Health and plant-based ingredients take centre stage

Fi Global CONNECT: Informa Markets set to welcome more than 4,000 participants and 65 exhibitors to each of its two upcoming online events

 

Informa Markets’ new online event series, Fi Global CONNECT, recently celebrated a successful debut with “Regions in the Spotlight”. In June, the next online event, “Health Ingredients in the Spotlight”, will go live. “Plant-based Ingredients in the Spotlight” will then conclude the series in September. Both events will take a closer look at formerly niche areas now becoming part of the mainstream market, with topics driven by the market.

 

Health Ingredients in the Spotlight – 14-18 June

Demand for health ingredients has continued to soar in the wake of the pandemic (1) as has demand for functional ingredients and food supplements (2). With a combination of innovative exhibitors such as DDW The Color House, Paradise Fruits, Aquamin, Roquette and Vaneeghen, along with extensive networking opportunities and an agenda featuring live and on-demand content sessions, “Health Ingredients in the Spotlight” brings manufacturers and suppliers together around one online table. At the heart of the online event are trend topics such as gut health, immune defence and healthy ageing, as well as mental and emotional well-being.

 

Plant-based Ingredients in the Spotlight – 13-17 September

“Plant-based Ingredients in the Spotlight” brings together suppliers of plant-based solutions such as Barentz, Fazer, MartinoRossi and Meurens Natural with potential customers and partners during the five-day online event. Thanks to the highly targeted topic, participants can look forward to connecting with relevant contacts. Featured products include botanicals, cheese substitutes and other dairy alternatives, plant-based meat, fermented ingredients, pea proteins and clean label solutions.

 

Products of plant origin are becoming increasingly popular, largely as a result of growing interest in flexitarianism. In Europe, the segment for plant-based alternatives is expected to be worth 7.5 billion euros by 2025, compared to 4.4 billion in 2019 (3). Besides abstaining from animal products for ethical reasons, consumers are also drawn to the health benefits of meat-free foods. A survey by FMCG Gurus showed that many people want to adopt a healthier diet due to COVID-19, and are therefore increasingly turning to meat alternatives, for example (4).

 

Sinem Zeybek, Brand Manager Fi Global CONNECT, says: “We are happy and grateful that ‘Regions in the Spotlight’, our first edition of Fi Global CONNECT in April, was so well received: Ninety-six exhibitors from all over the world presenting almost 400 products is amazing! It proves that we really hit the right note with this format. In times of travel restrictions, it is more important than ever to have easy-to-access and carefully designed opportunities for exchange, business and inspiration.”

 

Visitors can register for Fi Global CONNECT free of charge via the websites

 

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