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ISM Start-up Area

Sweets Start-ups at ISM!

In the Start-up Area you find companies, not older than five years, which present their products and concepts at ISM under one roof.

Here you will meet trends in the confectionery and snack industry presented for the first time - this is the place for innovation.

As part of the Start-up Pitches on the Expert Stage at the boulevard, the Start-ups get the opportunity to present their trends and innovations on Sunday.

The Start-up Area is located in the Lab5 by ISM in hall 5.2.

Here you can find the short portraits of the participants and further information.



Wild baby figs specific to Aegean mountains are dried and filled with chocolate stuffing, natural fruits, world-renowned hazelnuts of Giresun, and premium Aegean Almonds. To add to this premium texture and flavour, they are covered with top-quality ruby, dark, milk, and gold chocolate from Belgium. Each brandy-infused piece is hand-crafted by master chocolatiers and confectioners to create a royal taste.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 038

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haldy Logo


We are a company inspired by the golden goodness of Turmeric and have launched the World’s First Sugarfree Turmeric Mints (in 3 exciting flavours - Peppermint, Berries & Lemon). Our mints are manufactured in a F.D.A. and B.R.C.G.S. certified facility. At Haldy we are focussed on creating a 'Better For You' range of unique, innovative and premium consumer products. We aim to provide consumers a Tasty, Refreshing and Convenient way to add the Golden Goodness of Turmeric to Boost their Daily Routine. We also have a design patent on our unique and innovative recyclable slide to open mint pack.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 020

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QISU - Cheese Snack Logo

QISU - Cheese Snack

QISU is a crunchy cheese snack and topping made from 100% real cheese, free from any other ingredient. Our family business takes pride in delivering a high-protein and gluten-free snack with bold cheesy flavor in every crispy bite. Conveniently packaged in a recyclable and resealable bag, QISU is perfect for on-the-go snacking, sharing with family & friends, or as a complement to your favorite drink. Enjoy the delicious taste and nutritional benefits of QISU, the perfect snack for any occasion!

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 036

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ENFES products are made of premium dried fruits (figs, apricots, dates, grapes, pumpkins). Our products are natural and processed without any additives. Our products are coated with sugar-free chocolate with well balance to create a perfect match to be enjoyed by all ages. If you like nuts, we also have just the right snack that delivers more texture and flavors for nut lovers. Again no artificial flavorings or additives, Enfes Products are all Natural.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 038a

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KOA Logo


The Swiss-Ghanaian start-up Koa makes use of the pulp of the cocoa fruit, thus reducing food waste and providing cocoa smallholders with an additional income. Today, 71 employees in Ghana and Switzerland dedicate themselves to the growth of Koa to boost value creation in the cocoa-growing regions and to develop innovative and pioneering processes. With their natural cocoa fruit products, Koa brings a previously unknown taste to the market with new possibilities for the gastronomy and F&B industry.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 028

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BenFit Logo


Our extensive product range includes bakery products, such as bagels, pretzel sticks or bread, pasta, e.g. pasta and snacking products such as our tortilla chips or our lentil flips. All our products have different nutritional and added values for individual needs of our customers. Most of our products are, besides a high protein content, also gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, low-calorie, low-sugar or even without added sugar. In many products we combine several added values with each other.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 030a

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Party Bugs Logo

Party Bugs

Party Bugs are the first EDIBLE INSECT products worldwide branded as party snacks. They fit all parties from bars, restaurants, nightclubs, movies, festivals, sports events, and home parties. As premium products, Party Bugs compete with the highest quality, most delicious taste, and luxurious brand image, but their price is still competitive. The Party Bugs product line of 12 differently flavored roasted crickets and mealworms have received only positive feedback from distributors and consumers.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 032a

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Sarteneja Conservas Logo

Sarteneja Conservas

In Cortijo de Sarteneja we produce sauces and organic jams. Our main aim is satisfy the demand for quality products that, undoubtedly, are still missing in the market. Our wide range of products is available in different formats in a clean, simple and impressive packaging at the same time, and our recipes, containing only natural ingredients which are easily recognizable by the consumer. Although our jams and gourmet sauces could be made at home, Cortijo de Sarteneja produce these for you to enjoy throughout the year.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 010a

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Chocolate BERNARD Logo

Chocolate BERNARD

The team of BERNARD chocolates is engaged in the production of Belgian chocolate in Bulgaria. Our chocolate pizzas are innovative products that we have created with top quality Belgian chocolate without palm oil. We won a gold medal for innovative and quality products in the Food fair 2022in Sofia. We have different thematiques for every occasion - Easter, Christmas, Hawolleen, Summer, Marshmallow, Mix and Assorted edition.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 018a

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Lavacheese Logo

For the love of cheese

A few years back, two lifelong friends were enjoying a cold glass of beer, grilled cheese sandwiches and each others company, discussing the finer things in life. One of those being the irresistible taste of cheese grilled dangerously close to burning. They made it their mission to capture that taste in a pure and handy form for everyone to enjoy.

