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ISSN 2149-2611<br />

www.foodingredientsmag.com | FEBRUARY <strong>2024</strong><br />

Feel<br />

the heartbeat<br />

of innovation at<br />

FRUIT<br />







SNACKS<br />

XX <strong>International</strong> Trade Fair for Savoury Snacks & Nuts<br />



19-20 JUNE <strong>2024</strong><br />


TRENDS<br />

TASTES<br />








THIS<br />

MONTH<br />


36<br />

RKW at Fruit Logistica<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

4<br />

Fairtrade forecasts<br />

transparency, regenerative<br />

programs and private<br />

label opportunities to<br />

watch in <strong>2024</strong><br />

44<br />

Kick-off for IFFA 2025<br />

Rethinking meat<br />

and proteins<br />

22<br />

Smart intralogistics:<br />

Anuga <strong>Food</strong>Tec <strong>2024</strong><br />

shows new technologies<br />

that merge storage<br />

and production into a unit<br />

46<br />

Givaudan and Thimus<br />

advance understanding<br />

of consumer preferences<br />

through neuroscience<br />

30<br />

Syensqo has a passion<br />

for sustainability,<br />

quality and innovation<br />

in synthetic and<br />

natural vanillin<br />

52<br />

Oterra and Ecoflora<br />

Cares join forces to build<br />

a world of responsibly<br />

sourced naturally colored<br />

foods in Blues and beyond<br />

The next issue<br />

will be distributed at


Ayça SARIOGLU<br />

Coordinator<br />

ayca.sarioglu@img.com.tr<br />

Berlin slides<br />

the wall open<br />

for the fruit<br />

logistics industry<br />

Serving as the capital city of East<br />

Germany until 1990, Berlin became the<br />

capital city of the whole Germany since<br />

the reunification of both Germanies in<br />

1990. Its economy is based on high tech<br />

and the service sector, encompassing<br />

a diverse range of innovative industries,<br />

startup companies, research facilities,<br />

and media corporations. Berlin serves<br />

as a continental hub for air, road and<br />

rail traffic and has a complex public<br />

transportation network. It is now ready<br />

to unveil the curtain or slide the wall<br />

for fruit logistics. The name of the<br />

ceremony is Fruit Logistica, which opens<br />

its doors to innovation and industry<br />

excellence in Berlin.<br />

Fruit Logistica is the world’s most<br />

important trade fair for the fresh produce<br />

industry and its direct access to the<br />

global market. It covers the complete<br />

range of products, services and<br />

technical solutions from every part of the<br />

value chain - whether in seed, fruit and<br />

vegetable development or packaging<br />

and automation. The fair covers the<br />

entire spectrum of the value chain - from<br />

the producer to the consumer.<br />

In addition to the three main segments<br />

Fresh Produce, Machinery & Technology<br />

and Logistics, important focal points<br />

at the event include Smart Agri and<br />

Greenhouse. The steadily growing<br />

organic products sector is also attracting<br />

increasing numbers of participants every<br />

year with the free Organic-Route.<br />

Moving fresh produce between<br />

the point of origin and point of use<br />

requires multiple transportation steps.<br />

Produce is susceptible to physical or<br />

chemical damage as well as microbial<br />

contamination during transportation. So,<br />

it should be handled by professionals with<br />

extra care. Fruit Logistica will display and<br />

educate the industry about how these<br />

critical transportations should be done.<br />

As a loyal follower of leading<br />

international events around the world,<br />

we will be there in Berlin to distribute<br />

free copies of our <strong>February</strong> issue and to<br />

cover the event for our future editions.<br />

We will observe the latest technologies<br />

and trends to for our readers and we<br />

will give the messages of the industry<br />

professionals to the relevant circles.<br />

Publisher<br />

Hüseyin Ferruh IŞIK<br />

on behalf of<br />

ISTMAG<br />

Magazin Gazetecilik Yayıncılık<br />

İç ve Dış Tic. Ltd. Şti.<br />

Managing Editor (Responsible)<br />

Mehmet SOZTUTAN<br />

mehmet.soztutan@img.com.tr<br />

Advisory Editor<br />

Ali ERDEM<br />

info@img.com.tr<br />

<strong>International</strong><br />

Sales Coordinator<br />

Ayca SARIOGLU<br />

ayca.sarioglu@img.com.tr<br />

+90 212 454 22 33<br />

Technical Manager<br />

Tayfun AYDIN<br />

tayfun.aydin@img.com.tr<br />

Advisory Graphics & Design<br />

Hakan SOZTUTAN<br />

hakan.soztutan@img.com.tr<br />

Digital Assets Manager<br />

Emre YENER<br />

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Fairtrade forecasts transparency,<br />

regenerative programs and<br />

private label opportunities among<br />

CPG trends to watch in <strong>2024</strong><br />

Fairtrade America, the U.S. branch of globally<br />

recognized and trusted ethical certification,<br />

Fairtrade <strong>International</strong>, released a forecast of<br />

opportunities and challenges likely to influence<br />

the food and beverage sectors in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Fairtrade expects sustainable and ethical<br />

sourcing, brand transparency and<br />

accountability, private label brand growth,<br />

the continued rise of ‘regenerative’, and<br />

investment in living incomes and wages to<br />


As businesses meet initial<br />

waves of sustainability<br />

regulations and greater<br />

shopper skepticism<br />

of greenwashing,<br />

accountability and<br />

demonstrable impact for<br />

people and planet are more<br />

necessary than ever for<br />

brands and retailers alike.<br />

be major drivers of shoppers’ and businesses<br />

decisions over the next year.<br />

“Shoppers are ready to make sustainable<br />

choices, but meaningful, lasting change<br />

won’t happen through their individual<br />

actions alone. Businesses, governments<br />

and other industry leaders must step up<br />

when it comes to creating a viable future<br />

for farmers and workers around the world,”<br />

said Amanda Archila, Executive Director<br />

of Fairtrade America. “Sustainable, ecofriendly,<br />

regenerative, ethically sourced<br />

– these buzzwords have to be embodied<br />

by principles backed up by rigorous due<br />

diligence across an entire organization to<br />

really mean something.”<br />

Drawing on new consumer research and<br />

learnings from the organization’s work with<br />

thousands of brands and retailers globally,<br />

Fairtrade America predicts the following<br />

trends in <strong>2024</strong>:<br />

Products and brands that commit to<br />

sustainability with integrity will outperform<br />

their competitors<br />

Sustainability claims are nearly ubiquitous in<br />

the consumer-packaged goods landscape<br />

– Fairtrade’s 2023 consumer research,<br />

conducted by independent insights firm<br />

GlobeScan, revealed that 86% of US shoppers<br />

recalled seeing some sustainability or ethical<br />

sourcing label on products as they shopped.<br />

What’s more, sustainable products are<br />

driving growth. The latest data from the NYU<br />

Stern Center for Sustainable Business show<br />

that, while representing just one-fifth of the<br />

total CPG market, sustainability-marketed<br />

products were responsible for one-third<br />

of market growth, and these products<br />

grew about two times faster than their<br />

conventionally marketed counterparts.<br />

But with so many brands making<br />

promises about their product’s ethical<br />

or environmental impact, consumers<br />

are growing increasingly skeptical and<br />

discerning. Data released in September<br />

from Nielsen NIQ says that 77% of consumers<br />

would stop buying from a brand that was<br />

guilty of “greenwashing,” and new research<br />

from Sustainable Brands reveals that are<br />

suspicious of environmental and social<br />

marketing messages. U.S. regulatory bodies<br />

are also cracking down to prevent misleading<br />

claims: the SEC has implemented new rules<br />

to restrict misleading investment portfolio<br />

names, and the Federal Trade Commission<br />

will release its updated “Green Guides”<br />

in <strong>2024</strong> to provide updated standards for<br />

sustainability claims in marketing.<br />

Promising positive impact won’t be enough in<br />

<strong>2024</strong> – brands will need to show shoppers that<br />

they’re walking the walk. It will be important for<br />

businesses to invest in trusted third party supply<br />

chain certifications, like Fairtrade, as a step<br />

toward verifiable and meaningful sustainability<br />

that consumers recognize and trust.<br />

‘Regenerative’ will be the leading buzzword,<br />

but the industry must define what this means<br />

Attendees of industry events in the last two<br />

years will know that regenerative agriculture<br />

has been steadily commanding more<br />

attention in the sustainability dialogue.<br />

Leading players like Whole <strong>Food</strong>s Market<br />

have begun to institutionalize these<br />

sustainability practices by requiring third<br />

party certification or proof of regenerative<br />

claims on product labels.<br />

For all its popularity, however, there is no<br />

clear consensus on what ‘regenerative’<br />

really means. In <strong>2024</strong>, businesses, producers<br />

and retailers will face the task of defining<br />

and implementing this buzzword. As with<br />

other sustainability initiatives and claims,<br />

this needs to be farmer-led and centered<br />

on principles, not just specific regenerative<br />

production practices. Fairtrade’s sustainable<br />

agriculture policy, released this year, presents<br />



a path forward with an agroecological<br />

approach that meets farmers where they<br />

and their farming operations are, ultimately<br />

aiming to not just redesign agriculture, but<br />

entire food systems.<br />

Transparency and data integrity will no longer<br />

be optional - shoppers and governments want<br />

measurable impact from businesses<br />

In the last few years, the operations of<br />

large companies have been increasingly<br />

scrutinized for their effects on the planet<br />

and the people they employ. As antideforestation<br />

regulations near full<br />

implementation in the EU, companies<br />

tapping into global supply chains of products<br />

like cocoa and coffee are reckoning with<br />

the monitoring and reporting infrastructures<br />

required for compliance. In the U.S.,<br />

California’s new Climate Corporate Data<br />

Accountability Act signals a wave of similar<br />

climate-focused regulations for large<br />

American companies in the coming years.<br />

Brands who lean into these shifts by assessing<br />

and developing measurable roadmaps<br />

to address their own human rights and<br />

environmental risks will be well-situated to<br />

succeed once accountability is a need-tohave<br />

here at home.<br />

Additionally, shoppers are demonstrating a<br />

growing desire to understand exactly what<br />

goes into the products they use and consume.<br />

In Fairtrade’s 2023 consumer insights research,<br />

92% of shoppers surveyed said that they are<br />

interested in knowing more about the people<br />

behind their food. In <strong>2024</strong>, supply chain<br />

transparency and third-party verifications of<br />

sourcing and production promises will move<br />

from leading edge to table stakes.<br />

Businesses and shoppers will prioritize living<br />

incomes and living wages<br />

Globally recognized brands like Ben & Jerry’s,<br />

Lidl and Tony’s Chocolonely have been<br />

pioneering partners of Fairtrade on the path<br />

to living incomes for cocoa farmers. Fairtrade<br />

expects to see a greater focus on this critical<br />

lever to improve farmer livelihoods across a<br />

number of commodities and industries in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Already in 2023, the Fairtrade Minimum Price<br />

for coffee shifted in favor of farmers’ needs<br />

and new Living Income Reference Prices<br />

are being developed for various coffeeproducing<br />

regions. wages, Fairtrade has<br />

launched new initiatives to support banana<br />

farm workers in achieving living wages.<br />

Terms like “living income” and “living wage”<br />

are becoming more mainstream in the U.S.<br />

in light of recent economic uncertainty<br />

and rising prices. Beyond the U.S., millions of<br />

smallholder farmers are speaking up about<br />

the challenges of unsustainable livelihoods,<br />

and there’s increasing pressure for businesses<br />

to collaborate in the name of industry-wide<br />

change. In <strong>2024</strong>, businesses will need to<br />

demonstrate commitment and impact to<br />

sustainable livelihoods through long-term and<br />

farmer-approved financial partnerships.<br />

Private label brands will continue growth as<br />

preferred choices for consumers seeking more<br />

affordable premium products<br />

Long thought of as simply a budget-friendly<br />

option, many private label brands today<br />

symbolize a “premium” or preferred line that<br />

consumers value for more than price. Target,<br />

for example, recently touted its Good &<br />

Gather brand as a “crown jewel” of its grocery<br />

business. There’s opportunity for both retailers<br />

and manufacturers to capitalize on shoppers’<br />

shifted perspectives on these brands in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

