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Congalsa Sirha 2019

Ibercook Food Service product range, stands at Congalsa’s booth

First international meeting for Congalsa in this brand new 2019, Sirha Lyon Trade Show, a specialized event for food service professionals and an international milestone for chefs and horeca operators. 5 days to share with the main companies of the French market, the innovative products that Congalsa puts at service of hospitality professionals under its Ibercook Food Service brand. Those who came by the Congalsa booth tasted our range of snacks, an ideal concept for a the French market that has proven particularly receptive to the Spanish tapas.

Sirha trade show general information

The biannual meeting is in a very good shape, at the sight of the number of visitors, exhibition space and participating companies. The event has become one of the most important worldwide for the HORECA sector, a space in which business and trends converge around the food service business.

Around 220,000 professional visitors (+5% vs 2017) from different sectors of activity: 30% commercial catering, 15% bakery / confectionery, 9% training, 8% distributors / wholesalers, 8% installers and material manufacturers, 8 % agri-food industry, 8% crafts, 7% diverse services, 6% collective catering.

2,984 exhibitors, mainly agri-food producers (41%), although there are also kitchen equipment companies (23%), 15% bakery / pastry shop, 9% room equipment, 7% services, 5% cafeteria.

This year, the exhibition area of ​​132,000 m2 was expanded to include a new hall of 10,000 m2.

Congalsa taking part of the food service trends hub

The specialized observatory Food Service Vision, collaborator of the event, identifies and reviews 7 trends that will guide the development of the sector in the coming years:

1. FLEXITARISM: consumers who follow a plant-base diet that allows an occasional consumption of meat dishes. 37% of French households declare themselves flexitarians.

2. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION: an increasing number of players in the industry are adapting their offer to propose ecological and sustainable solutions; in 2022, 20% of the products served in the collective catering, must carry a bio seal.

3. NATURAL: 72% of consumers are concerned about the quality of food and demand products that allow them to maintain a more natural and healthy diet.

4. LOCAVORISM: different motivations, eco-friendly, economic or related to identity, encourage consumers and chefs to search for locally produced food products. 60% of customers look for local offers at restaurants.

5. GLOBALIZATION: increased consumption of typical foods from other regions and globalization of foreign culinary cultures. Representative examples are, for example, the quinoa that in 10 years multiplied by 40 its sales; and the opening of food service chains at a global level, with special focus on the emerging countries.

6. CONVENIENCE: digitization and mobile technology will be leading the consumer experience in out of home consumption.

7. PLACES OF EMOTION: transformation of eating-out into a experience, defines the value proposition in the sector, trying to face the increase of delivery and other formats. The atmosphere is, for millennials, the third critera to choose a restaurant and the first in the choice of a bar.

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In Congalsa we are strongly committed to Sustainability Policies, among them a strong commitment to reduce our environmental impact stands out . This time, it materializes through the installation a new photovoltaic plant.

This new facility aims to provide energy to the production center of A Pobra, in which about 25,000 tons of frozen food tarheting HORECA and RETAIL channels are produced every year.
With this new photovoltaic solar energy generation system, we completed a project that began in 2016 with the installation of 533 solar panels in our factory of gluten-free products, with an annual capacity to generate clean energy above 285,000 Kwh.

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One of the goals set out in the United Nations 2030 agenda is, explicitly, to put an end to unsustainable fishing practices. In Congalsa we are committed to the cause, and for several years we have been part of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) initiative to control the risks caused by fishing and aquaculture. The SFP organization leads global fisheries improvement projects, educating and advising stakeholders in the supply chain, including major retailers, restaurant chains, seafood brand owners, buyers, producers and fisheries management or scientific institutions to improve fishing and aquaculture practices and policies.

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