Thousands of professionals from the bakery, pastry and chocolate-making industries are set to descend upon France’s Paris-Nord Villepinte for trade show Europain next month.

Taking place from 3 to 6February, the exhibition takes a new segmented approach with specialist areas for manufacturing/producing (equipment and raw materials), selling (furniture, packaging and store design) and managing (finance, communication and associations).

Alongside the exhibition, visitors will be able to attend conferences across the four days on topics ranging from sourdough and gluten-free baking to ancient and modern wheats, as well as Asian market trends and ingredients management.

Bakers will also be able to attend the Baker’s Lab – a full-size bakery where 40-minute demonstrations will be given by top French chefs and international bakers, alongside 15-minute presentations on a variety of themes.

Meanwhile, the Masters de la Boulangerie competition will see 18 of the world’s best bakers go head to head in order to win the title of World Master Baker.

Europain 2016 saw nearly 700 exhibitors showcase their products to 60,000 visitors.

Here are some of the products visitors can expect to see at the 2018 show:

Passionfruit Couvertures – Valrhona

Stand: 6H104

Valrhona said its new fruit couvertures, available in strawberry and passionfruit, open up new creative possibilities for users. They combine natural flavours and colours in a product that boasts the unique texture of chocolate but with a fruity flavour.

Le Bol D’Hubert – Coup de Pates

Stand: 6P94

An edible bread bowl, also known as Le Bol D’Hubert is one of the innovations on show on the Coup de Pates stand at Europain. The soft and crusty roll will feature alongside a Caramel Popcorn Doughnut Ball and White Chocolate and Raspberry Dessert Kit.

Genius Spiral Kneader – VMI

Stand: 6B40

Kneading just got easier thanks to VMI’s new Genius Spiral Kneader. Part of a new range which launches in February, it is said to offer faster kneading and homogeneous mixing.

Smart Baguette – Apitech

Stand: 6R31

The Smart Baguette is ideal for retailers looking for time and space saving bread devices. It is an autonomous dispenser of hot and fresh baguettes which can be cooked on demand, producing up to 120 loaves an hour.

Rolling Range Polycombi– Merand Mecapate

Stand: 6F94

This modular line, designed for use in the industrial bakery and pastry market, can be used for the production of round, flat and elongated bread. It can produce up to 3,000 dough pieces an hour.

Reverso Display – OCF

Stand: 6P40

Display manufacturer OCF has two new products launching early this year – the Reverso and Quatro Display. The former allows retailers to display hot and cold products at different times of day to suit their customers’ needs.

Bun ‘n’ Roll – Bridor

Stand: 6M68

Bridor’s Bun ‘n’ Roll is a spiral-shaped bun made from flaky croissant dough, which the company described as being the “ideal base for top-quality burgers”.

Bakerlux Shop Pro – Unox France

Stand: 6C93

Unox France describes the Bakerlux Shop Pro as a range of ovens for baking frozen baked foods in commercial spaces where timing is crucial and volumes are high. It is described as ideal for supermarket bakery departments, convenience stores and fast food chains.

Shop Baking Suite (SBS) – MIWE

Stand: 6A28

The Shop Baking Suite has already won a Europain New Product Award in the managing category. This software management tool allows bakers to manage, monitor and synchronise their systems data remotely.

Crok’Moelleux Vegetables Chicken – Grain D’Or Gel

Stand: 6N75

Putting a new twist on the classic Croque Monsieur, the Crok’Moelleux features soft focaccia dough that is filled and topped with vegetables and chicken. It comes deep-frozen, and part-baked. It is one of the new products from Grain D’or Gel including Organic Cereals Pave Bread and a Square Sesame Burger Bun.