30 September 2019
EFKO Group organized a seminar to prepare food products producers to the «green» revolution
30 September 2019, Moscow, Russia – EFKO Group, leader of specialized fats and margarines market in Russia and EEU countries held a traditional autumn seminar for partners that joined over 70 representatives of 35 large Russian and foreign enterprises of confectionary, baking and other sectors of food industry, scientific institutes and industrial associations.
An extensive tasting of products based on vegetable ingredients opened the event. The guests tasted over 10 types of functional and alternative products: desserts with soybean and oat milk, gluten-free cookies with rice and corn flour, waffles with food fiber and other finished products prepared by specialists of EFKO Group’s R&D-center especially for the seminar according to the unique recipes.
Presented samples received high marks of the participants. The guests noted not only the taste of the products but also a growing popularity of this segment of the market.
«I liked butter cookies with rice flour. Everything is perfect: the structure, the outstanding taste of pistachio and almond in combination with dark glazing… Another good thing is that such a delicacy can be considered as a «gluten-free product». In my opinion, in that regard, EFKO technologists managed to take a look into the future because the trend on healthy diet is growing quickly and consumers are interested in such products», - Irina Pugacheva, head technologist of the confectionary factory «Pobeda», shared her impressions.
However for Russia gluten-free confectioneries, products low in sugar and vegetable alternatives to dairy products are just novelties while abroad they have already been popular for many years.
There is also a demand for products with vegetable ingredients in the Middle East. Reid Zuabi, head technologist of R&D-center of the company TNUVA – a large producer of food products in Israel, told how millennial generation influences on food industry:
«Demand for traditional food products at the market is slowly falling. Modern consumers more often prefer products of vegetable origin instead of animal one that stimulates the world famous companies to invest into creation of alternatives to milk products, meat, cheese and develop this segment. We are sure that the market of products based on vegetable ingredients will have a bright future and all of us will witness a real «green revolution», - Reid Zuabi shared his opinion.
Within the business program participants of the seminar discussed another current issues of the sector: questions on contaminant rationing in food industry. Besides, there was a topic on sugar substitution in food products. Oleg Medvedev, Doctor of Medicine, chief of R&D-center «Healthy diet», told about potential advantages of protein sweeteners, production technologies and prospects for the use in food industry.
For over 10 years EFKO Group has organized seminars for partners. Within them leading Russian and foreign experts share unique information and talk about main tendencies of the world food products market. Such format of technological support lets the largest holding at the market of Fat&Oil products in Russian and EEU countries take business of the partners to a qualitatively new level.
«Today’s seminar has been at a high level. Thanks a lot to EFKO company for the opportunity to get such a useful information. Especially it was interesting to hear opinion on products based on vegetable ingredients of specialists from other countries – Israel, Netherlands… In my view, such products are able to take a worthy position at Russian market but it is necessary to tell consumers about benefits of vegetable products, acquaint people with their advantages», - Boris Bashilov, director of the company «Osnova Agro», noted.