Record attendance at SIAL Paris 2018
After closing its doors, SIAL Paris 2018 can claim the title of the world's leading food exhibition. According to the official data recorded this year, the trade fair has been the home for more than 7,200 exhibitors - 87% from outside France- and it has been visited by 310,000 industry representatives (73% visitors from outside France) during 21-25 October. "SIAL Paris offers a unique and comprehensive melting pot of experiences from across the entire food universe. For the sectors that already count today, along with those in their infancy, the young start-ups that will be making the news tomorrow in France, India, Canada, Brazil or elsewhere. There was a window of visibility for everyone," Nicolas Trentesaux declared.
135 official international visits, 250 "events within the event", 2,355 innovations submitted for the SIAL Innovation Awards and 15 Grand Prix award-winners: "This year, once again, we have succeeded in setting the bar still higher, to propose to all professionals in the sector a truly exciting event with lots going on everywhere, all the time." Over the five days of the show, SIAL Paris promoted more than 400,000 products over an area equivalent to more than 100 supermarkets laid out end-to-end! "It remains an event that nevertheless retains its human dimension, since it is about food, after all!"
Taste - True - Meaning: this was the inspirational triptych of SIAL Paris 2018, depicting the future scenario toward which Planet Food and all its stakeholders are turning, in a judicious interplay of boldness and commitment. "This is a future which, short of predicting it, we wished at least to anticipate in order to offer genuine answers to the professionals, with so much in the throes of change: everything, in fact! Customer expectations in terms of health, authenticity, transparency and eating well have never been so strong; the responsibilities of the industry keep on growing; and, to cap it all, we shall have 100 million more people worldwide to feed every year by 2050! No other sector in the world is faced with such challenges. No other has so much at stake!", insists Nicolas Trentesaux. So, what is to be done? In 2018, even more than in the previous editions, SIAL Paris proposed a focus on innovation: threefold!
Innovation through identifying the trends and mapping out the prospects: The 2018 edition of SIAL Paris provided the opportunity to present the 4th part of the new and exclusive "Food 360" study carried out by KANTAR TNS in association with the Future Food book of trends from XTC World Innovation, along with the out-of-home foodservice trends study from GIRA Conseil. Not only this, but the future was also depicted through the products selected in the Foodtech space, presenting the innovations of the entire French food value chain. Ecotrophelia Europe also offered another vision of the food of tomorrow, by means of a national and European food innovation competition: "Student Trophies for Food Innovation", a true ideas incubator for the food industry. Lastly, true to its commitment to "inspire… and look deeper", the world's biggest food exhibition proposed, with Future Lab, a new event dedicated to food forecasting. This was a real hit with the public throughout the five days of the show! An experiential tunnel, a "rising start-ups" space and virtual reality concepts: Future Lab enabled visitors to project themselves ahead to the Planet Food of 2030.
There were 650 start-ups present at this edition of SIAL Paris and more than half the exhibitors have already booked their place for 2020.
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