CARNEXPO 2017 final report: 61,500 visitors and 262 exhibitors
CARNEXPO 2017 was attended by 262 exhibitors from Romania and 17 other European countries in this year's edition of the event, which continues to maintain its position as the largest trade fair dedicated to the meat industry in South-Eastern Europe. 61,500 people visited the exhibition in the 5 days in which it took place.
This year, the fair expanded its exhibition space for the meat industry by over 30% compared to the previous years.
The event is the perfect platform for launching and selling products, presenting industry news, setting new business relationships, and signing contracts. The event was at its 2nd edition in the INDAGRA FOOD & CARNEXPO formula and was organized by Romexpo in partnership with Addor Events and with the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In 2015, CARNEXPO merged with INDAGRA FOOD, the international food industry fair, becoming the most important promotion platform for Romanian producers and interested foreign investors of the Romanian agro-food market.
The Romanian meat industry maintains its growth trend in 2017, which has led to more and more important investments on the dry and ready-to-eat products segment, following the market trend towards premium products of high quality. The Romanian consumer, much more informed and more attentive to his own health, embraces the European consumer trend, through an increased demand for clean label products, thus making the producers invest their effort into considerably reducing the additives in their products. The performances of meat and meat products companies in recent years are directly related to a significant reduction in VAT on food, an increase in food consumption on the local market, and a result of technological investment in automation and efficiency of production processes.
"The policy for quality products is today the only valid subject in the relationship between the producer and the buyer, a relationship that needs to have a responsible and healthy growth. We are different and that makes us unique even when choosing the food from the stores. We choose by taste, appearance, but above all price, which obliges the producer to adapt to different consumer demands from one market to another. When talking about the standards in the food industry, we must understand that they are linked to food safety, legislation and product certification.
A standard does not impose a recipe, because it is adapted to the level of each country, and consumers have the freedom to choose according to their preferences and their budget. We are in a free market and each producer wins over his client the way he knows best. The year 2017 may mean a new beginning for the Romanian producers, who have invested heavily in the standards imposed by the European market, but especially in favor of the Romanian consumers who, although shy, have started to analyze more rigorously the products they find on the shelves in Romania. We consider that INDAGRA FOOD & CARNEXPO 2017 is the only event in Romania that gives the exact time for the strategies that will shape the agri-food market in the years to come," said Eugen Capra, General Manager CARNEXPO.
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