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Food Matters Live June 2021: the most innovative ingredients showcased at the event

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AUTHOR: Stef Bottinelli

Plenty of ingredient solutions were showcased at Food Matters Live 2021 on 29 – 30 June. Falling into the categories Better-for-you, Sustainable, Plant-based and Healthy, several innovative ingredients were debuted during the Ingredient Discovery Sessions.

Ingredia Pep2Dia®
A natural bioactive for those willing to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and improve
their health. Pep2Dia® contains an AP (Alanine-Proline) dipeptide which has the property of inhibiting the intestinal alpha-glucosidase enzyme
responsible for converting sugars into glucose, resulting in the reduction of blood sugar.

Kelco and Azelis NUTRAVA™
NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber is a nature-based dietary fiber made from sustainably sourced citrus peels, an abundant byproduct of the juice industry. It was developed to support the need for label-friendly product development and a shorter ingredient list. This innovative product supports dietary fiber intake and offers water-binding, texturizing and stabilization. Key applications include beverages, condiments, bakery goods and meat.

AKK plant-based oils, DHA, Vividol T, flaxeed
AKK showcased their generous range of plant-based oils, including coconut and rapesee, plus their vegan-friendly DHA and omega ingredients for supplements, and Vividol® t a vegetable oil blend proved to lower cholesterol.

Qualiriso stabilised rise bran
QUALIRISO showcased its rice flours and stabilized rice bran with from conventional, crganic (BIO),BTP type of rices from Japonica and Indica strains mainly from EU origin.

Sprau® faba beans
These germinated faba beans are nutritionally balanced and mild in flavour, making them suitable for a variety of applications. Germination is an ancient, natural process that awakens the bean to its full potential, making it easier for digestion.

Ynsect insect protein
Founded in 2011 in Paris, France by scientists and environmental activists, Ÿnsect transforms insects
into premium, high-value ingredients for pets, fish, plants, and human beings. From its purpose-built state
of the art farms, Ÿnsect offers an organic, long-term sustainable solution to accelerate consumption
of protein and plants.

Sonac Darling Ingredients QExtend PF12
QExtend PF12 a natural meat replacer of 100% animal origin with can be added to meat to reduce the cost
price, maintain volume and improve juiciness and mouthfee.

The Official Plant-Based Lead Partner for June 2021 Dacsa Group Pesol Pea®
Pesol Pea® is a High Moisture textured protein from Spain. Pesol Pea® provides the market with a more sustainable alternative source of plant-based protein that responds to this need.

Biospringer yeast
Yeast extracts, dried food yeasts, yeast-based flavors and yeast protein.

Gerald McDonald yuzu
As the main British importer of yuzu, Gerald McDonald showcased the fascinating and versitile citrus fruit.

Total Health Foods and Services Ltd dried seamoss
Total Health Foods and Services Ltd. (THFS) is a small family-owned business in St.Lucia. Their main
product is dry seamoss. They pride themselves in offering premium, organic gold, green and purple seamoss grown in the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Ruitenberg Rudin®ProVega
Rudin®ProVega is a unique protein structure that can be used as an alternative for meat. Its texture, bite and juiciness are quite comparable to those of meat.

If you’ve missed Food Matters Live or if you want to watch it again, you can find all the content and product launches available on our On Demand section. The new content will be live shortly, but you can register now.

Food Matters Live June 2021: what ingredients buyers are looking for

Kellogg’s, Mondelez, Innocent Drinks, Huel, Premier Foods are just some of the industry buyers and experts attending Food Matters Live this June in search of ingredients to satisfy an ever demanding consumer market and to stay at the forefront of ingredient innovation. 

NPD experts, buyers and distributors will be after the most exciting and innovative offerings on the market. We’ve asked them what ingredients and products they are looking for at Food Matters Live 2021.

60% Plant Based/Vegan 

There’s no stopping the growing interest in plant-based and vegan ingredients and products. With consumers looking to reduce their impact on the environment, lead a cruelty-free lifestyle, and cut down on meat and dairy, vegan and plant-based ingredient solutions are the most popular trend in our research. 60% of buyers attending Food Matters Live this June said that they were looking for solutions in the meat-free category.

With innovative ingredients continuously launched on the market and investment in new product development, buyers are racing to find the next big plant-based product.

