Alimentaria 2020 aims to confirm the high number of visitors and exhibitors from the previous edition. Sausages, cheese, pasta, sweets and gourmet and organic products will be the most important sectors at the International Food, Beverage and Food Services Exhibition, with which the country will participate in various pavilions such as Restaurama, Intercarn and Interlact, and which will be held from 20 to 23 April 2020 in Barcelona.
Italy is the second largest trading partner of the Spanish food industry, according to data from the Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB). During 2018, 12% of Spanish exports went to Italy, reaching a value of 3.6 million euros.
The most demanded Spanish products were olive oil, fish, processed crustaceans and molluscs and prepared and preserved meat, worth 895, 631 and 505 million euros respectively.
According to data from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain, Italy is the fourth largest importer of food and beverages in value, with a volume of 1.5 million euros in 2017 (+5.1% over the previous year), representing 4.3% of total value of imports to Spain.
Italy, the country with the largest presence in Alimentaria 2018
The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Spain and the National Institute of Foreign Trade (ICE), along with more than 120 Italian companies, had the task of showcasing Italy’s cuisine at Alimentaria 2018. All the Italian companies occupied an exhibition space of more than 1,800 square metres, which has grown steadily over the past three editions. These figures have made Italy the country with the largest exhibition area and the largest number of participating institutions and companies.
Italy also occupied first place in the ranking of countries with the highest number of visitors, followed by France and Portugal. Thus, the fair was visited by renowned Italian distributors such as Uniontrade, Penny Market, ICP, Cedi Gross, Distal, Grupo Balletta and Conteco Food, as well as gourmet importers with a turnover of over 2 million euros.
In addition, through the Hosted Buyers programme, Alimentaria invited some of the leading Italian supermarket chains, such as Coop Centro Italia, Iper Montebello and Magazzini Gabrielli, as well as large distribution companies such as MGM, Buzzi, Marr and Optimum Buying, to attend the show.
Alimentaria Trends, a new show
As a novelty, Alimentaria 2020 will feature the Alimentaria Trends show, which will cover more than 4,500 square metres, where new trends in food production and consumption will be presented, such as food products (Fine Foods), organic foods (Organic Foods), allergen-free foods (Free From), Halal foods (Halal Foods) and functional foods (Functional Foods).
This fair will join those already existing in key sectors of the food sector, such as the meat industry (Intercarn), the dairy industry (Interlact), canning (Expoconser), desserts (Snacks, Biscuits & Confectionery); the Mediterranean diet, fresh produce, olive oils and vegetable oils (Mediterranean Foods), and Food Service (Restaurama). Together with all of them, Grocery Foods will bring together the main consumer goods companies. As far as the International Pavilions are concerned, they will bring together all the international offer, while Tierras de España will do the same with the local production with the different Spanish regions.
For its part, the wine sector will inaugurate a new phase in 2020 with a special project. In this way, to boost the international power of Spanish wine, Alimentaria’s Intervin trade fair will become Barcelona Wine Week. The new show will offer a unique journey on the map of Spanish wines, and will take place from 3 to 5 February 2020 at the Fira de Barcelona.
Alimentaria and Hostelco, the International Restaurant, Catering and Hospitality Equipment Show, will once again join forces to offer both distribution and the Horeca channel the most complete and comprehensive range of products for the food and beverage, gastronomy and restaurant equipment sectors. In addition, they will jointly organize activities with great added value such as The Experience Live Gastronomy, a space where workshops, gastronomic classrooms and showcooking will take place.