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World Confectionery Conference 2021 moves onlineWorld Confectionery Conference 2021 moves online

Posted on 27 January 2021

Due to the continuing situation this year with covid-19, the Confectionery Production team has concluded that running a physical show for the World Confectionery Conference this year may not be possible. We want to make the inaugural World Confectionery Conference the most successful event possible, so we have taken the decision to hold a virtual event in June 2021.

In association with vFairs, we will be running a full conference schedule of top industry speakers, alongside a virtual exhibition space. Delegates enter a virtual lobby and can choose which presentations and exhibition stands to visit. Real-time networking is available, and registrants can access all of the presentations, video and other content in their own time for one month following the event.

For more information contact events manager Kyra O’Sheen at: [email protected], or conference director Neil McRitchie at: neil@bellpublishing.com.

Back to Bangkok for Asia CanTech 2021Back to Bangkok for Asia CanTech 2021

Posted on 5 January 2021

We’re bringing in the New Year with some exciting Asia CanTech news. We will be returning to Bangkok, Thailand, from 25-27 October 2021 for a ‘real’ event, all being well in the world.  It will be great to do face to face networking again, meeting and socialising with our friends and colleagues over a can of drink. We have decided to go back to the Sheraton Royal Orchid – it is a tried and tested venue and we know they will keep us Covid-safe if necessary.

We have had a lot of enquires for the show which must be down to cabin fever, along with the success of last year’s Virtual Asia CanTech event, where we were joined by over 140 can makers and suppliers from over 30 countries.

If there is a problem and we can’t go ahead with the show due to travel restrictions etc, we will offer the same as we did last year – the option of a full refund or to move the booking to one of our other events.

Hopefully we can all work together to help make Asia CanTech 2021 a must-attend event for the metal packaging industry.

Season's greetingsSeason’s greetings

Posted on 24 December 2020

Wishing all our readers, customers and partners a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and holiday season. Let’s look to the New Year with positivity and hope.

Jill SaylesWelcome to Jill!

Posted on 16 December 2020

We’d like to give a warm welcome to Jill Sayles, our new CanTech International editor.

Thank you also to Alec who held down the CanTech fort for a short interim period.

Jill joins us as an ‘unprecedented’ year draws to a close, and while a Christmas party isn’t possible at the moment, the Bell Publishing team looks forward to a virtual meet and greet!

Please join us in welcoming Jill via email [email protected], Twitter @CanTechIntl or LinkedIn.

World Confectionery Conference rescheduledWorld Confectionery Conference postponed to October 2021

Posted on 11 December 2020

Considering present business conditions, and with participants’ safety and health in mind, the World Confectionery Conference will be moved from March next year to a revised autumn date of Friday 1 October 2021.

Our global sector showcase will be held at the same location, Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place, addressing a wealth of industry developments and challenges affecting international sweets, snacks and bakery markets around the globe, including related equipment and systems manufacturers.

All existing bookings will be honoured and automatically moved to the new date of the 1 October. We would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to welcoming you in October.

For further details on awards entries and registration, contact events manager Kyra O’Sheen at: [email protected].

Virtual Asia CanTech developmentsVirtual Asia CanTech developments

Posted on 28 October 2020

As we edge closer to our first ever virtual Asia CanTech event, there have been some exciting new developments.

Firstly, we have redirected the usual home page of Asia CanTech to a new web address, and this will be the website the event is hosted on. The site is live now for everyone, including exhibitors and attendees, to explore ahead of the live date on 23 November: asiacantech.vfairs.com.

Secondly, not only have we created a dedicated Twitter account for Asia CanTech – @AsiaCanTech – but we will also now be sending bi-weekly updates for the event to CanTech International newsletter subscribers. The emails will offer exclusive insights in the run up to our live date.

Sign up to the newsletters here: and register for Virtual Asia CanTech 2020 here

Tea & Coffee Trade Journal named "Best Tea Publication"Tea & Coffee Trade Journal named “Best Tea Publication”

Posted on 22 October 2020

Congratulations are in order for the Tea & Coffee Trade Journal team as Vanessa has just informed us that the journal has been named “Best Tea Publication” at the 2020 World Tea Awards, organised by Questex.

Vanessa says: “This is an honour and I would like to thank all our tea writers for their amazing story contributions and unyielding enthusiasm. We would not have won without your story ideas, well researched and well written stories, and your passion.”

An update about our digital magazine issuesAn update about our digital magazine issues

Posted on 10 September 2020

In March this year as lockdown changed our working lives, we opened up digital issues of each of our magazines free of charge, however please note that from next week – 14 September – only subscribers to will be able to view them.

