Whether it’s to network, get educated, or talk shop with others, there’s much to gain from spending time at tradeshows and conferences. Of course, enjoying the newest ice cream treats is a bonus!
With 2023 officially underway, it’s time to start planning which of this year’s industry events you’ll be attending. To narrow down your options, we’ve outlined some of the biggest shows from around the globe – from February 2023 onwards.
FERIA INTERNACIONAL DEL HELADO (FIHE) – MEXICO (INTERNATIONAL ICE CREAM FORUM)
Experience a forum where the most avant-garde technologies and processes of a highly dynamic, innovative, and profitable business are launched, found, and discussed. Discover the trend that will be the upcoming season’s highlight and learn about the latest ice cream and cold dessert industry products.
Don't miss the captivating talks from international professionals about technological innovation, marketing, and new products and services.
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Dates: February 2-4
More Info: https://www.feriadelhelado.org/index.php
ICE CREAM & ARTISAN FOOD SHOW - UK
The Ice Cream & Artisan Food Show is a unique event showcasing the entirety of the ice cream industry. A vast assortment of ice cream varieties, equipment, and supplies are showcased across the three-day event.
The industry is more inclusive than ever, and this is no better represented than at this show. The event provides the ideal opportunity for businesses to build brand images, create and optimize business opportunities, and launch new products.
Location: Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, England Dates: February 7-9 More Info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ice-cream-and-artisan-food-show-2023-tickets-297958631287
GULFOOD EXPO - MIDDLE EAST
From renowned global food manufacturers to powerhouse distributors to established suppliers, the biggest names in F&B will be at Gulf Food to meet, network, and do business for five incredible days.
Location: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
Dates: February 20-24
More Info: https://www.gulfood.com/
NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST (2022) - USA
Natural Products Expo West is one of the best places to reach natural, organic, and healthy lifestyle buyers. This is your chance to get one-on-one time with retailers, distributors, health practitioners, and food service professionals.
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Dates: March 7-11
More Info: https://www.expowest.com/en/home.html
WABEL ONLINE FROZEN SUMMIT
The Wabel Online Frozen Summit will consist of three days to meet potential business partners during pre-matched and pre-scheduled B2B Smart Meetings™.
These real one-on-one conversations between buyers and vetted suppliers will last 25 minutes (15 min presentations + 10 min Q&A) and be held in a private online meeting. This means no travel costs and no pollution, but the same result. No need to shake hands to close the deal!
Dates: March 28-30
ANUFOOD Brazil is South America's only exclusive trade fair for the food and beverage sector. It focuses on generating new businesses and encourages sharing global trends, knowledge, and releases with professionals in the retail and eating out-of-home sectors.
Location: Distrito Anhembi SP, Brazil Dates: April 11-13 More Info: https://www.anufoodbrazil.com.br/
ICE CREAM TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE - USA
The Ice Cream Technology Conference provides unique opportunities to learn from experts on food safety, labeling, and regulations that affect the industry. Ice Cream Tech is the place to learn, share, and engage in an open exchange among participants and experts on technical and practical processing issues. The conference features networking opportunities, hands-on sessions, and product tasting, including the annual Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition.
Location: Austin, Texas, USA Dates: April 18-19 More Info: https://www.idfa.org/events/ice-cream-technology-conference
FOOD AND DRINK EXPO - UK
For the past 28 years, Food & Drink Expo has been the flagship event for retail, wholesale, and food service audiences focusing on finished products. In 2023, the show returns, ready to tackle the key challenges affecting these sectors.
Location: NEC, Birmingham, UK Dates: April 24-26 More Info: https://www.foodanddrinkexpo.co.uk/
SIAL - CANADA
As the largest food innovation trade show in North America, SIAL Canada offers innovations and products presented to some 20,000 international professionals in the retail, food service, and food processing industries. Location: Enercare Centre, Toronto, Canada Dates: May 9-11 More Info: https://sialcanada.com/en/
SIAL - CHINA
Asia’s largest food and beverage innovation exhibition, SIAL China, is strategically located in Shanghai, a gateway to Asia and a global center of finance and innovation.
Location: Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), Shanghai, China
Dates: May 18-20
More Info: https://www.sialchina.com/
SWEETS AND SNACKS – USA
The Sweets & Snacks Expo is a can’t-miss event for thousands of confectionery and snack retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers. Here, you’ll find all the product innovations, insights, and industry connections you need to build a world-class in-store or online experience that will delight your shoppers.
Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA Dates: May 22-25 More Info: https://sweetsandsnacks.com/
PLMA (World of Private Label) - AMSTERDAM
For more than 35 years, PLMA’s annual “World of Private Label” International Trade Show has brought retailers together with manufacturers to help them find new products, make new contacts, and discover new ideas to help their private label programs succeed and grow. Location: RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
More Info: https://www.plmainternational.com/
FREE FROM FOOD EXPO - BARCELONA
The Free From Food 2023 South Edition in Barcelona has been an excellent experience for exhibitors and visitors since 2015. The show offers hundreds of above and beyond free from, vegan, organic, functional, and healthy food ingredient solutions.
