41,500* trade visitors (2012: 40,315) from 129 countries (international share 43 %) were delighted with the usual high-quality, varied and innovative range of products from the 2,396* exhibitors (2012: 2,420) at this year’s edition of the exhibition duo BioFach and Vivaness. Italy, Austria, France and the Netherlands made it to the top 5 countries for visitors in addition to Germany.The sector also had encouraging news to report at BioFach, the World Organic Trade Fair, and the parallel Vivaness, Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care and Wellness, which end today. The international market still has growth to show. Organic sales in Germany grew by 6 % to more than 7 billion EUR in 2012, and organic products produced some 63 billion US dollars at international level. The growing demand from consumers continues, but the market’s potential is nowhere near exhausted, according to the international patron of BioFach, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and the national supporting organization, Bund Ökologische Lebensmittel-wirtschaft (BÖLW – the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry).

Claus Rättich, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse: “Every year anew the international organic sector impresses here in Nürnberg with concentrated expertise and knowledge and an inexhaustible variety of food and natural cosmetics. On the two Novelty Stands alone, the exhibitors at the exhibition duo presented more than 570 products for the professional audience. We are happy to have again attracted more visitors from Germany and abroad to their world-leading exhibition in 2013. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone again next year!”

93 % of the trade buyers at BioFach and Vivaness were satisfied with their visit, according to the result of a survey by an independent institute. More than 80 % already know that they will travel to the start of the year for the international organic sector again in 2014.7,500 participants attended more than 180 individual events (including company presentations) at the BioFach and Vivaness Congress 2013, which makes the exhibition duo stand out as a unique knowledge platform. BÖLW and IFOAM joined forces with BioFach for the third time to focus on a topical theme. The title for 2013:“Shared Values. Action for a Future World.” This key theme of the congress convinced 1,088 interested listeners and discussion participants at altogether 20 presentations. The best attended was “Common Welfare Economy: Cooperation instead of Competition” with 141 participants. 

Save the date! The international organic sector meets in Nürnberg next time from 

12–15 February 2014.