Event programme 2018

At this place you find an overview of the highlights of the events of the ISM 2018.

Join one of our guided tours and learn about the latest trends of the sweets and snacks sector.

To the registration Guided Tours

Get an overview of the different formats of the German confectionery retail market.

To the registration Confectionery Store Check Tour

Coffee has been an integral part of the trade fair concept since 2015 and is now even being covered with its own special show in hall 5.2, the Cologne Coffee Forum. Different exhibitors show the broad range of coffee. In addition, visitors can take part at Espresso seminars and coffee Pairings.

Learn more here about the Cologne Coffee Forum.

Already for the fourth time, the ISM award was given to a significant personality at the ISM 2017.

The winner of 2017 was 2017: Gota Moringa, MORINAGA & CO., LTD and the visitors can be curious about who the jury chooses for 2018.

Learn more here about the ISM Award and the winner.

The ISM Newcomer Area is a special location, where visitors can see the „Newcomers“ - in other words, new industry participants or those which are just new at ISM.

12 exhibitors from 10 countries (Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, and the USA) here present products such as chocolate, sugar confectionery, biscuits, nuts and snacks.

Again in 2018 guests can discover interesting new products in the sweets and snacks industry at the “New Product Showcase”.

Learn more here about New Product Showcase and the winners of 2017.

The ISM Expert Stage is the first contact point for the exchange of knowledge and information events within the ISM. This is where current topics of the sweets and snacks sector will be covered.

Learn more here about the ISM Expert Stage.

The new Start-up Area in hall 5.2 assembles young enterprises founded in the last five years. 14 exhibitors from 6 countries show their fresh ideas and innovative concepts, here. Whether classic, innovative or trendsetter - here you will find the small booths of the maybe large companies of tomorrow.

Check out the Start-up Pitches on Wednesday, 31.01.18 at the ISM Expert Stage.

After the successful premiere at the ISM 2017, again in 2018 the Halal- Infopoint will take place in a central location at the central boulevard of the ISM. Globally-operating dealers and manufacturers of Halal sweets and snacks have the opportunity to present their products in this well arranged special show.

In line with the motto „Sweet Future", a group of international design students at the Köln International School of Design (KISD) designe a broad range of new product concepts and product packaging. These innovations, which generate inspiration and new momentum, will shown exclusively to the trade visitors at ISM.

You can find this special show between the halls 4 and 5.

Innova Market Insights presents at the center boulevard in front of hall 5 the special show Sweet Trends at ISM 2017, highlighting key trends and current developments in sweets and snacks.

Moreover, three times a day Innova Market Insights will hold their trend presentations at the Expert Stage.

Here you can get more information about the presentation topics.

Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights will provide at an Webinar on 18.01.2018 at 4:00 p.m. an overview of the key drivers in new product innovation and how they will impact the confectionery and snacks categories. Register now here!