Less than a month to go until the 9th edition of Free From Food & Health Ingredients Expo Barcelona, where producers, researchers, food professionals and dietitians will discover and take advantage of new trends and opportunities in organic, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, meat-free and allergen-free products and food supplements.

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©Free From Food & Health Ingredients Expo Barcelona

Free From community meeting point

The Free From community will meet on June 7 and 8 at the Gran Vía Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre, and will unveil the latest innovations and market forecasts for this growing sector. «Free From Functional Food & Health Ingredients is the only event dedicated to covering the five key and fast-growing areas serving retail», explains Ronald Holman, event director. «The trade show offers a unique opportunity for suppliers of new and innovative ingredients and products -which fit into the categories we cover- to meet, network and do business with the best buyers and specifiers from food manufacturing, retail and foodservice companies in the industry», he adds.

The Free From community will meet on June 7 and 8 at the Gran Vía Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre

Up to 8,500 visitors and 350 producers, manufacturers and key figures from the global industry will be able to learn about the main currents of the Free From market. These will be supported by extensive networking opportunities and the latest product developments from key exhibitors. In total, more than 300 exhibitors will showcase pioneering products and brands at this event organized by Expo Business Communications.

An extensive conference programme

«This year’s edition will be a hotbed of innovation and education», notes Ronald Holman. It will feature more than 40 free innovation tours and a range of conferences with more than 35 key-note speakers to learn from and be inspired by this trend-setting sector in retail, HORECA, catering, importers, professionals and the food industry.

Academics, researchers and consultants from the functional foods and healthy ingredients sector will be present at a special conference programme, focusing on key industry trends. «The programme has been put together with the industry in mind and addresses key topics such as Free From retail and vegan or plant-based products, which are at the heart of our trade show. These categories are experiencing explosive growth around the world, so it is only natural that we make them a focal point of our conferences this year», emphasizes the event director. The sessions will reveal the latest industry research, analysis and trends that are shaping the market. The full conference programme is now available on the Free From Food Expo’s website.

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©Free From Food & Health Ingredients Expo Barcelona

Boosting professional relationships

This edition’s offer of activities will be complemented by seminars, customized round tables and activities focused on professional relationships. They will be available to all visitors to establish, strengthen and reinforce connections with other professionals, close deals and grow their business relationships. The detailed programme of networking and matchmaking activities and registration for some of these activities will be available soon.

The 2022 edition will also host new pavilions of international projection and the exclusive V-label Area

Other structural innovations

In addition, the event will attract European food manufacturers as well as packaging designers to Barcelona thanks to Free From Expo Packaging, an exclusive area dedicated to innovative, sustainable packaging solutions, such as paper-based, cardboard, rice-based, biodegradable, corn-based, reusable and recyclable packaging, among other trends for food manufacturers, the retail trade and the HORECA channel.

The 2022 edition will also host new pavilions of international projection and the exclusive V-label Area, conceived as a broad showcase of certified vegan brands.

The future is Free From

«Each segment claims a healthy lifestyle and sustainability. They respond to consumer demands for lifestyle-enhancing products, which are constantly and increasingly on the rise», notes Holman. «The future of the food industry is undoubtedly Free From products», concludes the event director.

Registration for Free From Food & Health Ingredients Expo Barcelona is still open.

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