September 23, 2019

Show Preview: IFE 2019 – A true taste of tomorrow

The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) has been at the heart of the food & drink community for 42 years, firmly establishing itself as the must-attend event for those working within the FMCG sector, both in the UK and internationally.

Food & Drink Trends

In this fast-paced industry it is essential for FMCG buyers to keep a finger on the pulse. With food & drink trends constantly evolving, and the unprecedented impact of social media, IFE has maintained its focus on showcasing the latest innovations to inspire and delight buyers and exhibitors alike. To achieve this IFE creates new, interactive features and selects exhibitors which are launching exciting and innovative products.

Taking place on 17 – 20 March 2019 at ExCeL London, IFE 2019 will celebrate its 21st anniversary by providing visitors with a taste of tomorrow. The biennial event will take visitors on a journey through the senses as they see, taste, smell and touch revolutionary products from across the globe.

IFE brings the opportunity for businesses across the sector to build on existing relationships and create new contacts, as well as gaining insight and preparing for upcoming industry changes. There will be plenty of networking opportunities not to mention a comprehensive speaker line up giving visitors access to thought-provoking, insight-driven content that will leave them full of future-focused ideas.

The future of FMCG

IFE 2019 will have a strong focus on trends which will directly impact the FMCG sector. Recent research conducted by IFE revealed that plant-based eating, sustainable packaging, gut-friendly foods and sugar-free are the most prominent trends businesses are looking to leverage in 2019[1] – demonstrating the influence consumers’ growing interest in health & wellbeing is having on the industry.

With this mind, prominent experts from the food & drink industry, including leading plant-based influencers, will take to the Talking Trends stage throughout the four-day event to share their experiences, opinions and predictions. The speakers include Maria Antidormi, Insight Consultant at Anima Insight; Al Overton, Senior Buyer at Planet Organic; Derek Sarno, Director of Plant-Based Food Innovation at Tesco; and James Hacon, Managing Director of Think Hospitality.

Other trends on the menu include those that promote good gut health (fermented foods), food with good fats (Omega 3), foods that relieve stress (vitamised juices), the new stronger spicy flavours coming through in snacks and confectionery, and a closer look at why the proportion of Brits drinking alcohol is at its lowest.

Pro2Pac

Co-located with Pro2Pac, the complete processing & packaging event for the food & drink industry, exhibitors and visitors can also learn about innovations in packaging, processing and printing.  It provides the rare opportunity for both British and international suppliers to meet and connect with top retail, wholesale & distribution, import & export and foodservice & hospitality buyers all under one roof.

For more information on IFE 2019 and to register for free, please visit: www.ife.co.uk.

To register for your free entrance ticket to Pro2Pac and for more information, visit pro2pac.co.uk.


[1] Survey of 216 members of the IFE network, December 2018