Making stationary retail more attractive to customers again with the help of digital solutions – this was the goal of the partners working together on the Knowledge4Retail (K4R) project from January 2020 to December 2022. The group presented the results at the final meeting this spring. The core of the project is a K4R open-source platform available on internet host GitHub, a version control system, which makes the results accessible to retailers. Retail companies can use the platform to connect analog and digital worlds as well as analyze processes more easily and generate purchasing behavior forecasts, for example. In the process, the project partners developed solutions for applications in logistics, store set-up, service robotics and a fully automated kiosk.
Together with the support of the industry, the Regional Association of Guilds of Württemberg Bakers and the Academy of the German Bakery Trade in Southwest Germany have compiled a colourful programme relating to hot topics such as the shortage of skilled workers, resource conservation and customer retention for the Bakers' Trend Forum during südback 2022. The event will be supplemented by trend talks, practical demonstrations and discussion panels. "Of course, there will also be enough time for personal discussions during the Bakers' Trend Forum. We will have plenty to discuss after such a long period of social distancing when meetings were not possible at trade fairs or exhibitions," said Tobias Pfaff, Head of the Academy of the German Bakery Trade in Southwest Germany. Bernd Kütscher, his colleague from the Academy in Weinheim, added: "We are currently experiencing enormous changes on the market. Some raw materials are sold out and prices have risen substantially. Energy costs have rocketed and some companies can barely afford to pay them. The shortage of personnel has never been so severe and customers are making savings wherever possible."
Foto: Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Jochen Guenther Fotografie
Shortage of skilled workers, product diversity and consumer behavior that is difficult to assess – the meat and protein industry is facing major challenges. It is therefore all the more important to design the process chain efficiently and economically, in line with the special requirements that the product places on hygiene and quality. Digitization and automation of processes offer possible solutions. Innovative technologies such as AI, robotics and cloud computing open up new opportunities in industrial production.
How can the safety of food be guaranteed in the context of international chain stores and the at the same time growing need for transparency regarding the origin and processing? This question is one of the key themes at this year’s Anuga FoodTec. To minimise the consumer protection risks and guarantee the authenticity of the foodstuffs, the international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry provides information on the latest technologies and services. The agenda focuses on trends and the residue analytics process as well as on current approaches for the prevention of food fraud. Experts estimate that around ten percent of the food and raw materials traded worldwide are affected by food fraud. The most frequently counterfeited foodstuffs are olive oil, honey, milk, fish as well as adulterated spice and nut mixtures.
Cem Ödzemir, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, will open Anuga FoodTec, the international suppliers fair for the food and beverage industry, on 26 April 2022. In the scope of his visit, the Federal Minister will tour the trade fair together with representatives from the organisers of the event, Koelnmesse, and from the DLG (German Agricultural Society) as the event's expert and industry sponsor. An opening conference will be held after the tour.
Sustainability is a catalyst for change and innovation in the meat industry. Political requirements and nutrition-conscious consumers are driving producers and manufacturers to act. Additional pressure is being generated by the global debate on climate protection and resource conservation. The meat processing industry is responding to this with technological innovations, but also with fundamental corporate commitments to sustainable solutions.
Positive registration figures after early bird phase: The world's largest trade fair for food and beverages with a hybrid format for the first time - digital Anuga@home to enhance the physical platform
The dates for BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2022 have been finalised. BIOFACH, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food and VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, will be held on 15–18 February 2022, which will mark the start of a new Tuesday to Friday schedule.
Foto: Koelnmesse / Anuga FoodTec / Harald Fleissner
The pandemic and associated travel and event restrictions have also had an impact on Anuga FoodTec, which was originally scheduled for March 2021. After extensive discussions with industry participants and the German Agricultural Society (DLG), the professional and conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, Koelnmesse sees no alternative but to postpone Anuga FoodTec. The next Anuga FoodTec will take place from 26 to 29 April 2022.