Informa Markets brings sustainability to the fore at Fi Europe 2022

With the new sustainability hub and a wide array of targeted measures and initiatives to making its trade show for food ingredients more environmentally friendly, Fi Europe has set new standards for this year’s show. Both on site in Paris and online, branch experts and companies striving for a greener and increasingly responsible food industry will find various opportunities to learn more about this critical topic.

Sustainability is on everyone’s mind in the broader food and beverage industry. From issues such as climate change and supply chain disruption to human rights and food waste, it is critical to get the right information to drive smarter business decisions. At Fi Europe, the brand new sustainability hub offers two days of robust conference programming — open to all attendees — looking at topics including food waste, regenerative agriculture, the circular economy and more. Specialist speakers will delve into ways to measure companies’ environmental impact and learn about future scenarios for more sustainable foods systems. There are multiple opportunities to explore various topics:

• Dorothy Shaver, global food sustainability director, Unilever, will engage in a fireside chat on the importance and urgency of involving the consumer in the journey towards more sustainable consumption and lifestyle choices.
• Leaders from the market research firms Innova Market Insights and Mintel will each present on different topics around sustainability. Mintel’s Emma Schofield will explore key sustainable ingredients of the future, including those produced by precision fermentation. And Nicole Jansen from Innova will explore the topic of upcycling, including new initiatives and how this aligns with consumer values.
• Supply chain disruption is also centre stage, with sessions including the founder of Fresh.Land discussing how to create more sustainable supply chain models, tips from Blendhub on developing a collaborative network of food production hubs with robust stakeholder engagement, and a talk by Solidaridad on how to reclaim sustainability and transparency with tech solutions that maximize return.

In addition, Fi Europe remains committed to sustainability, exploring new ways to reduce the carbon footprint. The show is powered by 100% renewable energy, with all materials made from recycled material where possible. As show organisers, Informa Markets encourage the purchase of carbon offsets and work with local suppliers to ensure a positive impact on the local economy. Fi Europe is also committed to diversity and inclusion efforts, looking to create a community where everyone is welcome, as reflected by a diverse range of speakers. During the event, attendees can register to attend the Women’s Networking Breakfast, a special event focused on addressing topics on gender equity in the food and beverage space, or attend an open networking reception developed in partnership with Women In Nutraceuticals, a global nonprofit focused on gender equity in the nutraceutical space.

“Food ingredients Europe has, for years, been committed to bringing the food and beverage industry the latest information on sustainability initiatives,” said Heather Granato, vice president of partnerships and sustainability. “At the same time, we work in partnership with the other events across Informa Markets to incrementally accelerate positive change by the events industry. Together, we can all take steps to ensure a more robust, inclusive and climate positive industry.”