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Round-up: 2019 International Food & Drink Event and Pro2Pac

Taking place over 4 days at the ExCeL in London, the International Food & Drink Event is a must for anyone in the food industry. Nearly 1,500 companies were showing their best products to the world, and if you didn’t have time to attend, read on to see what you missed:

 

Welsh food at the forefront

With Welsh branded lanyards for all attendees and an impressive stand, Food & Drink Wales did a fantastic job of shouting about Welsh products. Our directory of Welsh food and drink companies flew off the shelves, too.

Welsh water was showcased by the trio of Brecon Carreg, Princes Gate and Radnor Hills, while Snowdonia Cheese and the Anglesey Sea Salt Company flew the flag for North Wales. Castle Dairies showed off their tasty butter and The Authentic Curry Company proved that their ready meals really are authentic. Pancake World & Wild Trail brought their pancake mixes and outdoor snack bars, and Nimbus Foods and Euro Foods UK rounded out the Welsh fleet.

 

Gut health and wellbeing

Research from Arla tells us that only 6% of consumers know that the recommended daily dose of fibre is 30g, and the government’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey indicates that only 4% of women and 13% of men meet this target. It goes further than just our guts, too – dieticians and psychologists are joining forces to understand the growing link between gut health and mental health. It’s clear that we need to up our fibre intake, and a number of companies were at IFE to spread the message:

Qwrkee

I was intrigued by the pea milk on offer from Qwrkee, and although I was sad to see it didn’t have a bright green hue, it tasted fantastic and they were nice enough to give me a carton for the long walk around ExCeL. Made from pea protein isolate, it’s lactose free, vegan, high in protein and a source of fibre. Qwrkee also produce plant based jerky and probiotic puffed snacks, so if you’re feeling particularly hungry they’ve got you (and the planet) covered.

Qwrkee
 
Image credit: Qwrkee

Troo

If you fancy a better breakfast or something a little more indulgent, Troo are on hand to provide a heap of tasty granola snacks and syrups – all of which are high-fibre and vegan.

Troo
Image credit: Troo

Frill

And for dessert, why not try a Frill Frozen Smoothie? I’m glad to report that I did, and it was simultaneously pleasing to my gut and taste buds. Frill is nutrient dense, packed with fibre, vegan and very, very tasty – this is the food to turn skeptics into plant lovers.
Frill
Image credit: Frill

 

Pro2Pac - Sustainable packaging, delivery and automation

There were a wide range of packaging solutions to help companies wanting to improve their eco-credentials. Here’s a snapshot of some of them:

Compass International Trading

Swansea-based Compass International Trading produce packaging from sugarcane, which makes it eco-friendly, sustainable and totally biodegradable.
Compass
Image credit: Compass International Trading

FridgeXPress
Alongside sustainable packaging were clean methods of delivery, including this entirely electric, zero-emission chiller van from FridgeXPress. It’s good to see innovation throughout the supply chain

FridgeXpress

Automated Packaging Systems
Automation is increasing across all areas of the food industry and the experts at Automated Packaging Systems were on hand to display some of their latest equipment, designed to repeat routine tasks such as bagging foods or moving products from A to B. In an industry where margins are so tight, solutions like these are likely to become more common.
Automated Packaging Systems
Image credit: Automated Packaging Systems

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