We ended our Blog this year with a post about SIAL Paris, one of the main food and agriculture trades in Europe, a three-day trip making the most of the time spent. Thanks to our stay in Paris, we can tell you the main news and our impressions and conclusions about the different sectors of the food market.

More than 7,200 exhibitors from 119 countries and 310,000 visitors from 194 different countries visited this trade. Within a very strong international presence (approximately 87% of the exhibitors and 73% of the visitors from an international origin), Spain was represented by 479 companies, being one of the main exhibiting countries together with France, China and Italy. 21 industry sectors were present, the most interesting included deli counter, dairy products and fresh meats, but others were very important such as BIO and gourmet products.

A room called Sial Innovation introduced us to 2,355 innovative products, where the most distinguished were awarded. Three of the award-winning innovations this year belonged to Spanish companies:

–         Sturgeon fillets in extra virgin olive oil from Castillo de Canena
Source: Sturgeon

–         Elayo’s Olive Seed Oil
Source: Olive Seed Oil

–         Choví’s Black Garlic Alioli
Source: Black Garlic Alioli Mini Mortar

From our point of view, SIAL 2018 showed us the common topics in recent times: internationalization and innovation. The huge presence of international exhibitors and visitors allowed companies to be known outside their borders, in addition to gaining loyalty from their closest customers. For us, it has strengthened our idea of ​​expansion, since almost 100% of the interaction we had was with foreign companies.

Also innovation in efficiency, since population growth will be very pronounced 30 years from now (a population of 9.8 billion people is estimated for 2050). The challenge of feeding such a large number of people has been considered and that is why SIAL has bet on a new, healthier and highly sustainable diet that meet the expectations of consumers.

To summarize, the general and particular outcomes of the trade fair is very positive. The large number of people coming from many different countries, the different types of products that we were able to find, and above all, the innovation, enriched this experience and left us more than satisfied with the sector and with everything expected to come in the near future.

We wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful beginning of the New Year.

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100,000 m2 of Barcelona’s Gran Vía de Fira, ​​more than 4,500 exhibitors from 70 countries, 30% of them being international. Approximately 150,000 visitors, both national and international, 1,400 buyers and 300 innovations. This is the scenario of the 22nd edition of Alimentaria 2018, in which the highlight topic is internationalization, one of the biggest challenges of the food sector.

In an optimistic atmosphere and while the industry innovations are being promoted, the priority is to encourage relationships between international buyers and exhibiting companies from countries such as Germany, Argentina, Ecuador, Belgium, Holland, China, Hong-Kong, France, Romania, Russia, Thailand and Turkey.

Within the whole Alimentaria’s exhibition offer we could find Intercarn, a meat products exhibitor which occupied a hall up to 15,000 m2 (11% more than in the previous edition). During the past 10 years, the Spanish meat industry has experienced significant growth, driven by the increase in the number of exports (currently exporting 40% of its production), and has doubled its sales abroad. Thanks to this growth, meat sector is now the fourth most important industrial sector in Spain, with more than 22,000 million euros of turnover (exceeding the 21% of the whole food sector). Together with Germany, we are the third world producer in the sector.

Besides internationalization, another important aspect to highlight is the prioritization of the healthiest products as a trend for 2019. In this aspect, the reduction of fat, salt and sugars as well as the vegan or ecological trend and the elimination of allergens such as gluten or lactose are taken into account. We expect to carry out an in-depth analysis of trends early next year, but we anticipate that consumers are very open to trying new and surprising things, daring to combine flavours and innovating in both products and types of packaging. Alimentaria dedicated an innovation space to several product launches that will not go unnoticed:

Ham and Chorizo Confetti by Martínez Somalo
Ham and Chorizo Confetti by Martínez Somalo
Source: martinezsomalo.com/es/confeti/
Freeze-dried nougat - nougat and almond protein shake by Hijos de Manuel Picó
Freeze-dried nougat – nougat & almond protein shake by Hijos de Manuel Picó
Source: turronesmanuelpico.com/
Chickpeas Chips and Lentil Crusts with Turmeric by El Granero Integral
Chickpeas Chips and Lentil Crusts with Turmeric by El Granero Integral
Source: elgranero.com/
Ready Meals for baking: Tapeo by Pescanova
Ready Meals for baking: Tapeo by Pescanova
Source: pescanova.es/
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