For retailers, meeting shoppers’ sustainability<br />

values, in addition to price expectations, is<br />

the next frontier of growth for private label<br />

and could be a key that unlocks broader store<br />

success. Fairtrade’s 2023 consumer research<br />

showed that two in three consumers familiar<br />

with Fairtrade prefer to shop at retailers that<br />

they know carry certified products. They’d also<br />

purchase more Fairtrade products if they were<br />

available where they shop.<br />

For brands, offering those “extras” in value<br />

beyond price is the next evolution to stand out<br />

to customers. Retailers will likely emphasize<br />

sustainability in their product selection as they<br />

strive to meet shoppers’ expectations.<br />

“We’re encouraged by the momentum<br />

toward value chains that actually live up to<br />

their promises of positive impact,” continued<br />

Archila. “We at Fairtrade are ready to help<br />

businesses in understanding, implementing<br />

and talking about their partnerships with the<br />

people behind our most beloved products.”<br />


MFG Tray<br />

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innovative<br />

new products<br />

for confection<br />

manufacturers<br />

Continuous development of<br />

customized solutions for specific<br />

material-handling challenges and<br />

applications is the company’s<br />

specialty, which is why MFG’s<br />

fiberglass trays are creating<br />

significant cost savings for<br />

confectionery manufacturers.<br />

NEW! MFG Light Weight Starch Tray<br />

The new light weight starch tray is<br />

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starch trays, while retaining MFG’s<br />

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The industry-changing light weight<br />

composite material was developed<br />

to meet customer demand for a<br />

sustainably lighter tray that can<br />

withstand continuous industrial use.<br />

These new trays integrate easily with<br />

wood and plastic, and MFG offers<br />

over 70 models and custom designs.<br />

NEW! MFG Mini Storage Boxes with<br />

Snap-on Lids (18”L x 13”W x 3”H)<br />

MFG’s Tray’s candy stock boxes are<br />

the new industry standard in efficient<br />

handling and storage in candy<br />

operations worldwide. But not all<br />

facilities are created equal. Our new<br />

secure boxes are designed for product<br />

protection and cramped workspaces<br />

with unmatched strength and<br />

durability. These new boxes with snapon<br />

lids are ideal for work-in-process<br />

applications and securely stack on<br />

MFG’s standard 870 series boxes.<br />

MFG Tray’s Dedication<br />

MFG Tray understands that material<br />

matters when it comes to material<br />

handling. Which is why it has grown<br />

to become a leading manufacturer<br />

in products from trays and boxes to<br />

containers and totes, which combine<br />

outstanding performance and<br />

long service life. These trays offer<br />

several exclusive design, cost, and<br />

performance benefits that cannot<br />

be duplicated by other materials<br />

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ISM Middle East, the international trade fair for sweets and snacks<br />

in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, concluded<br />

another edition at the Dubai World Trade Centre from November 7<br />

to 9, 2023. With a turnout of more than 12.800 visitors, 352 exhibitors<br />

hailing from 45 countries, 28 national pavilions, and a thriving<br />

3-day showcase, ISM Middle East 2023 reaffirmed its significance<br />

in the MENA region. As the region’s leading platform for sweets<br />

and snacks, ISM Middle East 2023 had a resounding impact, and<br />

set new goals for its future editions – “Bigger, Better, Bolder.”<br />

ISM Middle East 2023:<br />

The success story<br />

of MENA’s No. 1 platform for<br />

sweets and snacks continues<br />

New conference format launched<br />

This year’s event also celebrated the<br />

inaugural ISM Middle East Conference,<br />

offering valuable insights and knowledge<br />

to industry professionals and making it a<br />

comprehensive experience for attendees. The<br />

event included the premiere of the new ISM<br />

Middle East Knowledge Hub that addressed<br />

current trend topics, innovation and business<br />

with speakers from G.A.A.S.T, German<br />

Sweets, IFF, Jannis, Mirzam and Perfetti<br />

van Melle. Another part of the ISM Middle<br />

East Conference was a high-profile panel<br />

and presentations from official Knowledge<br />

Partners Innova Market and Euromonitor,<br />

adding to the overall event’s success.<br />


New trade fair date announced for <strong>2024</strong><br />

This year, ISM Middle East expanded its<br />

exhibition space due to the increasing demand<br />

from exhibitors. The record result of 2016 with<br />

5,197 square meters of space was exceeded.<br />

Additionally, ISM Middle East will be making a<br />

major shift in its schedule starting from <strong>2024</strong>. The<br />

event will move from its traditional November<br />

date to September, allowing for better<br />

alignment with religious celebrations as well as<br />

the order timings of the industry. The new dates<br />

for the ISM Middle East <strong>2024</strong> edition are set from<br />

September 24 to 26, <strong>2024</strong>, at the Dubai World<br />

Trade Centre (DWTC). This move aims to meet<br />

the ever-increasing demand in the region and<br />

further expand the exhibitor base.<br />

“Under the ISM family banner, ISM Middle<br />

East seamlessly aligns with the global<br />

reputation of the world’s leading trade fair<br />

in Cologne and has once again reaffirmed<br />

its position as the foremost business platform<br />

in the Middle East and North Africa region,”<br />

stated Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer<br />

at Koelnmesse GmbH, setting the stage for<br />

an even more thrilling edition in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Trade fair participants highly satisfied<br />

This year’s ISM Middle East showcased<br />

a diverse range of products, including<br />

chocolate, confectionery, desserts, snack<br />

foods, ice cream, fine bakery, date products,<br />

reflecting the dynamic and ever-evolving<br />

sweets and snacks industry. The participants<br />

at the trade fair reaped significant benefits<br />

by establishing direct connections with<br />

a multitude of pertinent buyers and key<br />

figures hailing from the realms of retail, trade,<br />

and hospitality. They also engaged with<br />

distributors spanning the entire region. The<br />

calibre of the trade fair attendees garnered<br />

special recognition. Moreover, the volume of<br />

visitors surpassed the expectations of most of<br />

the trade fair participants.<br />

“Most noticeable this year was the large<br />

increase in international buyer visits, Africa<br />

and especially Saudi Arabia, where demand<br />

for high quality, high value confections<br />

drove a 41% increase in visitors”, commented<br />

Bastian Mingers, Vice President of Trade Fair<br />

Management at Koelnmesse GmbH.<br />

“ISM Middle East serves as the premier sweets<br />

and snacks trade fair tailored for the MENA<br />

region. Our collaboration with Koelnmesse<br />

harmoniously aligns with our aspiration to<br />

orchestrate a globally esteemed event<br />

that not only meets but also surpasses the<br />

anticipations of our target audiences,”<br />

remarked Mark Napier, Vice President<br />

Exhibitions at Dubai World Trade Centre.<br />



The winners of the 9th ISM Middle East<br />

New Product Showcase Award<br />

ISM Middle East 2023 celebrated again<br />

innovation and excellence with the ISM<br />

Middle East New Product Showcase Awards.<br />

This prestigious recognition showcased the<br />

most innovative and newly launched sweets<br />

and snacks products, marking the ninth<br />

edition of this highly anticipated event.<br />

An impartial and specialized panel of<br />

judges meticulously evaluated the numerous<br />

submissions and handpicked the victors<br />

across four distinct categories. These<br />

deserving winners were celebrated at<br />

the trade fair, with all awarded products<br />

prominently displayed in the Trend Court<br />

during the event. The 2023 winners include:<br />

Category: Best Chocolate Product<br />

Exhibitor: Gia Siming (Zhuhai)<br />

<strong>Food</strong> Technology Co., Ltd. (China)<br />

Product: Lyophilized chocolate<br />

Category: Best Hard & Soft Candy Product<br />

Exhibitor: Magical Flavors for <strong>Food</strong> Industry (Egypt)<br />

Product: Marshzone Marshmallow Fries<br />

Category: Best Bakery Product<br />

Exhibitor: Me Gusto Sp. z.o.o. (Poland)<br />

Product: Organic wafer with peanut butter<br />

and salt, without added sugar<br />

Category: Best Snack Product<br />

Exhibitor: Matis Bros SA (Greece)<br />

Product: Full Energy Tahini Spread with<br />

Rice Crispies<br />


Lantmännen Unibakes<br />

fully automated cold storage<br />

facility is now inaugurated<br />

The new highly efficient and fully automated<br />

warehouse consists of a 36.5-metre-high<br />

high-bay warehouse, a low-bay storage<br />

section, palletizing area, machine room, and<br />

new logistics offices. The total building area is<br />

approximatly 7,400 square metres.<br />

“In these kinds of endeavors where the<br />

construction project have to meet very<br />

detailed specifications to fit the needs of the<br />

operations, finding innovative solutions and<br />

working in close and effective collaboration<br />

is crucial. We at Real Estate really appreciate<br />

the commitment of Unibake and thanks to<br />

the expertise of both parties, we now have<br />

a state-of-the-art cold storage facility,”<br />

says Joachim Haas, Managing Director,<br />

Lantmännen Real Estate.<br />

The investment creates opportunities for future<br />

developments and underlines the longterm<br />

strategical importance of Lantmännen<br />

Unibake’s bakery in Örebro. The bakery<br />

currently employs around 50 percent of the 400<br />

employees that Lantmännen Unibake Sweden,<br />

with the brands Korvbrödsbagarn, Bonjour and<br />

Hatting, currently has at its disposal.<br />

“I am proud and happy that our cold storage<br />

facility in Örebro now stands ready. This is positive<br />

for Lantmännen Unibake Sweden’s continued<br />

growth, our employees and for Örebro as a<br />

region,” says Jonas Lindell, Managing Director,<br />

Lantmännen Unibake Sweden.<br />

The business is now being prepared for<br />

commissioning and is expected to be fully<br />

operational by the end of the year.<br />

Lantmännen Unibake and Lantmännen Real Estate have invested<br />

SEK 300 million in the new cold storage facility that is now<br />

completed. The new cold storage facility is being built adjacent to<br />

the existing bakery in Örebro and will streamline the flow of goods<br />

and contribute to a more sustainable handling of products from<br />

Bonjour, Hatting and Korvbrödsbagarn.<br />



FRUIT LOGISTICA <strong>2024</strong> gears up for digital revolution in agriculture,<br />

with expanded focus on smart farming and technology startups.<br />

It’s not rocket science!<br />

Prepare for lift-off at<br />

FRUIT LOGISTICA <strong>2024</strong><br />

FRUIT LOGISTICA, the leading trade show for<br />

the global fresh produce business, continues to<br />

push the boundaries and provide a platform for<br />

emerging technologies to get off the ground. In<br />

Berlin from 7 to 9 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2024</strong>, the show unveils<br />

