Confectionery events impacted by coronavirus
Candy industry events such as Western Candy Conference, interpack, PMCA have all been canceled due to COVID-10
A number of confectionery events have been canceled as a result of coronavirus, while others are still moving ahead as planned.
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Events that have been canceled due to the coronavirus:
The event was slated to be held March 4-8.
Natural Products Expo West has been officially canceled, and organizers look to bring aspects to the show to Expo East.
Organizers also have created a $5-million fund to support emerging brands significantly affected by the Expo West 2020 disruption.
The event was slated to be held March 18-21.
“Out of consideration for the health and safety of our members, our travel partners, and the wonderful Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Kilohana Plantation teams, our 2020 conference will not take place this spring,” the Board continued. “Our deepest apologies for inconveniences. We send our thanks to Mayor Derek Kawakami for the gracious welcome and our best wishes to the people of Kauai for good health across their beautiful island.”
The event was slated to be held April 20-22.
“On Thursday March 12, 2020, the PMCA Board met in Lancaster and made the decision that the welfare of our members requires that the PMCA Annual Production Conference should not go forward in its traditional format due to the current national COVID-19 crisis,” said Rachel Halkias, administrative and marketing assistant.
However, they are working to reformat the conference into a digital form that will be offered virtually at a yet to be determined time.
“We will advise you as soon as we have more details,” Halkias said.
The event was slated to be held May 7-13, 2020
"The decision was taken in close consultation with our advisory board and sponsoring associations," says Werner M. Dornscheidt, chairman of the board of management of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. "As their partner, we are currently doing everything in our power to reduce the economic losses suffered by our exhibitors.”
The event was slated to be held May 18-21.
The 2021 event will be held May 24-27 in Chicago.
NCA President and CEO John Downs sent out a letter explaining the decision, citing restrictions on mass gatherings that have been in place in Illinois and Chicago as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“As restrictions and recommendations on mass gatherings continue to build in cities and states across the country, including those issued in the state of Illinois and in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it became clear that cancellation of the show was the only path forward to protect the well-being of our community,” Downs said. “The cancellation is unavoidable due to a combination of factors including state and local stay-at-home orders and travel bans and restrictions from our member companies, retail partners and other attendee organizations.”
Event was originally slated to take place June 9-11 in Davos, Switzerland.
CHOCOVISION has been postponed to June 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event is organized by Barry Callebaut and typically held every two years in Davos, Switzerland.
It was slated to be held June 9-11 and organizers said that anyone who already registered will be reimbursed for the full registration fee.
The event was slated to be held June 15-19.
The 2020 RCI Annual Convention & Industry Expo has been canceled. The 2020 event was originally scheduled for June 15-19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In addition, all other RCI events scheduled for 2020 will also be canceled or rescheduled, including:
- The Creams, Fondants & Fudges course (Aug. 5-7 in Dayton, Ohio)
- The Fall Regional Conference (Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Napa, California)
The event was slated to be held July 15-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The Institute of Food Technologists' in-person event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, and organizers are offering a virtual experience in its place.
“After thoughtful consultation with leaders and partners within the food industry and academia, IFT’s Board of Directors made the decision to transition the onsite annual meeting and food expo into a virtual experience,” organizers said. “This was felt to be the best and safest course of action after careful consideration of evolving COVID-19 pandemic developments.”
The Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show, originally scheduled for June 28-30 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, will not take place as planned.
The SFA said canceling the Summer Fancy Food Show was a result of the national and global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated travel restrictions, and the Javits Center’s service in fighting the pandemic that impacts the facility’s availability.
The association said its immediate priority is to guide member exhibitors and registered attendees through a process of receiving refunds or credits for the show.
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It’s only been about two weeks since the NCA State of the Industry, but so much has changed.
In the last two weeks, we also learned that indeed, Western Candy Conference, PMCA and interpack would not go on as planned. While Western Candy Conference was canceled outright, PMCA is working to offer the event in a digital format, and interpack has been rescheduled for Feb. 25- March 3, 2021.
Beyond conferences, pretty much all travel has been halted. So many confectionery industry professionals spend their lives on the road — and now they are home, with no flights in the immediate future, doing their part to “flatten the curve.”
The stock market also has fallen off a cliff, with Monday, March 16 proving to be its worst day since 1987. And this week, President Donald Trump told the country that he doesn’t expect us to get past all of this until July or August.
July? Or August? We’re going to be enduring this until late summer? How can that be?
It’s hard not to think that this will have a long-term impact on how everyone does business. Will it even be possible to just, “go back to normal” once this all passes? Or will there be permanent changes?
Nielsen has released data on the six stages of consumer behavior shoppers go through during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While the first three stages listed below offer insight into what’s already started to happen, Nielsen also has released predictions for the final three.
The major takeaway? Online shopping will be hugely impacted by this, and will likely grow in popularity.
Sebastian Garcia-Dastugue, Ph.D., marketing & logistics professor, Florida International University, offered tips for how manufacturers and suppliers can mitigate any issues.
He recommends manufacturers create a list of materials they use, including raw materials, packaging and anything else. Then identify where exactly they are coming from and create a stop-light monitoring system, as in green light for materials that shouldn’t have any issues, yellow for possible issues, and red if they know the material will be delayed.
“Then develop a specific plan for each and try to find alternative sources immediately,” Garcia-Dastugue said. “For example if China is an issue, then if you can buy something from Brazil, from Peru, from any place that has not been affected so much now.”
And then manufacturers should assess it every day.