Events




SNACKEX trade fair and conference is organised by ESA and is the only savoury snack and snack nut professional trade event in Europe serving as the pre-eminent business meeting place for the whole industry. It takes place every two years.

SNACKEX brings together all stages of the demand and supply chain providing a unique opportunity to buy, sell and network with top management, qualified buyers and key decision-makers. Attendees have numerous opportunities to interact with peers and like-minded individuals from around the world both at the exhibition and during the social functions which are an integral part of the event.

The next event takes place in 2021.

For a review of the 2019 edition and detailed information about the 2021 edition when available, please visit the SNACKEX website.

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Conference program

ESA organises a programme of snack production education courses for savoury snack makers and industry suppliers. On these 3-day intensive courses attendees learn in detail about industry best practice and the latest practical applications of new technology, both to improve product quality and consistency, and to achieve potentially significant cost savings.

The courses combine classroom lectures from leading experts in the savoury snacks industry with practical interactive sessions as appropriate and are open to everyone whose job involves the manufacture of savoury snacks, or who simply wishes to improve their knowledge of this area.

The programme is offered in three parts as follows:

Part I

Chips & Snacks: Raw materials to formed products

Next course: 21-22-22 April 2020
Florence, Italy

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Review of Past Course

Part II

Chips & Snacks: Formed products to end-of-line
(includes flavour workshop)

Next course: Autumn 2020
dates and venue to be confirmed



Review of Past Course

Part III

Snack Nuts: Origins to packet
(includes flavour workshop and visit to nut processor)

Next course: Autumn 2021
dates and venue to be confirmed

Click here for agenda and brochure from last course (October 2019)

Review of Past Course

Savoury snacks are enjoyed by millions of consumers every day, at different occasions across Europe. They can be a meal accompaniment, a quick energy boost when on the go, or an aperitif. Consumed in moderation they can be part of a healthy and balanced diet.

In order to raise the awareness on our products and debunk some common misconceptions, we organise every year in the crowded Place Luxembourg - nearby the European Parliament in Brussels - our Share a Snack event during which visitors are invited to enjoy a tasty snack and have fun with colleagues at the end of their working day.

This year’s event took place on Thursday 11 July and visitors had the opportunity to show how much they really know about savoury snacks by taking an interactive quiz on site.

Access the quiz >

ESA/Euractiv stakeholder workshop
‘Food packaging and the environment’

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In November 2018, ESA organised with the EU affairs Brussels-based media Euractiv a stakeholder workshop entitled ‘Food packaging and the environment: Towards the end of single-use packaging’.

Panellists, including representatives from the European Commission, environmental NGO and the packaging industry, discussed current barriers and opportunities for improving the sustainability of food packaging in light of the current discussions at EU level on single-use plastics.

ESA conference in the European Parliament
‘EU Nutrition and Health Policy: Who is in the driving seat?’



On 22 November 2017, ESA organised a successful and lively panel debate in the European Parliament to exchange views on the future of the EU nutrition and health policy. The event was hosted by Dr Renate Sommer, a prominent member of the European Parliament Committee for Environment, Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

Ten years after the European Commission’s ‘White paper on a Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related issues’, the aim was to discuss lessons learned and explore ways of building consensus on future effective policy in a context of rising noncommunicable diseases.