Let’s talk Foodex! On April 18th we went to one of the biggest food and drink shows in the UK, a definite highlight for both the foodie and food manufacturing calendar.
The show is an amalgamation of Foodex, the Food and Drink Expo, the Farm and Deli Show and the National Convenience Show and is such a large gathering due to the fact it only appears every 2 years. When it does, it fills the NEC with a menagerie of food products. Everything from the silver sheen of mixing machines and production conveyer belts to the tasty smells of both new and established food companies.
A big lure of the show is getting to sample the newest products on the market before they’ve even hit the shelves! There was no need for lunch with all the display samples. Here is a list of the companies we loved the most:
With turning dispenser system that brought an element of fun to their stand this young company was certainly exciting. Our favourite flavours included Sour Cream and Pepper and Fiery Worcestershire Sauce and Sun Dried Tomato.
Not your average coconut with chocolate and wasabi flakes that makes this healthy snack stand out from the crowd. At the show they launched their subtly nutty ‘Pink Baby’ coconut variety; picker young to give a unique taste.
It’s pasta but not as you know it. Brilliantly flavoursome and totally addictive; a big hit back in the office.
Slim Pasta/ Rice
Delicious pasta and rice dishes without the guilt and bloated feeling of real carbs. Made from konjac flour, these translucent alternatives are a great swap out in your favourite meals.
High energy balls to keep you going through exercise. Gluten free and high in antioxidants, they’ve just launched their delicious lemon and coconut flavour.
Non alcoholic soft drinks for fans of sparkling wine. Reminiscent of gin’s botanical complex flavours but without the two day hangover.
JCS Fish Limited
If you’re not so sure how to cook fish or what to put with it, Andrew has the answer, his ‘Big Fish Brand’ cook in the bag salmon packets are pre flavoured with seasonings such as BBQ and hint of mint.
We washed down the samples with a selection of drinks and teas, one that stood out was Pukka, we tried the intriguingly named ‘Love’ tea and chatted about their new turmeric and matcha green tea ranges.
With double the antioxidants of blueberries and more vitamin C than oranges, this Canadian export is coming soon to the UK and it’s pipped to be a big hit in this country. A versatile berry which can be made into jams, chutneys and liquors, defiantly one to watch.
Overall, at the show, we noticed a focus on health and wellbeing. With the sugar tax coming in a big push on obesity within the government it’s easy to see why companies are changing suit to cater to the needs of the more health conscious market.