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Global food innovation exhibition, SIAL Paris, kicks off this month from 21-25 October at Paris Nord Villepinte.

More than 7020 companies from more than 109 countries will be presenting their products from ingredients through equipment to end products across 21 exhibition sectors.

SIAL Innovation will also once again be casting the spotlight on a host of innovative food products, with 2,355 entries, a rise of ten per cent.

801 finalists were short-listed in 3 categories: product sectors, purchaser target sectors, and Intermediate Products & Ingredients / E&T sectors.

This year, SIAL Paris will also feature a Future Lab, to showcase food innovation in the incubation phase, and the Alter’Native Food Forum, an event within the event that showcases healthy and balanced eating.

The SIAL TV and In-Food Centre conferences are another feature, along with studies dedicated to retail and consumer trends.
This edition of SIAL 2018 will mark the big comeback of "Taste", according to SIAL network managing director Nicolas Trentesaux.

“True” authentic products are another big trend being predicted for the show, with food companies increasingly playing the transparency card to reassure risk-averse consumers, along with “Meaning”, spotlighting those innovations that carry meaning: for consumers and for the planet.

“It is precisely the role of SIAL Paris, as the food innovation observatory, to throw the spotlight on this dynamic situation which, ingredient by ingredient, from one continent to the next, is helping determine what will go onto our plates in the future,” Trentesaux says.

“The “Taste - True - Meaning” commitment will therefore be a central feature of the 2018 edition of SIAL Paris.”