The first “Anuga” took place in 1919 in Stuttgart as part of a national gathering organised by Germany’s specialist food retailers, and was a relatively small scale affair, involving approximately 200 exhibitors, and without any participation from foreign businesses. It was sufficiently successful to persuade the organisers to make the food fair an annual event, to be linked with the annual meeting of the nation’s Specialist Foods Retailers’ Association.
The first Cologne Anuga was held between 17 and 24 August 1924, attracting 340 exhibitors and around 40,000 visitors. It was probably the largest Anuga during the inter-war period, already divided into eight sub-categories, covering Food and Drink, Cooking and Bakery Equipment, Food Processing Machinery, Packaging Material and equipment, Retail, Materials Handling, Chemical and Cosmetic preparations and Advertising.
Held once in 2 years in Cologne, Anuga is the essential business platform for the food and beverage industry. The previous edition brought to Cologne 7500+ exhibitors from 107 countries and 165,000+ visitors from 198 countries. Given these impressive results, Anuga 2021 is awaited with high expectations.