Main exhibitions in the food industry

Due to food science and technology, the progress of the industry has increased along with customers interest in healthy nutrition. The increase in production has been combined with a progressive effort in monitoring the hygiene and the food laws of the countries trying to regulate and unify processes and products. Considering all of this, it is a dynamic sector in which innovation is a factor of utmost importance to produce more and better.

In this article, we are going to present some of the main exhibitions that are of high interest for food manufacturers for sharing information, networking and learning more between all the agents of the different segments of the market. This is a way to share new knowledge and to catch up with the news and trends in the food industry.

Food Ingredients Europe and Asia

Food Ingredients Global provides customised solutions for companies that need to grow and develop their business.

Food Ingredients Europe is held every two years in November and is one of the most relevant meetings in which you can meet the main suppliers of ingredients for food. The attendees at this fair can be up to 13000 people, and they have around 570 exhibitors.

The sectors and products represented are mainly from the food and beverage industry, but there are companies from the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries as well. With regard to ingredients, we offer vitamins, minerals and additives, dietary supplements and nutraceuticals and natural colors, as well as measuring equipment.

For its part, Food Ingredients Asia (FI Asia) is an event that has been developed since 1996 for the service of the extensive food industry of Southeast Asia and it usually occurs in September, summoning 17,000 attendees and counting on more than 400 exhibitors.

In 2010, the decision was made to rotate between Thailand and Indonesia to access the entire region of suppliers of key ingredients and quality visitors. To support this important exhibition, smaller summits have also been introduced in Vietnam and the Philippines.

This region is recognised by industry and leading market research companies as one of the leading emerging markets for food ingredients. The Southeast Asian market is booming, with a population of over 625 million. FI Asia is a platform for large and small businesses to increase their exposure in the Asian region and boost their business, with annual growth of 25% in the number of exhibitors in the last four years.

Vitafoods Europe

Vitafoods Europe is one of the sector fairs for ingredients of nutraceutical products and dietary supplements, and it normally takes place in May. It is one of the main events in the nutraceutical sector, and related products and services around the world, where around 1,700 visitors and about 900 exhibitors are attending.

During the fair, presentations are given on current issues relevant to the sector, such as the importance of traceability in food, healthy alternatives to snacks and R & D for the future consumer.

In addition there are alternative activities, such as an educational program divided into three main pillars: R & D forums, business workshops and probiotic summit.

Natural Product Expo East and West

Natural Product Expo West is an organic, healthy and natural products industry fair that attracts more than 80,000 industry professionals and 3100 exhibitors to the Anaheim Convention Center. It is a very relevant fair in the sector, and the usual date is in March. It is ranked as one of the 200 most important fairs in the United States by Tradeshow Week, as is the version of this fair on the east coast, Natural Products Expo East.

Natural Products Expo East takes place on the east coast of the United States, and more than 28,000 professionals meet. It is an organic, healthy, natural products industry fair, and has 1,900 exhibitors and is held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Some of the activities included  in this fair are the conferences, workshops and tours. In addition, there are many other activities included in this fair, such as Retailer of the Year Award Ceremony, Thursday Evening Celebration and Community Breakfast.

IFT

This is the food technology fair where some of the industry’s most creative minds meet, and it is usually held in June at the McCormick Place fairgrounds facility in Chicago, although in 2017 the fair took place in Las Vegas. With more than 20,000 attendees, the companies that participanted can build new relationships and expand their professional ecosystem in their more than 1000 exhibitors, and enjoy about 100 sessions where they can expand knowledge.

At the event, attendees can find a large collection of food ingredients, equipment, processing and packaging suppliers. It is a leading event in its category, where food trends are exhibited worldwide.

Supply Side West

Supply Side West brings together more than 15,000 buyers of ingredients and suppliers from the dietary supplements, beverages, functional foods, personal care and sports nutrition industries.At this fair, which is usually organised at the end of September or beginning of October, you can learn about the new trends in the world food industry. The event brings together more than 1,200 exhibitors and has more than 140 hours of educational and conference programming.

FoodTech Summit

The Food Tech Summit & Expo is a food industry event that brings together ingredients, additives and solutions for the food and beverage industry in Mexico and Central America. In its next edition, it will celebrate 10 years and the usual date of the fair is in September.

Participating in this fair means presenting the products and / or services to more than 13,000 executives who visit the Expo with 350 exhibitors.

In addition, international speakers come to present trends, best practices, success stories and share strategic information about the industry. This event is mainly directed to directors, managers, coordinators, analysts, representatives of the areas of: R & D, new products, marketing, shopping, commercial, production, quality and laboratory, among other areas.

FoodPro

With more than 50 years, this fair is focused on the Australian food manufacturing industry. Foodpro is organised once every three years, usually in July, and is located at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Center. The number of attendees is around 9,000 and the number of exhibitors amounts to 360.

This event provides a platform for food industry professionals to meet face-to-face with suppliers of state-of-the-art processing, packaging and production technology as well as the latest in food science.

The visitor can explore through the six zones of Foodpro, each dedicated to the different steps in the food manufacturing process: Ingredients, Food Science and Technology, Processing Equipment, Plant Equipment, Containers and the New Zone Integrity of the Supply Chain.

GulFood

Gulfood is the annual food and beverage fair that brings together food professionals from all corners of the world to meet for 5 days. Gulfood is a professionally managed B2B fair hosted by the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), which is normally held in February. At first it was a biennial event, but the fair has grown to promote food trade among more than 120 countries a year, allowing 5000 suppliers of raw materials and ingredients to show trends and innovations that are shaping the future Of food and drink consumption worldwide. The participation of this fair is high, with around 93,000 attendees.

Below, we show a summary table of the most significant data of each of the fairs.

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