By Mary Ellen Kuhn
Want to have a personal conversation with sales and technical experts from ingredient companies? Collect some up-to-date new product information? Glean insights into ingredient applications? Watch a professional chef demonstrate how to create on-trend menu items?
It’s all possible at the SHIFT20 virtual food expo, which showcases hundreds of providers of products, services, and solutions.
And one of the best things about the virtual expo (along with the fact that it doesn’t require comfortable shoes), is the fact that attendees can access exhibitor information for six months after the live portion concludes on Wednesday, July 15. It’s also simple to take notes on individual exhibitors, send follow-up emails, and more.
Here’s a sneak peek at what some of this year’s virtual exhibitors are showcasing.
American Egg Board
Education is a substantial part of the American Egg Board’s (AEB) mission, and to fulfill this mission during SHIFT20, the AEB is sharing a number of product development resources. Most notable is a new white paper, “Gen Z: A New Generation to Feed,” which examines the impact this highly diverse (48% non-Caucasian) cohort is having on the food and beverage industry. Gen Z (aged 8–23) represents more than a quarter (26%) of the American population. More than previous generations, these unintentional foodies will influence food innovation because of their concern about where food is sourced and how it’s produced.
Also available from the AEB is the EggPro curriculum—a professional development course with an e-learning module on egg functionality and the science behind it. Specifically designed for food scientists and culinologists, the course was created by AEB in collaboration with Rouxbe Global Food Group, an online culinary school. To support the food industry during these challenging times, the AEB is waiving tuition for the EggPro curriculum until the end of 2020. Those who are interested may enroll at rouxbe.com/eggpro.
DDW The Color House
The newest additions to DDW’s line of organic colors are in the SHIFT20 spotlight. The color house’s organic colors provide the same vibrant hues as its natural colors but offer a premium, simple label. DDW’s full line of organics now includes Certified Organic Spirulina, Amaize, Annatto, Turmeric, Class I Caramel Color, Naturbrown Apple, and Organic-Compliant Beta-carotene. DDW expo Power Hour visitors are eligible to receive a code good for 10% off their first order of organic colors.
In addition to organics, DDW is showcasing its popular Amaize Red, Naturbrown, and Emulsitech colors with its sales and technical support staff standing by ready to answer questions during Power Hours.
Grain Processing Corp.
Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) invites SHIFT20 participants to stop by its virtual space to see how to put the bite back into plant-based products and create smooth and creamy plant-based drink mixes. GPC technical service scientists will be available to answer questions during Power Hours.
Videos will demonstrate the functionality and physical properties of GPC’s MALTRIN carbohydrates. And GPC experts will share insights into how to carry aqueous and non-aqueous ingredients using PURE-DENT B730 modified food starch.
As businesses pivot their innovation strategies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wixon’s emphasis remains on serving as a reliable partner in developing quality custom taste solutions with a strong focus on providing on-trend flavor systems that connect with today’s consumers. This includes the trending interest in foods that help support the immune system, as well as the indulgent comfort food flavors that are winning on the shelves.
To help develop with these trend-worthy flavors, Wixon is offering flavor inspiration sheets for attendees who stop by its virtual showroom.
Leprino Nutrition is showcasing its line of dairy-based specialty ingredients. Native whey protein isolate, native micellar casein concentrate, and galacto-oligosaccharides offer flavor and functionality benefits and are made without chemicals or bleaching, satisfying clean label demand.
Information from hundreds of SHIFT20 exhibitors will be available for six months following the conclusion of the live virtual event.