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Ojah: Pioneering Extrusion Technology for Irresistible Plant-Based Alternatives

Hailing from the Netherlands, Ojah emerged as a global player at Plant Based World Expo Europe 2023, showcasing innovative solutions that are reshaping the landscape of plant-based protein. Ojah is at the forefront of driving the global protein transition while making meaningful contributions to climate, health, and animal welfare.

Ojah offers comprehensive solutions tailored to various sectors, including Retail & Private Label, Food Manufacturers, and Food Service. The company envisions a world abundant with high-quality plant-based alternatives for meat and fish, making them irresistibly tasty, widely available, and accessible to all.

At the heart of Ojah’s success is their unique High Moisture Extrusion technology (HME), a game-changer since the company’s establishment in 2009. This technology allows Ojah to create a protein fiber that sets their products apart, delivering a remarkable bite and taste. With the largest HME production facility in Europe, Ojah is well-prepared to meet the growing demand for plant-based alternatives globally.

For Ojah, the key to driving the global protein transition is ensuring that consumers do not have to make concessions when choosing plant-based. Sustainability is a cornerstone of Ojah’s ethos. The company exclusively works with non-GMO, European-certified soy that is naturally rich in protein and widely available. By avoiding ingredients of animal origin and allergens like gluten, nuts, or milk, Ojah prioritizes the creation of healthy and sustainable products with competitive prices and scalability.

At Plant Based World Expo Europe 2023, Ojah left an impression with a standout product—a delectably seasoned, breaded plant-based chicken tender that captured the essence of meat without compromising on taste or texture.

Ojah is eager to connect with buyers from all corners of the industry, emphasizing that they do not sell products directly to consumers. Instead, they seek partnerships with businesses looking to develop high-quality plant-based protein products. The company’s participation in the international pavilion representing the Netherlands underscores the global nature of the plant-based movement and the growing marketplace for these foods around the world.

Sheese Cheese: Elevating Dairy-Free Delight to New Heights

Bute Island, the purveyor of Sheese Cheese, is transforming dairy-free alternatives into a delectable and indulgent experience.

At Plant Based World Expo Europe, Bute Island showcased a highly meltable, flavorful cheese slice served in a grilled-cheese format—an evolution of the classic sandwich to new heights of deliciousness. This innovative take on a timeless favorite speaks to Bute Island’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of dairy-free alternatives.

Sheese Cheese offers an extensive range of dairy-free cheeses in various formats and applications, addressing a common concern that has lingered among those contemplating a shift away from dairy—the perceived absence of a decent alternative that truly captures the essence of cheese. With their award-winning vegan range, Sheese, Bute Island dismantles this misconception, assuring consumers that they no longer need to miss out on the joys of their favorite dairy products.

Rooted in a set of core values, Bute Island’s commitment to producing inclusive, ethically sourced, and dairy-free products shines through. Their offerings cater to a diverse audience, regardless of lifestyle choices, health concerns, or beliefs. The company’s ethos revolves around making dairy-free living accessible to everyone, supporting vegan diets and other animal-free lifestyles, all while upholding ethical food production processes.

Bute Island expressed interest in collaborating with buyers primarily in foodservice, extending their reach into the retail landscape as well. Their offerings are poised to make a significant impact in various culinary domains.

The journey of Bute Island, and particularly its Sheese brand, is a one that spans nearly five decades. The first rendition of Sheese, a cheddar-style soy-based cheese alternative, emerged in 1988. Experiencing the products at Plant Based World Europe 2023 is not just a taste of the present but a voyage through the roots of the industry, showcasing how far plant-based cheese ha evolved.

Otherly: The Milk Chocolate We’ve Been Waiting For

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Step into the fantastical world of Otherly, where oat milk takes center stage, and the celebration of individual quirks and oddities is not just encouraged but embraced.

At Plant Based World Expo Europe 2023, Otherly captivated attendees with their innovative Oatmilk Chocolate bars. These decadent treats, including a standout “cold brew coffee oatmilk chocolate,” opened the eyes of buyers seeking a packaged snack that delivers on indulgence.

Otherly believes in the beauty of the “Otherly” way—a not-so-normal way of doing things that makes them stand out from the crowd. It isn’t just about chocolate; it’s a mindset—a belief that differences and oddities should be celebrated. They bring this philosophy to life in a world filled with bespoke characters created by artist Tomi Um. Each character and distinct realm symbolizes the diverse ways people can embrace their “Otherly” side and celebrate what makes them different.

The Otherly booth at the expo wasn’t just a display of chocolate bars; it was an immersive experience. The packaging and stand artwork showcased uplifting, cartoonish scenes from across otherworldly realms, inviting everyone to discover their own “Otherly” side.

Already making waves in the United States with independent sales, Otherly is now keen on expanding its reach and connecting with international buyers. Their products are a particularly good fit for vending and convenience foods in a retail environment, a category seeing rising demand for plant-based offerings.

In a world filled with chocolate options, Otherly stands out not just for its delicious oat milk-infused creations but for the celebration of individuality and the invitation to embrace the extraordinary.

