There's a new food hub in Turkey

There's a new food hub in Turkey

Istanbul will host Functional ingredients Istanbul, the first fully dedicated food ingredients event in the region in May.

Turkey is the largest economy in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Black Sea basin and the Middle East. It is the European Union’s sixth biggest trading partner and the world’s seventh largest emerging economy. Furthermore, Turkey’s food industry attracts more than USD 4 billion, offering vast opportunities for both regional and international food professionals.

A population close to exceeding 73 million, lack of market maturity and favorable long-term economic structure have made Turkey the next hot spot in the food industry. With the growth in population, the Turkish Health Ministry has identified epidemic levels of obesity and is working closely with food manufacturers to drive the development of healthier foods. Moreover, Istanbul’s unique geographical positioning bridging two continents, Europe and Asia, provides the perfect meeting place for global and regional food specialists.

The leading event organizer UBM Live has launched Food ingredients Istanbul (Fi Istanbul), a high-level event focusing on innovation within the food ingredients industry. Counting with exclusive support from the Association of Food Additives and Ingredients Manufacturers (GIDAKAT), Fi Istanbul has been launched to specifically address consumer needs and to actively contribute to the development and production of healthier foods across the region to meet the challenges identified in the government’s nutrition strategy.

From May 7 to 9, 2013, Istanbul will host the first fully dedicated food ingredients event in the region providing a meeting place for food manufacturers and facilitating a sourcing hub of high quality food ingredients. Attendees will be able to talk to experts, gather intelligence as well as network with a forecasted audience of more than 3,000.

As an event focused on business development, innovation and trade in a region with one of the fastest growth rates in the world, Fi Istanbul promises to be the most cost-effective platform to source new food ingredients, grow market share and nurture business networks and existing clients’ needs.

With more than 150 local, regional and international exhibitors, this event is set to be the most effective platform to meet top food ingredients suppliers all under one roof. Exhibitors include big names like: Tate & Lyle, Roquette, DSM, AlindaVelco S.A., Supremia Gup, Gum Arabic, Altinmarka, Aromsa, Barentz, Orba, Plant Lipids (P) Ltd., Denk Ingredients GmbH, Artisan Gida San Tic Ltf Sti, Emsland Nisata Ve Kimya San Tic AS, Tastetech Ltd., Bio Springer, MAFCO Worldwide Corp., Mayasan Gida San. Ve Tic. A.S and many more.

From essential nutrients to entire meat products, from emulsifying salts to full spice mixtures, Fi Istanbul is the best platform to source the most innovative ingredients and be part of a market delivering consistent value and growth.

With interest in this region at an all time high, the organizers are encouraging food manufacturers to register for the show while visitor passes are still available. Registration is quick and free via

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