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SIAL Paris 2024: What You Need To Know

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SIAL Paris 2024: What You Need To Know

SIAL Paris returns to Paris-Nord Villepinte from 19 to 23 October 2024, for what is set to be the food trade fair's 60th anniversary edition.

Some 285,000 visitors are set to be in attendance at SIAL Paris 2024, hailing from 200 countries, to meet with 7,500 exhibitors from 130 countries, at what is certain to be one of the unmissable events of the agri-food trade calendar.

According to the organisers, on average, SIAL Paris generates 200 contacts per exhibitor, with some 83% of buyers having made transactions either on site or directly after the show.

To order your badge for SIAL Paris 2024, click here, or if you are an exhibitor looking to book a space at the show, click here.

SIAL At 60

While the last edition of SIAL, in 2022, encouraged visitors to #ownthechange, the forthcoming edition is building on that, as the trade show marks its 60th anniversary.

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SIAL Paris has created a brand new logo that celebrates its history while also staying true to its long-established brand identity.

The management of the trade fair is seeking to position the trade fair as an opportunity to look back, in order to look forward, or, as they put it, 'It’s a past that inspires tomorrow’s creations, a look back that opens up the future. Codes that oscillate between past, present and future will mark the event. SIAL 2024 wants to inspire visitors, help them anticipate trends and bring them unexpected experiences'.

Core Themes Of SIAL Paris 2024

SIAL Paris 2024 is set to explore four core themes, welcoming experts and industry analysts to offer their thoughts on the evolution of the food sector under these themes. The themes that are set to be explored include the influence of AI and deep-tech; the evolution of the supply chain; Africa; and CSR.

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A series of concurrent events is planned, as in previous years. SIAL Innovation, always one of the highlights of the event, will showcase new products, with the aim of enhancing visibility and expanding business opportunities (check out the process for the last SIAL Innovation Awards here).

Elsewhere, SIAL Startup will once again gather start-ups and incubators to facilitate market testing; while SIAL Talks (formerly known as SIAL TV) will provide a platform for internationally renowned experts, featuring insights from various stakeholders in distribution and the food industry.

In addition, the SIAL Future Lab promises to offer an immersive and forward-looking experience, delving into emerging food trends. Attendees are encouraged to visit the SIAL Start-Up area, showcasing a variety of emerging businesses from both France and abroad that are less than five years old.

More information on the main themes and events taking place at SIAL Paris 2024 will be revealed in due course.

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In recent years, the organisers of SIAL Paris, Comexposium Group, have been strategically expanding the SIAL network internationally. Notable developments include SIAL America in Las Vegas, which is next scheduled for March 2024; the establishment of a new B2B event, Gourmet Discovery, focusing on the fine-food industry; and the introduction of new trade fairs in India (SIAL Mumbai) and China (SIAL Shenzhen).

How To Get To SIAL Paris 2024

Travelling by Train

SIAL Paris takes place at the Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte, which is located just five minutes from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport if travelling by train. Simply take the RER B train (direction Paris) and get off at the first stop, Parc des Expositions.

To reach SIAL Paris from Orly Airport, take the Orlyval light metro, change at Antony and take the RER B (direction Roissy-Charles de Gaulle), before alighting at the Parc des Expositions stop. Travel time is approximately 50 minutes.

Travellers by train are recommended to purchase their RER return tickets in the morning to avoid queues at the ticket desks during the evening when the exhibition concludes. The Parc des Expositions de Villepinte station is situated on line B of the RER, and it requires payment for Zone 4, which is outside the centre of Paris, Ile de France. Note that Metro tickets are not applicable for travel on the RER to Parc des Expositions.

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Travelling by Shuttle Bus

There are also a number of shuttle buses running throughout the day, linking Paris city centre with the fair. These operate from Paris Montparnasse station and from Paris Porte Maillot, running directly to the Parc des Expositions.

Buses leave both locations every ten minutes between 7.30am and 11.30am, while return buses leave every ten minutes from 3pm to 8.30pm.

Travelling by Car/Taxi

For those traveling by car from Paris, take either the A1 or A3 motorways and then the A104 slip road, heading towards Soissons. Follow the signage for Parc des Expositions. In case of traffic on the A1, consider taking the Le Bourget exit and reaching the Parc via the N2, N370, and CD40 roads.

If coming from Paris Bercy, Orly, or the A6 motorway, use the A4, then the A86 and A3 motorways. If the A6 junction is congested, proceed to the A104 and take the Parc des Expositions exit.

Travellers from Roissy and Lille should take the A1, followed by the A104 motorways, and then take the Parc des Expositions exit. For those coming from Nancy/Metz, take the A4 and then the A104 motorways, finally exiting at Parc des Expositions.

For those travelling by taxi, a taxi station is located on the esplanade and the main entrance hall of the exhibition.

More information can be found at www.sialparis.com.

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