Live conference.

Ministers from the Department of Health and DEFRA will join business leaders from industry, including Mars, Britvic, Refresco Gerber and Mondelez, alongside the Advertising Standards Authority’s Guy Parker, Raymond Blanc and marathon runner Paula Radcliffe to head an all-star cast of experts taking part in the Food Matters Live education programme.

They will team up with renowned commentators, including food writer and broadcaster Gizzi Erskine and behavioural economist Tim Harford, model Claudia Schiffer’s former chef Sophie Mitchell, and scientist Professor Lord Robert Winston to address the complex and challenging relationship between food, health and nutrition.

FoodMattersLive2016Hot topics under the spotlight include: the ethics of marketing food to children, the future for ‘better-for-you’ soft drinks, the impact of celebrity on eating habits and an in-depth look at the food of tomorrow.

BBC presenters Jonathan Dimbleby, Anita Anand and Simon Jack will chair the debates, which are the highlight of the three-day free-to-attend Food Matters Live event, which returns to London’s ExCeL on 22-24 November.

At the same time, a multi-stream seminar programme offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to gain practical advice from more than 300 expert speakers.

Based on case studies and real-life experience, sessions cover a broad range of issues, such as nutrition for health and wellbeing, personalised nutrition, tackling obesity in practice, improving teenage diets, understanding the scale of the ‘free from’ trend, the future of sustainable proteins, the importance of packaging design and marketing healthier options.

More than 15,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s Food Matters Live exhibition, featuring over 600 leading organisations, ranging from global multinational companies to young and emerging enterprises from the UK and internationally.

FoodMattersLive2016LogoLive attractions, demonstrations and tastings will bring the learning to life, giving visitors a chance to investigate what is shaping the future of food  – from consumer food choices at the Experimental Café to new concepts underpinning innovations in ‘better-for-you’ food and drink in the Evidence Base.

In the Catering for Health theatre, chefs and nutritionists will present healthier menu choices to suit different budgets for health conscious consumers, while in the Feed Sensorium attraction, visitors will discover a range of science innovations from advances in cellular agriculture to the exciting potential of electrically stimulated flavour.

Briony Mansell Lewis, Food Matters Live Director, says: “We’re delighted once again to welcome so many experts to showcase and share best practice with colleagues in food, health and nutrition. Food Matters Live is fast becoming an annual business and education opportunity for many in the industry – and for smaller, innovative challenger brands, an unrivalled chance to get their products noticed.”

Food Matters Live is free to attend – registration opens on Tuesday 12th July – www.foodmatterslive.com.

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Manufacturing Skills Gap and Food Waste Top the Bill at PPMA Total Show 2016

The PPMA Total Show 2016, running from 27-29 September 2016, at the NEC Birmingham, will once again play host to an extensive seminar programme.  Visitors will be invited to join and engage with industry experts from Mondelez International, Nampak Plastics and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), who will speak about the latest industry trends and hottest issues impacting processing and packaging professionals including hygiene compliance, food waste and the ongoing skills gap.

Headlining the 2016 seminar programme will be The Rt Hon Lord Francis Maude of Horsham, who previously served as the Minister of State for Trade and Investment.  Lord Francis Maude will present the opening address at the show, that will include a focus on the outlook of British manufacturing in the wake of the EU referendum.  As a major proponent of the government led ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign, Lord Francis Maude will also speak about a series of events set up across the UK in 2016, to ensure small and medium businesses get the support they need with exporting goods. 

PPMA2016LogoAddressing one of the most important industry issues, the skills gap, Emma Mcleod, Principal Engineer for Process Solutions Global Chocolate R&D Team at Mondelez International, will be taking to the stage to give an inspiring, accurate and up-to-date insight into the opportunities in engineering, the largest industry in the UK.  As well as addressing the impact of the skills gap, Emma will explore how apprenticeships and graduate training schemes can help young people build a successful career in the UK food and drink manufacturing industry.

WRAP, the circular economy and resource efficiency experts, is at the forefront of helping governments and businesses to achieve sustainability targets and improve resource efficiency.  Claire Shrewsbury has over 20 years’ experience working in the environmental field.  As Packing Programme Area Manager, Claire is currently responsible for a number of government programmes that promote both environmental improvements and cost benefits to industry, including current projects with GlassRite Wine, and developing recycled food grade PP processing. 

