SIAL Paris is the world’s second-largest food show and the largest food show to be held this year as it alternates with ANGUA in Germany every other year. This year its three halls divided into six food areas contained over 5200 exhibitors from 98 countries and offered 15 product sectors and numerous sub-categories of foods and beverages.
Specific categories also gained special attention, including: Soups of the World, Organic products, Vending Machine products, Nutrition and Diet products and Sandwiches and Snacking.
The growth in the vending machine products category is a result of the changing eating habits resulting in snacking becoming more commonplace across all cultures. Europe is also moving in the same direction as Japan, where the vending machine is a major distribution channel for all products as Japanese consumers seek ease of access and the convenience vending machines provide it.