The Snacks, Biscuits & Confectionery show will bring together the largest offer in the candy industry at Alimentaria 2020
Alimentaria and Produlce (Asociación Española del Dulce) have renewed one more edition of their agreement with the aim of increasing the internationalisation of the sector and betting on the launch of new products. The main sweet companies will participate in Alimentaria 2020, organised by Alimentaria Exhibitions, a Fira de Barcelona company, which will take place from 20 to 23 April 2020 at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Vía venue.
Olga Martínez, member of the Alimentaria committee, president of Produlce and Corporate Affairs director of Mars Iberia, points out that “once again our industry relies on Alimentaria as a lever for growth in foreign markets. Through this firm, many of our associates have achieved conditions that facilitate their participation. We understand that it is a great platform for the visibility of all the innovation that our industry is carrying out and that is positioning us as a world reference“.
The agreement includes the participation of Alimentaria 2020 as sponsor of the Produlce Sweets Seminar to be held on 29 October in Madrid, which will have as its central theme the protection of the environment, a commitment shared by both entities. In this sense, the organisation is working to ensure that Alimentaria 2020 incorporates sustainability measures, with proposals that include the commitment to sustainable materials and the minimisation of its carbon footprint, among other initiatives.
For J. Antonio Valls, General Manager of Alimentaria Exhibitions, “it is a great satisfaction to renew this agreement between two institutions whose common objective is to strengthen the food industry through their strong commitment to innovation and the internationalisation of the sector, always seeking synergies and joint strategies between all the actors involved“.
At Alimentaria 2020, the Snacks, Biscuits & Confectionery show will represent the largest offer in the sweet sector -which includes biscuits, cocoa, chocolate, nougat, marzipan, sweets, chewing gum, pastries, pastries and bakery products- and aperitifs. Seven months from the start date of Alimentaria 2020, this show has reached 89% of its commercialisation. Among the 228 exhibitors already confirmed are Vidal Golosinas, Fini Golosinas, Torrons Vicens, Leng-D’Or, Master Martini, Frit Ravich, Quely, Churruca, El Pequeño Molino, Diatosta, Velarte, Inpanasa and Agruconf.
An export and innovation sector
Sales in the domestic market and the good performance of exports allowed the Spanish candy industry to experience, during 2018, a growth of 2% to reach a turnover of € 5,679 million. This represents almost 5% of the total Spanish food and beverage industry. In view of these results, the candy sector consolidates, once again, as the sixth in the Spanish food and beverage industry, by turnover volume.
In addition, foreign trade already accounts for 32.6% of the volume produced (specifically, 495,400 tonnes) and 22.5% of the sector’s turnover (in absolute terms, 1,275.3 M€). These figures consolidate the sweet as the fifth export sector within the food and beverage industry. 72.8% of Spanish exports go to European Union countries. France, Portugal and the United Kingdom are in the top three positions in the ranking. And fourthly, the United States stands out, which accounts for 8% of the sector’s foreign sales.
Alimentaria returns with renewed content
Alimentaria will take place from 20 to 23 April 2020 at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue. The show is preparing a unique edition with renewed content, mainly aimed at boosting its business character and projecting gastronomy as its differential value, under the sign of innovation that characterises the event. In 2020, Alimentaria aims to revalidate the levels of internationalisation reached during the last edition, which was attended by nearly 4,500 exhibiting companies, 1,000 of them from 70 countries, and 150,000 professionals, 45,000 from 156 countries.
In addition to the show dedicated to sweet products (Snacks, Biscuits & Confectionary), the event is made up of meat (Intercarn), dairy (Interlact), canning (Expoconser), Mediterranean diet, fresh products, olive and vegetable oils (Mediterranean Foods), Food Service (Restaurama) and Grocery Foods, which will bring together the main consumer companies.
As a novelty, Alimentaria 2020 will include the Alimentaria Trends show, which will show the latest trends in production and consumption, such as delicatessen (Fine Foods), organic (Organic Foods), allergen-free (Free From), Halal (Halal Foods) and functional (Functional Foods).
The Spanish Sweets Association (PRODULCE) is made up of 67 companies belonging to the five sectors that define it: manufacturers of sweets and chewing gum, cocoa and chocolates, biscuits, nougats and marzipan, and pastries, bakery and pastries. It is a non-profit organisation, with a representation of around 80%, whose main activity is to look after the collective interests of the sector, provide value services to its members, position itself as a reference association for the entities with which it relates and make known to prescribers and consumers the degree of commitment and responsibility of the sector and its efforts to improve in terms of innovation, food safety and nutrition.