A Brief Overview of Igeho
Igeho remains Switzerland’s top international fair for the HoReCa industry. Under the motto of “Everything for successful hosts,” the event presents the full assortment of products, innovations and services for hotels, catering, take-away and care. As a procurement platform, Igeho empowers brands to penetrate foreign markets with ease and participate in forming new trends in dining and gastronomy. You benefit from a superb support programme and excellent networking events.
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Why Your Visit Is Worth It
Igeho facilitates business with professionals and buyers based all over the world. You’re in a prime position to generate buzz and gain necessary visibility. The HoReCa industry is highly competitive and that’s what makes Igeho a perfect destination. You leave the trade fair with qualified sales leads, new knowledge and high-value contacts. Exhibitors regularly time their production cycles to release new products during Igeho.
The last live edition performed incredibly well:
- 650 international exhibitors
- 65,000 international trade fairs
- 19 countries represented
Igeho, the largest trade fair for the hotel, restaurant, and catering industry in Switzerland and its neighbours, takes place every two years at Messe Basel in Basel, Switzerland. The event has been a strong procurement platform for decades since its establishment in 1965. Today, Igeho shares the spotlight with Lefa, the new industry event for the Swiss food processing sector. Together they supply major buyers in Switzerland with everything they need in the HoReCa industry.
Igeho offers an attractive range of special presentations, industry events, seminars, and contact platforms, providing a comprehensive overview of the latest industry offerings. With over 65,000 trade visitors expected to attend in 2023, Igeho is the ultimate international industry event for all players in the hospitality industry. Exhibitors have the opportunity to showcase their products and services, create new business relationships, and keep up with industry trends and developments.
Igeho 2023 is set to take place after a period of extraordinary circumstances, which makes it even more important for the industry to come together and reconnect in person. Not to mention that the HoReCa sector is just now trying to bounce back with international travel possible and regulations being lifted. Only live events can provide the opportunity for personal experiences, spontaneous conversations, and engagement with customers, partners and colleagues.
Igeho represents the entire value chain and places an emphasis on innovations and new releases, which further spark new sales. Here is what you can hope to experience on the exhibition floor:
- Kitchen Technology (Kitchen equipment and appliances, Dishwashers, Refrigeration technology and refrigerated units, Food distribution, Packaging technology)
- Food & Beverages (Convenience and frozen products, Confectionery and baked goods, Dairy products, Meat and sausage products, Organic products)
- Interior & Shopfitting / Outdoor (Interior design and furnishings, Bed and table linen, Professional clothing, Wellness, Spa, and Fitness, Beverage dispensing and dispensing systems, Disposable articles and service materials)
- Coffee & Tea (Coffee machines, Roasters, Tea specialties)
- IT & Digital (Cash registers and accounting systems, Hard and software, Event and conference technology, Communication systems)
- Table Top (Tableware, Glassware, Cutlery, Table decoration, Table art)
Who Are You Going to Meet?
Igeho appeals to operators and key players in the hotel, restaurant, and catering industry working in Switzerland and the surrounding region. In terms of exhibitors and trade visitors, there’s a high number of attendees making the trip from Germany, France, Italy and Lichtenstein. You’ll be side by side with brands such as Saviva, Appenzellerland Tourismus, Salvis, Hunn Gartenmöbel, Brauerei Locher, Cafina, Markus Hans Group, MEIKO, Transgourmet/Prodega, Hugentobler Swiss Cooking Systems, Planted, Hero Gastronomique and Wyniger Group.
Additional Value of Attending
The Igeho Rising Star Award, supported by Transgourmet/Prodega, is an esteemed competition for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the hospitality industry. The competition is open to young companies and start-ups that are currently developing or offer innovative, sustainable products and services, or digital business models with the potential to impact the future in a groundbreaking way.
The primary goal of the competition is to find fresh ideas for the hospitality industry and foster advances in the industry by networking the hospitality start-up scene with potential investors and customers. An independent jury is in charge of selecting the winners of the award and evaluating each application based on several criteria - innovative strength, sustainability, market relevance, and growth potential.
Candidates can compete in two categories - “Entrepreneurial Concepts” and “Start-ups” – and the winners receive prize money of CHF 2,500 each. Winning comes with its own distinct perks such as more visibility and promotion, and connections to big-time investors and decision makers. It’s the most effective way to ensure a quick blast-off in the industry.
Of course, there’s much to explore at Igeho. The Cooking Arena puts you under its spell with some exciting live cooking demonstrations in the fully equipped show kitchen. Fresh talent and veteran chefs dazzle and tantalise with extraordinary dishes. Culinary professionals have the chance to level up their own skills by signing up for the master classes held at specially installed conference rooms, which will be very hands-on.
Another popular feature is the Micro Area for brewery, distillery and roastery. This is the area for small producers to stand out from the rest and receive their due attention from trade visitors. These producers offer unique and bespoke artisanal experiences. Impressive flavours, bold smells and a sense of community. That’s what you discover here.