Dairy Dialog podcast 67: Sigep, HP Hood’s Planet Oat and Summer Land Camels

By Jim Cornall contact

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Camel milk, Winter fancy food, oatmilk, Ice cream

This week on the podcast, we have three interviews, as well as our regular look at the global dairy markets with Liam Fenton, from INTL FCStone.

Our three guests are Flavia Morelli, the Group Brand Manager, food and beverage division, of the Italian Exhibition Group, which runs the Sigep event in Rimini, Italy.

There is also an interview from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, with Sarah Barow, director of communications and community affairs at HP Hood, about Planet Oat.  

And we talked about camel milk products in Australia with Jeff Flood, the CEO of the Australian Wild Camel Corporation, which includes the Summer Land Camels brand, in Queensland.

Sigep 2020

Sigep is a food event held annually in Rimini, Italy. It caters to the coffee, chocolate, pastry, confectionery and gelato sectors.

This year, the 41st​ time the show has been held, record numbers of more than 200,000 professional visitors and 33,000 buyers from 187 countries, led by Spain, Germany and France, attended the event.

There were also visitors and exhibitors from around the world in attendance, including from China and the US.

As well as a traditional exhibition, the event also includes demonstrations, a World Cup of Gelato, a conference on trends and innovations, and lectures.

The next edition of SIGEP will be held at Rimini from January 16-20, 2021.

Planet Oat at the Winter Fancy Food Show

HP Hood’s Planet Oat brand is adding an ice cream alternative line to its portfolio of oat-based products. They sampled for the first time at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last week.

The Planet Oat team worked on the new product for about a year, and chose ice cream as its first expansion to further oat-based options at the grocery store.

Sarah Barow, director of communications and community affairs at HP Hood, told Dairy Reporter, “I think that’s where we really saw the biggest consumer need. We know a lot of people who are looking to be plant-based have a lot of beverage options at this moment, but there aren’t necessarily frozen desserts that are delivering on that true ice cream mouthfeel.”

The ice cream alternatives are launching with six flavors that will be rolling out to US retailers in February--Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee Swirl, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream and Blueberry Oat Crumble.

They join Planet Oat’s beverages, available in Original, Vanilla, Extra Creamy and Dark Chocolate.

Summer Land Camels

Summer Land Camels is a camel milk and camel milk products company in Queensland, Australia, with a herd of more than 550 camels.

The company follows sustainable and organic farming principles, and has more than 30 years of experience in biodynamic holistic farming techniques and land regeneration to build a resilient farm ecosystem without the use of chemicals, insecticides or pesticides.

Most of the camels are brought in from the wild in central Australia, where they would otherwise be culled.

The company said its vision, supported by the Federal and State Governments, is to turn what is considered a national agricultural challenge into one of the country’s largest assets, by saving camels from being culled and supporting human health with the milk they produce.

Milk is harvested, stored and utilized on the farm, which also hosts lab tours and facility tours.

The portfolio includes camel milk, camel milk Feta, camel milk Fromage Blanc, and camel milk gelato, as well as a range of skin and hair care products.  

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