Thursday 09 February 2023

Sigep kicks off today with over 1,000 exhibiting brands from 34 countries in attendance in Rimini

With a unique offer, the most comprehensive in Europe, represented by new products, technologies, equipment, furnishings and raw materials, IEG's leading event will attract 450 top buyers from 78 countries worldwide including India, USA, Canada, the Gulf Area, Egypt and Israel, as well as France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Greece, Slovenia, Great Britain, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, Africa, Asia and Oceania

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RIMINI – The countdown has started for SIGEP organised by IEG – Italian Exhibition Group. The 44th International Trade Show of Artisan Gelato, Pastry, Bakery and Coffee opens today at Rimini Expo Centre in conjunction with AB Tech Expo – the International Exhibition of Technologies and Products for Bakery. A double appointment, both with a strong international vocation, that the entire dolce food service, bakery and horeca world has been waiting for. More than 1,000 exhibiting brands from 34 countries will occupy all 28 halls for over 130,000 m2 of exhibition space

Sigep: the opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 44th edition of SIGEP – The Dolce World Expo, is scheduled for Saturday 21st at 11.30 am in the Dolce Arena – South Hall. Speakers will include: Lorenzo Cagnoni, President of Italian Exhibition Group; Emma Petitti, President of the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Legislative Assembly; Jamil Sadegholvaad, Mayor of Rimini; Carlo Sangalli, President of Confcommercio.

The great masters of artisan dolce food products in attendance

The Gelato, Pastry, Choco, Coffee and Bakery sectors, the latter supply chain boosted by the simultaneous presence of AB Tech Expo, will be represented in all their declinations at Rimini Expo Centre in a double appointment that acts as a community catalyst capable of representing all the relevant aspects for sector operators. And then the 6 Arenas: Dolce, Gelato, Pastry, Choco, Bakery and Coffee, plus the Start-Up Area, Digital Talks and the Vision Plaza, with numerous non-stop talks on supply chain trends and market strategies from the various countries of the world. In addition to these, 20 event spaces managed by trade associations for a total programme of more than 100 talks involving 200 speakers, 50 of whom international.

More than 20 competitions (including four international contests in which competitors from 30 countries will take part), in addition to the more than 1,000 events organised by exhibitors. A continuous succession of relevant and educational events in the presence of the world’s great masters.

SIGEP AND AB TECH EXPO, an international food service and bakery hub

With a one-of-a-kind offer, the most comprehensive in Europe, IEG’s leading event will welcome 450 top buyers from 78 countries around the world, including India, the USA, Canada, the Gulf Area, Egypt and Israel. Not to mention France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Greece, Slovenia, Great Britain, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, Africa, Asia and Oceania. An exceptional result made possible with the collaboration of ITA – Italian Trade Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and with the support of Italian Exhibition Group’s international network of regional advisors located in over 60 countries.

The double appointment will, in fact, bring together all supply chains’ business communities, establishing itself as an international hub and incubator of innovation and trends for the global scenario.

Thanks to the App TEO – The Eating Out Hub, appointment requests to exhibitors can be forwarded and video conferences scheduled. The digital platform will also enable those international buyers who cannot physically attend the Rimini event to connect remotely.

Growth in all supply chains

As far as the Italian supply chains of the dolce out-of-home industry are concerned, despite the particular socio-economic context of 2022, the year that just ended was one of recovery. Artisan gelato saw turnover grow by 16% compared to 2021, reaching 2.7 billion euros between gelato parlours, pastry shops and bars that sell gelato (2.3 billion in 2021 and 1.85 billion in 2020). Pastry also seems to confirm that living “La dolce vita” is still an Italian prerogative, especially during the holidays.

Chocolate is doing well: in the first half of 2022, sales increased by 7.2% compared to the same period in 2021 for a value of 882.7 million euros. The bread market is stable, which in Italy moves just under one and a half million tonnes of product, with 84.9% of consumers going to the baker’s almost every day. Lastly, coffee remains one of the most
popular beverages. According to the European Coffee Report, 95% of the Italian population consumes it habitually.

Sigep: an international show

With a unique offer, the most comprehensive in Europe, represented by new products, technologies, equipment, furnishings and raw materials, IEG’s leading event will attract 450 top buyers from 78 countries worldwide including India, USA, Canada, the Gulf Area, Egypt and Israel, as well as France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Greece, Slovenia, Great Britain, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

The foreign incoming has been made possible thanks to the valuable collaboration of ITA, the Italian Trade Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and with the support of the international network of Italian Exhibition Group’s regional advisors operating in over 60 countries.

For five days, the city of Rimini will become the world capital of dessert, welcoming all the communities in the sector to an edition that is already sold-out, occupying all 28 halls covering over 130,000 square metres of exhibition space at Rimini Expo Centre.

Global out-of-home trends and the future

A 5-day event of extraordinary networking, confrontation, business, competitions, education, media coverage and projection onto foreign markets. Leading dolce out-of-home foodservice attractions will take turns on the stage of the Vision Plaza, the number one venue for macro-trends and innovations, to outline the drivers of the sector’s future development and growth on the global scene.

Italy ranks 1st in Europe for quality catering (6th in the world ranking) with a value of 31 billion euros, while Europe is stable and North America is the area with the highest growth rate for the current year (+18% cagr 20-21) (Source: Deloitte Foodservice Market Monitor).

And once again, in the 6 most popular arenas of the taste universe – Dolce, Gelato, Pastry, Coffee, Bakery, Choco – the sector’s great talents will be competing for the most coveted titles.

The first edition of Sigep China

The first edition of Sigep China, organised by Eagle, a company belonging to Italian Exhibition Group, in partnership with Koelnmesse, will be held from 10th to 12th May 2023 at the Shenzhen World Exhibition e Convention Centre in the heart of the Greater Bay Area, one of China’s fastest growing markets with strategic economic importance for the entire country, at the same time as ANUFOOD China, the main food show in southern China, powered by Anuga.

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