In a significant year for benchmarking the success of organized events, Fi Europe 2023 demonstrated an unprecedented demand for a dynamic platform that unites the international ingredients industry.
This year's event, which drew 23,149 attendees from 135 countries worldwide, proved to be a resounding success, reinforcing its positive impact on innovation, collaboration, and dialogue within the F&B industry.
Looking ahead, Fi Europe is scheduled to return to Frankfurt from November 19-21 next year. The build-up commenced on November 20, with the event platform going live, providing attendees exclusive content previews, meeting coordination, and access to a live keynote session.
On November 27, the Future of Nutrition Summit initiated a meticulously curated, in-person content program aimed at inspiring and informing participants while fostering networking and discussion. Notable speakers from Nestlé, Microsoft, Deloitte, and the United Nations Global Compact shared their insights on the trends and technologies shaping the food industry landscape.
Opening its doors on November 28, Fi Europe revealed a lively show floor occupying four halls with over 1400 exhibition stands showcasing ingredients and solutions from around the world. This created a sensory spectacle and numerous sourcing opportunities. Attendees also took advantage of additional inspiration from the Innovation Tours, New Product Zone, and Innovation Hub.
The first day concluded with the announcement of the Fi Europe Innovation Awards and Startup Innovation Challenge winners. Recognized at a special ceremony, these recipients were chosen by an expert judging panel for their exceptional contributions to the F&B ingredients industry.
Running in parallel to the exhibition, the two-day Fi Europe Conference provided another platform for discussions on the latest advancements and future trends in the F&B industry. The agenda focused on four key themes: plant-based, health & well-being, alternative ingredients & protein, and reformulation & ingredient innovation.
Sustainability emerged as a prominent industry challenge throughout this year's event, with dedicated features like the Sustainability Hub and content addressing ethical sourcing, transparency, regulatory compliance, ESG, and gender equity. These elements created a forum for constructive discussions in this crucial area.
Fi Europe 2023 addressed the industry's challenge of cultivating emerging talent through the introduction of the Future Food Leaders Day on 30 November. The program facilitated connections between students and businesses, providing valuable insights into potential careers in the F&B industry.
Yannick Verry, Brand Manager at Informa Markets, highlighted the show's role in connecting the global food and beverage community, fostering meaningful connections, and advancing discussions on innovation, sustainability, and the industry's future.
Exhibiting companies expressed positive sentiments about the show:
René Berendse, Marketing Associate Director at Cargill, noted the show's growth, with a high percentage of new visitors and a bustling atmosphere.
Silke Ullmann, Manager Nutrition Communication at BENEO, described a very successful show with a busy booth and highlighted the opportunity to connect with students from the Future Food Leaders Programme.
Nadine Vogels, Global Head of Product Management at Silesia, labeled the exhibition a great success for Silesia, attracting existing and new customers impressed by presented products and concepts.
Oliver Wolf, Marketing EMEIA at Gelita, described the trade show as excellent, with significant interest in their latest product launch and the generation of many interesting leads.