The enjoyment of good food is an all-round sensory experience. Anyone involved in food preparation knows that any dish presented in a restaurant, café or even a fast-food outlet must not only be a treat for the taste buds. It must also be visually appealing to heighten the sense of temptation. This means using ingredients that are fresh and tasty, while looking good too. Legumesure BVBA, based in Belgium, specializes in tomatoes which are effectively grown to measure to meet the individual requirements of the company’s broad client base.
Fruit is one of nature’s great inventions – there is a great variety of fruit that is extremely tasty and healthy. But fruit is a lot more; it can simply make the difference. Froosh is 100% fruit – nothing else. The Swedish company, headquartered in Copenhagen, has won an excellent reputation for healthy smoothies that are free from any concentrates, sugars or preservatives. Their taste is exceptional, and so is the company behind them.
It is one of Germany’s most scenic and picturesque regions – the Black Forest. However, it is not only a favourite destination for a perfect break surrounded by nature but also for enthusiastic food lovers. In fact the Black Forest has the highest concentration of Michelin stars in Germany. The region is particularly suited to trout farming, so high-quality fish is served in most of the well-known restaurants. Zordel Fischhandels GmbH is a first-class address when it comes to fresh fish.
Despite all opposing trends in the food sector, bread, rolls and cereal are still going strong in the consumer market – in particular so when organic grains are involved. Helsinki Mills Ltd, the largest milling company and processor of organic grains in Finland, has been focusing on new trends such as organic and gluten-free oats in order to meet the demands of consumers in Finland and beyond. Today, tradition and innovation go hand in hand for the grain specialist, who uses grains grown and harvested in Finland. Its products are currently sold to 38 countries.
Paradoxically, regulation may end up damaging the very object it set out to protect. A closer look at the horse trade in Europe reveals that regulation does not yield the most sustainable solution. Instead, it creates unnecessary food waste and endangers animal welfare. Chevideco NV trades meat and by-products from horses. It buys live horses in fourteen countries, has them slaughtered locally to minimize transport of live animals, and sells meat and by-products internationally from its headquarters in Rekkem, Belgium. The company has another seat in Romania and a trading cooperation with a partner in Argentina.
Sweet treats come in many forms but none so perfectly presented as the English-style sweets made by Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery GmbH. Very much a grown-up affair, the distinctive round metal boxes are gold-coloured to signal their superior quality and premium market positioning. As a German company with a distinctly English flavour, Cavendish & Harvey occupies a unique niche in a crowded market. European Business spoke to Managing Director Frank Gemmrig about tradition and reinvention.
From riches to rags and back again. Any company which experiences hard times requires four key ingredients to recover: courage, strong leadership, top-quality products and a ready market for those wares. Pomurske mlekarne d.d., a dairy in Slovenia with a 70-year history, experienced just such a situation but has bounced back in an incredibly short period of time to become a successful supplier of pure and natural milk-based treasures once again.
Think of the last candy bar you added to your supermarket shopping cart or perhaps the most recent case of beer you brought home. These items and countless more require the help of cardboard packaging in order to be transported, marketed and, ultimately, sold. For nearly 40 years, Polish company Werner Kenkel Społka z o.o. has been producing highquality cardboard packaging for a variety of companies. Headquartered directly west of Warsaw, Werner Kenkel comprises three different plants, each of which is outfitted with the latest technology to yield fast, effective and creative solutions for its customers.
Food trends come and go in line with the latest thinking on healthy eating or culinary fads. For companies across the whole food production spectrum, this can have a significant impact. SIMON SAS, a churning equipment manufacturer based in northern France, is currently benefiting from the latest nutritional advice, which suggests that butter, eaten in moderation, should not be considered a calorific enemy but a healthy alternative.
For years, globalization has meant the steady migration of production plants and the associated jobs from Europe to low wage economies in developing countries. Now a reverse in this trend is becoming noticeable. For companies such as ICF & Welko S.p.A., which specializes in the production of process engineering plants for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, this development means the opportunity to focus on markets somewhat closer to home.
EUROPEAN food blends the flavours of the world with carefully crafted B2B marketing. Our print magazine has been a vital part of the Anuga for 10 years. This year we are expanding our activities to include opportunities through our website european-food.com, digital editions (ePaper), food newsletter and product presentations. We help your company to be a part of the exhibition and enjoy the attention of its international visitors – even if you are not represented with a stand at the Anuga 2017.