SIAL Innovation unveils amazing food innovations: 3 trends and insights to watch

June 3, 2024

SIAL Innovation is highlighting the latest advancements in vegetarian products, particularly meat substitutes, with promising trends emerging from the first selection round.

The initial pre-selection committee for SIAL Innovation took place on 29 May, bringing together experts from Protéines XTC to deliberate on the first products entered into the competition. Discover the emerging trends and insights from this year, with a particular focus on vegetarian products and meat substitutes.

The rise of vegetarian products

The vegetarian and vegan food market has been experiencing significant growth worldwide. In Europe alone, the market size for plant-based meat substitutes reached €1.4 billion in 2022, with a projected annual growth rate of 7.5% through 2027. This trend is strongly reflected in the initial submissions for SIAL Innovation, where a considerable number of products focus on plant-based alternatives.

Key trends in vegetarian products

  1. Plant-based meat substitutes: The demand for plant-based meat alternatives continues to soar, driven by consumer awareness of health and environmental benefits. Products like plant-based burgers, sausages, and even seafood alternatives are making headlines. Companies are innovating with new ingredients and technologies to improve texture, taste, and nutritional profiles.
  2. Innovative ingredients: Many products feature innovative ingredients such as jackfruit, mushrooms, and legumes, which provide unique textures and flavours that mimic traditional meat products. These ingredients are not only sustainable but also cater to various dietary needs, including gluten-free and soy-free options.
  3. Sustainability and clean labeling: Sustainability is a critical factor driving product development. Consumers are increasingly looking for clean-label products with minimal processing and natural ingredients. Many of the entries at SIAL Innovation showcase transparent sourcing and environmentally friendly production practices.

Why participate?

It’s not too late to enter SIAL Innovation 2024! Participating in SIAL Innovation offers several benefits:

  • Industry recognition: Gain visibility among top industry professionals and potential investors.
  • Networking opportunities: Connect with other innovators, suppliers, and buyers in the food industry.
  • Market insights: Stay ahead of market trends and consumer preferences by observing what competitors are developing.

If your company has an innovative product that fits the trends of the future, now is the perfect time to participate in SIAL Innovation. The selection process continues upon the receipt of product samples. Don’t miss the chance to showcase your cutting-edge products at one of the world’s largest food innovation platforms.

How to apply

Applying is very straightforward. Visit the SIAL Innovation platform to submit your application and learn more about the criteria and benefits of participation.

Stay tuned for more updates as the selection process continues, and don’t hesitate to join the movement towards a more sustainable and innovative food future with SIAL Innovation.

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