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WOP DUBAI 2019 or International Perishables Expo Middle East is now on its 11th edition

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Planetfair and Messe Essen are proud to announce the eleventh International Perishables Expo Middle East taking place 12th to 14th November, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, giving the fresh produce industry traders and professionals the change to create new business opportunities within the Middle East region. WOP DUBAI is the only dedicated exhibition for fresh fruits & vegetables trade in the Middle East & turned out to be the region’s most important annual platform for fresh industry members to meet and do business.

Exhibiting at WOP DUBAI 2019 brings you a personal contact with buyers, specifies and decision-makers from the Middle East, one of the fastest growing markets in the world within the fresh produce industry. The WOP DUBAI marketing campaigns are targeting industry professionals from across the region, which offers you opportunities to grow your

Existing business and generate new business for your organization. Meet with competitive exporters, imports and retailers at WOP DUBAI which provides you the greatest platform for your products and services.

WOP DUBAI 2018 REVIEW

The annual exhibitions hosted 162 exhibitors from around the world showcasing a wide variety of fresh produce to meet the growing demand of the region’s major cities, which constantly innovate and develop to build a livable and sustainable environment for both citizens and visitors. Trade visitors were presented to a diverse range of fresh products, trading, technical equipment, services and latest trend and technologies from local, regional and international market. A total of 31 country participants and 11 official country pavilions were participated the show. Visitors of WOP DUBAI 2018 witnessed innovative offerings that cater to the fruit and vegetable sectors from over 80 countries seeking to serve the region’s fresh food sector. Malaysia participated at WOP DUBAI for the first time and hosted a Country Pavilion led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Malaysia. The Malaysia Pavilion showcased the country’s wide range of agricultural goods and services, in line with its efforts to promote its agricultural transformation and expansive network on Agro-based processing and marketing. The event fittingly addressed the sector’s demand for storage and logistics for these perishable goods and introduced a new segment in this edition focused on logistics and cold chain business in the Arab Gulf region, opening new growth opportunities for the sector.

DUBAI MUNICIPALITY – STRONG PARTNERSHIP

The co-operation with Dubai Municipality Central Fruit & Vegetable Department was the success pillar of WOP DUBAI. It was organized under the patronage of Dubai Municipality. Dubai Municipality and WOP DUBAI follow the same goal to turn the Emirates into a Worldwide trading hub for fruits and vegetables.  With the largest center for trade and distribution of fresh produce in the Middle East, WOP DUBAI will ensure to continue to be the most important platform of the industry in the Middle East. WOP DUBAI Exhibitors will take full advantage of the huge purchasing potential of wholesalers and retailers in the whole Middle East.

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Peru’s fruit and vegetables are set to be the stars of  Asia Fruit Logistica 2019

  • Peru is to become the first ‘Partner Country’ in the history of the Asian horticultural sector’s leading trade fair 
  • The Peruvian delegation will be showcasing its native produce, including grenadines, cranberries, avocados, mangos, grapes, citrus fruit and bananas, among others. 

Peru has been chosen by Asia’s leading international trade fair for fresh produce, Asia Fruit Logistica, as its ‘Partner Country’. The event is taking place for the twelfth time on 4-6 September at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong and this is the first time it will be showcasing a specific market in recognition of its tremendous export offering. 

Peru, which has supported every edition of the event, is sending its biggest-ever delegation this year with a total of 300 Peruvian products represented by 60 companies and more than twenty sector associations. The Peruvian delegation, which will be housed on a 240m2 stand in Hall 5 (R02), is being coordinated through a public-private partnership between PROMPERÚ, the Peruvian-German Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Agricultural Producers of Peru (AGAP) and the Peruvian Trade Office in Hong Kong. 

The importance of the Asian markets for Peru is indisputable. In 2018, Peru’s agricultural exports to Asia amounted to US$ 617 million, showing growth of 22% compared to the previous year. The main destination markets for Peruvian fruit and vegetables were: China, the recipient of 24.7% of exports to Asia, followed by South Korea, which received 24.4% of Peruvian agricultural exports, and Hong Kong, with 18.5%. Grapes, avocados, cranberries and bananas topped the list of mostexported products to Asian markets in 2018.  