a significantly expanded content programme<br />

that explores digital transformation in agriculture:<br />

an essential and exciting area of development<br />

that is changing the way fresh fruit and<br />

vegetables are produced, supplied, and sold.<br />


Under its new Farming Forward banner, 22<br />

different exhibitors from the smart agriculture<br />

sector will take to a brand new stage in Hall<br />

3.1. On the mornings of Wednesday 7 <strong>February</strong><br />

and Thursday 8 <strong>February</strong>, these innovators<br />

will showcase cutting-edge tech and deliver<br />

expert insights on a ‘digital revolution in farming’.<br />

Notable participants include ABZ Innovation,<br />

Clarifruit, Hectre, WayBeyond and Aerobotics, all<br />

of which have made significant advances with<br />

new technologies like drones, AI, data collection,<br />

yield mapping, and other digital applications.<br />

On the Wednesday and Thursday afternoons,<br />

Tom Stenzel of the US-based CEA Alliance will<br />

use the same stage to host panel discussions<br />

on various aspects linked to the future of<br />

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA).<br />

These topics include sustainability in indoor<br />

production, the future viability of vertical<br />

farming, and emerging technologies.<br />

Featured speakers include Rick Schneiders of<br />

Siemens, and Ellis Janssen of Phillips Signify.<br />

Then on Friday 9 <strong>February</strong>, Wageningen<br />

University & Research brings some serious<br />

science to the Farming Forward arena, during<br />

a special symposium packed with the very<br />

latest advances in disease monitoring, food<br />

safety, data-driven greenhouses, IoT-based<br />

systems, automation, and robotics.<br />

Also on Friday, FRUIT LOGISTICA welcomes<br />

20 highly promising young companies to its<br />

annual Startup Day in Hall 5.1. This year, one<br />

focus is on disruptive, digital-based innovation<br />

in logistics and supply chains. Trade visitors can<br />

expect to see plenty of groundbreaking new<br />

ideas, including drone pollinators, AI-based<br />

plant inspectors, a global shipment tracking<br />

system, and a farming system that ‘talks’ to<br />

plants and understands their needs.<br />

For FRUIT LOGISTICA director Kai Mangelberger,<br />

the focus on smart agriculture and innovative<br />

supply chains for this year’s expanded<br />

programme is a welcome and well-timed<br />

addition. “We are thrilled to showcase the<br />

immense potential of digital technologies,<br />

which are revolutionizing so many areas of<br />

the fresh produce business. From field to fork,<br />

the innovations on display at FRUIT LOGISTICA<br />

<strong>2024</strong> will pave the way for a more sustainable,<br />

efficient, and productive future for the industry.”<br />



Blue Whale presents its organic project<br />

(Re)Generation Fruit<br />

at the Fruit Logistica<br />

Together with its partners Micropep,<br />

AsclepiosTech, Maf Roda, the engineering<br />

school of Purpan and the National Institute for<br />

Agricultural, <strong>Food</strong> and Environmental Research<br />

(INRAE), the Blue Whale producers’ association<br />

will present the major agro-ecological<br />

transition project for the French apple industry<br />

in Berlin: (Re)Generation Fruit.<br />

“Our aim is to promote the ecological transition<br />

of the sector by working to maintain production<br />

levels and reduce the use of pesticides,”<br />

explains Bruno Bertheloz, Director of Blue<br />

Whale. “We are convinced that technological<br />

innovation will allow us to evolve”.<br />

The consortium has until 2028 to validate<br />

methods and innovations to achieve the<br />

following goals:<br />

• Improve soil life through adapted agroecological<br />

practices.<br />

• Boost plants’ natural defences against pests.<br />

• Reduce the use of phytosanitary products<br />

by up to 50%.<br />

• Reduction of fruit losses, from the orchard to<br />

the plate.<br />

• Produce fruit with a higher nutrient content<br />

for a healthier effect.<br />

• Proposals for more sensible forms of<br />

production that respect the entire ecosystem<br />

and ensure the sustainability of orchards.<br />


The work will be carried out in experimental<br />

centres in the south-west of France and in the<br />

Loire Valley. The partners will meet regularly to<br />

share progress and a dedicated website will<br />

be set up for the project from December 2023.<br />

At the end of these five years of research, the<br />

results will be made available to the public.<br />

<strong>International</strong> presentation in Berlin<br />

(Re)Regeneration Fruit, which will be<br />

launched nationally in Montauban, France,<br />

in September 2023, will be presented to<br />

an international trade audience at Fruit<br />

Logistica in Berlin. Blue Whale’s Marketing and<br />

Communications Manager, Christelle Bertin,<br />

will lead the presentation, which will take<br />

place on Wednesday 7 <strong>February</strong> at 15:00 in<br />

the Fresh Produce Forum, Hall 23.<br />

“It is very important for us to involve all links in the<br />

chain in this project,” says Christelle Bertin. “Our<br />

customers are already implementing targeted<br />

CSR plans. Through (Re)generation Fruit, we as<br />

their producers and business partners can help<br />

them achieve their goals. That’s why continuous<br />

communication and collaboration with all<br />

stakeholders is crucial for us,” explains Bertin.<br />

As always, Blue Whale will be present at Fruit<br />

Logistica with a large stand in Hall 6.2 - C20.<br />

This ambitious project, due to be completed in 2028, aims to test and combine<br />

innovative technologies to ensure the agro-ecological transition of the apple sector.<br />

The consortium, which includes Blue Whale and five other partners, is supported<br />

