Innovation, food technologies and start-ups at Cibus Tec Forum


    Create the perfect mix of cutting-edge technology companies, champions of food innovation, research and the most influential voices on the Italian and international scene in order to provide a platform for discussion and build a new international strategy of the food and beverage sector.

    These are the objectives of Cibus Tec Forum, the new Exhibition-Conference designed by Koeln Parma Exhibitions, the joint venture between Fiere di Parma and Koelnmesse since 2016, that will be held in Parma on 25 and 26 October 2022.  Cibus Tec Forum, the new Exhibition-Conference, aims to meet the needs of a sector that is dealing with ever greater changes, in which technology, innovation and the ability to create synergies become strategic factors for addressing future challenges and pursuing the goal of sustainability.

    The objective – states Antonio Cellie, CEO of Fiere di Parma and Koeln Parma Exhibitions – is for industry on one side and institutions and research on the other to plan together the transformation that the food technology sector is experiencing, with the active involvement of the entire supply chain. We will do this through a hybrid format, where conferences and talks are also available streamed online and, most importantly, where foreign operators can do business both in person and remotely thanks to innovative technologies such as the MyBusinessCibusTec platform. Thousands of operators will take part in Cibus Tec Forum, a preview of Cibus Tec 2023 in precisely this spirit: getting to know the key suppliers of the most recent and efficient technologies and gauge the extent of the evolution that the food processing & packaging sector is experiencing”.

    Koelnmesse has always been committed to creating new, concrete business opportunities that are then lowered into the various national realities in which we operate” – commented Thomas Rosolia, CEO of Koelnmesse Italia and President of Koeln Parma Exhibitions – It is for us a source of great satisfaction and pride to be part of this platform, strongly desired by both visitors and exhibitors, where supply and demand can meet, giving immediate visibility to the most current products and trends in the food industry. An easy, quick and effective format; an amplifier of opportunities for foodtec suppliers through different tools – exhibition, conferences, seminars, talk shows, online match-making – but which have and will always have the same objective. Italy is undoubtedly one of the reference markets for Koelnmesse and for our part it is a priority to act to be an instrument of the success of it in the world “.

    The focus of the two-day event will be highly topical issues such as digitalisation, sustainability, innovation, ecological transition, packaging and food safety. These themes will be discussed by the main international organizations, including the European Commission, FDA (the United States Food and Drug Administration) and GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative).

    According to the World Health Organization, a healthy and safe diet is the best form of preventive medicine while according to the GS1 Italy Observatory the percentage of 100% recyclable packaging is currently only 6.2%.

    The Forum is organized as an Exhibition-Conference, consisting of both exhibition and conferences. In total there will be 25 events, including thematic workshops, talks and four international conferences:

    • “Processing and packaging between digitalisation and sustainability”

    (October 25 / 10.00 am – 1.00 pm)

    • “Innovations and trends in Food Safety”

    (October 25 / 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm)

    • “Globalization and ecological transition: where are European policies headed?”

    (October 26 / 10.00 am – 1.00 pm)

    • “Innovative materials for a circular economy”

    (October 26 / 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm)

    At Cibus Tec Forum, visitors will be able to meet over many innovators: food and beverage technology partners, start-ups, accelerators, institutions and research centres. There will also be various exhibition areas that will immerse visitors in the smartest production plant of the future.

    And it is to the future – the future of Industry 4.0 and of the Industrial Internet of Things – that Smart Packaging Hub, the Cibus Tec Forum partner dedicated to developing the packaging and technologies of tomorrow, is always looking. A meeting point of technology of excellence in packaging for the food and beverage sector, Smart Packaging Hub includes six companies in the sector: Baumer, Cama, Zacmi, Clevertech, Tosa and Opem.

    The new MyBusinessCibusTec platform will not only help companies to generate synergies, but will accelerate the digital transformation of the Koeln Parma Exhibition business model. Thanks to a data analysis system, the platform will make it possible to build increasingly data-driven relationships between exhibitors and visitors.

    Cibus Tec Forum is taking place one year ahead of the traditional triennial Cibus Tec exhibition (24-27 October 2023) whose available display area, 15 months before the event and never before so early, is already 60% booked, with a massive presence of companies from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Denmark and China. China, the great absentee from European food technology exhibitions, has chosen Cibus Tec 2023 to persent their technological innovation. A sign that confirms that the exhibition has become an established event in the calendar of international operators.