After a record number of exhibitors, Anuga 2015 also increased its attendance figures. Around 160,000 trade visitors from 192 countries attended Anuga in Cologne from 10 to 14 October 2015. “Anuga is unparalleled as a business and information platform for the global food industry,” said Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. “Once again this year, it has clearly underlined its position as the leading international trade fair.” Anuga 2015 presented over 7,000 exhibitors from 108 countries. The share of foreign exhibitors was 89 percent and the share of foreign visitors was 68 percent. The exhibitors were particularly impressed by the quality of the visitors. Decision-making buyers from the trade and from the food service sector ensured that the trade fair took a dynamic course. The 33rd Anuga was opened on Saturday, 10 October 2015 by Christian Schmidt, the German Minister for Food and Agriculture, and Evangelos Apostolou, the Greek Minister for Agricultural Development and Food. Greece was the partner country of Anuga 2015 and the country was successfully represented by over 200 Greek exhibitors, who presented the entire variety and quality of Greece’s food industry.
Both the visitors and the exhibitors were highly interested in learning information about trends and developments on the international food and drinks market. According to surveys, in addition to vegan food, vegetarian offers are also in high demand as well as organic and fair trade products. Also “free-from” concepts – for example lactose-free and gluten-free products are extremely trendy. Halal products had their own platform at Anuga. Themes such as the appreciation of food, the reduction of food waste primarily in the industrial countries, traceability, animal welfare and sustainability will continue to shape the discussions about food and drinks in the future.