What’s on your agenda? Define your omega-3 plan for Vitafoods 2019

By Nathan Gray contact

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What’s on your agenda? Define your omega-3 plan for Vitafoods 2019
With Europe’s biggest nutraceutical event just a month away, the NutraIngredients team takes a look at what’s happening with one of the biggest global ingredients categories at the show.

Now estimated to be worth €1.3 billion, the market for omega-3 fatty acids has witnessed phenomenal growth over the past 20 years

While extensive research and high consumer awareness will continue to support future growth and prominence of the category as a key trend in the health and nutrition space, research from GOED suggests most Europeans do not get enough omega-3 in their diets.

Despite growing awareness of most of these benefits, most Europeans do not get enough omega-3 from their diets, research from GOED shows.

The omega-3 resource centre, a focused knowledge hub, organised in association with GOED will again return to Vitafoods – showcasing the latest ingredients market data and information on formulation, delivery formats and applications.

Meanwhile, the omega-3 theatre will provide presentations and debates on hot industry topics that matter to business and consumers, and the BASF Index Testing Area will provide a free check of your omega-3 status levels.


Two full days of talks at the omega-3 theatre will help you delve into the latest and upcoming trends from experts.

Day one (Tuesday 7th​ May) kicks off with Ove Wikstrom of BASF​ talking about how to drive the next wave of omega-3 category growth and ‘getting more omega-3 to where it’s needed’, before Wenche Emblem Larssen of PELAGIA​ presents on the development of a sensory standard for fish oils.

Aldo Bernasconi, director of information and research at GOED​ will then provide an update of the global EPA and DHA ingredients market before Dilip Ghosh of Nutriconnect​ discusses the evidence, controversies, and consensus on the efficacy of omega-3 for cardiometabolic health.

A further session to be presented by GOED will be followed by a discussion on sustainable marine supplements, which will see Christien Absil from the Goodfish Foundation, Ellen Schutt of GOED​ and Helle Fiskbæk from Orkla Health​ come together to discuss ‘why we should care and how it’s done’.

Wednesday 8th begins with Dr Clemens Von Schacky from the University of Munich and Omegametrix​ talking about the things learned from the Omega-3 Index, and why one dose does not fit all. Elana Natker of GOED​ will then present a range of tips for educating the omega-3 consumer. 

The final sessions will see data from a pilot RCT on krill oil presented by Professor Darija Vranešić Bender of University Hospital Centre Zagreb ​and the ‘Alphabet of omega-3 fatty acids’ presented by Cuie Yan.

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