KernAktuell November 2021, News

Autumn summary of the restaurant and foodservice industry

Trade fairs and (tentative) optimism

Following a long break, first trade fairs were finally hosted once again in the autumn. In total, ten trade fairs were scheduled for C+C wholesalers during the season.

The number of visitors attending these trade fairs was generally only 30 or 40% of the pre-Covid tallies, partly because the pandemic has greatly affected buying patterns, and partly because there’s still a great deal of uncertainty regarding opening regulations for catering businesses in the coming winter. Nonetheless, the restaurant and foodservice industry is optimistic that trade will continue during the winter. Another reason for the decrease in visitors was stricter entry requirements for the trade fairs (e.g. on-site covid testing).

The first event our team attended in person was the autumn “Alles für den GAST” trade fair in Salzburg. Here we were able to present new products and foster existing customer relationships. Our key account managers for the catering industry were particularly committed to attending this event in person in order to show our customers we’re here for them in these difficult times. Summing up the event, our team reported that even though fewer visitors attended the fair (as expected), they nonetheless enjoyed excellent, productive talks with customers.

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