Press Release Prodexpo 2023

31 / 01 / 2023

30th anniversary edition of the International Exhibition for Food, Beverages and Food Raw Materials

Prodexpo has played a strategic role in shaping and developing the food sector of the Russian economy for three decades. The show represents all sectors of the food market and is an effective meeting place for food and beverage manufacturers and suppliers to meet buyers from federal and regional retail chains, non-chain retailers, HoReCa professionals, and government representatives. 

The opening ceremony will be held on February 6 at 13.00 in the Gallery between Pavilions No.2 and No.8. 

Dates: 610 February 2023

Opening hours: 69 February: 10.00 18.00; 10 February: 10.00 16.00

Venue: EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia

Organised by EXPOCENTRE AO

Supported by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture

Under auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Exhibition area: about 100,000+ sq m

Total number of exhibitors: 2,027 companies (List of exhibitors>>)

Countries: 35 (Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, France, Georgia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, South Ossetia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkiye, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam)

Foreign national pavilions: Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, China, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Serbia, Turkiye, South Ossetia (two showcases), Sri Lanka

Russian exhibitors: 1,563 companies

Russian regional pavilions and group stands: 347 companies from 48 regions (the Republics of Adygea, Buryatia, Crimea, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Kalmykia, Karelia, Khakassia, Mordovia, North OssetiaAlania, Sakha (Yakutia) and Udmurtia; Altai, Krasnodar, Perm, Primorsky and Stavropol Krais; Sebastopol; Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Belgorod, Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Kirov, Kostroma, Kurgan, Kursk, Leningrad, Moscow, Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Orenburg, Orel, Penza, Samara, Saratov, Smolensk, Tula, Tver, Ulyanovsk, Vladimir, Volgograd, Vologda, Voronezh, and Yaroslavl Oblasts; Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug Ugra

Dmitry Patrushev, Russian Minister of Agriculture

Over the years, Prodexpo has established itself as one of the most effective and respected business platforms in the food industry. It traditionally not only showcases the industry's cutting-edge achievements, but also gives market participants an opportunity to discuss the most important issues of the industry's development, its trends and prospects.

The first edition of Prodexpo was held in 1994 welcoming 450 exhibitors from 39 countries. Foreign food producers and suppliers from abroad dominated those years. Russian companies accounted for only one-sixth of the total number of exhibitors. Moreover, most of Russian exhibitors were large importers. 

The show grew along with the industry. Now it is one of the world's top ten B2B food events. According to the Russian Exhibition Rating, Prodexpo is the leader in terms of exhibition space, professional interest and market coverage. 

Over 30 years, the number of Prodexpo exhibitors has more than quadrupled. Exhibition space has increased fivefold. The share of exhibitors Russian producers and suppliers has exceeded 73%.

Showcase

Despite the current evidently difficult economic and political situation in the world, Prodexpo 2023 has attracted a great number of exhibitors and has turned out to be large-scale and interesting. 

The key market players major producers and agricultural holdings will showcase a wide range of products in demand both throughout Russia and abroad. Thanks to suppliers, the show will display products from more than 70 countries.

Russian exhibitors will showcase meat and dairy products, cheeses, groceries, fish, tea, coffee, ice-cream, health foods, functional foods and biotechnology, as well as equipment, services, and packaging solutions for the food industry.

Companies from Russia's regions are actively building up their presence. Regional business support structures organise group stands and pavilions and also co-finance the participation of Russian regional producers. 

Group stands at Prodexpo will enable exhibitors to present their products to a huge audience of retail and HoReCa buyers, expand their potential client base, conclude contracts, and help to promote their brands in new markets.

Product sectors by pavilions>>

New products from five continents, including exotic products and superfoods, will be presented by distributors and foreign producers. Landmark premieres are expected to be made by medium and small businesses: presentations of new products, brands and trademarks.

The Meat and Meat Products. Cooked Meats. Poultry, Eggs sector (Hall 2, Pavilion No.2) will offer a variety of chilled, frozen and ready-to-cook products from Russia and Belarus. Traditional pork, beef and exotic venison products will complement the offerings of lamb, rabbit and meat delicacies. The sector will also show a wide range of poultry products, including turkey and duck. 

