D – On January 29, 2014 the 44th edition of the International Confectionery Trade Fair (ISM) closed its doors in Cologne after four days. Boasting 1,476 suppliers, 74 more than in 2013, who presented their wares and fares on a surface area measuring 110,000 m², which equalled the exhibition space of the previous years, the ISM was able to underline its key role as the central platform for the international confectionery and snack item industry. 1,243 of the exhibitors and 13 additionally represented companies travelled to the fair from 67 countries, which corresponds to a foreign share of 84% (2013: 82%). The highest number of exhibitors came from Italy, Belgium and France, followed by Spain and the Netherlands. According to the official figures approx. 35,000 trade visitors from the wholesale and retail sectors came from around 140 countries – both the attendance figure and the 67% share of foreign visitors matched the same level as in the previous year. The partner country of this year’s ISM was Brazil. It was the first time that the partner country came from South America. Together with the ABICAB – Brazilian Chocolate, Cocoa, Peanuts, Candies and Byproducts Industry Association – 27 exhibitors displayed the special qualities and characteristics of their high-performance confectionery and snack item production.
The 45th ISM is scheduled to take place from February 1-4, 2015, parallel to the ProSweets Cologne, the international trade fair for the supplier industry of the confectionery sector.