Interpoma a fruitful success

Almost 18,000 sector operators visited Interpoma 2014, causing the ninth hosting of the apple event to notch up a 12.5% increase in attendance compared to the previous show. There were 423 exhibiting companies from twenty different nations, plus 17,974 visitors from over seventy countries.

Reinhold Marsoner, Director of the Fiera Bolzano Exhibition Centre in South Tyrol, Italy, says, "Three quarters of the visitors came from outside South Tyrol, with a large proportion coming from all over Europe – featuring a notable rise in numbers from Eastern Europe, especially Serbia, Moldavia and Poland."

Interpoma's visitor profile consists largely of sector operators from all over the world, the majority being apple growers, followed by growers of other fruit, fruit & vegetable sales operators and agricultural machinery companies. All the exhibitors showed enthusiasm about the positive results of the world's only trade show devoted exclusively to the cultivation, storage and marketing of apples.

Great interest was also shown towards the Guided Tours and the International Congress, 240 people took up Interpoma's offer of guided tours visiting local apple-growing establishments, and 1040 signed up for the three-day conference "The Apple in the World". This year this major event focused on new market trends and on developments in the organisation of worldwide apple marketing, plus sustainable apple cultivation, new scientific and research developments, and on how fruit growers face the challenge of adapting to climate change.

Saudi exhibition showcases global marketplace under one roof

The second edition of Foodex Saudi was inaugurated by HH Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid bin Turki Al Saud, Deputy Chairman of the Meteorology and Environmental Protection Technical Affairs. Organised by Reed Sunaidi Exhibitions and taking place at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, the event has attracted more than four hundred brands from over thirty countries and is projected to receive over 15,000 visitors and buyers from Saudi Arabia and the GCC.

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture — represented by its Deputy Minister, Eng. Jaber Bin Mohammed Al-Shihri — and sponsored by Alpha Trading, Savola Foods Arabia and Fakeih Poultry, Foodex Saudi has set the benchmark for food and beverage exhibitions in the Kingdom. Some of the leading brands presented at the event include Fakieh Poultry, Al Tazaj, Afia Oil, Café Mauro, The Frozen Yogurt Factory, Evian, Valrhona, Choco Melt, Butler, Magic, Abu Bint and Tabasco.

Simon Blazeby, Head of Exhibitions at Reed Sunaidi, says, “We’d like to thank HH Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid bin Turki Al Saud and the Ministry of Agriculture for their continued patronage and support of Foodex Saudi — we believe that there is no better time than now for these initiatives. The Saudi food sector is expected to grow by 55.3% over the next few years, reaching $70 billion per annum. Being the largest consumer in the Gulf, the Kingdom’s food and agricultural commodities account for 15%, or $17.5 billion, of its imports, with agricultural imports projected to grow by as much as 76% by 2016. The exhibition provides a platform for local and international businesses to come together and further develop Saudi Arabia’s F&B industry."

The opening day also marked the kick-off of the three day Saudi Food Forum, with the keynote address being delivered by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, H.E. Eng. Jaber Mohamed Al Shehri. Focusing on the responsible development of the Kingdom’s $70 billion F&B industry, the topics to be covered during the three days in session include food security and safety, import and export, supply chain and logistics, Halal food standards, and food marketing.

Nordic Organic Food Fair reports 13% increase in attendees

Nordic Organic Food Fair – the Nordic region’s only dedicated international trade show for organic food and drink – has announced a 13% increase in total attendance for 2014. The event welcomed 3558 natural and organic industry professionals from 51 countries to its second edition in Malmö, Sweden.

Having more than doubled in size since its launch last year, the show offered thousands of visiting retailers and foodservice professionals a vibrant showcase of healthy, sustainable, natural, raw, organic food and drink, and speciality ingredients. Co-located with Natural Products Scandinavia, the combined events featured 310 exhibiting brands.

Both visitors and exhibitors have hailed the show a great success, with 85% of surveyed visitors rating their experience as excellent or good.

The show’s aisles were buzzing with a ‘who’s who’ of the sector, with many of Scandinavia’s biggest food retailers in attendance. Among them were Matse AB, SuperBrugsen, Mathem i Sverige AB, Dansk Supermarked, Lidl Sverige and 7-Eleven. Hundreds of wholesalers, distributors, commercial kitchens, and independent food outlets were also represented.

Event director Zoe Lacey-Cooper says, “We had another fantastic show this year, with visitor numbers increasing again and a very positive response from our exhibitors and visitors. For a show that is only two years old, it’s amazing how Nordic Organic Food Fair has really caught the imagination – and attention – of everyone involved in this important sector. Big thanks must go to our association and media partners for their continued support, our exhibiting companies for helping to make the show look so vibrant (with amazing stands!), and the visitors who came out in their thousands from all across the world.”

Nordic Organic Food Fair will return to Malmö, Sweden, on 1st and 2nd November 2015. For more information, visit

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China Brew & China Beverage to move to Shanghai

China Brew & China Beverage is moving from Beijing to a new home at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre on 11th to 14th October 2016.

