For four days, from 26 to 29 April 2022, the food and beverage industry met with its supplier sector at Anuga FoodTec – Special Edition – in Cologne/Germany. Around 25,000 trade visitors from more than 120 countries gathered information from 1,034 exhibitors, 60 % of them from abroad. The attendance from other European countries and from Germany was very strong. Visitor numbers from the Middle East and some African countries were also gratifyingly good. The proportion of visitors from abroad was around 57 %.
As the most important platform of the year, Anuga FoodTec successfully started the re-launch of the entire industry. The great need for investment and, at the same time, the high level of willingness to invest on the part of the inquiring industry was expressed, among other things, by the fact that many of the attending managing directors and plant managers approached the exhibitors with concrete project ideas. In some cases, machines and equipment were even purchased on the spot. The current world situation has increased the need for answers to questions in areas such as energy efficiency, resource conservation and sustainability. In addition to key players, numerous medium-sized companies, smaller specialists and 28 start-ups also showed innovative concepts tailored precisely to the industry.
“Anuga FoodTec is and remains the central and international meeting place for the industry, and this leading position has been clearly underlined by the successful re-launch of the trade show here in Cologne,” commented Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of the organizing company Koelnmesse GmbH. And Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, added: “The high-calibre trade audience met excellently positioned and committed exhibitors. Intensive effective discussions characterized the course of the trade fair. The exhibitors’ feedback confirmed to us once again how important personal encounters are for successful business.”
Until 30 June 2022, interested parties will have the opportunity to network with exhibitors at the Anuga FoodTec @home digital extension, watch missed presentations from the congress programme and pick up a wealth of other industry information.