Frozen products are in high demand on retail and out-of-home markets, as they make life easier and international cuisine is no longer imaginable without them. In the scope of Anuga Frozen Food, Anuga will from October 5-9, 2919 once again be offering a concentrated business platform for the suppliers and experts of the frozen food industry. In Halls 4.1 and 4.2, over 650 exhibitors will present the wide spectrum of products and services of the frozen food segment to the retail trade and to the continually growing food service segment. Around 7,400 exhibitors from more than 100 countries are expected to participate at Anuga in Cologne.
The leading exhibitors at Anuga Frozen Food include for example 11er Nahrungsmittel, Agrarfrost, Ardo, Aviko, Condeli, Crop’s, Erlenbacher, Greenyard Frozen, Gunnar Dafgard, McCain, Neuhauser, Pfalzgraf, Roncadin, Salomon Foodworld, Surgita, Sweet Street, Viciunai and Wolf Butterback. Furthermore, there are going to be joint participations from countries like Belgium, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey. The offer ranges from fish and meat, through to fruit and vegetables, from ready-made meals, through to bulk packs for buyers from the communal catering and food service sectors.
Themes and trends
In general, the significance of frozen food products for the consumers is growing. The German Frozen Food Institute (dti), which has been the exclusive partner of Anuga since 2013 and which will also be represented this year in Hall 4.2, confirms this as well. The section of convenience products of all kinds is still high on trend.
Whereas the trend in the retail sector is still towards small packets and ready-made meals, the hosts from the food service sector are relying more and more on pre-portioned and ready-prepared components. According to dti, frozen food products are the solution for daily diets, whether for single households, families or professional users for the food service business. Frozen food provides high quality and safety, its distinctive advantages are its freshness, taste, simple preparation and long shelf life – without preservatives having to be added. The current food trends are also reflected here: Vegan alternatives, organic, free-from, halal can also be found in the frozen food departments in addition to international specialties. In the case of finger food and snacks, products with a high protein content are playing an increasingly more important role, particularly regarding ice cream. The frozen food industry is thus always a guarantee for product innovations. According to dti, this is also reflected in the appearance of many products, which are on a par with the offers in the food service sector.
To read the complete article, please refer to our latest July-August 2019 print issue of Frozen Food Magazine Europe.