After successful events in the US, Plant Based World Expo is coming to London, making it Europe’s first event dedicated to the vegan sector.
Plant Based World Expo, to be hosted at London’s Business Design Centre on April 8 and 9, 2021, will see some of the world’s biggest vegan companies like Beyond Meat, JUST, OmniPork, Meatless Farm, Good Catch and Quorn. The conference already has 41 exhibitors from around the world, with many more set to come aboard.
A Mintel report revealed that sales of meat-free foods grew 40% over the last few years, aiding the rapid rise of the plant-based sector. After a series of successful shows in the US, the European conference will see industry professionals hear from some of the world’s leading experts in the vegan space, as well as showcase visitors new innovations and products.
Companies that don’t yet sell their products in the UK — like JUST and OmniPork — will also exhibit their latest plant-based alternatives. Jonathan Morley, managing director of JD Events, which is organising the Plant Based World Expo, told The Vegan Review: “As the only plant-based trade event in Europe, our show offers exhibitors the unique opportunity to connect with retailers, distributors, food service providers, entrepreneurs, and investors. This is invaluable for businesses which plan to launch into new markets in the future.”
Visitors in the vegan event will also be able to experience various new plant-based alternative foods with dishes cooked by professionals in the Culinary Theatre. They would also be able to participate in educational seminars demonstrating the power of the plant-based industry, with some of the food and drink trade’s leading experts. These will include real-life case studies of successful launches and implementations in vegan retail and food services, offering the audience to ask questions and seek advice.
“We will be running two conference tracks to cater to all sectors: Business and Markets, and Public Sector and Healthcare. Industry leaders will present the latest research and development, market trends, consumer preferences and more,” explained Morley.
In a press release, Love Seitan co-founder Steve Swindon said: “Plant Based World Expo is a great opportunity to meet and further develop relationships with other businesses. We want to bring people together and change the world for the better by showcasing what plant-based food and businesses can do.”