Fi Global is enabling ingredients suppliers to join the online sourcing revolution with a year-round Sample Store platform in partnership with 1-2-Taste – in addition to a dedicated Sample Store for exhibitors at Fi Europe Online.
1-2-Taste is an online B2B food ingredients platform based in the Netherlands that has made its name as a disruptor of traditional ingredient sales methods. The platform allows R&D experts to identify ingredients and obtain samples to try out, and buyers to place orders, without leaving their desks. The concept is especially helpful to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because they can order ingredients in small quantities that are not commercially viable through traditional sales channels.
Through its partnership with 1-2-Taste, Food Ingredients Global is integrating two Sample Stores into the heart of its portfolio of exhibitions, information services, and digital solutions, which have a global audience of industry professions established over more than 30 years. The Sample Store on the Fi Europe Online platform gives exhibitors maximum expose to more than 12,000 online attendees over the duration of the online event, which runs from 22 November to 2 December 2021.
The year-round Sample Store concept allows subscribers to have their Sample Store featured on the Ingredients Network directory and news portal, which attracts more than 40,000 unique buyers a month. Suppliers can register for a Sample Store via the Fi Global website. They receive support to set up their branded Sample Store on 1-2-Taste, which can feature up to ten samples. Customers who visit the online shop can browse through information on the samples – including technical documents, videos, quality certifications, and other materials – at their convenience, then order samples with a click. There is also an option for suppliers to sell directly through the Sample Store.
According to the company, group EBITDA was comparable to last year at € 278 (previous year: 276) m. Due to a significant jump in the second quarter, the group’s consolidated operating result edged up moderately to € 134 (previous year: 129) m for the reporting period. The results growth was primarily thanks to the sugar segment’s significantly higher second quarter numbers, which enabled it to generate again a positive operating result. In contrast, the special products, CropEnergies and starch segments’ operating result fell significantly, while the fruit segment’s was down moderately.
International, inspiring and above all personal – that was the 36th edition of Anuga 2021 in Cologne. With over 70,000 visitors from 169 countries and more than 4,600 exhibitors from 98 nations, the leading global trade fair for food and beverages once again demonstrated that trade fairs of these dimensions are possible again.
“We are delighted with this result. It underlines the global significance of Anuga and the trust that is placed in us as a trade fair organisation. Furthermore, it also shows that Germany as a trade fair location continues to hold a leading and attractive position in terms of the global competition,” explained Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. “Also the hybrid approach worked very well and proved very popular. In the scope of Anuga @home, we were able to offer above all those people, who were not able to travel to the trade fair, a good opportunity to inform themselves about specialised themes and engage in intensive networking,” Böse added.
Anuga also set a benchmark in terms of its level of internationality: 97% of the exhibitors came from abroad. At 76%, the degree of internationality of the visitors remained at a constant level (2019: 75%). “People from 169 nations – that is a strong signal and shows at the same time how much the international food industry needs trade fairs to do business again. Our exhibitors, who reported about outstanding customer dialogues and the high quality of the trade visitors, also recognised this fact. The discussions with the buyers also confirmed how highly they estimate the time for intense, personal dialogues with their customers. Anuga 2021 simply made the international world of food personal again. And this euphoria and spirit of optimism was noticeable all over the trade fair,” emphasised Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.
Above all the quality and preparation of the buyers as well as the serious interest in generating business again convinced the exhibitors. Countless buyers with high decision-making competence from the trade and food service, including the relevant top buyers of important chain stores attended the trade fair in Cologne. An initial evaluation of the visitor survey shows that over 70% of the respondents use Anuga to groom existing and build up new business relationships.
As a hybrid event, Anuga also offered a digital platform for the exhibitors, visitors and media representatives: Anuga @home. In addition to intensive networking, above all the digitally streamed event and congress programme comprising of a variety of lectures, discussions and presentations by renowned trade experts and companies of the food industry met with great interest. In total, 353 formats with more than 6,380 broadcasting minutes were streamed over three days of the trade fair. Particularly the live streams of the two conferences, the Newtrition X and the New Food Conference, were very popular. The presentations and the networking offers of Anuga @home will also be available on-demand after the trade fair.
With a team of dedicated chefs, Center Dubai plays an important role in inspiring and educating the chocolate industry and introducing new techniques to artisans, pastry chefs, confectioners, bakers and caterers. It also plays an important role in driving innovation as consumption patterns shift towards premiumization and new concepts in terms of design, colour and flavours. Courses and events with physical attendance will resume as of October 21, 2021.
