Last updated: 25.02.20

The top food industry shows in 2020

With 20 years of experience in the food and drink industry, we know how important it is to stay on top of the latest industry trends and expert opinions. Trade shows and exhibitions are some of the best ways to find out what’s coming up in the industry and to meet people working in the same environments who you can share expertise with.

Maybe you’re new to the food trade and are looking to get to grips with the industry or perhaps you’re an established food business looking to find your next big thing. Food business shows can help you do just that. We’ve chosen a few shows and exhibitions which we think lead the industry for innovation and expert advice.

Check out our article below to find out more about these events and how to find out more!


30th March – 1st April 2020

NEC Birmingham.

Who’s it for? This exhibition is perfect anyone who works in the food manufacturing industry or is just looking to find out what the future holds for the food industry.

This exhibition is part of not one, not two but five shows at the Food & Drink Expo 2020. However, we think Foodex is where the real excitement will be.

Foodex brings together some of the largest food manufacturing companies from across the industry to showcase what the future of food manufacturing has in store. With live debates, leading industry speakers and even a competition stage, Foodex will be a great place to meet others working in the same environment.

Learn from thought leaders about the issues and challenges which will affect your industry. The food manufacturing industry is at the cutting edge of technical innovation with new advancements entering the market seemingly every day. One of main topics at Foodex 2020 will be the fourth industrial revolution and how food manufacturing will be impacted.

Foodex promises to be one of the most exciting food shows in the 2020 calendar and will benefit anyone working in the food manufacturing industry. Foodex will also play host to a number of food awards and competitions including the craft butcher awards and the Britain’s best loaf competition which really shouldn’t be missed.

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National Convenience Show

30th March – 1st April 2020

NEC Birmingham.

Who’s it for? If you own, work in or are looking to open a food retail business including forecourts, shops, markets and pop up stores this is the event for you.

We’re back in Birmingham for this second exhibition. The National Convenience Show is another of the five shows happening at Food & Drink Expo 2020. This show is one of the largest trade shows dedicated to convenience retailers and covers a massive range of areas from local forecourts to leading food suppliers.

This show is one of the best places to meet new suppliers, find out about the latest industry trends and meet peers and experts to find your next business inspiration. There will be a wide range of industry experts giving talks and leading seminars on the most important topics facing food retailers today and in the future. Some of the key topics that will be covered include, crime, sustainable practice, use of plastic, health and wellness and the latest food trends.

We think this show will be invaluable for any food convenience business owner or those looking to open their own business. This show will help visitors build up a strong network of contacts across the industry with both suppliers and peers looking for new ideas and partnerships.

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Northern Restaurant and Bar 2020

17th - 18th March 2020

Manchester, Central convention complex.

Who’s it for? Chefs, restaurant owners or future owners located in the north of England will find this event extremely useful.

The Northern Restaurant and Bar show looks to bring together food businesses from across the North to share ideas and network with industry experts to help food businesses grow.

This year will be the 20th edition of the Northern restaurant and bar show and it’s the perfect place to find out what is going on in the Northern food industry.

This show will bring in experts from across the industry including bars and alcohol experts, local food suppliers and business experts. So whether you’re looking for the next big thing for your business or want to network with peers from around the north of England, this show is for you.

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Food entrepreneur show

8th- 9th September 2020.

London, ExCeL

Who’s it for? Anyone working in the food and drink industry will find this event seriously useful. From coffee shops to takeaways to bars, there’s plenty for everyone.

We’re heading down to London for this last exhibition and it’s a big one. The Food Entrepreneur Show will contain six shows at one event including the restaurant & takeaway innovation expo, Restaurant & Bar Tech live, Restaurant & Bar design show, Coffee shop Innovation Expo, The International Drink Expo and the street food live show.

This show is perfect for anyone working in the food industry looking to get ahead and discover the latest trends and technologies from the biggest experts and latest tech start-ups.

What makes this show unique is its one-stop shop for food business owners. If you’re looking for insight into the latest coffee shop trends or are looking to open a new takeaway restaurant you can get all the information you need at one event.

The networking opportunities at this event should not be understated with thousands of visitors all looking for advice and information you’ll have a great opportunity to boost your network.

Click here to find out more about this event.