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IPACK-IMA & interpack Alliance to Share Platform

CHICAGO, IL | Messe Düsseldorf reports the food processing & packaging exposyum (fppe) and East Afripack are set to form a joint platform at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi from December 5–7, 2016. This platform will serve companies along the entire food packaging value chain, from the crops to the end product. With this, Messe Düsseldorf’s interpack alliance—which also includes fppe—and the Italian trade fair organizers IPACK-IMA (a JV between Fiera Milano and Ucima—The Italian Packaging Machinery Mfrs. Association, the organizers of East Afripack, are combining their expertise on the East African market. In addition, the range of product categories will be expanded so that exhibitors include companies along the entire food supply chain. 

“In this new constellation we provide an outstanding basis for both export-focused and domestic companies, enabling them to present their solutions at a local level, on a market which is full of opportunities, while helping them to enter into direct dialogue,” says Thomas Dohse, deputy director of interpack Processing & Packaging at Messe Düsseldorf.

Domenico Lunghi, managing director of IPACK-IMA, says, “Seeing that our Italian companies are such powerful exporters, we are confident that this partnership will give them an excellent solution on a market that has been rather fragmented until now. fppe and East Afripack together is the best solution for East African community professional visitors who require rapid technological upgrading in the food processing and packaging industry, in all of its aspects.”

fppe will maintain its specific event format, combining a conference and an exhibition. The main emphasis will be on needs-focused solutions for local food manufacturers, and therefore the core elements of the conference will be the needs of those producers, suitable products and services from suppliers, and also the political framework for companies. A special industry symposium is planned by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).

Another major area will be the issue of food loss. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Messe Düsseldorf will be responsible for this part of the conference as partners of the SAVE FOOD initiative.

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