European Food & Bev Shows still under shadow of COVID

As the UK business begins to open up due to its successful vaccine roll-out, things are looking less rosy in Europe itself with individual countries at different stages in their vaccine programmes. Obviously, this has had a negative knock-on effect on the Continent where trade shows continue to be subject to cancellation despite relative optimism in places like Italy.

One of Europe’s major food and beverage trade shows, Anuga, is still on for 9–13 October 2021 in Cologne, but much will depend upon the progress of the Germany vaccination programme as well as those of the other countries from which its exhibitors and visitors come. In mother words, like so many other events all over the world since the pandemic began, it’s anyone’s guess if it will go ahead as a physical event.


Another big European show, Fi Europe & Ni, a biennial international trade fair for innovative food and beverage ingredients is still scheduled for 30 November to 2 December in Frankfurt.


In the UK, meanwhile, it’s looking increasingly likely that most trade shows will indeed take place, albeit some with altered dates. Among those we are optimistic will happen are:

  • International Drink Expo (IDE) and the Food Entrepreneur Show (FES), are at ExCeL London, 15–16 June

  • FoodEx 2021. The UK Food & Drink Shows at the NEC Birmingham from 5–7 July. The Food & Drink Expo will run alongside The Ingredients Show, Foodex, National Convenience Show, Farm Shop & Deli Show and The Forecourt Show.

  • The London Craft Beer Festival takes place at Tobacco Dock, London from 13–15 August.

  • The Speciality and Fine Food Fair will take place in London from 6–7 September.

  • Imbibe Live together with The Snack Show will be at Olympia, London, 13–14 September.

  • lunch! The UK's Leading Trade Show for Food-To-Go is at ExCeL London, 23–24 Sep 2021.

  • The Leisure Food & Beverage Expo is planned for 10–11 November at the NEC Birmingham.

TradeScope hopes to be at many of these shows and we’d love to meet up with you if you’re there too. Please drop Ted Horton a line here to make a plan.