The exhibition centre in Shanghai offers a better infrastructure, and most of the beverage industry companies are based in this southern Chinese metropolis. The change to the exhibition venue was agreed in cooperation with the VDMA, and the partners of drinktec.

Dr Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München International, and Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association, think this is a step in the right direction. Dr Pfeiffer says, "With this move to Shanghai, we want to make an already highly successful project even more successful. By being closer to the geographical heart of the beverages industry, we expect further synergy effects to be generated for the event." Richard Clemens says, "The response we have had so far from our exhibitors and from the industry has been positive across the board."

CBB 2014 has got off to a successful start. A total of 708 exhibitors from 25 countries – 5% more than last time - are putting on a presentation of their products and solutions at the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing. 248 of these exhibitors are from outside China. The space taken up by non-Chinese exhibitors is 9000 sq m, 13% higher than at the last event. As such, the international exhibitors account for around one quarter of the total exhibition space at this year's CBB. More than 50,000 visitors are expected to come along to CBB 2014 before it closes on 16th October.

EMBALLAGE a source of inspiration and innovation

Get set for the trade event of the year for the packaging, logistics and handling industries as the joint EMBALLAGE and MANUTENTION shows will be held in Paris. From 17th to 20th November at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre, this biennial international event will bring four complementary business sectors to life - packaging, processing, printing and handling for the food, health and beauty aids, luxury and health industres.

This event will bring together about 100,000 international professionals, eager to seize the opportunity of unique overviews and insight into useful innovation for increasingly integrated production and supply channels. EMBALLAGE 2014 is not only a platform for business and sourcing but also for inspiration, thanks to its rich content for each industrial sector. All the industry intelligence is highlighted for the four days of the exhibition by means of conferences, a showcase of packaging innovations and exhibitions to explore the packaging of the future.

The Pack Innovation area is dedicated to exhibitors’ latest innovations and trends. They are invited to present their new products to the organisers on an online platform and the Pack Experts Committee then selects the best to honour in the Pack Experts Innovation Awards.

To take stock of future regulatory changes, analyse business trends, understand the challenges faced by other countries, the Pack Vision conference programme focuses on sectoral and cross-cutting issues. Speakers are top-level experts, and conferences facilitate the sharing of experience.

EMBALLAGE has also joined forces with STRATE, a French design school, to explore the packaging of tomorrow through a new design experience. Best Pack – Design by students for virtuous solutions will welcome students from five international design schools, including Strate from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Turkey. It aims to demonstrate the strengths of design as an approach to and driver of packaging innovation.

This year, EMBALLAGE will also welcome an exhibition of award-winning work from The Dieline Awards, its fifth international competition, while the Dieline Summit, dedicated to packaging design, will be held for the first time.

For more information, visit

Young’s throws support behind World Seafood Congress

Seafish has confirmed Young’s Seafood will be the platinum sponsor of World Seafood Congress 2015. The event is set to attract hundreds delegates from around the world to Grimsby for a packed programme of speakers, debate, networking, training and activities from 5th to 9th September.

World Seafood Congress, supported by Food & Drink International, was officially launched at the Humber Seafood Summit. The call for papers is now open and a range of sponsorship packages are still available.

Paul Williams, Chief Executive at Seafish, says, “We are delighted to announce that Young’s have joined this exciting project as our platinum sponsor. They are a long-standing, highly respected and prominent voice of the industry here, both in terms of its long heritage and its exciting future.

“The Young’s brand, with its iconic headquarters at Ross House, is synonymous with Grimsby. This Congress will place this region in the spotlight as a centre of innovation and commercial importance in the seafood industry, so it’s absolutely right that Young’s play a central role in supporting the Congress and showcasing the town.”

Pete Ward, Deputy Chief Executive of Young’s Seafood, says, “The World Seafood Congress is an incredibly important institution, bringing together stakeholders from all over the world. We’re proud to be supporting the event, welcoming the congress to Grimsby, and playing our part in promoting innovation and sustainable best practice through the supply chain.”

World Seafood Congress brings together a global audience of seafood processors and Importers, academia, public and private organizations, fish inspectors and government. Each day will see discussions in Trading initiatives and developments in the Seafood sector. Different countries outlooks on key issues issues will be explored as we enter an era which is forever changing, bringing new opportunities and challenges in sourcing and trading seafood.

Discussions in innovation insight will be linked to training and skills requirements for the sector and where further opportunities lie. New product development in seafood and technology, as well innovation and quality management in the industry will also feature throughout the event programme.

Watch out for more information during the build-up in Food & Drink International and via

Packaging Innovations London set to inspire the capital

Hosting the world’s most innovative packaging suppliers, Packaging Innovations London, the exclusive event for branded and inspirational packaging, co-located with Luxury Packaging 2014, returns to the Business Design Centre, London on 30th September and 1st October.

Over 160 companies have already signed up to exhibit, including first time exhibitor Airpack Systems who is set to wow the beer and wine industry with its new innovative 100% recyclable inflatable packaging. Croxons will be launching its extension to their ultra-premium range of spirit bottles at the show, and will be joined by a mix of food and beverage exhibitors including Firstan, J&J Pont Packaging, The Sherwood Press Group, Aegg and Royston Labels.

