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(19 October 2024 - 23 October 2024 )
Location: France , Paris
Organizer: SIAL

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Comexposium has announced that SIAL will resume its regular schedule in 2024. The event will take place as a face-to-face exhibition between 19.10.2024 and 23.10.2024 in Paris. SIAL 2024 will occur at the Paris-Nord Villepinte. The event will not include the latest COVID-19 protective measures due to the lifting of the related pandemic restrictions. 

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SIAL is among the leading events for the global Food and beverage industry. It is among the central hubs for learning about the latest trends and innovations in the sector. Founded in 1946, SIAL takes place once every 2 years. It is the main meeting platform for professionals working in the industry. The event is one of the main MICE occasions for Paris and its surroundings. SIAL takes place at the Paris Nord Villepinte.

Business profile of the event

SIAL is an international trade show which receives many high-profile attendees. This includes food processing, manufacturing control & management, factory design and hygiene professionals. Furthermore, the trade show attracts specialists operating in the environmental waste processing sector. SIAL additionally draws food manufacturers, distributors, importers, wholesalers, retailers, and commercial caters. Buyers, tastemakers, government representatives, R&D professionals, agri-food manufacturers and chefs also attend. So do exporters and packing industry specialists. The event also receives many media representatives such as journalists. Companies that attend include Champagne JM GOBILLARD & Fils, Agro’Novae, and Continental Coffee. 

What is new for SIAL 2022?

SIAL 2022’s Future Lab will focus on topics such as alternative proteins and AI in food practices. The Alternative Food sector will inform about sustainable, eco-friendly, “free-form” and semi-processed products. Topics will include Agriculture 2.0 and Clean label. 

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SIAL enables food & beverage professionals to complete several important goals. Among them is showcasing new products and making important purchases. The event additionally provides opportunities to increase brand awareness and gain recognition. Professionals can furthermore network with other specialists including potential partners. SIAL also provides many options for expanding one’s specialist knowledge. At the event, specialists can furthermore gain an overview of the industry’s current state. SIAL is also the location for discovering the latest trends and innovations.

SIAL is an international trade show with an extensive support programme. This includes a comprehensive exhibition with 21 exhibition sectors and food channels. This allows professionals to find products and innovations with ease. Among the leading exhibition sectors at the fair tend to be: 

  • Food processing
  • Ready Meals / Food to go
  • Frozen products
  • Dairy products
  • Seafood
  • Beverages
  • Organic & wellness
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Grocery products
  • Meat

Each sector showcases a range of products. Among them are machinery, packaging alternatives, tastes and textures, processes and others. The exhibition allows both start-ups and leading companies to gain recognition. Additionally, professionals can conduct business onsite including making purchases. The exposition also allows such specialists to network with potential clients and partners. 

Another main event is SIAL Innovation. It allows start-ups and leading companies to gain recognition. This is because SIAL Innovation awards the most innovative products. It also attracts the attention of the industry to the creators of said novelties. The SIAL Innovation features 15 award categories including:

  • Beverages
  • Grocery
  • Dairy products
  • Fresh Foods
  • Intermediary Food Products
  • Alternative Food
  • Organic & Wellness
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Start-up
  • Frozen Products
  • Restaurant
  • Equipment & Technology 
  • Packaging/Wrapping

SIAL also includes the SIAL Talks. It allows professionals to learn about the main issues and megatrends in the industry. These include geopolitics, climate change, tech-enhanced farm-to-fork logistics, and others. The SIAL Talks features a comprehensive programme of conferences, debates and roundtable discussions. Speakers vary from leading scientists to business analysts and industry specialists. 

Another location where professionals can expand their specialist knowledge is the Future Lab. It is a dedicated food tunnel where attendants can learn about prospective foods. It is also where they can learn about the 4 main trends of 2030. Such include alternative proteins, personalised products, AI, and transparency & traceability as a must. The Future Lab contains several sub-areas. These are the Next Food Generation, the #VR Lab and the Alternative Food Forum. 

The Next Food Generation is the location for examining emerging innovation projects. It is where start-ups can gain recognition for presenting their ongoing projects. The area serves as both a presentation zone and a forecasting location. It tends to attract entrepreneurs, investors, the media and potential clients. To take part in the Next Food Generation start-ups need to be developing a food product/ingredient, process, service or packaging. The projects should be in the design, development or test market-ready phase. 

The #VR Lab is the location for testing VR concepts applied to the industry. This includes learning about how VR can change daily diets within restaurants, at work, or home. The zone also contains live demonstrations on how VR can help in changing production. The Alternative Food Forum enables gaining new perspectives and learn about alternatives. It provides information on important challenges and trends. This includes answers to questions such as:

  • How can the industry meet new consumer expectations?
  • How can the industry blend food and health?
  • What are the consumer’s new nutritional needs?
  • How will consumers access food in the future?
  • What alternative will feed 10 billion people while respecting the planet?

SIAL is a must-attend for food processing, manufacturing control, and factory design professionals. Furthermore, the trade show can be beneficial to environmental waste processing specialists. SIAL additionally can help food manufacturers, distributors, importers, wholesalers, retailers and commercial caters. Tastemakers, government representatives, R&D professionals, agri-food manufacturers and chefs should consider attending. So should exporters and packing industry specialists. Media representatives such as journalists should not overlook visiting. 

Your Hotel Room in Paris

Invest in your business trip with hotel accommodation selected for your specific need. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd works with you to send you hotels in Paris with an ideal location and price tag. This allows you to select the hotel offers that work best for you. Such as placing you near Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc d'Expositions for a quicker commute. We have long worked with large groups, so you can query for parties of twenty people and more. The entire registration process takes up to a day and you leave all details to us. Also, Travel 2 Fairs ltd assists with logistics as well. You can request a rent-a-car or an airport transfer in both directions, whether it is private or shared.


SIAL is a biannual trade show which takes place for 5 days. Comexposium organises the event at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc d'Expositions. Visiting hours for the first 4 days are between 10 am and 6:30 pm. For the last day of the trade fair, attendees can visit between 10 am and 5:30 pm. 

The Parc des Expositions is a central venue with a convenient location. This is due to the site having extensive links to the rest of Paris via public transport. For example, the venue is a 15-minute bus commute from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. Likewise, the Gare du Nord or central railway station is a 35-minute bus journey from the site. You can opt to travel from such locations to the venue by taxi or car. This can often save time. For example, by taxi or car, you will reach the Paris Nord Villepinte from the railway station in 30 minutes. 

Paris is an international metropolis with ample accommodation and dining options. For example, you can opt to stay at a hotel, hostel, guest house or apartment in many districts. Such include the Marais, the Montmartre, and the South Pigalle. Dining options within the metropolis include bistros, restaurants, diners, bars, and clubs. Paris also has an extensive public transport system. Said network consists of buses, metros, trains, and taxis. This allows reaching the different districts and nearby cities while saving time. For instance, from the Gare du Nord to the Saint-Denis District the journey by metro would take 7 minutes. 

Audience and Statistics

SIAL is a high-profile event that receives a large group of professionals from the food & beverage industry. For example, its 2016 edition received 865 French and 6048 international exhibitors. The rendition additionally was attended by 47,941 French and 107,751 international visitors. Attendees represent around 124 countries including:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan

Past Editions

2018 Edition

The 2018 edition of SIAL was one of the most successful ones. It received a total of 7,218 exhibitors and 148,323 visitors surpassing the 2016 edition. The rendition also debuted several new event additions including the SIAL Innovation. The vent took place as a face-to-face exhibition at the Paris Nord Villepinte. 


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