10 January 2023, 07:46 AM

IFE returns to ExCeL this spring, where visitors will have the opportunity to meet with over 1,500 quality suppliers, gain insights into the very latest industry trends, and network with fellow professionals in the world of food and drink.

A sustainable update
New for 2023’s event is a dedicated Sustainability Stage, sponsored by Elopak, where leading retailers, environmental experts and innovative food and drink brands will be taking deep dives into specific topics within the complex subject of ESG. In an exciting addition to the stage’s seminar programme, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) will be curating a full day of content on Tuesday 21st March.

Emma Piercy, head of climate change and energy policy at the FDF, commented, “The FDF is delighted to be partnering with IFE for the inaugural Sustainability Stage at this world-class event.

“Global food systems make up around one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Bringing all stakeholders together and collaborating at IFE is essential to building the resilient and sustainable food systems we need.”

Opportunities for business owners
Meanwhile, the Trends & Innovation Platform will be hosting a wide range of sessions looking ahead to the future of the sector, delving into inspiring new trends, products and flavours, and examining how retailers can influence consumer behaviour to drive profits and promote repeat business.

IFE 2023 is packed with opportunities for visiting retailers, wholesalers and hospitality business owners to taste and source new and exciting products. This year’s event will introduce the Startup Market – a bustling hub of up-and-coming businesses, where visitors can meet directly with startup brand owners and gain key insights into the products set to line shelves in years to come.

Another new edition for 2023 is the New Product Tasting Theatre, where visitors to the show will have the opportunity to sample new products and check out the full ranges from key distributors during regular Distributor Discovery Hours.

At IFE 2023 it will be easier than ever for visitors to quickly and efficiently source products in key categories, with dedicated sections for Speciality Food, Bakery, Snacks & Confectionery, and Heath & Well-Being, alongside the return of the Vegan & Plant-Based Section, which was introduced to great acclaim in 2022.

In the Chilled & Frozen section, the British Frozen Food Federation will be curating a pavilion of innovative frozen food suppliers, and buyers visiting the show’s International Pavilions will have the chance to sample products from over 90 countries including China, Turkey, Brazil, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, US, and Portugal.

To discover the full range of features, suppliers, talks and initiatives at IFE 2023, and to register for your complimentary trade ticket, click here.