The figures for the first half of 2019 confirm this growing export trend. The most dynamic markets have been Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and China, while the main destinations continue to be China, Hong Kong and South Korea. The main products exported to Asia so far in 2019 have been grapes, avocados, mangos, organic bananas, mandarins and cranberries. 

Agricultural exports are the second biggest currency generator for Peru. The country’s tremendous biodiversity, thanks to its large and distinct areas of sea, coast, mountains and jungle, mean it can produce a wide variety of top quality produce that is becoming more and more popular in international markets. Under this premise, Peru is continuing to promote its brand ‘Super Foods Peru’ https://peru.info/superfoods which features its leading fruit and vegetable produce, among other products.

With the aim of supporting its ever-increasing export trend, the Andean country is organizing some special activities at the leading sector events around the world. The next one to take place in Asia will be at the International Horticultural Exhibition in Beijing in celebration of Peru Day on 1 September 2019. Native Peruvian products will be promoted throughout the day, such as its indigenous potatoes, quinoa and cocoa. Peru’s most recently-created sector brand will also be presented at the event: ‘Coffees from Peru’. Exhibitions, tasting sessions and Peruvian folklore performances will give trade professionals and Chinese consumers a closer insight into the characteristics that make Peru such a unique origin.  

Peru is currently a leading international food supplier. The Latin American country is the world’s biggest exporter of asparagus and quinoa; the second biggest exporter of cranberries, avocados and mandarins; and the third biggest exporter of grapes. 

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Bumper apple harvest for Girona

Bumper apple harvest for Girona

Girona’s apple production is forecast to be up 12% this campaign to 87,180 tons thanks to favourable weather conditions. An excellent season with the highest yield of the past three years is expected to last until the end of October.

As Llorenç Frigola, president of Poma de Girona, explained, the increase in the harvest comes because “we have not had very cool nights. We are immersed in many changes, we are adapting to climate change and sustainability; we offer a very reliable product both in the Iberian Peninsula and abroad.”

Although 2019 has been especially hot, the producers of the PGI Poma de Girona have been adapting to climate change for some time now, for instance, by converting to the Gala variety, which colours in warmer conditions (60% of the surface in 6 years), through the use of anti-hail nets (57% of the surface) to combat climate stress, and water-saving methods. At the same time, the PGI companies have reduced the use of chemical fertilisers, using organic fertilisation instead.

All varieties grown in the province of Girona have seen an increase in production compared to previous years. The Fuji crop is up 39% to over 9,300 tons. As always, Golden Delicious leads the way (26,250 tons), followed by Gala (22,314 tons), Granny Smith (11,270 tons) and red varieties (10,780 tons). Girona’s apple production will represent approximately 29% of the total estimated in Catalonia.

 

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WorldFood Moscow – Russia’s leading food and drink exhibition

WorldFood Moscow - Russia's leading food and drink exhibition

WorldFood Moscow is a major exhibition serving the global food and drinks industry. At WorldFood Moscow you will find products of all key categories presented by 1,600 participants from 65 countries. In 2019 the event will be held within September 24 – 27 in Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center.

The highest in Russia number of international manufacturers and suppliers take part in WorldFood Moscow – 1000 companies within 64 national expositions. Over 500 new participants will demonstrate their products at WorldFood Moscow. About 600 local companies will showcase their products made in Russia.   

Get your free ticket by using a promo code at the organiser’s website

(https://www.world-food.ru/Rus/poluchit-elektronnyj-bilet?utm_source=eurofresh-distribution.com&utm_medium=Media&utm_campaign=barter&promo=wfm19iFEEO).      

