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Free From Functional Food Expo 2017 - The Best Yet
A thriving sector that is here to stay

With more visitors than ever before - Free From Functional Food Expo 2017 was the most successful in its history. Its growth mirrors the trend for free from and functional food - which continues to thrive right across Europe. This fifth jubilee edition in Barcelona featured more than 260 producers from 39 countries around the globe, including the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Korea, Ireland and Canada. It attracted more than 4,300 buyers - up by 29% on 2016. Producers included: Grano, Bute Island Foods, Delicious Alchemy, Rude Health, Nakd Trek, Generous, Germen, Glebe Farm Foods, King Soba, Dhul, Sweet Switch, Turtle, Mrs Crimble's, Broderick's Brothers, Virginia Health Food, 226ers, Honest, Probios, Proceli and Bfree Foods.
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The Best Yet 2017
Free From Functional Food Expo im Juni in Barcelona
Attraktives Besucherpaket und Rahmenprogramm on top

Am 8. und 9. Juni 2017 öffnen die Free From Functional Food Expo (FFFF) und die Free From Functional Food Ingredients (FFFFI) in Barcelona ihre Tore. Die Fachmessen finden seit 2013 jährlich statt und haben sich als wichtige Plattform für den Free-From-Sektor etabliert. Sie bieten Branchenakteuren das perfekte Umfeld für Networking und Austausch über aktuelle Themen. Immer mehr Hersteller von überall auf der Welt entscheiden sich, dort auszustellen. Zudem planen die Veranstalter besondere Angebote, wie attraktive Besucherpakete, geführte Touren, Matchmakings und Fachkonferenzen.
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Im Trend: Zusatzeigenschaften von Lebensmitteln
Free-From- und Functional-Food wachsen zusammen

Laktose- und glutenfreie Proteinriegel, Eiweißshakes ohne Zucker oder vegane Nahrungsergänzungsmittel für Sportler finden sich immer häufiger in den Supermarktregalen. Ein Grund dafür ist, dass Verbraucher gezielt nach Lebensmitteln mit möglichst vielen Zusatzeigenschaften suchen. Dadurch wachsen die Free-From- und Functional-Food-Branchen zusammen. Auch die beiden Messen Free From Functional Food Expo (FFFF) und Free From Functional Food Ingredients (FFFFI), die am 8. und 9. Juni in Barcelona stattfinden, verbinden die beiden Segmente. Nachdem die Functional-Food-Aussteller im vergangenen Jahr zum ersten Mal in einem eigenen Bereich auf der Fachmesse dabei waren, sind sie 2017 komplett integriert.
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Nicht nur bei Verbrauchern mit Unverträglichkeit beliebt
Innovationsboom bei laktose- und glutenfreien Produkten

Auf dem deutschen Markt finden sich immer mehr Produkte mit dem Label „frei von“. Vor allem laktose- und glutenfreie Lebensmittel erfreuen sich großer Beliebtheit. Besonders die jüngere Zielgruppe (16–24 Jahre) interessiert sich für Alternativen. 19 Prozent von ihnen geben an, auf klassische Milchprodukte zu verzichten.* Bei den Konsumenten handelt es sich aber nicht nur um Menschen mit Allergie oder Intoleranz. Viele verbinden mit dem Verzicht auf Stoffe wie Gluten oder Laktose einen gesunden Lebensstil und greifen deshalb zu Free-From-Artikeln. Aufgrund der steigenden Nachfrage entwickeln Hersteller viele Innovationen, um die Wünsche der Verbraucher zu erfüllen.
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Hamish Renton 2017
What’s the state of the Free From market and how did it perform in 2016?

The Free From market is in very rude health, with growth in the region of 26-27%. That’s an outstanding result, especially when you compare it to the negative growth and stagnation that is seen in other FMCG categories. If there is a star in the Free From sky, it’s Lactose-Free. The growth rates, the rate of product development, the weight of marketing investment behind the leading brands, and the expansion of distribution mean that the category is set for very rapid growth. Allied to this, whilst not technically Free From, is the lively growth of dairy alternatives such as oat milks, almond milks, soy, hazelnut etc.
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Hamish Renton
Worldbakers
Exclusive: Free From Expo Brings New Functional Section

The fifth edition of Free From/Functional Food Expo brings together European professionals from these food sectors, to meet global trends for products free of certain ingredients. In 2017, Free From/Functional Food Expo takes place in Barcelona (Spain), in June 8-9.The organizers consider the trade fair essential for the food professionals from retail, food service and catering. We talked with Ronald Holman, exhibition director, to find out more about what this trade fair means for bakers and confectioners in the area of free-from products. One of the news for this year’s edition is extending the trade fair’s concept to include functional foods and ingredients.
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Worldbakers
Free From Food und Functional Food - Gemeinsame Fachmesse in Barcelona
Free From Food und Functional Food wachsen zusammen

Essen/Barcelona, März 2017 – Am 8. und 9. Juni 2017 finden die „Free From Functional Food Expo“ (FFFF) und die „Free From Functional Food Ingredients“ (FFFFI) in Barcelona statt. Bereits seit 2013 organisieren die Veranstalter die Fachmesse für den Free-From-Sektor. Der Functional-Food-Bereich wurde 2016 integriert. Die Fachmesse hat sich als wichtige europäische Plattform der Branche etabliert. Sie bietet den Teilnehmern ein perfektes Umfeld für Networking und Austausch über aktuelle Themen. Die Kombimesse konnte seit ihrem Start ein kontinuierliches Wachstum bei den Aussteller- und Besucherzahlen verzeichnen. Das zeigt die noch immer steigende Bedeutung des Free-From- und Functional-Food-Marktes.
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Free From Food und Functional Food wachsen zusammen
Free From Functional Food 2017 - A Dynamic Market
Free From - A Dynamic Market

