Taking place at Birmingham NEC from April 16–18, The Ingredients Show will showcase novel ingredients and provide manufacturers with an opportunity for knowledge-sharing and information-gathering.
It will include a Live Theatre programme, which will address the big issues in food development – from health and nutrition to food function and performance.
The power of protein will be a key focus, with sessions expected to cover such topics as edible insects, lab grown meats, ancient grains and plant-based options.
With clean-label becoming less of a trend and more of a rule of thumb, the show will shine a light on its future and the challenges it faces.
A panel session will look at whether consumers will accept flavours, sweeteners and proteins fermented from micro-organisms and debate whether natural colours and flavours are clean.
Processing and the supply chain will also feature on the educational agenda. Visitors to The Ingredients Show will hear from the industry’s top innovators, who will explore how developments such as personalised nutrition and digital advances including blockchain, e-commerce and platforms for direct ingredients buying were revolutionising the supply chain.
3D food printer
As part of this, Natural Machines, the company behind 3D food printer Foodini, will host a daily masterclass. The session will involve Michelin-starred chefs putting together a series of dishes, which will then be printed on the kitchen appliance live at the show.
The Ingredients Show will take place alongside Foodex, Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and the National Convenience Show. Run by William Reed – publisher of Food Manufacture – the five shows are designed to cover everything from ingredients through to finished products. Together, they will comprise more than 1,500 exhibitors.
“It’s a really exciting time for the UK ingredients market and this is reflected in the wealth of topics we are exploring as part of our first ever educational programme,” said Dan Dixon, sales director at The Ingredients Show.