by the French government and funded with a total of 12 million euros.<br />



New study by Enifer and<br />

NMBU shows that farmed fish grow<br />

better and healthier with fungi<br />

produced from Nordic forestry<br />

by-products than with soybeans<br />

As the global demand for fish consumption continues to surge,<br />

fish farmers are constantly looking for ways to improve their<br />

cultivation techniques. A new study conducted by researchers at<br />

the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) shows that using<br />

Enifer’s proprietary PEKILOAqua mycoprotein had a significant<br />

positive impact on salmon’s natural immune system and growth.<br />

Finnish biotech startup Enifer has contributed<br />

to a new study on farmed salmon that was<br />

done in collaboration with the Norwegian<br />

University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The study<br />

utilized Enifer’s PEKILOAqua mycoprotein, and<br />

it was conducted by a group of researchers<br />

led by Professor Margareth Øverland. The<br />

study shows that juvenile salmon growing in<br />

freshwater fed with PEKILOAqua mycoprotein<br />

had a significant activation in their immune<br />

system and grew better as the feed was more<br />

efficiently converted into the fish.<br />

salmon,” says Joosu Kuivanen, Chief<br />

Operating Officer at Enifer.<br />

According to Statista, humans consumed 160<br />

million metric tons of farmed and wild fish in<br />

2021. Aquaculture production has overtaken<br />

wild fish catch and is the most rapidly<br />

“For the first time, the studies carried<br />

out at NMBU show that our PEKILOAqua<br />

mycoprotein not only provides fish with<br />

protein, but actually brings clear added<br />

benefits to fish health and growth compared<br />

to conventional proteins like soya. These<br />

benefits arise from the unique composition of<br />

our fungal protein. The fact that PEKILOAqua<br />

can be produced sustainably, competitively<br />

and close to the fish farmers makes it<br />

particularly attractive to industry. In this<br />

study, we used Norwegian forest industry<br />

by-products to produce feed for Norwegian<br />


By comparison, PEKILOAqua mycoprotein<br />

has a lower carbon footprint than imported<br />

soybean, as it is produced without using new<br />

agricultural land and very little water, offering<br />

a sustainable and self-sufficient alternative for<br />

the European market.<br />

expanding food production sector, requiring<br />

huge amounts of new high-quality protein<br />

feeds. Increasing the farmed fish’s immune<br />

system is vital for fish farmers, who struggle<br />

with a variety of infectious agents that can<br />

cause different levels of deformations or<br />

even death in large quantities.<br />

Enifer’s proprietary technology can upcycle<br />

by-products from diverse agri-, food- and<br />

forest industry processes into its PEKILO<br />

mycoprotein, which consists of about 65%<br />

protein, 15% beta-glucan, 10% fats and<br />

minerals, and has a high concentration of<br />

vitamin B. For example, beta-glucan is added<br />

separately to the current aquafeeds, which is<br />

an unnecessary step if PEKILOAqua is used.<br />

“The world’s protein demand is growing, and<br />

farmed fish is the most sustainable and healthy<br />

animal protein for human consumption today.<br />

By lowering the environmental impact of the<br />

supply chain of aquafeed while improving<br />

the growing conditions of fish, we can<br />

make the whole industry more sustainable.<br />

Together with our partners in academia, we<br />

continue to research the health benefits<br />

of PEKILO mycoprotein and are looking<br />

forward to bringing our solution to market<br />

from aquafeed to petfood and all the way<br />

to human consumption,” Enifer’s CEO Simo<br />

Ellilä concludes.<br />

The study was conducted under the<br />

<strong>Food</strong>s of Norway center, which is primarily<br />

funded by the Research Council of Norway<br />

and the NORDICFEED project under the<br />

Nordic Council of Ministers’ organization<br />

called NordForsk, which provides funding<br />

for and facilitates Nordic cooperation on<br />

research. The results were first announced<br />

at Aquaculture Europe in Vienna, and the<br />

research will be published later.<br />

Soybeans are the most affordable and<br />

commonly used protein source in aquafeed<br />

today, but the price of using soybeans is high<br />

for the environment. Soybean cultivation<br />

increases deforestation, and shipping it all<br />

across the world significantly impacts the<br />

sustainability of the supply chain. It also<br />

makes the whole industry heavily dependent<br />

on a few selected production countries and<br />

their stability. Global soybean production<br />

is steadily growing, with estimates by the<br />

US Department of Agriculture stating that<br />

this running season will produce 403 million<br />

tonnes of soybean.<br />



Yali Bio debuts revolutionary<br />

dairy fat alternative with<br />

showstopping ice cream<br />

Yali Bio, a California-based food tech company,<br />

recently unveiled its precision-fermented dairy<br />

fat alternative at MISTA Growth Hack, a San<br />

Francisco event for food tech companies.<br />

Rather than simply talk about the benefits<br />

of their new solid hard fat, the company<br />

debuted the product with delicious dairyfree<br />

ice cream that ran out in less than an<br />

hour. Yali Bio developed the demonstration<br />

ice cream with the help of MISTA supporters,<br />

including AAK, Ingredion and Givaudan.<br />

“It was great that the ice cream was so popular,<br />

but we were especially pleased that so many<br />

people applauded the taste and texture. I got<br />

the same positive feedback over and over<br />

again,” said Yali Bio Founder and CEO Yulin Lu.<br />

By default, the new fat has a pale, buttery<br />

color and neutral flavor, and thanks to Yali<br />

Bio’s precision fermentation technology,<br />

various qualities of the fat, like melting<br />

point, can be tuned to perfectly suit a given<br />

application. In addition to improving ice<br />

cream, the new fat can be used to improve<br />

the taste, texture, cooking performance,<br />

nutrition, and eco-credentials of entire food<br />

categories, including non-dairy butter and<br />

cheese, as well as baked goods and candies.<br />

The nutritional profile of the new fat also<br />

makes it an attractive alternative to dairy<br />

fat and plant-based fat from sources like<br />

coconut. For example, Yali Bio’s product has<br />

half the saturated “bad fat” and five times the<br />

monounsaturated “good fat” of coconut.<br />

Yali Bio’s new fat is also better for the<br />

environment than fat from sources like dairy<br />

or coconut. Using techniques and equipment<br />

similar to those used to brew beer, Yali Bio’s<br />

fat can be made extremely efficiently, with<br />

very low greenhouse gas emissions and very<br />

high supply chain transparency.<br />

By contrast, the production of dairy has<br />

been associated with high greenhouse gas<br />

emissions, water pollution and overuse, and<br />

animal welfare issues.<br />

Even innocuous-seeming coconuts are tied<br />

to significant deforestation and land use<br />

issues, high emissions associated with aroundthe-world<br />

shipping, and human and animal<br />

welfare issues related to harvesting.<br />

With its impressive stats and tasty ice cream<br />

debut, Yali Bio’s new fat has proven itself as<br />

an excellent option for food manufacturers<br />

looking to create or improve products.<br />

Yali Bio’s next step is to roll out its cultured<br />

fat with select partners who are seeking a<br />

competitive advantage.<br />


19-23 FEB <strong>2024</strong><br />


REAL<br />

FOOD<br />

REAL<br />


REAL<br />



ANNUAL F&B<br />



REAL<br />

TALENT<br />

A new global chapter is unfolding<br />

in the future of food. It’s time to<br />

innovate for a more sustainable,<br />

thoughtful, and brighter future for<br />

the entire F&B ecosystem across<br />

the world.<br />



REAL<br />


New In Vitro Study Suggests PQQ<br />

Ingredient Could Aid in Hindering<br />

Coronavirus Infections<br />

A new study has found that Pyrroloquinoline<br />

quinone (PQQ) has antiviral effects that can<br />

destroy coronaviruses and help prevent the<br />

spread of infections.<br />

Researchers in Japan conducted an invitro<br />

study in 2023 using PQQ – a natural compound<br />

found in various plant-based foods such as<br />

kiwifruit, parsley and green peppers – on Feline<br />

Infectious Peritonitis Virus (a virus belonging to<br />

the coronavirus family) and discovered that<br />

they were less infectious than those viral loads<br />

that were not treated with the ingredient.<br />

The results of the study published in the<br />

American Chemistry Society indicate that<br />

PQQ is effective as a viral inhibitory treatment<br />

during early-stage infection. The researchers<br />

theorized that these effects were directly<br />

related to virion instability, preventing host cell<br />

viral entry and replication.<br />

As a powerful antioxidant and antiinflammatory,<br />

PQQ could pave the way for<br />

more research into the ingredient’s effectiveness<br />

in combatting the global spread of coronavirusrelated<br />

diseases, including COVID-19.<br />

For the study, researchers used a natural<br />

source of PQQ, which was developed by<br />

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co., Inc. (MGC) in<br />

Japan under the brand name MGCPQQ ® . A<br />

vast majority of scientific research has been<br />

conducted with MGCPQQ specifically.<br />


“We’re encouraged by the research’s early<br />

findings showing PQQ can help protect cells<br />

against coronaviruses, particularly when used<br />

to treat infections in the early stages,” said<br />

Atsushi Sugimoto, assistant manager for MGC.<br />

“While more testing is needed, the results from<br />

this in-vitro study clearly suggest that PQQ<br />

has a strong antiviral effect and could one<br />

day help serve as a new option for managing<br />

symptoms caused by the coronavirus disease.”<br />

MGCPQQ is the most studied and tested<br />

ingredient of its kind, with dozens of in vitro<br />

and in vivo clinical studies and trials dating<br />

back 40 years. Research suggests it can<br />

stimulate mitochondria – which is vital to<br />

cell survival - and help support cognitive<br />

health by promoting nerve growth factor<br />

in the brain. The ingredient has also<br />

demonstrated it can help lower stress,<br />

improve sleep and boost energy.<br />

MGCPQQ continues to be the only<br />

ingredient of its kind registered on the<br />

European Union’s List of Novel <strong>Food</strong>s, and<br />

the only PQQ that can be legally sold in the<br />

EU. In addition to its EU approval, it is also the<br />

only ingredient of its kind with NDI notification<br />

from the U.S. <strong>Food</strong> and Drug Administration<br />

(registered under the name BioPQQ ® ).<br />

For more information about MGCPQQ, visit<br />

www.mgcpqq.eu. This ingredient is not intended<br />

to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.<br />



Smart intralogistics:<br />

Anuga <strong>Food</strong>Tec <strong>2024</strong> shows<br />

new technologies<br />

that merge storage and<br />

production into a unit<br />

++ Intralogistics 4.0 ++ Innovative solutions for a fully automated<br />

supply chain ++ Racking storage and retrieval vehicles and shuttle<br />

systems ++ A new generation of autonomous robots ++<br />

From 19 to 22 March <strong>2024</strong>, intralogistics specialists at Anuga<br />

<strong>Food</strong>Tec will present innovative solutions for a fully automated<br />

supply chain in the food industry. Not only racking storage and<br />

retrieval vehicles and shuttle systems for pallets will be presented<br />

on the Cologne fair grounds, but also a new generation of<br />

autonomous robots. Thanks to artificial intelligence, they become<br />

an indispensable partner in the age of Intralogistics 4.0.<br />

Almost nothing can happen in the modern warehouses and cold<br />

storage facilities of the food companies without plastic containers.<br />


with only two corridors for each 25 metre tall<br />

racking storage and retrieval vehicle with<br />

the load handling device Hub-Satellit with<br />

chain conveyors. The warehouse equipped<br />

with energy-efficient technologies is also an<br />

important step with regard to sustainability. The<br />

roof was equipped with a photovoltaic system<br />

and the use of packaging materials has been<br />

optimised through the automated processes.<br />

Behind this is an intelligent software that ensures<br />

permanent and reliable availability of goods.<br />

Durable pallet boxes and robust containers that<br />

guarantee hygienic transport and productcompatible<br />

storage are therefore just as much<br />

in focus at Anuga <strong>Food</strong> Tec as conveyor belts<br />

and mechanisms. Around 120 exhibitors present<br />

holistic intralogistics solutions on the Cologne<br />

fair grounds, including well-known companies<br />

like Apullma, AZO, Behn+Bates, Dinnissen,<br />

Habasit, Kuka or WAM and many others.<br />

The technology providers are embarking<br />

on new paths, particularly when it’s about<br />

improving the internal material flow: the goal<br />

is the seamless transition from production to<br />

distribution. Modern automation solutions are<br />

at the same time expanding the production<br />

facilities into storage and distribution<br />

centres thanks to artificial intelligence<br />

(AI). A theme that the lectures of the Main<br />

Stage Responsibility in Hall 9 also address,<br />

for example, in the framework of the panel<br />

discussion “Process optimisation in logistics”<br />

on 20 March <strong>2024</strong>. Driverless transport systems<br />

thereby play just as important a role as picking<br />

and palleting solutions or conveyor systems<br />

that ensure optimal area use.<br />

Systems for the “warehouse of tomorrow”<br />

The warehouse of tomorrow must meet high<br />

requirements for connectivity. All of the systems<br />

used must not only communicate with one<br />

another, but also with external systems and<br />

processes. The requirements actually involved<br />

in practice are shown by a project realised<br />

by Anuga <strong>Food</strong>Tec exhibitor Westfalia for<br />

Spaichinger Nudelmacher. The intralogistics<br />

specialist replaced the forklifts used to date in<br />

the warehouse area of around 4,000 square<br />

metres in 2022 with an automatic storage<br />

system for more than 9,000 pallets. Thanks to<br />

compact, multi-level storage, energy-saving<br />

throughput of around 80 load units per hour<br />

is possible in two to three-shift operation.<br />

The high-bay warehouse also manages<br />

A modern warehouse management system<br />

is capable of reproducing and administering<br />

all stocks of items, assortments and batches<br />

as well as their physical storage locations and<br />

units. Even the integration of pick-by-voice,<br />

pick-by-light and RFID applications as well<br />

as a forklift control system is no problem. In<br />

the context of showcases at Anuga <strong>Food</strong>Tec,<br />

exhibitors are showing how their hard and<br />

software solutions manage warehouse<br />

operations in the food industry and control<br />

the optimisation of work processes.<br />

Agility and autonomy at close quarters<br />

Presuming a high degree of automation,<br />

learning AI systems in intralogistics can<br />

optimise and accelerate all processes from<br />

receiving through stock transfer and picking<br />

to shipping. New Technologies like 3D image<br />

processing for location determination allow<br />

driverless transport systems and autonomous<br />

mobile robots (AMR) to make intelligent<br />

navigation decisions on the basis of their<br />

environment. Cameras recognise and follow<br />

natural features of the environment, so that<br />

the vehicles adapt dynamically to their<br />

environment and can determine the safest<br />

and most efficient route to the destination.<br />

Dispensing points can thus be approached via<br />

a driverless transport system vehicle controlled<br />

with laser navigation, which gather the raw<br />

materials weighed in accordance with the<br />



ecipe. Use between static reloading stations<br />

or conveyor belts is also possible.<br />

Compact and autonomous counter-balance<br />

forklifts are an example of such a solution,<br />

which ensures smooth and error-free raw<br />

material automation. With a bearing load<br />

of up to 1,000 kilograms, various scanners<br />

and adjustable forks, they can be flexibly<br />

used for the transport of europallets, racks<br />

and pallet cages both inside and outside.<br />

The autonomously navigating end-to-end<br />

solutions with which food producers can<br />

optimise their intralogistic processes also<br />

include mobile robots (AMR). Up to one and<br />

a half tons of the most varied raw materials<br />

can be transported with an AMR platform<br />

to the production process, whereby this also<br />

impresses with exact positioning accuracy.<br />

Thanks to the QR code reader on top, they<br />

can identify their load, thus considerably<br />

improving traceability and operational<br />

efficiency. 3D cameras protect platform,<br />

load and equipment by reliably recognising<br />

obstacles in three-dimensional space.<br />

The future of logistics<br />

Scalable robotics solutions are advancing<br />

in the internal material flow. They increase<br />

efficiency and reliability and reduce<br />

operations costs. However, they currently<br />

often only play a supporting role in small parts<br />

picking. With flexible and rerofittable pick-byrobot<br />

systems, intralogistics is provided with<br />

another alternative for unburdening people in<br />

picking activities—reliably and free of fatigue.<br />

The robots are thereby connected with the<br />

warehouse management system via WiFi and<br />

are directly issued the picking order by this.<br />

Shuttle systems can supply the robots with<br />

containers in the correct sequence and the<br />

required throughput.<br />

Another solution approach to be discussed at<br />

Anuga <strong>Food</strong>Tec <strong>2024</strong> involves collaborating<br />

