Snackification debate still scheduled despite The Ingredients Show postponement

By Gill Hyslop

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The Ingredients Show has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Pic: GettyImages/Thatpichai
The Ingredients Show has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Pic: GettyImages/Thatpichai

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William Reed Business Media (WRBM) – publisher of BakeryandSnacks – has postponed its UK Food Shows scheduled to take place at the end of this month, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

BakeryandSnacks was preparing to host a panel debate on Snackification showcase: top 10 snack trends of 2020 ​at The Ingredients Show, to be held from March 30 to April 1 at the Birmingham NEC.

The Snackification debate

Snackification showcase: top ten snack trends of 2020

Today’s consumers demand more from their snacks. From CBD to how kids are shaping shopping lists, healthy convenience and the rise of the brand story – there’s plenty to explore. So join our leading experts as they put the spotlight on snacks and run down the trends set to define this fast-moving category in the new decade.

The participants:

  • Gill Hyslop, Editor, BakeryandSnacks
  • Mike Hughes, Head of Research and Insight, FMCG Gurus
  • Danni Schroeter, R&D Manager, Ulrick & Short Ltd
  • Adrian Ling, Managing Director, Plamil Foods
  • Mark Ahern, Commercial & Technical Manager EMEA, Univar Solutions
  • Reed Doyle, Director of Sales and Business Development, KlerSun

Despite the physical event's delay, BakeryandSnacks will continue with the discussion, now to be posted online as a podcast in early April. Watch this space!

The other impacted WRBM shows include Foodex, Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and National Convenience Show.

The latter three have been rescheduled to take place on September 7-9, 2020. However, space restrictions at the NEC means The Ingredient Show will take place on April 12-14, 2021, alongside Foodex.

Andrew Reed, WRBM’s MD of Events & Exhibitions, said the decision to postpone the UK Food Shows was ‘not taken lightly.’

“We have been following Government and WHO advice to continue as planned, however it is now more likely that under the Government’s ‘Delay’ phase large scale events will be prohibited before the end of March,” ​he said.

He confirmed that all exhibition bookings, live events and visitor registrations will automatically be transferred to the new dates.

The company added it is hoping to run as many of its planned events as possible, but obviously needs to take the sensible route. As such, events like Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants will now take the form of an online forum.

The International Artisan Bakery Expo​ – scheduled for March 31-April 2 in Las Vegas – has been also been postponed to June 26-28, 2020.

According to the organisers, ‘the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of COVID-19 as a pandemic, the accelerating pace of confirmed cases worldwide and domestically, the current quarantines and travel restrictions imposed by government authorities affecting participating companies, various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees and the cancellation of several key expo customers, partners and speakers, made it impossible to effectively execute a March event that delivers the level of education, connection, and customer value our community expects’.

They confirmed that registration and participation remains valid for the June event.

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