Free From Functional Food & Health Ingredients Expo, Europe’s leading innovation platform for the free from, organic, vegan, functional and ingredient food industries, returned to Barcelona in June welcoming thousands of key decision makers from some of the world’s leading retailers and food manufacturers.
Opening the show, Dirk J. L. Kremer, the Honorary Consulate for the Netherlands in Barcelona, welcomed thousands of key decision makers including representatives from Auchan, Mercadona, El Cortes Ingles, Coop Italy, Sonae, Jumbo Portugal and Carrefour France. Joining them, more than 3,900 visitors from more than 60 countries passed through the doors throughout the two-day event, looking to meet with almost 300 suppliers, learn about the very latest product innovations and discover the future trends that will dictate the course of the industry in the coming years.
While many industries have been struggling to rebuild following the devastation ravaged by COVID-19, the functional food and health ingredients sectors have gone from strength to strength, as consumers veer towards diets which deliver wellbeing benefits.
This year’s Awards went to the Spanish vegan start-up Grin Grin foods for Brand of the Year, to the Finnish gluten-free manufacturer Virtasalmen, for its brand new spoonable snack, for Product of the Year, to the probiotic and health supplement manufacturer Progurt for Newcomer of the Year, and to the plant-based compostable food packaging brand Vegware for Packaging of the Year.
Finally, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) together with Associació de Celíacs de Catalunya. The organisation has been uniting and empowering coeliac societies in Europe and beyond for many years and has been an event partner for over 10 years.