A new international B2B trade event focusing on organic, ethical and innovative non-synthetic ingredients will launch in the German city of Hamburg on 25th and 26th November 2015. certifiedFood is providing a new business platform for suppliers, manufacturers and traders working in the sector for sustainable ingredients, formulations and foods. Expoevent GmbH in cooperation with the publication Ein Herz für Bio is organizing this unique forum that includes an exhibition a conference and business match.

With the organic markets in Western Europe, in particular, Germany growing strongly, fair trade and ethically manufactured products are in increasing demand. At the same time, food allergies and obesity are on the rise in countries across Europe. As a result, “clean foods” such as gluten-free, low-carb and lactose-free products and calorie-controlled foods (low-fat, low-sugar or sugar-free) are also distinct growth categories in the food industry.

CertifiedFood aims to offer a single marketplace for all of these sectors, creating direct contacts between suppliers and traders. Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Holstein from Ein Herz für Bio says: “Hamburg is the second-biggest port city and the leader of food imports to Central Europe. We have hundreds of specialists in charge of food import and export operating in the city and only a small number of these companies will have visited other food and organic fairs. With certifiedFood we will bring together organic and conventional manufacturers, suppliers and buyers.”

The show will offer a broad range of certified raw materials and semi-finished ingredients. Innovative value-added products such as quinoa, amaranth, moringa, agave, chia and other superfoods as well as vegetables, fruit and fish, meat-substitutes and ingredients for food supplements will delight R+D teams. Focus topics include organic, regional and sustainable products as well as vegan and vegetarian foods, and dietetic and clean ingredients.

Besides ingredients’ manufacturers, farmers, cooperatives, wholesalers and suppliers, exhibitors will also include certifying bodies and quality control associations. The event is not about the number of exhibitors and visitors counted, but the quality of concrete business contacts and transactions all participants may achieve. The organizers will provide a very personalized service to make sure all participants are assisted to find during the two days the right business contacts they seek. In the activities planned there is a tour of the Port of Hamburg and the organic scene in this lovely city. “Hamburg is an attractive city with great infrastructure and wonderful hotels at affordable rates you do not get during show time at other cities in Germany”, said Klaus Holstein. “We are delighted to assist Expoevent GmbH to offer a unique and valuable experience to all exhibitors and visitors”.

Topics covered at the conference range from trade commitments for the Euro trading zone and Fair Trade labeling certifications like FloCert, addressing the question of which industry controls are working and how agricultural associations can encourage consumer confidence. Case studies will demonstrate how regional ingredients, projects and raw materials can help increase the consumer’s trust in food products. German retail group Edeka will present a sustainable food project set up together with the international animal protection NGO World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). A session on the evaluation of terms of trade and development of overseas procurement in cooperation with sustainable farming label UTZ Certified will be offered.  Participants will also enjoy organic, vegan and gluten-free tastings and networking opportunities beyond the floor. Certified Food will be held at Schuppen 52, Port of Hamburg, Australia Strasse 52b, 20457 Hamburg., next to the Hamburg Port Museum. For further information, visit www.certifiedfood.de/en