Monday, 19 November 2018


During a press conference organized by Koelnmesse GmbH in Parma, Italy, which PPI attended, Katharina C. Hamma, COO of Koelnmesse provided more details about this year’s Anuga FoodTec in her comments below.

By Dan Orehov

What should visitors look forward to?

Anyone who comes to Anuga FoodTec finds himself in the heart of the food industry. And precisely this is its unique selling point. You can experience individual solutions as well as holistic, cross-process concepts across all production stages. Indeed, for all of the food segments. Hence for all foodstuffs - whether for meat, fish, dairy products, pasta, fruit & vegetables or beverages. The visitors experience the entire production cycle at the trade fair. How the basic ingredients are processed, how a product is made, through to the packing of the finished product. As the leading international supplier fair for the industry worldwide, Anuga FoodTec covers the entire production chain. As such, the trade fair tells the story of the food production of the present day and of the future. In the same way that the books here tell the story of the past. Moreover, in a visible, audible, tangible way. That is the decisive point!

What makes Anuga FoodTec different?

This trade fair - which only takes place every three years - especially addresses the senses too. This is what distinguishes Anuga FoodTec 2018 from thematically comparable technology and supplier trade fairs. Most of the rival events concentrate on one process or one industry segment, for instance Interpack focuses on packing, Drinktec on the beverage section. This is not so in the case of Anuga FoodTec. Because it presents solutions for all F&B branches of industry across all process stages. In this way, the visitors at Anuga FoodTec can gain a complete overview: of all process steps, of all F&B industries also on an international level. Here you can find everything needed for the processing and packing of your products. A comprehensive market overview is guaranteed at Anuga FoodTec! Furthermore, the visitors are able to follow the production live on-site. The big and spectacular exhibitors’ presentations show applications in action live. Whole production lines are set up and run throughout the duration of the trade fair: see, touch, live demonstrations - that is Anuga FoodTec. This is our unique concept. That is what makes the trade fair so successful.

What’s in-store for 2018?

The visitors can look forward to unmistakable insights into all aggregate states, whether solid or liquid, with a component product or a finished product. Anyone who visits the trade fair can gain a complete overview of all process steps, of all F&B industries, of the entire global offer of the suppliers, of the technical developments and possibilities. At Anuga FoodTec 2018 you can find everything needed for the processing and packing of products from the F&B section. Suppliers from all continents from the sections Food Processing, Food Packaging, Food Safety & Analytics, Food Ingredients und Services & Solutions will be represented in Cologne from 20 to 23 March 2018. All production and packing sections are present and meet up here with the global demand of the manufacturing food industry. Suppliers from all branches of the food and beverage industry will be among the exhibitors again. To outline it just briefly, we really do offer you everything: whether in terms of process technology, packing technologies, automation, data processing or control technology. But also, topics such as food safety, quality management, environmental technology, biotechnology, Industry 4.0 as well as cooling and air conditioning technology are on the agenda. On top of this, there are of course specialized sections like conveyor, transport and storage equipment, logistics.

How many participants are expected?

We are heading towards a new exhibitor record in 2018. According to today's status we are expecting around 1,700 exhibitors from more than 50 countries. At the last Anuga FoodTec in the year 2015, there were just under 1500 exhibitors. The trade fair already stands for an extraordinarily high level of internationality. The share of foreign trade visitors was over 54 percent in 2015. The share of international exhibitors was 56 percent. For 2018 we are awaiting a further increase in the number of countries, for example exhibitors from "new countries" are joining the ranks: for the first time, for instance, group stands from New Zealand and Egypt are being organized. Between 2009 and 2015 the number of visitors increased by 35 percent up to over 45,000. In the same period of time the number of exhibitors rose by 25 percent. Particularly significant for us, but even more so for our exhibitors: The ten most important global food groups regularly visit Anuga FoodTec, whether it be Nestlé or Unilever, JBT or Danone, Fonterra or Coca-Cola. Anuga is an absolute must-attend event for everyone. And this is just one of many pieces of good news. Generally, we are awaiting CEOs, production and plant managers as well as employees from the research & development sector. In addition to employees from the construction, production, quality control, maintenance, purchasing, marketing & sales departments, of course. In 2018, we are not only going to record an increase in the number of exhibitors, but also in the amount of exhibition space. We are assuming that the suppliers will require a further 10 percent more space than at the last trade fair. In order to accommodate this additional need, Anuga FoodTec will for the first time also be staged in Hall 10.2, the overall exhibition space will thus increase up to 140,000 square meters. To give you a better idea: this corresponds to 20 football pitches. 

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