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How to make the most of your time at SIAL Paris 2014

October 17, 2014 3:45 pm

Taking place between October 19 and 23, SIAL Paris 2014 is the largest food trade show in the world. As you would expect from such a large exhibition, you’ll find that there is plenty to see and do over the course of the five days. You’ll be able to explore the numerous products and innovations on offer, visit individual exhibitions, take part in various Paris city tours, attend debates and seminars, network with people who will be beneficial to your business...the list goes on. With so much going on, it’s important to be able to make the most of your time at SIAL - and here are five tips to help you to do just that.

Plan ahead

The best way to ensure that you get as much as possible from your trip to SIAL Paris is to plan your visit in advance. Take a look at the Read More

Interview with Cafe Asia director, Amit Bhavsar, about SIAL Paris 2014

October 17, 2014 11:00 am

SIAL (Salon International de L’alimentation – or the Global Food Marketplace) is the largest international trade event for the food processing industry in the world. This year over 6,000 companies from 105 countries will be exhibiting at SIAL and UPB Products will be at SIAL showcasing its Cafe Asia range. We caught up with UPB director, Amit Bhavsar to talk all things SIAL Paris 2014. How many times have you attended SIAL? We have attended SIAL once before – in 2008. The product range was very different then, plus this year we are launching our new Cafe Asia range at SIAL which is very exciting. In effect I feel we are going to Paris with new and bold plumage – with a much stronger and wider range of lines and a very clear message of who we are, what we do and what makes us...

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Why should manufacturers and purchasers visit SIAL Paris 2014?

October 14, 2014 2:30 pm

SIAL Paris 2014 is a key event in the exhibition calendar for a number of exhibitors from the food and drink industry across the globe: in 2014, over 6,300 exhibitors will converge on the city to raise global awareness of their brands. However, those food and drink businesses who are not exhibiting will also find plenty of useful information - contacts, news and more - at the event, making it well worth attending.

Investigating innovation...

SIAL 2014 focuses on the most significant changes that are faced by the global food and drink industry with a variety of talks, debates, seminars, workshops, visits and more in addition to the vast number of companies exhibiting. One of our top picks for the event is SIAL Innovation, which explores the key trends in the industry and highlights the current most innovative food and drink products - including...

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10 things not to miss at the 2014 SIAL conference

October 10, 2014 11:30 am

The largest marketplace for food innovation and the biggest food trade show in the world, this year’s SIAL conference takes place in Paris between October 19 and 23. With over 6,300 exhibitors, more than 150,000 visitors over the course of the five days and a variety of conferences, debates and innovations, there’s going to be plenty to see and do. This year, Cafe Asia will be heading to Paris to exhibit at SIAL Paris - and we’ve already made our list of the top 10 things not to miss at this year’s conference… 1. Visit the new “Equipment, Technologies & Services” area Without a good industrialisation process, it can be hard for food companies to really make their mark on the industry. This year at SIAL Paris there will be around 300 exhibitors in this area, making the scope of the event even broader and generating plenty of new...

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Hand made vs. mechanised food: do you know what you’re eating?

October 6, 2014 11:30 am

Think back to the days of the cavemen, when every morsel that passed a person's lips had been either hunted or gathered. In those days, the term “food processing” referred to the act of sun-drying ingredients, preserving them in salt, fermenting them or simply cooking them to make foodstuffs last for longer. Fast forward to now, and “food processing” has very different connotations. It now refers to mechanised food production: commercially prepared food that involves altering the natural state of ingredients, which is generally done for reasons of safety and hygiene, convenience or cost.

Convenient and low-cost - but at what price?

It is now estimated that 70% of the US diet is made up of processed foods: canned, frozen, dehydrated and otherwise processed ready meals and ingredients that are designed not only to make the consumer’s life easier and the amount of time spent cooking lower, but to...

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Asian snack food: what are you eating?

October 3, 2014 7:30 am

Asian snack food is incredibly varied, the continent offering diners a wide range of different savoury options for those looking for a quick bite to eat. Each country and region has its own specialities, with some having become more popular and well-known in the UK than others. Focusing on Indian snacks and starters, here’s a quick guide to exactly what you’re eating, seeing on restaurant menus or noticing in your local supermarket. If you’ve ever wondered, “What is a bhaji?”, “How do you make dosa?” or “What’s in a pakora?”, you’ll find all the answers below...

A guide to Indian snack foods…

Bhaji: A bhaji is essentially the same thing as a pakora, but uses onions as its base. Chopped onions are combined with a thick batter made from rice and gram flour and spices that may include ginger, turmeric, before being fried until golden brown. Bhajis are normally...

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SIAL Paris in stats: find out more about this huge trade fair

October 2, 2014 11:30 am

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of international trade fair SIAL (Salon International de L’alimentation - or the Global Food Marketplace): a hugely-respected event that focuses on the global food processing industry. While the SIAL exhibition is now being replicated in other countries around the globe, including Canada, Singapore and Brazil, SIAL Paris is still the most significant, and largest, taking place every two years. This year’s SIAL Paris runs from October 19 to 23, and will see thousands of visitors and exhibitors from around the globe converging on the city to learn more about the major challenges that the food industry faces, to learn about new innovations in food and to network with others in the industry. As an introduction to the exhibition, we have pulled together some key figures about the event, to give you SIAL in stats… As mentioned, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of SIAL,...

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