A change in dates for Alimentaria 2014

The next Alimentaria will take place from March 31st to April 3rd in Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via Exhibition Centre, a week later than initially planned, so it does not coincide with Prowein in Dusseldorf, a direct competitor of Intervin, one of Alimentaria’s most important shows.

The organisers decided to postpone Alimentaria 2014, which was originally planned for March 24th to 27th, so that Intervin could be attended by the main international buyers, importers and operators from the wine sector, who will benefit from Alimentaria as a whole with all the sectors that will be present.

Intervin, which is dedicated to wines and spirits, is Alimentaria’s biggest show with 16,000 m2 of stands space. In addition to the participation of the best of the Spanish wine production industry, its main associations, Designations of Origin and Regulatory Boards, it has become one of the major events of its kind on an international level.

“Intervin is visited by bodegas and buyers from around the world. For this reason, overlapping with other international events would be detrimental to the sector, which the trade fair ultimately aims to serve”, said J. Antoni Valls, Director of Alimentaria and Managing Director of Alimentaria Exhibitions.

Economic Driver
Intervin represents the interests of a key sector for the food and beverage industry and Spanish economies. With over 40 million hectolitres a year and 90 Protected Designations of Origin, Spain is the world’s second largest wine producer, ahead of Italy and behind France, according to data from ICEX (Spanish Foreign Trade Institute). 59% of the world’s wine production corresponds to Europe, 12.9% of which is generated in Spain.

Despite the decline in the domestic market, Spanish wine exports to both EU countries and the rest of the world are increasing. Spanish wine sales shot up by 26.3% in 2011 to reach 2,230.9 million litres, according to the Spanish Wine Market Observatory. The three top countries that import Spanish wine continue to be France, Germany and Portugal, although there has been a relevant increase in purchases by China and Russia. In terms of value, the main buyers are still Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Alimentaria Exhibitions is a partner of Fira de Barcelona in the organisation of food-related events, such as Bta. -Barcelona food and beverage technologies-, Seafood Barcelona,  Alimentaria&Horexpo Lisbon, Alimentaria Mexico, in Mexico; and, from September 2013, Alimentaria Brazil, in Sao Paulo.

Barcelona, April 30th 2013