PPMA2March2016Also joining the line-up, Emma De-Alwis, Hygiene Specialist at Campden BRI will highlight how contaminated food products and food hygiene problems that go undetected along the supply chain have a serious negative impact on the UK manufacturing industry. She will discuss the importance of equipment and factory design on hygiene compliance in the pharmaceutical sector as well as the food and drink industry. 

Emma’s session will cover industry requirements in relation to hygiene compliance for both equipment manufacturers and end users.  Furthermore, the session will discuss changes in legislation, the fundamentals and importance of hygienic design, and the need for clear specification before purchasing a piece of equipment.  It will also give some examples from the industry on how issues can be overcome and where manufacturers can get more advice. 

PPMA3March2016Addressing the need to excite consumers and the role of packaging in increasing sales, Ashwin Moorthy, Head of Engineering & Innovation at Nampak Plastics, will discuss the latest packaging innovations in the FMCG world, and how packaging can both protect products and extend shelf life whilst being environmentally friendly.  Visitors will also learn how companies can innovate, add value and deliver a range of world class packaging solutions.   

Additional speakers confirmed for the 2016 exhibition include Neil Farmer of the Neil Farmer Associates; Ben Clarke, Training & Education Manager at GS1; and Nick Kesterton of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).

Speaking about the seminar line-up, David Harrison, PPMA Total Show Event Director, says: “This year’s seminar programme really is an exciting line-up, with a diverse array of high calibre speakers, which we believe visitors and exhibitors alike will find of great interest. We can’t wait to return to the NEC and welcome exhibitors and visitors to join us and discover the latest industry trends.”

To register your attendance at the show please visit: http://bit.ly/28QsHuF. For more information on the PPMA Total Show 2016, please visithttp://www.ppmatotalshow.co.uk/ or join the conversation on twitter @PPMATotalShow #PPMATotalShow or the PPMA Total Show LinkedIn page

 

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World Congress of Food Science and Technology Launched

The World Congress of Food Science and Technology 2016, which will take from 21st to 25th August in Dublin, has been officially launched. The theme for this major international congress, organised jointly by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Ireland (IFSTI), is ‘Greening the Global Food Supply Chain through Innovation in Food Science and Technology’.

Over 1,800 food scientists, engineers, food industry professionals, regulatory authorities and students from around the world, are expected in Dublin for this major event hosted by the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Ireland, which will facilitate the communication, exchange and sharing of knowledge at the frontiers of food science and technology.

Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director, says: “Teagasc are delighted to partner IUFoST and IFSTI to organise this congress, which will help our researchers to develop international co-operation and information exchange. Bringing the best food scientists from around the world here to Dublin, facilitates the sharing of knowledge and education. It provides an important opportunity for international food companies to engage with the food science community for mutual benefit.We are grateful to the Kerry Group, and the other sponsors of the event for their financial support for the congress.”

Some highlights of the congress will include:

  • Keynote addresses by global experts from industry and academia
  • The Inaugural IUFoST-hosted Global Food Summit
  • The Food Industry Leadership Forum
  • Over 80 sessions with distinguished international speakers
  • Over 1,400 poster presentations
  • International Food Industry Awards
  • Food research and industry exhibition
  • International Student Product Development Competition
  • Young Scientist Awards
  • A vibrant social and networking programme
  • Quiz bowl and fun run.

Prior to the official opening of the congress, IUFoST will convene the 1st Global Food Summit. The Summit will acknowledge and draw on the increasingly vital world governments and its agencies play in improving the dialogue and collaboration necessary to tackle current and future global food issues and will examine current and future practice with the aim of improving strategies towards a sustainable/waste efficient and resilient  food supply from third to first world. The key areas that will be addressed are:

  • Future food research prioritisation and funding
  • The global vision of the role of food science and technology in meeting societal and technological changes
  • Mobilisation and implementation of the global vision.

