Clean labels, probiotic foods, alternative protein sources, natural pigments and biohacking – these are only a few examples of food and drink „megatrends” set to make it big this year. On June 8th, during an outdoor science festival, researchers from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research together with experts from MASPEX company will expose consumers to global innovations that change the ways we produce, buy, eat and dispose food.
As a part of EIT Food #AnnualFoodAgenda season 2, whole families will take part in workshops, experiments and demonstrations following the topic of „Food trends and future consumers” and learn the latest scientific achievements and market novelties in the area of food processing, shopping, consumption and recycling. During the event, we will discover i.a. food products with a 30-year long expiry date and check if foods dedicated to astronauts, alpinists and sailors can also be included in our daily diets. We will also take an insight into a growing popularity of fermented food products such as kimchi and kombucha. Using special equipment from the laboratory of metabolomics we will perform scientific analysis of natural colorants present in e.g. purple carrots, and commonly used in yoghurts or juice. Festival guests will also have a chance to investigate exotic spices and other products considered ‘superfoods’ available in local stores and now more frequently used in Polish kitchens. Finally, we will uncover both the most popular and yet not widely known sugar substitutes, as well as check the latest trends in the bakery and confectionary sector of the food industry.
Trends at the food and drink market are not only related to the products themselves. We can now hear about the „consumers of new generation” who make conscious dietary choices, follow the „zero waste” schemes at their household, and develop habits that reduce the environmental footprint. To bring attention to this trend, during the #AnnuaFoodAgenda workshops children and their parents will be given an opportunity to engage in zero waste cooking, discover the „foodsharing” concept and learn how to do shopping in a responsible way.
„Food trends and future consumers” #AnnualFoodAgenda” workshops are free of charge and will take place on June 8th, 2019 at Olsztyn Old Town (Poland) at 12:00-16:00 during the Science Picnic of the Polish Academy of Sciences.