Topics? Innovation, saving costs, energy, raw materials and resources. Who? 1500 exhibitors and 45.000 vistors. Where? Cologne, Germany. What? Anuga FoodTec, of course.Close to 60% of suppliers attending Anuga FoodTec this year, organized by Koelnmesse and DLG (the German Agricultural Society) this April 24-27, came from abroad, while the overall attendance increased by 6%, compared to the 2012 edition. Moreover, the organizers said that the number of exhibitors increased by 14% and the total exhibition floor was of 121.000sqm. But what were the main highlights that made specialists in food and drinks technology come to Anuga FoodTec?
Thanks to the participation of leading international companies as well as numerous smaller and medium-sized companies with highly specialized technologies and services, the trade fair was competently represented in all segments. The event was divided into the areas: Food Processing, Food Packaging, Food Safety, Ingredients and Services & Solutions.”The cross-process, raw material independent concept is highly welcomed by both the exhibitors and the visitors. As such Anuga FoodTec has been able to grow successfully over the years and continually further develop in terms of quality,” said Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.
Top managers and production managers of all important food companies attended Anuga FoodTec in order to talk to the exhibitors about the optimization, expansion and new installation of their production plants. These included managers from Coca Cola, Fonterra, ITC, Mafrig, Mondelez, Nestlé, Tyson or the Yili Group, to mention just a few.The highest number of foreign exhibitors come to Germany from Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland and Turkey. For the first time there were group participations from Argentina, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Other group participations came from China, France, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA.
“Once again numerous innovations and all relevant aspects of the production of food and drinks were presented in Cologne,” commented Dr. Reinhard Grandke, managing director of the DLG and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Anuga FoodTec, on the great standing of the leading trade fair. “In conjunction with a tailor-made specialized program, the visitors were able to get a comprehensive picture of current industry themes and ground-breaking developments in the global food industry.”
Innovation – the central pillar,as alwaysAll companies involved in food processing, production and packaging remain as interested as ever in the latest technologies and market developments for specific innovations in this field, which is why, Anuga FoodTec capitalized from emphasizing on the innovative character of the exhibiting companies, their products, services and solutions. According to Koelnmesse, most companies are willing to invest in new equipment in the food industry, whether it is to expand or upgrade their facilities, not only to automate individual components, but also to replace or introduce entirely new production lines.
“As the only international trade fair, Anuga FoodTec offers a cross-process exhibition spectrum oriented to all branches of the food and beverage industries, thus it meets the requirements of manufacturers for integrated and flexibly applicable technology concepts across all levels of processing. This concept is very successful as can be derived from the growing numbers of exhibitors and visitors over the years,” said Dietmar Eiden, Vice president Trade Fair Management Koelnmesse GmbH, exclusively to Frozen Food Europe.
Another major topic on the agenda of the trade fair was resource efficiency and sustainability, which in turn led to an increase in the demand for new technologies presented during the trade fair. These were some of the most discussed themes at this year’s Anuga FoodTec, together with saving resources, water and raw materials, all the more reasons why the event was able to set important markers with regards to profitability and competitiveness.
“The overarching theme of Anuga FoodTec 2015 was resource efficiency. The Conference on Resource Efficiency on the first day of Anuga FoodTec offered different approaches, presented by top speakers from leading companies as well as research institutes. I am sure that the overall topic will result in an ongoing discussion during the show and beyond. Concerning sustainable processing there was a special forum on Wednesday, focusing for ex. solutions for the post-harvest losses, especially in developing countries. We all have to realize that food production around the world requires different approaches according to country and standard,” said Eiden.
The next Anuga FoodTec, the international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry, will take place from 20 to 23 March 2018.