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FDEA, in conjunction with its event partner PS8, organises UK pavilions at international food & drink trade shows. We also have our own programme of regional, national and international events offering market updates and networking opportunities. See below for our latest events or  Contact Sandra Sullivan to find out more. 


Events for Exporters

    • 22 Oct 2021
    • 26 Oct 2021
    • Milan, Italy

    PS8 is working with Italy's vast TuttoFood trade show to encourage UK exporters to take a stand and benefit from new contacts in the Italian market and from across Europe at Italy's leading biennial food and drink exhibition r. 

    More than just for the Italian market - Attracting over 80,000 buyers it is Europe's fastest growing tradeshow.  Product sectors with a particularly strong audience at the show include speciality, meats, dairy and beers and spirits.

    This year's show has moved to now take place from 22 and 26 October to take advantage of co-locating with HostMilano, the world’s leading event in technologies and solutions for hospitality and out of home sector.

    Contact PS8's Karen Beston to find out more about exhibiting at Tuttofood

     

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    • 26 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Virtual Online Event
    Register

    Our latest online event connecting the UK Food & Drink exporting community through international distributor meetings, expert insights, round tables and inspiring content.​


    With travel to Germany still difficult for so many, visitors to the ANUGA trade show will be less than usual, but the desire to connect amongst our network of exporters and  international distributors remains strong.  Our event offers a platform to make these connections possible.  

    CONNECT - Connect with international distributors, export wholesalers, in market experts and export service professionals


    Distributor list by country and interest - click to view participating distributors and the product categories of interest.


    MEET - 
    Facilitating meaningful exporter-distributor connections, our event allows you to screen for prime prospects and focus on distributors that represent a good potential fit, based on your aspirations and investment level. 

    Connect with UK based Export Service Companies who can that take care of your overseas sales or non-core markets 

    LEARN -  a programme of presentations, case studies, round tables and market insights.  Sign up for online discussions and drop in sessions. Highlights include:

    • India is Now - an Insiders View  - Core Group India, Aberdeen International (importer) and Wellness Group ( Retailer). Hear from these key players in the India food retail scene on the appetite for speciality foods, the potential o the market and insights into the key retailers of the country's 400 million middle-class
    • Where to play and How to Win in 2022 - Greg Seminar, Export Solutions
      10 Hot Countries and strategies to accelerate export growth in 2022.
    • Australia - Trade readiness and selling to premium retail - insights into selling to this key sector
    • Free Trade Agreements - What do they mean for you?  Opportunities and impact on exports.
    • Insights from Taylors of Harrogate - FDF's Exporter of the Year share their journey and tips for building sustainable exports.
    • Exporter Roundtables - daily sessions sharing issues with your peers and getting expert insights including 
      How to move on from an underperforming distributor
      Export sales and Operations - the balancing act

    Pre-event Workshop
    Delegates will be invited to join us online for the chance to fully understand the platform and pick up tips on making the most of your 15 Minute Pitch: Prepare ; Deliver; Follow Up

    Can't make the full 3 days? No problem.

    You are not expected to sit in front of your PC for 3 full days! Select when you are available, choose the topics of interest to you and build your agenda around other commitments.

    This event is open to all UK food and drink suppliers. 
    Download the event flyer (pdf)
    How it works guide (pdf)

    REGISTER NOW.

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    • 03 Nov 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online Event
    Register

    The Free Trade Agreement between the UK and Australia has removed tariffs on a number of products making UK exports more competitive.  With a common language and culture, Australia is a relatively easy place for British companies to do business.  UK exports to Australia have more than doubled in the last decade, now the 11th largest market for UK food and drink exports.

    This workshop aims to share key considerations for any would be exporter with insights from market experts, exporters selling in Australia and from professional experts including WTA Logistics.

    Hear from Hunt Exports, FDEA's newest In Market Expert Member, based in Australia.

    Learn from WTA Logistics on the practicalities of exporting to the other side of the world.

    Book your place(s) now. Free to FDEA members.

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    • 08 Nov 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Nov 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Online Event (Zoom)

    A full week of online activities for UK companies 

    Food and Hotel China Shanghai (9th-11th November) is the leading tradeshow for international companies introducing their food and drink products to the China market. UK companies have a track record over the years of using this platform to successfully enter and expand in China.

    Given travel to the show makes it too difficult to exhibit, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is delighted to offer a full week of online activities for UK companies to participate in FHC including a virtual China Food and Drink Forum, virtual new-to-China product assessment sessions, and a targeted business matchmaking. The full set of activities will prepare UK companies and help assess their products before the show, present them at the show, and match them up with suitable Chinese buyers afterwards to gain maximum efficiency.

