Tiger nuts, crickets and 3D printers: The Ingredients Show gives a glimpse into the future of food

By Niamh Michail

- Last updated on GMT

The UK's Ingredients Show promises to showcase the future of ingredient innovation, from gluten-free tiger nuts to high protein insects; 3D printed food to functional plastic alternatives.

Taking place in Birmingham, UK, The Ingredients Show is the latest addition to a five-show event that is expected to attract 30,000 buyers, 1,500 exhibitors and 250 speakers from 16 to 18 April.

Also taking place at same time and place (Birmingham's NEC) are established food industry trade shows Foodex, The Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show and The Farm Shop and Deli Show.

The free-to-attend conference programme at The Ingredients Show, curated by FoodNavigator's senior editor Katy Askew, will include presentations from leading industry figures, live demonstrations and new product launches aimed at championing UK ingredients and inspiring the next phase of product development.

As UK’s sugar tax came into effect last week, a panel of industry experts, public health experts, nutritionist and product developers will ask if the UK has done enough, or if more action is required to fundamentally change the industry.

The Ingredients Show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 16-18 April 2018.​ To register to attend the event, CLICK HERE​.

Demonstrating the future of food, Lynette Kucsma and Victor Delgado from Natural Machines will present Foodini: a 3D food printer. Dispelling the top myths and exploring the opportunities for 3D printed food, the Natural Machines team will guide visitors through the capabilities of the future’s most sci-fi kitchen appliance.

Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, said: “We’re looking forward to introducing Foodini to attendees at the show and demystify the concept of 3D printing. By diffusing the barriers, we hope to demonstrate how 3D printing can deliver fresh, authentic and healthy food that is customised to the needs of the consumer.”


The show will also be an opportunity to showcase the latest trending ingredients.

Ani de la Prida, co-founder of The Tiger Nut Company will explain the functional benefits of tiger nuts. Tipped to be the next gluten-free superfood, tiger nuts are high in fibre and can be used as an additive-free, minimally processed ingredient in gluten-free baking.

Meanwhile French insect start-up Jimini’s will explain how insects have the power to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the meat-heavy western diet.

The food industry’s addiction to plastic - arguably one of the most important environmental issues today – will be dissected by Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet; Duncan Curtis, director of Rappor Metrics; and Gavin Landeg, head of environment at Tetra Pak North West Europe.

They will discuss whether public-private collaboration is necessary to reduce our dependence on plastic, as well as giving practical insights on how manufacturers can reduce plastic use, maximise supplier relationships and improve their overall business performance.

For more information on 15-session line-up and all the speakers, click here​.

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