It was a major event in 1964: the first Salon International de l’Alimentation (International Food Show) opened its doors to welcome visitors in the brand new Centre of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT), itself a masterpiece of modern architecture. The show took place during the Paris International Food Week in early November.
Experts from the sector and visitors came that year from 26 countries. The 1964 edition was open to both the trade and the public. At that time, a third of expenses for a French household was dedicated to food. Both professionals and the public discovered a wide range of international food products at the show.
The first edition of SIAL Paris also looked towards the future: France had just experienced the opening of its first hypermarket while deep-frozen food was ready to make its debut in Europe -it effectively reached France in 1968. A new era in food consumption was taking shape.
The unmissable 60th anniversary edition
When SIAL Paris opens its doors next year for its 60th edition from 19 to 23 October 2024, it is expected to attract some 285,000 visitors from 200 countries, 7,500 exhibitors from 130 countries at the the 60th anniversary edition, while over 1,000 journalists will provide media coverage. The show will once again be the not-to-be-missed event of the agri-food industry. On average, SIAL Paris generates 200 contacts made per exhibitor with 83% of buyers indicating to have made transactions on site or after the show.
For its 60th anniversary, SIAL Paris created a brand new logo that’s colourful and festive while remaining coherent with the well-established brand identity. The 60th anniversary logo will make all communication pop thanks to the use of its bold colours.
SIAL Paris management sees the 60th anniversary as an opportunity to blend a rich history and experience with new challenges. The team wants to make the 2024 edition under the idea of looking back over past years. It’s a past that inspires tomorrow’s creations, a look back that opens up the future. Codes that oscillate between past, present and future will mark the event. SIAL 2024 wants to inspire visitors, help them anticipate trends and bring them unexpected experiences. SIAL 2024 will surprise everyone!
Traditional top events and new themes
Four themes are already planned for the 2024 edition of SIAL Paris. Experts will debate around the influence of AI and deep-tech, evaluate the supply chain and focus also on Africa and CSR.
Visitors are also invited to attend SIAL Paris traditional events over the five days of the show:
– SIAL Innovation, a major event for showcasing new products and enjoying unrivalled visibility to increase business opportunities
– SIAL Startup will once again bring together start-ups and incubators to help them test the market and help turn SIAL Paris into the biggest international food tech event in the world
– SIAL Talks will again give the floor to internationally renowned experts, with contributions from a wide range of players in distribution, the food industry and catering.