William Reed, publisher of The Grocer, has taken the difficult decision to postpone the UK Food Shows scheduled for 30 March to 1 April at the NEC in Birmingham, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The company has been working closely with the NEC to secure new dates. Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and National Convenience Show will now take place at the NEC on 7-9 September 2020.

There is not enough hall space to co-locate Foodex and The Ingredients Show on the same date, so these shows will move to 12-14 April 2021 to coincide with the 2021 running of the William Reed UK Food Shows.

All existing bookings, live event content and visitor registrations remain in place and will be transferred automatically to the new dates. William Reed will be in touch with affected parties individually over the coming days and weeks to facilitate a smooth transition.

“This decision has not been taken lightly,” said Andrew Reed, MD exhibitions at William Reed. “We have been following government and WHO advice to continue as planned. However it is now more likely that under the government’s ‘delay’ phase large-scale events will be prohibited before the end of March. 

“By acting now, we hope to remove the uncertainty and allow you to plan as effectively as possible whilst minimising your associated costs. We would like to thank our exhibitors, visitors, speakers, partners and suppliers for their continued support and patience during this challenging time.”