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Anuga HORIZON and EIT Food enter strategic partnership

New event for the food industry relies on the extensive expertise of the world‘s largest and most dynamic food innovation community

29 Mar 2022

Anuga HORIZON and EIT Food are engaging in a long-term, strategic partnership to ensure a future-fit food system by promoting innovative ideas and new developments in the food industry, as well as encouraging sustainability.

An evolution of the leading trade fair Anuga, Anuga HORIZON provides a new event format to engage the whole food community. Anuga HORIZON exclusively focuses on the central future themes of the industry and offers scope for specialised content, active contribution and a mutual knowledge exchange in both interactive sessions and an extensive conference programme. This first Anuga HORIZON is being held at Koelnmesse fair grounds from 6 to 8 September 2022.

EIT Food is the world’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community, and is accelerating innovation to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted. This involves creating connections right across the food system that stimulate new ideas and invention to drive change: between startups and corporates; between entrepreneurs and investors; between consumers and industry; between research and action; between ideas and reality; between present and future. ​The EIT Food community includes key industry partners, startups, research centres and universities from all across Europe. It is one of eight innovation communities that were founded by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), an independent EU body that was established in 2008 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Europe.

Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, said:

"We are very pleased about this new strategic partnership. In the scope of Anuga HORIZON, we are happy to invite the experts of EIT Food and its network to demonstrate new ways towards an improved, global food system and engage in a direct exchange together with an international trade audience and the trade press in different stage formats and interactive workshops." 

Dr Andy Zynga, CEO of EIT Food, said:

“EIT Food is delighted to be able to partner with Anuga HORIZON for this exciting new event. Inclusive systems innovation is essential for strong, resilient food systems, and we believe great things can happen when we bring people together from across the food ecosystem. Our community is working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted, and I am excited by the potential that the Anuga HORIZON partnership offers to accelerate innovation even further towards a future-fit food system for all.”

As part of the partnership, Anuga HORIZON and EIT Food will be working together to deliver:

  • Specialised content and knowledge transfer
  • Joint collaboration to develop the conference and event programme of Anuga HORIZON including panel discussions, workshops and speakers as well as the integration of existing EIT events into Anuga HORIZON
  • Establishment of an EIT Food marketplace for start-ups, which will showcase solutions to key themes of Anuga HORIZON, such as circular food systems, alternative proteins, New Nutrition, and the digital traceability of supply chains and products.
  • Joint press events prior to, and during, Anuga HORIZON.

About EIT Food

EIT Food is the world’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community. We accelerate innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all. ​ 

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, we invest in projects, organisations and individuals that share our goals for a healthy and sustainable food system. We unlock innovation potential in businesses and universities, and create and scale agrifood startups to bring new technologies and products to market. We equip entrepreneurs and professionals with the skills needed to transform the food system and put consumers at the heart of our work, helping build trust by reconnecting them to the origins of their food. 

We are one of eight innovation communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.  

Find out more at or follow us via social media: TwitterFacebookLinkedInYouTube and Instagram.

Koelnmesse – industry trade fairs for the food and beverage sector

Koelnmesse is an international leader in organising trade fairs in the food and beverage segment. Events such as Anuga and ISM are established, world-leading trade fairs, hosted in Cologne/Germany. Anuga HORIZON in 2022 will mark the launch of an additional event format dedicated to food industry innovations in Cologne. In addition to the events at its Cologne headquarters, Koelnmesse also stages numerous food trade fairs with different sector-specific areas of focus and content in further key markets across the world, including Brazil, China, India, Japan, Columbia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. These global activities enable Koelnmesse to offer its customers bespoke events and leading regional trade fairs in a variety of markets, thus creating the foundation for sustainable international business. Koelnmesse is also ideally positioned in the field of food technology with its leading international trade fairs Anuga FoodTec and ProSweets Cologne and its global network of satellite events.

Further Information:

The next events

  • ANUFOOD Brazil - International Trade Show Exclusively for the Food and Beverage Sector, São Paulo 12.04. - 14.04.2022
  • THAIFEX - Anuga Asia - International Trade Exhibition for Food & Beverages, Food Technology and Food Service in Asia, Bangkok 24.05. - 28.05.2022
  • Alimentec - The International Food, Beverage and Hospitality Trade Fair, Bogotá 07.06. - 10.06.2022

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For more information, please contact: Peggy Krause, Communications Manager, Koelnmesse GmbH

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