Strong upward trend: Exhibitors from 19 countries participate in addition to five official country pavilions   

(Heidelberg / Accra) The German trade fair specialists fairtrade realise a strong upward trend for the 4th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa. Exhibitors from 19 countries have confirmed and official country pavilions from Algeria, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Sri Lanka are underway. The event takes place on 05-07 December 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Organized by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade the 4th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017 will open its gates on 05 to 07 December 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana. The organisers realise a strong upward trend as exhibitors from 19 countries have already registered, namely from Algeria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

In addition to these individual exhibitors, official pavilions are underway from:

-   Algeria, supported by Safex, the Algerian Fairs and Exports Company

-   France, organized by adepta, the French agrofood association

-   Netherlands, organized in cooperation with GhanaVeg

-   Poland, supported by the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region

-   Sri Lanka, put together by the Sri Lanka Tea Board

Market update Ghana: Imports rise sharply

According to VDMA German Food Processing and Packaging Association, Ghanaian imports of process and packaging technology increased by 10% in 2016 to 77 million euro whereas West African imports of the same also went up by 10% to 557 million euro.

Also Ghanaian imports in the plastics, printing and packaging sectors rose sharply last year:

  • Plastics technology up 4% to 23.4 million euro
  • Printing and paper technology up 32% to 22.4 million euro
  • Packaging technology up 2% to 30.1 million euro 

Institutional support

agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017 is supported by the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture and of Trade and Industry, the Delegation of the German Industry and Commerce in Ghana AHK and the French agrofood association adepta.


fairtrade - Valuable business contacts

fairtrade was founded by Martin März in 1991. Since long, fairtrade ranks among the leading organisers of professional international trade fairs in emerging markets, especially in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Managed by its shareholder and committed to the values of a family business and the team spirit, fairtrade maintains a powerful network of partnerships throughout the world. fairtrade organizes shows in the sectors Agrofood, Building, CIT Solutions, Energy, Environment, Industry and PlastPrintPack and strives for a high level of customer satisfaction. By means of innovative products and excellent service fairtrade organizes professional platforms for valuable business contacts between exhibitors and visitors. A member of UFI The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, fairtrade’s management system is ISO 9001: 2008 certified.



The 10th edition of GastroPan exhibition will take place in Targu Mures, Romania, April 19-22 2018, and will reunite the most important suppliers of solutions and technologies for the bakery, confectionery, hospitality and food service industries. All four days of the exhibition will be filled with interesting programmes at the booths of exhibitors. GastroPan Competitions will return to name the best Bread and Cake of the Year.


It has already become a tradition that novelties of the bakery, confectionery, hospitality and food service sectors are being launched at GastroPan exhibition, an international event that marks the launch of new tendencies and technological innovations, bringing together the world's leading producers and distributors of equipment, ingredients and raw materials, accessories, packaging, technologies and IT solutions.

More than 21,000 specialists visit GastroPan exhibition annually, coming not only from Romania, but also from Europe and other continents such as Asia or North America to contact the Romanian market and the solutions available in Romania.

Following the exhibition that was organized in 2017 in Sibiu, for the tenth edition the event returns to Targu Mures, where most of the editions have been organized so far. Thanks to investments into modernizing made by the new management of the exhibition center in Targu Mures, there will be four exhibition halls, improved and prepared to host such an event.

The exhibition aims to exceed the expectations of specialists in bakery, pastry, confectionery, ice cream, chocolate, gastronomy and hospitality, through the variety of solutions exhibited and a dynamic and attractive exhibition programme.

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Friday, 07 July 2017 09:57

FAO Food Price Index keeps rising

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 175.2 points in June 2017, up 2.5 points (1.4 percent) from May and 11 points (7 percent) above its level a year earlier. June marked the second successive month of increase in the value of the FFPI. The rise was driven by relatively large increases in dairy and cereal prices. Meat quotations also firmed, while those of sugar and vegetable oils dropped.

The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 154.3 points in June, 6.2 points (4.2 percent) above its May level and representing a one-year high. Wheat quotations increased the most, while strong import demand exerted upward pressure on international rice prices. By contrast, record harvests in South America kept maize prices under downward pressure.

The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index averaged 162.1 points in June, down 6.5 points (or 3.9 percent) from May, when prices experienced a short-lived rebound. The slide in the index mainly reflects falling palm and soy oil values. International palm oil quotations dropped by a full 7 percent (marking a 10-month low). Soy oil values dropped, while forecasts point to a near-record global output in 2017/18. Rapeseed and sunflower oil values also dropped, contributing to the overall fall in the index.

