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Some events to look forward to in 2016
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Some events to look forward to in 2016

Hopefully, you all had a great start to 2016, and are all ready to be on the road again. As usual around this time, it’s interesting to check out the best and most interesting events coming up during the year. So here comes My 20/CENT’s pick for 2016: the trade fairs or conferences I am looking forward to, the events that made it to my agenda, or simply events that made me curious enough.


You can’t beat the classics

If this blog were a radio station, on a yearly rhythm I would probably do like all others and have a countdown to the best songs. In those charts you always have the classics, completed with newbies but mostly it’s about the unmissable timeless songs. It kind of is the same in the trade fair industry.

In January-February, you can definitely not miss the ISM in Cologne. The international event is always a good barometer to see how the industry will behave in the year ahead.

As this year is an even number (yes 2016 can be divided by two!), there are two classics I always never miss: Tavola in Kortrijk and the SIAL in Paris. Both are international events. Tavola is of course smaller than SIAL but similarly it also offers numerous side events and is equally professional in its organisation.

For those going around, week 11 might be tricky this year. Tavola, Prowein (Dusseldorf) and Sandwich and Snack (Paris) are all planned at the same time.

Finally in the classics I cannot forget to mention a few items for the ‘omnichannel-oriented’ readers. DMEXCO (Cologne) and Paris Retail Week are also coming back in September. Yes I put those in the classic section, as I believe those events deserve their place in the yearly agenda. Even if for Paris Retail Week, it’s only going to be a second edition, the events out of which it was born were classics already.


The newcomers, and the new promises

You all know it; to always repeat the same experience will give you always the same results (it’s not from me, it’s from Albert Einstein). Therefore I always like to select new events, not just out of curiosity, but also to expand the scope of my research sometimes.

This year in Belgium I noted to visit Saveurs et Métiers in Namur. Although probably a regional event, the organisation seems to promote it intensively as a high quality trade event for fine foods.

Still in Belgium, and not a newcomer anymore as it will be a second edition, I expect to see a lot from I Love Horeca. The event last year was of course not perfect (many first editions are like that), but it showed an incredible potential. Exhibitors gave me good feedback concerning the contacts they made, and when I visited I spent more time than I expected, as the content was interesting. So with the addition of the Vending Benelux and Pizza Benelux, I expect that Brussels will show again why it is the capital of Belgium, of Europe.

Healthy (29th and 30th of October) is a new event in Brussels surfing on the latest trends of the industry in vegan, free from foods and health products.

Finally I pointed two international events in Paris: EQUIPHOTEL and All4Pack. Both events exist for a long time already, but decided to revamp their respective concepts. In addition to their content offering, I expect those events to be worth a visit then.


Hope to see some of you on those events. 

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