2014 Trade Fair Preview

PLMA’s 2014 World of Private Label Show

The world’s largest private label trade exhibition will take place 20-21 May in Amsterdam.

The Private Label Manufacturers Association’s (PLMA) 2014 World of Private Label international trade show will be held 20-21 May at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. PLMA expects the event to attract more than 10,000 visitors, including buyers from the world’s largest retailers and wholesalers covering more than 100 countries. More than 3,800 exhibit stands will be featured on the trade show floor, where visitors can see the latest developments in private label offered by 2,200-plus exhibitors from 70 countries, in more than 50 national and regional pavilions.

Food products on display will include fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods, dry grocery items and beverages, while non-food categories will include cosmetic, health and beauty, household and kitchen, auto aftercare, garden, houseware and DIY items. The show floor will be divided into separate food and non-food halls, PLMA said.

Special features planned for the 2014 show include PLMA’s Idea Supermarket — where visitors will be able see private label products on display from retailers across Europe, North and South America, and Asia — and PLMA’s New Product Expo, which will display the new private label products from Trade Show exhibitors.

PLMA also will offer a pre-show seminar programme in the Forumzaal at the RAI Exhibition Centre on 19 May. Speaking will be Paolo Politi, Nielsen’s international sales director, who will present an overview of the latest country-by-country market share data; and Steve Madere, director digital retail for Kantar Retail, who will discuss how technology and changing shopper attitudes are re-shaping retail. Admission is complimentary for all registered visitors and exhibitors. Presentations will be translated into English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

A new PLMA programme, the International Salute to Excellence Awards, also will take centre stage during the seminar programme. The awards will recognise outstanding food and non-food private label products that have been introduced on the shelves of supermarkets, hypermarkets, discounters, drugstores and specialty stores during the past year.

To register for PLMA’s 2014 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show, visit

2014 SIAL Paris

Slated for 19-23 October, SIAL Paris will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

In 1964, the first SIAL event was launched, within the CNIT at Paris La Défense. This year, SIAL Paris will celebrate its 50th anniversary — and the agri-food show’s organisers expect 2014 to be an exceptional year with record participation — with more than 6,000 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors from 200 countries gathering at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte-France.

The anniversary will be properly celebrated with entertainment in the halls, the presence of 50 top international chefs doing their shopping at SIAL, and a Light & Sound Show on the SIAL esplanade on Monday 20 October. In addition, SIAL 2014 will expand to embrace new horizons. The integration of the Equipment, Technology and Services sectors will further consolidate SIAL in the food sector: from the factory to marketing of the product.

World Tour by SIAL will provide a window to the world of consumption. The aim of this space is to decode conso-retail trends in the varied and sizeable food markets on the planet: new distribution concepts, market evolution, etc., the show’s organizers said.

Moreover, SIAL TV will convert the fair into a meeting place for knowledge, experience, food news, debates and more. With its live broadcasts, it will be a hot spot for the 2014 edition.

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Mediterranean Food 2014

New trade fair will take place 21-23 September in Düsseldorf, Germany.

A new trade fair, Mediterranean Food, soon will make its debut at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Germany. Scheduled to run concurrently with InterMopro, InterCool and InterMeat (Halls 9 and 10), Mediterranean Food (Hall 11) will be open to trade visitors from 21 to 23 September 2014. According to the fair’s organisers, one admission ticket is valid for all four trade fairs.

The Mediterranean Food fair will exclusively feature foods from Mediterranean countries ranging from Spain, Italy and Croatia to Turkey, Israel, Tunisia and Egypt. The products exhibited will not be merely “generic” Mediterranean product types such as “Italian style”; they or their ingredients must originate from a Mediterranean country, the show’s organisers explained.

For food retailers, Mediterranean Food will offer the opportunity to stock new products and leverage them for building customer loyalty. Furthermore, the “Retail Zone”, a special area in the centre of trade activities, will demonstrate what an optimally designed “Mediterranean bay” could look like. Here, cross-sector turn-key solutions will be featured, ranging from shop fitting to suggested product display.

The ranges that will be on display at Mediterranean Food event include meat, dairy products, fish (fresh and processed), oils, delicatessen, vinegar products, herbs, honey, fruit, vegetables, pulses, spices, organic products, and more. For more information or to register for the show, visit

CIBUS 2014

The annual food fair is slated for 5-8 May in Parma, Italy.

The 17th annual CIBUS food fair, to take place on 5-8 May at the Parma Exhibition Centre in Parma, Italy. This year’s fair will be a multichannel event, open to the whole food industry — from producers to distributors, the show’s organisers said. The event will serve as a platform that enables companies committed to “Made in Italy” food to meet the major distributors, importers and professionals of domestic and foreign markets.

The show’s organisers anticipate the event to attract 63,000 food retailers, distributors and other visitors from Italy and abroad, as well as 2,300 exhibitors from 15 countries. Exhibitors will include food companies of all sizes.

The location will be divided into four areas: fresh food, grocery items, regional and international specialties, and drinks. New this year will be products with kosher and halal certification. In addition, a conference programme will be offered, with topics ranging from business opportunities in China to food sustainability.

Among the many events and special initiatives for 2014 are the second edition of Alma Caeseus, a national competition organized by Alma – International School of Italian Cuisine, in collaboration with CIBUS and dedicated to dairy products and professionals; Micro Malto, organized in partnership with Assobirra, the Italian Producers Association; CIBUS BIO, a project that aims to enhance the importance of organic products exhibited at the show; Free From, which will focus on food products without yeast, gluten or lactose to meet the demands of consumers requiring a special diet; Store Brand, an integrated project focusing on private label; and more.

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