The trade show, which is already reserved for 72%, is preparing a new edition with renewed content
Spain’s benchmark trade show for food processing equipment, ingredients and technology returns to Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Vía venue from 6 to 9 October 2020. Alimentaria FoodTech will have a programme of value-added activities which will promote innovation and knowledge transfer. With eight months to go, the show already has 72% of its exhibition space reserved.
Alimentaria FoodTech 2020 reaffirms itself as a focal point for the entire food and beverage production chain. Its rate of bookings, which will reach 25,000 m2 in eight months’ time, demonstrates the confidence of the sector in the show, which is beginning a phase focused on its supply sectors: processing, ingredients, packaging, industry 4.0, food safety, refrigeration, handling, logistics and other industrial services.
For the time being, more than 200 leading companies have already confirmed their participation in the show. Alimentaria FoodTech 2020 expects to exceed 35,000 m2 of exhibition space, 15% more than the last edition, in Hall 2 of Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Vía venue, with more than 900 exhibitor brands. “The figures achieved demonstrate the industry’s confidence in Alimentaria FoodTech 2020 as a platform for new business opportunities,’ explains Ricardo Márquez, director of Alimentaria FoodTech 2020.
Renewed programme of activities
Alimentaria FoodTech 2020 is preparing an extensive programme of value-added activities which will focus on the innovation arising from the industry. The show will once again feature the Innovation Meeting Point (IMP), which will be divided into three areas: technology centres, startups and specialised conferences on the industry’s most important topics. The IMP will be the hub where the transfer of knowledge on the sector’s hottest topics will be promoted.
According to Márquez, “one of the main reasons that drive companies to participate in the show is the possibility that it offers them to soak up everything that is happening in the industry and to know where the present and future of the sector are heading”.
The Innova FoodTech Awards, which will highlight the most creative and innovative products presented by the show’s exhibitors, and the Emprende FoodTech Awards, which will recognise entrepreneurs who contribute to technological innovation in food processing and preservation, will also be held within the framework of the event.
The awards, consolidated as a prestigious reference in the sector and whose call for entries will open next month, have been reformulated for this edition thanks to the validation of their bases by the scientific committee of Alimentaria FoodTech.
This committee, chaired by Buenaventura Guamis, Professor of Food Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), is made up of high-level academics and researchers Jacinto Arnau, a researcher at IRTA; Miguel Blasco, assistant director of AINIA; Carmen Carretero, Professor of Food Technology at the University of Girona; and Yvonee Colomer, executive director of the Triptolemos Foundation; Eduardo Cotillas, Director of R+D+i at FIAB; Andrés Gavilán, President of AFCA; Olga Martín, Professor of Food Technology at the University of Lleida; Artur Xavier Roig, Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at the UAB; Jordi Serratosa, Coordinator of PRUAB; and Carmen Vidal, Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Barcelona.
The Ingrenova space will also exhibit the most disruptive intermediate food products on the market developed by the show’s exhibitors.
The sector in figures
The manufacture of machinery, technology, ingredients and services for the food industry in Spain had a total turnover of 2,429 million euros in 2018, of which 686 million euros corresponded to exports (nearly 2% more than foreign sales in 2017), according to data from the Association of Internationalised Industrial Companies (amec).
Europe is the main destination for Spanish exports in the sector, with a global share of 55%. France, the United Kingdom and Portugal are the main markets targeted by companies in the sector, all of which are widely represented at Alimentaria FoodTech 2020. Thus, of the international visitors who attended the 2018 edition, 9% came from France, 4% from the United Kingdom and 18% from Portugal.