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SAVE FOOD – For a World Aware of its Resources

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 @ 11:59 AM

There’s an episode from the long-running FOX televsion comedy series The Simpsons™ in which the family is sitting on the couch watching the news, when a teaser for an upcoming segment appears:

...coming up next, a new fad that's sweeping the nation - wasting food!

The accompanying image is that of a smiling man dumping an entire roasted turkey on a platter into a garbage can, then pouring an entire bottle of fresh milk on top of it. (© FOX / The Simpsons™, Episode 9F02, Lisa The Beauty Queen.)

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To be sure it’s a humorous and satirical critique on America’s over-abundance, hyper-consumption, perceived collective laziness, and easy access to everything.  But in actuality millions around the world face a completely different reality about access to food, and especially the ability to safely and efficiently store it.

From May 16 – 17, 2011, Messe Düsseldorf, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will welcome the premiere of the SAVE FOOD International Congress.  At the center of this meeting, the conflict between nutrition, packaging and sustainability will be addressed.  SAVE FOOD 2011 will illuminate the magnitude and causes of global food waste and underscore the contribution that improved packaging could make in the fight against food waste.

The congress will be held parallel to interpack 2011, the world’s largest and leading international trade fair for the packaging and related processing industries.  It will bring together the most important stakeholders from the food and packaging industries, retail, government, administration, research and the public.

The FAO will present three new studies and surveys of wealthy, developing and emerging nations.  Two of the planned studies will depict the problem of food waste along the worldwide supply chain (loss of nutritional value, deterioration of nutritional quality, insufficient food safety, magnitude of losses), and the third study will focus on concrete perspectives of the packaging industry business model against this background.

For additional information about this unique and important program, click below!

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Topics: Announcements, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, packaging, interpack, SAVE FOOD, food packaging, FAO, United Nations

Happy New Year and Hello Tax Code Changes!

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 @ 09:15 AM

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  Tax rules in the Federal Republic of Germany have until now required that companies that participate at our trade shows be subject to the country’s 19% value-added tax (VAT), based on the fact that the goods and services provided were of German origin.  That is to say, VAT was charged by Messe Duesseldorf because of the location that the services were rendered.

The thought process was thus:  A foreign company that participates at a trade show in Duesseldorf must pay the VAT for its exhibit space and/or space-bundled services, then afterward process a refund either itself or by working with a reputable VAT Reclamation Agency.

An expensive proposition to be sure.  Exhibitors have had to front an additional 19% on top of their trade show participation costs for the past four years.  This was always a bit of a hard pill to swallow, especially for American companies used to state and local sales taxes ranging between 0% (Delaware, New Hampshire, Montana, Oregon) and 9% (Tennessee).

Now comes some welcome news:  German tax authorities have announced that effective January 1, 2011 VAT on trade show packages will now be based upon the location where the recipient (i.e. exhibitor) is based and not on the location where the services were rendered.

In a nutshell:  US-based exhibitors no longer have to pay an additional 19% on their invoices issued by Messe Duesseldorf.

As an exception, however, visitor entrance tickets will still include VAT, as will most "a la carte" orders undertaken directly with independent trade show suppliers and vendors. Further information about this can be found on the website of the Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission.

For exhibitors based in Germany, the calculation of the VAT and their tax obligations and procedures remains unchanged.

Don’t consider this tax advice, rather a description of the changes underway.  Be sure to consult your tax advisor for specific information how these changes may affect your organization!

Topics: Announcements, Germany, exhibiting, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, Euro, Value Added Tax

Fresh Wind in the Watersports Industry

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 @ 16:34 PM

Optimism predominates in the run-up to boot 2011

boot   Ahhh, January. 8 hours of daylight. Driving snow storms resulting in icy streets and sidewalks. And the sub-freezing chill that permeates right into your bones - brrrr!  Summer time seems but a distant memory, or too far away to even start thinking about. Yet think about it many do!   boot Duesseldorf, the world's preeminent water sports trade fair, will return to Duesseldorf January 22-30, 2011.  It will warm you up and start you dreaming about your summer vacation!

And the boating industry is also in a positive mood and betting on a good recovery!

Following the slump in boatbuilding by nearly 60% in 2009 relative to the peak year of 2006, demand for boats and yachts was on the upturn again in the first half of 2010.  According to the German Marine Industry Association (BVWW) estimates, boat production was 12% up on the same period the year before.     describe the image

This positive trend is confirmed by the results of the 2010 mid-year business barometer of BVWW. 39.3% of the interviewed companies consider their business situation to be better than in 2009. The recovery extends to nearly all areas of the maritime economy.  Naturally, this is most evident in the new boats market, which had been especially hard hit by the recession.

The other segments in the maritime economy have also profited from the improved mood. This is all the more surprising as the equipment and accessories, charters, maintenance/repair/refit, services and diving segments hardly experienced any kind of dip during the challenging 2009 business year.

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Furthest up the scale on the mood barometer is diving.  75% of the interviewed companies (PY: 45.5%) consider their business performance to be as good or better than the year before.

Viewed overall the mood in the maritime economy has significantly improved both in Germany and abroad!

The international maritime economy is focusing ever more strongly on boot Duesseldorf as the central marketplace for maritime goods and services in the heart of Europe.  The comprehensive panorama of maritime products and services generates valuable synergistic effects that benefit all industry segments, and the expected 50,000 visitors from abroad give this event an international flair that is unequalled among marine trade fairs.  The industry is looking forward with confidence and optimism to boot Duesseldorf 2011!

Topics: Announcements, Germany, Messe, Messe Duesseldorf, international business, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade, International Trade Shows, boat, boating, boot, boot Dusseldorf, boat show, yacht, Dusseldorf boat show, diving, watersporting, water sport