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Europe: Germany to hold 45th ISM exhibition in 2015

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More than 1,400 suppliers are set to present their sweets and snacks to the world at the 45th ISM – International Sweets and Biscuits Fair – in Cologne, Germany from February 1 to 4, 2015.

Event organizer Koelnmesse and sponsor AISM (International Confectionery Fair working group) say organic products have already been around for many years and are no longer just a niche, but an independent product group with their own profile.

At ISM, visitors can find the organic product exhibitors using the list of exhibitors, with which it is possible to sort the diversity of products offered according to product sector or “hot topics” – all at the touch of a button. In the list, there are approximately 170 exhibitors who will be exhibiting organic products – either exclusively or as a part of their selection – at the show.

Furthermore, the selection of organic products at ISM has clearly established itself in recent years: from the initial 54 organic product exhibitors, which were first exhibited in 2008 on a separate platform within the ISM, to 170 exhibitors today.

Among the exhibitors specializing in organic products is for the Herford company Ecofina with its Vivani chocolate range including blocks and bars.

Vegan products, which are made with rice drink powder, are also now available.

Chocolat Halba, a Swiss chocolate supplier, offers a range of products and high quality chocolate and is also committed to sustainability initiatives.

The confectioner Felicitas from the East German municipality of Hornow-Wadelsdorf (near Cottbus) has established its chocolate factory for organic production, in order to be able to meet this demand adequately alongside its conventional range.

Confectioner Klett from near Tübingen is also similarly committed to creating organic versions to favorite seasonal products.

BioArt from Austria, which produces its selection organically and according to fair trade principles, packages its products attractively and sustainably.

They offer a broad selection and in addition to traditional chocolate bars also include lactose-free variants, chips and lollipops.

Meanwhile, Dutch company Klingele offers fairly-traded organic chocolate, stevia and Free From products.

Swiss producer Maestrani also makes chocolate in both organic and fair trade quality.

The show will also display organic pastries and snacks, such as organically-certified cinnamon waffles from Crisbiss, bio-certified pretzels from Huobe, and soybeans coated with fine chocolate or various fruits such as raspberries or goji berries in chocolate shells by Landgarten.