IFFA 2016: supporting programme preview

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This year’s IFFA trade fair will take place from 7-15 May at Messe Frankfurt, one of the biggest exhibition centres in the world.

IFFA Messe Frankfurt is the world’s most important trade fair for the meat packing and processing sector, with thousands of exhibits and attendees every year.

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The supporting programme this year encompasses more than ever, with a full calendar of discussions and talks alongside the more formal exhibitions.

The emphasis is on engagement, interaction and communication, and visitors will find companies exhibiting from around the world, including UK companies such as Clarke Fussells at IFFA Messe Frankfurt.

Day one, 7 May 2016

The supporting programme starts on the evening of the opening day with a panel discussion – IFFA Talk – featuring some of the biggest names in the industry. This discussion will be focussing on a very important question: how was the first day of the fair? It is hoped that this question will pave the way for more serious discussions about the challenges the industry currently faces. This free event will take place in the Frequenz Room in the Portalhaus, North Foyer.

The IFFA Talk will be followed by the Spirit of Meat Gala, which will be hosted collaboratively by the IFFA, the German Engineering Federation and the German Butchers’ Association. This popular event will include the Meat Industry Sponsorship Awards and will take place in the Portalhaus, South Foyer.

Days two to five, 8-11 May

From 8 May (day two) until 11 May (day five), a new IFFA Forum will take place every day in the Foyer of Hall 11.1. These events include a mixture of talks and special exhibitions. The talks include Finding, Developing and Retaining Talent, which will focus on career opportunities within the industry, and Food Safety and Traceability, an important event that will focus on food safety and technology. The next two events will be Automation and Performance Optimisation and Resource Efficiency and Sustainability, which will focus on the future of the industry.

The event is expected to be interesting and vital for those working within the sector, as it is every year, with the support programme of additional events certain to add more depth and understanding of the current and future challenges of the industry.