Sustainable production, automated processes, and digitalization in all areas of processing, packaging, and sales characterized the offerings at the stands at IFFA, which was held in Frankfurt from May 14 to 19. The strong interest in the topic of alternative proteins demonstrated the great future and growth potential of this market. A total of around 50,000 visitors from 129 countries met at the leading international trade show IFFA – Technology for Meat and Alternative Proteins.
Automation and digitalization are the driving themes in meat and protein processing and were the focus of innovations. The exhibiting industry also showed solutions and ideas for increasing energy efficiency and resource-saving production in order to achieve the EU’s target of climate neutrality by 2050.
Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, is more than satisfied with the course of the trade show and emphasizes: “Finally, the industry can meet again. The mood at IFFA 2022 is exceptionally good. The national and international visitors have a high level of interest in the innovations and, in many cases, have very specific projects in planning. The joy at finally meeting in person again is palpable everywhere.”
In terms of packaging, the innovations all had the motto: “As much as necessary, as little as possible.” In addition to recyclability, manufacturers are focusing on renewable raw materials: bio-based packaging as an alternative to plastic made from fossil raw materials points the way to a more environmentally friendly future.
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