BIOFACH & VIVANESS, the world’s leading trade fair duo where all the organic movement & industry gathers in search of inspiration will hold a new edition at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center from February 13 to 16. BIOFACH & VIVANESS is the place where we can strengthen ties with agents throughout the entire value chain, meet clients, build new relationships, learn about and share trends and news on the global organic landscape. As the organisation NürnbergMesse say, is the perfect venue to see, hear, smell and taste organic products and to live an enriching experience.

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The event welcomes the main players in the organic food sector and natural and organic cosmetics and personal care. From the origin of the seeds and the care of the soil to the raw materials and processors, distributors and traders who bring the final products to consumers. “We are already looking forward to welcoming all participants to Nuremberg and creating a framework with plenty of scope to explore the trends relevant to the future of the organic food industry”, explains Danila Brunner, Executive Director of BIOFACH & VIVANESS.

“We are also expanding the supporting programme and creating additional features that encourage focused exchanges, provide direction, and bring like-minded professionals together. Examples include our new pavilion for international start-ups or the HoReCa – GV & Gastro hub for the hospitality and out-of-home catering sector,” adds Ms. Brunner.

International exhibitors, trends and innovations

Around 2,800 exhibitors from all around the world, 200 of them at VIVANESS, are expected in this edition. “We want to bring together the industry and facilitate networking, while encouraging communication and a future-driven discussion,” says Steffen Waris, Director of BIOFACH & VIVANESS.

“We want to bring together the industry and facilitate networking, while encouraging communication and a future-driven discussion”, Steffen Waris

Trends and innovations could be discovered at the halls and at the Novelty Stand, and visitors can vote for their favourite products for the BIOFACH Best New Product Award in seven categories. The ceremony will take place on the last day of the fair.

“Young innovators”, subsidised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), provides a platform for 30 German startups. And, for the first time, BIOFACH is dedicating an area for international start-ups “International Newcomers & Start-ups”, a great opportunity to create commercial ties with producers from all around the world.

Worlds of Experience, Forums and Network Hubs

The World of Olive Oil and The World of Vegan are two unmissable proposals of great interest, each in its own field. Olive Oil Award will be awarded during the fair. And trends and new organic plant-based products will be present with 100% plant-based alternatives for an ethical, clean and sustainable diet at The World of Vegan pavilion with content developed in conjunction with AöL and VegOrganic. Specialist retailers will meet at Fachhandelstreff and HoReCa – GV & Gastro hub is the perfect place and occasion to acquire and share knowledge and close deals to improve the presence of organic food in public and private channels, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, army, prisons and schools.

©NürnbergMesse / Frank Boxler

BIOFACH Congress

“Food for the future: Women’s Impact on Sustainable Food Systems” is the motto of the Congress organised in collaboration with IFOAM-Organics International and BÖLW, the German Federation of Organic Food Producers.

Presentations to spotlight the power of women to transform the food sector and to achieve a more sustainable food system for the future. Knowledge sharing and acquisition, networking and transformation, these are the keys of the Congress and make the experience of visiting BIOFACH & VIVANESS an opportunity to be the best informed about the international landscape of organic sector. It’s also possible to follow the event online on the event’s digital platform where participants will be able to watch and listen to the live streaming support programme or watch on-demand video clips of parts of the Congress for several months after the event.

Co-organizers, IFOAM Organics International and BÖLW

IFOAM Organics International, the membership organization working to bring true sustainability to agriculture across the globe, emphasises that the world’s food systems face major challenges such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, increased hunger and lack of recognition and support for farmers so that they can make a decent living from their work. And the way we produce food is essential to mitigate or aggravate these challenges.

It’s essential to adequately reward all farmers for their additional environmental services

Let’s remember the four pillars on which the organic movement is based, as explained by IFOAM Organics International: Health, nurturing the soil’s health to support plant and animal life, Ecology, the ecosystem is all interconnected and how biodiversity loss needs immediate attention, Fairness, human and animal welfare encourages a more equitable food system and provides fair and ethical treatment to farm workers and animals and Care, ensuring the well-being of future generations, the integration of scientific and indigenous knowledge is crucial to maintain the health and ecological integrity of organic agriculture and to provide practical and effective solutions in this field.

BÖLW, the German Federation of Organic Food Producers points out the demands of the actors involved in the organic sector: “The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) decides which agriculture is worthwhile. EU money is well spent when it supports farmers, protects the environment and the climate and creates jobs.” It’s essential to adequately reward all farmers for their additional environmental services; to encourage fair competition given the true costs of environmental damage; to align policies with sustainability goals; to regulate genetic engineering; to educate all ages in ecology; and to make organic farming the norm for a healthy planet.

Author: Montse Mulé, Bio Eco Actual Editor

Published in the BIOFACH & VIVANESS 2024 Bio Eco Actual Special Edition.

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