The world's leading international trade fair for organic foods BIOFACH returns 15th – 18th February 2017 at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg allowing importers, agents, and retailers to meet producers and suppliers and experience the diversity of organic food and beverages, wines, products, and cosmetics from all over the world once again.

The show organizers NurnbergMesse said that more than 48,000 specialist purchasers would come to discover the new products over 2,500 exhibitors will display over four trade fair days. In 2015, there were 44, 624 visitors from 132 countries.

Plenty of inspiration for the catering and gastronomy sectors will be at hand at the Worlds of Experience OLIVE OIL, VEGAN, and WINE. These areas are included in the theme cluster Experience & Discover. In 2017, cook+talk will become part of this concept and will be renamed the GASTRONOMY World of Experience.

Danila Brunner, executive director for the BIOFACH and VIVANESS, said: “Organic represents a holistic concept – from cultivation via production right up to consumption; from raw materials, right up to the product. It extends across all ranges which we depict in all their diversity at BIOFACH and VIVANESS."

Plant-based nutrition: creative and on trend

Once again, the VEGAN World of Experience 2017 promises exciting product presentations and cooking shows, as well as a top-class, well-founded specialist program. This area will be designed and implemented by BIOFACH in collaboration with the Vegetarierbund Deutschland (VEBU) German Vegetarian Society. The new “Biocyclic vegan standard” will be introduced this year.

Key product trends found by Organic & Wellness News at BIOFACH 2016 included more products labeled raw and vegan, with Andean grains and other superfoods added to chocolate bars, snacks and energy bars, breakfast cereals, beverages, and spreads. The VEGAN World of Experience was one of the most popular areas for visitors to find these new product introductions.

Germany will be “Country of the year”

Germany, with a population of over 80 million, is the second-largest organic market in the world. In 2015 organic sales reached over EUR8.6 billion, according to the research group Biomarkt, The organic market has seen growth rates of between 5-10 percent in the last few years, helped by more food retailer shelf space being occupied by organic products and an active natural food specialist store segment.

In 2017, Germany will present itself as the “country of the year” to highlight its achievements as the leading organic nation in Europe at BIOFACH and VIVANESS, its sister fair for health & beauty products.

Visitors from all over the world will come to gain an insight into the diversity of the German organic sector. Companies, many of which will be organic pioneers, will be showcasing their attributes to exhibitors and visitors as potential professional partners in the areas of innovation and social and environmental responsibility. Associations and institutions, including a number owned by the federal or state governments, will be doing this as well.

At BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2016, the annual organic world stage proved again it was the place to see new trends and products. Food and beverage exhibitors spoken with by Organic & Wellness News said that they were happy with the show after meeting new and existing customers and buyers, many reaching their goals even on the third exhibition day.