Blog: Tough economy does little to dampen spirits at SIAL

Michelle Russell | 22 October 2012

Day two of this year's SIAL food exhibition in Paris is well and truly under way and the visitors are continuing to stream in.

Host to over 5,900 exhibitors and welcoming 140,000 visitors, the show has become synonymous in the industry as one of the largest food industry events offering opportunities for networking, meeting with customers and showcasing the latest innovation.

The Euro-crisis and the tough trading environment, in both Europe and North America, has done little to damp the enthusiasm of companies wanting to expand internationally. While most manufacturers have acknowledged the challenges Southern Europe has presented, the outlook by most is largely optimistic.

UK cheese manufacturer Bridgehead Foods spoke to just-food about its ambitions to target the US market as part of its plans to grow its adult snacking products.

Dare Foods is equally as ambitious. The Canadian snack manufacturer has it eyes on the BRIC economies.

"It's tough to get conventional growth domestically, so there is certainly potential for growth internationally. It's one of those things that strategically we are going to be more focused on because we've got wonderful brands," chairman Bill Farrell told just-food.

Gluten-free food producer Genius Foods also has its focus on expansion in Europe following its recent deal with Carrefour in Spain.

And so, as day two comes to a close, just-food prepares itself for whatever SIAL will bring come day three. Keep a close eye on the site for news updates and interviews and follow us on twitter @just_food.


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