The Dairy Products. Cheese sector (Pavilion Forum) will showcase hard, soft, farmhouse cheeses, butter and spreads, milk powder, yoghurt, tan and koumiss, and chilled dairy snacks. There will also be products for HoReCa and baby food.

Russian consumers are showing great interest in pan-Asian cuisine. The Groceries (Pavilion Forum) and Canned Food. Sauces. Ketchups (Pavilion 1) sectors will present ethnic products (noodles, sauces, spices, condiments), as well as products for restaurants and retailers. The Groceries offer cereals, flour, pasta, seasonings, spices, instant breakfasts and freeze-dried fruit, vegetables and berries. There will be an increase in the offers of broths and convenience foods.

The sector of Fish and Seafood has moved to Pavilion No.8 (Hall 1). The geography of producers and suppliers ranges from the Russian Far East to Kaliningrad and from Murmansk to Astrakhan. Retail chains and HoReCa buyers will be offered chilled, frozen, canned, dried fish, snacks, caviar, mussels, crabs and other seafood.

Pavilion No.1 will present Frozen Food: semi-prepared foods, dumplings, pelmeni, vereniki, dough, vegetables, fruit, and fruit juice from Russia, Belarus, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Turkmenistan, and Turkiye. There will also be canned meat, dairy products, vegetable and fruit. The sector of Canned Food. Sauces. Ketchups will have companies from Turkiye, including first-time exhibitors producing canned vegetables and fruits, as well as frozen foods and ingredients.

The Prodexpo Organic salon will be traditionally located in Hall 5 of Pavilion 2. Superfood lovers will undoubtedly find it interesting. It will present quinoa seeds from Peru and Bolivia, as well as a variety of meat and dairy products, groceries, confectionery, spices, drinks, vegetables and fruit, and organic wines with the appropriate certificates. As for oils, the salon will present both the organic olive oil produced in Spain, which many are familiar with, and the increasingly popular coconut oil from Sri Lanka and Thailand, as well as the more exotic black caraway oil (the latter also in capsules). Frozen fruit and vegetables, spices and supplements from India will be demonstrated for the first time. 

The sector of Products for Healthy Lifestyle is no less popular. It will occupy Hall 6 of Pavilion No.2. Keeping the sports theme in mind, the salon will offer protein bars and drinks. The showcase will also present functional foods, gluten-free products and products for people with diabetes.

The Juices, Water. Soft Drinks sector will occupy Halls 1 and 2 of Pavilion No.5 to showcase products from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Turkiye.

The sector of Tea. Coffee (Pavilion No.8, Halls 2, 3) is going to be very diverse. The teas will include flowering, pressed, gift, herbal, berry, fruit, loose-leaf tea, black, green, white, oolong, pu-erh, and tea blends inspired by healthy eating and living trends. Sri Lanka will have a national pavilion to present its products. There will be new coffee products both for the HoReCa and retail segments. The coffee part of the sector will present coffee for coffee pots and coffee machines, extra fine grinding, for French press and mocha, with varying degrees of roast and ground as well as chicory, coffee drinks, cocoa and hot chocolate.

The traditionally large sector of Confectionery. Bakery. Snacks. Nuts. Dried Fruit will be located in Pavilions Nos.2 (Halls 4, 5), 4, 7 (Halls 3-6) and will present a wide range of products for every taste, gift wrapping, including New Year 2024 gifts with the symbol of the Eastern calendar the Dragon, as well as popular cartoon characters.

The Prodexpo Wine salon will present a wide range of wines and spirits in Pavilions No. 2 (Hall 1) and No.3. The will be a national pavilion of Armenia (Pavilion No.2, Hall 1, Stand 21B68) and two national pavilions of South Ossetia (Central Pavilion, Stand 60, and Pavilion No.2, Hall 1, 21B52). Russian producers and distributors form the backbone of the showcase of alcoholic beverages. The geography of wines represented at Prodexpo is as usual broad with more than 50 countries from amongst the traditional regions of alcoholic drinks production.

