KENYA • The Messe Düsseldorf’s interpack alliance and IPACK-IMA announced they will share a platform in Nairobi. The food processing & packaging exposyum (fppe) and East Afripack will form a joint platform at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre from 5 to 7 December 2016. The platform will serve companies along the entire food packaging value chain, from the crops to the end product. In this way the interpack alliance and the Italian trade fair organisers IPACK-IMA (a joint venture between Fiera Milano and Ucima), the organisers of East Afripack, are bundling their expertise on the East African market. Furthermore, the range of product categories has now been expanded, so that exhibitors include companies along the entire food supply chain.
fppe will maintain its specific event format, combining a conference and an exhibition. The main emphasis will be on solutions for local food manufacturers, and so the elements will be the needs of those producers, suitable products and services from suppliers and also the political framework for companies. Furthermore, an industry symposium is being planned by VDMA, the German Engineering Federation.
Another major area will be the issue of food losses. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme and Messe Düsseldorf will be responsible for this part of the conference as partners of the SAVE FOOD initiative. Suitable cultivation, processing and packaging solutions are important tools in combating food losses – a sub-Saharan problem that is frequently caused by the impossibility to ensure the immediate processing, storage and shipping of crops. To make participation easier for both export-focused companies and local suppliers, less expensive package deals will be available for shell stands than on previous occasions, the organisers announced.