With a 64% growth in floor space since first launching, Fi Istanbul returns in 2015 bigger and better than ever before.Fi Istanbul is the only food ingredients exhibition that joins Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
Fi Istanbul will return to the Turkish capital for the third edition of the show on 13-15 May 2015, bringing over 6,000 of the food industry’s key leaders together for three days, under one roof. After outgrowing the previous venue, Fi Istanbul 2015 will take place at the Istanbul Congress Center with a 64% increase in floor space since the show’s launch in 2013. It will provide attendees with more exhibitors, more networking, the latest industry trends and high-level educational seminars. With the key focus on business development, innovation and trade, in a region with one of the fastest economic growth rates in the world, Fi Istanbul is the most cost-effective platform to source new ingredients, grow market share and act as a stepping stone to this vastly untouched food industry.
Turkey has a long-standing history in trading and agriculture and remains the most important trading hub between Asia, Europe, The Middle East and North Africa. It is a major agricultural producer with an increasingly positive processed food and beverage trade balance, offering easy access to raw materials. The food and beverage sector, which is largely dependent on the agricultural sector in Turkey, has an important share in the country’s GDP. Similarly, the food industry in the surrounding region (Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa), also offers a strong potential for growth in processed food products, due to a high average population growth (2%), an increasing population of affluent youth, a large expatriate population in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, an increase of income per capita, and an increasing consumer expenditure on food. Furthermore, food companies find several attractive elements in this region including a projected annual GDP growth of 5% from 2010 to 2015, a marked rise in consumer confidence, and favourable age and income demographics.
Orhan Çağlayan, Exhibitions Group Director, Food ingredients Istanbul, adds: “The feedback from the exhibitors and visitors from the previous this year has been remarkable. The food ingredients industry in the region is growing exponentially and that can be seen evidently by growth of the show. We are excited to be moving to an even bigger venue to accommodate the growing number of exhibitors and we are confident the show will shape the way ingredients are sourced in this market. Fi Istanbul is the perfect platform to develop strategic partnerships in the region, as well as an opportunity to learn about the latest trends, innovations and educational sessions.
2015 marks the third edition of Fi Istanbul with over 6,000 expected attendees and 150+ leading exhibitors including event sponsors Sel Jel and Brenntag. Fi Istanbul runs for three days from the 13-15 May 2015 and is the most important food ingredients sourcing platform in a highly dynamic region that bridges Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.