Around 65 buying specialists were offered a top-class information program on the two days of the conference and discussed this at the appropriate level. There was a lot of open discussion and there was a lot of information
The start was, as always, the market situation: Diana Schaack from AMI spoke on the topic: “Plant-based proteins for humans and animals – market supply and development prospects”. She analyzed the market development of the individual sales channels and gave out commodities and trend commodities. Market overview of flows of goods and provenances. Linda Solcher approached the topic of food safety for Eurofins against “falsification”: Global Sourcing: Audits, Inspections and Analytics – Practical Concepts Organic Products in International Trade – Just a Risk, or an Opportunity?

Between the cross-cutting issues Product insights: Katja Riedl-Wunderlich presented new projects for the supply chain from cultivation to processing: Rice, pasta and ready meals The topic “Hemp – Regional, organic and rich in nutrients: A healthy food is becoming a trend again” Rafael Dulon from HANF FARM Finally, representatives from Russia and Ukraine as well as the sponsors of the raw materials project in Nigeria presented their projects. The evening get-together was spiced up with some innovations from start-ups and offered plenty of opportunity for conversation.

The second day of the conference started with surveys – a fair trade topic. “Social responsibility in the supply chain” presented by Julia Schäffer the Fair for Life concept of the Ecocert Group. Marlene Jonas and Christian Kluge, who are responsible for product management at dm, provided a conceptual insight into their assortment work “Organic products between daily needs, different diets and current trends – what the dmBio brand wants to offer and what its demands are.”
The event concluded with ongoing product developments and innovations. From the point of view of Richard Janssen GmbH, Lucas Janssen gave insights into new trends in the field of dried fruit, nuts / nut mixes and vegetable chips, and Burkhardt Klodt presented the latest developments in extrusion for the Rubin mill. Protein crispies for breakfast products and extrudates for the production of vegetable meat substitutes.
As always, it was thanks to the expertise and quality of the speakers that decision makers were able to receive a high-profile update on the trends and developments in the market in a short time, while at the same time using their limited time for relevant network contacts. The concept of this event, combining information with direct business contacts, also came up this time. And the conference for the coming year is already in the preliminary planning phase: the next SOURCING TRENDS 2019 will take place on 18 th and 19 th September in the Haus Rissen in Hamburg.