Follow the Discovery Tours at HiE 2014

1 Dec 2014

I can’t believe it has been a year already since Food Ingredients Europe 2013 (FiE)! This time, the Leatherhead Food Research Team are heading out to support the Health ingredients Europe (HiE) exhibition and conference in Amsterdam. For those of you, and I am sure there are many, who were in Frankfurt, Germany, (or at […]

Follow the Discovery Tours at HiE 2014

I can’t believe it has been a year already since Food Ingredients Europe 2013 (FiE)! This time, the Leatherhead Food Research Team are heading out to support the Health ingredients Europe (HiE) exhibition and conference in Amsterdam. For those of you, and I am sure there are many, who were in Frankfurt, Germany, (or at the Fi Global events in India, China and Istanbul for that matter), you may well have taken the time to follow one or more of the ‘Discovery Tours’ compiled and hosted by Leatherhead.

These tours have been well received and we are delighted to have been asked to provide them at HiE 2014. The themes have been selected based on some of the macro-trends that the pre-registered delegates have indicated are their core reasons for attending, and again are designed to be self-guided routes as laid out in the exhibition guide taking in a number of exhibitors who are active within that arena.

This year the following tours will be available at HiE 2014:

  • Functional dairy ingredients – including bone health and dairy proteins
  • Food for well-being – including some of the cognitive and mental function aspects
  • Sugar reduction
  • ‘Natural’ and ‘clean label’

Dairy and dairy-derived ingredients are the cornerstone of the human diet, and the availability of functional ingredients from a dairy source is ever increasing. It was once said that whey was a by-product of the cheese industry, but with the increase in demand for whey proteins with increasingly broad and specific functionality, it could be argued that cheese is actually a by-product of the functional dairy ingredients market! Dairy products have a great dual benefit in that not only do they deliver a wide range of functionality but they also deliver on ‘clean label’ credentials, a win-win for functional food producers.

Nutrition is defined as the relationship between food and health, and the role of food in general well-being is increasingly a focus for the food and drink industry. The extent of this activity goes far beyond areas previously considered and the contribution of the diet to eye health, joint health, and cognitive function to name a few, are becoming important areas of research to respond to increasing consumer demand for mainstream products that deliver a holistic benefit. This tour tries to showcase some of the solutions becoming available in this growing arena.

Whilst undefined from a regulatory standpoint, ‘clean label’ and ‘natural’ are philosophies that have been embraced by the consumer and in turn, the food and drink industry has responded. The essence of ‘clean label’ is that the ingredients used are recognisable, non-chemical and could be identified and taken from a typical kitchen store cupboard. It is underpinned by the desires of ‘additive-free’ and ‘natural’ demands, and many functional ingredients are available to meet that brief.  As you take this tour it will be worth considering how such ‘clean label’ ingredients will fit into the growing trend towards more transparent and open labelling.

One of the grand challenges for the food industry over the last 10 years has been making food healthier. Regardless of whether that is fat or sugar reduction, the fundamental desire is to deliver sensorial parity with lower calorific intake. This always presents formulation challenges, but the food and drink industry will always rise to a challenge like this with fascinating science, technology and innovation, some of which you will see as you navigate this tour.

Leatherhead’s Discovery Tours at HiE 2014 are informative rather than definitive, and we hope you will utilise them to maximise the value of your time at the show. Don’t forget, however, to stop by the other stands along the way, and of course come and meet the Leatherhead Team at Stand C23. See you in Amsterdam, and have a good show!

Related tags

Blogs Dairy Natural

Related news

Clean label comes ahead of brand

Clean label comes ahead of brand

17 Oct 2018

Consumers are now more interested in clean label ingredients instead of product descriptions or the brand name itself, when shopping for new foods and drinks, according to a new global survey – highlighting the ongoing importance of clean label product...

Read more 
Is algae oil about to go mainstream?

Is algae oil about to go mainstream?

11 Oct 2018

Algae oil boasts some impressive nutritional, environmental and functional benefits – and several companies appear to be on the verge of broadening its use. The question remains, will food manufacturers (and consumers) buy it?

Read more 
What does the future hold for sustainable palm oil?

What does the future hold for sustainable palm oil?

3 Oct 2018

PepsiCo has become the latest major company to cut ties with a palm oil supplier because of alleged unethical practices, adding to growing demand for more sustainable production. Can the palm oil industry deliver?

Read more 
Ingredient innovation could give iced coffee a healthy boost

Ingredient innovation could give iced coffee a healthy boost

3 Oct 2018

Iced coffee is the fastest growing segment of the coffee category, and there is huge potential for ingredients with added health benefits to further drive its growth.

Read more 
Creating better texture in dairy alternatives

Creating better texture in dairy alternatives

26 Sep 2018

The market for dairy alternatives continues to rise, but creating appealing, creamy textures that mimic traditional yoghurt or cheese can be a major stumbling block. For suppliers, this challenge has become fertile ground for innovation.

Read more 
Sustainable food is big business

Sustainable food is big business

26 Sep 2018

Sustainability in the food industry has become much more than a buzzword, as companies increasingly realise that it is vital to their long term profitability.

Read more 
Healthy aging: Spotlight on ingredients for joint health

Healthy aging: Spotlight on ingredients for joint health

19 Sep 2018

Glucosamine and chondroitin are commonly used ingredients for healthy joints, but with increased focus on improved mobility as the population ages, other innovative ingredients are gaining ground.

Read more 
Natural health trend boosts demand for botanical flavours

Natural health trend boosts demand for botanical flavours

19 Sep 2018

Herbs, spices and extracts are gaining in popularity as consumers look for natural, recognisable flavours in their foods and drinks.

Read more 
Artisanal trend fuels ingredient innovation

Artisanal trend fuels ingredient innovation

13 Sep 2018

Craft and artisanal food and drink launches have seen a global CAGR of 28% over the past five years, according to Innova Market Insights, and suppliers are responding with investment in authentic, clean label ingredients.

Read more 
Consumer concern over sugar hits new high

Consumer concern over sugar hits new high

6 Sep 2018

Sugar has replaced price as the top concern for UK consumers when buying food, according to a survey from the nation’s Food Standards Agency. Concern about sugar content is similarly high across Europe, so how should food and beverage companies respond...

Read more