Make sure you don’t miss out on exclusive industry content by signing up via the home pages of each website:

Confectionery Production

CanTech International

Dairy Industries International

Food & Drink Technology 

Tea & Coffee Trade Journal

With a subscription, you’ll receive a whole year or two years’ worth of magazines (depending on which you choose), and this will also give you online access to back issues of the magazines, with the earliest dating back to January 2008.

Subscription prices start from £95 for an online only subscription or £100 for both print and online.

Happy reading!

Asia CanTech goes virtualAsia CanTech goes virtual

Posted on 27 August 2020

After lots of deliberation, discussions with the industry, and looking at the different options available, we have decided to go virtual with our Asia CanTech event this year. With the way things are in the world at the moment, with social distancing and the possibility of countries closing their borders at the drop of a hat, there is no way we could guarantee an event in Vietnam at this stage.

Covid-19 world has changed the world dramatically, and we have decided to move with the times. The virtual Asia CanTech event offers you sponsorship and networking opportunities without the danger of infection and the difficulties of travel and quarantine.

For suppliers, Asia CanTech 2020 will run in a very similar format, with tabletops and presentations over a one day period. The big difference is that we will be online for a one month on-demand period, allowing suppliers to show videos, presentations, promotional material to the world’s can makers 24/7. There will also be sponsorship opportunities.

Can makers will be able to register to the event for free. They will be able to watch presentations and videos, download material, ask questions and have discussions privately on a one-to-one basis.

We look forward to welcoming you to our virtual event! To register, click here.

For more information, visit: www.asia-can.com.

Free copy of UKERS 2020 for subscribersFree copy of UKERS 2020 for subscribers

Posted on 7 August 2020

Our UKERS 2020 tea & coffee buyer’s guide is nearly here.

This comprehensive guide to the tea and coffee industries has been updated this year to provide even more value, including an updated tea and coffee glossary, data and trends from our Facts, Figures and Findings section, as well as all the contact details, suppliers and service providers in an easy to use, 200 page guide.

All paid subscribers to Tea & Coffee Trade Journal will be able to view the online edition of UKERS 2020 free of charge via your personal log in. Subscribers are also entitled to a free print copy of UKERS; however please be aware that to save paper and resources, this will be sent by request only, so please email [email protected] if you would like to receive a physical copy.

For further information, click here.

World Confectionery Conference rescheduledWorld Confectionery Conference rescheduled

Posted on 26 June 2020

With the developments of Covid-19 and difficulty with social distancing and travel for the events industry, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the World Confectionery Conference 2020.

The conference will now take place on Friday 26 March 2021.

The conference venue remains the same, the Brussels Marriott Hotel, Grand Place, Belgium, so we very much hope that you will all be able to join with us to celebrate some of the many key achievements within the confectionery industry through our event programme including the accompanying World Confectionery Awards. The deadline for entries regarding this element has now been extended to 10 January 2021.

For further details regarding sponsorship and the final available event speaking opportunities, contact events manager Kyra O’Sheen at [email protected]. Registration for the conference remains open – click here to register on the World Confectionery Conference website.

 

Asia CanTech 2020 updateAsia CanTech 2020 update

Posted on 11 June 2020

This year’s Asia CanTech conference is still planned to go ahead we are keeping a close eye on what governments are advising regarding PPE, social distancing, travel restrictions etc, and will keep you informed.

There is still a lot of interest in the event, and last week we had a booking from six Vietnamese can makers.

Asia CanTech conference director, Neil McRitchie, says that from talking to people in Vietnam, it is looking very much business as usual there, with bars, restaurants and shops open. The only snag is that they are not issuing any visas for foreign travellers at the moment! We will keep you all informed as the visa situation develops.

The hotel’s cancellation policy offers a full refund up to 48 hours before your stay. If we have to postpone Asia CanTech, you will of course be offered a full refund or be given the option of transferring the booking to the next show.

Neil says it looks like companies are saying to travel abroad when possible, if it is safe to do so. Different countries are at different levels of removing lockdown restrictions, and we hope that by August, things will have improved considerably. We are constantly reviewing the situation, and once the visa rules change we will be back with further information.

Stay safe and well, everyone.

Important update about our newsletters

Posted on 27 April 2020

From 30 April 2020, we’re changing over email providers for our newsletters.

If you are already subscribed, you do not have to do anything, but please be informed that the next time you receive your weekly email updates, it will be from the following email address: [email protected]

The ‘from’ name will still be the name of the magazine editors.

If you do not receive our newsletter next week, please first check your junk folder.

If for any other reason you do not receive the newsletters you’ve signed up to, please do not hesitate to contact us, by emailing [email protected].

