British Frozen Food Federation hails IFE a success
The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) is celebrating the success of the association’s ‘Frozen Food Member Pavilion’ at IFE, International Food & Drink Event 2023. BFFF members exhibited together at the first ever Frozen Food Member Pavilion, showcasing the quality of frozen food and innovative new product lines.
The impact of the BFFF’s Frozen Food Member Pavilion left exhibiting members needing to source more stock after just one day, having experienced an exceptional number of visitors throughout the first day, which continued for the rest of the event.
Rupert Ashby, chief executive of the BFFF commented: “Frozen food has been under-represented at IFE in recent years, so it was incredible to see the success of our Frozen Food Member Pavilion. This year’s success goes to show that frozen food is growing in popularity due to its high quality and great taste, so the ‘frozen boom’ we predicted at the start of the year is showing no sign of slowing.”
The BFFF members which exhibited at IFE included Cargill, Meadow Vale Foods, Seafish UK, Sea Products International, SFC, VIČI and Visual Foods. Mouth-watering samples from exhibiting companies were served at the Frozen Food Member Pavilion, allowing visitors to try some of the nutritious, innovative and tasty frozen products available now in supermarkets and restaurants across the country.
BFFF chief executive, Rupert Ashby, also appeared on the Sustainability Stage, sponsored by Elopak, with Nomad Foods to discuss what sustainability means for the frozen food industry, whilst head of technical Denise Rion spoke with IGD on the Trends & Innovation Platform about the prospects for frozen food in 2023.
Mr Ashby added: “In conjunction with the Frozen Food Member Pavilion, our seminars highlighted the unmatched sustainable benefits of frozen food, gave examples of the huge strides being made by our members to achieve their sustainability targets, and showed that the frozen aisle is full of tasty, nutritious and affordable products.
“With estimated visitors in excess of 25,000 at IFE 2023, I enjoyed the questions and had many positive conversations at our talks and at the Frozen Food Member Pavilion about all things frozen food.”
The British Frozen Food Federation’s success at this year’s IFE comes during the celebrations for the association’s 75th anniversary. During the past 75 years, the BFFF has consistently represented the interests of the frozen supply chain at the highest levels of industry and government, whilst also promoting the benefits of frozen food to consumers.
Philippa Christer, Event Director, IFE, concluded: "The BFFF Frozen Food Member Pavilion was a fantastic addition to IFE this year and really highlighted the fantastic innovation happening in the frozen food sector. We also were delighted to have Rupert onstage throughout the show sharing valuable insights into the frozen food sector with our visiting buyers. Happy 75th birthday BFFF!"