From March 12-16, the city of Rimini, Italy will be the site of star-awarded pastry chefs, international trends, producers and some of the sector’s most innovative companies. Sigep, held at the Rimini Expo Centre, is returning to physical attendance after going digital last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everyone will be at the 43rd edition of Sigep - The Dolce World Expo, the first physically-attended dolce foodservice event in Italy in 2022,” says Lorenzo Cagnoni, president of IEG, Italian Exhibition Group, organizer of the event.

“The digital upgrade (Digital Agenda) will follow on from 16th to 18th March offering visitors from more distant markets three-days of online meetings with the event’s exhibitors,” adds Corrado Peraboni, IEG’s chief executive officer.

The Gelato Arena will host the award ceremony for the most innovative gelato chains with France, Italy and Spain on the podium. On stage, Massari will lead the event “Different Visions, Great Ideas” with an exceptional parterre including, from Italy, Masters Gino Fabbri and Roberto Rinaldini, Riccardo Bellaera, Corporate Pastry Chef & Baker Costa Crociere and Massimo Artorige Giubilesi, President FCSI Italian Unit (Foodservice Consultants Society International) and international guests such as pastry chef Francisco Torreblanca (Spain), Thierry Bamas from MOF-Meilleur Ouvrier De France (France) and Maître Chocolatier Francois Stahl (Switzerland). The Italian team that won the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie 2021 will give a demonstration of its superb decoration techniques.

In Vision Plaza, NPD Group, a leading US foodservice market analysis company, will highlight the drivers of the out-of-home recovery in Europe, Asia and North America with Cecilia Manget, Head of Foodservice Europe, Jochen Pinsker, Industry Advisor Foodservice Europe, Felicia Ke, Director of Foodservice China and David Portalatin, Senior Vice President, Industry Advisor US.