robots, so-called cobots, which provide support<br />

with automated picking. Various grippers and<br />

self-learning algorithms for object recognition<br />

enable them the handling of a broad<br />

spectrum of goods and use in various areas.<br />

They can also identify and sort out defective<br />

packaging or false products. All of this shows<br />

that automating intralogistics processes can be<br />

a significant factor for the success of food and<br />

beverage producers. In the coming spring, from<br />

19 to 22 March, Anuga <strong>Food</strong>Tec will show which<br />

trends Intralogistics 4.0 will influence in the<br />

food industry and how the solutions presented<br />

in Cologne can be optimally integrated into<br />

warehouse management systems.<br />


This year’s Fi Europe embodied all the ingredients<br />

of a successful event, showcasing a winning combination<br />

of sourcing, innovation, networking and education.<br />

Fi Europe 2023:<br />

Setting new milestones<br />

as the global F&B industry<br />

reunites in Frankfurt<br />

The build-up started on 20 November, when<br />

the event platform went live, enabling<br />

attendees to access exclusive content<br />

previews, coordinate meetings and stream a<br />

live keynote session. Then, on 27 November,<br />

the Future of Nutrition Summit kicked off<br />

a carefully curated in-person content<br />

programme designed to inspire and inform<br />

whilst facilitating networking and discussion.<br />

Speakers from Nestlé, Microsoft, Deloitte and<br />

the United Nations Global Compact gave<br />

their takes on the trends and technologies<br />

reshaping the food industry landscape.<br />

On 28 November, Fi Europe opened its doors<br />

to reveal a vibrant show floor that was to<br />

become a hive of networking activity for the<br />

next three days. Over 1400 exhibition stands<br />

occupied four halls packed with ingredients<br />

and solutions from all over the world,<br />

providing a sensory spectacle and a wealth<br />

of sourcing opportunities. Many attendees<br />


also took advantage of the additional<br />

inspiration offered by the Innovation Tours,<br />

New Product Zone and Innovation Hub.<br />

The first day culminated with the<br />

announcement of the Fi Europe Innovation<br />

Awards and Startup Innovation Challenge<br />

winners. Honoured at a special ceremony, the<br />

recipients were chosen by an expert judging<br />

panel for their outstanding contributions to the<br />

F&B ingredients industry.<br />

The two-day Fi Europe Conference, which<br />

ran in parallel to the exhibition, provided a<br />

further forum for exchanges on the latest<br />

advancements and future trends in the<br />

F&B industry. The agenda revolved around<br />

four topical themes: plant-based, health &<br />

wellbeing, alternative ingredients & protein,<br />

and reformulation & ingredient innovation.<br />

Speakers from a broad cross-section of<br />

commercial, academic and research<br />

organisations, including Mintel, Euromonitor,<br />

NIZO, Wageningen University, Rabobank and<br />

Cultivated Biosciences, made for a varied and<br />

insightful programme.<br />

Sustainability as an industry challenge was<br />

a thematic thread throughout this year’s<br />

event, with dedicated features such as the<br />

In a milestone year for<br />

benchmarking organised<br />

event success, Fi Europe<br />

2023 has shown that there<br />

is more demand than ever<br />

for a dynamic platform<br />

uniting the international<br />

ingredients industry. This<br />

year’s event, which attracted<br />

23,149 attendees from 135<br />

countries around the globe,<br />

was a resounding success,<br />

reaffirming its positive<br />

contribution to F&B industry<br />

innovation, collaboration and<br />

dialogue. Next year, Fi Europe<br />

is set to return to Frankfurt<br />

from 19-21 November.<br />



Sustainability Hub and content that focused<br />

on ethical sourcing, transparency, regulatory<br />

compliance, ESG and gender equity,<br />

creating a forum for constructive discussions<br />

in this important area.<br />

The industry’s challenge of cultivating a strong<br />

pipeline of emerging talent was addressed<br />

at Fi Europe 2023 through the introduction<br />

of a new programme designed to facilitate<br />

connections between students and businesses.<br />

The Future <strong>Food</strong> Leaders Day, which took place<br />

on 30 November, gave university students<br />

valuable insight into the potential trajectory of<br />

a career in the F&B industry.<br />

Yannick Verry, Brand Manager, <strong>Food</strong><br />

ingredients Europe & Americas, at Informa<br />

Markets, says: “For me, feeling the buzz of<br />

this year’s show reinforced the important<br />

role that Fi Europe fulfils for the global food<br />

& beverage community. Not only does it<br />

provide a forum for making meaningful<br />

connections and discovering new ingredients<br />

and technologies, it also makes an important<br />

contribution to advancing discussions and<br />

thinking around innovation, sustainability and<br />

the future of the industry. We are already<br />

looking forward to <strong>2024</strong>, when Fi Europe will<br />

return to Frankfurt, from 19-21 November.”<br />

These positive sentiments were echoed by<br />

exhibiting companies, who were effusive<br />

in their comments about this year’s show. A<br />

selection of quotes follows:<br />

René Berendse, Marketing Associate Director<br />

Enablement & Operations at Cargill:<br />

“That was a busy show! You shouldn’t forget<br />

that not too long ago, we came out of a<br />

period where trade shows were done virtually.<br />

Last year, we were just happy to be back.<br />

This year we saw growth and a very high<br />

percentage of new and extra visitors. We<br />

noticed a very busy first day, then we thought<br />

it can’t be that busy the second day, which<br />

was even busier. Happy faces everywhere! “<br />

Silke Ullmann, Manager Nutrition<br />

Communication at BENEO:<br />

“We had a very successful show, with lots<br />

of attendees coming to our booth and we<br />

were almost swamped on the first two days.<br />

The third day was a bit quieter, but that was<br />

also nice because we could connect with<br />

the students who attended the Future <strong>Food</strong><br />

Leaders Programme.”<br />

Nadine Vogels, Global Head of Product<br />

Management at Silesia:<br />

“For Silesia the exhibition was a great success!<br />

We had a lot of existing and new customers<br />

at our booth and they were impressed by the<br />

products and concepts we presented.”<br />

Oliver Wolf, Marketing EMEIA at Gelita:<br />

“It was a great trade show for us with many<br />

visitors showing huge interest in our latest<br />

product that we launched here. Overall,<br />

we were able to generate many interesting<br />

leads at this year’s show.”<br />


Go discover<br />

what’s new in<br />

nutraceuticals<br />

Be among the first to see, experience<br />

and take advantage of the latest innovations<br />

14-16 May <strong>2024</strong> Geneva<br />



Syensqo has<br />

a passion for<br />

sustainability,<br />

quality and<br />

innovation<br />

in synthetic<br />

and natural<br />

vanillin<br />

Collaborating with experts<br />

like Syensqo (formerly part<br />

of the Solvay Group) will<br />

optimize the balance and<br />

the flavor of formulations.<br />

Rhovanil ® Natural is a key<br />

ingredient to mask off-notes<br />

and enhance flavors.<br />

The innovative products and solutions of<br />

Syyensqo help enhance the way people<br />

around the world live life every day: how they<br />

work, travel, and spend leisure time. Inspired<br />

by the legacy of the Solvay Congresses,<br />

which brought together the greatest scientific<br />

minds to explore answers to the world’s<br />

biggest challenges, Syensqo strives to break<br />

new ground: addressing the critical needs of<br />

today and developing solutions for the future.<br />

We have recently conducted an exclusive<br />

interview with an official of the company.<br />

We know that you offer food and beverage<br />

ingredients, flavors and fragrances and food<br />

packaging solutions, which is an excellent<br />

wealth for the manufacturing and supply<br />

chain. Can you detail a little bit what are your<br />

values in these services?<br />

Syensqo (formerly part of the Solvay Group)<br />

is a global leader in synthetic and natural<br />

vanillin, which are well known as food<br />

ingredients and as raw materials for flavors<br />

and fragrances. We do not offer packaging,<br />

or food, flavors or fragrances as such.<br />



that mitigate the risks of doing business. We<br />

have a unique footprint, with three production<br />

units in three regions (i.e., the USA, France<br />

and China) and a robust business continuity<br />

plan that enables us to navigate potential<br />

uncertainties and turbulences. All the while,<br />

customers are supported by our responsive<br />

and professional customer service teams for<br />

both technical and commercial requests.<br />

Efficiency & Simplicity: We offer improved costin-use<br />

so that customers have fewer references<br />

to manage across multiple applications,<br />

and this is thanks to the versatility of vanillin,<br />

which is well-suited to work across a range of<br />

applications and dosage requirements.<br />

Partnership: We are a go-to partner for<br />

customers looking to address multifaceted<br />

challenges. From an innovation standpoint,<br />

we continue to expand our portfolio in<br />

line with trends (i.e., naturality, circularity,<br />

biobased and mass balance solutions).<br />

Sustainability is another differentiator when<br />

working with Syensqo. Customers turn to our<br />

sustainable solutions to support their own<br />

ambitious goals, including carbon footprint<br />

reduction, DEI commitments and ethical<br />

practices (e.g., responsible sourcing).<br />

Choosing Syensqo is about choosing quality,<br />

safety, security of supply, efficiency, reliability<br />

and investing in the future.<br />

Quality & Safety: We adhere to the strictest<br />

quality standards and food safety certifications,<br />

which guarantees consistent protection for your<br />

brands in sensitive markets. Our back-integrated<br />

production chain is fully traceable, from the raw<br />

materials we use to our final vanillin product.<br />

Capabilities & Service: Customers can expect<br />

security of supply and comprehensive services<br />

The customers are very much conscious about<br />

their health and environment. What can you say<br />

about the sensitivity of Solvay in these factors?<br />

Sustainable development is at the heart of<br />

Syensqo (as it remains for the new Solvay),<br />

and our strategy is interlinked with our<br />

sustainability roadmap.<br />

In the business unit where we produce vanillin<br />

and other ingredients for the food market,<br />

our objective is to be carbon neutral by 2030<br />

(for Scope 1 and 2 emissions). This involves a<br />

number of aspects, such as improving process<br />

energy efficiency and leveraging renewable<br />

energy sources, such as solar electricity and<br />

biogas, as well as biomass boilers.<br />

And as for the sustainability of the ingredients<br />

we produce, a prime example is our Rhovanil ®<br />

Natural CW, a natural vanillin, which was<br />

developed in response to consumer demand<br />

for natural ingredients. This product is a<br />

circular ingredient as its raw material comes<br />

from a by-product of the rice bran oil industry<br />

and, therefore, does not deplete the food<br />

chain for its production. Sysensqo recently<br />




expanded its industrial capacity in Europe,<br />

where most customers who are seeking an EU<br />

Natural flavor are located.<br />

How was your experience at FiE 2023? Which<br />

solutions did you showcase for the first time and<br />

how are the feedbacks for your products from the<br />

industry professionals visited your stand at FiE?<br />

We were thrilled to participate in FIE 2023 after<br />

a three-year gap due to the pandemic. It was<br />

great to reconnect with customers from all<br />

over the world, as well as distributors who are<br />

key partners in our sales network.<br />

This year, our focus was on solutions for nutrition,<br />

as this is an important and growing trend<br />

across many food segments. In particular, we<br />

showcased an oat milk demo with an improved<br />

version, thanks to our Rhovanil ® Natural CW.<br />

During the last few years, the market for oat<br />

milk has grown - as has demand for other<br />

plant-based milk - for several reasons. First,<br />

oats are seen as more environmentally friendly<br />

than other plant-based milks. For example,<br />

almonds require six times more water to<br />

cultivate than oats. Oats also possess health<br />

benefits; they are allergen-free and have beta<br />

glucan, a good source of dietary fiber.<br />

Flavor is also an important factor for the growth<br />

of oat milk. Oats have a neutral flavor and<br />

creamy texture, which is closer to dairy milk<br />

than other plant-based milks. The creaminess<br />

of oat milk makes it a good choice for the<br />

coffee creamer industry, and the addition of<br />

natural flavors such as vanillin can enhance<br />

the taste of oat milk and win over consumers.<br />

What kind of changes did you observe in<br />

customer demands at FiE compared to<br />

previous years?<br />

We’re seeing customers show greater interest<br />

in innovation, and we’re seeing some crosscategory<br />

innovation; for example, our<br />

Rhovanil ® Natural CW was successfully tested<br />

in meat-free sausage products.<br />

Is there anything that you would like to<br />

particularly say to our readers about<br />

