Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Candy Blog at ISM in Cologne Day 3 Update

PezThere are some trends that I’ve noticed at the confectionery show. One of them is the lack of trends. There is very little trendiness, perhaps I noticed this because I’m from Los Angeles where we’re very trend conscious. But as far as I can tell, confectionery, at the moment, is all about doing what it does well. It’s not retreating, it’s not fighting back, it’s just putting itself out there: proud and sweet.

I feel like confectionery apologizes for itself a lot, at least in the United States At this show, there’s very little talk of 100 calorie treats or obesity crises. The only politic notes are conversations about Egypt and sometimes about Fair Trade and chocolate slavery issues.

Caffarel's really big gianduia
(That’s a really big loaf of Caffarel’s Gianduia)

Most of the confectioners and representatives I’m meeting are proud to talk about why their product is the best in its class, or at the very least, why they think it’s the best in their market.

I like that. It’s a simple sort of thing and sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Maybe it’s because I’m approaching these folks as a writer who wants to hear their story, instead of a buyer who wants to make a good deal.

Valentino Chocolatier

If there’s disappointment from me about the show, it’s that there are a few very big confectionery companies that are not represented: Haribo, Ritter Sport, Mars/Wrigley, Nestle, Kraft and Lindt are the biggest ones. There are other large companies that also have huge booths (honestly, if my house and yard can fit in the space, I can’t call it a booth) with receptionist and appointment books who do not wish to talk to the likes of me. This is fine, I can continue my relationship with these brands like the rest of Candy Blog’s readers, as a buyer and consumer. To that end, since I’ve been in Europe I’ve visited dozens of stores, just so I could see what’s on shelves and buy what everyone else is buying. So don’t think that just because I went to Germany and the trade show didn’t have any Haribo that I didn’t pack up this extra suitcase with some stuff from the grocery store.

The last day of the show is about to begin, and I admit I’m more than a bit weary but also a bit energized because I still have some important meetings. (Really, I dread packing and leaving this lovely city.)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:22 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyISM CologneHighlightFeatured News

Comments
  1. Gosh the picture you had yesterday had Kraft and Mars products
    (Toblerone and Milka as is Cadbury are Kraft) (Snickers is Mars)  Was that a picture of a store?  Wonder if the expense is keeping manufactures away?  Maybe every other year? 
    No diet chocolates!  Well, I like my chocolates and sweets but I do love the Sugar Free Asher Chocolates they are delicious! 
    Can’t wait to hear more.  Some of the flavors combinations were too much of a stretch in my taste buds.  Have a Safe fun trip home! Loved the Chocolate Tree!!

    Comment by Kay on 2/02/11 at 6:51 pm #
  2. Opps I see its a market!  Wow

    Comment by Kay on 2/02/11 at 7:23 pm #
  3. i love that pez display!!!  it would look nice in my apartment smile

    Comment by Leah on 2/06/11 at 2:03 am #

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