31 March 2020, 16:14 PM
  • “We cannot wait to deliver the largest collection of international food, drink and hospitality solutions to the UK annually from March 2021”
IFE 2021 is linking the full supply chain

Launching 22nd-24th March 2021 at ExCeL London, The International Food & Drink Event (IFE), Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC), London Produce Show, Festival of Enterprise and IFE Manufacturing Solutions will unite and establish the UK’s largest event for food, drink and hospitality professionals. Showcasing a wealth of products and services from more than 2,500 suppliers and welcoming more than 45,000 visitors, this is your one-stop-shop to enhance your business.

Conquer all your business needs
Taking place across three mindblowing days, you will be able to conquer all your business needs, meet the entire market supply chain under one roof and sample trend-topping content and thought leadership by taking part in an annual celebration of all things food, drink and hospitality.

Head of marketing Sam Chance commented that,“The UK is known throughout the world as being a driving force behind innovation in the food, drink and hospitality industries. I’m thrilled that we will bring together 45,000 professionals from a multitude of sectors to source, learn and network and be delivered in a format that will be experience led, informative and fun!”

Not only is the event a sourcing opportunity for visitors from buyers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and import/export – but also opens a range of commercial opportunities for suppliers, manufacturers and producers across all the different disciplines within food, drink and hospitality such as packaging solutions, fresh produce, food and drink products and technology solutions – just to name a few… this will be the most important place for the industry.

Head of sales Daniel Gray stated that “The increased marketing and business development opportunities at the 2021 event are going to be phenomenal! The entire industry is going to come together – all categories and sectors throughout the supply chain, creating the largest gathering of food, drink and hospitality decision makers in the UK. Undoubtedly a must-attend event.”

An attractive proposition for buyers and suppliers alike
Our partners at London Produce Show and Festival of Enterprise are delighted to be working collaboratively on this pending union that will link the entire supply chain together in one attractive proposition for buyers and suppliers alike.

Jim Prevor, London Produce Show said, “The London Produce Show and Conference is the UK’s largest event dedicated to the exciting world of fresh fruits and vegetables. Producers from across the UK and around the globe come to showcase the best in fresh! We are proud to provide the fresh produce component to the new combined event serving retailers and foodservice operators with a world of fresh fruit and vegetable options!”

Paul Dunn, Festival of Enterprise commented that, “The Festival of Enterprise is delighted to be part of the 2021 group of events. With the whole food, drink and hospitality industry coming together we are looking forward to giving entrepreneurs and small business leaders in this vibrant industry access to expertise on funding, revenue growth and scaling up their businesses.”

Our flagship event IFE has always been an industry staple event, with over 45 years of evolution under its belt. 2021 is an ideal time to implement this new proposition, developing and growing alongside the communities that we serve, not only by running the events simultaneously but also by running on an annual basis.

Nicola Woods the new event manager for The International Food & Drink Event (IFE) said, “IFE is the largest food and drink event in the UK, it is the place for food and drink buyers to source new products and discover true innovation. Collaborating with IFE Manufacturing Solutions, Hotel, Restaurant and Catering, London Produce Show and Festival of Enterprise, and running the show annually, creates the most amazing opportunity for the entire industry to come together! The food and drink industry is constantly evolving and by running annually we ensure that we are delivering content which is on trend, innovative and ahead of the curve. We are extremely excited about the opportunities this new offering will create for the food, drink and hospitality sector – it is going to be huge!”

In addition, IFE Manufacturing Solutions (once Pro2Pac) has now become the cherry on top.

Introducing… IFE Manufacturing Solutions (IMS)
Launching 22nd-24th March 2021, IFE Manufacturing Solutions (IMS) is set to be the UK’s only dedicated product development and manufacturing showcase that services the entire food and drink supply chain.

Jamie Connolly, the new event manager for IFE Manufacturing Solutions says, “The world of processing, packaging and manufacturing has transformed into a much larger and more complex practice within the food and drink industry. From front to end of line processing solutions, packaging machinery and technology, contract manufacturing, branding, ingredients, transit solutions, ancillary services, sustainable materials, food wastage, the plastic debate, the list is endless. Having the right solutions in place has proven to make all the difference between having a successful brand with product longevity and being a non-starter.” With this in mind, we have taken the well-respected processing and packaging event “Pro2Pac” and turned it on its head to create an all new event – IFE Manufacturing Solutions!

Stay tuned as we reveal more information on this exciting project and confirm our new partners, content, products and updates for our 2021 debut event that stands to dominate the UK event scene for food, drink and manufacturing professionals.

Get in touch today if you have questions about our plans for 2021 and be sure to follow our suite of shows on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget the #tag #LinkingTheSupplyChain You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay in the know by visiting ife.co.uk/subscribe.