Confectionery firms all set for IFE London event

A number of confectionery companies are set to take prime place within this year’s IFE International Food and Drink Event taking place at ExceL London, writes Neill Barston.

The show has traditionally attracted a broad array of global businesses from right across the sector, with this year being no exception to that rule, with this year being no exception, from ingredients specialists such as California Walnuts, the Canadian Food Exporters Association, and Cargill proteins, through to major brands such as Godiva.

Furthermore, the event, which runs between 20-22 March is also being supported by the Fairtrade Foundation, which has played a strong role in our World Confectionery Conference, and the Department for International Trade.

As its organisers have noted, the show has been regarded as a trusted product sourcing resource for the UK’s leading retailers and confectionery buyers, including Matt Buckingham, Buyer – Confectionery at Marks & Spencer, who comments: “I am planning to attend IFE this year as it gives buyers a unique opportunity to meet suppliers from all over the world and see (and taste!) fantastic innovation in the flesh.

“This exposure to newer suppliers that we may not have previously been aware of does not come regularly and it is a great networking opportunity for prospective suppliers that are interesting in working with one of the most recognisable brands in the UK.”

Among confectionery companies this year are Back II Basics, a Danish supplier of private label confectionery has a range including chewing gum, mints, lozenges and candy, with warehouses around the world including two in the UK.

For its part, Latvia-based RED Chocolate is an EU master chocolatier crafted, no sugar added chocolate. It is designed using only non-GMO ingredients is Kosher, Gluten free, KETO and weight watchers friendly.

Another one to watch is Dina Foods,  showcasing its range of authentic breads, savouries and confectionery including premium layered filo pastry Baklawa.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian brand  Bob Snail is all about health & fun, with innovative, tasty fruit rolls, chocolate dripped treats, natural fruit jelly, smoothies and more.

In addition, Orion Confectionery are importers, distributors and designers of all types of confectionery, specialising in seasonal and novelty gifts, including Christmas, Halloween, Valentines and Easter.

There are also Spanish flavours courtesy of Productos Churruca, a Spanish brand has been trading since 1932 and specialises in roasted corn, fried broad beans, fried chickpeas, crunchy fava beans and more.

On the wider confectionery front,  Serious Sweets will be showcasing honeycomb from Might Fine, using the finest ingredients and made in small batches over gas fired copper pans. Their best kept secret is using blossom honey to create their famous golden crunch. For more details on the event, visit

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