Discover Excellence in Plant-Based Products: Plant-Based Taste Awards

As a food buyer in retail or foodservice, your quest for outstanding plant-based offerings is never-ending. In partnership with Plant Base Mag and FoodBev Media, the Plant-Based Taste Awards presented at Plant Based World Expo recognize and celebrate excellence and innovation within the plant-based food industry.

These awards are a window into a diverse world of plant-based products that cater to the evolving tastes of your customers. Whether you’re seeking a delicious and hearty bacon alternative, seafood, delectable burgers, innovative beverages, mouthwatering breakfast options, tempting desserts, or whole-cut products, these finalists showcase the best the industry has to offer.

The winners will be presented at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 15, in the Pulse Theatre conference room at Plant Based World Expo Europe, taking place at the ExCel London event center.

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Why are these awards important for food buyers like you?

Stay Ahead of the Curve: Being aware of the latest trends and innovative products in the plant-based space can set your business apart. Customers are increasingly demanding plant-based options; these awards can help you stay ahead of the curve.

Delight Your Patrons: Taste remains the number one motivator for repeat purchasers of plant-based products. Serving the finest-tasting products demonstrates your commitment to quality. Wow your patrons with top-tier options and attract a broader customer base.

Diversify Product Offerings: This year’s award program spans across 18 different product categories. These categories range from bacon and burgers to beverages, desserts, ready-made meals and beyond. Take note of the diversity of products being showcased for taste and innovation and expand your awareness of the types of plant-based products you can offer your customers.

By attending the award presentation at Plant Based World Expo Europe on November 15, 2023, you will gain firsthand insight into the crème de la crème of plant-based products. Embrace the opportunity to explore excellence in plant-based innovation.

Click here to see the full list of categories and finalists via Foodbev Media. Join us at the awards presentation and witness the plant-based industry’s finest creations. Elevate your menus and store offerings with these exceptional products and continue to meet the surging demand for plant-based options in your business.

Plant Based World Europe: Spotlight on the Pulse Theater Conference Program

Get ready for an exhilarating experience in London as Plant Based World Expo Europe prepares to host its third annual industry gathering on November 15-16, 2023, at  ExCel London. This two-day plant-based extravaganza promises to captivate your senses with a world of innovative products, educational sessions, and incredible networking opportunities.

One of the key highlights of Plant Based World Europe is the exciting Conference program hosted by Plant Based World Pulse in the “Pulse Theatre.” What sets this conference apart? To our knowledge, it’s the only in-person B2B plant-based conference in the world that’s free to attend. In keeping with our mission to connect and inspire, this conference is designed to foster learning, collaboration, and innovation. Gain critical insights from business leaders from this high-value program.

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Educational Sessions

The Conference program boasts an impressive lineup of sessions that provide invaluable insights into the plant-based industry’s latest trends and developments. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect:

“Back to the Basics: Putting Whole Food Plant-Based Products Center of Plate” – Dive into the heart of plant-based nutrition and culinary delights with this enlightening panel. Featuring experts Simon Day of VEGBLOC, Elin Roberts of Better Nature Tempeh, and Neil Rankin of Symplicity Foods, this session offers an in-depth exploration of whole food ingredients as alternatives to processed plant-based foods. The emphasis is on cleaner labels and diverse ingredients, ensuring that healthy foods are not only nutritious but also incredibly delicious. If you’re passionate about redefining your approach to plant-based products, this session is not to be missed.

“How Brands Can Navigate Foodservice for Long-Term Success” – Ever wondered about the secrets to success in the world of foodservice? Get ready for a comprehensive discussion with a panel of industry experts. Claire Roper, a seasoned foodservice consultant formerly with Quorn, along with Paul Fletcher from Whitbread, Jack Rutherford from THIS, Dean Wilson Hartles from The Restaurant Group PLC, and Mitch Lee of Purezza will delve into the opportunities and benefits of introducing your products to foodservice environments. Discover the tools, strategies, and insights needed for long-term success in the competitive foodservice sector.

This diverse and insightful lineup of sessions will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the plant-based landscape, catering to various interests and expertise levels.

More Than Just a Conference

Plant Based World Europe goes beyond educational sessions. As you explore the exhibition, you’ll encounter hundreds of leading, innovative plant-based products from across the UK, Europe, and around the globe. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with passionate exhibitors and discover the latest plant-based trends and innovations.

Elsewhere during the two days, the event will host one-on-one buyer and supplier meetings, a feature aimed at fostering meaningful connections and facilitating the spread of plant-based products to an even wider audience, including supermarkets and distributors.

The “Learning Garden Theatre” and “Culinary Theatre” round out the Plant Based World Europe experience, offering diverse content over two days. These specialized sessions provide insights, cooking demonstrations, and the chance to experience the creativity of renowned culinary experts.

Plant Based World Europe is a celebration of plant-based solutions, innovation, and community. With industry professionals invited to attend for free, it’s an event that you can’t afford to miss.