Here’s a thought, you can do some research and indulge your sweet side at the Speciality Chocolate Fair at London’s Olympia as, this year, it is combined with the Speciality & Fine Food Fair.
The current economic climate seems to be having little effect on parts of the food and drink industry and nowhere is this clearer than in the artisan chocolate sector. With demand continually increasing, the array of fine chocolates being produced is at an all time high. Retail and foodservice buyers can see evidence of this for themselves at this year’s Speciality Chocolate Fair, the UK’s only trade event dedicated to artisan chocolate.
As part of the Speciality & Fine Food Fair, the Speciality Chocolate Fair will showcase the very best in fine chocolate from the world’s leading suppliers, transformers and chocolatiers. Between 6 – 8 September, at London’s Olympia, buyers can meet with companies such as Plush Chocolates, Guilbert’s, Kaoka, Rococo Chocolates, Casemir Chocolates Ltd and Banquet Chocolates.
The fair will also provide a platform for companies to launch the latest in chocolate innovation. One such company is Davenport’s Chocolates who is at the show launching its new chocolate product called ‘Buttonettes’, tiny chocolate buttons infused with different and unusual flavours such as chilli, honey and cinnamon and mocha.
New to the 2009 fair is the world’s first International Chocolate Traceability Conference, “Cocoa, climate change and the future of chocolate”. Held on Monday 7 September, the conference on chocolate sustainability will be addressed by Dr John Mason, CEO of West Africa’s Nature Conservation Research Centre and a panel of key industry experts.
Event Director, Paul MacDonald comments, “Having the world’s first conference dedicated to traceability in chocolate at the Speciality Chocolate Fair is extremely exciting and we hope it will lead the way on the issue. The conference will add to what is already an exciting and innovative fair and we are confidant that visitors looking to source the very best chocolate will have a wealth of choice at the show.”
The Speciality Chocolate Fair will form part of the Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2009 between 6 – 8 September at Olympia in London. Register for your FREE visitor badge and get full event details at www.specialityandfinefoodfairs.co.uk.
Attendance of the International Cocoa Conference is by invitation only, for further details please contact Tracey Higgins on +44 (0) 20 7647 3133.