Foodtech 2004 visitor numbers down, organisers say –

Foodtech 2004 visitor numbers down, organisers say Published:  10 November, 2004

Despite visitor numbers being down on last year¹s event, the Foodtech 2004 exhibition attracted just over 1,000 quality visitors from across the industry, including the food retailing, processing and manufacturing sectors, organisers have said.

Several exhibitors reported positive levels of business and enquiries, with Jim Redmond of Redmonds of Northampton saying: “It¹s our first Foodtech and I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of people we have met, which is far better than some of the larger shows we have attended. I am more than happy about the results and enquiries we have received.”

Richard Norris of Danfood Technology Limited added: “It¹s fantastic to be exhibiting at a show that is so focussed on food hygiene and it’s been the perfect forum to demonstrate our new Integrated Hygiene Control System and we are looking forward to finalising orders from the enquiries we have had today.”

The SOFHT/Foodtech Conference was well received with Neil Griffiths,

chairman of the Society of Food Hygiene Technology reporting: “The

conference subjects have proven to be very popular and we have seen an

increase in the number of delegates attending this year. SOFHT is already looking forward to a bigger push for the 2005 event at Telford.”

Commenting on the event, show director Graham Yandell said:” We were pleased with the show although disappointed that the move to a London venue reduced attendance rather than improved numbers as we had expected. Traffic problems and tube difficulties were also not helpful. However it is pleasing to note that by 3.00pm on the second day 25% of exhibitors had already booked for the Telford presentation next year when Foodtech will co-locate with the Food & Meat Expo. There is no doubt that the easy access of a Midlands

venue, together with a much bigger overall event, including major

competitions and the SOFHT Conference, will make the two days of 7th & 8th September a forum not to miss.”

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