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The international fair for the confectionery industry
Around 17,000 trade visitors from 78 countries were counted from 1 to 4 February 2015. The share of foreign visitors was 65 percent.
ProSweets Cologne: The business platform for the supplier and confectionary industry
Once again strong attendance domestically and internationallyT
he international supplier fair for the confectionary industry highlights its function and top position
ProSweets Cologne once again shows its important function as a supplier fair and information platform for the sweets and snacks industry. Around 17,000 trade visitors from 78 countries were counted from 1 to 4 February 2015. The share of foreign visitors was 65 percent. "For the supplying companies of the confectionary industry, ProSweets Cologne is the central international business platform", emphasized Katharina C. Hamma, Managing Director of Koelnmesse GmbH. "In conjunction with the world's leading International Sweets and Biscuits Fair ISM, ProSweets Cologne offers incomparable synergy". ProSweets Cologne impressed with its wide range of topics, which was showcased by a competent and internationally leading field of participants. 328 providers from 33 countries presented new solutions and further developments for recipes, production and packaging of sweets and snacks. The exhibitors' range was domestically and internationally diverse, decisively covering the entire supply range.
The quality of the trade visitors was expressly highlighted by all exhibitors of the fair. Alongside production managers from leading companies, numerous medium-sized and smaller companies also came to get informed, as they are themselves making decisions regarding further investments in their companies. "ProSweets Cologne unquestionably represents a constant for the confectionary industry", an exhibitor confirmed. Experts in research, development, construction and quality management also made their way to Cologne to speak directly with the exhibitors about current developments. The decision-making level of the visitors was generally high: According to surveys, around 70 percent declared themselves as deciding or co-deciding.
The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair ISM, taking place in parallel, finished with an increase in visitors. By the end of the fair, Koelnmesse recorded around 37,000 visitors from 141 countries. 1,513 exhibitors from 65 countries presented sweets and snacks from all over the world.
In conjunction with ISM, the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair Cologne, ProSweets Cologne covers the entire value chain in confectionery production - an internationally unique constellation. ProSweets Cologne is sponsored by the Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI), Sweets Global Network e.V. (SG), the German Agricultural Society (DLG e.V.) and the Central College of the German Confectionery Industry (ZDS).
ProSweets Cologne 2015 in numbers:
328 companies from 33 countries participated at ProSweets Cologne 2015, 63 percent of which were from abroad. A gross exhibition surface area of 21,000 m2 was occupied. This included 121 exhibitors and 2 additionally represented companies from Germany as well as 202 exhibitors and 3 additionally represented companies from abroad. Including estimates for the last day of the fair, around 17,000 guests attended78 countries were represented at ProSweets Cologne 2015, 65 percent of which were from abroad.
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You will meet knowledgeable industry leaders who will address a range of topics, link informative strategies for building your business, and learn how European demographics and psychographics differ from those in the U.S.
Put simply, if you want to tap into the vital European business market, you need to be at the PROSWEETS COLOGNE Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!
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Brush up on the local language. You can test your skills using an app on your phone such as Duolingo or Google Translate. Don't underestimate a good old fashioned phrase book to get you through simple interactions. Familiarize yourself with the basics beforehand such as, "Hello," "Good-bye," "Excuse me," "My name is _____," "Nice to meet you," "Please," "Thank you," and "Where is the restroom?" to use as you go about your trip.
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