Returning for the first time in more than two years this fall, the massive celebration and exhibition SIAL Paris is again set to bring together the most creative and innovative food companies in the world.
Under the umbrella theme of Own the Change – both an embrace of the environment and sustainability and the digital world – officials say this year’s event slated for 15-19 October will offer up “all the keys to creating tomorrow’s food, addressing expectations and initiatives all over the world.” It is expected that more than 7,000 exhibitors will attend and 400,000 products will be on display at the Paris Nord Villepinte. The previous event, scheduled in 2020, had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We strive to be more than just a trade fair,” says new SIAL Paris director Audrey Ashworth. “I hope to develop three precise areas: Business: To continue increasing the extent and diversity of attendees, and to federate and foster contacts and encounters among them. Inspiration: To provide the content and services that boost professionals in their development, and to supply them with pertinent tools they can use 365 days a year. Experience: To extend guidance and recommendations, and to increase the event’s convenience and simplicity. And to always maintain the conviviality that characterizes SIAL Paris.”
There are several component’s to this year’s event, according to SIAL organizers, including
SIAL Innovation, showcasing the best of the world’s food innovation. Applications are open to exhibitors until August 12, 2022. A panel of experts will recognize the companies whose products are the most innovative in their category.
SIAL Start Up, a brand-new area that will present a fine selection of startups in partnership with Start-up Sesame and FoodTech. The visitors will discover the most innovative French and outside-France young companies.
SIAL Insights/Think Tank encompassing exclusive studies on consumer expectations, product innovations, and food service trends. A new partner, NDP Group, joins the team of experts at Kantar and Protéines XTC in charge of the trend book.
SIAL Podcast a new monthly news broadcast about the food industry that provides guidance to professionals in our ecosystem throughout the year.
Part of the allure of the event, and so many others, is the chance to network and cultivate the next group of talent to address critical needs throughout the food industry. With so many attendees, SIAL Paris offers huge opportunities for those in catering, distribution, foodservice and fresh produce.
“It means scouting out new talent and nurturing the “young shoots” who are eager to actively contribute to tomorrow’s ecosystem,” Ashworth says.
SIAL hosts a dozen other conferences across the globe (SIAL Canada in Montreal and Toronto, SIAL in China / Shanghai and Shenzhen, SIAL Middle East in Abu Dhabi, SIAL Interfood in Jakarta, SIAL in India / New Delhi and Mumbai, SIAL America in Las Vegas, Gourmet Selection by SIAL, Cheese and Dairy Products and Djazagro in Algiers).