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Bringing it home: Italy to host food congress for first time

Rimini will host a major food science congress in 2024, with delegates visiting companies in the famous Via Emilia (or Food Valley) – home to some of the world’s most famous dishes.

More than 1,800 delegates are expected to attend the 22nd edition of the biennial IUFoST World Food Congress, which – surprisingly perhaps – is being held in Italy for the first time.

Headquartered in Canada, the international organisation represents more than 300,000 scientists, technicians, and food engineers from over 75 countries, and was founded in 1962.

The bid was promoted by the Italian Food Technology Association (AITA), in collaboration with the Convention Bureau of Rimini Riviera and the Rimini Palacongressi (part of the Italian Exhibition Group), and Milan-based congress organiser AIM Group International.

Support from Italian institutions, both governmental and private sector, as well as from scientific societies, influenced the decision of the international board.

“I am very proud of this result and of being part of a multidisciplinary team that was able to successfully face and solve the challenges related to such an important bid that required us to contend with very competitive countries in terms of hospitality and professionalism,” said Professor Sebastiano Porretta, President of AITA.

The Emilia-Romagna region is considered the ‘gastronomic heart’ of Italy and is home to more than 200 traditional products and 26 geographically protected ingredients, including Parma ham, Balsamic vinegar, and Bolognese sauce. But delegates will also be encouraged to take advantage of their stay by visiting other Italian cities that are home to significant companies in the food sector, from Milan to Naples to Palermo.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to bring this important congress to Italy for the first time especially due to the strategic importance that food has to our economy. The destination, the advanced industry and the knowledge that Italy can boast are the perfect levers to be exploited in the short and medium term for the recovery of the events industry,” said Flaminia Roberti, Global Sales Director of AIM Group International.

The event will be held from 8-12 September, 2024 at the Rimini Conference Center.

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