Alimentaria 2022 focuses on the “revitalization and internationalization” of the food sector

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Conor Farrelly reports from Alimentaria 2022, which took place in Barcelona last week.

Alimentaria, one of the world’s leading events for professionals in the food, beverage and catering industry, took place in Barcelona from April 4-7. This year’s event focused on the “revitalization and internationalization of the sector”, after two pandemic-impacted years.

Nearly 3,000 companies participated in the show, and of those present, some 400 were international exhibitors, from 52 countries.

The international pavilion, meanwhile, featured representatives from 16 different countries, and a number of high-profile figures were also present during the week, with King Felipe VI of Spain making an appearance on Monday.

As usual, meat and dairy producers created captivating presentations of their product lines, as well as live cooking sessions, a common feature across the seven different pavilions. This year’s event was also notable for the Plant-Based Foods and Alternative Proteins lineup, given the recent momentum in both segments.

Other highlights include a self-guided olive tasting bar, plus pavilions dedicated to Mediterranean cuisine and regional produce from all over Spain. Organic producers were well represented at Alimentaria, with 200 products from general brands exhibited in the Organic Market & Trends area.

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food had a strong presence at the fair and was represented by more than 120 companies from all over Spain.

Current and emerging food trends were also highlighted, with the Alimentaria Trends section dedicated to functional and dietetic products, as well as allergen-free, halal and organic products.

Alimentaria A ‘Strategic Partner’

Commenting on this year’s fair, Alimentaria Director J. Antonio Valls said: “The intense dynamic experienced during this edition reinforces the character of the event as a strategic partner of the sector in its irresistible process of internationalization.

“The quality of the buyers who visited us stands out, which will help boost the sales of the overseas food industry.”

Attendees got a unique insight into the world of food, and many were just thrilled to be part of an Alimentaria-wide event again.

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