With organic sales reaching record figures in many European countries and around the world, the scene is set for another successful BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, and VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, in Nuremberg, Germany 10-13 February 2016.

Over 2,400 exhibitors will once again be presenting the diversity of the global organic industry at BIOFACH, 200 will be appearing at VIVANESS.

In 2015, the parallel events welcomed 44,624 trade visitors from 136 countries, an increase of 5%, while 2,344 exhibitors (3.6% more than the previous year) displayed a large range of organic food, beverages, natural cosmetics and other products for personal care.

The key feature of BIOFACH 2016 will be the bridges built between the OLIVE OIL, VEGAN and WINE Worlds of Experience and out-of-home and communal catering to give both exhibitors and visitors even more added value.

Vegan lifestyle continues to boom The most recent BIOFACH world of experience is the Experience the World of VEGAN. For the third time, in 2016, organic-vegan products will be the focus of attention at the world’s leading fair.

BIOFACH’s partner for the VEGAN World of Experience is the Vegetarierbund (VEBU), the German Vegetarian Association. Like at the OLIVE OIL and WINE Worlds of Experience, this section will also highlight cooking, a chance to sample and plenty of opportunities to talk to fellow professionals.

Cook + Talk, a special forum for external catering, is the contact point for professional chefs, supported by partner Bioland. Here, in presentations and cooking shows, the trade visitors will also discover how organic wine and olive oil along with organic vegan products can be effectively combined and then successfully applied in the catering sector.

And the Novelty Stand at BIOFACH is right for anyone wanting to discover new products and innovations.

Danila Brunner, managing director of BIOFACH and VIVANESS said: “Right from the start, the organic sector has intensively concerned itself with integral concepts. It is exactly through such concepts that we wish to impress our customers at BIOFACH.

The comprehensive range of certified organic products from all over the world demonstrates the entire diversity of the sector – from fresh products, such as dairy and cheese, through to fruit and vegetables, dry products such as cereal and pulse fruits, nuts and confectionery right through to beverages.

The BIOFACH Congress – the platform for knowledge transfer, information exchange, discussion and opinion forming – is the biggest organic congress in the world. It offers some 100 presentations and panel discussions that reach more than 7,000 participants. Sessions of interest to the trade identified by Organic & Wellness News include:

Organic 3.0 – Turning concept into practice
Part of the Forum BIOFACH, a key presentation on Friday 12 February is Organic 3.0 – Turning concept into practice in Room Oslo, NCC Ost. This session aims to put Organic 3.0 in the context of the organic sector, achieving coordinated and synergistic action among e.g. producers, value chains, consumers, sustainability, assessment and measurement tools, and private and governmental regulatory systems.

“We are particularly delighted by the fact that the Congress focal point Organic 3.0 – Action for more Organic is once again clearly illustrating that the organic future is being shaped at BIOFACH and by the world’s leading trade fair,” said Ms. Brunner.

The presenter is David Gould, IFOAM – Organics International Head Office. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli of FiBL; Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association; Jorg Lotz, Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL); Dr. David Amudavi, Biovision African Trust; and Markus Arbenz, IFOAM - Organics International Head Office.

The Forum Science at BIOFACH offers eight presentations is a platform for the dialogue between scientists, practitioners and advisers. On February 12, 2016, the fourth Science Day is a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

EU Policy Day, organised by IFOAM EU in cooperation with BIOFACH Part of the Forum Politics, on February 10, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM in Hall St. Petersburg, NCC Ost, the Policy Day will bring together the EU policy makers and the organic sector to discuss the possible changes that the sector will have to be facing when the new organic regulation is adopted. The Presenter is Marco Schluter, IFOAM EU Group. Speakers include: Thomas Fertl, BIO AUSTRIA; Martin Hausling, Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen; Bavo van den Isdert, Bionext; Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU Group; and Miltiades Krimizis, EU Commission.

Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS): An Untold Opportunity of Organic 3.0 Part of the Forum Sustainability, on February 11, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM in Room Kopenhagen, NCC Ost, PGS contribute to the development of domestic markets, while promoting better livelihoods and community empowerment. Organic 3.0 propounds inclusiveness. This session will shine a light on what PGS are, their potential and why we must support them.

The Presenter is Flavia Castro, IFOAM – Organics International Head Office. Speakers are: Konrad Hauptfleisch, IFOAM – Organics International Head Office; Eva Torremocha, IFOAM – Organics International Head Office; and Laercio Meirelles, Centro Ecológico.