Welcome evening and Marketplace

The first get-together at the Symposium on Fine Food + Drink takes place on the Welcome evening. It marks the start of this high-calibre industry get-together, which brings together decision makers from the retail trade, industry and gastronomy. The highlight of the Welcome evening is the opening of the Marketplace, where participants first get to meet industry partners' innovatively presented goods. Decision makers in all roles relevant to food meet here in order to chart a course for the future and to discuss sales potential with the products in front of them, far away from directly over the goods and far away from the annual round of talks.

140 manufacturing companies from the (luxury) food industry 2022

Guest country 2022: Finland

Wild nature meets sustainable food innovations. The wilderness of the natural, Arctic paradise of Finland provides a breeding ground for a variety of rich, healthy foods. Sustainable cultivation and innovative production create the food that combines all the advantages of Finnish cuisine: high quality, pure taste and creative variety. The reasons for this are Finland’s unique climate and resource-conscious production. The cold winters ensure that nature cleanses itself. Air and groundwater are therefore of a particularly high quality. In addition, the short but very light-intensive summer months give the plants a particularly high nutrient content and wonderful variety of flavours – including delicious berries such as blueberries and cloudberries, as well as fine porcini mushrooms and chanterelles. The forests offer a rich selection of flavoursome game meat, such as moose and reindeer meat. The countless lakes and coastlines also supply Finland with fresh fish. These pure and nutritious products are used to create new food specialities by means of innovative, sustainable methods. Nordic recipes meet Arctic flavours and offer us not only delicious dishes but also drinks such as beers, spirits or juices with unique aromas. Finland is a connoisseur’s paradise for everyone who appreciates pure quality and sustainable production methods. Visitors to the marketplace at the symposium 2022 will be able to experience the aromatic Finnish products up close and personally.

300 trade decision makers expected in 2022
>15 companies from the guest country

Trade conference

A hot topic of the food industry will be the focus of the conference in 2022. Climate change and younger generations are causing a change in values in society. The driving forces behind the movement are not only the participants in Fridays for Future, older generations are now also demanding more climate protection and calling on businesses and governments to rethink. At the symposium, renowned experts from business, politics and science will provide key input on the megatopic of sustainability. Product and solution strategies for environmental and resource conservation will be discussed. Top speakers will analyse industry developments and consumer trends. Innovative assets along the value chain will be put to the test. In 2022, Symposium on Fine Food + Drink is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The anniversary is an occasion to address the complex changes in the food industry over the last three decades and to venture a forecast of future tasks for the industry. This is why the 2022 symposium is providing an impetus to raise awareness of the industry’s responsibility. With the controversial topic of sustainability, the anniversary event will be closer to the economically and socially explosive discussion than ever before.

Gala evening

A charming entertainment program and first-class culinary delights conclude the annual Symposium on Fine Food + Drink in an elegant scenery. Here the top decision makers of the food industry have the opportunity once again to deepen the topics of the symposium bilaterally.

306 leading speakers so far
1.100 participants expected in 2022