Location: Fira Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain Dates: May 30-31 More Info: https://barcelona.freefromfoodexpo.com/
AFRICA DAIRY & DRINK SUMMIT & EXPO
The Africa Dairy & Drink Summit & Expo is a high-level platform for world-class education, capacity building, and networking for Africa's dairy and liquid foods industry.
The event brings together key decision makers from the dairy and beverages industry, suppliers of processing, packaging, quality, and supply chain equipment and solutions; government agencies and NGOs/development organizations; and academic/research institutes to define the future of the dairy and drinks industry in Africa.
Location: Serena Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Dates: June 21-23 More Info: https://www.dairybevafrica.com/
FANCY FOOD SHOW (Summer) - USA
The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest trade-only specialty food event in the United States. Serving up the newest and best in specialty food and beverage, the Summer Fancy Food Show attracts thousands of makers, buyers, brokers, distributors, and other industry professionals for three days of product discovery, networking, and business opportunities.
Location: Javits Center, New York, USA
Dates: June 25-27
SALON GOURMET SELECTION – FRANCE
The number one trade show for fine food, Salon Gourmet Selection is the ultimate French event for food professionals, a celebration of gastronomy, and a showcase of fine food discoveries. This year welcomes 338 exhibitors and brands and 4,300 professional entries over two days.
Location: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, France Dates: September 10-11 More Info: https://www.salon-gourmet-selection.com/
FINE FOOD - AUSTRALIA
Fine Food Australia is known as “the ultimate food event” and is where Australia’s food industry unites and inspires. For 38 years, the event has welcomed hundreds of food industry professionals from Australasia and beyond, all eager to share practical solutions to challenging business issues.
Location: ICC Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Dates: September 11-14
More Info: https://finefoodaustralia.com.au/
THE INCREDIBLE ICE CREAM SHOW – IICE
IICE 2023, the only ice cream event in south Asia, is a powerful platform for all ice cream companies willing to modernize their business or look for better technologies, trends, and ideas. The show features more than 12,000 in the ice cream industry, representing more than 26 countries.
Location: HITEX Exhibition Center, Izzathnagar, Kothaguda, Hyderabad, Telangana, India Dates: September 13-15 More Info: http://www.indianicecreamcongress.in/
AMERICAS FOOD & BEVERAGE SHOW (AF&B) - USA
AF&B Show is the meeting place for decision-makers and buyers from all industry sectors in the Americas. Fifty percent of the show attendees are decision-makers, making AF&B the ideal forum for meeting customers, vendors/service providers, suppliers, distributors, and industry experts. It also provides insight into key industry trends.
Location: Miami Beach Convention Centre, Florida, USA Dates: September 18-20 More Info: https://www.americasfoodandbeverage.com/
NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO EAST - USA
Expo East connects you with the people behind the products, introduces you to industry experts in the classroom, and invites you to network with a community of other like-minded professionals.
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, USA
Dates: September 20-23 More Info: https://www.expoeast.com/en/home.html
ANUGA - GERMANY
As the world's largest trade fair for food and beverages, Anuga inspires with its unique trade fair concept. Here, you will experience ten trade fairs under one roof, each dedicated to one of the most important areas of the food and beverage industry. Location: Koelnmesse, Fair Grounds, Cologne, Germany Dates: October 7-11 More Info: https://www.anuga.com/
FHC SHANGHAI GLOBAL FOOD TRADE SHOW (FHC) - CHINA
FHC China offers a variety of current product developments in the fields of catering service, hotel and restaurant equipment, beverages, and food. A comprehensive series of seminars on the latest developments, including the manufacture of food products in the wine industry and marketing field, provides visitors with valuable tips.
Location: Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), Shanghai Dates: November 8-10 More Info: https://www.fhcchina.com/en/
Customer acquisition and retention are essential in every industry – and the frozen dessert industry is no different. At Innodelice, we have a global network of partners (including manufacturers, brands, distributors, and suppliers) who can help you grow your ice cream business. Check out our website to learn more about our three platforms to help you buy and sell.
Founded by former executives in the ice cream industry, INNODELICE aims to create a worldwide ecosystem of solutions within the frozen dessert industry. Thanks to the relationships fostered by INNODELICE, manufacturers, brands, importers, distributors, and suppliers can discover, buy, and sell solutions to grow their businesses. These solutions include co-manufactured and branded products and innovative and competitive ingredients, packaging, and services. Our collaboration model generates lower costs and fewer risks for our participating partners while optimizing their time to market. To learn more about INNODELICE, contact Andrea Montreuil or visit www.innodelice.com.