Posted: 17/03/2020

Trade shows and events across the UK postponed over coronavirus fears


The Farm Shop and Deli Show 2020 has been postponed until September due to fears over coronavirus

As the concern over controlling the spread of coronavirus grows, several food and drink show organisers have decided to postpone their events due to the spread of the infection.

William Reed, the company behind UK Food Shows – which includes The Farm Shop & Deli Show, Food & Drink Expo and the National Convenience Show – announced that the events will be moved to dates later in the year, with some postponed until 2021.

Andrew Reed, the firm’s managing director of events and exhibitions, said, “We have been following government and WHO advice to continue as planned. However, it is now more likely that under the Government’s ‘delay’ phase, large scale events will be prohibited before the end of March.”

The Farm Shop & Deli Show, Food & Drink Expo and the National Convenience Show will now take place at the NEC from 7thto 9thSeptember, while Foodex and The Ingredients Show have been moved to 12thto 14thApril 2021.

Following the announcement of a care package for business and individuals from government on Tuesday, 17th March, the organisers of the Royal Bath and West Show declared that the show would be postponed until 31st July to 2nd August. It is unknown whether the British Cheese Awards will still go ahead.

Meanwhile, the Guild has had to delay judging for its Great Taste awards 2020 from 23rd March. However, short shelf-life products that have already been delivered will be judged in smaller groups.

Also rescheduled is Natural and Organic Products Europe, which will now be held on the 7th and 8th of July. Carsten Holm, managing director of Diversified Communications UK, organisers of the show, said: Natural & Organic Products Europe is the single most important business event in our calendar. Many companies rely on it to meet new and current customers, so this decision has not been taken lightly.

“We are in uncharted territory and we believe that carrying on with the current dates would not be in the best interests of our community.

“The success, as well as the safety, of our exhibitors and visitors, has always been our priority and this continues to be the case.”

Rescheduled show dates include:

  • Natural & Organic Products Europe announced new dates of 7th-8th July.
  • Casual Dining show has been postponed until 14th-15th July.
  • The London Coffee Festival will now take place over 23rd-26th July.
  • Belgian-based trade event Tavola has also been postponed, with the new dates of 13th-15th September. 
  • Alimentaria in Barcelona is now set to take place during 14th-17th September.
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