On Thursday, 3 October 2019, the largest HoReCa business event in Central and Eastern Europe was officially ended at the MTP fairgrounds. The combined Polagra and Taropak fair, together with Tastes of Regions that started two days earlier, were visited by over 50 thousand of visitors. 800 exhibitors from 30 countries presented their offer at the Fair.
The entire event consisted of POLAGRA FOOD (International Trade Fair for Food), POLAGRA-TECH (International Trade Fair of Food Technologies) and POLAGRA GASTRO AND INVEST HOTEL (International Fair for Food, Catering Products and Hotel Equipment). At the same time, visitors could see the offer presented at TAROPAK (International Trade Fair for Packaging and Labelling Technology). These exhibitions took over the entire area of the Poznań International Fair and presented the visitors with a look into the future of the food industry. – The group of fair guests included many people, who shape the industry, such us Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Wiesław Łyszczyk, the Chief Inspector of the National Labour Inspectorate as well as CEO’s and directors of all prominent associations and institutions of the industry. The program of the fair included many conferences, meetings, trainings, competitions and prestigious gala events – including Polish
Culinary Cup, Know Good Food, MTP Gold Medal, Master Class Show, Hotel Marketing Conference. – reports Dariusz Wawrzyniak, Director of Product Group at the Poznań International Fair.
POLAGRA FOOD Fair
POLAGRA FOOD is mainly an annual summary of achievements of Polish providing products that meet the expectations of modern consumers. The exhibition was dominated by the dairy sector, which provides products for a significant part of Polish society and which increasingly expands its activities to abroad markets. According to the latest data, the export of dairy products increased in the first quarter by 3.3% to 1.13 billion litres of raw milk. The growth was generated by sale of milk, yogurts and other milk drinks, as well as cream and ice cream. Polish dairy products are appreciated for their high quality. This is confirmed by many MTP Gold Medals awarded to dairy products such as bio butter, ripened cheese or cream.
A significant part of POLAGRA FOOD exhibition consisted of “Polish Meat” stand, managed by the Association of Polish Butchers and Producers of Processed Meat. It offered various brands of meat products manufactured by Polish companies. The meat offer was complemented by the Forum of Butchery, Meat Processing and Cookery, which promoted Polish pork (in 2018 export of pork from Poland increased by 4.4% to 505,000 tonnes). The expert group discussed the nutritional qualities of meat and its important role in the human diet. Master chefs advertised the products by offering their specialities.
POLAGRA FOOD hosted also exhibitors producing sweets, salty snacks, fruit and vegetable dishes, ready-to-eat products, coffee, tea and alcohol. This group include both Polish and foreign producers, including companies from Italy, Hungary, Romania, Indonesia, Germany, France and Croatia.
POLAGRA FOOD was accompanied by training sessions and lectures addressed to both food manufacturers and distributors. A record-breaking attendance of over 100 fair participants was noted at the meeting on the rules for labelling food products. Many representatives of the food industry were also very interested in the meeting that presented the development prospects of plant products. This confirms a deep awareness of the increasing popularity of ‘vege’ trends and opportunities they create for manufacturers. We hope that in the next year we will present at the Poznan International Fair more new products, which meet the needs of consumers limiting meat in their diet. – said Marcin Gorynia, project director.
For more information visit: www.polagra-food.pl.
POLAGRA TECH Fair – production and safety
Polagra Tech 2019 has just ended and we may conclude that the largest exhibition of the fair focused on meat and fish technologies. It was accompanied by a wide range of other food technologies and products. Many training sessions, demonstrations and presentations were held, providing new technological and organizational solutions, ideas and legal knowledge.
POLAGRA GASTRO / INVEST HOTEL
POLAGRA GASTRO / INVEST HOTEL is an event eagerly anticipated by a wide range of restaurant managers, caterers, chefs and hoteliers. Its popularity grows together with the dynamically developing market of professional kitchen equipment and modern technologies dedicated to optimal management of restaurants and hotels. Great interest of visitors was noted particularly on stands of companies that offered products awarded with MTP Gold Medals. Fair visitors were attracted by applications for on-line order management and by the device, which prepares scrambled eggs, porridge and soups using pressurized steam. This machine may become a bestseller among owners and managers of hotels and restaurants, as it is simple in operation and prepares healthy food.
Next year’s edition of the fair will take place from September 28 to October 1.