Despite the adverse weather conditions this year's Food and Drink World exhibition has been declared a success.

"Although the official count hasn't been done yet, it looks as if we had more than 25,000 visitors," said Andrew Reed MD of events & exhibitions at William Reed Business Media. "With more square footage of exhibition space than ever before. Food and Drink World is now the biggest UK show in the food and drink market."

The exhibition took place at the NEC Birmingham from 6 to 9 April amid freak spring weather, which saw much of the UK covered with snow. But visitor numbers are expected to at least match two years ago.