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Report ISM 2017 13/02/2017

Once back from Cologne, I intend to develop during the next posts the highlights of what I saw there, always from the point of view of the chewing gum industry.

There are a few interesting news, but I would summarize then in 3 main lines:

  • 3D printing
  • Clean label and movement towards “natural”, “organic”, “healthy” claims
  • 2 new players with high quality products

On the other hand, ProSweets exhibition, which runs parallel to the ISM and where we can find the suppliers to the industry (machinery, ingredients, packaging, …), has been significantly smaller this year. The reason is that most of the machinery suppliers where not there exhibiting because this year in May there will be the 2017 Edition of INTERPACK, in Düsseldorf. This has been the traditional big show for the machinery suppliers, so it seems that keeping both (ProSweets and Interpack) in the same year was not convenient for them.

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ISM 2017 23/01/2017

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 2:01 PM
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Getting ready to fly to Cologne next Sunday to visit (once more) the Confectionery Fair “ISM”!!

I hope I can bring many novelties (last year was a bit poor) from the exhibitors and/or from the colleagues I will meet there. I am looking forward to that 3D-printed gum.

Of course, the suppliers (ingredients, machinery, packaging material,…) will be exhibiting in the paralel fair Prosweets. So a lot to see and do there as well.

www.ism-cologne.com

www.prosweets.com 

 

ISM 2014 . Report 26/02/2014

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 2:31 PM
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It has taken me a while to write this report about the Fair but finally here it is.

I came back from ISM with mixed feelings. From one side, I was really excited to see new products and hear companies that are doing really well. I think ISM is a must for every company that wants to be “seen” in the world of confectionery. From the other side I saw a lot of empty space, like if there were less exhibitors than other years. Some exhibitors i talked to, were complaining about the high cost that attending the fair represents for them and some mentioned that this show should take place every two years instead of yearly. Some of the halls were partially empty (with curtains covering the space). However, i checked the official figures and they do not confirm this feeling. See the number of exhibitors according to the organization:

2010: 1.503

2011: 1.494

2012: 1.412

2013: 1.402

2014: 1.465

So, if we see this, it seems that 2014 has reversed the decreasing trend from last years. I’m sorry to say that this was not my perception.

In terms of number of visitors, these are the figures:

2012: 38.827

2013: 38.521

2014: “approx 35.000”

I do not know if the fact of not having the ProSweets show in parallel (like in previous years) has helped that. This year there is Interpack (in May, in Düsseldorf) so this show is probably considered as more interesting for machinery suppliers than ProSweets. Next year there will be ProSweets again, where suppliers for the confectionery industry exhibit their products (machines, ingredients, packaging material, etc.)

In any case, here is the link to the official report of the ISM organization where you will find more details about this edition: ISM

During next days I will be showing the different chewing gum novelties that I found in the show, as i did last year. i must say that this year the list will be, unfortunately, shorter because some companies did not launch any novelties.

 

Anuga Food Tech 2012 20/03/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs,Production & Machinery — Joan Mestres @ 2:12 PM
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Just a reminder that next week (27-30 March) the 6th Anuga FoodTech in Cologne.

 

ProSweets 2012 14/03/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 10:22 AM
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The other day I was commeting about ISM, but I think it is quite remarkable the growth of the paralel show: ProSweets. It is becoming an interesting meeting point for suppliers of the confectionery industry (basically machinery and ingredients). I remember that in the first years of this show we could find there the main flavour suppliers (Symrise, Firmenich,…), however this has decreased and now the machinery is taking the big chunk of the hall. I was positevely surprised by the size this is taking. Could it be a serious competitor to Interpack? Time will say… It seems to be the right place for the “confectionery machines”, while in Interpack the suppliers are a tiny part of the huge exhibition. I wonder, however, about the type/quality of visitors. While in Interpack we find the decision-makers ready to buy machines (Engineering Dept, Production dpt, etc.) I am not sure these are the people attending Prosweets. If the visitors are the same as for ISM (distributors, marketing…), then for sure they are not the right people to visit Prosweets.