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Food’s annual showpiece cancelled

Covid-19 has begun eating away into next year’s exhibition calendar with the Montgomery Group regrettably cancelling the International Food & Drink Event that was scheduled for March.

Billed as the UK’s largest event for and drink professionals, IFE and IFE Manufacturing Solutions was due to run from the 22-24 March  at London’s ExCeL alongside Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC), PUB21, The European Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Expo, The London Produce Show and the Festival of Enterprise.

Montgomery Group Events Manager Nicola Woods said despite the introduction of the ‘All Secure Standard’ risk-assessment based framework for Covid-19 and a commitment to delivering the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness, a “lack of guidance and clarity from government on when business events can restart” had left the event in limbo.

“Having listened to our communities and carefully considered the options available to us, we have made the difficult decision to postpone,” she said, adding: “While we are immensely disappointed that we can’t meet face-to-face in March, we are currently investigating numerous ways in which we can continue to support and connect with the food and drink industry throughout 2021 and beyond, and will be making an announcement around this very soon.”

The event is next scheduled to take place on February 28, 2022.

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