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Press release n. 1 of the 17/11/2023 14.32.34 ( download )

• The Italian Exhibition Group event at Rimini Expo Centre from 20th to 24th January 2024 featuring leading supply chains: gelato, pastry, chocolate, coffee and bakery

• A highly international edition preceded by the recent strategic opening on the Chinese market with Sigep China in Shenzhen and Sigep Asia in Singapore

• From trendy products to new technologies, training, workshops and talks, culture, focus on the dolce foodservice market and networking opportunities

• The Gelato World Cup, Junior Pastry World Cup and the Young Ideas competition for young bakers will also be back

Rimini, 27 September 2023 . Sigep -The World Dolce Expo, organised by Italian Exhibition Group, whose 45th edition will be held from 20th to 24th January at Rimini Expo Centre, is fast approaching.
The event, a reference point for the dolce foodservice world, will showcase the very best of everything linked to artisan gelato, pastry, bakery, coffee and chocolate supply chains. The halls will include numerous sector innovations accompanied by the latest trends in terms of consumption and new formats for venues.

Sigep´s supply chains will occupy the Expo Centre´s 28 halls with a new and functional layout for buyers and operators and more than 1,200 exhibitor brands occupying the 129,000 square metres of exhibition space, 90% of which is already sold out.
Thanks to collaboration with the sector´s artisan and trade associations, national and global Master gelato, pastry chef, baker, barista and coffee specialist associations, SIGEP 2024 will favour new business and networking opportunities and provide in-depth information on foreign markets. Everything from new products within the various sectors, the latest trends from packaging to technologies related to machinery and systems, with special focus on current issues involving company and staff management. Ample space will be given to the topics of sustainability, product culture and marketing development, through to digital innovation.

Sigep´s international launch is escalating rapidly: the recent expansion towards Asian markets with the strategic opening on the Chinese market with SIGEP China, in the city of Shenzhen, and the launch of Sigep Asia in Singapore, are the proof.
The continuing and deployed support of ITA . Italian Trade Agency - for the promotion and internationalisation of Italian companies abroad, will exponentially enhance the already large representation of buyers expected to arrive in Rimini in January, where they will be greeted with a specific and full programme for meeting the sector´s top companies that have always featured at Sigep. Internationality will also be spotlighted in the ´Vision Plaza´ where scheduled talks will provide information on the most competitive aspects of the international artisan dolce foodservice business, as well as the most pressing topical issues: sustainable development, training and technology.

International championships are one of the event´s driving forces, a unique opportunity also for young recruits to meet the great masters and learn technical skills, creativity and innovation.
The six specialised ´Arenas´ will host international competitions, workshops and demos.
The Gelato Arena will once again be staging the Gelato World Cup, the world´s most eagerly awaited and important international competition that includes trials in gelato making, pastry and chocolate making, catering and ice sculpting, with 12 teams taking part. The competition will decide the winning team for the title of Gelato World Champion 2024. Moreover, Sigep Gelato D´Oro will award the best Italian gelato and pastry professionals, who will compete in the second edition of the Gelato Europe Cup, scheduled to take place at Sigep 2025.
Competitions in the Pastry Arena will include: the Junior Pastry World Cup, JPWC, which enhances the talents of young under-23s with12 teams competing on the theme ´Myths and Legends´; the Senior and Junior Italian Pastry Championships will be held on the themes ´Travelling to the East´ and ´A Sustainable Future´ respectively.
The very youngest pastry chefs will be competing in the SIGEP Giovani training project, in collaboration with ´Pasticceria Internazionale´, Sigep exhibiting companies and hotel and catering schools from all over Italy, in order to put into practice the knowledge and skills learnt at school.
Attention will once again be paid to young people in the Bakery Arena with Young Ideas, the competition aimed at bakery talents from Italian hotel and catering schools and professional training organisations, whose efforts will be judged by expert bakers.

Dates: 20-24 January 2024; Organisation: Italian Exhibition Group SpA; edition: 45th; 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;

Martina Vacca:, mob. +39 339 748 4994; Fabrizio Raimondi:, mob. +39 335 389 848; Benedetto Colli:, mob. 380 371 2272; Sara Antonelli:, mob. 388 878 4899.

Focus on Italian Exhibition Group

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.