IFFA 2016 Leading trade fair is fully booked
The fair is expected to attract around 960 exhibitors from roughly 50 countries, plus 60,000 trade visitors from 140 countries, said Wolfgang Marzin, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt. The machine manufacturers, too, were more than satisfied: the food and packaging machinery sector bucked the overall trend in 2015 by posting growth. The production of meat processing machines is likely to have cracked the billion euro mark last year, reported Klaus Schröter, Chairman of the VDMA Meat Processing Machines association. The VDMA is expecting further growth of between three and five per cent in 2016. "It's difficult to look to the forthcoming IFFA with anything other than optimism and high expectations," stated Schröter confidently.
DFV President Heinz-Werner Süss was also satisfied with the current business situation. The craft butcher companies are doing very well, he told the international journalists. This is despite the ongoing concentration process: the companies already in the market are growing, but every year more butchers' close than open. Süss outlined the circumstances confronting shops today: changed purchasing behaviour, tough competition especially from the supermarkets, shifting consumption habits and also consumers' increasingly critical attitude towards food, including its production and place of origin. Butchers need to respond flexibly to all these factors. Many are therefore looking for support from the solutions and products presented at the IFFA.