Healthy, better-for-you and functional foods are stealing the limelight at this year’s Anuga trade show in Germany.

The show, which is ranked as the world’s top food fair, opened its doors to the trade over the weekend. And tens of thousands of industry professionals are expected to have flocked to Cologne for Anuga by the time it closes on Wednesday.

This year’s Anuga has attracted more than 6,000 exhibitors from 108 countries - who between them are filling a whopping 286,000 sq m of exhibition space.

Of these, more than 700 say they are exhibiting products with healthy or functional properties. In particular, probiotic yogurts and yogurt drinks are proving popular, as are cholesterol reducing products, while low fat and reduced sugar variants of existing foods are also being heavily promoted at the show.

Organics are another popular feature of Anuga, with 162 suppliers exhibiting in an area dubbed Organic World, as well a further 700 or so dotted around the show’s vast halls.