French bakery exhibition Europain is set to become a more frequent event, switching from every three years to every two, show organisers said at the launch of the 2008 exhibition.

Around 600 exhibitors are expected at the now biennial five-day event, to be held at Parc des Expositions de Paris, from 29 March to 2 April.

Exhibitors will cover equipment, ingredients, products and services for the craft sector, industrial baking, pastry making, chocolate and confectionery and shop equipment markets. More than half of the visitors are expected to come from craft bakeries.

Europain 2008 will also feature the Bakery World Cup, pitting 12 international regional winners against each other, with UK representative, Manchester’s Tameside College, hoping to make the finals. Three students - Steven Salt, Gabrielle Baxter and Michael Wilde - will compete in the semi-finals in Lille, northern France, tomorrow (1 December) against teams from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Israel. The winners will be announced in next week’s BB.