Free digital magazine editionsFree digital magazine editions

Posted on 25 March 2020

With the coronavirus affecting people’s working lives across the world, Bell Publishing wants to do what we can to help everyone stay in touch with their industries. Which is why we’re suspending the log-in requirement on the latest digital editions of our magazines, so you and your customers can read them for free at your leisure. You can find the digital editions from the homepage of each of our websites; simply click on the links below:

Confectionery Production

CanTech International

Dairy Industries International

Food & Drink Technology 

Tea & Coffee Trade Journal

If you’d prefer to read print editions, and would like to have them delivered to a home address, please let us know by sending the details to:

Stay safe and healthy, everyone – and happy reading.

February updatesFebruary updates

Posted on 26 February 2020

For such a short month, we sure have been busy here at Bell Publishing!

Megan Freeman, our events manager, has now left to go on maternity leave. We wish her all the best and look forward to meeting her new baby girl. In her absence please contact Kyra ([email protected]) who is covering Megan’s maternity leave.

The teams are back from a successful ProSweets event. If you’d like to gain an insight on what went on, you can take a look at Food & Drink editor Rodney’s blog and Neill, Confectionery Production’s editor, has uploaded two video from the event, which you can view here and here.

Talking of sweets, we love the updated Sweets and Savoury Snacks World website, that now matches the look and feel of its sister site Confectionery Production. Do take a look by clicking here . Additionally, follow SSSW on Instagram at @sweetsnsavoury.

UKERS 2020 Tea & Coffee Global Director & Buyer’s GuideUKERS 2020 Tea & Coffee Global Director & Buyer’s Guide

Posted on 19 February 2020

The entry form for the UKERS 2020 Tea & Coffee Global Director & Buyer’s Guide is now open.

Entry is free of charge, so don’t miss out on being part of this valuable industry resource – the only annual directory for the entire global tea and coffee industries.

Click here to submit your entry.

Canpack wins Supreme Award at CanTech The Grand TourCanpack wins Supreme Award at CanTech The Grand Tour

Posted on 18 February 2020

CanPack India were the recipients of the Supreme Cup at the first event of its kind in India.

The event, which took place at the Novotel Aerocity Hotel in New Delhi from 17-19 February, attracted global suppliers to India, to explore the potential growth of metal packaging within the territory.

You can read about the event here.

Steve CrowhurstWelcome to Steve!

Posted on 10 February 2020

We are delighted to welcome Steve Crowhurst to the team, who joins us as head of sales for Tea & Coffee Trade Journal.

Steve joins us having spent many years running the UK office of US company Crain Communications.

He can be contacted at [email protected].

A statement regarding CanTech The Grand TourA statement regarding CanTech The Grand Tour

Posted on 5 February 2020

Following the outbreak of coronavirus in China, the CanTech The Grand Tour team are currently monitoring the situation closely and we are in contact with the authorities in New Delhi and the UK. The conference is going ahead as planned.

A number of Chinese participants have withdrawn from the conference due to the current travel restrictions. This is regretful but at the same time we are reassured by their actions to safeguard the health of themselves and our delegates, at this very difficult time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of CanTech The Grand Tour team.

Any further news will be published on www.cantechthegrandtour.com.

Alex RiversA new decade and fresh faces…

Posted on 30 January 2020

Hello everyone and a belated Happy New Year.

I’m Alex Rivers, Bell Publishing’s new digital editor. I previously worked as a proofreader in London and I’m excited about this next step, not to mention a shorter commute time!

Joining me in a new start is Roberto Morris, in a new role as office admin support.

I can be contacted at [email protected] and to contact Roberto, email [email protected].

We entered the New Year here at Bell Publishing with happy news of the arrival of Frankie’s new baby girl – we’re pleased to report that both mother and baby are doing well.

In other news, our CanTech International editor, Alex Fordham (who I, the second Alex, am now ironically sitting next to in the office!), has just returned from the Aerosol and Dispensing Forum in Paris. If you’d like to read his blog about the forum, click here.

In CanTech The Grand Tour news, we’ve just announced that Prakash Nedungadi completes our line-up of keynote speakers for our event in February. With 27 years of leadership experience behind him, Nedungadi has managed many leading global brands across a range of product categories and also has wide-spread knowledge of consumer-related insights and trends.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Nedungadi and the rest of our keynote speakers to the Grand Tour stage in a few weeks.

Elsewhere, the Confectionery Production and Food and Drink Technology teams are heading off to ProSweets in Cologne tomorrow, so make sure you keep an eye out for live updates on both Twitter pages: @confectionprod and @foodanddrinktec.

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