Subscribe Login
DE4CC0DE-5FC3-4494-BCBF-4D50B00366B5
Supply Chain

Discover New Trends At Free From/Functional Food Expo 2017

It is one of the most progressive, and innovative, sectors in the food industry. Free from is still booming; and that's why Free From Food/Functional Food Expo 2017 is now one of the most important events in the food and drink calendar.

This trade-only event for buyers from across retail, food service, hospitality and wholesale, will be held in Barcelona, Spain on June 8 and 9.

As well as producers showcasing the latest trends in free from, and functional products and ingredients, there are also two conference theatres featuring an impressive line-up of speakers and experts.

A new guided 'Innovation Tour' will also highlight a selection of the most innovative free from and functional products at the show; along with new pavilions and a dedicated Buyers' Programme.

Growing Market

Vegan, plant-based, gluten free and sugar free food and drink are amongst the key free from focuses this year, whilst in the functional category - protein, supplements, sports nutrition, and added nutrition are growing in demand.

Ronald Holman, exhibition director, of Free From/Functional Food Expo said, "Demand for free from foods is increasing as consumers look to make healthier lifestyle choices. Vegan and vegetarian diets are becoming more popular with consumers switching to natural, vegetable and plant-based food and drink.

"Functional products continue to grow in demand, with consumers looking for added benefits in their food and drink - such as protein, and pro and prebiotics. The fact that we are able to offer buyers insights into these keys areas, and access to the most innovative food and drink products - and ingredients - makes Free From/Functional Food Expo one of the most important trade events in the food and drink calendar."

New Trends

Reflecting on new trends, David Jago, Innovation and Insight Director from Mintel, is one of the experts who will be speaking at Free From/Functional Food Expo 2017. He outlines the current state of the free from market in Europe, saying: "In 2016, a record 12% of all new products launched in Europe were labelled “gluten free”.

In Europe as a whole, 6% of all new products were labelled as “vegan”, but that rose to a high of 9% in the UK and an astonishing 14% in Germany, where veganism has boomed – 'flexitarianism' is the driver, with consumers increasingly opting for a wider variety of foods including meat free and dairy free options."

Lactose free is also booming. Hamish Renton, Managing Director of Hamish Renton Associates, and one of the original founders of the show said: "If there is a star in the free from sky, it's lactose free. The growth rates, the rate of product development, the weight of marketing investment behind the leading brands, and the expansion of distribution mean that the lactose free category is set for very rapid growth. High protein is also wave that is breaking across all of grocery."

Free From/Functional Food Expo - 5th Jubilee Edition Barcelona: June 8 - 9, 2017 . Pre-register now for free entry.

© 2017 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Sponsored content. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine.

Stay Connected With Our Weekly Newsletter

Processing your request...

Thanks! please check your email to confirm your subscription.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Get exclusive access to the latest grocery retail & FMCG news, interviews with industry leading executives, and expert analysis on the trends shaping the sector today
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days
Get exclusive access to the latest grocery retail & FMCG news, interviews with industry leading executives, and expert analysis on the trends shaping the sector today
Enjoy unlimited digital access for 30 days