Exclusive: SnackEx 2019 at a Glance

SNACKEX returned for its 18th edition this year to Barcelona, June 27-28, following 2017’s show held in Vienna. The event is organized by the European Snack Association (ESA) and is the only savory snack and snack nut professional trade event in Europe and beyond serving as the preeminent business meeting place for the whole industry.

Some 160 trade fair exhibitors showcased novel solutions to help snack manufacturers meet consumer demand for the latest snacking must-haves, while conference delegates gained insights into the snack market trends to help them understand how consumer tastes will shift in the next few years.

Conference speakers highlighted some of the global and regional market research data and offered a broader view on consumer preferences across European markets, all reunited under a common theme titled ‘Snackification – Take advantage of business opportunities’.

Keynote speakers included David Jago, Trends & Innovations director, Mintel, who held two presentations – one on the global snacking trends – and the other on how to attract Generation Z consumers and create products they can relate to. Jared Koerten, industry manager – Food & Nutrition, Euromonitor International, brought forth research data on the state of the European savory snacks industry as a whole.

From suppliers of ingredients and raw materials to manufacturers, equipment and machinery providers and packaging professionals, all the various players of the snacking industry were represented on the show floor.

Exhibitors included:

  • Well-known machinery firms, such as Heat & Control, Ishida Europe, Key Technology, Pavan, GRAPE Packaging, Bühler Group, TNA Europe, Tomra Sorting, Mettler-Toledo, Safeline, Imco Process, Irta Group Packaging, Rosenqvists, BluePrint Automation BV, Bosch Packaging, Cretors, Incomec-Cerex NV, KMG Systems And Lalesse Extrusion
  • Ingredients, aromas and raw materials manufacturers, such as Limagrain, GoodMills Innovation, Dalziel, Fromatech, Lallemand, Avena Foods, Frutarom Savoury Flavours, Ceylan Manufactures, Univar, Dacsa Or Mane.

This edition, the fair covered an area of 6,500sqm, which housed more than 160 exhibitors coming from 29 countries. The show takes place once every two years and it brings together all stages of the demand and supply chain, providing an opportunity to buy, sell and network with top management, qualified buyers and key decision-makers. Attendees had numerous opportunities to interact with peers and like-minded individuals from around the world both at the exhibition and during the social functions which are an integral part of the event.

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