The beer and spirits display is expected to be no less impressive, and will traditionally take place in the Central Pavilion. Its highlight will be the Craft Beer Corner, which will expand this year and introduce new brewers, as well as showcase the latest brews and ciders. The corner will be located on the balcony of Pavilion No.1, Stand 12D10.

The Prodexpo Wine salon will feature the now-traditional corner with a series of master classes entitled Wine from Russia. The Wine Culture Centre, as well as the Craft Beer Corner.

As usual, Prodexpos Employment Centre (Stand 8510, Hall 5, Pavilion No.8) will help employers to find staff and jobseekers to find work. 

Conference programme

The 2023 conference programme will focus on quality and safety of food and beverages, organic products, sustainability and packaging. The key event will be the Purchasing Centre for Retail Chains.

The Russian Quality System (Roskachestvo) and EXPOCENTRE AO will organise several events on February 6:

  • Panel Discussion on Developing the Sales and Distribution of Russian Organic Products: Domestic and Foreign Demand

  • Plenary Session on Key Changes in the Russian Domestic Market. Market Analysis, Development Trends, Support Measures for Russian Manufacturers

  • Session on the Efficient Production in Crisis

EXPOCENTRE and Imperia Forum organise regular important events with the participation of buyers from federal, regional and local retail chains, manufacturers and suppliers of food and packaging.

The Centre of Retail Chains will host a series of training seminars for retail companies.

The largest Purchasing Centre for Retail Chains will host direct negotiations between buyers from federal, regional and local retail chains and food and drink manufacturers for the supply of goods. 

In addition, there will be

  • PRODFORUM Russian Conference for Suppliers for Retail Chains: CatMan at Prodexpo 2023

  • PRODFORUM Russian Conference for Suppliers for Retail Chains: PLB

  • PRODFORUM Russian Conference for Suppliers for Retail Chains: a Brand

  • PRODFORUM Russian Conference for Suppliers for Retail Chains: Marketing and Advertising

  • PRODFORUM Russian Conference for Suppliers for Retail Chains: Ecosystem of a Food Brand

  • PRODFORUM Russian Conference for Suppliers for Retail Chains: Supplying Marketplaces

The Retail.ru portal will hold the Special Session on Bringing Goods to the Shelf. How to Simplify the Way to Retail Outlets in 2023? Leading experts, representatives of retail chains, suppliers, promotional and marketing consultants will examine the most relevant tools for trademarks (brands) in the current realities and present the best ideas for manufacturers.

The Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and EXPOCENTRE will arrange the Panel on How Not to Get Lost on the Shelf. Packaging Design in Today's Environment. The discussion will cover a whole range of useful functions of packaging and its visual component, i.e. design.

Prodexpo 2023 will also include

  • Panel of the Organic Fund: Promoting Organic Ideas in Society: What Works and What Doesn't

  • Conference on Organic in Russia: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

  • 18th Russian Conference on the Alcoholic Beverages Market AlcoCongress 2023

  • Panel of the School for Technologists. The Conditions of Ice-Cream Production in the Face of Global Challenges

  • 13th Halal International Congress

  • PRACTICUM. Food Products: Mandatory Requirements, Introduction and Promotion Tools for the Food Market. Turning Barriers into Opportunities

  • 21st Russian Congress of Milk Producers and Processors

  • Annual meeting of the members of RDU the Russian Union of Dairy Enterprises  

  • Panel on Vocational Training for the Food (Bakery) Sector: the Current System and New Realities

The competition programme is expected to be just as interesting:

  • Award ceremony of the 18th International Competition for the Best Packaging and Label for Foodstuffs, Perfumes, Cosmetics and Beverages ProdExtraPack 2023

  • Award ceremony of the Prodexpo Wine Competition & Guide

  • Award ceremony of the 25th International Tasting Competition at Prodexpo

  • Award ceremony of the Best Product 2023 International Competition

  • Award ceremony of the 17th International Competition for the Best Consumer Properties

Prodexpo 2023 has an age restriction of 18+.

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