The global packaging industry will display the latest processing and packaging trends for a range of sectors including confectionery and baked goods when trade fair Interpack runs in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 24 to 30 April.

Interpack 2008 is expected to be the largest ever with exhibitors and visitors spread across 19 halls at the Dusseldorf Trade Centre with participants likely to outnumber the record attendance in 2005. "The Interpack 2008 concept responds to the needs of a market, which is at present developing very positively. This is evident not only in the increased size of traditional exhibitors’ stands but also in the large number of companies that will be making their first appearance at interpack," said Wilhelm Niedergoker, MD of Messe Dusseldorf.

Organisers of the event emphasised the importance of the baking industry for exhibitors. The company said: "Product cycles in the confectionery and bakery industry are becoming shorter and shorter. This means it is important to be able to react to consumer demands quickly. Interpack will be showing flexible machinery solutions from raw material handling to processing and packaging up to shipping to retailers."

Ingredients and packaging suppliers, as well as design companies, will also exhibit at the show.