Key trends and takeaways from IFE 2017

Key trends and takeaways from IFE 2017

(Posted on 12/04/17)

Our Health and Nutrition team made their way to London last week to visit the international food and drink event, IFE, well renowned for global product innovation and predicting future food trends – what better place to catch up with the very latest in the industry.

We saw a range of brands exhibiting at the show with visitors led on to a ‘trend trails’ organised by IFE, that showcased a number of key trends to quite literally follow around the show.

One area of the show that had particular interest was the designated Health & Wellbeing section which displayed all sorts of interesting innovations. Take the ‘Nude Spoon’ as an example, showcasing organic, dairy-free ice cream sweetened with coconut sugar and packed full of nutritious ingredients or the Crofts Avocado Oil with its 100% natural and gluten free oil.

During the show, we spotted a few key trends that we expect to continue making their mark on the food and drink industry throughout 2017:

  1. Anyone for tea?

According to Food Industry expert Jane Milton, tea has had a stronger presence in both out-of-home and in-home consumption thanks to increased solutions enabling the brewing of tea, increasing the popularity of speciality teas and infusions. 

Aromatic Kissa Matcha teas and the patriotic New English Teas ‘Celebrate the English’ range were stand-outs for us in this category. 

2.    Healthy snackification

With consumers not willing to give up snacking, brands have innovated new products to enable snacking that isn’t bad for the health. The show presented us with many healthy snacking options that did not compromise on taste.

We’ve seen guilt-free mini chicken fillets from Taste Inc alongside Real Handful’s nutritional snacking options plus Giving Tree’s range of all-natural, preservative-free fruit and vegetable crisps rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre. These new snack concepts are a convenient way of reaching our 5-a-day while meeting other nutritional needs, with fibre and protein holding on to their place at the front of the queue. 

3.    Clean label drinks

Clean label, or in other words free-from artificial ingredients, was not short on representatives at the show. This was particularly noticeable by the extensive range of innovative clean label drinks on display. 

From healthy alternatives to energy drinks, IFE showcased emerging products such as Flower of Life’s Equinox Kombucha, James White Drinks and J.F.Rabbit’s range of VEG waters that ‘gives you springs’. A new kid on the block sure to rival coconut water with half of the calories was True Nopal’s 100% natural cactus water. 

Cornelius regularly visits trend-setting shows, such as IFE, to supplement its forward-thinking, innovative approach within the food and beverage sector. For more information on the diverse range of health and nutrition ingredients that Cornelius has to offer, please get in touch today.