Industry head warns European probiotic market could miss further opportunities

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Europe’s probiotics market will continue to miss opportunities without a comprehensive approach that gives consumers accurate information, Vitafoods Europe will hear next week. 

Probiotics will be a major focus at this year’s event (9-11 May, Palexpo, Geneva).  The Probiotics Summit, developed in conjunction with the International Probiotics Association, will explore market and regulatory issues in the sector, as well as the latest developments in R&D.

A market forecast estimates a loss in retail value sales for the pro/prebiotic drinking yoghurt market of around EUR 500 million since 2012 in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and the UK (Euromonitor).

IPA Europe is engaged to develop a European framework giving appropriate information to consumers on the presence of probiotics in food, helping to differentiate nutrition information from evidence-based health claims. Rosanna Pecere, the body’s new Executive Director, will present the activity of IPA Europe to find appropriate ways to communicate to consumers at the Probiotics Summit. 

Speaking ahead of Vitafoods Europe, Rosanna Pecere, said: “Europe is currently lagging behind the American and Asian probiotics markets, and may continue to lose market opportunities.  The EU’s current approach is unintentionally leading consumers to misinformation, or leaving them with no information at all.”  

She continued: “This is particularly regrettable given that consumption of probiotics not only has benefits for general wellbeing, but may also contribute to cost savings at a societal level. While we are optimistic about the global growth about probiotic foods and supplements, we need to consider strategies for the future of the industry in the EU.”

Chris Lee, Managing Director, Global Health and Nutrition Network, Europe, Informa Exhibitions, said: “Europe has been one of the largest and most innovative probiotics markets in the world.  The Probiotics Summit will provide an opportunity to explore the challenges it is currently facing.  Meanwhile, our new Probiotics Resource Centre is an ideal opportunity to learn more about consumer trends and scientific developments in the sector, as well as meeting leading probiotics companies.”

The Probiotics Summit (Tuesday 9 May) is part of the Vitafoods Education Programme.  Dedicated to exploring best practice to achieve growth in today’s probiotics market, it will allow delegates to network and find out more about key industry challenges.  The keynote panel discussion will be ‘Bridging the Knowledge Gap in Probiotics and Prebiotics’ and other sessions will cover issues such as regulation and product safety. 

In addition to the Probiotics Summit, visitors to Vitafoods Europe will have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about probiotics in the Probiotics Resource Centre, organised in association with the IPA.  This new dedicated knowledge hub will explore the latest breakthroughs in probiotic technology, new product development and market trends. 

About the International Probiotics Association Europe

IPA Europe is a non-profit international organisation based in Brussels that addresses policy issues related to the probiotic food products and in particular follows the decision-making process within the European Institutions and European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) and national EU member states.

About Vitafoods Europe

Vitafoods Europe is the global nutraceutical event, featuring exhibitors from all over the world across four key market areas: ingredients & raw materials; branded finished products; contract manufacturing & private label; and services & equipment. The event offers a range of visitor attractions, including an industry-leading education programme. 

Vitafoods Europe is part of Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition Network (GHNN), which brings together a portfolio of events, digital media and publishing for marketers, manufacturers and formulators of nutrition and dietary supplements, healthy foods/beverages and personal care products. GHNN’s events include Vitafoods Europe, Vitafoods Asia, SupplySide West and SupplySide East.

Natural Products INSIDER is the global media brand covering healthy ingredients and finished applications. Vitafoods Insights offers online content and a series of topic-specific digital magazines that bring highlights of the Vitafoods events to a global audience. SupplySide West & Vitafoods Global Storefronts offers a new online environment where ingredient buyers and product developers can find and connect with the suppliers and solutions they need, all year long. For more information, visit www.informaglobalhealth.com

Informa’s Global Exhibitions Division organises transaction-oriented exhibitions and trade shows, which provide buyers and sellers across different industries and communities with a powerful platform to meet face-to-face, build relationships and conduct business. Informa has a portfolio of more than 150 exhibitions, serving a number of core verticals, including Health & Nutrition, Beauty, Property & Construction and Pop Culture.

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About Vitafoods EuropeVitafoods Europe is the global nutraceutical event, featuring exhibitors from all over the world in four key market areas: ingredients & raw materials; finished products; contract manufacturers & private label; and services & equipment. The show offers a range of visitor attractions, including an industry-leading conference programme.

Vitafoods Europe is part of Informa Exhibitions’ Global Health & Nutrition Network (GHNN), which brings together a portfolio of events, digital media and publishing for marketers, manufacturers and formulators of nutrition and dietary supplements, healthy foods/beverages and personal care products. GHNN’s events include: Vitafoods Europe, Vitafoods Asia, SupplySide West, SupplySide@Fispal Tecnologia, and Ingredient Marketplace. Natural Products INSIDER is the global media brand covering healthy ingredients and finished applications. Vitafoods Insights offers premium online content that brings highlights of the Vitafoods events to a global audience. For more information, visit www.informaglobalhealth.com

Informa’s Global Exhibitions Division organises transaction-oriented exhibitions and trade shows, which provide buyers and sellers across different industries and communities with a powerful platform to meet face-to-face, build relationships and conduct business. Informa has a portfolio of more than 150 exhibitions, serving a number of core verticals, including Health & Nutrition, Beauty, Property & Construction and Pop Culture.