The FAO Sugar Price Index averaged 197.3 points in June, down nearly 31 points (13.4 percent) from May and marking a 16-month low. International sugar prices have fallen steadily since February, with the continued decline reflecting large export availabilities. Weak import demand has exerted further downward pressure on quotations.


Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:59

EU wheat crop suffers another downgrade

The European Union wheat crop suffered aother downgrade as the European Commission reduced its forecast below 140m tonnes, following a cut by the International Grains Council too, reports

The forecast for this year's EU barley harvest suffered a bigger downgrade, with the commission ditching expectations of production staying in line with last year's.

The commission cut its estimate for the EU soft wheat crop the world's biggest, by 2.42m tonnes to 138.86m tonnes.

While still higher than the 134.36m tonnes produced last year, when summer rains wrought heavy damage to France's crop, the commission's revised forecast was lower than that from many other commentators.

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Monday, 03 July 2017 14:03

Food packaging with nanotechnology


In addition to lowering the risk of microbial contamination in foods, nanotechnology in packaging offers the promise of extending food shelf life and reducing waste, said Hongda Chen, national program leader, bioprocessing engineering and nanotechnology at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Additionally, Dr. Chen said recent studies have gone a long way toward easing safety concerns about the technology, reports

Dr. Chen participated in a panel discussion about nanotechnology and packaging June 26 during the 2017 Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food exposition, held beginning June 25 in Las Vegas.

Examples of how nanotechnology has been used in packaging include reduction of moisture absorption, antimicrobial coatings, time-temperature indicators to show the range of temperatures a package has endured over a shown period of time and freshness indicators.

Compounds already used for nano particles include gold, silver, zinc oxide, iron oxide, titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide. The technology has been used internationally in a range of food for decades.

The way nanotechnology is used includes coating food, food wrap or coated packaging. Certain edible substances may be used to carry nano particles, including pectin, cellulose and gelatin. Possible materials for this kind of technology include zinc oxide, which has GRAS status has been shown to kill E. coli and Salmonella.



Monday, 19 June 2017 13:01

Cleaning Up The Label


Many consumers welcome ingredients they can see and pronounce on food packages. They value ingredient declarations that do not contain long lists of chemical-sounding words.

For example, azodicarbonamide (ADA) is commonly used in bakery products and flour. Consumers pressured Subway restaurants to remove that additive from their bread. Artificial preservatives, colours and flavours are increasingly being perceived as unnatural and unhealthy. The industry has listened to consumer demands and has made significant efforts to create “clean label” products.

It’s much easier to create a new product with a clean label rather than reformulate an existing product due to consumer expectations of how that product appears and tastes, as well as its retail price. NSF International technical manager Karen Proper explains: “Understanding your product and your manufacturing process will determine the associated key attributes. Each bakery product is different and as such, a one-size fits all response cannot be applied. Factors to consider include the functional role and inclusion levels of the ingredients, the method of processing and storage (frozen, par-baked, fresh), the packaging and the desired shelf life.”

The preference for whole, simple, and transparent ingredients, along with the term “natural,” continues to resonate with consumers and food marketers. Proper has seen an increase in the use of extracts of green tea, acerola, and rosemary as clean label antioxidant alternatives to TBA and TBHQ, which are commonly used in the baking industry.

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 At the end of 2016, there were 10.6 million internet users in Romania between the age of 16 and 74 - according to the data of the Romanian National Institute of Statistics. Moreover, 71.3% of current internet users go online daily or with almost daily frequency.

What is more, 63% of these users use the internet to access websites that provide services, 84% to search for information.

Of course, the bakery sector is no exception to these statistics, the internet being one of the most common tools to search offers for equipment, consumables and ingredients.

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FAO’s latest outlook for global cereal supply and demand in 2017/18 remains favourable as demand is projected to fall slightly short of the anticipated production level, allowing global stocks to remain around their record-high opening levels.

FAO currently forecasts world cereal production in 2017 at 2 594 million tonnes, 5 million tonnes lower than the May forecast and down 14.1 million tonnes (0.5 percent) year-on-year. The monthly decrease is mostly the result of deteriorating production prospects for coarse grains and, to a lesser extent, for rice.

