The World Confectionery Conference proves a decisive industry success

For this week’s blog entry, there can only really be one subject, and that is in offering significant thanks to the hundreds of colleagues and friends across the industry who participated at our debut World Confectionery Conference.

Though we’ve still to compile the results from our virtual event held yesterday, it’s clear from the vast majority of feedback that the prevailing view was one of it having been an especially enjoyable showcase for our industries.

The sheer breadth of subjects was particularly notable, ranging from some of the latest ingredients and flavours developments from the likes of Palsgaard, Paradise Fruits solutions, Valio and Givaudan, equipment from Cama, Syntegon, Baker Perkins, HDM, Minebea Intec and our sponsors Prefamac, through to a host of product and systems developments from the likes of Cargill, MacIntyre and BCH, proving that 2021 offers hope ahead, despite the challenging times that we have all experienced.

There were plenty of encouraging and thoughtful insights from our keynote speakers, Aldo Cristiano of CAOBISCO,Jon Walker of Fairtrade and Confectionery Production board member Andy Baxendale that set a strong tone for the event.

Similarly, our trends pieces from Innova Market Insights and Euromonitor clearly reaffirmed a picture of gradual recovery amid the pandemic, with businesses having to demonstrate a strong deal of creativity to navigate the coronavirus crisis – which still sadly remains a factor in many areas of the world as the vaccine programme progresses.

Despite such clear tests, from speaking to colleagues, it was encouraging to learn there had been a strong level of networking at our debut conference event – which can still be viewed here for all those who are registered during June, so here’s hoping that conditions do indeed continue to improve further and we’ll see you all for our live event planned in 2022.

Neill Barston,editor, Confectionery Production

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