ifood – Innovation Food Conference at Anuga 2017

ifood – the Innovation Food Conference – is being held at Anuga for the second time.  Once again, the German Institute for Food Technologies (DIL) is organising this international and first-class dialogue platform at the leading global trade fair for food and beverages. This year representatives from the industry, the trade and the research sector will be discussing the so-called food mega trends on 9 October 2017. Experts from the international food industry from IBM Research, Unilever, Fraunhofer, METRO, Alibaba, the BVE and many other companies are expected to attend. The aim: To jointly work out approaches for the development of efficient value chains, which provide sustainable and attractive products. The leading trend researcher, Hanni Rützler, will host the around 200 guests through the iFood Conference and accompany the event with her expertise.

The speakers include among others Enrico Krien, Senior Analyst, The Nielson Company, Gary B. Rodrigue, Business Development Executive, IBM Research, Karl Wehner, Director of Business Development, Alibaba, Jochen Weiss, Vice President for Research, University of Hohenheim, Konstantin Bark, Media Relations Manager, Unilever, Dr. Klemens van Betteray, Vice President, CSB System AG, Fabio Ziemßen, Head of Food Innovation and Food-Tech, METRO AG Wholesale & Food Specialist Company, as well as Dr. Mark Bücking, Head of Department Environmental & Food Analysis, Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology.

The complete programme including all themes and speakers is available at www.anuga.de / www.anuga.com or www.ifoodconference.com.

The food industry succeeds in developing new attractive and sustainable products and in improving the existing ones. It is of great significance for the economy in Germany to promote the existing innovative power also in terms of the progressing digitalisation.

The development of the databased life cycle assessment for entire product lifecycles is just one example of the high potential of IT-based solutions in the food chain. Block chains, metagenomics and the sequencing of the entire value chain will soon open up hitherto unknown possibilities for the food production – contaminations can be very accurately forecasted using big data management and thus more effectively avoided; and per app the customer can already find out in the supermarket which resources have been implemented for his shopping basket.

The digitalisation also offers high potential for the cooperation within the value chain. Through the digitalisation of the business and trading processes, sales-related conflicting goals can be reduced and the efficiency of the entire global food system increased.

The DIL is extremely well-positioned through the establishment of the Food Data Group and will live up to its pioneering role also in these young fields of development.

The Innovation Food Conference has been creating the basis for a modern and connected industry since 2011.

Anuga in Cologne is the largest business platform for food and beverages worldwide. Over 7,200 exhibitors from 100 countries are expected to participate.

The trade fair is open daily from Saturday, 7.10.2017 to Wednesday, 11.10.2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Exclusively trade visitors are granted access.