PATAZA Pty Ltd was very pleased to attend the C&I Expo in Melbourne Australia on 30th and 31st March 2022. The Food and Wine industry has been challenged over the past 2 years of Coronavirus and it was fantastic to see people attending a non-virtual tradeshow, and whilst attendance of visitors and exhibitors was no doubt impacted, there were still quite a lot of visitors and high-quality products and categories on display.
Convenience & Impulse Retailing (https://www.c-store.com.au/) is a Champion for the C-Store and FMCG industry in Australia. We have had a long and close relationship with this magazine and now digital company, starting many years ago with Keith Berg, and today with Safa de Valois at the helm, and it was great to see Safa and his team at the event and the way the event was presented is a testament to their passion for the industry.
From a Products perspective, there were around 100 exhibitors at the event, ranging from multinational suppliers such as Nestle, Coca Cola and Asahi Beverages down to smaller suppliers just launching new products to the market. As well, there were several Merchandise, Software and Retail Hardware exhibitors.
Products that we found particularly interesting were the following:
Aside from the exhibitors, there was also a Drinks and Networking event on the Wednesday. This was a great chance to catch up with contacts in the trade and taste some Australian Craft Beers and Wines. It was good to speak with old friends and new in a relaxed environment and discuss future plans and challenges now that we are slowly but surely getting back to “the new normal”.
In conclusion, was the CI&I Expo worth travelling to Melbourne for? Absolutely! It was a well put together event and the opportunity to travel and meet people in a professional environment was well worthwhile after 2 years of isolation and “virtual” events, so we hope that this is just a taste of things to come as we continue to supply quality Australian Made Food and Wine to the world. Contact Us today.