Some 23,000 attendees are expected at Fi Europe 2007, the bi-annual gathering of manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, technologists and buyers of food ingredients. The event, the largest food-ingredients exhibition in Europe, is a great networking opportunity for industry players to catch up on the latest and rapidly evolving developments, trends and issues. Organizers say these include the future of EU nutrition and health-claims regulation; climate change and food security; nutrigenomics in foods; salt and sugar reduction; hydration and health; nanotechnology; and markets for the elderly, children and ethnic populations.
More than 1,200 exhibitors from 100 countries will present a diverse array of international food ingredients, manufacturing products and services. All the big names in ingredients will be represented including ADM, Cognis, DSM, DMV, Danisco and Tate & Lyle — as well as many smaller firms and industry newcomers.
October 30-November 1
In addition to the main event, the co-located Natural Ingredients Show will showcase cosmetics, personal care, food, medical remedies and nutraceuticals. Highlighted issues will include the future of natural ingredients; the organics trade; developing natural cosmetics; and botanicals, herbal extracts and remedies. Ingredients will range from natural colours and flavours to phytochemicals and lipids, saps, tinctures and extracts.
Select exhibitors will hold free 30-minute educational presentations about their latest innovations, developments and news throughout the duration of the event.
Among specialist pavilions, the Food Ingredients Processing, Safety & Services (FiPSS) pavilion will provide an opportunity for logistics, research-equipment and consultancy companies to meet and develop relationships with suppliers and manufacturers. International pavilions include those representing the Bretagne region of France, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Ireland, South America, Spain and the US.
ADM will showcase its De Zaan range of high-quality cocoa powders, as well as its semi-finished chocolates; cocoa butter equivalents (CBEs); high oleic frying oils; confectionery fats and margarines; its range of white, whole-meal, organic and speciality flours; soya proteins; and lecithin.
South hall, Stands G25 and G31
Cognis will feature two new products — Omevital 18/12 TG Gold, marine-origin omega-3 fatty acids; and Lamequick whipping agents, based on nonhydrogenated vegetable oil.
DSM Food Specialties will introduce InsuVital, extensively hydrolysed casein designed to help type 2 diabetics manage their glucose levels. Also new is DSM's Toolkit, a combination of three innovative ingredients that offers unlimited possibilities for cake producers.
Stands F41 and F45
Fortitech Europe ApS will be promoting premix solutions to address effective weight management, maintaining/improving cardio health and increased energy. Featured products include adult-targeted Energy-Fortified Lollipops with 16 nutrients, and Energy-Fortified Jellybeans, with 12 vitamins and nutraceuticals.
Glanbia Nutritionals will co-host show visitors in partnership with Glanbia Ingredients. Glanbia Nutritionals will demonstrate its expertise in the delivery of customised nutritional solutions, with emphasis on clinically proven Prolibra and Provon; while Glanbia Ingredients will introduce a new range of milk protein concentrates and milk protein isolates.
Lonza will highlight the properties of its Carnipure crystalline and Carnipure tartrate, its unique, manufacturer-friendly L-carnitine product; and FiberAid, Lonza's premium soluble prebiotic fibre.
North hall, Stand E29
National Starch Food Innovation will showcase its capabilities in creating inspiring, consumer-driven textures, and will launch new products to support the textural theme. Other highlights will include a dedicated texture zone and live culinary demonstrations.
Ocean Spray Ingredient Technology Group will be showing its range of sweetened dried cranberries, which offer manufacturers a range of moisture contents and sizes for diverse applications, resulting in the launch of increasingly adventurous products containing cranberries. Examples include Italian panettone, cranberry goat's cheese, salad toppings, stuffing mix and even Chinese mooncake.
ORAFTI Active Food Ingredients will launch an upgraded version of its popular BeneoHSI, which will provide extra technological benefits for manufacturers who produce fruit preparations and fresh fruit juices. BeneoHSI combines the sugar-replacement properties of oligofructose with the texturing effects of inulin.
South hall, Stand F31