By James Wells, reporting from Düsseldorf
ProWein 2018 has continued its growth as the largest wine and spirits fair globally with over 6,870 exhibitors this year up from 64 countries up from 6,615 exhibitors from 62 countries in 2017.
Over 60,000 trade visitors attended up from 58,500 visitors a year earlier with one in two visitors finding new suppliers at the show and 95 per cent of those surveyed saying they had fully achieved their objectives at the show.
New to this year’s show was an exhibition theatre of craft drinks with 76 exhibitors from 15 countries presenting craft beers, spirits and ciders.
“Our new offering was received extremely well. This shows we have our finger on the pulse of the industry here and have succeeded in staging the theme right to the point. We are on the right track here and look forward to expanding the concept even further,” says Marius Berlemann, Global Head Wine & Spirits and Director of ProWein. Over 300 organic wineries were also on display in a specific area of the exhibition.
Right after ProWein in Düsseldorf 24 to 27 April will see ProWine Asia 2018 being held in Singapore. ProWine China 2018 in Shanghai will follow from 13 to 15 November. The next ProWein in Düsseldorf is scheduled from 17 to 19 March 2019.