Named the 'Sports & Active Nutrition Summit' in previous years, this annual conference has been given a new name and focus in order to stay in-tune with the fast-evolving category. This category is now supporting the health conscious mass market consumer to stay fit and healthy as well as supporting the performance goals of elite sport stars.
With that, the range of products and services on offer have expanded to encompass new and exciting health targets and these targets have underpinned the areas of focus at this year's conference - women's health, cognitive health, life-stages nutrition, and personalised nutrition.
Within this, we will delve into hormonal cycles, the gut-brain axis, menopause, AI, sarcopenia, botanicals, CBD, and wearables, to name just a few topics.
New content to be explored
Moving away from a solely sports focus means content will be more varied than in previous years.
Day one of this year's conference will concentrate on women's health. This is a highly trending subject in the nutrition industry today, with academic and industry alike becoming more aware of the gender health gap that exists in research and product innovation.
The topic will kick off with a presentation from a superstar of the women's health world - Dr Nicky Keay, a hormone health expert and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at University College London. She will unveil the essential knowledge we all need in order to better understand how women's hormones impact their nutrition requirements.
Heather Jackson, founder of GenM, will join the stage to outline the topic of menopause and reveal how her team is working to improve education for the female consumer and build awareness around the multitude of nutraceutical solutions that could help relieve the many possible symptoms.
The topic of women's health will round off with a presentation from Holland & Barrrett, revealing how the retailer is improving its provisions for women's health, through products and campaigns, as well as providing some insights into merchandising and ranging has changed in line with the evolving sports nutrition market.
Day two of the conference will focus life-stages nutrition and cognitive health. The morning's presentations and panels will focus on the nutrition needs of both the young athlete and the ageing athlete. This will lead to insights into health concerns such as sarcopenia and the new science which supports the use of nutrition to delay the effects of ageing.
Delving into the topic of cognitive health in the afternoon, delegates will gain insights from notorious cognitive health nutrition researcher Professor Andrew Scholey, from Monash University in Australia. He will will draw on three decades experience and over 100 clinical trials into the impact of nutrition on the brain, with insights into how cognition is measured and the biologically plausible targets which can be modified through 'nutra' interventions.
Delegates will hear from some of the industry's newest innovators in this space with our 'Startup Stars' panel, which will see our three competition winning startup founders present their business to the room.
Day three will focus on personalised nutrition and will open with Qina's Mariette Abrahams, a world-leading speaker on the subject who will provide a picture the current technologies on the market and their ability to provide reliable nutrition and information based on the latest science.
The conference will finish with a panel discussion on the fast pace of change in the personalised nutrition arena and the ethical considerations that need to be made by those innovating in this space.
Now in its sixth year, the NutraIngredients team has seen the community grow to become the meeting point for all things sports nutrition related.
This year we’ve optimised the networking opportunities for our delegates. Whether it's taking part in a roundtable discussions, joining our morning run or evening out on the town, there are several opportunities to build new relationships.
What our delegates say
At our 2022 summit, 98% of delegates rated the event as excellent or good and 93% said they found the information provided valuable to their organisation.
What's more, 90% of delegates said the event achieved the objective of uniting stakeholders from across the value chain.
To learn more and register to the event, visit the conference website here.