Today, food and beverage technology differs only marginally from the pharmaceuticals industry in terms of the interplay between nutrition, food quality and health in the production processes and hygiene regulations. The increasingly rigorous quality and hygiene regulations for this industry call for measures similar to those in the pharmaceuticals industry. Developments in the two industries are running virtually in parallel.
When it comes to mechanical and thermal processes, in particular, and also to the biological and chemical methods involved, additional new markets have been opening up for the manufacturers of production machinery for some time now, since many of their systems and products can also be used in the food industry with just slight changes or even no changes at all.
ILMAC will be depicting these markets to a greater extent in the light of the growing importance of functional and convenience food. Working in close cooperation with the relevant associations and specialist journals and focusing more intensively on the food value chain, we will be taking up the interests of our exhibitors and helping to expand their visitor target groups.
Further information on how we will be doing this will follow in Autumn 2012.