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15 December 2020
The largest food fair for professionals, Foodexpo, is postponed to 27-29. March 2022.
In 2018, Foodexpo was visited by more than 26,000 professionals. Photo: MCH / Tony Brøchner.
In three months, the largest food fair in the Nordic region, was supposed to take place at MCH Messecenter Herning, but the fair is now postponed until 2022. The decision is made in close dialogue and collaboration with the fair’s 13 industry associations and organizations, which represents both the exhibitors and visitors.
The background for the postponement is the serious market situation in the industry as well as the uncertainty about the extent of the corona restrictions in March 2021, which can possibly limit the fair's normally high number of visitors. The most recent trade fair in 2018 was visited by over 26,000 professionals from home and abroad.
The new postponement is the third postponement in nine months since the original date for Foodexpo in March 2020, when Denmark was locked down due to the corona situation. The support and patience is highly valued by the management of MCH:
- In close and good cooperation with a unified industry, Foodexpo is postponed again in respect of the corona situation in Denmark. The decision includes a co-responsibility for the exhibitors' long preparation time and investment in the fair, says CEO of MCH A/S Georg Sørensen, who adds:
- We are grateful for the strong community as well as the understanding and trust, we meet when it comes to Foodexpo, and we look forward to bringing together the entire food industry at MCH in 2022.
Unanimous support from the industry
Niels Jensen, Managing Director at MLDK (Branded Manufactures Association), justifies the need to postpone the fair until next year:
- Our industry is still deeply affected by the corona situation and the many uncertain restrictions, and if we look at the overall purchasing power and optimism, there is no doubt that the only right thing to do is to postpone the fair until next year. At MLDK, we therefore fully support the decision and our members look forward to meeting with their customers at Foodexpo again in 2022, says Niels Jensen.
The industry association Horesta also supports the decision:
- There is no doubt that it is the right decision to cancel the fair next year. Even if the vaccines are implemented in January, we are looking into a year with a lot of uncertainty and planning a trade fair of this size takes a long time. As an industry, the need to meet is greater than ever before, but we are looking forward to 2022, says Nadeem Wasi, member manager at Horesta.
He is supplemented by Steffen Hansen, Head of Secretary at BFS (The Association of Large Kitchen Equipment) and BKC (The Association of Coffee & Convenience Solutions):
- In BFS and BKC, we support the decision to postpone Foodexpo until 2022. It is the right time to make the decision, also for the sake of the overall trade fair experience for both our members and visitors. Our members still need more time to get over the corona crisis and get their business going again, so we believe the decision is for the benefit of all, says Steffen Hansen.
At MCH, the Project Manager for the fair is pleased with the support for the postponement:
- We experience a unified food industry that really wants to be a part of the fair, when the time is right. We greatly appreciate that support and patience, and now we look forward to continuing the good dialogues and to hold Foodexpo as a safe and strong trade fair in March 2022, says project manager Carina Høgsted Kirkegaard.
Foodexpo will be held 27-29. March 2022 in MCH Messecenter Herning and is hereby back at the fair's original term in even years.
Foodexpo is a food trade arranged in collaboration with the following industry associations: HORESTA, MLDK (Branded Manufactures Association), Danish Fish Merchants, Fødevareklubben, Danish Diet & Nutrition Association, LBI (Supplier Association for Bakery Machinery and Inventory), BKD (The Association of Bakery and Pastry Masters in Denmark), DSK (The Federation of Retail Grocers in Denmark), The Collaborative Merchants, DSM (The Danish Butchers Association), NBL (The Association of Danish Shop Merchants) BFS (The Association of Large Kitchen Equipment), BKC (The Industry Association for Coffee and Convenience Solutions) and The Association Canteen & Kitchen.
The most recent food trade fair in 2018 was attended by more than 26,000 national and international visitors.
Foodexpo is postponed to March 2022