World Bulletin/News Desk
World's largest food and beverage fair has opened its doors on Saturday in Cologne for the 32nd time.
Turkey is participating with 238 companies, the fifth largest contingent among the participant countries. This year a total of 6,777 exhibitors from 98 countries are presenting their products in Cologne’s international trade fair center Kölnmesse.
“Turkey’s food sector has experienced considerable growth in the last couple of years,” Dursun Topcu, Vice President of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO), told reporters on Saturday at the fair center. “As of today our trade volume in food sector has reached 16 billion dollar. Our goal is to further increase this figure,” he added.
Turkey’s growing strength in food and beverage sector is also reflected in the increase of Turkish exhibitors in Anuga. While 138 Turkish companies participated in the world’s largest food and beverage fair four years ago, this year this number reached 238, according to Topcu.
Strict visa policies hinder trade
Turkish companies are trying to further develop business ties with their European partners but the strict visa regulations of EU countries remain to be a major problem.
“Even this morning our business delegation faced with the strict control of German border police at the airport. Most of our colleagues were having electronic tickets for their return, but no print copy. This time German border police asked us to present credit cards, cash. For me, in today’s globalized world, such behavior is totally wrong,” Topcu said.
Topcu also criticized the strict visa regulations of the German embassy and consulates, stressing that the most of Turkish participants from the business delegation were given only 3 to 4 days long visa.
-Anuga 2013 to focus on Halal food
This year’s Anuga fair is focusing on nine trends in the food and beverage sector. There will be special activities and discussions focusing on these topics.
Halal food is among these topics and the 2nd European Halal Congress will be held in the exhibition center on Sunday. This year’s international forum will focus on certification of Halal food and the future of halal trading and marketing.
Other trend topics of the international fair include organic products, health and functional food and in-house brands.
Anuga 2013 international fair will stay open to visitors until Tuesday at 6.00 p.m..Last Mod: 05 Ekim 2013, 23:36