The food processing machinery showcase, held every three years in Cologne, Germany, has strengthened its position as one of the leading technology trade fairs for the food sector.
With more than 42,000 visitors from 131 countries, the organisers declared the event a huge success. Katharina C Hamma, chief operating officer of Koelnmesse, said: “Anuga FoodTec was a complete success for the participating sectors. The trade fair’s clear focus on the international food industry, in conjunction with the pioneering topics such as food safety, sustainability and resource efficiency, has sustainably extended the importance and momentum of Anuga FoodTec as the leading business, technology and know-how platform for the global food industry.”
According to the visitor details, Koelnmesse said the proportion of international visitors increased by 16% to its current 58%, with particularly increased numbers from eastern Europe — especially from Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Poland.
The show also drew increased attention from Asia — in particular from China, Japan, Thailand and India.
Exhibitor participation in Anuga FoodTec also grew by more than 10%. In total, 1,334 suppliers from 41 countries presented their technical innovations and solutions in Cologne. At the same time, foreign participation increased by 5% to more than 50%.