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The Forecourt Show, scheduled to open at the NEC on July 5, has been postponed until 2023 following the Government’s latest anouncement to extend the Covid-19 restrictions for a further four weeks until July 19.

Monday’s news about the restrictions was followed by a subsequent briefing from Westminster advising against travel in out and of Birmingham, leaving the organisers of the UK Food & Drink Shows, William Reed, with no choice but to postpone all the events planned for July 5-7 at the NEC.

National Convenience Show, Farm Shop & Deli Show and Food & Drink Expo will now take place from April 25-27, 2022, and will run again from April 24-26, 2023, along with The Forecourt Show, Foodex, and The Ingredients Show.

Andrew Reed, managing director – Wine & Exhibitions, William Reed, said: “We’re devastated to have had to postpone the shows once again, but ensuring the safety of exhibitors and visitors has always been our number one priority. While we’d put every possible measure in place to ensure the shows could go ahead in a safe environment, factors beyond our control have unfortunately meant that we could not, in good faith, run the shows in July of this year. I want to personally thank our exhibitors, visitors and my incredible team for doing all they could to make this happen.

“We remain committed to supporting this fantastic industry and look forward to running these shows in 2022 and 2023 at full capacity.”

Encompassing six key sectors across the industry, the UK Food & Drink Shows are unrivalled in their ability to bring people together, build and foster better relationships, discover business building insight and celebrate innovation, all with the support of the multi-award-winning William Reed brand.