Bautzen, 4 January 2018. International Green Week will run from 19 to 28 January 2018 in Berlin and DEBAG is providing innovative baking and refrigeration technology for several stands, including the trade fair stand of the Central Association of the German Bakers Academy (Zentralverband der Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk e. V.) – another important step to support traditional baking.

International Green Week in Berlin is the world’s largest trade fair for food, agriculture and gardening. More than 1,600 exhibitors will attend this year, including key food industry representatives, wholesalers, retailers and caterers. More than 100,000 products from Germany, Europe and all over the world will be exhibited.

DEBAG has a comprehensive portfolio of production and shop ovens, cooling and proving technology, and control and networking software, so it can supply all solutions directly. In total, DEBAG has fitted six trade fair stands at the 83nd Green Week with eight oven stations, 14 fully automatic proofers and various accessories, highlighting once again DEBAG’s commitment to the future of bakers and baking. “Our aim is to deliver innovative products to the baking trade that will help to overcome the challenges faced by a market for bakery products that is in transition and to open up the snack market as a new field of business – in Germany, Europe and all around the world”, explains DEBAG Sales Manager, Oliver Theiß.

DEBAG is extending its support for the next generation of bakers throughout Germany

DEBAG believes that it is vital to promote the next generation of bakers. The company started by installing innovative DEBAG baking and refrigeration technology at the vocational college for food and home economics inBautzen (Berufliches Schulzentrum für Ernährung und Hauswirtschaft) and the German Bakers Academy in Dresden (Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk Sachsen e.V.), both places where baking seminars initiated by DEBAG now regularly take place. For its next step since October 2016, DEBAG has been one of the five official supports of the “Back Dir Deine Zukunft” (Bake Your Future) campaign to promote future bakers, supporting future bakers throughout Germany. The campaign was launched by the Central Association of German Bakers (Zentralverband des Deutschen Bäckerhandwerkes) and is aimed specifically at encouraging young people into the baking profession with a modern website, a lot of social media activities and a large job board.

Outlook: Next DEBAG trade fair event

INTERNORGA from 9 to 13 March in Hamburg is another important date on the DEBAG 2018 trade fair calendar. At Europe’s leading trade show for foodservice and hospitality DEBAG presents its new : DEBAG presents its new product range – innovative software and technology for economical baking and enhanced user-friendliness – reducing labour and energy costs.

Outlook: Next DEBAG trade fair event

INTERNORGA from 9 to 13 March in Hamburg is another important date on the DEBAG 2018 trade fair calendar. At Europe’s leading trade show for foodservice and hospitality DEBAG presents its new : DEBAG presents its new product range – innovative software and technology for economical baking and enhanced user-friendliness – reducing labour and energy costs.

Visit the following stands to see DEBAG products at Green Week:

Exhibitor                                                                                  Hall, stand

Akademie dt. Bäckerhandwerk Berlin/Brandenburg               Hall 3.2B and Hall 23a

Biocompany                                                                            Hall 1.2 B, stand 202

Bäckerei Reichau                                                                    Hall 5.2 B, stand 223

Schmalzbäckerei Langer                                                         Hall 5.2 B, stand 211

Das Biobackhaus Leib                                                             Hall 1.2 B, stand 222 and Hall 21 A, stand 139

Bäckerei Exner                                                                        Hall 21 A


DEBAG Deutsche Backofenbau GmbH is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of oven and baking technology as well as cooling and proving technology. For over 100 years, the company has stood for artisan baking tradition “Made in Germany” and has increasingly established itself as a full service provider in the field of technical equipment for bakeries. Aware of the demands that modern consumers place on bread and bakery products in international markets, DEBAG caters to the traditional baking trade as well as to customers from food retail, gastronomy, hotels and petrol stations. DEBAG is active worldwide, has its own companies in France, Poland, Russia and the USA and provides comprehensive and competent service in over 30 countries.




Romania has posted a growth rate of 5.7 percent for the second quarter of 2017, surpassing analyst forecasts


Romania has been confirmed as the fastest growing economy in the EU, following figures released on August 17. The non-eurozone country expanded 5.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017, surpassing its predicted year-on-year growth rate of 4.8-5.1 percent.

Other results from statistical body Eurostat revealed that Romania’s economic performance is in keeping with the general EU trend, whereby Central European economies are growing at a faster rate than their western counterparts.


Although the figures are encouraging, analysts have warned that such high levels of growth are largely being stimulated by government spending programmes and will prove difficult to sustain. “Romania definitely stands out, but the quality of growth is not as impressive as the headline figure, because the economy is mainly driven by government’s fiscal stimulus,” Piotr Matys, an economist at Rabobank, told the Financial Times. “That means the current rate of growth may not be sustainable when the positive impact of fiscal measures fades and both exports and investment remain sluggish.”

Although fiscal stimulus is not the only reason behind Romania’s strong performance – increased demand is also causing growth in many Central European economies – government policies to reduce taxes and increase wages for public sector workers are a major factor. They also mean that Romania is predicted to run a budget deficit of 3.5 percent this year, the largest in the EU.

The prospect of increased borrowing rates could ultimately make the monetary policies being pursued by many Central European governments look short sighted, but Brussels will no doubt be broadly pleased by the EU’s current economic performance. The bloc as a whole grew by 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

Source:, author - Barclay Ballard



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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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