Berlin International Green Week, the world’s biggest food and agriculture industry trade fair, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Low food prices caused by abundant supplies are putting pressure on producers.
Berlin International Green Week is still going strong 80 years after its 1935 launch. This year, 1658 exhibitors from 68 countries are taking part in the giant trade fair, held annually in the nation’s capital. From January 16 to 25, the public can mingle with the pros in 26 huge exhibition halls – all of them fully booked by food producers eager to showcase their wares.
Show kitchens sizzle and smoke with baked and roasted goods, tasty foods are piled high, and there’s even a temporary farm to give folks a look-in to the business. Perhaps for authenticity’s sake, two of the 26 halls are filled with bleating, grunting, cackling farm animals.
For all the prosperous bustle, many producers are weighed down by worries this year. The big problem is straightforward: Oversupply. Too much food, plenty of competition and consequent low prices are putting pressure on profitability.