Leading UK distributor ACI Group, which works with some of the largest global food brands, has launched a new webinar innovation series that tackles the biggest challenges facing bakery producers today.
The six-month digital programme aims to support bakery manufacturers with their new product development (NPD) or reformulations ahead of new legislation around HFSS (high fat, salt, sugar) products currently slated to come into force in the UK by October 2023.
Focused on innovative approaches to formulation, the webinar series will take place from October through to March 2023, with a new guest at the helm each month.
Karsten Smet, Director of ACI Group, commented: “Bakery manufacturers have a challenging year ahead as the UK government continues to push non-HFSS products into the spotlight. With consumer demand soaring for healthier, ‘better-for-you’ products and raw material shortages that will continue well into 2023, there is a growing need for the bakery sector to look for new, innovative and sustainable approaches when it comes to reformulation.
“Our innovation series is designed to tackle these challenges. From reducing NPD and reformulation costs to using great tasting, clean-label ingredients that deliver value-added health benefits, there is something for everyone in our webinars.”
The digital programme will kick off with natural ingredients producer, GreenField, sharing its unique insight into how bakery brands can innovate with purpose by using clean-label ingredients. The 30-minute lunchtime webinar will focus on ingredients like cocoa fibre, dried fruit seeds and oat-beta glucan that can be used as sustainable alternatives in bakery applications, while retaining natural taste, aroma, appearance and texture.
Future months will see guests from Europe’s leading milling company Goodmills Innovation, global leaders in value-added ingredients IFF, and data analysts Nutrition Integrated to share their expert insight via the webinar series.
“For our suppliers, supporting their bakery customers from ideation through to innovation is paramount to them meeting consumer demands and legislation requirements next year. We are pleased to be able to provide them with a platform that can facilitate this,” concluded Karsten.
For more information on the series, to sign up to the next webinar, or access recordings from all previous webinars, please visit ACI Group Webinar Series.