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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 www.nordicorganicexpo.com.

Silver success for Barnsley Bitter at national competition

Acorn Brewery’s Barnsley Bitter has scooped a silver medal at the real ale industry’s most prestigious national competition.

Expert beer drinkers from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have awarded the iconic Barnsley brew second prize at the Great British Beer Festival this week. Acorn Brewery’s best-selling pint beat off competition from hundreds of other ales produced by breweries across the UK, and trumped last year’s overall gold medal winner.

Acorn’s Barnsley Gold real ale and its bottled Gorlovka stout also made it through the finals of CAMRA’s national championships. Owner of Acorn Brewery Dave Hughes comments: “We are thrilled to bring back a silver medal for Barnsley Bitter from this year’s Great British Beer Festival.

“We’ve brewed Barnsley Bitter for 12 years now and its consistent high quality has been recognised year on year by a string of regional and national awards including a previous silver medal from CAMRA in 2006.

“But the competition is getting tougher as this thriving industry grows and we’re very proud that our Barnsley Bitter is still up there with the best nationally and continuing to win gongs today. It is fantastic to get this national recognition from CAMRA – they are the beer drinking experts and know a fine real ale when they taste one.”

Barnsley Bitter has made it to the CAMRA national finals eight times previously. The beer also won a silver award from the UK’s Society of Independent Brewers in March this year.

The Great British Beer Festival is the UK's biggest beer festival where visitors get the chance to sample more than 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers produced by more than 350 breweries. The trade days offer brewers the chance to network with licensees, pub owners, retailers and beer writers within the close-knit and growing micro-brewing industry.

Barnsley Bitter is Acorn Brewery’s best-selling brand and is produced using the original strain of Barnsley Bitter yeast, dating back to the mid-19th century. The chestnut-coloured real ale combines Maris Otter malt and English hops and boasts a well-rounded, rich flavour and lasting bitter finish. It has a 3.8 per cent ABV.

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Luxury Packaging returns to the capital

Luxury Packaging, the UK’s only event for luxury brands to source the latest in products, ideas and inspiration returns to the Business Design Centre, London, on 30th September and 1st October. The two day show, co-located with Packaging Innovations, is set to showcase the world’s most creative packaging solutions.

Major names from Italy, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Poland have flocked to sign up for 2014, including Eckart, Favini, Papeteries de Montsegur and Etiq'Etains. The show’s international reach extends far beyond Europe. For instance, Direct Source Packaging Company from the USA and Ascent Group from Hong Kong have both confirmed they will be showcasing their latest products and services.

Another leading international exhibitor confirmed is 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, GH Mumm and Verve Clicquot.

Marc Bruneau, Project Sales Manager at Dapy, says, “Luxury Packaging is the perfect show for us to expand our activity in the UK. There are lots of show features that make the event really valuable, including The Luxury Packaging Conference related to our target market, the Lion's Lair, and the networking we get to do with all the attendees. Luxury Packaging is not about today, it showcases what will happen tomorrow. We cannot wait to attend again this year.”

Show organisers easyFairs are thrilled to introduce its Luxury Packaging Conference, boasting senior representatives from Karl Lagerfeld, Diageo, 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.

Luxury Packaging and Packaging Innovations will also host an array of show features including inspirational learnShops seminars, Lions’ Lair, show favourite, The BIG Packaging Debate, where panellists debate a controversial hot topic and The Beauty Symposium. Stirling Murray, CEO and Founder of The Red Tree, says, “Last year’s Beauty Symposium at Packaging Innovations London was brilliant success and it was great to see how popular all the sessions were. We are delighted to be hosting another Beauty Symposium at the exhibition and very much looking forward to September.”

For further information visit www.easyFairs.com/PI-LONDON.

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The Farm Shop & Deli Show 2015 is set to be the biggest show yet with exhibitor numbers already up 25% on 2014.

The exhibition, which will see over 250 speciality food suppliers promote their products to potential stockists, is being held at the NEC, Birmingham, from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22md April.

Exhibitors already confirmed range from artisan jam makers, crisp producers and bakers through to soft drinks and tea manufacturers. They include established names as well as new companies looking to gain listings for their innovative and original food and drink products. In addition, the show will be growing its machinery, packaging and equipment offering along with services through to knives, furniture and flooring.

As well as the exhibitors the show will also host the Farm Shop & Deli Live area where an exciting and comprehensive programme of demonstrations, live debates and tastings will be hosted. All of the activities are focused on helping retailers improve their bottom line.

The Farm Shop & Deli Live will also incorporate the Dragon’s Pantry and the announcement of the overall winner of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. At Dragon’s Pantry daring entrepreneurs pitch their new product ideas to a panel of industry experts. Producers will be advised on how to do the perfect pitch before being brought before the Dragons. They then have fifteen minutes in the Pantry for their presentation, question and answer session, tasting and summing up.

The overall winner of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards will be announced on the Monday afternoon of the show. The awards, now in their second year, recognise the best retailers in this sector by looking at category and regional winners before appointing an overall winner. The awards are held in partnership with Olives Et Al, with category sponsors Pidy Hider and Lakeland Computers. They recognise the very best standards in the UK’s independent, speciality retail market. The awards celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement, offered by our heroes of the high street.

Jack Halliday, event director, says, “This is a great opportunity for food retailers in this sector to see what new food products and companies are out there, all under one roof. Combined with the theatre of Farm Shop & Deli Live and the Farm Shop & Deli Awards it gives ideas and inspiration to retailers and celebrates the success of local, independent specialist retailers.

“The estimated sales of food in this sector in the UK are £5.7 billion, with local food retailing supporting around 103,000 full and part-time jobs. Combine these statistics with the fact that consumers are increasingly trusting locally grown and sourced foods more, post the food issues of the past couple of years, and you see that the independent sector is important to the local and national economy. We’re proud to support this sector in creating this show and developing independent food retail for the future.”

Visitors can register free at farmshopanddelishow.co.uk.

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