Food and Drink World ’06 is the highlight of a packed agenda for the grocery industry this year

Tens of thousands of food trade professionals will be heading to Birmingham’s NEC in March for a major new event in the exhibition calendar.
Food and Drink World ’06, which takes place between March 19 and 22, brings together four long-established shows - the Convenience Retailing Show, Food & Drink Expo, Foodex Meatex and the International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment Show - to create an event covering every aspect of the grocery supply chain. One ticket will allow visitors to go into all four shows, which will fill nine interlinked halls at the NEC.
Food and Drink World and the exhibitions, which are expected to attract 40,000 people, are organised by William Reed Events, part of the group that publishes The Grocer.
Food & Drink Expo will feature more than 800 UK, regional, international and specialty exhibitors, with a strong international presence from countries as diverse as Japan, Poland, US and Thailand. The show will give visitors an opportunity to taste new products, identify innovative new suppliers and find out more about some of the big issues affecting the industry.
The show is packed with attractions such as Bar Talk, the Wine & Cheese Theatre and winners of the exciting Ideas to Dine For! competition.
Taking place alongside Expo will be the Convenience Retailing Show, which is back with a bang with more than 200 leading suppliers.
And over at Foodex Meatex, visitors will be able to find exhibitors covering every aspect of food production, processing and packaging.
Creating links across these shows will be special features such as PACK-IT and Packaging Village, Food & Drink Tomorrow, Sandwich & Snack Solutions, Food2Go, Ingredients Solutions and the Food Safety Forum. January
22-25 Scotland’s International Trade Fair, incorporating Scotland’s International Food Fair
SECC, Glasgow
26 IGD Forecourt Convenience Conference
Royal College of Physicians London
29-1 Koelnmesse ISM, International Sweets & Biscuits Fair
Cologne Exhibition Centre Cologne
31 Meat and Livestock Commission’s Outlook Conference 2006
One Great George Street, Westminster, London
1-3 CIES International Food Safety Conference
Sofitel Forum Rive Gauche Hotel, Paris
7 OLN Drinks Retailing Awards
The Dorchester, London
9 International New Products Forum, Leatherhead Food International
Leatherhead, Surrey
13-14 Global Retail Technology Forum
Hotel Intercontinental Düsseldorf
21 Provision Trade Federation annual dinner
Grosvenor House Hotel
21 Are you managing your trade investment conference organised by The Grocer
23-26 Scottish Grocers’ Federation annual conference
St Andrews Bay Hotel, St Andrews
27-28 National Farmers’ Union annual conference
Birmingham Metropole Birmingham
28 Non Food Conference, organised by The Grocer
3 Diamond Ball in aid of Caravan, the grocery trade’s welfare charity
Grosvenor House Hotel, London
4 Nisa-Today’s Charity Gala Ball
Grosvenor House Hotel, London
6-19 Fairtrade Fortnight
6-10 Alimentaria
Montjuïc/Gran Via, Barcelona
14-17 Foodex Japan
Makuhari Messe, Tokyo
16 FDF Community Partnership Awards 2006
Marriott Hotel, London
3-4 Federation of Wholesale Distributors’ Annual Conference
The Belfry, Wishaw, Warwickshire
5 IGD Retail Ready Packaging Conference
QEII Conference Centre, London
25 IGD Demand Planning and Forecasting Conference
Cavendish Conference Centre, London
25-27 Nisa-Today’s National Exhibition 2005
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry
25-27 Palmer & Harvey McLane Pro-Retail Exhibition
Telford International Centre Shropshire
9-11 European Seafood Expo
Parc des Expositions, Brussels
11 Scottish Enterprise’s Food and Drink Excellence Awards
The Hub, Edinburgh
14-15 Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
16 Londis Retailing 2006
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
16 The Grocer Own Label Excellence Awards
Savoy Hotel, London
16-18 London International Wine and Spirits Fair
ExCel, London
18 Londis Retailing 2006
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry
19-23 Today’s Group Annual Conference
Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest
22-28 National Vegetarian Week
24-25 Association of Convenience Stores’ Annual Conference
NEC Hilton Birmingham Metropole
29-31 SIAL China
SNIEC, Shanghai
29-31 ECR Europe Conference
30-31 PLMA’s World of Private Label
RAI Exhibition Centre Amsterdam
1 Federation of Wholesale Distributors National Independents’ Day
1 Londis Retailing 2006
Yorkshire Event Centre Harrogate
1-4 Scottish Wholesale Association Annual Conference
Hilton Dunblane Hydro
6 Londis Retailing 2006
Westpoint, Exeter
7 IGD Availability Conference
Royal College of Physicians London
8 Londis Retailing 2006
Sandown Park, Esher
8 British Frozen Food Federation Gala Dinner Dance and Awards
Hilton London Park Lane
8-9 FWD’s Annual Drinksummit
Oxford Belfry, Oxford
JUNE 9 TO JULY 9 World Cup in Germany England kicks off its campaign in Group B on June 10 against Paraguay, taking on Trinidad and Tobago on the 15th and Sweden on the 20th
12-18 National Food Safety Week
13 IGD Global Retailing Conference
QEII Conference Centre, London
14-15 World Ethnic & Speciality Food Show
Porte de Versailles, Paris
18-19 Speciality & Fine Food Fair
The Yorkshire Event Centre Harrogate
21-23 CIES World Food Business Summit
Carousel du Louvre, Paris
25-26 Nantwich International Cheese Show
Dorfold Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire
3-5 Speciality & Fine Food Fair
Olympia, London
National Organic Week
20-21 The Dairy Event
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry
20-24 Nisa Retail Conference
Venue TBC
24-9 British Food Fortnight
29 British Cheese Awards
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham
30-8 British Cheese Week october

2-3 Federation of Wholesale Distributors’ annual Catersummit conference
Chesford Grange, Kenilworth
6-13 National Seafood Week
8-11 National Association of Convenience Stores Show
Las Vegas Convention Centre, Las Vegas
10 The IGD Annual Convention and Food Industry Awards
Royal Lancaster Hotel, London
12-13 CIES Joint IT & Supply Chain Conference
22-24 CIES Future Leaders Congress
Okura Hotel, Amsterdam
22-26 SIAL Paris
Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre
25 Today’s Group Forum
Royal Court Hotel, Coventry
1 IGD Annual Convenience Conference
QEII Conference Centre London
9 IGD Retail Logistics Conference
QEII Conference Centre London
10 Caravan Annual Lunch
Hilton London Park Lane
6-17 CIES Marketing Forum
Venue TBC, Madrid, Spain
28 British Frozen Food Federation Annual Luncheon
Hilton London Park Lane
4 IGD Glitter Ball
Grosvenor House Hotel, London