At the Villepinte exhibition center in the Paris region. SIAL the world’s largest food show occurred from October 21-25, 2018.

There were about 160,000 visitors from 194 visitor countries and over 2,600 journalists

Of the 7,200 exhibitors from 110 countries, 85% were international and 15% were French.

Paul Kafarakis from Specialty Food Association in New York gave a presentation on SIAL TV. He stated the in USA people are interested in buying locally and feel that eating well is important to have good health. We know that the costs of medical care are high in the USA and people feel that they would rather invest in locally grown food.   www.specialty food.com

Jane and Paul Kafarakis, Specialty Food Association

Technological innovation goes through the image. Transparency, culinary art, culture, culinary culture, and flavors. The innovation of taste, packaging, and marketing.

This edition has been placed under the banner of culinary innovation, taste, marketing, and health.natural colors, back to nature, to the nourishing earth.

Many food sectors were represented fruit and vegetables, meat including cold cuts, chicken, fish, beverages and dairy products.

Nut Ladies serving nuts

At SIAL, we had a sample of what France produces as dairy products. Camembert appellation d’origine contrôlée with Roquefort always also of controlled designation of origin.  The production of Gruyere and Emmental from Switzerland was exhibited.

An exhibit called Future Lab showed a video about the future of food while another area called Rising Start-Ups featured young startups.

Jane Rosenstein with Javier Jaffre

There were national pavilions by continents, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Central America, and Africa.

We found superb and rare extra virgin olive oils from a  Greek company, The Governor, that has anti-aging effects; The company claims it has anticancer activity and prevents skin from aging. It is made from the lianoila variety over 500 years old. We received a free sample so we can see how it works.

The Governor company that has special olive oils

Several soirées provided opportunities for producers to meet buyers in a relaxed atmosphere.  SIAL organized a buffet.

Partners Network had a dance with a great, DJ  James Carr, www.britishdjnfrance.com

playing pop music 80s and 90s. The crowd enjoyed drinking and dancing.

Bertagni the oldest pizza maker invited guests to enjoy pizza at their stand. It was so delicious!  www.bertagni.it

Comptoir France-Espagne invited guests to “ La Boerre de L’Amité. They were generous in providing Spanish specialties.

SIAL provided a good opportunity to see new food products and for buyers and sellers to network.

Author Details
Jane Rosenstein is a U.S. citizen living in Paris, France. She is a professional translator/interpreter. She is the owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine, interpretation, and translation. She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She has a B.S. degree in mathematics from University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
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