Fi Europe CONNECT 2020 will unite European food and ingredient innovators through a digital platform that will consist of more than 300 exhibitors, 100- plus on-demand sessions, and 16 expert sessions.
The COVID-19 pandemic means this year’s occasion isn’t occurring in the normal huge, crowded trade halls. However, Informa, Fi Europe’s organiser, still anticipates to draw in more than 8,000 participants over a two-week period (23 November-4 December).
” The food and drink industry has actually proven to be an incredibly dependable partner in these hard times. But the need to share ideas and innovations, as well as supply a place for networking and education, has actually never ever been more vital,” Julien Bonvallet, Fi Europe Brand Director, told FoodNavigator.
” With Fi Europe CONNECT, we are carrying out essentially the essence of Fi Europe co-located with Hello Europe: worldwide networking, sourcing and learning, with a strong emphasis on list building and business matchmaking.”
What is Bonvallet most thrilled for at this year’s occasion?
” I believe my highlight is the fact that, through Fi Europe CONNECT, we can provide a virtual meet-up platform for all those involved in the food and drink industry. And with the present line-up of exhibitors and thorough program featuring idea leaders from all over the world, we’re confident of a successful occasion. But what makes me specifically happy and proud is the quantity of motivation, support and trust we have received from all sides in recent weeks.”
Partnering for success
Cooperation is a crucial style expected to emerge at this year’s event as individuals and companies seek out new ways to link and construct relationships.
Business of doing business stays at the heart of Fi Europe’s purpose and Informa thinks it has developed a digital event that can imitate the face-to-face trade show experience. ” The main factor individuals check out Fi Europe co-located with Hi there Europe is to create contacts– which has remained our objective during the changeover. We want to make it as easy as possible for all involved to find suitable solutions, inspiration, active ingredients or partners, to network and to make virtual appointments with simply a couple of clicks,” Bonvallet described.
Michael Hughes, Director of Insights at FMCG Gurus, thinks that partnering with your supply chain is an outright requirement in the brand-new normal of a COVID world.
The coronavirus pandemic, which struck Europe at the beginning of this year, has actually put pressure on food industry supply chains. But security is simply one aspect of the need to develop close relationships with your suppliers, Hughes recommended.
” Strategic partnerships are more important in order to take advantage of synergies along with offering reassurance around the safe handling of components along the supply chain and to make sure that the related health benefits of products are interacted in a clear and transparent manner. Customers would like to know the story behind the products that they acquire, suggesting maximum interaction and connection along the supply chain is important.”
COVID highlights health and immunity
The coronavirus crisis has actually sped up a variety of modifications that were already evident in the food industry. Maybe most substantially, it has driven home the link consumers make between diet and health.
” The pandemic has actually altered the way numerous consumers view food and ingredients– and this is mirrored in the patterns that can be seen in our virtual program,” Bonvallet observed.
” Many individuals who hesitate of infection can take preventive action through a consciously well balanced diet plan to support the body’s own defence system, alongside hygiene and social distancing requirements. That’s why functional ingredients that support immune and gut health, as well as handy micronutrients, are popular among food manufacturers.”
Hughes, who will be speaking at Fi Europe CONNECT, echoed this observation.
” We anticipate immunity to be a significant area of focus at this year’s occasion. Over the last twelve months, the market needed to re-evaluate views towards health, as greater focus is put on illness management. Consumers have ended up being more worried about their immune health and are being more proactive in order to resolve this. This will lead to a host of development with products and components positioned around addressing everyday concerns such as colds,” he told us.
Elsewhere, Bonvallet sees a variety of other megatrends remaining front-of-mind amongst customers whose mindsets are currently shaped by their experience of COVID-19
” Sustainability, along with plant-based and tidy label, are core patterns: With an infection striking the very heart of our social and financial life, people tend to progressively question how they can alter their behaviour in order to make the world a much better place. What’s more, in times of crisis, food safety, trust and openness, in addition to protected supply chains are important,” he recommended.
