Anuga FoodTec 2018, the international supplier trade fair of the food and beverage industry which took place in Cologne recently, attracted more than 50,000 experts from the food industry, an increase of almost 11% on last year’s figure.
There was a wider number of international visitors, representing 152 countries, which meant 15 more countries attended than in 2017. The specialised programme organised by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) included numerous conferences, guided tours and lectures.
Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of organiser Koelnmesse GmbH, said: “The concept of Anuga FoodTec is unique and successful. The renewed growth across all key figures clearly underlines this. This year’s increased number of visitors was above all attributable to the rise in the number of trade visitors from abroad. We were particularly able to register significant growth from the countries China, Italy, Korea, Poland, Russia and South America. The huge interest from the international guests and the high quality of the visitors shows us that the alignment and concept of Anuga FoodTec do justice to the demands of the trade fair participants.
Dr Reinhard Grandke, Managing Director of the DLG (German Agricultural Society) and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Anuga FoodTec, said the event
presented an array of technological innovations from the entire spectrum of the food and beverage industry and offered numerous opportunities to learn more about the optimisation of production processes, with the aim of consuming less energy and water and reducing the waste of food.
In all five exhibition segments – Food Packaging, Safety & Analytics, Food Processing, Food Ingredients as well as Services & Solutions – the companies presented a cross-industry and cross-production range of exhibition offers. The key topic resource efficiency was one of the omnipresent top themes. From Lotus effect packing that reduces the loss of foodstuffs, to saving raw materials such as water or energy in the production process for example, through to production lines with modular parts for individual products: Anuga FoodTec was once again the innovation hub of the supplier industry. The large variety of offers and impressive exhibitor presences attracted the top decision-makers to Cologne. The exhibitors were impressed by the high quality and professionalism as well as by the internationality of the trade visitors and reported about very good discussions with top-ranking decision-makers. All of the leading food producers worldwide came to Anuga FoodTec.
1,657 suppliers from 48 countries (2015: 1,479), 60 percent of whom came from abroad, exhibited at Anuga FoodTec 2018. These included 655 exhibitors from Germany and 1,002 exhibitors from abroad. Over 50,000 trade visitors from 152 countries attended Anuga FoodTec 2018, the share of foreign visitors was over 63 percent. The next Anuga FoodTec will take place from 23 to 26 March 2021 in Cologne.
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