From the first edition of Mac Fruit Attraction – held in Cairo May 4-7 – sprang new ideas to further internationalise Macfrut.
In a press release, the Mac Fruit Attraction organisers said firstly, it was decided to relaunch Mac Fruit Attraction, expanding the project to another two strategic areas for the sector: South America and Asia.
Secondly, there was a commitment for the event to confirm itself as a driving force for developing the entire supply chain as part of the internationalisation process.
And thirdly, to send a message to European and international institutions that the fruit and vegetable sector can significantly contribute to the development of African countries and of the Middle East.
Specifically, it can improve the living conditions of its inhabitants, thus reducing migration flows to Europe. If Italian companies in the supply chain cooperate, they can play a key role in this process. Many countries in this area have now become important markets for European and Italian fruit and vegetable produce, the release said.
“This is all supported by data,” said Cesena Fiera president Renzo Piraccini. “The improvements made in the cultivation, storage and processing techniques of agricultural products, especially fruit and vegetables, are the quickest and perhaps safest way of developing the economy of African countries, creating new jobs and improving the living conditions of its inhabitants and, as a result, reducing migration flows to Europe.”
“The Mac Fruit Attraction project, with Feria de Madrid, focuses on three development areas,” Piraccini said, “namely, North Africa, South America and Asia. After this first edition, the attention will likely turn to the other two areas of the world, always in collaboration with a partner linked to the local area in order to promote and organise the event, as in this case with IFP.”
“In view of our participation in other international events, we want to become a means for coordinating our presence along with that of other companies in this sector,” he said.
Feria de Madrid president Raul Calleja said consideration had long been given to implementing the international platform for the fruit and vegetable sector, something achieved with Macfrut. “Today, we need to have a global view of the industry, and Mac Fruit Attraction is heading in this direction.”