your company, operations, products<br />

or about the industry?<br />

As the use of plant-based proteins is becoming<br />

mainstream in many food products, maintaining<br />

great taste with a clean label in a balanced<br />

formulation is not simple. Mainly known for its<br />

flavoring capacity, natural vanillin is the ideal<br />

solution to mask off-notes and bitterness.<br />

Collaborating with experts like Syensqo<br />

(formerly part of the Solvay Group) will optimize<br />

the balance and the flavor of formulations.<br />

Rhovanil ® Natural is a key ingredient to mask offnotes<br />

and enhance flavors. The Syensqo team is<br />

ready to meet these challenges with you!<br />


Vinamilk expands into<br />

the China’s thriving dairy market<br />

with key partnerships<br />

Vietnam’s leading dairy brand Vinamilk is<br />

making significant strides in China’s dairy<br />

market. The company proudly announces<br />

a cooperation memorandum with leading<br />

Chinese partners during the Hanoi investment,<br />

trade, and tourism promotion conference in<br />

Guangzhou on September 26th, 2023.<br />

Prior to this collaboration, the Chinese<br />

partners visited Vinamilk’s facilities in Vietnam,<br />

and expressed trust in Vinamilk’s capabilities<br />

after sampling Vinamilk’s products tailored<br />

for the Chinese market. This remarkable<br />

partnership sees Vinamilk producing<br />

customized yogurt products, tailored to meet<br />


the Chinese market’s quality standards and<br />

preferences. Concurrently, Chinese partners<br />

will oversee importation, distribution network,<br />

regulatory compliance, and trade promotions.<br />

“Yogurt holds a vital place in the Chinese<br />

consumers’ diet. Since the protocol allowing<br />

the export of Vietnamese dairy products to<br />

China was established, I’ve been eager to<br />

collaborate with Vinamilk to introduce the<br />

brand’s yogurt products to China,” said Ye<br />

Canjiang, Chairman and General Manager<br />

of Guangzhou Jiangnan Fruit and Vegetable<br />

Wholesale Market Management Company<br />

Limited, the leading wholesale market<br />

management company in Guangdong.<br />

Another partner, who is expert in food import<br />

and distribution and plays a pivotal role in<br />

establishing the presence Ong Tho (Vinamilk’s<br />

sweetened condensed milk) in China, also<br />

conveyed their trust in this collaboration.<br />

tons valued at USD13.36 billion imported in<br />

2021. Yogurt ranks among the fastest-growing<br />

segments in the Chinese dairy industry,<br />

expected to reach USD73 billion in sales by 2029<br />

with annual growth of 15% from 2023 to 2029.<br />

Vinamilk’s yogurt products adhere to ISO<br />

9001:2015 <strong>International</strong> Quality Management<br />

System and FSSC 22000 standards. Produced<br />

through thermal pasteurization and natural<br />

fermentation, they contain no preservatives,<br />

and ensure safety and hygiene. Beyond<br />

traditional yogurt products, Vinamilk<br />

continuously launches innovative offerings<br />

and achieves prominence in the domestic<br />

market. All products conform to international<br />

standards such as ISO 9001:2015, FSSC 22000,<br />

BRC, ISO 17025, Halal, Organic EU, and Organic<br />

China. To date, Vinamilk’s cumulative export<br />

turnover exceeds USD3 billion.<br />

“Yogurt has stringent storage requirements<br />

and short shelf-life,” Vo Trung Hieu, Vinamilk’s<br />

<strong>International</strong> Business Director, emphasized.<br />

“With this collaboration, we can significantly<br />

reduce the time it takes for Vinamilk’s yogurt<br />

products to reach consumers while ensuring<br />

optimal preservation conditions. I firmly<br />

believe that Vinamilk’s yogurt products will<br />

swiftly reach the world’s most populous<br />

market and receive a positive reception.”<br />

China stands as the world’s largest import<br />

market for dairy products, with 3.897 million<br />



From cultivation to packaging<br />

and transportation,<br />

the right solution for every need.<br />

RKW at Fruit Logistica <strong>2024</strong><br />

RKW Group will be presenting its film<br />

and net solutions as well as nonwovens<br />

for the entire supply chain, from plant<br />

cultivation to packaging and transport,<br />

at Fruit Logistica in Berlin from <strong>February</strong><br />

7-9, <strong>2024</strong>. Whether early harvesting films,<br />

nonwoven crop cover or greenhouse<br />

films: RKW has a wide range of products<br />

for the cultivation of plants. Packaging<br />

and transport solutions from RKW offer<br />

efficient packaging options for food<br />

and ensure that goods are effectively<br />

secured during transportation.<br />


RKW early harvesting films –<br />

For optimum crop protection<br />

The wepelen ® brand stands for reliable<br />

early harvesting films from RKW. wepelen ®<br />

early harvesting films promote the growth<br />

of temperature-sensitive crops and ensure<br />

perfect protection - not only for early crops.<br />

wepelen ® Climaplus is characterized by<br />

perfect thermal conditions. The special<br />

formulation reduces the temperature gradient<br />

between day and night and thus provides<br />

excellent growing conditions. wepelen ®<br />

Climastretch impresses with maximum<br />

elasticity, contributes to healthy plant<br />

growth and is particularly suitable for highgrowing<br />

crops. With wepelen ® Climatec, RKW<br />

offers a high-performance early harvesting<br />

film for perfect crop protection. The high<br />

strength values make wepelen ® Climatec a<br />

reliable companion for high crop yields. The<br />

portfolio of early harvesting films is rounded<br />

off by wepelen ® Climatop, a film specially<br />

developed for the cultivation of tulips.<br />

RKW HyJet ® –<br />

The harvesting nonwoven with a special texture<br />

The innovative nonwoven crop cover RKW<br />

HyJet ® offers maximum reliability and flexibility<br />

compared to conventional nonwovens thanks to<br />

its special properties. Even in strong winds, RKW<br />

HyJet ® lies evenly on the plants and minimizes<br />

wind damage. The excellent water distribution<br />

and optimum light and air permeability also<br />

support a favorable growing climate for the<br />

plants. RKW’s nonwoven crop cover is very<br />

durable and can be reused for three to four<br />

seasons, depending on the application. This<br />

saves costs and protects the environment.<br />

RKW greenhouse films –<br />

Advanced solutions for excellent results<br />

Greenhouse films from RKW are characterized<br />

by their reliability and robustness, even<br />

under challenging conditions. They provide<br />

protection, ensure consistently high quality of<br />

the crop and support in controlling the timing<br />

of the harvest. This enables multiple harvests in<br />

just one year. With its portfolio of greenhouse<br />

films, RKW offers a wide range of products for<br />

growing a variety of crops in different regions.<br />

RKW Easy Open Bags –<br />

Increase the efficiency and productivity<br />

of the packaging process<br />

The tailor-made bags can be used<br />

specifically for the transportation and<br />

storage of food and beverages and are<br />

suitable for various packaging purposes<br />

such as boxes, crates or cartons. They can<br />

be processed both mechanically and<br />

manually. The prefabricated, individual<br />

bags allow hygienic and quick handling and<br />

increase the efficiency and productivity<br />

of the packaging process by opening<br />

the following bag when the one before<br />

is removed. The RKW Easy Open Bags are<br />

designed to fit perfectly into the specified<br />

box or crate size, providing maximum space<br />

and protecting products from damage or<br />

contamination. The bags are available in<br />

both transparent and colored versions and<br />

can be printed with up to eight colors.<br />

MDO-PE laminating films –<br />

Innovative solution for sustainable packaging<br />

The innovative portfolio of MDO-PE films is<br />

based on polyethylene and is designed for<br />

laminate structures with sealing PE layers,<br />

creating fully recyclable mono-material<br />

solutions. The product portfolio includes<br />

both highly transparent MDO films and print<br />

carriers, with oxygen barrier on request, as well<br />

as white opaque variants. RKW Horizon ® is a<br />

100% PE film with high transparency and high<br />

stiffness, dedicated as a printable outer layer<br />

in laminates with low SIT heat-sealable PE films.<br />

The film, which is mainly used for packaging<br />

confectionery, snacks, coffee, tea and frozen<br />

foods, but can also be used for packaging in<br />

the non-food sector, combines outstanding<br />

product properties such as high flexibility<br />

and rigidity as well as easy processing and<br />

printability. The MDO films can be used for a<br />

wide variety of packaging shapes such as<br />

stand-up pouches, side-folded bags, pillow<br />

bags and sachets or as lidding films.<br />

RKW Fruit Pad –<br />

The sustainable packaging for berries and herbs<br />

The new, fully recyclable and multi-layered<br />

RKW Fruit Pads are characterized by an<br />

innovative structure: moisture-absorbing<br />

nonwoven combined with very soft film. The<br />

multi-layered, adhesive-free structure provides<br />

optimum cushioning for the fruit as well as<br />

a dry and ventilated surface. When stored<br />

in a dry place between 2°C and 4°C, fruit<br />

stays fresh for up to 48 hours longer than with<br />

conventional alternatives. The RKW Fruit Pad<br />

also impresses in terms of sustainability: the<br />

extended shelf life ensures less product loss.<br />

What’s more, the pads are 100% recyclable.<br />



RKW shrink films –<br />

Resource-saving and efficient pallet protection<br />

RKW shrink films are more stretchable than<br />

comparable film solutions, require at least 10<br />

% less material and offer maximum safety for<br />

sensitive products such as jars or bottles. RKW’s<br />

stretchable shrink films can be fitted precisely<br />

over the packaged goods and offer a numerous<br />

advantages: Perfect stability, less film overlap, no<br />

wrinkling as well as faster and stronger shrinkage<br />

with less energy consumption.<br />

RKW stretch hoods –<br />

The flexible and robust transport solution<br />

Stretch hoods from RKW are the economical<br />

packaging solution for automatic packaging<br />

processes. Particularly heat-sensitive or sharpedged<br />

goods can be securely packaged<br />

and even stored outdoors. Thanks to their<br />

extremely high tear and puncture resistance,<br />

they reliably withstand sharp edges and even<br />

high tare weights and are also suitable for<br />

the chemical and construction industries as<br />

well as white goods. The<br />

stretch hoods can be<br />

upgraded to withstand<br />

the effects of the weather<br />

and thus enable secure<br />

outdoor storage of<br />

packaged goods for<br />

up to 3 years. They are<br />

extremely reliable and<br />

stable, yet light and thin.<br />

RKW pallet nets –<br />

Optimum protection for<br />

sensitive harvested goods<br />

Fruit and vegetables<br />

as well as sensitive<br />

harvested goods can<br />

be transported safely<br />

with RKW’s Rondotex ®<br />

pallet nets. They combine<br />

maximum stability with<br />

continuous ventilation<br />

and thus maintain<br />

product freshness. With<br />

Rondotex ® NET and<br />

Rondotex ® ELASTIC<br />

pallet nets, RKW offers<br />

two optimum solutions<br />

for pallet packaging of<br />

fruit and vegetables as<br />

well as other sensitive<br />

harvested goods such<br />

as turf or alfalfa. The<br />

continuous ventilation<br />

prevents condensation<br />

effects and enables<br />

faster cooling. The goods<br />

can also be fumigated<br />

at any time without any<br />

problems. Rondotex ®<br />

NET has an outstanding<br />

tensile strength of up to<br />

750 N, Rondotex ® ELASTIC<br />

enables fixation with a<br />

memory effect.<br />


Pomì unveils unified visual<br />

identity and eco-friendly<br />

packaging in global refresh<br />

Pomì, one of the global leaders in the tomato<br />

industry, proudly announces a comprehensive<br />

brand refresh, and the introduction of its<br />

innovative with a bold all red new look. This<br />

dual initiative showcases Pomì’s commitment<br />

to environmental stewardship and aligns with<br />

contemporary branding trends.<br />

A bold new look<br />

The brand refresh unifies Pomì’s visual identity<br />

worldwide while retaining its signature red and<br />

white colors. The new wordmark abandons<br />

the green leaf accent and the drop shadow,<br />

transitioning to a sleek, flat design that<br />

resonates with modern branding trends. The<br />

font evolves into a bolder, wider serif typeface<br />

with uniform thickness, enhancing legibility<br />

and presenting a more grounded presence.<br />

Simplified to a single bold red hue, the color<br />

palette offers stark contrast, emphasizing<br />

the brand name without additional graphic<br />

elements. This stripped-back approach<br />

signifies Pomì’s confidence and versatility<br />

across digital and physical mediums.<br />

package made for Tetra Pak selections.<br />

This initiative reflects Pomì’s commitment to<br />

sleek aesthetics and reduced environmental<br />

impact. Both are designed with sustainability<br />

at their core, utilizing reduced polymer<br />

content and sugarcane-based materials,<br />

signifying a significant advancement in<br />

packaging sustainability. The vibrant, all-red<br />

design catches the eye on store shelves, while<br />

the packaging itself is a testament to Pomì’s<br />

dedication to the environment. Each box, with<br />

Fabrizio Fichera, Global Director of Marketing<br />

