Tuesday 24 April 2018

This industry briefing was part of a series that focuses on innovation and industry trends in sports nutrition. European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) and other leading experts from Europe offered expert advice on legislation in the sports nutrition sector, as well as an overview on how mainstreaming sports presents a commercial opportunity for both food and drink manufacturers, and ingredients companies. If you’re interested in the latest trends, insights and forecast in the sports nutrition market then take a look at the presentations below.


Matthew Perry - Presentation
Capitalizing on innovation opportunities within sports nutrition


Ronald Geerts - Presentation 
Next Generation Minerals for Sports Nutrition


Mike Bagshaw - Presentation
Flavour trends 18/19


Bryan Dickie - Presentation
Direct Food Ingredients



Matthew Perry, Associate Analyst, GlobalData Plc

Matthew joined GlobalData as an Associate Analyst in 2016, having graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial economics. His role involves conducting in-depth research on FMCG markets at both global and regional levels as well as offering analysis on consumer trends and innovations. Matthew is particularly interested in the impact of radical product innovations, emerging consumer trends, and how these create challenges and opportunities within FMCG industries.

Ronald Geerts, Technical Manager, Van Eeghen Functional Ingredients

Ronald graduated from Wageningen University and holds a Masters Degree in Food Technology. He gained experience from different fields in the food and nutrition industry. His career started in the packaging industry, where he held various functions: Quality Manager, Product Manager and Technical Manager for New Business Development. For the last 8 years, Ronald has been active in the food supplements and sports nutrition market, where he today supports customers to find solution for their challenges in the food supplement & sports nutrition market at Van Eeghen Functional Ingredients. His passion for regulatory challenges, combined with knowledge on many different ingredients and market driven attitude, gives him a good overview of what is happening in the market. 

Mike Bagshaw, Founder & Owner, International Taste Solutions (ITS)

Mike Bagshaw founded International Taste Solutions (ITS) in 2009 aiming for it to be the most innovative, passionate, and agile creator of natural taste and texture solutions in the food industry. Holding strong technical skills and being an enthusiastic entrepreneur, he started ITS with a focus in the bakery, but he soon realised that the food industry was moving towards healthier products.

Mike’s passion and enthusiasm brought him to embrace a change and opened its range of taste and texture solutions to a broader market, including sports nutrition helping many clients to successfully develop products in the market. In 2016, ITS opened his new headquarters, including an Innovation Centre, Flavour laboratory and an Applications Suite which allows their team of experts to work closely with customers on development projects – whether it’s improving recipes or developing a new product.

Bryan Dickie, Sales Executive, Direct Food Ingredients (DFI)

Bryan manages the Sports Nutrition Sales for Direct Food Ingredients Ltd (DFI), supplying the UK's largest nutrition manufacturers and contract manufacturers with vitamins, amino acids, proteins, excipients, herbal and nutraceutical ingredients. Most of his time is spent developing business with some of the UK's most successful sports nutrition manufacturers. Bryan is also involved with the sourcing and purchasing of ingredients and works closely with DFI’s quality team to ensure everything imported and distributed meets the companies high quality standards.

DFI is the only company worldwide to be both BRC Agents & Brokers and Informed Sport Site certified. DFI specialises in the import and distribution of functional ingredients into the nutrition, food and beverage and animal feed/nutrition industries throughout the UK, Europe and America.

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