When the IFFA opens its doors on 4 May in Frankfurt am Main, the assembled butchers should feel more than at home in Frankfurt. Because the city on the River Main is at the heart of butchery craftsmanship.
With a population of just under 700,000, Frankfurt is Germany's fifth largest city and trade fairs have been held there ever since the Middle Ages. The city is familiar to many on account of the Exhibition Centre, its reputation as a banking hub, and the presence of the largest airport in continental Europe - yet it is also a centre for butchery craftsmanship.
Frankfurt's most famous international representatives include Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - and the Frankfurter sausage! Many other butchery institutions are located in Frankfurt. These include Messe Frankfurt, which organises the trade fairs. It staged the first butchery exhibition after the War which has since grown into the largest leading international event for the meat industry today.
Meat-related institutions such as the Frankfurter Fleischer-Fachschule J. A. Heyne, the Deutscher Fleischer-Verband (DFV), the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG), the Central Cooperative of the European Meat Trade (Zentrag) and Deutscher Fachverlag with its specialist publications afz-allgemeine fleischer zeitung and FleischWirtschaft are all based in Frankfurt am Main.