Built to the highest and most modern standards, the new Hall 12 will be used for IFFA for the first time in 2019. The result is a circular route that links all IFFA halls with each other and enables visitors to obtain a rapid overview of the entire spectrum on show within a minimum of walking. To this end, the exhibitors and their products are arranged along the main process stages of the meat industry.
IFFA is the venue for showing and discussing everything that drives the sector at present and the subjects that point the way to the future. In 2019, the focus of the programme and the exchange of expert opinion will be on the top themes of ‘optimised production’, ‘resource efficiency’, ‘food safety’ and ‘food trends’.
Optimised production is a constantly recurring topic. Companies of the meat and food industry can save time and costs through perfectly coordinated production processes. When it comes to new purchases, the focus is increasingly on overall plant effectiveness. However, existing systems often have hidden potential that needs to be exploited.
The discussion about resource efficiency offers a variety of ways to cut costs. There are already many technical solutions aimed at making the most efficient use of energy, water and raw materials. In the case of packaging, the spotlight is on saving materials.
Food Safety has top priority in the meat industry. It is essential to protect consumers and their justified expectations with respect to quality and perishability through optimum product protection. Innovative packaging solutions also make a decisive contribution to protecting the valuable raw material, meat.
Digital solutions are already reality on the production side. Machines are fitted with sensors, radio modules and measuring devices, and the resulting data used to monitor production and to improve processing.
The aim of the ‘smart factory’ is to master complex processes perfectly, to be resistant to stoppages and to be able to react immediately to changes in the production process.
In the case of food trends, the consumer is in the spotlight. The meat sector is characterised by new products, ideas and recipes, as well as ‘functional food’ and ‘clean labelling’ in the ingredients segment, not to mention the continuing growth of convenience products. Also of great interest are new shop concepts, online services and topical trends at the point of sale.