"New Order" was the new motto of Bread & butter Barcelona, which ran July 2-4 and unveiled a brand new entrance and new paths to provide visitors with better access across the Fira de Barcelona grounds.

Overall, 89,168 industry professionals attended the seventh edition of the show. (The previous season recorded 99,500 visitors.) Still, figures for international visitors, particularly from Eastern Europe, USA, Asia and South America, rose.

The numbers of exhibitors also declined from 945 brands last season to 893 brands.

Organizer Karl-Heinz Müller said: “Although we have less exhibitors we sell more space. A lot of brands are going really well in their development and we want to support this positive development by providing more space.”

Though many brands are said to be keen to show off their potential with bigger stands and concepts, Müller wants to limit the numbers of exhibitors to 800 brands beginning next season.

Müller also launched a new fair concept for the textile industry, The Source, in Halls 6 and 7, last week. Fifty-six companies including weavers, laundries, accessories and textiles manufacturers presented their products and services in a creative setting of more than 15,000 sq. meters. The Source’s debut was attended by 4,983 visitors. Müller said a lot of firms had already expressed interest in exhibiting in January, but did not release the names of those companies.

At the same time, several members of the press noted problems with Müller’s "new order," including invitations being revoked on short notice and denied access for journalists in the recently opened business club section; the press lounge area could not—as promised—offer the equivalent. One Editor-in-Chief of a well-known European trade publication commented: "This is not grateful at all, but rather unloyal and discredits our ongoing work."