Food Matters Live 2019: discover pioneering gut health innovations

The Gut Health Pavilion at Food Matters Live 2019 is an opportunity to meet the teams behind brands and see demonstrations of the products and ingredients helping gut health

There are just days to go before Food Matters Live 2019 opens its doors, so don't miss the opportunity to discover the latest gut health research, pioneering nutraceutical products and consumer trends at the UK's largest and most prestigious food and drink exhibition.

Alongside the live theatre experiences and attractions, ingredient exhibition, and a world-class educational programme there are two dedicated pavilions focusing on the very latest innovations in nutraceuticals and gut health.

Gut health gurus

There has never been a more exciting time for the digestive health sector as good gut health is increasingly linked to almost every aspect of well-being. It may be early days, but exciting research from the Weizmann Institute in Israel and Kyushu University in Japan suggests links between microbes and conditions including depression, autism and neurodegenerative disease.

Through such research, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how a healthy gut microbiome supports better health, and probiotics have become one of the fastest-growing categories in the food supplements market.

Reflecting this consumer demand, the new Food Matters Live 2019 Gut Health Pavilion, sponsored by i-ingredients, invites visitors to discover a showcase of the very latest innovations in the sector.

It is an opportunity to meet the teams behind the most dynamic brands and see demonstrations of the products and ingredients helping improve gut health, including Clasado, Symprove, Troo Foods, No.1 Living Kombucha, Mizkan, Equinox Kombucha, RXBAR, Gut Instinct and more.

New markets, new challenges

With direct links between gut health and overall health and well-being widely recognised, the opportunities for innovation and new product development within the digestive health market are considerable.

Already in the UK, we spend more than £700 million a year on gut health products and, while this presents an opportunity for manufacturers, formulating innovative solutions can be complicated as probiotics are highly sensitive and efficacy, stability and survivability must be evidenced.

Global experts, dieticians and industry insiders will be taking an in-depth look at these challenges during the Food Matters Live 2019 Seminar Programme. Speakers reviewing the latest emerging ingredients that benefit the gut include Dr Katharina Bagul (industry manager – Food and Nutrition, Euromonitor International), Katrien Lambeens (product manager functional fibres at BENEO), Professor Ellen Blaak, (Professor and chair of the Department of Human Biology, NUTRIM, School for Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University) and Angie Jefferson (consultant dietitian and registered nutritionist ) and more.

Let's talk about the gut

During Food Matters Live 2019 Dr Megan Rossi (The Gut Health Doctor), a leading researcher in gastrointestinal health and author of Eat Yourself Healthy will be chairing an in-depth panel discussion around new product development and gut health at the new Future of Retail Trends theatre.

Joining her for the live debate is Barry Smith (founder and chairman, Symprove Ltd), Ellora Torchia (founder of the'artyvegan), Enid Taylor (founding director and senior therapist, Taymount Clinic for Digestive Health), Janey Lee Grace (author and natural food expert, Imperfectly Natural) and Sarah Yates (founder, of Sea Arch).

And ahead of Food Matters Live 2019 join Dr Rossi for an exclusive Table Talk podcast as she discusses the mystery and science of the gut:brain axis.

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What's next for Nutraceuticals?

It's not just the burgeoning gut health market which is exciting consumers and retailers. Overall spending in the UK on healthier, better-for-you functional products is expected to hit £457 million a year by 2021 (HFMA).

With spending growth on supplements at an all-time high Food Matters Live 2019 has gathered together a curated exhibition of the very latest innovations which are hitting the retail market.

The Nutraceutical Showcase, supported by the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Health Food Manufacturers Association 2019 and sponsored by i-ingredients, highlights some of the most innovative new supplements and nutraceuticals on the market in terms of health claims, functional ingredients, sustainability, efficacy, bioavailability and delivery mechanisms.

Exhibitors include USN, OptiBiotix, Valentis, Nutrition Works, Symprove, Vitabiotics, Albeena, Soylent, Natures Aid, One Gum, Hope in Health, CBD FX, Prime Fifty Ltd, Mizkan, Bimuno, Bulk Powders and more.

Food Matters Live takes place at ExCeL London on 19 and 20 November 2019. Register here.

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