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Anuga FoodTec 2024 has once again reinforced its position as a primary supplier trade fair and a central platform of the global food and beverage industries. ‘Responsibility’ was the top theme of the trade fair and its extensive trade programme, which provided answers to questions from the fields of alternative protein sources, energy and water management, digitalisation and artificial intelligence. New technologies and concepts for sustainable management of natural resources along the entire value creation chain were presented. The participation of 1,307 companies and nearly 40,000 trade visitors from 133 countries reinforces the position of Anuga FoodTec as a pioneer for future- related solutions in food technology.

“At this year’s Anuga FoodTec, it became clear that true responsibility extends well beyond daily business; it is the driving force for sustainable and long-term growth. In every discussion, every presentation and every new product, we saw how decisive it is to make brave decisions today for our common future”, Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse, reflected.

“The networking of science and entrepreneurial practice and interdisciplinary networking on the whole were achieved in an exemplary manner. This creates synergies that present the basis for overarching innovations. And it is these that we will increasingly need for a viable food system of the future, in which Anuga FoodTec is a central element as a B2B innovation and networking platform”, Prof. Katharina Riehn, Chairwoman of the DLG Food competence centre and Vice President of the DLG, emphasises.

Opening speech by The Club of Rome

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of The Club of Rome, opened Anuga FoodTec with an impressive lecture that emphasised the pressing needs of sustainable developments. Her keynote was closely oriented to the top theme of ‘Responsibility’, and to the indispensable importance of environmentally-friendly production processes. With her address, Dixson-Declève provided a decisive impulse in the direction of sustainable transformation. At Anuga FoodTec, the exhibitors already presented what practical implementation of the discussed ideals might look like.

Commitment of the industry: a rethinking is noticeable

Anuga FoodTec demonstrated impressively: core themes such as responsibility, value creation, climate neutrality and food security are decisively shaping the direction of the food and beverage industries – far away from short-term trends. The exhibited machines thus offered, among other things, insights into innovative strategies for the minimisation of food losses and the treatment of waste water. In addition to this, they presented procedures like high pressure processing, which keeps food fresh longer without preservatives. Another area of focus was on the reduction of the use of plastic and the use of alternative packaging materials. Progress in the production of plant-based foods, which serve as pioneering solutions for more sustainable diets, was also presented. A system was presented for the first time that makes it possible to produce cultivated food on an industrial scale. The presentations on site impressively illustrated how the companies are facing the challenges of a both economically and ecologically sustainable future.

An innovative point of focus was set with the new ‘Environment & Energy’ exhibition area. This area was dedicated to progressive energy solutions, which play a growing role in the food industry. The focus was thereby on technologies like solarthermics, heat pumps, biogas and biomass, which not only advance the energy transformation but also contribute to significantly reducing the CO₂ emissions of companies and comprehensively increasing energy efficiency.

One highlight was the presentation of the International FoodTec Award. The focus was on 14 innovative projects from the global food and supplier industries.

Anuga FoodTec 2024 in figures

A total of nearly 40,000 trade visitors from 133 countries was registered, with a foreign share of over 60 percent. The largest visitor groups from outside of Europe came from China, the USA, South Korea, Israel and Japan. 1,307 exhibitors took part in Anuga FoodTec 2024. Thanks to an increased average area, visitors could this year look forward to an even greater variety of exhibits and live demonstrations. With a length of 35 metres, the longest exhibit at the trade fair was particularly impressive.

Anuga FoodTec is the leading international supplier fair for the global food and beverage industries. Organised by Koelnmesse, the next trade fair will take place in Cologne from 23.- 26.02.2027. The professional partner and industry sponsor is the DLG, the German Agricultural Society.

SIG joins AIM-Progress to collaborate for positive impact through responsible sourcing

SIG announced it is the first in the beverage carton industry to become a member of AIM-Progress, a global forum of leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers, assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains.

Collaborating for positive impact

Responsible sourcing has been a key pillar of SIG’s net positive ambition to go Way Beyond Good for society and the environment since the outset. This commitment is closely aligned with AIM-Progress’ focus on collaborating for positive impact through responsible sourcing, making membership a natural fit.

The goal of AIM-Progress is to positively impact people’s lives and ensure respect for human rights, while delivering value to its members and their supply chains. A priority is to build members’ and suppliers’ capability to adopt and implement the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.

As the first beverage carton provider to join the organisation, SIG has an excellent opportunity to build strong partnerships with other members. The aim is to work together to co-create solutions and share best practices that can positively impact people’s lives and ensure human rights are respected through the supply chain.

Helping customers meet demand for responsible sourcing

FMCG brands are seeing increasing demand from consumers, investors and other stakeholders to demonstrate that they meet high ethical, environmental, labour and human rights standards – not only in their own operations, but throughout their products’ supply chain.

SIG’s solutions enable customers to clearly demonstrate that their packaging comes from responsible sources. The company has led the industry in the development and adoption of certifications for responsible sourcing for over a decade.

SIG is the only aseptic carton provider to offer packs with all three main materials certified as responsibly sourced – FSCTM-certified liquid packaging board, ASI-certified aluminium foil and ISCC PLUS-certified polymers. All three of these certifications include stringent requirements on human rights as well as other social and environmental criteria. SIG has also made a strong commitment to human rights in its business and supply chain as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact.

About AIM-Progress
AIM-Progress is a forum of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers, assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains. It is a global initiative supported and sponsored by AIM – the European Brands Association.