In terms of floor space, compared to the total show, the organic zone has grown by 49 %. The natural ingredients zone, meanwhile, has grown by 46 %. Julien Bonvallet, Fi Global Brand Director, says: “This trend has been present for a number of years but now has become even more apparent as a result of the pandemic. Furthermore, the combination of Food ingredients and Health ingredients Europe highlights the importance of naturalness in ingredients with health benefits”.
Sustainability is also in the foreground on the agenda of the show with the Fi Conference, Innovation Hub, various theaters, the competitions Startup Innovation Challenge and Innovation Awards. It will also address topics such as upcycling, alternative sourcing solutions and more efficient manufacturing processes.
Everything set to start: from 7-9 November 2021, yummex Middle East, the international trade fair for sweets and snacks in the MENA region, continues on its successful course. More than 180 exhibitors from more than 30 countries present their products and innovations in Dubai.
The newly established Newcomer Area offers companies exhibiting for the first time at yummex Middle East an attractive presentation area and was immediately fully booked. The yummex Middle East Innovation Awards are already distinguishing especially pioneering products in the categories Best Chocolate Product, Best Hard or Soft Candy Product, Best Snack Product and Best Bakery Product for the seventh time. Product innovations and new products submitted in advance of the trade fair were evaluated by an independent jury and will be honoured at the event. yummex Middle East is organised by the partners Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and Koelnmesse. The special trade fairs Gulfood Manufacturing, The Speciality Food Festival, and Private Label & Licensing Middle East are taking place parallel with yummex Middle East and offer additional business potential. A comprehensive hygiene concept ensures a safe stay at the fair on location and on the fair grounds.
In addition to yummex Middle East, Expo 2020 is also an important and interesting destination. Following the motto of "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", Dubai is the meeting point for the countries of this world until 31 March 2022. Germany is represented at Expo 2020 with its own pavilion and is presenting itself under the name "Campus Germany". The German pavilion is organised and operated by Koelnmesse.
The state-of-the-art factory, which represents a total investment of € 55 m, has an initial annual production capacity of over 50,000 tonnes of chocolate. It allows Barry Callebaut to supply customers with a wide range of chocolate, compound and filling products. The factory will serve as a regional hub from which Barry Callebaut can address the rapidly growing chocolate markets of Southeastern Europe and beyond.
Once again, the category of salty snacks showed the strongest growth in the first eight months of the year with an increase of 7.4% up to € 2.587 bn (sales volume + 4.4%; 310,100 t). Earnings with chocolate products also enjoyed solid development, with € 4.377 bn representing an increase of 4.5% (sales volume + 0.2%; 410,500 t). The category of sweet baked goods exceeded the previous year‘s value by only 1.4% (sales volume - 4.2%; 208,200 t) with € 1.246 bn. Sugar confectionery revenues of € 1.574 bn (- 0.1%) were stable in comparison with the same period in the previous year (sales volume - 1.7%; 240,500 t).
A look at the individual sales channels revealed that aside from small supermarkets (- 5.0%), every other channel enjoyed gains in confectionery revenue (YTD – through the week of 5/9/2021): small consumer markets (+ 8.2%), large consumer markets (+ 8.1%), drug stores (+ 8.2%), large supermarkets (+ 2.3%), and discounters (+ 0.4%).
Brazzein is a small, heat-stable protein, 500 to 2,000 times sweeter than regular sugar, making it “very attractive to food and beverage manufacturers seeking excellent value in a sweetener,” according to Sweegen. Brazzein’s qualities stand out among high-intensity sweeteners, but the quest to scale and commercialize it has proven difficult until now, the company details. As a sweetener, it promises little to no bitter aftertaste and helps to reduce sweet lingering, reducing taste modulation challenges in the natural sweetener space. Brazzein is stable in a wide range of pH levels and retains its qualities after pasteurization. It is also readily soluble, making it ideal for sugar reduction across a spectrum of food and beverage applications.
Health-conscious consumers are turning away from artificial sweeteners and accepting nature-based sweeteners, such as stevia and allulose. Found sparingly in nature, brazzein derives from the West African climbing plant’s fruit, oubli. To scale it sustainably, Conagen produces it by a proprietary precision fermentation process.