World cereal utilization in 2017/18 is projected at a record level of 2 584 million tonnes, up 13 million tonnes (0.5 percent) from 2016/17. This forecast stands 11 million tonnes below May expectations, largely reflecting downward adjustments made to historical wheat and maize feed estimates, particularly for China. On an annual basis, total wheat utilization is projected to decline by 0.4 percent from 2016/17, whereas the total uses of coarse grains and rice are expected to grow by 0.8 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively.

FAO’s May forecast of world cereal stocks by the end of seasons in 2018 has been raised by 14 million tonnes and now stands at 703 million tonnes, up marginally from the 2017 record high.

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The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 172.6 points in May 2017, up 3.7 points (2.2 percent) from April and nearly 16 points (10 percent) higher than its May 2016 level.  The rebound in the value of the Index followed three months of consecutive declines. With the exception of sugar, all other commodity indices used in the calculation of the FFPI increased in May.

The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 148.1 points in May, up 2 points (1.4 percent) from April, but still 4.4 points (2.9 percent) below its value of May 2016. Weather developments and stronger trade activity underpinned wheat export prices, while strong demand for higher quality Indica rice drove up international rice prices for the sixth-successive month.  Large global availabilities prevented strong gains in maize export prices.

The FAO Sugar Price Index averaged 227.9 points in May, down 5.4 points (2.3 percent) from April and marking a 13-month low. Sugar prices were heavily affected by higher-than-expected sugar output in Brazil’s centre-south region, combined with the sudden slide in the Brazilian Real, which discouraged crush for ethanol in the domestic market in favour of relatively more lucrative sugar exports. Expectations of larger exports from Pakistan and China’s decision to impose high duties on imports beyond its WTO tariff-rate quota (TRQ) commitment exerted additional downward pressure on international sugar prices.



Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:42

8 dessert trends for the summer






Forbes collected 8 hottest dessert trends to watch out for this summer.

  1. Outrageous ice cream desserts: big ice cream deserts decorated with candy, chocolate, biscuits etc. ”Clearly, anything goes with ice cream here, including donuts, cocktails and layer cakes.” – said Michael Whiteman, Renowned food consultant and President of Baum + Whiteman.
  2. Healthier sweets: ”I believe we are starting to see the trend in desserts to be less artificial and more nutritious. Think along the lines of the roasted sweet potato with just some condensed milk and salt at Atla in New York City or the Pink grapefruit gelée and granite at abcV. Given how the hot, summer weather can make us want to tone up, this will be a delicious way to eat better!” – said Elizabeth Falkner, Chef, Artist and Author of Demolition Desserts and Cooking Off The Clock.
  3. More savory elements: ”A great example is this Apple crème caramel with burnt apple wood semi freddo at Ink in Los Angeles. Using apple cider as the base for the crème caramel, Chef Michael Voltaggio infuses the cream for the semi freddo with burning wood before freezing it in nitro within a dome. The unique addition of savory flavors and modern techniques make this a perfect summer dessert – Light, flavorful and balanced with contrasting textures and temperatures without being cloyingly sweet.” – said Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard Foundation Award-Winning Pastry Chef.
  4. Citrus and tropical flavors: different types of deserts with coconut, kumquat, tropical fruit salads, coconut meringue, passion fruit and mango sorbets etc.
  5. Rosé-infused treats: “Rose wine incorporated in desserts is a big summer trend. Dry, crisp and sometimes with subtle notes of fruit, rosé pairs up perfectly with any savory or sweet treats. Wonderful as it is, bear in mind that rose wine doesn't have a strong piercing flavor, so it needs to be incorporated into recipes without other competing flavors. White chocolate ganache, pate de fruit, sorbet, ice cream and  gummy candies are all items that Rosé wine can infuse well.” – said Jacques Torres, Master pastry chef and chocolatier.
  6. Use of “artisan grains”: expect more ‘interesting grains’ such as strains of wheat, rye, red wheat, buckwheat or even sorghum this summer.
  7. Mirror glaze: “Like it or not, catching the customer’s attention is still the top priority for many chefs in the Instagram age. Which is why, the trend today is back to colorful, shiny glazes as the final finish for cakes, eclairs and individual petits gateaux.” – said Sylvain Bortolini, Executive Pastry Chef at MGM National Harbor near Washington D.C.
  8. Mini desserts: ” Going mini is very popular nowadays—Not just for saving calories, but also for incorporating greater variety of flavors and textures to a dish. Since people are looking for more styles and diversity to the menu, a trend like this provides more room for creativity and more unique pairing of components.” – said Jean-Luc Daul, Executive Pastry Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.

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