Back to work we go
As the dust settles after ProSweets and ISM in Cologne, it’s time to reflect on the highlights of these important industry events. Of course, there will be show reviews in the March issue of Confectionery Production, so if you’d like to be included, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of this week.
We certainly welcomed plenty of visitors to the CP stand at ProSweets, and despite having a huge supply of magazines, we had run out of copies by the end of the show. Alongside the magazine itself, the Morgan Three Wheeler on our stand attracted plenty of attention. (If you didn’t make it to the show, you will have seen it on the cover of our February issue.) If you were at ProSweets and had your picture taken in the car, we’d love to see it!
As expected, Monday and Tuesday were the busiest days at Koelnmesse and according to the exhibitors I spoke to, although there may have been slightly less visitors overall than there were last year, the quality of visitors was good. A number of exhibitors were also heading straight to Gulfood Manufacturing, so for the growing market in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, there is less need to travel to Europe.
As always, ISM provided a treat for the senses, with plenty of new and innovative products. SoundyCandy from Turkish supplier Toller was awarded first place in the ISM 2015 Innovation Awards. SoundyCandy is a patented innovation, which unites the characteristics of a sweet with the acoustic effect of crackling granules of popping candy. The sweet develops its crackling effect in the mouth that is further reinforced by a warm or cold drink.
Second place went to the Belgian manufacturer of filled chocolates, Fairy, for its creation Cho’Clair – a softly melting chocolate in the long shape of an éclair, which is attractively decorated and wrapped.
Felix Richterich, owner and CEO of Ricola, received the ISM Award 2015 for exceptional services to the confectionery and snack sectors, at a dinner held at the Sky Deck in Cologne. The firm is headquartered in Switzerland, with subsidiary companies located in Italy, the UK, Asia and the US. A true inspiration, Ricola exports around 40 different ranges of herb drops to more than 50 countries.
Were you at ProSweets or ISM? What were your highlights? As always, we’d love to hear from you…