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IFFA 2019


Photo: Messe Frankfurt GmbH

IFFA 2019 opens its doors in Frankfurt am Main with 1,039 exhibitors from 49 countries, including all market leaders, and significantly more exhibition space. The global meat industry meets at its leading trade fair for six days. The sector anticipates growth impulses against a positive economic background.

A whole nutritional sector looks forward feverishly to this event every three years. On Saturday, 4 May, IFFA – The No. 1 for the meat industry – opened its doors for six days. Optimistic and with unbroken high business expectations, meat-product manufacturers from all over the world meet with their suppliers in Frankfurt am Main. 1,039 exhibitors from 49 countries are ready to present innovations and business ideas for all process stages in meat-processing operations big and small.

On 120,000 square metres of exhibition space, nine percent more than previously, trade visitors from the meat-processing industry, the trade and butchers will find a vast range of products and services. Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt: “This year’s IFFA is completely new: it is being held for the first time in a new setting in the western section of our Exhibition Centre and is celebrating its seventieth birthday. From a small trade exhibition in post war Germany, it has developed into the world’s leading trade fair for the international meat sector and is today bigger than ever before.”

Thanks to the inclusion of the new Hall 12, which opened last year, IFFA has been able to expand and is being held for the first time exclusively in the western section of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. The result is a circular layout linking Halls 8, 9, 11 and 12 with short walking distances for visitors and exhibitors. Many exhibitors have taken advantage of the new location to increase the size of their exhibition stands and presentations. The top ten exhibitor nations are, after Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, China, Poland, the USA and Belgium.

IFFA 2019 is being held against the background of positive economic developments in the meat-processing machinery sector. Global meat consumption is growing, the spectrum of products in the convenience segment is expanding and the level of meat processing and, therefore, value added are rising. This is reflected by increasing investments in machines and equipment for processing and packaging. Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, says, “IFFA stands for a clear focus, an unrivalled expert density and a high level of internationality on both the exhibitor and visitor sides. It is the world business summit of the meat industry and sets trends for tomorrow’s production. The future of the meat industry is formed at IFFA – through innovations, intelligent solutions and intensive discussions.”

IFFA is a must for the butchers’ trade, too. A look at developments taking place throughout the sector helps butchers make decisions regarding investments in new technologies, as well as to discover new concepts and strategies for the future. Herbert Dohrmann, President of the German Butchers’ Association (Deutscher Fleischer-Verband – DFV), says, “In common with many of my colleagues, I have great expectations of this year’s IFFA. Our members are working to capacity and the economic background is good, too. This is the right time for investments – especially in digital technologies. In other words, now is the perfect time to gain an overview of the latest innovations in the sector at IFFA.”