For only 4 days visitors to WorldFood Moscow will be able to:

  • View novelty products on the Russian food market
  • Select products for their business 
  • Find new food & drinks suppliers
  • Meet their current customers and partners
  • Update their professional knowledge
  • Catch fresh ideas for business development

Only at WorldFood Moscow one can find the widest in Russia choice of fruit and vegetables as well as fish and seafood. In 2019 exhibition sectors are:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Confectionery
  • Grocery
  • Fish and seafood
  • Frozen, convenience foods and ready meals
  • Canned food
  • Oils, fats and sauces
  • Dairy products
  • Meat & poultry
  • Tea & сoffee
  • Drinks
  • Organic and health food 

Visitors to WorldFood Moscow will have an opportunity to meet management of the exhibitors in person, discuss individual supply terms, view live products and estimate their quality, meet exhibitors from all over the world, compare proposals of many manufacturers.

The fact that WorldFood Moscow is held in autumn, provides additional opportunities for the visitors:     

  • Optimization of assortment to increase turnover and profit for the upcoming new financial year
  • Extension of assortment for New Year, Christmas and spring holidays
  • Replenishing assortment with fresh products of the new fruit and vegetables harvest and fish season.    

 

Well-known retail experts, leading analysts and representatives of the industry leading companies from Russia and other countries will be reporting within 4 days at WorldFood Moscow. In 2018 the event programme included 25 events, 180 speakers, 2243 delegates.     

In 2019 WorldFood Moscow moves to the new venue – Crocus Expo, one of the largest and up-to-date exhibition centers in the world, that has good transport accessibility, covered passage-way from the metro station Myakinino, high-capacity parking lot. The WorldFood Moscow will take place in 4 halls of the 3rd pavilion with comprehensive navigation inside and outside.

There is a fee to enter the exhibition in 2019. Get your free e-ticket by using the promo code wfm19iFEEO on the organiser’s website.    

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Time: 24 – 27 September 2019

Venue: Crocus Expo, Moscow

Website: https://www.world-food.ru/Ru

Event programme: https://www.world-food.ru/Delovaya-Programma/

Phone: +7 (499) 750-08-28

E-mail: worldfood@ite-expo.ru

Organiser: ITE Group

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Reefer container supply, demand, technology and intermodal evolution dissected at 11th Cool Logistics Global Conference

Reefer box shortages are almost certain in 2020 according to some of the leading analysts and operators lining up to take the pulse of the global perishables transport market at the 11th Cool Logistics Global conference and exhibition this September

Leading analysts and operators will dissect the future of the reefer market at Cool Logistics Global, the leading conference tackling the latest perishable logistics trends in Valencia 17-19 September.

With orders of new reefer boxes well below the required 140,000 in the pipeline the shortage of reefer boxes hitting the market early next year now seems almost a certainty, according to Thomas Eskesen, Founder of Eskesen Advisory. “New orders currently stand at around 60,000, which is too low,’” Eskesen argues.

By contrast, Martin Dixon of maritime and supply chain research consultancy Drewry argues that the blows might be softened due to existing capacity. A cause for potentially greater worry, he says, is that reefer market growth is forecast below 5% next year due to the uncertain economic climate.

Nevertheless, protein and fresh produce are the main commodities transported by sea and this at least is likely not to change.

Even if reefers shipments are not immune to recession because ‘people have to eat’, Drewry will be sounding a note of caution overall at Cool Logistics Global. Joining Martin Dixon on a special reefer box panel will be Thomas Eskesen, Robert Sappio of SeaCube, Stephané Nielsen of CMA CGM and Anne Sophie Zerlang Karlsen of Maersk Line.

With currently no conventional ships scheduled being retrofitted with scrubbers, according to Drewry, reefer container operators should be in a strong position to at least pass on some of the cost of IMO 2020 compliance to shippers.

The conventional reefer fleet has fallen back to well less than 20% of perishable shipments by sea. In theory the retirement of conventional reefer ships could be postponed – as already now the case – to 35 years and there have been 8 or 9 new reefer builds entering the market that could relieve some of the market pressure. Balanced against this is the concern that older ships consume more fuel. Therefore using low sulphur diesel will hit older ships much harder than the much younger container fleet.

There is a risk for shippers that the new IMO legislation could tip the balance in favour of reefer box operators faster than currently expected.