55% Clean Label

Another trend that continues to grow, 55% of our surveyed audience said they were looking for clean label solutions. With consumers demanding recognisable ingredients in the food they purchase, clean label has become an important consideration for forward-thinking brands.

40%-50% Functional Foods

These days many consumers are looking for food and ingredients that offer health benefits beyond the standard nutritional value and gut health has become a popular and ever growing market. The interest in functional foods features prominently among the responses we received from our buyers, NPD and innovation community. 50% said they were looking for solutions offering vitamins and minerals, 40%  for protein solutions, 45% for prebiotics or probiotics for gut health and 40% for functional botanicals.
45% Free-From

Free-From has been very popular in the last decade with demands from consumer increasing exponentially. However making allergen-free products is still a challenging task, that’s why 45% of our survey responders said they were looking for Free-From solutions to appeal to this growing retail market.
40% Organic 

Organic food is still in high demand and 40% of our NPD experts and buyers are seeking the best on the market.

40% Flavours and colours

40% of buyers will be looking for flavours and colours to enhance their market offerings.

35% Texture/Fibre

Texture and fibre are still popular with 35% of buyers and experts looking for new innovative ingredients for their products.
35% Herbs and Spices

Consumers might not have been able to travel, but their interest in experimenting with herbs and spices and bringing a piece of the world into their kitchen has nothing but grown and 35% of buyers are looking for exciting herbs and spices for their food and drink products. 

35% New Experiences/Novel Ingredients 

Consumer tastes are developing, and finding new experiences and flavours is a focus for brands who are looking to appeal to these adventurous shoppers. 35% of the professionals we surveyed said they were interested in discovering novel ingredients that they could use in their products and NPD.

30% Sugar and Salt Reduction 

Consumers are becoming very health-conscious and the demand for low salt and sugar has increased.  30% of those surveyed are looking for solutions that can help reduce sugar and salt in their products to meet market demands.

25% Nuts, Seeds, Grain and Pulses

Thanks to their health benefits, nuts, seeds, grain and pulses are very popular products. 25% of buyers are looking for these  at Food Matters Live this June. 

20% Fruit and vegetable blends

Used to enhance food and drink products and in nutritional powders, fruit and vegetable blends are popular ingredients, with a fourth of buyers, distributors and NPD experts looking for exciting new ingredients to meet consumer trends.

25% Marine and aquaculture

In the last few years marine and aquaculture ingredients have become increasingly popular thanks to their health benefits and versatility. Several NPD experts will be looking for marine and aquaculture products that really stand out this June.

25% Starches

Starches are an important source of energy and found in a vast variety of food products. A quarter of buyers will be looking for new starchy ingredients on the market. 

20% Fats, oils and lipids

20% of buyers and NPD experts will be looking for innovative fats, oils and lipids to use in their products.

20% Collagen peptides

Beneficial to hair, skin and nails as well bone and ligament health, collagen peptides have become popular in sport nutritional powders, supplements and gelatines. 20% of our buyers will be looking for this at Food Matters Live.

15% Enzymes

As demands for health-supporting products grow, so does interest in enzymes from buyers. Enzymes help with digestion, muscle building, and breaking down food particles and 15% of industry experts will be looking for these ingredient solutions.

If you have an ingredient to showcase, become our Get on Stage Partner, and showcase your innovative product to some of the biggest food and drink companies in the world. Network, book 1-2-1 meetings with ingredient experts, buyers and distributors, make sure the food and drink industry knows about your product and become one of our success stories.

The Official Food Matters Live June Plant-Based Lead Partner Dacsa Group will be hosting the Key factors to succeed in the plant-based revolution live webcast at the event on Wednesday 30 June 12.30-13.30. Register now.

Speakers include:

Araceli Císcar, CEO, Dacsa Group

Jaime Martín, Founding Partner & CEO, Lantern

Marta Delgado, Account & Customer Success Manager, Innova Market Insights

Riyo Shirai, CEO, Next Meets

Mary Carmen Vidal, R&D Manager, Dacsa Group

Thomas Ulram, Innovation Director Savoury Europe, Taste & Wellness, Givaudan

Macarena Baylos De Nardiz, R&D Project Manager, CTIC

Ana Vivar Quintana, Investigation Group: Food Production, Elaboration & Characterization, Usal

Alejandro Such, Culinary Director, Mediterraneo Culinary Center