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Press release n. 20 of the 26/01/2023 9.17.01 ( download )

• The pandemic is just a memory: the 2023 edition repeats the success of the record 2020 edition
• More than 1,000 brands in a sold-out Expo Centre bursting with positive energy and great optimism
• Foreign visitors from 155 countries, delegations with 450 top buyers from 78 nations

Rimini, 25th January 2023 - Welcome back, mighty Sigep! Excitement, business, shows and innovation, the entire dolce foodservice industry has regained its global platform and in terms of visitors, closes in line with the record edition of 2020 (which was then followed by the 2021 digital edition and a 2022 edition postponed until March due to travel restrictions).

The 44th edition of the International Trade Show of Artisan Gelato, Pastry, Bakery and Coffee, organised by IEG - Italian Exhibition Group, together with the triennial AB Tech show, generated five days under the banner of concreteness, the encounter between knowledge and first-class training and was brimming with business and networking within a panorama of a solid and innovative offer, ready to support further development.

A Sigep of re-found confidence, with businesses rediscovering the value of relationships and enthusiasm in presenting the innovations produced during the last two extremely difficult years. A Sigep that expressed positive energy that could be felt throughout the Rimini Expo Centre, which was totally sold out with more than 1,000 companies in 28 halls, covering 130,000 square meters of expo space.

A sector characterised by enormous dynamism, innovation and export propensity. The made-in-Italy dolce food service spreads technology and talent around the world. An effective appeal concretely found at Sigep: foreign visitors arrived in Rimini from 155 countries. In terms of provenance: 77% from Europe with Germany, Spain, Greece, France and Great Britain first and foremost; 12% from Asia and the Middle East mostly from Israel, Lebanon, India, Korea and the countries of the Gulf Area; 7% from the Americas mainly from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina; and 4% from Africa, primarily Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Libya and Nigeria.

Inaugurated by the national president of Confcommercio, Carlo Sangalli, together with local authorities and with the remote intervention, on the second day, of Minister Francesco Lollobrigida (Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry), IEG welcomed 450 top buyers from 78 countries around the world thanks to the strategic partnership with ITA . Italian Trade Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with the support of IEG´s international network of regional advisors operating in 60 countries.

SIGEP 2023 thus marked the complete return to its dimension as the world´s leading show for artisan gelato and among the very first for the pastry, bakery and coffee sectors. Along with the numerical data, it is above all, the general satisfaction of exhibitors and visitors that decreed its success.

An all-sold-out programme of daily events at Vision Plaza, the veritable heart of content regarding trends and economic information for the dolce food service world, a key player in the Ôout of home´ sector that, in Italy alone, is worth about 60 billion euros. The NPD Group reported a substantial recovery after the standstill and restrictions of the pandemic period with +3% in turnover. Growing familiarity with travel will help further growth. Deloitte, a worldwide Foodservice Market Monitor, reported global values of 2,525 billion euros (+14% compared to 2021). Italy is Europe´s number one country in terms of market value for Full Service restaurants, with a total share of 36 billion euros in 2022.

The Gelato, Pastry, Choco, Coffee and Bakery sectors were all represented at the show, the latter supply chain enhanced by the simultaneous staging of AB Tech Expo.
Shows, content and competitions in the six Arenas: Dolce, Gelato, Pastry, Choco, Bakery and Coffee, with the Start-Up Area and Digital Talks. A programme enriched by more than 100 talks and 200 speakers, including 50 international, more than 20 competitions with 30 participating countries. Over 1,000 events organized by exhibitors. All the great masters of made-in-Italy dolce food products were in attendance at the show.
Spotlights were on four international competitions: the Gelato Europe Cup, which selected the European nations for the World Cup to be held at Sigep 2024, Bread in the City-Bakery World Cup, The Pastry Queen women´s pastry world championship and the Junior World Pastry Championship.

Sigep and AB Tech attracted the attention of Italian and international media, which produced an audience of 439 million gross contacts. The press room saw 655 accreditations of which 70 were foreign.
Social profiles reached 137,000 followers, and during the days of the show, professional operators viewed 280,000 exhibitor profiles on the B2B platform TEO The Eating Out Hub.

The 45th edition of Sigep is scheduled for 20th . 24th January 2024 at Rimini Expo Centre.
But before that, Sigep, the dolce foodservice community´s platform and the Italian way of experiencing it, is preparing for an ambitious new event: Sigep China. Held from 10th to 12th May 2023, it will be organized by IEG China, IEG Group company based in Shanghai, in partnership with Cologne Expo, at the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Centre in conjunction with Anufood China

IEG´s next appointment with the food&beverage sector will be at Rimini Expo Centre with Beer&Food Attraction, from 19th to 22nd February 2023.

FOCUS ON SIGEP and AB Tech Expo 2023
Dates: 21-25 January 2023; Organization: Italian Exhibition Group SpA; editions: 44th Sigep and 7th A.B. Tech Expo; frequency: annual; event: international trade show; entry: trade only; info:

Head of media relation & corporate communication: Elisabetta Vitali; press office manager: Marco Forcellini;
international press office coordinator: Silvia Giorgi;

Filippo Nani,; Enrico Bellinelli,; mob. +39 392 7480967; Giulia Lucchini,; Francesca Magnanini, +393386910347

Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A., a joint stock company listed on Euronext Milan, a regulated market organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has, with its facilities in Rimini and Vicenza, achieved national leadership over the years in the organisation of trade shows and conferences. The development of activities abroad - also through joint-ventures with global or local organisers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, Germany, Singapore, Brazil, for example . now sees the company positioned among the top European operators in the sector.

This press release contains forecast elements and estimates that reflect the management´s current opinions (´forward-looking statements´), particularly regarding future management performance, realization of investments, cash flow trends and the evolution of the financial structure. For their very nature, forward-looking statements have a component of risk and uncertainty, as they depend on the occurrence of future events. The effective results may differ (even significantly) from those announced, due to numerous factors, including, only by way of example: food service market and tourist flow trends in Italy, gold and jewellery market trends, green economy market trends; the evolution of raw material prices; general macroeconomic conditions; geopolitical factors and evolutions in the legislative framework. Moreover, the information contained in this release, does not claim to be complete, and has not been verified by independent third parties. Forecasts, estimates and objectives contained herein are based on the information available to the Company as at the date of this release.