The next edition of Host Milano, which will host a complete range of products dedicated to the “Bakery, Pizza and Pasta” area under the motto of quality and innovation, will be ahead of market trends, formats, and technologies that are changing the sector.
One of the baking trends that will be reflected in the show, to be held from October 13 to 17, is environmental and social sustainability. Consumers are increasingly opting for locally produced flours and want to know what the traceability of the ingredients is. Likewise, a renaissance of ancestral practices is taking place. For this reason, Host will show products that recover traditional methods, but made with new techniques and influenced by global street food.
For four days, there will be a review of trends not only in Italy, but throughout the world. Host predicts a return to sourdoughs and a preference for products with alternative sources of protein, highly demanded by those who follow low-gluten or vegan diets. Legumes and ancient cereals are becoming more and more popular. In Spain, for example, the practice of using sustainable ingredients is spreading, especially for artisan pizza, which in cities like Barcelona and Madrid are presented in alternative formats. And in the United Arab Emirates, work is underway to minimize waste through the use of compostable packaging.
When it comes to equipment, in the world of bakery and pizza there is a significant demand for compact electric ovens that can be easily placed in small spaces and that are energy efficient. The lack of qualified personnel also dictates the demand for intuitive tools. Host ensures that the market requires flexibility, both in size and in use. Remote connectivity and new consumption styles are driving demand for agile, high-performance, and easy-to-use computers. 4.0 and IoT technology that allows machines to connect to the Internet of Things for access to remote controls and analytics is now crucial. These include knowing where the machine is installed, knowing how many dispensing operations have been carried out and on which products, changing machine parameters, and managing alarms for maintenance alerts.