For further information on the World Congress of Food Science and Technology seehttp://www.iufost2016.com/venue.html

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Pictured at the launch of IUFOST 2016 at Teagasc, Macroom, County Cork were (from left to right): Stan McCarthy, Managing Director of Kerry Group; Michael Creed, TD, Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine; and Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc, Director. The 18th World congress of food, science and technology shall take place in Dublin from 21st-25th August 2016. Picture Denis Boyle.

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Exhibitors Quick to Sign Up for the UK’s Most Exclusive Packaging Event

More than 140 industry leading suppliers have already booked stands for Packaging Innovations London 2016, which returns to London’s Olympia on 14 & 15 September 2016. These suppliers have been quick to show support for the UK’s most exclusive packaging event, dedicated to branded and inspirational packaging.

Those registered for the show include an array of first time exhibitors, including British Tags, Think Tank Media, Extrapack, Les Parfumables, and Forwarded Pack Industrial. These will join major returning names such as Alexir Packaging, Hip Lei Packaging Products, Celloglas, Future Pak, P Wilkinson Containers, Pet Power and Stribbons.

Innovation will take centre stage, with numerous exhibitors using the show to launch new products and services. For instance, Tinware Direct will be displaying its innovative, self-sealing tin, Pressitin, which has just been granted a European patent. Traditionally, cans are closed with a cumbersome seaming machine, that spins the can to bend the closing end over the tin. Pressitin allows this to be done by hand. It is also coated in a food safe lacquer, making it suitable for storing a range of dry food items.

KTEC Group will be presenting the LX500e Color Label Printer – its newest and most affordable desktop colour label and tag printer. It offers 2.5 times the print speed and even better print quality than its previous model.

Tesa will be displaying its Lift & Reseal reclosure tape, which provides an effective reseal solution for produce with a short shelf life. It has been designed to efficiently close packs more than 20 times, allowing consumers to reseal film-based food packs for the product’s lifetime. The tape strip remains adhesive as the product is used and the pack reduces in size, retaining the quality and freshness of the food items and reducing food wastage.

Segura will be using the show to demonstrate its latest cloud-based software, which allows a company to map its full supply network and then track every transaction through the chain, from the moment an order is placed to fulfilment. This gives businesses greater oversight over complex supply chains, enabling them to spot areas of risk or potential cost-savings, and also helps to ensure that products meet safety, ethical and quality standards.

Swedbrand will be presenting its next generation technology of bag-in-box wine, called Topflow. This new-patented technology enables the wine to be poured from the top of the bag. A bottom plate, inside the box, is attached to a spring wire that pushes the wine towards the faucet at the top. The plate is easily inserted into any ordinary bag-in-box wine during the packaging process. This means wine producers can continue buying the inner bag and box from their current supplier.

First time exhibitor, British Tags will be promoting its complete range of luxury branded packing, including gift-boxes, both flat-pack and rigid, paper and fabric carriers, fabric pouches, cartons and pillow packs, as well as its deluxe acid-free tissue paper. Samples of its glueless-bottomed bags, which double as gift-wrap, will also be on show. It will also display its branded labelling range, including hangtags, badges and woven and adhesive labels.

More than just an exhibition, the 2016 show has more content than ever before, with a brand new free-to-attend conference, run in partnership with The Dieline dedicated to the packaging design industry. The Great Innovation Debate and The Innovation Wall will all be returning and the show will feature an array of free-to-attend Learnshops, spanning the entire packaging market, delivered by a who’s who of international industry experts. And for the first time, the UK’s premier annual awards scheme recognising innovation in packaging design and technology, the Starpack Awards, will be taking place at the show.

For further information, visit http://www.easyfairs.com/PI-LONDON or contact +44 (0)20 8843 8800.

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Future Food Tech: Connecting food innovators, investors and big food corporates to rethink the future of food

Logo Nov DatesThe Future Food-Tech Summit 2016 brings together the leading investors, corporates and technology start-ups from the food industry to showcase innovative solutions, share ideas & forge new partnerships to take these solutions to market. All share a common goal, to harness the power of technology to feed the world in a sustainable, safe and healthy manner.

