Useful Industry Organisations

International trade fairs are very important for growers and exporters, not only to display their produce but also to get to know more about their potential markets and competitors. As some markets can be very difficult to access without some help from within (agents, freight forwarders, wholesalers, etc.), fairs serve as an excellent meeting place to make contacts and business links. This section lists some of the more important trade fairs from around the world.

Europe

ANUGA: Trade Fair for the World of Food & Beverages
Anuga is the most significant trade fair for the world of food and beverages. In 2003, over 6,000 suppliers and 160,000 participants from 157 countries attended Anuga, 50% of whom came from abroad.

Frequency: Bi-annually
Internet: www.koelnmesse.de
Other contact details: Koelnmesse GmbH, Messeplatz 1, D-50679 Köln, Germany;
Tel: +49 221 821-0 and Fax: +49 221 821-2574;
E-mail: info@koelnmesse.de

SIAL: Salon International de l'Alimentation/The Global Food Market Place)
Sial is the leading exhibition for the food and drink industry and a market place for manufacturers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to meet. In 2004, it attracted 135,000 visitors from 183 countries.                              

Internet: www.sial.fr/
Other contact details: 1 Rue du Parc, 92 593 LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France;
Tel: +33 (0) 1 49 68 54 98 and Fax: +33 (0) 1 49 68 56 32

Fi Europe (Food Ingredients)
Food Ingredients is an important exhibition where all the major players in the food ingredients industry meet. In 2005, close to 20,000 visitors attended the exhibition.

Frequency: Bi-annually. The next FI event will be held in London from 30 October - 1 November 2007
Internet: www.fi-events.com
Other contact details: Expoconsult B.V.CMP Information; P.O. Box 200, 3600 AE Maarssen, The Netherlands;
Tel: +31 346 559444 and Fax: +31 346 573811;
E-mail: Fi@cmpinformation.com

Alimentaria
One of Europe’s largest and most important food trade fairs.

Frequency: Bi-annually
Internet: www.alimentaria.com
Other contact details: Ronda Universidad 14, 4 A, 08007 Barcelona, Spain;
Phone: +34 93 4520722 and Fax: +34 93 4516637

Source: International Trade Centre (2006), World Markets in the Spice Trade 200-2004, Product and Market Development, April 2006, UNCTAD/WTO.