SIAL Focuses on Food Transition

A veritable showcase of agri-food innovation, SIAL, the International Food Show, will be held in Paris on October 15 to 19. This edition is fully committed to the transformations taking place in the food ecosystem.

After a 2020 edition cancelled because of the pandemic, SIAL, the International Food Show, is coming back more vibrantly than ever. It is getting ready to welcome 7,000 exhibitors from throughout the international agri-food sector to Paris Nord Villepinte from October 15 to 19.

The world’s largest showcase for the agri-food sector will be welcoming no fewer than 300,000 visitors to 250,000 m2 (2,700,000 sq. ft.) of exhibit space. On the menu: round tables, conferences, tastings, demonstrations by startups (over 650 of them will be present at the trade show) and the SIAL Innovation Grand Prix Awards ceremony.

Having chosen to stick to the “Own the Change” theme that was initially coined for the 2020 edition, the organizers decided to focus on changing consumer habits and the need to accelerate the food transition. It is a theme that resonates with current consumer concerns because worldwide, 63% of them believe that food choices are now politically committed actions that shape the world in which we will be living tomorrow.[1]

  • Circular Gastronomy

The choice of the face of this edition — Mauro Collagreco, from the restaurant Mirazur, — fits in perfectly with that concept, because the three-star chef from Argentina is an active champion of local, ethical food. Convinced that we need to change how we consume and eat, Collagreco has been following the food-transition path in his own restaurants for many years now.

Based on the circular-economy concept, he developed the idea of circular gastronomy. So, in 2009, for his restaurant Le Mirazur — crowned Best Restaurant in the World in 2019 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – he created 12-acre permaculture, biodynamic garden that supplies 70% of the produce used in his kitchens.

“Food sufficiency will necessarily require innovation. And that means taking new paradigms into account: producing more while polluting less, exploring new supply sources, and going towards more transparency,” Nicolas Trentesaux, managing director of SIAL, says in conclusion.

Discover the French exhibitors at SIAL Paris 2022 !


[1] Source : Kantar Insights Food 360 study for SIAL