Cooking up Great Things From IFT16 to PLMA

The Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo (IFT16) at McCormick Place in Chicago just ended, and Firebird was there to stay on top of growing trends and industry news.

With so much energy and innovation happening in one place, we had a hard time fitting our enthusiasm into a few choice highlights.

Fingers on the pulse

Exhibitors at IFT16 were truly celebrating the Year of the Pulse. More and more, food innovators and manufacturers are using pulses in their flours and other formulations across the product spectrum. Igor Playner, vice president of innovation and strategy at Ingredion, a leading global ingredients company, offered high praise to pulses, saying, “Ingredion is currently using them to create high-protein pastas and snacks. It goes into other things like batters and breadings, doughs and now even into dressings. It is a multi-use ingredient that more and more people are experimenting with.”

At Firebird, pulses have been a regular part of our family for a while. “It’s exciting to see people learn better ways to use lentils, peas and garbanzos,” says Firebird’s Chris Krenzel. “We love exploring possibilities with our customers.”

Labels clean up                    

At IFT16, a number of ingredient manufacturers like Biospringer, Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients, Corbion, Parker Products, and PLT Health Solutions showcased flavor enhancers and sweeteners developed specifically to help meet the growing “clean-label” demand.

Firebird is certified gluten-free to 10 ppm and we don’t process any of the big 8 allergens, so clean labeling is already in our wheelhouse, so to speak. Our ingredients are wholesome and simple. That’s why we’re excited about consumer demand for clean labels and ingredients that are easy to understand.

Firebird featured on Food Navigator

Food Navigator’s Elizabeth Crawford stopped by the Firebird booth at IFT16 to talk gluten-free grains and more with our own Chris Krenzel. We’ve got the story here.

Plenty of ways to see Firebird this fall

If you missed IFT16, come see us at the Firebird booth (8107) at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore Sept 21-24.  Or check out our booth (3930) at the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) trade show in Chicago Nov. 13-15. We look forward each year to connecting with colleagues, meeting new people, and catching up with customers.

Although we love walking the show floor and talking with people face-to-face, events are not the only way to connect with us. We appreciate your calls and emails, so feel free to call 701-324-4330 or email your sales representative.

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