Fi Europe CONNECT’s content line-up shows these priorities. In the very first week, Bonvallet said, ‘all of those trends’ will be covered with day-to-day topics including live and on-demand specialist sessions.
The 2nd week of material relies on the future of development. ” The Future of Nutrition will include panel discussions on the repercussions of COVID-19 for the food industry, believed leader discussions and the Start-up Innovation Obstacle pitches.”
Innovating for the future of food
An off-shot of the pandemic, according to Hughes, is an increased level of development as food makers respond to the rapidly evolving needs of customers.
” What is fantastic to see is the industry’s action to the pandemic. There appears to be a high level of brand-new product advancement, with a focus on brand-new and ingenious components. Over the last twelve months, we have seen a range of brand-new and ‘hot’ ingredients that have actually seen a surge in sales and it will be terrific to see what developments are being targeted at customers as they get used to the brand-new typical,” he stated.
Similarly, Bonvallet has actually observed a high level of development in the face of difficult scenarios. ” The corona crisis has actually been tough for lots of sectors of the economy, however the food market has shown huge resilience and ingenious power. That’s why I’m looking forward to the exhibitors’ new products – whether they be active ingredients for immune health, blood glucose management or botanical ingredients to meet customer desire for natural services. We will absolutely see a few of the developments in the spotlight at the Fi Europe Development Awards and the Startup Development Obstacle, which will likewise be held digitally this year.”
The Startup Development Challenge and Fi Europe Development Awards use examples of the ‘sophisticated’ approach the food sector takes to production and development. ” Believe sophisticated blockchain systems and Market 4.0,” Bonvallet elaborated.
” Here, entrants tackle exactly those subjects, for instance with clever labels that enable complete digital traceability of a product for both customers and manufacturers, or solutions to track sustainability and the carbon footprint in supply chains.”
Hughes likewise suggested that technological advancements will advance innovation in the health and wellness area.
” Technology is something that will significantly influence health and health over the next couple of years. This will happen in two ways. First of all, customers will increasingly want real-time information around their health and nutrition, in order to ensure that solutions are as reliable as possible. Second of all, consumers will desire customized and personalized services to their health issue and will expect innovation to help facilitate this. Personalisation through digitalisation will be massive for the industry in years to come.”
For the complete line-up of topics, speakers and exhibitors at Fi Europe CONNECT 2020, click here
Driving ingenious care with a healthy dose of disruption
Renowned international experts gathered to share experiences from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Nordic region, on the importance of leveraging disruption. Speakers discussed how collaborations between the public and private healthcare sectors are creating a significant transformation in new business models of care, in the session, ‘Driving Innovation – What Is a Healthy Dose of…
Distinguished worldwide experts gathered to share experiences from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Nordic area, on the importance of leveraging disturbance. Speakers went over how partnerships in between the general public and private healthcare sectors are producing a considerable improvement in new service designs of care, in the session, ‘Driving Innovation – What Is a Healthy Dosage of Disruption?’
The speakers were Dr Taghreed Justinia, regional director IT services, Innovation & Health Informatics, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Dr Fadi Al-Buhairan, deputy CEO, Saudi Post Co. and Bogi Eliasen, futurist, CIFS.
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Eliasen began the panel discussion with a discussion on the future health paradigm in the Nordic area: “Among the premises is that it’s not technology that’s lacking. It’s more decisions and the capacity to act and perform choices and why it’s likewise essential to believe in a different way and what this brand-new paradigm is.
” A premise here is likewise to have a concentrate on the lifestyle and wellbeing as being the objectives and seeing the health budget plan as a financial investment and not a cost.”
He likewise discussed the Nordic Health 2030 Movement, which intends to make sure the longevity of the healthcare system and lifestyle across the area: “Last year, we did the huge circumstance process in the Nordic nations with 30 public and private stakeholders.
” Something that we had actually prepared for two years in order to bridge in between the Nordic countries which are quite fully grown on digitalisation in society and being well-being societies, but also to prepare for what is it we actually desire with health.”