The summit takes place on the 27-28th September 2016 and includes agenda-setting presentations and panel debates, interactive roundtable discussions, start-up pitching sessions, 1-1 meetings & networking opportunities with the brightest minds in food-tech today.

Key Themes in 2016 include:

  • The Mega Trends in Food Creating Tomorrow’s Opportunities
  • Creating Resilient Supply Chains with Foresight: The Role of Big Data & Genomics
  • The Future of Nutrition & Delivering Personalised Health
  • The Food-Consumer-Sustainability Nexus
  • New Protein & SynBio: Targeting Solutions to Meet Demand
  • Investor Insight into High-Growth Opportunities in Food
  • Global Models for Accelerating Innovation to Market

We are delighted to offer our members £300 saving off registration. Please quote BSD16 when booking. To attend please visit: www.futurefoodtechlondon.com

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Bigger, Better, Busier – Vitafoods Europe Breaks Visitor Records in its 20th Year

Vitafoods Europe 2016 welcomed a total of 17,666 visitors through its doors – an increase of 13% over last year, and an all-time high.

For the first time this year Vitafoods Europe took place across four halls at Palexpo, creating extra exhibition space for more stands and visitor attractions. The additional room was put to good use, with a total of 900 exhibitors taking part – 10% more than last year – and a host of new and original content that brought the nutraceutical industry to life.

Held at Palexpo in Geneva from 10-12 May 2016, this year’s event was Vitafoods Europe’s 20th anniversary. It was a truly international affair with visitors hailing from 115 different countries. The show proved a huge hit with visitors, with many reporting that it had provided a superb opportunity to meet and do business with new and existing contacts across the nutrition sector.

Sofia Hoffmann De Mendonça, Business Development Manager at Allmicroalgae, was among those impressed by what she saw. “There seems to have been an increase not only in the exhibitor numbers but also in the quality of the exhibitors,” she said. “It’s key for me to attend because Vitafoods Europe gives you a good overview of the market trends and it’s a great place to meet key suppliers and prospects, not only from Europe but also from Asia and Australia.”

Nick Morgan, Managing Director of Sports Integrated, commented: “There are a lot of exhibitors, which is good to give you an understanding of the state of the industry and it’s good to have them all at one place. The show works well in terms of meeting new people and understanding challenges within the industry.”

Maria Pujol of Bonderalia Montoil said: “It’s my first time here and I’m very impressed. It’s really big with a lot of different companies from many countries. It’s well organised and easy to find what I’m looking for. Vitafoods Europe is the best place for our company to look for new suppliers, as we are a distributor, but also to meet with existing clients.”

Exhibitors Praise Visitor Numbers and Quality

There was also plenty of praise for Vitafoods Europe 2016 from exhibitors. Fernando Cartagena, Global Head of Marketing at Monteloeder, said: “Vitafoods is a very interesting show to see innovations, new clinical trials, new applications and technologies for ingredients. By far this is the best show in terms of quality of visitors and number of exhibitors in Europe. If there is a place where you can meet most of your contacts in Europe it is Vitafoods – that’s why we come here.”

Vitafoods2May2016Marco Joosten, Managing Director of Sana Hemp juice, said he was delighted with the number of visitors. “The majority of the visitors to our stand have been decision makers,” he explained. “We come here because Vitafoods Europe is the place to be if you want to exhibit something innovative in the health and nutrition world. We need to be here.”

Golan Raz, Senior Vice President of the Health Nutrition Division at Lycored (the official Heart Health Sponsor of Vitafoods Europe), said: “I’ve been participating in Vitafoods for many years and it’s impressive to see how the show grows. I think the set-up this year was excellent, very easy to navigate. I heard that also from visitors. At the end of the day, that’s the most important.”

Karina Bedrack, Sales & Marketing Communications Manager at Algatechnologies, praised the quantity and quality of the visitors attending. “They are coming here to gain knowledge and to buy,” she said. “That is something you don’t see at every show. We’re definitely coming back next year.”

New Attractions Prove Popular With Visitors

Vitafoods Europe 2016 heralded a fresh approach that increased the focus of the event on the key areas that matter most to visitors. In order to offer a richer experience, the show focused on four distinct sectors, as follows:

  • Ingredients & Raw Materials
  • Finished Products
  • Contract Manufacturing & Private Label
  • Services & Equipment.