It is one of the most progressive, and innovative, sectors in the food industry. Free from is still booming; and that's why Free From Food/Functional Food Expo 2017 is now one of the most important events in the food and drink calendar. This trade-only event for buyers from across retail, food service, hospitality and wholesale, will be held in Barcelona, Spain on June 8 and 9.
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A Dynamic Market
Free From Insights by EuroMonitor (interview David Hedin)
The great potential of lactose-free

As lactose intolerance is estimated to affect about 75% of the world’s population, and the best cure is simply avoidance, there is a huge potential for free from lactose products. Global retail sales of free from lactose are predicted to rise from about 25 million EUR in 2016 to about 47 million EUR by 2020
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Free From Insights by EuroMonitor
Free From Insights by Mintel (interview David Jago)
What’s the current state of the free-from market in Europe?

In 2016 a record 12% of all new products launched in Europe were labelled “gluten-free”. In Europe as a whole, 6% of all new products were labelled as “vegan”, but that rose to a high of 9% in the UK and an astonishing 14% in Germany, where veganism has boomed – “flexitarianism” is the driver here, with consumers increasingly opting for a wider variety of foods including meat-free and dairy-free options.
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Free From Insights by Mintel
Free From / Ingredients Insights by online portal Food Ingredients First
A Healthy Outlook for the Mainstream Free-From Category

As the thinking around free from food products moves away from medical necessity into the mainstream and the growth of personalized nutrition picks up pace, manufacturers are creating better tailored products for specific sub-categories of individuals.
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Food Ingredients First
Press release Januari 2017
Free From/Functional Food Expo 2017 - We've Grown!
Products, trends and insight - there's more than ever before


Free From Food/Functional Food Expo returns to Barcelona, Spain, for 2017 - opening the doors on a stunning marketplace of free from products and ingredients from around the globe, all under one roof.
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We've grown
22 June 2016
Dutch debut the first gluten free, organic and lactose free tortellino in the world "signed" Gustamente

Proposed by the emilian Taste Italy, starring at the Free Food Expo 2016 planned in Amsterdam June 9th and 10th.
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Gustamente
17 May 2016
Lactose intolerance is real and common

The rapid growth in "free-from" foods is testament to a sizable consumer segment's continued hunger for healthier products.
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Valio
April 2016
Vierte Ausgabe der Free-From-Messen in Amsterdam

Am 9. und 10. Juni finden zum vierten Mal die Messen 'Free From Food' (FFF) und 'Free From Food Ingredients' (FFFI) sowie ergänzend erstmals die...
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BioPress
April 2016
Free from: a celebration of innovation

A wealth of innovative free from and functional foods, drinks and ingredients will be showcased at Free From Food/Functional Food Expo 2016.
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Monkhouse Food & Drink
March 2016
Free-from Food Expo returns for 2016

The Free-from Food Expo, a dedicated showcase of free-from and functional food and drink in Europe, returns to Amsterdam on 9-10 June.
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The Caterer
March 2016
Free From Food with Functional Food Expo

Free From Food/Functional Food Expo - the only dedicated showcase of free-from and functional food and drink in Europe - returns for its fourth year this June.
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Foodbev Media
February 2016
Vierte Ausgabe der Free-From-Messen in Amsterdam

Essen/Amsterdam, Februar 2016 - Am 9. und 10. Juni 2016 finden zum vierten Mal die Messen ,,Free From Food'' (FFF) und ,,Free From Food Ingredients'' (FFFI) sowie ergänzend erstmals die ,,Functional Food Expo'' (FFE) auf dem RAI-Gelände in Amsterdam statt.
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Seidl PR & Marketing GmbH
January 2016
Free From Food/Functional Food Expo - We're back for 2016

Free From Food/Functional Food Expo - the only dedicated showcase of free from, and functional, food and drink in Europe - returns for 2016.
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Monkhouse Food & Drink
INTERVIEW
Interview with Cristina Lazzati, GDO WEEK Italy (second interview)

Is the Free-From sector still growing in Italy? "Yes it is, under pressure of consumers who are increasingly attentive and demanding, and who are looking for a source of well-being and nutrition in..."
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Interview Cristina Lazzati
INTERVIEW
Interview with Davide Venturi, Molino Nicoli S.p.A.

Since when is Vitabella part of your new product line? "We launched the Vitabella brand for Pharmacy Channel in Italy three years ago. Two years ago we decided to redesign the logo and packaging..."
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Interview Davide Venturi
INTERVIEW
Interview with Stephen Wynne-Jones, ESM

What are consumers looking for from supermarkets, when it comes to Free-From Foods? "After several years of evolution, the Free-From category has secured its place in most European supermarkets..."
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Interview Stephen Wynne-Jones
INTERVIEW
Interview with Nicole Waaijer, Noble International

How do you think the Free From market had evolved in recent years? "Consumers get more and more knowledgeable. Especially when it comes to nutrition, there's an upcoming trend of more awarenes..."
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Interview Nicole Waaijer
INTERVIEW
Interview with Cristina Lazzati, GDO WEEK Italy

Free From "The market of 'Free-From' products is reaping successes in Italy, too, under the pressure of consumers who are increasingly attentive and demanding, and who in food look for a source of..."
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Interview Cristina Lazzati

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