Wednesday, 22 January 2020


Over 200,000 attendees and 33,000 foreign buyers confirm the success
of Italian Exhibition Group´s expos

Rimini, 22nd January 2020 – Six key characteristics indicate the future of sweet foodservice: quality, Italian spirit, innovation, expertise, design and passion. A constantly expanding sector and two expos that, edition after edition, grow from the point of view of both dimensions and exhibitor and visitor quality: over 200,000 professional visitors, 33,000 buyers from 187 countries, led by Spain, Germany and France, but also numerous countries from Asia and the Americas, starting with China and the United States. These are the record figures of Sigep, the International Trade Show of Artisan Gelato, Pastry, Bakery and the Coffee World, which this year reached its 41st edition, and A.B. Tech Expo, 6th Exhibition of technology and products for bakery, pastry and confectionery, which ended after an extraordinary edition. The two Italian Exhibition Group expos, inaugurated on Saturday by the Minister for Cultural Assets, Activities and Tourism Dario Franceschini, began the year confirming their role as a powerful driving force for the development of an industry based on artisan skills and quality and which represents the best of Italy´s confectionery tradition in the world.

Sigep and A.B. Tech Expo at the beginning of the year further strengthened their role as an unmissable appointment at which the sector´s trends are defined. The place where business, internationality, competitions and professional updating meet. 1,250 exhibitors from over 30 countries concluded business deals and grasped important visions of the sector´s future in the 129,000 square metres of Rimini Expo Centre.

And to ensure an additional observation point on sweet food service, this year Vision Plaza was launched: not only a place, but also a think tank, which over the five expo days hosted crowded talk shows at which the sector´s experts shared their vision of how consumers´ habit are changing, what the out-of-home trends are and what innovations will effect the coming year. From this point of view, the Vision Plaza was an appreciated direction-finder on a global market that is continually evolving, in particular at breakfast time.

Sigep and A.B. Tech Expo support their client companies thanks also to partnerships with the major trade associations: Acomag and UIF-Gruppo Prodotti per Gelato, Consorzio Sipan, Italmopa, Aibi-Assitol, SCA-Specialty Coffee Association and Fipe Confcommercio. There is also increasingly close collaboration with the ITA Italian Trade Agency for the activity of incoming trade members and professionals and communication campaigns on the major target markets.

IEG´s next appointments for the Food & Beverage supply chain: Beer&Food Attraction and BBTech Expo from 15th to 18th February 2020 at Rimini Expo Centre. Golositalia from 22nd to 26th February 2020 at Montichiari exhibition centre (Brescia). Cosmofood from 7th to 11th November 2020 at Vicenza expo centre.
The next edition of SIGEP will be held at Rimini from 16th to 20th January 2021.

The entire press kit for SIGEP and A.B. Tech Expo 2020 is available in the media room at

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), listed on the Screen-based Share Market (MTA) organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in Milan and Arezzo. The IEG Group is notable in the organisation of events in five categories: Food & Beverage; Jewellery & Fashion; Tourism, Hospitality and Lifestyle; Wellness, Sport and Leisure; Green & Technology. In the last few years, IEG started a significant expansion process abroad, also through the conclusion of joint ventures with local operators (for example, in the United States, Arab Emirates and in China). IEG closed the 2019 financial year with consolidated total revenues of € 178.6 million, an EBITDA of € 41.9 million and a consolidated net profit of € 12.6 million. In 2019, IEG totalled 48 organised or hosted fairs and 190 conferences.

This press release contains forecast elements and estimates that reflect the management´s current opinions (´forward-looking statements´), particularly regarding future management performance, realization of investments, cash flow trends and the evolution of the financial structure. For their very nature, forward-looking statements have a component of risk and uncertainty, as they depend on the occurrence of future events. The effective results may differ (even significantly) from those announced, due to numerous factors, including, only by way of example: food service market and tourist flow trends in Italy, gold and jewellery market trends, green economy market trends; the evolution of raw material prices; general macroeconomic conditions; geopolitical factors and evolutions in the legislative framework. Moreover, the information contained in this release does not claim to be complete, and has not been verified by independent third parties. Forecasts, estimates and objectives contained herein are based on the information available to the Company as at the date of this release.

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