Expert Stage

Every day, the ISM Expert Stage offers at the center boulevard between hall 5 and 10 a comprehensive program of trend presentations and panel discussions on current topics in the confectionery and snacks industry.

In 2018, the market research institute Innova Market Insights will once again provide information on new product trends and provide insights into the latest developments in confectionery and snacks.

You can expect the following trend presentations every day:

11:00–11:45 a.m.

Top ten trends of 2018 in Confectionery and Snacks*

2:00–2:45 p.m.

Lighter enjoyment: healthier and still enjoy what you love*

4:00–4:45 p.m.

Global flavor trends driving snack innovation*

On Sunday, there will also be a presentation about customer experience:

12:00–12:45 p.m.

"Customer Journey of the future" – or how to create a seamless and customer orientated journey before, during and after each shopping trip, Martin Gaber from JosDeVries Studio Mu GmbH*

On Wednesday, the "Trend and Theme Day" will offer a special lecture program on the Expert Stage:

11:00–11:45 a.m.: Top ten trends of 2018 in Confectionery and Snacks*

12:00-12:45 p.m.: Start-Up Pitches: Getting to know the exhibitors of the new Start-Up Area

1:00-1:45 p.m.: Retail in the digital age – challenges and opportunities*
Thanks to the increasing importance of digitalisation the retail environment undergoes constant changes. Not only business models change. Also the consumer behaviour experiences rapid changes. But how can retailers react and take advantage of these developments?
The presentation of Svenja Brüxkes, Junior Project Manager at “IFH Köln”, will give an overview about recent developments and will illustrate how the journey will go on.

2:00-2:45 p.m.: Innova Lecture „Sweet Trends by Continent“*

3:00-3:45 p.m.: „How to meet Middle East, East Asia and Southeast Asia“: Intercultural workshop*

4:00–4:45 p.m.: Global flavor trends driving snack innovation*

*presentations marked will take place in English.