Post-show Review: Gluten-Free Expo Records Growth

The sixth edition of Gluten Free Expo and the first edition of Lactose Free Expo enjoyed positive results, held between November 18 and 21, at Rimini Business Space under the auspices of Italian Exhibition Group.

With a 15% growth of exhibition area, Gluten Free Expo hosted 243 brands, and  some multinational corporations. Moreover, there numerous foreign companies present from countries including France, UK, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Romania, Greenland, Peru, Pakistan, Malaysia and Korea (from which a large group of The Korea Rice Foodstuffs Association has participated).

The incoming program for foreign buyers has been strengthened thanks to the support of ICE – Agency for the Promotion and internationalization for Italian Companies, which gave its support to the fairs for the first time.

There were 480 business meetings organized with buyers invited by the incoming program from France, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Finland, Slovenia, Ukraine, UAE and Russia. From Russia, the president of The Russian Guild of Bakery and Confectioners visited the exhibitions with a delegation of bakery companies. Thanks to this cooperation, the organizers have already planned some initiatives for next editions.

A total of 150 events, such as market data presentations, training courses, workshops and show cooking, were organized during the fairs.

Lorenzo Cagnoni, IEG president, organizer of the trade fair, said: “Quality and innovation, supported by the dimensions, are the best evidence of the value of these two fairs. These exhibitions have a growth prospects and development, thanks to the interest confirmed by the consumers and professionals. ”

Juri Piceni, CEO of Exmedia, also said: “The exhibitions confirm themselves as global reference for the gluten free and lactose free market, that are a young and very dynamic sectors and have a great potential development to catch the interest of professional and international audience. ”

Next edition of Gluten Free Expo and Lactose Free Expo will be held November, 17-20, 2018 at Rimini Business Space.

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