Vitafoods Europe 2016 also featured a number of new and returning visitor attractions that placed the emphasis on interaction and meeting the business challenges of today. Making its debut was the Sports Nutrition Zone, where visitors could discover the latest developments in the exciting and fast-growing sports nutrition category. In the Optimal Health Testing Centre, meanwhile, exhibitors demonstrated how to identify specific health needs and deliver tailored nutrition solutions to meet them.

Vitafoods3May2016Also premiering at Vitafoods Europe 2016 was the Springboard Pavilion, a dedicated space for visitors to engage with start-ups and other entrepreneurs at the cutting edge of the nutrition sector. The Vitafoods LaunchPad, meanwhile, was a new feature where visitors could hear concise, bite-sized presentations from exhibitors about the latest product launches in the nutrition industry. LaunchPad products were also available to view close at hand in the Vitafoods New Products Zones.

The new attractions – and those returning from last year’s Vitafoods Europe – proved to be a huge draw and feedback from visitors and exhibitors was extremely positive. Visitor Irina Starodubtseva, Business Development Manager at InVita, said: “The innovations zones and the overview of the market trends were excellent. I particularly liked the Sports Nutrition Zone. The exhibition seems to have grown and it’s great that so many regions are represented. It is valuable for us to be here to search for new suppliers, keep updated on market trends and also meet with our existing suppliers.”

Exhibitor America’s Naturals participated in the Tasting Bar, a long-standing favourite with visitors, where it won an award for Best Tasting Functional Beverage. Kathleen Brock, the company’s Vice President, said: “Being in the Tasting Bar is great exposure. Many people said they saw our product in the Tasting Bar and then came to our stand. We love our location and we have had so much traffic. It seems like there are even more visitors this year.”

Featuring for the second year running was the Omega-3 Resource Centre in association with GOED. Ellen Schutt, Communications Director for GOED, said: “It was a great show. We had 10 of our members that exhibited with us and for the most part we’ve heard that they were very happy with the traffic and the quality of the attendance. We had a mini-theatre inside our pavilion, and the sessions were very well attended, and I think there was a very good exchange of information.”

Another new feature, the Vitafoods Centre Stage, played host to speakers on a range of topics including sports nutrition, business growth strategies, regulatory compliance and formulating for the consumer. It was also the scene of the Vitafoods Venture Den, an exciting new competition giving nutraceutical start-ups the opportunity to pitch to investors and compete for prize package worth €75,000. In a tight contest, the winner was botanical ingredients supplier Mazza Innovation, which uses a novel extraction method called PhytoClean™.

VitafoodsMay2016CompressedStrong Conference Line-up

Running alongside the exhibition was the Vitafoods Europe Conference, which boasted a strong line-up of speakers from the worlds of academia, market research and industry. Delegate feedback was very positive. One attendee said: “The quality of speakers has been excellent.” Another commented: “The choice of speakers was very good and the topics fitted well with what’s important in the industry at the moment.”

Speakers also praised the conference. Steve French, Managing Partner at NMI (Natural Marketing Institute), said: “The education programme at the conference has been very impressive and high quality across a variety of different topics.” His views were echoed by Joerg Gruenwald, founder of analyze & realize. “The Vitafoods Conference is getting better every year,” he said. “As a chairman and speaker I was impressed with the quality of the talks and speakers.”

Chris Lee, Vitafoods Portfolio Director, said: “Vitafoods Europe 2016 was our 20th anniversary and it was a truly special international event. We’re delighted at the numbers of visitors we welcomed through Palexpo’s doors and also very pleased that they found the event a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to meet and do business. This year’s Vitafoods Europe broke all records in terms of visitor and exhibitor numbers, and the Vitafoods Conference was once again a major success. The global nutraceuticals sector is vibrant and thriving – and Vitafoods Europe is the number one meeting place for the industry, delivering opportunities for people to develop their network of contacts and get business done.”

Vitafoods Europe returns to Palexpo next year from 9-11 May 2017. For more information, visit vitafoods.eu.com.

 

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