Current information on the postponement of drinktec and oils+fats

New date: September 12 - 16, 2022

The drinktec advisory board and Messe München have taken a joint decision today to postpone the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry until the fall of 2022. The new dates are September 12 to 16, 2022. This action was prompted by the international nature of the drinktec event. The decision could not be delayed given that industrial goods trade fairs involve extensive planning and complex high-tech construction work.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, drinktec is registering high demand for floorspace from customers both in Germany and abroad. Three quarters of the available exhibition floorspace has already been booked. “This confidence in the brand and drinktec’s reputation as the world’s leading trade fair in its field are precisely why we need to ensure that we meet our customers’ expectations,” says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Messe München. “Until recently, we assumed that the pandemic situation would improve, making international travel possible. The latest developments have quashed these expectations. Two thirds of all drinktec visitors come from abroad. Of these, half come from other continents. This means we cannot deliver the benefits of a leading global trade fair this year.”

The global beverage industry meets in Munich only once every four years. “Companies synchronize their innovative developments in line with this cycle, which is why we had to find timely dates in the trade fair calendar. Canceling altogether and leaving an eight-year gap in between trade fairs would have been unacceptable for the industry,” explains Dr. Pfeiffer.

Volker Kronseder, Chairman of the drinktec advisory board, welcomes the trade fair’s proactive approach as many exhibitors, especially those with large-scale exhibits, would have to start preparing for the trade fair now: “We are very glad to see that Messe München is acting on the unanimous wishes of the panel of experts. The earlier we take this decision, the lower the costs and the greater the planning security for customers. We expect conditions to be much improved and more stable in 2022.”

drinktec’s conceptual sponsor, the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), also supports the decision. Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA’s Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, says: “The beverage industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus and needs fresh impetus, which a drinktec weakened by travel restrictions couldn’t provide. The market can expect an impressive drinktec 2022 that will give the entire industry the stimulus it needs.”

Preparations and plans currently underway for drinktec 2021 and the integrated oils+fats event will now be seamlessly transferred to the new 2022 dates.

FAQs for exhibitors

What will happen to my existing contract with drinktec/Messe München?

If you have already been admitted as an exhibitor for drinktec 2021, i.e. you have confirmed our stand location proposal, and have received admission confirmation from Messe München GmbH, then a valid contract is in place. In accordance with A6 paragraph 1 of the General Terms and Conditions of Participation, this contract is valid for drinktec 2022, now rescheduled to take place from September 12 to 16, 2022 due to the pandemic.

When is the payment deadline for the admission invoice (originally May 31, 2021)?

The new payment deadline for the admission invoice is May 2, 2022.

All admitted exhibitors must also make the payment by that date.

Can I still cancel the stand space?

As an admitted exhibitor, the contract you concluded with Messe München GmbH for the postponed drinktec 2021 is valid for drinktec 2022. As a result, the same Cancellation and Withdrawal Provisions agreed for drinktec 2021.

Will participation prices change for drinktec 2022?

No, the floorspace prices will remain the same as those for drinktec 2021.

Can I claim any third-party costs, such as hotel booking, etc., incurred to date for the 2021 dates?

Unfortunately, Messe München GmbH cannot be held responsible for this, as contracts exist exclusively between exhibitors and third parties. Messe München will work through its networks to ensure that cancellation conditions are dealt with in an accommodating manner.

When will the exhibitor shop go online and when should I start planning for the trade fair?

The exhibitor shop will go online in September 2021, approximately one year before drinktec 2022 starts. We also recommend that you start planning for the trade fair from that point on.

Will the hall allocation for drinktec change with the new dates in 2022?

No. The hall allocation and the previously published drinktec hall plan will not change. As before, the East, North, and North-East entrances will be open (the West entrance will be closed). See the drinktec fairgrounds map .

How will the dates and deadlines change?

This information is available on our website under Dates & Logistics .

Can I still change the stand I have already been assigned?

To do so, you must consult us. If the new stand you wish to hire is smaller than the floorspace you have rented, we will charge a lump-sum fee amounting to 25% of the price of the floorspace no longer required.

I have canceled my participation for drinktec 2021 but, given the new 2022 dates, would like to take part again. What must I do?

Please contact the drinktec project team.

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