    Day 1: China Food and Drink Forum

    Monday, 8th November 2021

    Join CBBC for a half-day roundtable session to hear the latest insights on China’s food and drink market today as well as some of the key sub-sector opportunities for British exporters. 

    Day 2-4: New-To-China Product Assessment Focus Group

    Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th November 2021

    CBBC will host three consecutive half-day virtual industry-facing focus groups aiming to provide real-time first-hand opinions from Chinese buyers and sector key influencers.

    Day 5: Virtual Meet the Buyer

    Friday 12th November, 2021

    To maximise opportunities for UK brands participating in the show, CBBC will organise a half-day virtual Meet-the-buyer programme.

    FIND OUT MORE HERE

    Cost:

    • Day One, November  8th 2021: China Food and Drink Forum - £50 plus VAT
    • Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, November  9th to 11th 2021: Virtual New-to-China Product Assessment Focus Groups

             £1,200 plus VAT for CBBC Members/ £1,500 plus VAT for non-Member companies

    • Day Five, November 12th 2021: Virtual Meet the Buyer

           £1,000 plus VAT for CBBC Members/ £1,350 plus VAT for non-Member companies

    Registration deadlines: from 30th September 2021

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    • 09 Nov 2021
    • 11 Nov 2021
    • Shanghai, China

    Food and Hotel China Shanghai (FHC) is the leading tradeshow for international companies introducing their food and drink products to the China market.  

    FHC 2021 will be the 25th edition of a show which attracted over 127,000 visitors to the last edition. The show is the forum to introduce brands to the Chinese trade.  Many UK companies have a track record over the years of using this platform to successfully enter and expand in China. 

    Whilst international travel is not possible,  the Food & Drink Exporters Association ( FDEA), PS8 and China Britain Business Council (CBBC), FDEA’s in market expert partner for China, have teamed up to offer a new market entry package or an individual stand option at FHC. 

    UK Group Stand – FHC-Shanghai Participation Options: 

    1. Market Entry Package – With ongoing travel difficulties and restrictions on visitors entering China, this package aims to introduce new brands to the Chinese trade at FHC, with your interests represented by qualified local staff. This option includes a dedicated display for your products on UK group stand, with visitor enquiries managed by China Britain Business Council’s team based locally in Shanghai.
    2. Individual stand- 9sqm or larger
      Already in the market?  You can book your own stand to be manned by your China-based representative.

     China Food & Drink Forum- Monday 8 November.

    All participants will benefit from a half-day roundtable session to gain the latest insider insights on China’s food and drink market today as well as some of the key sub-sector for British exporters. We aim to invite experienced importers to share insights on how they select brands and what they think will sell in China. A comprehensive wrap-up of the latest regulatory updates and policy outlook will help you prepare in advance for the year to come. The forum will end with a presentation on how to communicate with your target audience in China more effectively. 

    Market Entry Package  - What’s included? 

    • Preshow Forum- half day event – China Food & Drink Forum (see above)
    • Dedicated display space on the UK Group stand at FHC
    • Preshow Promotion to our network of Chinese trade contacts including your details in a UK group brochure
    • Registration in the official FHC Catalogue of exhibitors
    • CBBC Food & Drink specialists as your sales team and brand ambassadors onsite
    • CBBC to manage enquiries from buyers and distributors on your behalf
    • Post show summary of all business cards and contacts, plus key feedback on how your products are perceived by Chinese trade

    Already in China? Want your importer-distributor to exhibit on the UK Group?
    Book your own stand from 9sqm 
    increasing in multiples of 3sqm.

    Click here to register interest and receive the full recruitment pack




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    • 14 Nov 2021
    • 16 Nov 2021
    • Chicago, USA

    Win new business in the US Private Label sector.

    PLMA provides a unique platform for companies to meet with retailers from the U.S. and Canada interested in private label products. Buyers from all major supermarkets, super centers, drug chains, mass merchandisers, convenience stores, online retailers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, discounters, and even military exchanges participate.

    More than 1,500 companies from over 50 countries will exhibit their products, including 30 international pavilions. For more than 30 years, PLMA’s annual U.S. Private Label Trade Show has been the industry event of the year giving access to the growing private label market in the U.S. and Canada, where retailers and wholesalers source for their private label programmes.  Exhibitors range from small and medium-size companies to well-known brand makers who also supply store brands.

    Contact PS8's Karen Beston for more details of the UK participation at PLMA International.


    • 24 Nov 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online Event
    Register

    The US market remains one of the most important for UK food and drink exporters - but is one that has many challenges, where you will face worldwide competition and which needs careful consideration if you are to make money.

