Action-packed ISM and ProSweets 2024 draw to a close

This year’s eventful ProSweets and ISM draw to a close today, having placed a strong array of finished products, equipment and ingredients solutions under the spotlight.

Confectionery Production was on hand to report live on proceedings during these two shows, and it was clear that they were very much back on track, after last year’s compact shortened edition.

While the shows may not have quite had the numbers compared to those achieved pre-pandemic (ISM managing 30,000 visitors from 140 countries and ProSweets over 12,000), from speaking to a wide range of businesses, it was very much the case that there was a sense of industry resilience despite wider supply chain and inflation issues that have impacted on the sector, as much as anywhere else.

With more than 250 exhibitors taking part this year (compared to less than 100 last year in its compact April slot), there was a real buzz around Hall 10.1, as show visitors from around the globe clamoured to gain insights into the latest equipment developments.

From some interesting milestones, such as ACMA automated solutions group marking its centenary at the show, through to the likes of Schubert demonstrating its smart Partbox 3D printing machinery line, through to Swiss firm Trikno showcasing its latest depositing innovation that has the potential for setting a new benchmark in the segment, there was plenty to take in.

Delivering on sustainability goals once again was high on the agenda in terms of equipment and systems showcased during the event, which was encouraging to see, given that the environmental challenges facing the world only appear to be accelerating at an alarming rate.

There were also many fine confectionery marvels from around the world that were making waves with visitors from around the world. These were demonstrated ably at the ISM awards, with the overall winner Planet A Foods catching judges eyes with its alternative cocoa and chocolate products that have been gaining a spotlight this past year or two.

Another key innovation came from the renowned PEZ brand, with its MyPEZ Head latest initiative using avatars and individual photos to create a personalised PEZ dispenser, which captured the attention of many at this year’s ISM, which saw more than 1,400 exhibitors from around the world.

All in all, there was plenty to admire about these two key industry shows, so please do send us any news from the events by this Friday for use within our review (contact me at [email protected]).

Neill Barston, editor, Confectionery Production

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