ProSweets 2020 nears international exhibition space sell-out

Hallendurchblick, Halle 10.1

Organisers of the global ProSweets trade fair event in Cologne, Germany, have confirmed that its exhibitor event space for 2020 has almost sold out.

According to Koelnmesse, 88% of display room for the show, being staged between 2-5 February, is now reserved, and will be staged alongside international sweets and snacks show ISM, which marks its 50th anniversary.

Confirmation of ProSweets progress for 2020 comes despite industry concerns that it is being held shortly before the latest edition of the Interpack international packaging event in Dusseldorf, from 7-13 May next year.

In spite of such challenges, the Cologne event has demonstrated its global appeal with 63 percent of the applications received so far reportedly being from businesses outside of Germany.

Next year’s ProSweets is set to cover major themes associated with confectionery production, including packaging technology innovations, diversified ingredients, through to developments with optimised ‘smart’ production technologies.

Lars Kistenmacher, CEO, commercial director of Fuji Packaging GmbH welcomed the latest edition of the trade fair. He said: “In combination with ISM, ProSweets Cologne is a fantastic trade fair with outstanding contact possibilities in the sweets and snacks section. We are already looking forward to next year.”

Numerous strong brands are on the registration list of the coming ProSweets Cologne. Process and packing technology traditionally forms the largest section.

Among applications received so far include: Andreas Kopp, Baumgartner Schokoladen, Belgian Sweets Design, Capol, Coppenrath Feingebäck, Döhler, Dumoulin, Fuji Packaging, GNT Group, Hacos, Knobel, Kremers Verpackungsmaschinen, Krüger & Salecker, Lareka Confectionery Equipment, LCM Schokoladenmaschinen, Live-Tech, Maschinenfabrik Seydelmann, Memak Plastik, Norevo, Paradise Fruits, Prodinger Verpackung, Raytec, Rinsch, Vemag and Wolf Spezialmaschinen.

Among the new and returnee exhibitors are Mesotronic, Paul Craemer and Prewa from Germany, TLM Packaging from Italy and Chocolate World from Belgium. The largest group stands are currently Italy, China and Turkey.

As Koelnmesse added, further topic sections such as food safety and quality, automation, logistics/transport, cooling and air conditioning technologies or disposal/recycling all form part of the event’s programme.

Beyond this, themes such as smart and flexible machines that can be adapted to changed recipes and demands as a result of their fast set-up options and which enable automated cleaning and maintenance also play an important role.

Individualised shapes and sustainable packaging are of great significance within the sweets and snacks industry. ProSweets Cologne will also present corresponding solutions. On top of this, themes such as naturalness, sugar reduction and plant-based alternatives to dairy products, which will among others be presented by Döhler, will be covered.

As Koelnmesse noted, visitors to the event will once again have access to ISM, which attracts around 1,700 international exhibitors from approx. 70 countries, this trade fair offers a unique overview of the new products worldwide and provides access to over 38,000 trade visitors from 150 countries. The two shows in tandem complete the entire production chain within confectionery and snacks markets.

The industry sponsors of ProSweets Cologne are the Federal Association of the German Sweets Industry (BDSI), Sweets Global Network (SG), the German Agricultural Society and the Central College of the German Sweets Industry (ZDS).

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