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As environmental awareness reaches new heights and the world’s population continues to rise, the issue of providing sustainable foods which also offer a high nutritional value is set to grow, in both importance and complexity, over the next decade.
It is with these considerations in mind that Vitafoods Europe 2019 has developed its agenda. The three-day event (7-9 May 2019, at Palexpo, Geneva) will this year focus on bringing the industry together to discuss key challenges such as sustainable sourcing, and wider trends including free-from, plant-based ingredients, and hemp extracts and CBD.
This year’s show is expected to attract 22,000 visitors and will play host to more than 1,200 leading global suppliers active in ingredients and raw materials; dietary supplements; contract manufacturing and private label; and services and equipment, exhibiting thousands of quality ingredients and products.
As a meeting point for the nutraceutical industry, Vitafoods Europe 2019 will offer visitors an opportunity to source innovative ingredients and finished products.
The event has also added to its portfolio and introduced a range of new features, including a brand-new Sustainability Square, which will showcase the latest consumer and market insights from across the industry, allowing visitors to make informed and future-focused buying decisions.
To clear-up any confusion around updated or newly-introduced EU and global regulations and allow manufacturers to speed up the process to market, Vitafoods has invited experts from the European Federation of Associations of Health Products Manufacturers (EHPM), who will be offering one-to-one consultations as part of a new Regulatory Clinic.
And there will be a new Clinical Trials Zone to offer a step-by-step guide to the clinical trial process, a Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable will open the discussion on the importance of establishing diversity in the workforce to create an inclusive environment and the benefits this will bring.
Additionally, the Vitafoods Education Programme will return this year with a new structure, giving delegates the chance to attend specific sessions, individual days or the full three-day agenda. The program will have 11 summits and more than 50 industry and business experts, to discuss and debate breakout trends and the industry’s latest studies.
Lee told DairyReporter, “With consumer awareness of environmental issues continuing to grow, and the closing gap between end users and suppliers enabling feedback to take place in almost real time, the industry is being pushed in new directions and change is expected to happen more quickly than ever before.
“Ongoing challenges, such as how to create a global food economy that is truly circular, are causing manufacturers to rethink their processes and the race is on to find a balance between sufficient and sustainable production.
“As we approach this year’s Vitafoods Europe and hear opinions from across our related sectors, it is becoming increasingly clear that the key to achieving this collective goal is collaboration.
“Our aim is to get the industry talking to understand exactly how we can work together to create this sustainable future; only then will we be able to meet the expectations of both our customers and consumers.”
For more information on new and returning features and to register for free tickets, please visit: www.vitafoods.eu.com