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Over recent years the food industry has been undergoing major change. To meet growing variations in demand and increasingly specific requirements from consumers, the food industry needs to display a huge capacity for innovation. Nowadays food products must always be safe, must meet nutritional and sensory requirements and must offer more and more benefits to satisfy the needs created by our changing lifestyles. In other words, they must offer four essential elements: health, taste, safety and convenience.
Although traditional foodstuffs (bread, wine, cheese, beer, meat, etc.) are the outcome of processing agricultural raw materials, this is far from being the case with new products which are the result of combining a more complex range of ingredients. Over the last few years we have seen a new processing industry come into being in the fields of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, colorants, flavourings, etc. Its purpose is to provide a wider range of tailor-made ingredients, or ‘intermediate’ food products (IFPs) for the secondary processing industries (Fig. 1.1).
The IFP supplier operates between the food manufacturer and the agricultural supply stage. This has important consequences from both a cultural and an economic point of view. By turning the relationship with the raw material upside down in this way, this sector is using new methods of operation closer to those in other industries. IFPs are types of processed material with distinct characteristics.They can be used with increasing flexibility, and they have increasingly refined functional properties. The challenge for the industry lies in making such improvements to the constituents of agricultural raw materials which can, for example, vary over time and which are often difficult to store. As an example, products and waste from the food industry could become the basis for ingredients themselves, whose constituents, such as casein and whey, blood, abattoir waste, etc., need to be refined for further use.
The IFP industry has frequently succeeded in improving all these ingredients and even in introducing some of the compounds obtained from the food sector into non-food sectors such as the pharmaceutical or other industrial sectors. We need to bear in mind that even the most useful plant products contain only 50% of usable components. These consist of carbohydrates, lipids or proteins, depending on whether we are dealing with cereals or legumes, half of which is concentrated in the outer skin. These ‘packaging’ materials constitute an extremely important source, but at the moment it is still very difficult to exploit them economically.
Changing lifestyles and consumers’ increasing interest in health and fitness have been key factors driving the demand for nutritional and functional food. The functional foods category includes ingredients such as carotenoids, dietary fibres, fatty acids, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, and vitamins.
With rapid advancements in science and technology, the demand for functional foods is expected to continue to thrive as a broader range of improved functional food products becomes more available.
Discover how the demand for functional foods – in particular, naturally functional foods with good health and sustainability credentials – will continue to grow throughout 2017-2025.
Hi Europe & Ni is a one-stop platform focused on the latest in nutritional ingredients, health, organic and functional foods. Rotating location in Europe, the next edition of the trade fair duo will take place in Germany. Between 1 and 3 December, Hi Europe & Ni 2020 will bring to Messe Frankfurt over 10,000 trade professionals. The exhibition is divided into 8 pavilions: Health ingredients, Healthy Finished Products, Expo FoodTec, Natural ingredients, New Exhibitor Pavilion, Organic Pavilion, Free-From Pavilion and GOED Omega-3 Pavilion.
Over the past 20 years, the ingredients industry has evolved significantly with customers actively seeking functional foods to meet their nutritional challenges, from antioxidants to anti-allergens, and fat reduction to sports nutrition and healthy aging.
Health ingredients (Hi) Europe & Natural ingredients (Ni) has been a powerhouse in the industry for over 20 years, offering you the best business opportunities in a growing market.
Natural ingredients (Ni) is the leading co-located event for sourcing natural and organic ingredients for supplements, nutraceuticals, functional food and beverages, and any other food related products. This unique event attracts a worldwide audience from the full spectrum of industry stakeholders responsible for ingredient specification and purchasing.
A new platform for the food processing and packaging industry. Demand from show attendees led to the creation of Expo FoodTec, a one-stop shop for solutions in the processing and packaging industry. This includes processing equipment, packaging, research and development, contract manufacturing, software, food safety and hygiene, consultancy, analytical and laboratory equipment, certification services, logistics and transportation.
Discover an extensive selection of the most innovative products, showcased alongside insightful information powered by Innova Market Insights.
The New Product Zone showcases product innovations from leading industry players and provides the perfect opportunity to give new ingredients the introduction they deserve to the market.
With over 500 exhibitors, it can be time-consuming to find the exact ingredients, product or exhibitor you’re looking for. Find the innovations you’re looking for at our dedicated pavilions.
Are you searching for specific ingredients and services or are you looking to source from a specific country? Hi Europe & Ni provides you with an easy route to find targeted solutions and ingredients for your business with our dedicated pavilions on the show floor.
Join the Nutrimarketing, ProVeg International and GOED experts on a guided tour to discover how leading companies are responding to innovations in the F&B industry. Select one of the themes below to hear first-hand what companies have to say about their new products.
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With healthy foods and beverages more in demand than ever before, Health ingredients (Hi) Europe & Natural ingredients (Ni) is adding new features that cover the expanding market’s reach into current consumer lifestyles.
Frankfurt/Amsterdam, 8 May 2018 – Europe’s leading health, natural and nutrition show, Hi Europe & Ni, is celebrating its 10th edition with a move to a larger hall at Messe Frankfurt this year. From 27-29 November 2018, visitors will be able to access all of the show’s many features and live events under one roof. In addition, the Healthy Finished Products Expo will launch this year and Health & Nutrition Week will run once again, following a successful debut in 2016.
Located in the heart of Germany, the leading European market for health and nutrition, Hi Europe & Ni is the premier nutritional ingredients event, offering the best in business opportunities, networking connections, trend insights and product development solutions. The industry has evolved significantly in recent years and, as vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian lifestyles move from niche to mainstream, the market is entering a new era of clean label food and beverage products with rising numbers of natural, organic, functional or “free from” claims.
According to Euromonitor, products positioned towards food intolerance, fortified, functional, naturally healthy or organic are expected to enjoy global growth of 5 percent in retail value terms every year until 2020. In contrast, products with reduced sugar, caffeine or fat content will grow at just 1 percent. The “naturally healthy” sector is ripe for innovation: valued at €251bn in 2015, further growth of more than €63bn is expected by 2020.
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