Technology and humans assembling
Technology and humans converging in health care shipment was also a subject touched on by the panel, on this Dr Al-Buhairan stated: “As much as we believe technology and digital can enable and take us to that next level, that entire physical and digital divide that is developed needs to assemble because in healthcare, that physical touchpoint will always remain vital.”
On ways to bridge this divide, Al-Buhairan stated: “It comes back to disturbance due to the fact that whatever we talked about with digital health care is really about how we interfere with the market and how we interrupt our current procedures and take them to the next level by particular interventions.”
Eliasen likewise discussed the modification of health models that we are experiencing in the current COVID-19 climate: “We have heard a lot about the digital twin, however in reality, we might be moving towards what we call a digital triplet. Where we have this human and sustainable health model, and as a person, you also can work with this and share it where it makes sense for you.”
Disturbance opportunities from COVID-19
Discussing the chances presented by the pandemic, Al-Buhairan said: “From the positive and negative elements of disruption, a normal pattern emerges as brand-new innovations come to market and subsequently take hold.
” When we look at the previous decades, and what digital has done within health care, we have understood that patterns have emerged, patterns have taken place, things have ended up being outdated and new technologies have taken over.
” We then need to realise that markets are getting closer and closer together. In the past, we took a look at the healthcare industry, and after that logistics industries as 2 different silo markets.
” We now begin to look at them and say, well, how can these industries actually help and match one another, as we move more into the digital space,” notes Al-Buhairan.
Social determinants of health
Eliasen reacted: “How do we make sure that the newest technology does not just go to the richest 10%of the world, but in fact offers a health effect for the other 90%?
” Wanting that the greatest effect we can have is really working outside of the 10%. Likewise, in order to produce a world that is much better for everybody. So yes, there is a challenge, and we require to handle it. There are some premises in order to work with information.”
” COVID is the biggest window of opportunity in a minimum of a generation if not 2, and we probably will not get it in another generation.
” If we are all driving towards customised health, we would need data on an absolutely various granularity and information that we share throughout limits because we are going to operate in really small subgroups. No country holds that. Going towards this part, likewise instantly imposes us to deal with the other 90%.
” This is how I would put the obstacle forward. The response to your question, yes, there is a difficulty so let’s utilize this chance to bridge it,” concluded Eliasen.
The challenges of disruptive services
Taghreed also asked the panel what they believed their biggest challenge to overcome was when developing disruptive services.
Al-Buhairan reacted: ” I’m a big believer in interruption. I’m a big believer in rocking the boat sometimes and changing the course due to the fact that often when you’re rocking the boat or shaking that mindset, that is what will get individuals to open their eyes.
” When we discuss interruption in healthcare, specifically, I think any interruption with health care will gain its benefits and dividends and yes, there might be some unintended consequences that we might have not understood. But A, they are unintended and B, ideally, they will be very little and be immaterial to the grand scheme of the advantage that we’re trying to pursue.”
The panel concluded the session by sharing their viewpoint and comparisons from the lessons gained from the Nordic health movement and Saudi Arabia’s digital journey, and how to apply these lessons to the Saudi 2030 vision.
We’re going to learn a lot from other industries that have absolutely nothing to do with health.
” The opposite is, while technology drives development, if we want to steer it in a certain instructions, we need to determine what are the cornerstones we wish to be within.”
Al-Buhairan explained his views on the Vision 2030 and how disruption will assist in the Kindom’s plans: “The reality of it is huge. It is more enthusiastic than anything I’ve seen in my lifetime at a nationwide level.
” The reality of it is, we’ve already been in that transformation for a variety of years, so we’ve currently seen a great deal of change. At the financial level, at the social level, a number of various reforms that have taken place within healthcare, there still is an improvement going on there.
” If we want to attain that aspiration, my sincere view is, we will absolutely require to be disruptive since the truth of it is, we’re attempting to do what other nations have actually carried out in 30, and 40 years within a 10-15 year timeline.”
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