Sustainability at Cologne trade fairs
Because sustainable business operations are an issue for all sectors today, social and environmental responsibility is a major theme at many of the events held in Cologne. In seminars, presentations, discussions, special shows and an integrated congress, Koelnmesse provides exhibitors and visitors with attractive platforms for dealing with sustainability issues.
The way Koelnmesse incorporates the idea of sustainability into the ongoing development of its trade fairs is demonstrated very clearly by events it organizes for the food sector:
For example, organic products are a hot topic at the world’s leading food fair, Anuga. At the integrated Anuga Organic trade show, Koelnmesse pools the sector’s expertise regarding organic foods under the umbrella of Anuga. In addition to providing a venue for the presentation of the latest organic food products, Koelnmesse organizes the “Centre of Expertise for Organic Products”, which offers an attractive supporting programme aimed at boosting the potential of the organic food market.
In 2012 sustainability was one of the three main topics at Anuga FoodTec — the international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry. The other two major themes were hygienic design and automation. These three topics were addressed and supplemented by the fair’s comprehensive and unparalleled supporting programme. Bio-plastics, biologically degradable packaging and new packaging ideas were the topics at the special show “FutureLab”, which was initiated by Anuga FoodTec together with the Köln International School of Design. At this event, numerous exhibitors presented solutions aimed at boosting resource efficiency by exploiting more thoroughly the raw materials they use and by dealing more economically with increasingly scarce resources.
At Eu’Vend & coffeena — International Vending and Coffee Fair in September 2013, visitors will be invited to attend an exciting dialogue about the Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ and 4 C quality seals at the “Red Sofa” discussion forum. The German Vending Association (BDV) — the conceptual sponsor of Eu’Vend — will give its planned cooperation with TransFair its official approval by hosting a joint presentation with TransFair at its trade fair stand.