Showcasing its latest packaging creations will be international exhibitor Dapy Paris whose extensive packaging ranges have been used by many of the world’s most prestigious brands, such as Belvedere Vodka, Moet & Chandon, Johnnie Walker, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, G.H Mumm and Verve Clicquot. If you are looking to revamp your packaging MMR Research will be demonstrating its Impackt Lite, providing companies with a limited but scientifically robust, quantitative and accurate method for assessing the likely success of new or revised packs.

Innovia Films will be exhibiting its new compostable NatureFlex 55 HK1, a hermetically sealing film providing an effective barrier against mineral oil residues. Keeping it innovative, PEFC and SFI are collaborating at the show in order to promote responsible fibre sourcing from certified forests.

For all those chocoholics, James Cropper will be displaying its award winning bio recycling solution - cocoa paper. An innovation that could save the skins of many of the 3.5 million tonnes of cocoa beans produced each year, by turning them into wrapping. Reproflex3 will be showcasing its latest product, Packlinc, an app scanning digital gateway for packaging. It allows a user to scan hidden codes within graphics and be linked directly to the desired URL.

Keeping your finger on the pulse within the fast moving and highly competitive beauty industry is imperative. First time exhibitor, Richmond Containers will be launching its premium beauty packaging collection, including premium jars, bottles and dispensers with new foaming and airless shapes. Vetroplas Packaging will be displaying its new foam dispenser allowing consumers to quickly dispense a constant, high-quality stream of foam through a flip-top cap, when squeezing the bottle upside down with just one hand.

Toly will be showcasing its Infinity, Slice, Tubairless, Divine, Airless Jar and C’est Moi ranges, while Quadpack UK will be displaying its Q-Line range including its Ellipse tottle with premium finish and the Flash Pen Coloris stick for eye and lip colour. Also joining the beauty brigade will be Quadpack UK, Charpak, Benson Group, Clarke Rubicon and Continental Bottle Company.

The Luxury Packaging Conference will debut at Luxury Packaging 2014 co-located with Packaging Innovations London, boasting senior representatives from Karl Lagerfeld, Diageo, Elizabeth Arden, Harrods, Procter & Gamble (Prestige Brands) and Hotel Chocolat. They will be exploring the vital role packaging has to play in positioning and promoting luxury and prestige brands. Packaging Innovations will also host an array of show features including inspirational learnShops seminars, The Beauty Symposium, Lions’ Lair and show favourite, The BIG Packaging Debate, where panellists debate a controversial hot topic.

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The future’s bright at the CESA Conference

The speaker line-up for the CESA Conference, held at Heythrop Park on 13th and 14th November, is stronger than ever. A packed programme includes industry leaders, economists, a futurist and a hospitality service management specialist – all topped off with a keynote speech from MP, broadcaster and writer Gyles Brandreth, fresh from his star turn as Lady Bracknell. The conference facilitator is the BBC’s Steph McGovern, whose award-winning coverage of the credit crunch underlines her business acumen.

The conference, which CESA runs in association with the FCSI and the BHA, has become the catering equipment industry’s essential annual event, attracting delegates from every sector, including manufacturers, distributors, consultants and operators.

Each year the conference looks at the key issues facing the catering industry. The 2014 theme, ‘The Future’s Bright’, focuses on the dynamic opportunities for growth that the economic recovery is bringing. Speakers like David Smith, economics editor of The Sunday Times, and Mark Stevenson, author, futurist and founder of Flow Associates, will deliver valuable insight into how catering industry suppliers and operators can maximise their prospects.

There will also be reports and presentations on the latest developments of BIM and its impact not only on the catering equipment industry but also, looking at the broader picture, the construction and architectural arenas.

Nick Oryino, chair of CESA, says, “Delegates will hear the latest thinking from speakers at the heart of the issues. However, the conference is not just about listening, it’s about joining the debate and getting your voice heard. With over two hundred industry leaders gathered together, it’s also a great opportunity to network.”

Conference Thursday will offer a variety of activities including golf at Heythrop Park and the ever popular informal evening dinner. On Friday the speaker programme is followed by the CESA AGM and the Gala Dinner, where the FCSI Sustainable Catering Equipment award and the CESA/Caterer Outstanding Service to the Industry award will be announced.

For more information and to book delegate tickets and accommodation visit


Westflex continues to bring cost effective and environmentally friendly packaging solutions to a diverse range of consumers. They now have an extended range of traditional style, readymade bags in polypropylene, Natureflex and Cellophane films. Their comprehensive range of block bottom SOS, cross bottom and side gusset bags have in particular captured the imagination of brand designers as an economic yet eye-catching solution for packing anything from handmade chocolates to organic flour.

Now, Westflex can now offer digitally printed packs for small volume lines that require high impact designs.

Westflex have more than 35 years' experience in flexible packaging. If you a have a requirement for a product they don’t currently have, talk to them and they can probably find and source a solution for you.

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