Strong retail sales in organic products and increased organic farmland are driving organic market growth, setting the scene for the 2018 edition of the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, BIOFACH 2018, where organic product diversity, new trends in food and cosmetics, and an introduction to organic plant and animal breeding are some of the highlights.

BIOFACH will expand by two exhibition halls when the fair takes place again from 14 to 17 February 2018, at the NurnbergMesse (Nuremberg Exhibition Centre), Germany. The exhibition’s main topic is “Next Generation” of the organic industry, and BIOFACH’s international patron, IFOAM – Organics International and its national supporting organization, the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry (BÖLW), joined forces with the trade fair itself to highlight this theme.

For 2018, highlights will include the BIOFACH Congress, the Olive Oil, Vegan and Wine Worlds of Experience and the BIOFACH Novelty Stand (located in Hall 8 for the first time) with the BIOFACH Best New Product Awards.

Altogether, over 2,950 exhibitors are expected at the next edition of the BIOFACH and VIVANESS duo, with about 250 of these appearing at VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for natural and organic personal care and cosmetics.

The 2017 edition of the BIOFACH show in Nuremberg gathered 2,785 exhibitors from 88 countries who welcomed a record, 51,453 trade visitors from 134 countries.

Global organic product sales growth reached almost USD90 billion in 2016 with strong high or single-digit sales growth reported in leading organic markets. Germany's sales grew by around 10 per cent; France by 21.7 per cent; the UK by 7 per cent; Italy by 14 per cent; Sweden by 7-8 per cent in the first half 2017; Austria by 8.6 per cent to June 2017; while USA organic sales jumped by 8.6 percent in 2016.

'Organic right from the start' display greets visitors at Mitte

The 'Organic right from the start' display at Mitte, the main entrance area at the NurnbergMesse has been prepared by Bioverita to give industry professionals an introduction to the topic and to present and discuss alternatives in the field of breeding.

Markus Johann, managing director of Bioverita, said with 'Organic right from the start’, we want to acknowledge what organic breeding has already achieved and highlight the areas that require a lot of development work. "We are convinced that the organic industry can only continue to develop qualitatively and sustainably if there is independent organic breeding," he said.

Markus told Organic & Wellness News that Bioverita focuses exclusively on organic breeding after starting in Switzerland in 2011 and is already well established on the Swiss market.

"However, it was clear from the start that we did not want to limit our activities in Switzerland, because organic breeding is important for all organic farmers worldwide. Up to this point we have mainly appeared at smaller trade fairs in Switzerland," Markus said.

"Our goal is it to involve more people from the organic business sector to the organic breeding activities, and to make organic breeding more popular, therefore the BIOFACH 2018 fair is the perfect platform.

"Organic breeding does not allow intervention in the cell of the plants. Natural crossings are only made on the fields and wild or existing, so-called ancient plants are used too. GMO techniques are not allowed."

 Markus said that Bioverita will present different projects of plant-and animal-breeding in the unique exhibition, while the most important breeding initiatives will be part of this as exhibitors. The program will include a communication forum, in which various breeding topics will be presented in short lectures.

The BIOFACH and VIVANESS congresses represent the number one knowledge transfer and networking event for the organic sector each year and attract enormous interest from all market players.

The BIOFACH Congress is organised thematically and into forums. Alongside the main thematic and interdisciplinary focus in 2018, which is “Next Generation”, the congress also features the BIOFACH Forum, Sustainability Forum, Science Forum and Fachhandel (specialist retail) Forum, the latter only in German.

The VIVANESS Congress covers the following thematic areas: Markets & Analyses, Trade & Sales, Consumer Insights & Communication and Design, Packaging & Performance. More information at www.biofach.com