Organizers for ISM have postponed the 2023 show from January to April 23-25, citing the cost increases facing the confectionery industry and unpredictability in consumer behavior.

Koelnmesse said the postponement is on a “one-off” basis that takes into account the wishes of its sponsoring associations. The organization pointed to “extreme challenges with dramatic cost explosions for raw materials, energy and logistics, as well as an almost incalculable consumer behavior,” and it hopes the situation will stabilize by April.

The postponement also shortens ISM’s duration by one day. ProSweets Cologne, which is normally held in parallel, is examining the possibilities for implementation in April in consultation with the trade fair's sponsors. Organizers will announce further details later.

"With the one-time date shift, we are meeting the wishes of the confectionery and snack industry and thus ensuring the greatest possible business opportunities for all companies and visitors involved,” said Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH. “It is important to us to provide a fully comprehensive overview of the global market for the confectionery and snack industry and to ensure the usual high quality of exhibiting companies and international participating trade visitors.”