Experts invited to submit poster presentations for Vitafoods Europe

Experts from the world of the functional food and beverages industry and academia are invited to present their research findings and current projects to the international functional nutrition community and the broader nutraceutical industry at Vitafoods Europe 2015.

The Vitafoods Europe Executive Advisory Board have issued a call for Poster Presentations for the event which takes place in Geneva on 5th to 7th May and attracts over 700 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors from over 100 countries.

Vitafoods Europe presents a unique platform for showcasing excellence in nutritional science, innovation, business and education, and professional networking and exchange. Successful entries will have the opportunity to present their latest findings to the broader nutraceutical and functional nutrition industry, forge new partnerships and source funding opportunities with venture capital companies looking for investments and network with colleagues.

Topics should be related to academic research or a potential new product or process and ideally provide solutions to identified needs and commercial solutions. Abstracts focusing on innovation, ideas and the application of new research findings will be prioritised.

Carolina Lindahl, Vitafoods Europe Conference and Content Manager, says, “Our call for posters gives successful entries the chance to present their insights to their peers and potential new business partners. A large number of attendees specifically come to the show looking to fulfil business and research needs and the Poster Presentations area is one of the first places these attendees look to for new ideas.

“We’re looking for the industry’s brightest minds to share their latest thinking and research so that these innovators can launch their insights on a wider platform to the businesses and individuals they’re looking to get in front of.”

The deadline for submissions is Friday 30th January. For further information on the call for posters and guidelines for submissions, visit the Vitafoods call for posters page.

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Rose comments: “This is the best peanut butter I have ever tasted and I find it such a useful product as it’s popular with young and old, not to mention rich in protein and so versatile. The fantastic thing about it is you can use it straight from the jar in snacks like cookies, infuse it in Asian-style sauces, or mix it with honey and cocoa powder as a quick energy treat!”

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Health and wellness benefits are no longer simply a matter of physical nourishment - the emotional influence of food and drink is also an important consideration. With that in mind, these new products support manufacturers as they strive to create successful “emotion drinks”.

Sensient is enabling its customers to capitalise on this trend by taking a “soft” approach. Their holistic concepts tap into the power of berries and are based on findings of how colour psychology can influence our moods. The results are drinks that deliver a range of harmonious colour-flavour combinations and correspond to a variety of emotional states.

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Sofia adds: “Chlorella Crunches are a great example of how Allma offers its customers much more than just a commodity product. We are focused on adding value to Chlorella and working closely with companies to help them develop new products that really exploit the potential of this amazing ingredient. Microalgae production is very sustainable and Chlorella is emerging as the food of the future. We are committed to helping our customers ensure they are at the vanguard of this trend with fantastic innovations like our new Chlorella Crunches.”

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