After months of trials and development the final product was ready to conquer: A delicious brand of chips containing no carbohydrates, the perfect snack for low carb and keto diets. Investment from a local food processing company followed, allowing us to leapfrog into a larger production facility and consumer market in Sweden.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 020a

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Brain Foods Logo

Brain Foods

Experience the ultimate snacking adventure with Brain Foods Snack Bundle!

Our Flapjacks, Wafers, and Oat Bites are a great alternative to traditional snacks, free from added sugar, gluten and palm oil. By choosing to indulge in our products, you're not only treating yourself to a tasty snack but also supporting sustainable practices to protect the environment.

The Brain Foods Snack Bundle caters to different dietary needs, making guilt-free snacking an indulgence for everyone. Whether you're looking for a delicious treat on the go or a quick energy boost, our bundle has got you covered.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 036a

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Cravers Logo


CRAVERS is revolutionizing the modern way of snacking with hand-picked premium hazelnuts and making them your new daily habit.

70% of the world's hazelnuts come from Northern Anatolia, where we make direct trade with farmers and use the highest quality hazelnuts - harvest after harvest.

All CRAVERS products are made exclusively from natural and high-quality ingredients. They're perfect for breakfast, a guilt-free midnight snack, or as an on-the-go energy boost. Everything we make is absolutely crave-able, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 010

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LieblingsTee Logo

LieblingsTee represents a unique tea collection, tea blends created with love and a carefully selected range of pure preminum teas from exquisite tea regions. We stand for joyful and ecofriendly/ compostable packagings. stands for sustainable and caring economic activities with certified quality.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 024a

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Kulero GmbH Logo

Kulero GmbH

Edible Cutlery & Tableware

Kulero offers typical single-use products with a twist- they are edible and sustainable. Our product range includes edible spoons and forks in different shapes and flavours, as well as edible tableware. Our spoons are the perfect match for desserts and ice cream.

Our products are vegan and combine trendy topics like sustainability and zero waste.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 032

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ISM Start-ups Biscuits, ice cream, sugar confectionery - Forest Gum GmbH #Plastikfrei #Natural Gum #Zuckerfrei

Forest Gum GmbH

FOREST GUM is a plastic-free chewing gum with plant-based ingredients only and a super refreshing taste. As a young company from Cologne, our mission is to save the climate. Unlike conventional chewing gum, which contains plastic as a gum base, Forest Gum is biodegradable and also sugar-free and vegan certified. We are committed to sustainable production methods, the protection of tropical forests and fair cooperation with the farmers in the harvesting areas. Do good, chew good.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 030

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gama-zuckersuess GmbH

gama-zuckersuess GmbH

gama-zuckersuess GmbH was founded in 2014 being the pioneer of the first Ramadan calendar worldwide. We are proud to be the representative of the first Ramadan calendar in the wholesale in germany.

Within a very fast ramp up phase we placed the Ramadan calendar throughout europe. gama zuckersuess GmbH stands for high quality and demands. Only premium and halal certified ingredients find their way into the Ramadan calendar. All products are made in Germany. We have the patents and licensees worldwide for the Ramadan calendar.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 018

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Johnny Cashew

Johnny Cashew

Johnny Cashew is not just any brand of cashews. We are committed to sustainability, social responsibility, and delicious tasting cashews. You can feel good about eating cashew supplied by Johnny Cashew. And with six amazing flavors to choose from, there is a flavor for everyone.

Johnny Cashew is quickly becoming the go-to snack for anyone who wants to snack responsibly!

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 014a

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Small Giants

Small Giants

At Small Giants we produce tasty and healthy snacks made with cricket flour, winning 2 Great Taste awards and securing €500k of investment since launch. Our goal is to introduce the benefits of insect-based protein to the western world, with plans to revolutionise the savoury snack market across Europe.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 028a

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Tom's Funfood Manufaktur

Tom's Funfood Manufaktur

Roasted almonds and nuts, cinema popcorn, cotton candy sugar, candies

We run a funfood manufactory and produce vegan sweets such as cinema popcorn, cotton candy and roasted almonds and nuts in a variety of colors and flavors ourselves.

Our products are suitable for vegan food retail in our packaging. Alternatively, we also offer our goods in bulk or take over the production of your private label.

Hall 5.2 | Booth F 024

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