On the occasion of Anuga FoodTec, Frozen Food Europe magazine obtained an exclusive interview with Dietmar Eiden, vice president with the Trade Fair Management Koelnmesse GmbH, organizers of the event. Among the topics discussed are sustainability and its impact in food production, energy saving and the increasing role of robotics in the frozen food industry. This is only a preview of the discussion I have had with Mr. Eiden. The complete interview will be published in the March-April issue of Frozen Food Europe magazine, which has just arrived on our desk today and will be with you shortly.
What are the most important industry trends and changes in the region, to be showcased this year at the exhibitor stands?
The world of robotics is currently facing another breakthrough in different industry sectors. For instance, in the frozen food industry, robotic installation ensure a fast and safe processing and packaging of the raw material. Apart from this, a new generation of technology allows a much more effective and simpler way to freeze each individual piece of food separately from all the others. This improves the sensory quality of the products and also makes them much easier to handle. The use of robotic devices guarantees food safety and resource efficiency, a leading issue at Anuga FoodTec.
Please comment on the cross-sector approach that Anuga FoodTec has, with regards to exhibits on display?
One has to be aware of the fact that Anuga FoodTec is not segmented according to food sectors. The exhibiting companies often don’t focus on a single food sector but offer equipment and technology for a range of food sectors. This is of much advantage for the food industry, because a successful method of the meat production – for example – can be applied for the bakery sector as well – and vice versa. Apart from this modern convenience products often consist of different food items and Anuga FoodTec is able to mirror the complete process.
Which countries have been most active in this regard?
The highest number of foreign exhibitors come to Germany from Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland and Turkey. For the first time there will be group participations from Argentina, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Other group participations come from China, France, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA.
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