Welcome to the iFood Conference 2019

The focus is on the international dialogue on innovations in the food sector. Leading experts and decision-makers from industry and trade as well as highly regarded start-ups share their know-how.


Over the last few years, the iFood has established itself as a highly regarded networking event at Anuga in Cologne, the world's largest trade fair for nutrition.

Based on our experience from recent years, we expect around 200 participants from all over the world.

Leading experts from the food sector, decision-makers from industry and trade and representatives from the public sector. The aim of the iFood Conference is to present the latest insights on market developments and innovations in the food sector, also with a view to the future.

Media Partner
Advisory Board
Dr. Volker Heinz
Director & CEO
DIL German Institute of Food Technologies
Christoph Minhoff
Managing Director 
Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie e.V. (BVE)
Anne Schumacher
Business Unit Manager Trade Fair Management – Nutrition and Nutrition Technology
Koelnmesse GmbH
Hanni Rützler
Trend Researcher
Dr. Klemens van Betteray
Vice President 
CSB System AG
Fabio Ziemßen
Director Food Innovation NX-FOOD HOSPITALITY.digital
Metro AG
Jörg Naumann
Business Development Executive Retail & Consumer Goods
IBM Global Markets, Enterprise
Dr. Christian Janze
Branche Leader
Ernst & Young GmbH

DIL German Institute of Food Technologies

The German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL) is located at the heart of Germany’s agriculture and food industry. A very well-established team of around 200 experts has been developed in connection with the institute over the past three decades. The team taps new potentials every day and paves the way for innovations. With more than 175 member companies from the food industry and related fields, DIL operates as a research institute working in the areas of product development, process development and analysis. The institute’s competences and technical capabilities span the full range of food technologies. This expertise is put into practice via the institute’s organizational structure, which is divided into interconnected research platforms and business divisions. Forming a bridge between science and practice, DIL supports its partners in the innovation process.

  • Founded: 1983
  • Locations: Quakenbrück & Brussels
  • Chairman of the Board & Director: Dr. Volker Heinz
  • Employees: 200
  • Member companies: 175
  • Mission: Knowledge for superior foods


The Anuga is the world’s largest and most important trade fair for food and beverages with an amazing range of products. Only at Anuga you will find the most important key players of the national and international food and beverage industry. The 10 different special trade fairs are going to present you the current trend themes 2017.

  • Exhibitors: 7,189 from 108 countries (90% of the exhibitors are international)
  • Gross exhibition place: 284.000 square meters
  • Visitors: 158,603 trade visitors from 192 countries (74% of the visitors are international)
  • Innovations: Over 2300 product innovations presented

Agrifood State Initative

The state initiative Food Industry bundles competences and know-how in all areas of the food industry for the entire state of Lower Saxony. On 1 January 2010, the starting signal was given for the state initiative Food Industry. Following the successful application to continue the initiative in 2018, the University of Vechta and the DIL German Institute of Food Technology were awarded the contract to support the state initiative from 2019 to 2021. The State Initiative Food Industry sees itself as a cross-industry and cross-technology competence network with a high degree of market and application orientation. The aim is to mobilize and develop Lower Saxony’s innovative potential. The focus here is on innovation-oriented, ecologically and socially sustainable growth.

  • Direct technology consulting: 89
  • Network partners from research and industry: 270
  • Conferences: 9
  • Research projects : 21