The 31st Anuga came to a close last week after five days of intense activity. More than 155,000 trade visitors from 180 countries came to Cologne to experience the product range presented by the event's 6,596 suppliers from 100 countries.
The importance of quality was emphasised by Guido Westerwelle, Germany's Foreign Minister, who was on hand to officially open Anuga in Cologne together with Francesco Saverio Romano, Italy's Minister of Agriculture. "We shouldn't ask only what something costs, but also what it is worth to us," said Westerwelle. Romano was clearly delighted by the very successful presentation by Italy, Anuga's partner country, which more than lived up to its culinary reputation with over 1,000 suppliers.
"Food products 'Made in Germany' are in demand around the world," said Jürgen Abraham, Chairman of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE). "Anuga provided the industry with an impressive platform for presenting the safety and quality of our sector's products.
With over 155,000 registered buyers, the visitor turnout was slightly higher than that of the previous event (2009: 149,349). Once again, visitors from abroad accounted for 62 per cent of the total turnout. There was a modest increase in the attendance of visitors from Germany, and the number of registered buyers from Eastern Europe, Central America, South America and Asia was considerably higher.
Italy, the Anuga 2011 partner country, expertly presented a broad spectrum of its culinary offerings and achieved great success. With 1,057 companies, Italy accounted for the largest contingent of foreign exhibitors at this year's trade fair - as was the case in previous years as well.
The next Anuga will take place from 5th to 9th October 2013