IFEMA MADRID and the InterSICOP Organising Committee have confirmed that the Exhibition will be held from 19–22 February 2022, with good prospects for participation. This will be the first event on the international radar to bring together the baking, confectionery, ice cream, coffee and associated equipment industries.
It is precisely this continuity in ensuring that the event takes place which represents a significant show of support for these sectors, as well as their reactivation and recovery to pre-pandemic activity and business levels, sentiments which were mirrored by the Organising Committee this morning. Moreover, IFEMA MADRID has confirmed its support in strengthening health controls and adequate measures to ensure that the fair can be held safely at the exposition centre.
InterSICOP has already filled 85% of the exposition space, which goes to show the confidence this sector has in the event — a great in-person exhibition for professionals in the baking, confectionery, ice cream, coffee industries.
As a benchmark fair in the Ibero-American sector, the Buyers Programme has been strengthened in these countries, in addition to other actions to favour exports and guarantee good international positioning.
This year, InterSICOP 2022 will serve as the backdrop for several important national competitions and workshops, namely: the Best Master Artisan Pastry Chef in Spain (MMAPE ‘22); the 4th Annual Ice Cream Championship in Spain; the 3rd Annual National Championship for Confectionery Students and the 4th Annual Championship for Artisan Baked Goods. There will also be workshops held by Grandmasters in the areas of Pastries and Ice Cream, and by Foro Mujeres Panaderas (Women Bakers’ Forum), rounding out a full programme of events.
Rigorous safety protocol
In order to make sure that InterSICOP can be held as usual, IFEMA MADRID will reinforce health controls and ensure adequate safety measures are observed. Therefore, in order to access the fair, attendees will be required to show a EU Digital COVID Certificate, a Spain Travel Health QR code, a vaccination certificate, or a negative PCR or antigen test performed within 24 hours.
In line with all fairs held in the past six months, a rigorous protocol of measures and systems will be implemented to ensure the safety of all exhibitors and visitors, which will be validated by the Ministry of Health for the Community of Madrid. To that end, the capacity of the hall will be controlled using automated systems to count attendees, in addition to an intelligent digital system that analyses spaces, capacities and the behaviour of attendees, thereby strictly controlling crowds at all times. The use of a facemask will also be mandatory inside IFEMA MADRID facilities, and temperature checks will be used.
In addition to these measures, IFEMA MADRID facilities also have an advanced and powerful climate control system that prevents air recirculation, filtering the air and replacing it every 20 minutes, thereby helping to prevent the spread of pathogens. These measures are further enhanced by arranging the movement of people and the distribution of spaces to ensure that a safe distance is maintained between attendees, as well as by providing hand disinfectant gel and other disinfectants throughout the premises, and using digital passes to avoid physical contact.
Professional registration is open
Professionals can now register and obtain their credentials so as not to miss an edition that promises to be a great reunion of professionals within the sector. This gathering will serve as a place where they can discover new products and suppliers for their business, learn about different subjects related to their profession from great teachers and experts (preparations, techniques, new developments), share impressions and experiences with colleagues in the sector, and closely follow the ambitious championships on display.
Attendees will also be able to use their professional credential to access LIVEConnect, a content and networking platform launched in 2020. This innovative platform has all of the features needed to enhance the value proposition, usefulness and business experience for participants before, during and after they attend InterSICOP.