and Business Development of Casalasco and<br />

Pomì, underlines: “Following the successful<br />

launch of Pomì’s new visual identity in Italy and<br />

Europe in 2023, we feel it’s the right moment to<br />

bring a unified identity for Pomi” to provide a<br />

consistent consumer experience worldwide,<br />

attract a younger audience, and engage them<br />

in our commitment to a sustainable future.” The<br />

redesign projects strength, youthfulness, and<br />

clarity, ensuring Pomì cuts through the noise as<br />

an iconic Italian tomato brand.<br />

Innovative design meets sustainability<br />

Aligned with its refreshed brand identity,<br />

Pomì is transforming its packaging design,<br />

adopting a modern and environmentally<br />

friendly approach. The brand introduces two<br />

innovative packaging options: the Signature<br />

Full Barrier pack designed for SIG Combibloc<br />

carton boxes, and a sustainable, Plant-Based<br />


Pomì’s bold new logo alongside imagery of<br />

fresh, perfectly ripe Italian tomatoes, resonates<br />

with consumers who prioritize both quality<br />

and sustainability. The packaging design<br />

honors the authenticity and traceability<br />

of the ingredients, emphasizing Pomì’s rich<br />

Italian heritage and the exceptional quality<br />

of the product, all while affirming a modern<br />

commitment to environmental responsibility.<br />

Meeting consumer expectations<br />

Today’s consumers actively seek products that<br />

align with their environmental values. This shift<br />

is significant, with 57% of consumers willing<br />

to change their shopping habits to reduce<br />

environmental impact1. Furthermore, 77%<br />

consider the sustainability and environmental<br />

responsibility of products as important 2. Pomì’s<br />

new packaging options directly address these<br />

preferences, combining the highest quality<br />

with environmental responsibility. “Our goal<br />

is to lead the tomato industry in eco-friendly<br />

packaging, reducing environmental impact<br />

while maintaining the quality our customers<br />

expect,” said Cristiano Villani, CEO at Pomì<br />

USA. This is a shared vision for a greener<br />

future, aligning perfectly with the current<br />

consumer ethos. This initiative resonates with<br />

environmentally conscious consumers, offering<br />

them a product that is not only of the highest<br />

quality but also kind to the planet.<br />

An industry game-changer<br />

Pomì’s commitment to sustainability, is<br />

propelling the brand to the forefront of the food<br />

industry’s environmental efforts. Pomì’s new<br />

eco-friendly packaging now dressed in an allred,<br />

will be available at major grocery retailers<br />

and specialty grocery stores across the US and<br />

will continue throughout early <strong>2024</strong>.<br />



Nestlé Vietnam invests<br />

$100 million in coffee<br />

factory to meet growing<br />

consumer demand<br />

Nestlé Vietnam announced on Monday<br />

a USD 100 million investment to increase<br />

production capacity of its Tri An coffee<br />

factory, located in the southern province of<br />

D’ong Nai. This will help the company meet<br />

growing local and international consumer<br />

demand for high-quality coffee.<br />

The Nestlé Tri An factory currently exports<br />

coffee products from iconic brands, such<br />

as Nescafé, Nescafé Dolce Gusto and<br />

Starbucks, to more than 29 countries all over<br />

the world. Nestlé has invested more than<br />

USD 500 million in this facility since 2011.<br />

Vietnam is currently the world’s second<br />

largest producer and exporter of coffee<br />

and an important coffee origin for Nestlé.<br />

The company is the largest coffee buyer<br />

in the country, with annual purchases<br />

reaching up to USD 700 million.<br />

The Nescafé Plan, Nestlé’s sustainability<br />

program for the brand, was implemented in<br />

Vietnam in the Central Highlands in 2011. It is a<br />

cornerstone of the sustainable development<br />

of coffee in the region. It supports farmers<br />

transitioning to sustainable farming methods,<br />

helps rejuvenate coffee plots through the<br />

distribution of high-quality coffee plantlets,<br />

and protects water resources and biodiversity.<br />

Nestlé currently operates six factories in<br />

Vietnam, focusing on the production of coffee,<br />

cocoa malt beverages, cooking aids and<br />

water. The company has been present in the<br />

country for nearly three decades and currently<br />

employs around 3 000 employees.<br />


The new key visual for IFFA shows<br />

the entire spectrum of proteins / Source:<br />

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition<br />

Kick-off for<br />

IFFA 2025<br />

Rethinking<br />

meat and<br />

proteins<br />

The international meat and protein industry<br />

will once again meet at IFFA – Technology<br />

for Meat and Alternative Proteins – from 3 to<br />

8 May 2025 in Frankfurt am Main. The starting<br />

signal for the leading international trade fair<br />

has now been given, as exhibitors can register<br />

with immediate effect. Companies that<br />

declare their participation by 17 April <strong>2024</strong> will<br />

benefit from a reduced early bird rate.<br />

The IFFA concept has been overhauled and<br />

refined to be fit for the future. Johannes<br />

Schmid-Wiedersheim, Director of IFFA,<br />

explains: “Over the past few months, we have<br />

developed many new ideas together with our<br />


Under the motto “Rethinking Meat and Proteins”, IFFA 2025 will<br />

be launched with many innovations and an optimised exhibition<br />

concept. For the first time, there will be a dedicated “New<br />

Proteins” product area. Exhibitors can now register to take part in<br />

the leading industry event for the meat and protein sector.<br />

• Selling and craftsmanship<br />

• <strong>Ingredients</strong><br />

• Alternative proteins from plants or cell cultures<br />

The heart of IFFA, the production and<br />

processing product areas, can still be found<br />

in Halls 8, 9 and 12.0. Exhibitors from the<br />

packaging, robotics and automation sectors<br />

will be centralised for the first time in Hall 12.1.<br />

A new area, New Proteins, is being set up in Hall<br />

11.0. In addition to suppliers of the respective<br />

ingredients, machines and systems for protein<br />

extraction, texturisation and fermentation<br />

as well as for the production of cultivated<br />

meat can be seen here. The exhibition<br />

programme will be complemented by relevant<br />

institutions from the world of research, startups,<br />

associations and experts who will provide<br />

an insight into the status quo on the topic of<br />

new proteins. One hall level above, in Hall 11.1,<br />

suppliers of ingredients, spices, additives and<br />

casings will present their innovations.<br />

industry partners. The most important key points<br />

relate to an adapted exhibition concept and<br />

a separate exhibition area for the topic of New<br />

Proteins. The motto of IFFA 2025 is “Rethinking<br />

Meat and Proteins” and that is exactly the<br />

vision – to work together to make food<br />

production smarter and more sustainable.”<br />

Update on the hall layout.<br />

With a new hall layout, IFFA is expanding its<br />

product range and linking the processing<br />

stages even more closely together. The halls<br />

will be divided into five main areas:<br />

• Processing<br />

• Packaging<br />

The world of proteins is developing rapidly and<br />

new products are emerging alongside the<br />

classic meat. Messe Frankfurt wants to express<br />

this diversity with the new key visual for IFFA<br />

2025. The motif revolves around the topics<br />

of meat indulgence, alternative proteins,<br />

innovative ingredients, research and science.<br />

As the leading international trade fair, IFFA<br />

brings the global meat and protein industry<br />

together in Frankfurt am Main every three<br />

years and offers decision-makers from the<br />

industry, trade and craft sectors a unique<br />

platform. The focus is on the trending topics<br />

of automation and digitalisation as well as<br />

solutions for increasing energy efficiency and<br />

resource-saving production. In the butchery<br />

trade, the focus is on quality, local produce,<br />

sustainability and animal welfare. New<br />

customer groups are to be attracted with<br />

innovative concepts at the point of sale.<br />



Givaudan and Thimus advance<br />

understanding of consumer<br />

preferences through neuroscience<br />

designed to deliver unique consumer insights<br />

and shape the future of food.<br />

<strong>Food</strong> products are being redesigned to meet<br />

new expectations and sustainability, health,<br />

quality and emotion are crucial considerations<br />

in this re-invention. Understanding and<br />

responding to consumer preferences has<br />

never been more important, but there’s<br />

often a gap between what consumers say<br />

and their actual experience and behaviour.<br />

Collaboration will unlock<br />

food emotions and offer<br />

a new window into the<br />

consumer mind.<br />

“Neuroscience has the unique ability to<br />

reveal how consumers truly feel about<br />

a product throughout the eating or<br />

drinking experience. The collaboration<br />

with Thimus marks a significant milestone<br />

in consumer understanding. It has the<br />

power to revolutionise how we cocreate<br />

with our customers, increasingly<br />

satisfying consumers, and transforming<br />

the way the world eats while enabling<br />

more nutritious food choices.”<br />

Fabio Campanile,<br />

Global Head of Science & Technology<br />

for Taste and Wellbeing at Givaudan<br />

Givaudan announced an agreement<br />

with neuroscience company Thimus, the<br />

developer of the exclusive TBox platform that<br />

provides an integrated collection of explicit<br />

and implicit data for exploring how humans<br />

experience food. Givaudan’s collaboration<br />

with Thimus is the first extensive use of the<br />

TBox platform in the world of food, resulting in<br />

Givaudan’s new programme, <strong>Food</strong> Emotions<br />

powered by Thimus. The agreement adds to<br />

Givaudan’s growing set of digital capabilities<br />

“We were immediately excited about<br />

the prospect of working with Givaudan<br />

because we see such a strong alignment<br />

in our missions of transforming food<br />

systems through a food experience lens.<br />

At Thimus, we’re humanising neuroscience<br />

and using it to redesign the foods we<br />

eat. We’re eager to support Givaudan in<br />

gaining an in-depth understanding of the<br />

motivations, culture and emotions that<br />

underlie these experiences.”<br />

Mario Ubiali,<br />

Thimus Founder and CEO<br />


Neuroscience may be the key to closing that<br />

gap. A portable tool developed by Thimus<br />

is used to gain a fuller understanding of the<br />

consumer experience.<br />

In addition to only having consumers participate<br />

in a focus group or answer a questionnaire,<br />

Thimus’ TBox provides participants with a<br />

headset to wear during taste tests.<br />

The headset records brain signals, which are<br />

then processed by validated algorithms to<br />

measure four key mental states including<br />

frontal asymmetry, engagement, cognitive<br />

workload and relaxation.<br />

Using proprietary software and a cloud-based<br />

database for data analysis and retrieval,<br />

the tool is able to deliver insights that were<br />

previously unavailable or unreliable.<br />

Givaudan has used the Thimus technology<br />

extensively in several customer projects with<br />

very successful results. For example, Givaudan<br />

used Thimus technology in recent consumer<br />

tests on botanical soft drinks, comparing<br />

two prototypes. The results revealed that<br />

consumers implicitly found one concept<br />

significantly more satisfying than the other.<br />

The implicit data gathered from Thimus was<br />

used to pinpoint a negative reaction during<br />

the taste phase in the second product. The<br />

team was then able to identify a successful<br />

route to optimise the soft drink by improving<br />

mouthfeel. In this instance, the problem and<br />

its resolution could not have been uncovered<br />

by examining declarative data alone.<br />

The technology will gradually be rolled out<br />

within Givaudan and will be available for<br />

selective customer use in some regions.<br />



BENEO invests six million Euro<br />

in starch drying capacity<br />

BENEO, is one of the<br />

leading manufacturers of<br />

functional ingredients for<br />

food, feed and pharma,<br />

is investing six million Euro<br />

in new drying capacity<br />

at its Wijgmaal factory to<br />

keep pace with growing<br />

demand for its specialty<br />

rice starch ingredients.<br />

The installation of a new<br />

drum dryer, housed within<br />

a newly constructed<br />

1,000m2 facility, will<br />

deliver a 50% expansion<br />

in capacity for producing<br />

clean label pre-cooked<br />

rice starches with special<br />

properties/added benefits.<br />

The investment will also<br />

create six new full-time<br />

Roland Vanhoegaerden,<br />

Operations Managing Director,<br />

Specialty Rice <strong>Ingredients</strong>,<br />

at BENEO. (Photo: BENEO)<br />

jobs at the factory, which<br />

already employs 200<br />

people and has a proud<br />

tradition of 160 years in the<br />

Wijgmaal area.<br />

“These are exciting times<br />

for our Wijgmaal plant and<br />

for the local economy.<br />

This latest investment will<br />

not only secure the future<br />

growth of our pre-cooked<br />

rice starch portfolio<br />

but will create new<br />

employment opportunities.<br />

As the new drum dryer is<br />

currently in the phase of<br />

