Top 2024 Retail Trade Shows and Events to Attend

"Explore the essential retail trade shows and events of 2024. From ISM to Shoptalk Europe, uncover the year's key gatherings for industry insights, networking, and innovation in retail and foodservice sectors."


3/3/20242 min read

2024 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Retail and food services, with the calendar chock-full of tradeshows from all corners of the globe. The forums are relevant for retailers and FMCG executives who would like to sense industry trends, innovate, network, and do business all in one spot.

Alimentaria** to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from March 18 to 21 is likewise included; it is known as one of the most important trade fairs for the food sector in Spain. The event will host a myriad of exhibiting companies, besides foretelling professional visitor distribution showcasing various food products and services. The organizer foresees that there would be much more foreign, especially Asian, exhibitors than any other year.

Coming up in April, Natural & Organic Products Europe is a key fixture on April 14th and 15th at London's ExCeL. It marks one of the biggest exhibitions in Europe for the natural products, health food, and organic sectors. The show covers key food and drink, beauty, and eco-living themes and unravels some of the latest trends and product innovations.

Cibus in Parma, Italy from 7 to 10 May: Cibus is described as the most flagshipped event for the 'Made in Italy' agri-food sector. Cibus offers an overall view of Italian food excellence to a very highly targeted audience of buyers belonging to the retail, Ho.Re.Ca, and food service sectors.

Meanwhile, across the pond in the US, it’s that time of the year for the Sweets & Snacks Expo to be held from May 14 to 16 in Indiana. A vital network opportunity that should be considered by all industry players, from retailers to suppliers.

The PLMA 'World of Private Label' show takes place May 28-29 in Amsterdam, underscoring again its importance to the retailers and suppliers who come to see the latest in-store-brand products. The show continues to grow, a reflection of increasing interest in private-label goods.

Running June 3-5 in Barcelona, Shoptalk Europe is aiming to shake up the retail ecosystem of Europe. It combines a trade show with a conference program on which industry leaders discuss how retail is transforming through new technologies and business models, networking to build crucial relationships.

And goes further to cover such focused shows as Organic Food Iberia and Eco Living Iberia in Madrid, IDDBA in the USA, Texas, specializing in dairy, deli, bakery, food service, and Fruit Attraction in Madrid. This last expo tends to be a real reference point for the international fruit and vegetable sector.

The business model is the establishment of VertiFarm in Dortmund, Germany, with a focus on the development of new smart farming solutions and sustainable food systems corresponding to the ever-emerging importance of the environment and sustainability in food production.

Towards the tail end of the year, further niche segments across the industry are further tapped into with events such as Nordic Organic Food Fair and Eco Living Scandinavia in Stockholm, SIAL Paris in France, and Plant Based World Expo Europe in London, highlighting how diversification and changing consumer habits related to food and retail continue to evolve.

Each event offers an opportunity that promises many insights and networking in remaining up to date in a fast-evolving world of retail and food industries. Whether you're looking to forge new partnerships, explore the latest innovations, or understand emerging trends, 2024's trade show lineup is packed with opportunities to advance and grow in your field.

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