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Press release of the 19/02/2020 10.07.08 ( download )

Rimini, 18th February 2020 - A unique show in Italy, which has been able to grow on the international front and unite the entire food and beverage supply chain dedicated to out-of-home. And has also kept the promise implicit in the development of the brand, integrating food as a successful component.

These are the final results of Beer&Food Attraction and BBTech Expo 2020, the Italian Exhibition Group expos dedicated to out-of-home experiences, which ended at Rimini Expo Centre, reporting over 33,000 attendees.

The activity carried out on the international front was extremely positive and grew: over 1,300 buyers from 70 foreign countries visited the expo (30% more than 2019). A hundred of them, thanks to the collaboration with the ITA Italian Trade Agency, took part in a special program of reception, hospitality and business meetings with exhibiting firms. Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland and Germany were the countries from which the largest number came.

BBTech Expo confirmed its role as the most comprehensive showcase of technology and equipment for the production and packaging of beverages. Crowded stands on expo days and great satisfaction for business thanks to this format (the only one in Italia), of intra business between beverage producers and machinery manufacturers. The market and the expo both offered wide prospects and great potential.

Business development was favoured by the fundamental reconfirmation of strategic collaborations of various types with Unionbirrai, Italgrob Italian Federation of Horeca Distributors, FIC the Italian Federation of Chefs, FIPE Federation of Bars and Catering, CAST Alimenti, Assobirra and Mineracqua. This teamwork was appreciated by trade members, who showed their great approval for the re-proposal of the International Horeca Meeting, organized by Italgrob, Unionbirrai´s Beer of the Year contest and the Italian Cuisine Championships, the most important and complete Italian competition for all the categories of cuisine, organized by the Italian Federation of Chefs.

Meeting opportunities also increased, thanks to the events organized in the various arenas and dedicated to workshops and in-depth discussions, as well as training and updating meetings. Pizza Experience and Mixology Lab were in the spotlight.

Beer&Food Attraction and BBTech Expo therefore confirm their unique format, a b2b appointment at which excellent beer and top beverages (water, soft drinks, spirits) meet quality food for the Horeca channel and the most advanced technology, exalting the business of those who choose beer and beverage as the combination providing the driving force for new venue formats, which are open to new consumption opportunities.

Beer&Food Attraction and BBTech Expo´s next appointment at IEG´s Rimini Expo Centre is from 20th to 23rd February 2021.

All the press releases of Beer&Food Attraction and BBTech Expo 2020 are available in the media rooms of;

The next event by Italian Exhibition Group in the Food & Beverage sector is Golositalia, from 22nd to 26th February at Centro Fiera del Garda in Montichiari (Brescia). Golositalia is the key event for the whole of north-western Italy for the food sector´s trade members and fans.

From 21st to 23rd February, at Fiera di Vicenza, IEG is holding PESCARE SHOW, the International angling and leisure craft show.

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), listed on the Screen-based Share Market (MTA) organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in Milan and Arezzo. The IEG Group is notable in the organisation of events in five categories: Food & Beverage; Jewellery & Fashion; Tourism, Hospitality and Lifestyle; Wellness, Sport and Leisure; Green & Technology. In the last few years, IEG started a significant expansion process abroad, also through the conclusion of joint ventures with local operators (for example, in the United States, Arab Emirates and in China). IEG closed the 2019 financial year with consolidated total revenues of € 178.6 million, an EBITDA of € 41.9 million and a consolidated net profit of € 12.6 million. In 2019, IEG totalled 48 organised or hosted fairs and 190 conferences.

This press release contains forecast elements and estimates that reflect the management´s current opinions (´forward-looking statements´), particularly regarding future management performance, realization of investments, cash flow trends and the evolution of the financial structure. For their very nature, forward-looking statements have a component of risk and uncertainty, as they depend on the occurrence of future events. The effective results may differ (even significantly) from those announced, due to numerous factors, including, only by way of example: food service market and tourist flow trends in Italy, gold and jewellery market trends, green economy market trends; the evolution of raw material prices; general macroeconomic conditions; geopolitical factors and evolutions in the legislative framework. Moreover, the information contained in this release does not claim to be complete, and has not been verified by independent third parties. Forecasts, estimates and objectives contained herein are based on the information available to the Company as at the date of this release.