commissioning the line<br />

and scheduled to be up<br />

and running in the coming<br />

months, we are already<br />

BENEO creates new jobs at the Wijgmaal factory.<br />

BENEO invests six million Euro<br />

in starch drying capacity.<br />

(Photo: BENEO)<br />


BENEO<br />

invests six million Euro<br />

in starch drying capacity.<br />

(Photo: BENEO)<br />

looking to recruit people from the surrounding<br />

area for these new positions,” says Roland<br />

Vanhoegaerden, Operations Managing<br />

Director, Specialty Rice <strong>Ingredients</strong>, at BENEO.<br />

Over the past five years, BENEO has seen an<br />

increasing demand for its pre-cooked starch<br />

ingredients owing to the added functionality<br />

they deliver to food products. BENEO’s drum<br />

drying treatment enables the production<br />

of rice starches for BENEO’s customers with<br />

stringent safety requirements, including baby<br />

food manufacturers. The dryer itself has been<br />

built to an ultra-hygienic design specification,<br />

and the production area is zoned and air<br />

conditioned using microbiological-level filters.<br />

Working together with the dryer manufacturer,<br />

BENEO has created a state-of-the-art, high<br />

care production space that combines the<br />

latest energy efficient drying technology with<br />

best-in-class hygienic design.<br />

Next to this, BENEO’s pre-cooked rice starches<br />

can be used by the food manufacturers to<br />

make pudding more creamy, to improve the<br />

dough consistency of a pizza crust or the<br />

viscosity of soups, in a more convenient way.<br />

Whilst the production of starches with special<br />

properties often involves the use of chemicals,<br />

the advanced drum drying technique<br />

deployed by BENEO is an entirely physical<br />

process. Not only does this yield pure, labelfriendly<br />

ingredients, it also results in cleaner<br />

waste water that has a lower load on local<br />

treatment facilities and the environment.<br />

The design of the extension has also been<br />

further enhanced to minimise the risk of noise<br />

nuisance to neighbours. “We do our best to<br />

communicate well with our neighbours and<br />

the wider community about any changes<br />

here at our site in Wijgmaal - we encourage<br />

people to contact us directly with any<br />

questions or observations and we know,<br />

from past experience, that this approach is<br />

appreciated,” says Vanhoegaerden.<br />

BENEO is deeply committed to continuous<br />

investment in the site. The company<br />

recently invested 50 million Euro in<br />

expanding production capacity of regular<br />

rice starches, and in 2021, it spent half a<br />

million Euro on upgrading its barge freight<br />

capabilities to reduce the number of truck<br />

movements to and from the plant. “Our<br />

intention is to invest in the site in ways<br />

that will secure its future and benefit local<br />

communities,” says Vanhoegaerden.<br />



Silbo upgrades all its pallet<br />

wrapping to paper with Mondi<br />

in existing paper waste streams, supporting<br />

the transition to a circular economy. Mondi<br />

commissioned an independent Life Cycle<br />

Assessment (LCA) which showed that<br />

Advantage StretchWrap performs better<br />

than standard plastic stretch film in several<br />

important environmental impact categories.<br />

The paper has exceptional punctureresistance<br />

combined with high stretch<br />

properties providing robust protection for a<br />

wide range of goods during transportation.<br />

The switch from plastic film to paper has been<br />

possible thanks to a close working relationship<br />

between Mondi, Silbo and EW Technology. A<br />

complete reel of Advantage StretchWrap can<br />

be applied to the fully automated machine<br />

without any need to re-wind. The larger<br />

dimensions of the Advantage StretchWrap reel<br />

mean that a replacement is only needed every<br />

400-600 pallets compared to every 40-80 pallets<br />

for plastic wrapping saving time and money.<br />

Silbo is replacing plastic<br />

stretch film on all its pallets<br />

with Mondi’s Advantage<br />

StretchWrap kraft paper,<br />

using a new fully automated<br />

wrapping machine.<br />

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable<br />

packaging and paper, has collaborated<br />

with Silbo to upgrade its pallet wrapping<br />

from plastic stretch film to Mondi’s kraft<br />

paper Advantage StretchWrap. Silbo has<br />

installed the first EW Technology PaperWrap<br />

machine at its plant in Zory, Poland and<br />

provides more sustainable flexible packaging<br />

for its broad range of customers, including<br />

those supplying fruits and vegetables.<br />

Mondi’s Advantage StretchWrap is made<br />

with responsibly sourced fibres and does not<br />

contain plastic or coating. Made from wood<br />

as a renewable resource, it is fully recyclable<br />

Marcin Spiewok, CEO at Silbo, says: “We are<br />

passionate about supporting global producers<br />

in the transition from plastic packaging to more<br />

sustainable alternatives and are well-known<br />

for our innovative technology and global<br />

distribution network. This development not<br />

only supports our reputation for sustainability<br />

but will also benefit all our customers and their<br />

end-users, making quite an impact. We are<br />

truly excited to be one of the first companies<br />

to introduce Advantage StretchWrap into our<br />

supply chain and have thoroughly enjoyed the<br />

whole process with Mondi and EW Technology.”<br />

Bartosz Babicz, Product Manager for Advantage<br />

StretchWrap at Mondi adds: “This is a huge move<br />

for the whole packaging industry and illustrates<br />

our MAP2030 commitments – using paper as<br />

a renewable and recyclable material to keep<br />

materials in circulation and reduce waste. We<br />

have worked as a team to empower Silbo in its<br />

own goals to be more sustainable. Advantage<br />

StretchWrap offers an efficient alternative to<br />

plastic film and the products still get the same<br />

protection, with a very important benefit: the<br />

installation offers a sustainable solution for all of<br />

Silbo’s customers, improving the sustainability<br />

journey of all their pallets on a global scale.”<br />


Keen on valuable business contacts<br />

in Africa & Middle East?<br />

Algeria<br />

Algiers<br />

www.plastalger.com<br />

www.printpackalger.com<br />

04 - 06 March <strong>2024</strong><br />

8th edition<br />

Nigeria<br />

agrofood<br />

Nigeria<br />

plastprintpack<br />

Nigeria<br />

Lagos<br />

www.agrofood-nigeria.com<br />

26 - 28 March <strong>2024</strong><br />

9th edition<br />

Ethiopia<br />

agrofood<br />

Ethiopia<br />

plastprintpack<br />

Ethiopia<br />

Addis Ababa<br />

www.agrofood-ethiopia.com<br />

16 - 18 May <strong>2024</strong><br />

6th edition<br />

agro<br />

food + bev tec<br />

food + hospitality<br />

food ingredients<br />

Iran<br />

Tehran<br />

www.iran-agrofood.com<br />

16 - 19 June <strong>2024</strong><br />

31st edition<br />

Ethiopia<br />

food show<br />

Ethiopia<br />

food show<br />

October <strong>2024</strong><br />

1st edition - Addis Ababa<br />

West Africa<br />

agrofood<br />

West Africa<br />

plastprintpack<br />

West Africa<br />

Ivory Coast<br />

www.agrofood-westafrica.com<br />

08 - 10 October <strong>2024</strong><br />

2nd edition<br />

Iraq<br />

Erbil<br />

www.iraq-agrofood.com<br />

25 - 28 November <strong>2024</strong><br />

7th edition<br />

Show contacts at fairtrade Messe<br />

Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria<br />

Ms Freyja Detjen Tel. +49-6221-4565-19 • f.detjen@fairtrade-messe.de<br />

Ms Carolin Schatz Tel. +49-6221-4565-18 • c.schatz@fairtrade-messe.de<br />

Ms Nele Winter Tel. +49-6221-4565-31 • n.winter@fairtrade-messe.de<br />

Iraq & Iran<br />

Ms Nadja Lukanowski Tel. +49-6221-4565-12 • n.lukanowski@fairtrade-messe.de

Oterra and<br />

Ecoflora Cares<br />

join forces<br />

to build a world<br />

of responsibly<br />

sourced<br />

naturally<br />

colored foods<br />

in Blues<br />

and beyond<br />

The US <strong>Food</strong> and Drug Administration’s (FDA)<br />

announcement approving Jagua Blue as a<br />

food colorant for a wide range of applications<br />

marks a significant achievement for Ecoflora<br />

Cares, a Certified B Company. They developed<br />

and patented the technology and the<br />

production process as well as petitioned for<br />

the product’s approval. Jagua Blue, a color<br />

derived from the fruit of the jagua tree (also<br />

known as huito), offers a safe and vibrant,<br />

naturally sourced blue color which can be<br />

blended with other natural colors to create<br />

vivid and stable green, purple and brown<br />

shades. This is the first acid-stable natural blue<br />

to be approved and is the only Jagua blue that<br />

has been reviewed and deemed safe by FDA.<br />

For Ecoflora Cares’ co-founder, and Executive<br />

Chair Nicolás Cock Duque this is an exciting<br />

milestone for the company. “The development<br />

of Jagua Blue by Ecoflora Cares has made our<br />

dream of coloring the world with our natural blue<br />

tangible. We are proud to deliver the spirit of<br />

tropical forests while raising awareness to millions<br />

of consumers around the world about the<br />

importance of its protection and regeneration.”<br />

Oterra, the world’s largest provider of<br />

natural colors, will leverage its own scientific<br />

and application expertise in an exclusive<br />

collaboration with Ecoflora Cares to introduce<br />

and grow this newly approved color additive<br />

within the US food and beverages market.<br />

Oterra CEO Mads Winther Dehlsen shares the<br />

excitement. “This partnership is an example<br />

of our Together towards Natural sustainability<br />

strategy put into action. It’s answering the<br />

food and beverage market’s longstanding<br />

need for a robust natural blue. Ecoflora Cares’<br />

expertise is a perfect match for Oterra’s and<br />

together we’re excited about this unique<br />

natural blue that meets the needs of our<br />

customers, their consumers and the planet.”<br />

Ecoflora Cares has developed sustainable<br />

supply chain solutions for this Colombian grown<br />

fruit. A Certified B Company and a member<br />

of the Union for Ethical Biotrade, Ecoflora<br />

The <strong>Food</strong> and Drug<br />

Administration just<br />

approved the use<br />

of Jagua (genipinglycine)<br />

Blue (also<br />

known as Jagua or<br />

Huito Blue), releasing<br />

a wealth of natural<br />

color opportunities in<br />

blue, green, purple<br />

and brown. The<br />

pigment is derived<br />

from the jagua fruit<br />

(Genipa americana)<br />

and is responsibly<br />

sourced in Colombia,<br />

ethically developing<br />

small farmers<br />

and indigenous<br />

communities as<br />

suppliers.<br />


Cares works with small farmers and indigenous<br />

communities using a positive impact business<br />

model. The jagua trees are under agroforestry<br />

and silvopastoral plantations as a naturebased<br />

solution benefitting society, nature, and<br />

climate. In its supplier development program,<br />

Ecoflora Cares has provided technical<br />

accompaniment, family mentoring and supplier<br />

knowledge to the small farmers and indigenous<br />

communities who cultivate the jagua.<br />

Utilizing this sustainable and ethically sourced<br />

raw material, Oterra and Ecoflora Cares<br />

offer food and beverage manufacturers the<br />

opportunity to completely revolutionize the<br />

use of natural blue colors in their products<br />

without having to compromise on product<br />

quality, stability, or technical performance.<br />

For Oterra’s Chief Innovation Office, Luc<br />

Ganivet, this is a truly exciting development<br />

that will greatly benefit <strong>Food</strong> and Beverage<br />

manufacturers. “ Given its high color<br />

concentration and its robustness towards<br />

heat, light and acidity, Jagua Blue is an easy<br />

to use, cost-effective natural blue. It means<br />

manufacturers can now create natural<br />

shades of green and purple that were<br />

previously impossible to achieve without<br />

using artificial colors.”<br />

For more information on Jagua (Genipin-<br />

Glycine) Blue color additive options for FDAapproved<br />

applications in the USA such as<br />

dairy and non-dairy drinks, yogurt, ice cream,<br />

tortilla snacks, ready-to-eat cereal, and<br />

candy, visit oterra.com<br />



Home compostability<br />

certification for Metsä Board<br />

paperboards<br />

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has<br />

achieved home compostability certification<br />

for all its white kraftliners and folding<br />

boxboards (excluding PE-coated grades). The<br />

certification was issued by DIN CERTCO based<br />

on the compliance with standard NF T 51-800.<br />

“All our paperboards can be recycled, which is<br />

the preferable option when the packaging or<br />

food service container has served its purpose.<br />

But sometimes the packaging material can<br />

be stained by food, and then composting<br />

with biowaste is a good choice,” says<br />

Helena Moring-Vepsäläinen, Product Safety<br />

Manager at Metsä Board. “Our paperboards<br />

have had industrial compostability<br />

certification for several years now, and home<br />

compostability is one step further which is<br />

certainly welcomed by consumers.”<br />

All Metsä Board paperboards are made of fresh<br />

wood fibres and are safe to use for sensitive<br />

end use applications. They are lightweight<br />

and made using mainly fossil free energy,<br />

hence contributing to a lower carbon footprint<br />

throughout the whole packaging value chain.<br />


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