    Many channels are more complicated and difficult to manage than you may have experienced in Europe.  FDEA's in market expert for the USA will share the latest insights from the US and offer advice on targeting.

    For the USA,  it is imperative that your Supply Chain is fit for purpose too.  Often transactions are at break-even or are unprofitable when true logistic costs are applied, with many flaws or inefficiencies including:

    • A narrow view of cost management
    • High inventory and warehousing costs
    • Escalating regulatory compliance directives
    • Complex customs and duty legislation
    • The use of multiple carriers and brokers
    • Inconsistent services and lead times

    Join this afternoon workshop to benefit from their vast experience on the US Supply Chain and the logistical areas you should be reviewing.

    Plus a roundtable discussion with exporters to share insights.

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    • 08 Dec 2021
    • 11 Dec 2021
    • Singapore

    Join the UK Group at Singapore's only physical trade show for the food and drink sector this year. 

    Are you…

    • looking for new distribution channels for your products?
    • expanding your business in Southeast Asia?
    • launching a new product for the fine food & drink industry

    If your answer is yes, then look no further than Speciality & Fine Food Asia – this year's only trade event dedicated to the world of artisan, gourmet and fine food and drink in Southeast Asia - with a UK group stand to help you stand out.

    Taking place at the Suntec Centre, Singapore from 8 - 10 December 2021, this is an ideal platform to generate new sales leads and expand your exports to the lucrative Singapore market and ASEAN visitors.

    UK food and drink exports to Singapore are valued at over £387m.  
    Products in highest demand include gin, craft beers, biscuits, confectionery, seafood and dairy.

    To register your interest, click here

    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 15 Dec 2021
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The largest private label trade show in Europe attended by quality retail buyers has been rescheduled from May to December 2021.

    The growth of private label reflects in this year's "World of Private Label" Trade Show, the number one trade show entirely dedicated to private label industry.  Featuring more than 3,800 exhibit stands and with retail and wholesale buyers, executives from supermarkets, hypermarkets, drugstores, discounters, department stores, specialty stores, DIY, cash & carry, hospitality industry and buying groups plus importers and exporters from over 110 countries in attendance.

      PLMA is the place to grow your private label business.  The PS8 team organise the UK pavilion and have reserved a strong location for UK food and drink companies.

      Register your interest to find out more about exhibiting in the UK pavilion, 


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      • 18 Jan 2022
      • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Online Event
      Register

      FDEA Pro and Premium Members are invited to a quarterly focus group at which insights on international food and drink from across the FDEA Network will be shared.

      Hear from experts.  Be inspired and build your knowledge at this member focus group.

      This free event is available to Pro and Premium Members only. If you’re interested in any of these events, please contact us to upgrade or become a member today.


    • ISM

      • 30 Jan 2022
      • 9:00 AM
      • 02 Feb 2022
      • 5:00 PM
      • Cologne, Germany
      A must for UK producers of confectionery, snacks and biscuits looking to meet UK and international contacts.

      The UK pavilion at ISM is one of the largest at the show with over 80 UK sweets, snack and biscuit companies exhibiting at this annual trade show.

      To check availability for stand space within the UK pavilions at the show, please contact Karen Beston

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      • 08 Mar 2022
      • 12 Mar 2022
      • Anaheim, USA

      Natural Products Products Expo West has proven itself to be the best place to reach natural, organic and healthy lifestyle buyers in the USA.

      Book a stand and get one-on-one time with retailers, distributors, health practitioners and food service professionals. Be there to tell your story and network with the industry!

      Click here to register your interest in exhibiting and to receive the UK group recruitment package.

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      • 28 Mar 2022
      • 31 Mar 2022
      • Singapore

      2021 show postponed. New show dates 2022

      FHA is the premier sourcing platform for thousands of food and hospitality  trade buyers in Asia. The long established show has evolved into 2 events; FHA-HoReCa and FHA-Food & Beverage, connecting global suppliers and key buyers from Asia and beyond, offering more valuable networking opportunities and quality sourcing options to all attendees.

      Some 48,000 trade buyers are expected to visit FHA from 100 countries, to see the 2000 exhibitors from 50 countries.  

      Join the UK pavilion in FHA Food & Beverage and reach buyers from Singapore and many other Asian markets.

      Contact PS8's Karen Beston to find out more

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      • 15 Oct 2022
      • 19 Oct 2022
      • Paris, France

      IMPORTANT - SIAL Paris 2020 has been postponed. 
      The next edition will be from 15-19 October 2022. 

      To register your interest or find out more, please contact the UK group organiser - PS8


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