In Parma from 3 to 6 May, the 21th edition of Cibus, the first international agri-food fair, closed this edition with great satisfaction.
Three thousand exhibitors, thousands of new products, 60 thousand professional operators arrived, of which 3000 top buyers from abroad. Despite the inflationary storm, there is therefore optimism for a return to relative normality over the course of the year.
The vitality of made in Italy agri-food
Organized by Fiere di Parma and Federalimentare, the event exceeded expectations, returning to pre-pandemic numbers despite the many difficulties linked to the progress of the pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine. The 21th edition of the fair was a representation of the vitality of the agri-food made in Italy and the trade fair event that has represented it for over forty years.
Foreign operators, who arrived at the 21th Cibus edition thanks to the work of the ICE Agenzia, and the Italian ones were able to deepen the opportunities of their assortments by discovering the thousands of innovations often linked to the tradition of the territories.
And it is precisely the crisis that has demonstrated the solidity of our country’s family businesses, which have continued to work and plan even during the pandemic emergency and the Ukrainian crisis. Without being discouraged, but rather by increasing efforts to achieve excellence and sustainability of production.
The qualitative migration of consumption towards healthier and more sustainable products.
Products of which Made in Italy food is champion, thanks to its roots and traditions.
Suffice it to say that for over 10 years, by importers and distributors, the organizers of the 21th edition of Cibus have been asked to schedule the Parma event also in 2023 (from 29 to 30 March) in harmony with Vinitaly. And this in a lighter format, precisely to allow international operators to spend more days in the area to visit and get to know the companies that have made Italian agri-food famous.
Attention to solidarity
The new proposals of eco-innovative industrial food products were presented in the 12th edition of “Ecotrophelia Italia”, organized by Federalimentare, in which students from universities and technical institutes participate.
At the 21th edition of Cibus www.cibus.it he was then elected the “Best Cheese Maker in Italy” following the competition which was attended by cheese bankers from small shops and large-scale distribution, organized by Guilde Internationale des Fromagers Italia and the Tespi publishing group .
Also this year the Cibus Food Saving initiative was held, created by the Food Bank to recover the surplus exhibitors at the end of the fair. The food donated by the exhibiting companies, still in perfect condition, goes to 742 affiliated charitable structures.
Finally, during the event, a project by the Fiera Milano Foundation, Fiere di Parma and Federalimentare was presented to create two canteens in Ukraine for refugees crowding along the borders.