Anuga to Require Certification for Organic Show

Many suppliers of organic products from Germany and abroad will once again exhibit in Cologne at the upcoming Anuga Organic — one of the ten Anuga trade shows that will be held between 5 and 9 October 2013. For the first time, participation in Anuga Organic will require proof of organic certification. This certification has to be widely accepted and customary for the market.

The certification measure was initiated by exhibitors and implemented by Koelnmesse. “The measure aims to give buyers greater certainty that the products they examine are truly organic,” explains Dietmar Eiden, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse GmbH. “The response was very good and has led to an increase in the area covered by Anuga Organic.”

With around 250 exhibitors, Anuga Organic will present a wide range of organic products in Hall 5 of the Cologne exhibition center. In addition, the Anuga supporting program will feature workshops and specialist presentations under the heading “Centre of Expertise for Organic Products.” Organic products will once again be on show in other trade shows as well. These products are easy to find through the Anuga exhibitor database. In 2011, more than 1,600 suppliers presented organic products in all ten Anuga trade shows. Altogether, Anuga 2013 will showcase the offers of about 6,700 exhibitors from around 100 countries.

The exhibitors at Anuga Organic will include the following companies: Alb-Gold, Bioland, Bio aus Dänemark, Chia (Australia), Consorzio il Biologico, Lauretana, Naturland and Bernhard Zabler. First-time exhibitors will include Organic Food Service Network (Denmark), Kff Kurhessische Fleischfabrik and Seven Oaks Food (Netherlands). The trade show will also feature state participations from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the USA and China. For the first time, it will also welcome groups from Bolivia, Bulgaria, Greece, Austria and Peru.

Centre of Expertise for Organic Products 

The presentations and workshops that will be offered at Anuga Organic as part of the Centre of Expertise for Organic Products will provide participants with practical information and address advanced training. The events will be held by experts from the organic food sector and research fields as well as by representatives of associations, government ministries, manufacturers and the specialist and conventional trade. The events aim to increase people’s knowledge regarding organic products and look at ways of marketing such products. Among other things, the events will explain the new EU process for importing organic products from non-EU countries. In addition, they will present the aims and labeling systems associated with vegan products and address issues such as regionalism and labeling. Tasting sessions for wine, olive oil and other products will provide participants with insights into various organic food and drink segments.

Additional information is available at http://www.anuga.de / Events (www.anuga.com / Events)

The market for organic products is growing in Germany and the rest of the world
Last year, Germany’s organic food sector generated more than €7 billion in turnover for the first time. Fresh food in particular is boosting turnover. Last year, the turnover from organic products rose above €7 billion in Germany for the first time. It rose by six per cent to €7.04 billion (source: German Ecological Food Industry Federation, BÖLW). As a result, organic products’ share of Germany’s total food market increased by 0.2 percentage points to 3.9 per cent.

A total of 31 per cent of the turnover from organic products in Germany is generated in specialist businesses, which, in recent years, have especially benefited from a strong demand for organic fruit, vegetables, dairy products, meat and sausages. Conventional supermarkets account for half of the overall market, while the remaining turnover is generated by farm outlets, butcher shops, bakeries and other businesses.

Germany is the world’s second-largest market for organic products, surpassed only by the USA. France is in third place. The global market for organic products tripled between 2000 and 2011. According to the latest figures from the sector’s umbrella organization, IFOAM, the turnover from organic products has risen to almost US$63 billion worldwide (almost €47 billion).

New opening times: On all five days of the fair, Anuga will open its doors at 10:00 a.m. instead of at 9:00 a.m. as has previously been the case. The fair will close at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of the last day of the fair, when the doors will close at 6:00 p.m. Anuga is open to trade visitors only.

Further information is available at http://www.anuga.de (www.anuga.com).

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