The pick of food industry events for 2018

27 February 2018

Attending food shows is a great way to boost your knowledge and your network. Industry events offer a wealth of insight into market trends and regulatory changes as well as the chance to meet industry figures and try new products. Here are some of our recommended food industry events 2018.

March 2018

Food Protein Vision 2018

Food Protein Vision promises “actionable solutions to strengthen your business” with expert speakers from Quorn, Mosameat and Arla, to name a few. Programme themes include: alternative proteins, protein performance and sustainability, looking at innovation and cutting-edge food science in the name of protein-based products.

7-9th March, Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
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April 2018

The Ingredients Show

The Ingredients Show will be running alongside four other food shows (Foodex – see below, Food and Drink Expo, National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show) during the same week. Altogether there will be over 1,500 exhibitors and 250 speakers in attendance. It provides what the organisers call a “360-degree perspective of the industry” and a great opportunity to discover new textures and flavours, as well as solutions tailored to your business.

16-18 April, NEC, Birmingham
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This trade event encompasses the food and drink processing, packaging and logistics industries. Its focus will be on food manufacturing’s top trends from improving traceability, transforming productivity and highlighting new ingredients and super foods.

16-18 April, NEC, Birmingham
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The Natural Food Show

If you’re in the market for natural, free-from, organic, special diet, sustainable or fair-trade products, this is the show for you. There will be over 700 natural and organic suppliers, new products launched exclusively at the show, show-only offers and educational seminars along the themes of natural food and health.

22-23 April 2018, ExCeL, London
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May 2018

Vitafoods Europe

For those in the nutraceutical realm, Vitafoods Europe is an unmissable event. The show covers four key industry areas: Ingredients and Raw Materials, Branded Finished Products, Contract Manufacturing and Private Label and Services and Equipment. Apparently, 70% of visitors attend to source ingredients and raw materials so if you’re looking to buy there’s a lot on offer, and if you’d like to exhibit there’s plenty of interest. In addition, there are R&D and business and marketing forums as well as a personalised nutrition workshop.

15th -17th May, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland
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June 2018

Commercial Kitchen Show

This is the place to find the latest, innovative equipment and ideas for your commercial kitchen. There’s also a free seminar programme which will include expert panel sessions and interviews, 80 exhibitors, the inspiring CEDA Awards Gallery and you can vote in the exciting Innovation Challenge.

5th-6th June, NEC, Birmingham
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Taste of London

13th-17th June, Regent’s Park, London
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The Food and Gift Show

5th-6th June, Cranmore Park, Solihull
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BBC Good Food Show, Summer

This is the place to find the latest, innovative equipment and ideas for your commercial kitchen. There’s also a free seminar programme which will include expert panel sessions and interviews, 80 exhibitors, the inspiring CEDA Awards Gallery and you can vote in the exciting Innovation Challenge.

14th-17th June, NEC, Birmingham
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Bellavita Expo

The biggest artisan Italian food and beverages exhibition outside of Italy.

17th-19th June, NEC, Birmingham
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July 2018

The Eat Smart Show

Consumer-focused event featuring food and drink that is lower in sugar, calories and salt.

6th-8th July, Olympia, London
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September 2018

Speciality & Fine Food Fair

Focused on connecting independent retailers, delicatessens, chefs, hoteliers, restaurateurs, importers, distributors and wholesalers with producers and suppliers of artisan food and drink. 50 Great Taste Awards finalists will be present and the Discovery Zone is worth a look for over 200 new products.

2nd-4th September, Olympia, London
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The food-to-go industry’s leading event, lunch! will feature over 350 exhibitors, educational panels from leading industry figures, thousands of new products and opportunities to network. There’s a brilliant Start-Up Zone for those new to the industry and the Innovation Challenge where the most innovative products (as voted by buyers) get to pitch to industry judges.

20th-21st September, ExCeL, London
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October 2018

Bread and Jam

Bread and Jam tells us we can expect “a ground-breaking programme of panel discussions, inspirational keynotes, hands-on workshops and mentoring sessions”. Its focus is giving a boost to independent and ambitious food and drink brands and it’s a very vibrant and well-connected event.

4th-5th October, Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London
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November 2018

The Free From Show – Winter

Celebrating and showcasing ‘free from’ food, drink and lifestyle products.

3rd-4th November, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool
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European Pizza and Pasta Show

B2B trade event that connects UK and European food wholesalers, retailers, pizza operators and pizzeria owners, restaurant chains, independent restaurants, hotels and catering companies with equipment manufacturers, specialist ingredients and food product suppliers and service providers.

13th-15th November, Olympia, London
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Food Matters Live

This event brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, food-service providers, government and those working in nutrition, “to enable collaboration and innovation to support a sustainable food landscape for the future”. Last year saw over 800 exhibitors, 80 free seminar sessions, awards and special events such as the Food Matters Live and Free-From Eating Out Awards and Match, a matchmaking service for exhibitors and visitors.

20th-22nd November, ExCel, London
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Froghop will be attending many of these food events. If you’re going to one, let us know as we’d love to connect.