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New Trade Show Focuses on Better-For-You Food

The new SmartFood Expo™ is launching June 25-27 in the South Hall of Chicago’s McCormick Place. Co-located with United FreshMKT Expo, the B2B event is focused entirely on better-for-you food, across all food and beverage categories. This new event will deliver to retailers and foodservice professionals exciting and exclusive access to new healthy trends in food and beverage.

For more information, or to reserve booth space, contact Nina Sader, SmartFood Expo Manager at 202.303.3401.

Anuga FoodTec Scheduled for March 20-23, 2018

The trade show Anuga FoodTec will run March 20 to 23, 2018, at Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Nearly 1,700 suppliers from more than 50 countries will present their new products for the production and packaging of all types of food and beverage. The exhibits will be accompanied by a technical program that includes workshops, conferences and guided tours.

“Traditionally process technology has been the most represented section at the trade fair,” says Katharina Hamma, Chief Operating Officer, Koelnmesse GmbH. “This year there is greater emphasis on food safety and quality management, as well as food ingredients. Visitors experience the entire production cycle, from how basic ingredients are processed and how a product is made, all the way to the primary and secondary packing of the finished product. Nothing less than the entire production chain is depicted at the trade fair.”

The theme of this year’s exhibition and technical program is resource efficiency. The theme will be showcased through topics such as optimizing production processes, reducing energy and water consumption, and minimizing food loss through ingredient, process and package technology. Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG), the German agricultural society, is organizing the program.

“The growing demand for commodities and energy sources worldwide and the increasing urbanization are compelling us to review our present behavior and economic activity,” says Simone Schiller, Managing Director-Competence Center Food at DLG. “Careful, and at the same time efficient, management of natural resources is the key competence of sustainable societies, societies that are fit for the future. The exhibitors this year will be presenting a range of solutions showing how competitiveness can be strengthened and how the use of energy and water as well as food losses during production can be reduced.”

Complementing this theme is next-generation robotics technology. The show will offer demonstrations of robots at every step of the manufacturing chain, from incoming raw materials to outgoing finished product.

“The main areas of robot applications are currently still the heavy palletizing work and tasks in the field of packaging and re-packaging,” says Schiller. “However enormous developments in the fields of hygienic design, electronic image capture and analysis and gripper technology are making it possible to use robots increasingly for ever more difficult tasks in direct contact with foods.”

An expert forum on topics of current interest to the food industry is also scheduled. This forum, titled “Tropics, Trends, Technologies — what’s moving today’s food industry?” will offer presentations and panel discussions on topics of current interest. Expect discussions on convenience, food authenticity, modified atmosphere packaging, genome editing, high pressure processing and more. A separate forum will be dedicated to food ingredients and product development. This forum will address the topics of clean labeling, personalized nutrition, texture design, enzymes in food production and functional foods.

For more information on Anuga FoodTec 2018, visit www.anugafoodtec.com.

Bison Business Notches Record Strength, Growth in 2017

As a record year of profitability and stability came to a close at the end of December, bison producers were mapping out plans for continued growth in 2018. These plans include the expansion of efforts to connect with consumers. The National Bison Association will also be working to bring new producers into the fold, according to Dave Carter, the association’s Executive Director.

IMG_6422“Six months ago, the National Bison Association and partners in the InterTribal Buffalo Council and the conservation community announced an ambitious goal to restore 1 million bison to North America, effectively more than doubling the size of today’s herds,” Carter said. “For bison ranchers, that means we must continue to introduce deliciously healthy bison to more people, and we must expand our production from coast to coast.”

The bison business is riding a sustained wave of profitability as sales of the meat continued to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the prices marketers paid for dressed bison bulls averaged higher than $4.80 per pound throughout 2017. Dressed prices refer to the amount paid to ranchers once the animal is harvested. “We anticipate that prices will remain strong as demand for bison meat continues to grow,” Carter said.

Carter said that the National Bison Association is planning several programs to reach out to new producers in 2017. The association’s winter conference and live bison show and sale at the National Western Stock Show in Denver January 17-20 provide an opportunity for prospective producers to investigate the business.

“More than 400 ranchers will gather for the winter conference to discuss issues and share information,” Carter said. “And the association’s Gold Trophy Bison Show at the National Western Stock Show has the largest number of entries in nearly 20 years, so there’s plenty of opportunity for people to purchase great animals to build or to start their herds.”

Information on all things bison is available at www.bisoncentral.com.

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