Discover innovation in vegan & plant-based at IFE 2023
Launched in 2022, the Vegan & Plant-Based Section at IFE, in partnership with The Vegan Society, is set to return bigger and better for 2023, with even more innovative products, visionary brands and exciting advances in taste and flavour. This Veganuary, IFE is highlighting just a selection of the fantastic vegan & plant-based businesses joining us at this year's event.
Since launching in 2014 Veganuary has gone from strength to strength, with more than 629,000 participants signing up in January 2022, and it's far from a one-off dietary shift for many who take part.
Dr Toni Vernelli, International Head of Communications and Marketing at Veganuary, tells IFE: "Veganism is the trend that keeps on trending! Whether to help animals, protect the planet or improve their health – more and more people do Veganuary every year and most of them (85%) continue to eat an increased amount of plant-based foods afterwards with nearly one-quarter staying fully vegan. Businesses that don’t increase their offerings for this growing market are simply not going to survive.”
Visitors to IFE representing supermarkets, independent retailers, wholesalers, hospitality businesses and more tell us that vegan & plant-based is one of the categories that they're most eager to explore at the show, and this year's event already has a star-studded line-up of fantastic businesses and products on show.
Eleanor McGregor, Events and Communications Officer at The Vega Society, comments: "The Vegan Society is thrilled to be partnered with IFE and their vegan and plant-based again in 2023. IFE is the UK’s leading food and drink trade exhibition, and The Vegan Society will be there in March with many of our Vegan Trademark holders.
"Being partnered with IFE allows The Vegan Society to reach new and existing audiences, helping brands to highlight their vegan product labelling in the ever-growing market at both our stand and at the certification clinic."
Check out some of the vegan & plant-based companies you can meet at IFE 2023 below:
Heura is a Mediterranean based company, where healthy eating is part of the culture. That’s why all their products are made with as few ingredients as possible, using extra virgin olive oil for better nutritional benefits. Their plant-based meat is not designed to replace other types of meat but to offer a mouth-watering option, for people who want to enjoy a meaty experience whilst helping safeguard the planet.
Launched in May of 2019 in Brazil, Future Farm is a lifestyle brand that envisions a world where people choose to eat more plants, not animals. In the three years since its launch, Future Farm has disrupted the plant-based industry by bringing a world-class product experience and a sunny swagger to 30 countries and counting. The company's UK portfolio – the Future Burger, Future Meatball, Future Mince, Future Sausage, Future Chick'n, Future Tvna and Future Goujons – are all tasty, healthy, and sustainable.
Singapore based Just Like are providing consumers with more reasons to smile, with a cheese that's free of dairy, soy, gluten, nuts and lactose. You don't have to be vegan to love Just Like!
Meeat Food Tech Oy
The next step of the evolution. Revolution on the plate. Tomorrow's new normal. A leap of the food industry and agriculture towards sustainable future. Meeat is doing all this with delicious plant-based product made from innovative ingredients.
Moving Mountains Foods is a ground-breaking British company leading the innovation in plant-based meat alternatives into unimagined territory. They are on a mission to make sustainability delicious, through real change that tastes great. Firstly, they are leading a plant-based revolution through great taste innovation to ensure the market offers truly delicious plant-based meat alternatives. Secondly, they want to improve food sustainability and food waste. And, they are passionate about enhancing human health and increasing animal welfare through their range of plant-based products which are better for everyone.
Sweet Lounge are on a mission to create the best tasting vegan sweets without any nonsense! Without artificial ingredients, without compromise on taste or texture and without the single-use packaging. Their delicious gummies are the perfect guilt-free treat, better for the environment and better for you. The sale of each packet goes towards planting and conserving trees in the Amazon Rainforest, where communities are working tirelessly to restore the beautiful landscapes that have been destroyed and neglected.
Check out the full range of vegan & plant-based brands on show at IFE 2023 on our exhibitor list.