Alimentaria 2018: Plant-based, organic, lactose-free

Apr 2018

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  • Alimentaria, (Barcelona, April 16-19) is the largest food & beverage fair in southern Europe and always a key source of product innovation, with even major global players such as Nestle, Danone and Coca-Cola present. Plant-based dairy alternatives such as products based on almond and oat milk thrived at this year's event, while lactose-free and organic options were also widely on display. Options that meet the demands of flexitarians were also presented by major meat players such as Campofrio.

  • Quicook is a new player in the frozen foods space, with an extensive savory line based on IQF technology.

  • Nestle presents Chocapic ChocoCrush, a new breakfast cereal innovation, aimed at children and with a chocolate filling. It comes amid a natural ingredient marketing push for the company's breakfast cereals.

  • The Alimentaria Hub is the "nerve center" of the trade show. A huge space full of knowledge, trends, innovation and business for industry, distribution and retail. The Hub featured a number of innovative products displaying true on-trend creativity.

  • Major chocolate milk brand Cocoalat goes down the vegan route with a 100 percent natural and vegetarian oats milk "chocolate" milk.

  • AvenaCao is presented by Idilia Foods as a combination of soluble oat flakes and natural cocoa that meets the demands of adults seeking breakfast on the go.

  • Ginsin is a non-alcoholic solution made with the same ingredients and aromas as gin. It comes in a range of flavors, such as botanicals, strawberry and mandarin.

  • Kumato(r) is a new midsize tomato with a round shape and brownish color that has excellent aroma and flavor.

  • Catering to the ever-growing flexitarian market, Campofrio has launched Vegalia: a new line based on egg whites, which seeks to replicate sliced meats. There are 5 product items in the new Vegalia range: three sliced food types and two sausage varieties.

  • Vixvital reinvents the canned fish and shellfish space by adding aloe vera for health and naturalness.

  • Solina Group presents "Spice Pastes" in six flavors to deliver all natural culinary freshness to meals.

  • New launches from Unilever Food Solutions include a coconut milk powder and various herb infused oils.

  • Noel has expanded its line of egg protein based meat alternatives, displaying vegetarian burger patties in a range of flavors.

  • Idilia Foods presents a new 0 percent added sugar sweet spread formulated with stevia.

  • The El Almendro brand is about taking almonds further, exhibiting a raft of new snacking products based on the trending nut.

  • Vion presents dry aging solutions to the Spanish market.

  • Valio has launched a new line of lactose-free desserts to the Spanish market.

  • Granarolo presents a frozen mozzarella made from fresh Italian milk: Fior di Mozzarella.

  • Torras presents its organic chocolates, as well as sugar-free options.

  • Gluten-free remains a strong theme in the Spanish sweet bakery sector, with Airos forming a good example.

  • Lactose-free options are a strong theme at this year’s event. Coosur presents a lactose-free mayonnaise and a reduced sugar ketchup.

  • Spain has the largest amount of land devoted to organic agriculture in Europe. Organic products were a key theme this year.

  • Pastoret launches a dairy alternative based on almond milk using Maracona almonds.

  • Stunning chocolate creativity from confectionery brand La Estepena.

  • Seaweed is trending as an ingredient. Seamore presents a new wrap that fuses wheat flour and seaweed.