London, United Kingdom, 5th June 2015 / Sciad Newswire / A capacity crowd, fierce debate and thought-provoking outcomes defined the second edition of Nutrition Integrates, confirming its position as a must-attend event in the food, nutrition and nutraceutical calendar.
Thursday (4 June 2015) saw a sell-out Nutrition Integrates 2015 conference at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel (London, UK). More than 150 attendees, comprising academics, professionals and business leaders from the food, nutrition and nutraceutical industries gathered to discuss the advances and challenges of this growing, and increasingly diverse, sector.
More than 50 speakers debated topics such as the future of medical nutrition, the role of omega-3 supplements and the issues facing the two billion people around the world suffering from malnutrition.
Data provided by Euromonitor shows that the world buys 1.5 trillion calories per day in packaged food and soft drinks, which is an average of 765 per person. This is expected to rise by 11% by 2019. This average varies greatly across the world, ranging from more than 1500 calories per person in North America and Western Europe, down to 510 in China and 150 in India. As a result, one billion adults are overweight and suffer from lifestyle-related diseases whereas double that amount go to bed every night suffering from malnutrition.
In the increasingly prominent health and wellness (HW) sector, naturally healthy foods were worth US$279 billion worldwide in 2013, making it the most profitable market in the sector, with a predicted CAGR of more than 4% for the 2013–2018 period. Meanwhile, organic foods are said to be worth a further $32 billion (also with a predicted CAGR of 4%). Both categories are being outpaced by functional/fortified foods ($264billion, CAGR 5%), although better-for-you products show the lowest growth in the sector ($165billion, CAGR 2%), below even packaged food as a whole (predicted CAGR of 3%).
Feedback from Nutrition Integrates delegates was overwhelmingly positive, from delegates such as Julian Stowell, Dupont, Richard Pope, Tasa Omega, and Catherine Lehmann, Capsugel.
David Forrest, Event Chair and former Executive Vice President Nutritional Products, Abbott Nutrition, said of the event: "Nutrition Integrates highlighted two main challenges for the sector. The first is to provide access and education to nutritional management and intervention. The second is to encourage action by consumers, either patients or the public, to take responsibility for their own health and nutrition."
He continued: "Nutrition Integrates is an excellent conference for collaboration and networking in the sector to create tangible outcomes and facilitate advancement in nutrition." Peter McConville, Chief Technology Officer, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, added: “This is the best networking event I go to.”
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