PARIS -- The 14th annual Sandwich & Snack Show is set for March 20 and 21 at the Paris Porte de Versailles Convention and Exhibition Center. It will be held in conjunction with the third presentation of Parizza, an exposition themed specifically to operators of pizzerias and other informal Italian restaurants. Parizza collocated with the Sandwich & Snack Show for the first time in 2012.
Next year, plans call for the two shows to be held in conjunction with Vending Paris 2014. The popular vending show, which began as D.A. Expo more than two decades ago, has grown steadily into an international vending showcase.
The 2012 edition of Vending Paris attracted nearly 10,500 industry members, 24% from other countries, and some 200 exhibitors, 34% of them international. It offered 11 educational sessions, including the eagerly anticipated International Business Day that made its debut in 2010. European Vending Association director-general Catherine Piana again moderated this wide-ranging discussion and idea exchange.
The French national vending association NAVSA (Syndicat Nationale de Vente et Services Automatiques), which sponsors the show, took advantage of the occasion to turn the spotlight on its new "healthy" vending program, introduced in June 2012. It's called "feelGood: de la variété dans votre distributeur," and labels carrying this slogan identify machines stocked with balanced selections including fruit, low-calorie beverages, cereal products and dairy items. Partners include major national and international product suppliers. At show time, some 600 machines around the country were stocked in accordance with the feelGood specification.
The 2013 Sandwich and Snack Show and Parizza offer exhibits across a broad spectrum to attract a wide range of foodservice providers, ranging from cafes and bars through supermarkets and hospitality services to group catering and the "on-the-go" market for snacks and food. Last year's event drew more than 11,600 visitors, and innovations at the exhibit included examples of the "snackable" trend (appealing functional foods in convenient packaging for consumption anywhere) as well as food trucks and conceptual "street food" projects developed by students at Strate Collège (Sèvres).
The Sandwich & Snack Show and Parizza, as well as Vending Paris, are managed by Reed Expositions France (Puteaux). According to Dalinda Bounouara, who is in charge of the international promotion and marketing of the shows for Reed, staging the three shows concurrently next year ("three shows in one") will address the diverse needs and interests of today's away-from-home food and beverage services. "We all know that food and vending are a great couple," she said.
Vending Paris, which was launched a quarter of a century ago as D.A. Expo, is held every two years. The 2014 presentation, combined with the two fast-food and snack shows, is set for Feb. 5 through 7, 2014, at Paris Expo Port de Versailles. Next year's Vending Paris will be the 14th edition of the biennial event, and the first to be held early in the year.
Information on Vending Paris 2014 is available at www.vendingparis.com.
Details on the upcoming 2013 event, in English, may be found online at www.sandwichshows.com/site/GB.