2023 ISM Moved To April, ProSweets Event In Question


Cologne, Germany — Koelnmesse GmbH is shortening the duration of its ISM International Sweets and Biscuits Fair and changing the dates for 2023 to April 23 to 25, a marked shift from the event’s historical timing of late January. In addition, the show organizer says it is examining the feasibility of holding its ProSweets manufacturing and ingredients event in 2023, which is co-located with ISM.

Kolnmesse says the decision was made “in consultation with the conceptual sponsors of ISM and decision-makers in the industry” and that it is being done only for the 2023 show.

In a statement, Kolnmesse said: “The entire confectionery industry is currently facing extreme challenges with dramatic cost explosions for raw materials, energy and logistics as well as an almost incalculable consumer behavior, according to the associations. The industry now hopes that the difficult situation will calm down again and that there could then be significantly better planning certainty at the later trade show date in April 2023.”

ProSweets, which is normally held in parallel, is examining the possibilities for implementation in April in consultation with the trade fair’s sponsors, the show organizers say. Interpack, the world’s largest trade fair for the packaging sector and related process industries, is being held in Dusseldorf, May 4 to 10. 

“With the one-time date shift, we are meeting the wishes of the confectionery and snack industry and thus ensuring the greatest possible business opportunities for all companies and visitors involved. It is important to us to provide a fully comprehensive overview of the global market for the confectionery and snack industry and to ensure the usual high quality of exhibiting companies and international participating trade visitors,” explains Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse.