NürnbergMesse has announced the launch of its 7th BIOFACH event BIOFACH South East Asia, to open its doors July 12-15 next year, at the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand. The fair will run at the same time as Natural Expo South East Asia, which presents natural products that are in the process of being certified as organic. Both events are organized and run by NürnbergMesse in cooperation with the DIT (Department of Internal Trade) at Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce and are replacing the long-established Organic & Natural Expo, which has been held by the DIT in Bangkok for the last six years. The organizers expect around 250 exhibitors for the first edition, in an area of 2,000 m2 and approximately 45,000 trade visitors and end consumers.
“We are looking forward to working with the Thai Ministry of Commerce, which, through its Organic & Natural Expo, has already created a strong foundation in Bangkok that we will now be building on. As well as the powerful BIOFACH brand, the partnership will benefit from NürnbergMesse’s expertise and network,” said in a release Markus Reetz, NürnbergMesse’s Executive Director of International Exhibitions.
The food and agricultural industries one of South East Asia’s most important economic sectors. Organic farmland in the ASEAN states is increasing with yearly growth rates of over 10 percent. The Philippines are leading the way, having seen an increase of 113 % in 2015 compared to 2014. However, most of the region’s certified organic producers are concentrated in Thailand now, and Thai certifier ACT (Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand), a member of the “IFOAM Family of Standards,” operates in many ASEAN countries. This market will play a significant role in the future both nationally and internationally. Various political initiatives are helping it continue to grow as well. Explaining the decision to hold the new trade fairs in Thailand, Reetz says: “Thailand is making a special effort in this area. This commitment and the long-established Organic & Natural Expo make Bangkok the perfect location for BIOFACH SOUTHEAST ASIA and NATURAL EXPO SOUTHEAST ASIA”.
The organizers decided to divide Organic & Natural Expo into two distinct shows with their approval criteria, so that the BIOFACH unique selling point, namely the fact that only certified organic products are displayed, is strictly adhered to at BIOFACH SOUTHEAST ASIA,” said Reetz.
The NATURAL EXPO SOUTHEAST ASIA has the medium-term goal of motivating exhibitors to switch their products to a certified organic standard.
Like other regional sister fairs, there will be a conference to offer a platform to discuss region-relevant organic topics. Other BIOFACH fairs coming up: