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Parma, Italy
Food & Beverage, Wines
Fiere di Parma
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Cibus & COVID 

Cibus 2023 will take place as a live event. The new dates have been set from March 29th to March 30th, 2023. Currently, Italy does not have national or travel restrictions pertaining to Covid-19 due to the improved epidemiological situation. Attendees will be encouraged to follow advisory and voluntary steps, such as wearing face masks in indoor areas such as the conference rooms.


Organised for the first time in 1985, Cibus has emerged as the definitive trade show for the Italian food industry. The international platform gives the space for local brands and manufacturers to come in contact with international companies in the food distribution sector. Cibus presents buyers and trade visitors the full offering of the Italian agri-food sector from local produce, fruits, meat products and deli meats to dairy products, pasta, oils and vinegars. Of course, the product assortment extends to ready meals, bakery products, health and baby products, and so much more. If there’s a food or beverage you’re interested in, Cibus probably has it. This makes the trade show the biggest platform for Made in Italy food producers and lives up the reputation of Italian food quality and cuisine. 


Cibus follows a familiar pattern for food shows. Editions are held once every two years and last for a total of four days. Cibus falls on even years and normally is held towards the beginning of May. The international trade show operates out of Fiere di Parma in Parma, Italy and is open to trade visitors only. Fiere di Parma S.p.A. functions as the organiser for the event. Working hours are set from 09:30 in the morning until 18:00 in the afternoon during all four days. Fiere di Parma enjoys a great location in the city under an hour from Linate Airport in Milan and the Marconi Airport in Bologna. The exhibition centre is well serviced by shuttle bus. Exhibitors can catch a shuttle bus from the Parma railway station and the ride takes about 10 minutes. The shuttle bus also makes a stop in the city centre. In addition, anyone can take the CheViaggi Shuttle Bus service from the AV (High Speed) Mediopadana Railway Station.

What Are People Saying? 

  • “A very useful event for buyers, both for the relations with one's current suppliers and to learn about innovations and new business opportunities,” - Jacobus Marthinus Crafford, Shoprite Checkers, South Africa;
  • “At Cibus there's a lot to discover. It's a paradise for those who work in the food industry,” – Haouchine Hakim, PIZZA EXPRESS, China;
  • "Most of the business contacts are of good quality. The hosted buyer program is a very good mechanism to facilitate the business opportunities between countries," - Weixin Yang, Import Manager, Metro, China;
  • “This was an amazing opportunity to get exposure to a very vast range of Italian companies and products. The was beautifully set up and easy to navigate. I made some great connections that I hope will positively impact our business in the future. Thank you!" - Claudia Vorlaufer, Earls Kitchen and Bar, Canada;
  • “Cibus is the closest and deepest place to meet Italian food,” - Takayoshi Yamawaki, Isetan Mitsukoshi, Japan

Audience & Statistics 

Cibus is primarily geared towards the Italian market, as roughly 20% of all visitors were foreign nationals. This is part of the appeal for exhibitors, because then they’re open to the Italian market to the fullest. Last edition saw the participation of 83,000 trade visitors. You have professionals from every corner of the industry. The most (40%) came from retail, which are then followed by importers and distributors, catering services and independent retailers. Out of all visitors, there were also over 2,900 buyers from 90 countries, which only proves the value of the hosted buyer program. Supply can easily meet demand. You’re able to develop strong professional relationships in no time. Exhibitors number 3100 companies, which presented the full wealth of products, and exhibitors were well satisfied and interested in returning once again. Cibus enjoys sponsorship from the Italian Taste project, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Trade Agency among others. 


Cibus is an event you should not miss, and the great interest in this show is proof enough. Be early to book your hotel rooms for Cibus with the services of Trade Fair Trips Ltd. Our experts handle all the details surrounding accommodation for exhibitions and accommodate any budget size. Have access to the best deals on hotels close to Fiere di Parma, whether within walking distance or near public transport connections for an easy commute. We’ve a wide network of hotels at our disposal, so you are guaranteed a hotel reservation tailored to your specific needs. Trade Fair Trips Ltd. also assists in installing your fair stand. You can order a team to handle the installation process. Clients also come to us when they need meeting space at the exhibition centre. You can book meeting facilities with the right A/V equipment ahead of time. All at a generous rate. 

Past Editions

2021 Edition

Cibus 2021, which occurred from August 31st to September 3rd as a face-to-face exhibition, met and exceeded the expectations of the organisers. Despite travel restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic, the show received around 40,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors. About 2,000 trade visitors came from abroad and showed how important face-to-face events are for the industry. Highlights of the edition included the presence of three ministers and many key players from the supply chain. After the success in 2021, the organisers have opted to hold a record edition in 2022.

2022 Edition

Cibus 2022, held as a live event between 03.05.2022 and 06.05.2022, signified the importance of the trade fair for the Italian agri-food sector. It featured 3,000 exhibitors who presented thousands of novel products to 60,000 visitors, including 3,000 top buyers. The event was held at the Fiere di Parma.

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How to get to Cibus
On foot
On foot:

Not advisable when travelling from Milan Parma Airport

Not advisable when travelling from Parma Station

By car
By car:

15 minutes when travelling from Milan Parma Airport

10 minutes when travelling from Parma Station

By public transport
By public transport:

25 minutes when travelling from Milan Parma Airport

45 minutes when travelling from Parma Station

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