Anuga Foodtec, Cologne (March 19-22, 2024)

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As the leading global trade fair, Anuga Foodtec in Cologne from March 19 - 22, 2024, is the most important source of impetus for the international food and beverage industry. As the world's only supplier fair, it covers all aspects of food production. This is where the industry presents its innovations and technological visions: from process technology to filling and packaging technology to food safety, from packaging materials to digitalization and intralogistics. And beyond that, there is plenty more to discover.

More than 1,000 exhibitors from 44 countries welcomed almost 25,000 trade visitors at Anuga Foodtec 2022. Trade fair organizer Koelnmesse draws a positive conclusion for the 2022 industry get-together of the food and beverage industry with its supplier industry in Cologne. Anuga Foodtec 2024 is divided into eight offer segments: processing, filling and packaging, digitalization, automation, intralogistics, safety and analytics, environment and energy, and science and pioneering.

  • Processing: avoiding unplanned downtime, identifying problem cases, analyzing data: The food and beverage industry faces major challenges. Plants must be efficient, reliable and intelligent while meeting hygenic design requirements. Exhibitors will offer technological solutions for further development in food production for new competitive advantages.
  • Filling and packaging: Efficient and economical filling and packaging processes require a high degree of automation while at the same time meeting high demands for functional safety of machinery and equipment. At the same time, consumers demand sustainable, intelligent packaging solutions. For manufacturers, it is a matter of reconciling safety, automation and cost-effectiveness.
  • Digitization: The food industry is characterized by high cost sensitivity and mass production, while increasingly innovative packaging and a growing variety of flavors as well as rising consumer expectations determine the market. Digitization offers the industry new opportunities to meet these requirements and customer demands and to individualize products. Along the entire value chain, digital technologies enable optimized processes and greater product efficiency. Processes and workflows can be optimally coordinated. This creates continuously high product quality, greater sustainability and more flexible work organization.
  • Automation: Increase yield, raise productivity, minimize safety risks, optimize resource management, improve machine and plant utilization: Manufacturers have to regulate and control more and more complex processes in parallel, with ever shorter product cycles and an increasing number of variants. With innovative automation systems, flexible robots or intelligent image processing systems, maximum efficiency, flexibility and cost-effectiveness can be achieved and all requirements covered. New technologies save time and free employees from repetitive tasks, time can be invested in higher-value activities, and competitiveness is increased.
  • Intralogistics: Productivity demands on industry are continuously increasing. A growing variety of products and ever new packaging are challenging intralogistics in companies. Intelligent, flexible and scalable solutions are needed to optimize internal material flows, from procurement through production to delivery. Handling must be economical. In-house conveying and transport systems as well as storage facilities must be made fit for the future. Digitization, networking of man and machine, artificial intelligence and Big Data offer completely new opportunities within the framework of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things to optimize logistics processes in companies and increase productivity and value creation.
  • Safety and analytics: Food safety is one of the most urgent tasks of consumer protection. Food authenticity is becoming increasingly important. Food Safety is one of the most important topics in the food industry to minimize risks. Ever better analytical methods with a high degree of automation facilitate the analysis of numerous parameters in the highest quality. These range from chemical-physical methods to sensory tests and microbiological analyses.
  • Environment and energy: The food industry is one of the largest industrial energy consumers. Due to the energy-intensive production processes, energy costs in the industry are a major factor in the cost of the end product. Whether it is electricity, process heat, heating and district heating, refrigeration or compressed air, the supply must go hand in hand with maximum security of supply to ensure that the industry's high quality standards can be met. At the same time, food and beverage manufacturers are focusing more on their own carbon footprint. It is also no longer possible to imagine companies in the food industry without corporate environmental protection.
  • Science and pioneering work: business meets science. Research and development, product and process innovations create competitive advantages for the food industry. Visionaries and technology experts present and address research contributions and scientific work, new technological approaches, innovative solutions and provide first-hand expertise. Whether research facilities, universities, institutes, pioneers or start-ups: they all provide ideas, expertise, forecasts and innovations today on actionable insights and applications that will change the food industry tomorrow. Researchers, developers, technologists and investors come together to network in Anuga Foodtec's cross-industry research and technology area.

Opening hours of Anuga Foodtec for visitors

From March 19 to 21, 2024 from 09:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
On 22 March 2024 from 09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.