BIOFACH CHINA 2019 will celebrate its 13th edition in Hall 3 together with Natural Expo China at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center on May 16-18. And at the same venue, PAK-ID debuts on May 16-17, along with the 3rd Craft Beer China on May 15-17.

BIOFACH China is the country’s leading international exhibition for organic and natural products. The event is organized by NürnbergMesse GmbH, NürnbergMesse China Co., Ltd. and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ), under the patronage of IFOAM Organics International.

The value of the Chinese organic food market was estimated at around EUR3 billion to EUR6 billion in 2016-2017 at one percent of food consumption but rising rapidly, with online organic sales much higher. Researcher IGD said the Chinese grocery market will grow by 30.6 percent between 2018 and 2023.

The role of CAIQ as BIOFACH China’s new co-organizer provides an important technical reinforcement to boost the future development of China's organic industry. “CAIQ is willing to cooperate closely with relevant government departments, certification bodies, counties (districts) of organic certification demonstration, industry associations, and organic industry professionals, resources to strategically boost the growth of BIOFACH CHINA,” a statement on the event’s website said.

PAK-iD, the International Intelligent Packaging Equipment, New Material & Creative Design Forumwill focus on intelligent packaging, new materials and outer package design in the food and beverage industry. The forum is organized by NürnbergMesse China Co., Ltd. andChina Print Oversea Show Co., Ltd.

Around 300 national and international brewers are expected to gather at the third China Craft Beer Conference and Exhibition (CBCE) this year, to show and tell the latest innovations in this growing industry and the stories behind each craft beer brand. A craft brewery or microbrewery produces much smaller batches of beer than large-scale corporate breweries and is independently owned. More than volume, their emphasis is on quality of ingredients, flavor and brewing technique. The event is also organized by NürnbergMesse China.

Hosting BIOFACH China alongside PAK-ID and CBCE, the show organizers aim to uncover synergies that will fosternew or complementary market opportunities. Exhibitors and visitors at BIOFACH may get access to the hospitality industry. With increased consumer and industry awareness of the excess of plastic packaging and waste that has invaded our society, PAK-ID offers a valuable platform for industry players to discuss and share challenges and other options in the process of re-thinking packaging to reduce and replace plastic with new sustainable, recyclable and compostable materials.

China has a great appetite for organic food, grown locally or imported. It now ranks fourth in the world, for annual sales of organic products, after the United States, Germany and France. China ranks fifth with over 2 million hectares certified for organic farming, generating more than 130 billion RMB, according to the latest statistics provided by the National Accreditation Administration, said the BIOFACH China organizers. Currently, there are 12,000 companies with organic certificates.

Imported organic brands are in high demand, with the main supermarkets chains now dedicating areas to display organic foods. The US Organic Trade Association’s Global Organic Trade Guide indicates that the natural and organic market in Asia is undergoing rapid growth and will experience at least 10% annual growth until 2020. Chinese consumers appreciate healthy and safe foods when making purchasing decisions and value natural and organic products.

The Nielsen’s Global Health and Wellness Survey reports that 82 percent Chinese consumers prefer to buy non-additive food, which is higher than the global average (68 percent). Chinese consumers’ awareness of health has been increasing, more and more people focus on the component (79 percent), 67 percent of them want to purchase more natural food. Safety and health is becoming the important standard of consumption.

BIOFACH China 2019 expects to host around 400 local and foreign exhibitors, including national pavilions from Denmark, Romania, New Zealand, and Australia.