“If all conventional capacity were to vanish in 2020 175,000 new reefer boxes would be required to fill the gap, ” Mark Bennett, President of Sun Intermodal said.

In theory this should push up demand for more reefer boxes to be deployed or narrow the options for the maritime-based perishable logistics community.

As Robert Mant of Kuehne + Nagel points out, the increasingly stretched schedules of the container carriers offer far less flexibility compared with the conventional reefer ships.

Mant will take part in a separate reefer panel at Cool Logistics Global devoted to banana trades, together with Stefano di Paulo of Great White Fleet, Kevin Bragg ‘fresh out of’ Bonita now with KMB Consulting and Maersk Line.

For obvious reasons no logistics provider would want to put all his or her boxes on one and the same ship. However, with the accelerated demise of conventional shipping the perishable logistics sector and especially their smaller shipper clients may be faced with hard choices this autumn.

Fresh produce is subject to price fluctuations due to a mixture of climatic and retail pressures. This means that several vessel departures a week are critical to secure maximum consumer choice as well as best possible freshness.

As many operators are currently scrambling for reefer boxes, including ironically some of the carriers themselves, K+N is seeing an increasing demand for container match-backs. The company is benefiting from free time allocations in container terminals. This is putting large perishable freight forwarders such as K+N, which now controls 300,000 reefer TEU, in a strong position to wait for return cargo.

There are also other factors that could determine the reefer landscape next year.

There is probably one factor affecting reefer box availability more than any other: the increasing shift of consumer purchasing power away from Europe and the US towards Asia.

This is reflected in new far more diversified container shipping patterns. Reefer trades are still very much dominated by South-North patterns Latin America – US – Europe. However, as trades are shifting to feed Asia markets, the swine flu outbreak in China is leading to a disproportionate increase in number of reefer boxes being diverted to Asia this year.

Whilst some of the reefer box shortage could be alleviated by the deployment of reefer tracking devices, there is an increasing risk of blanked sailings extending to South-North routes, according to Drewry.

One issue with reefer tracking devices is that they are primarily used to monitor the condition of the cargo, rather than enable trade route optimisation. Most reefer containers are still being used for a maximum of 3 journeys a year, with container operators finding even this difficult to achieve.

On the first day of the Cool Logistics conference a whole session will be devoted to comparing different remote reefer monitoring solutions with key technology providers including Emerson, ORBCOMM, Identec, C-Sense and Traxens on stand-by to discuss viable solutions to optimise reefer flows as well as cargo and equipment condition monitoring.

Although the definition of modal choice is still all too often limited to the difference between conventional shipping and reefer containers, ocean carriers continue to develop land-based operations including an intermodal footprint, which is said to be raising increasing concern among logistics operators.

On the third and final day of the conference there will be a whole session devoted to rail-based intermodal operations, focused around the new service between the Ports of Rotterdam and Valencia. Cool Rail is aimed at connecting producers, mainly fruit and vegetables grown in Spain with retailers in Northern Europe. The train is transporting punnets with fruit in one direction under temperature control. On the return leg the train is used to re-position re-usable packaging to the production facilities in Spain. Since it doesn’t require temperature control on the return journey train operator Euro Pool System is working hard to develop north-south frozen cargo, including french fries, to maximise the use of the existing refrigerated transport capacity.

The special Cool Rail panel will feature Mar Chao López from the Port of Valencia, Fred Lessing from Euro Pool System and Anne Saris from the Port of Rotterdam.

The latest programme and speaker line-up can be viewed atwww.coollogisticsglobal.com/programme

Early bird rates are available before 15 August 2019. Delegates can book to attend the full event, 2-day conference only or 1-day workshop only athttp://coollogisticsresources.com/global/register.

11th Cool Logistics Global

17-19 September 2019
Hotel Meliá
Valencia, Spain
www.coollogisticsglobal.com

 

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Interpera 2019 brings closer the international pear stakeholders

Interpera 2019 brings closer the international pear stakeholders

For the eleventh time since 2008, Interpera, the international pear congress, has hosted one hundred and ten producers, processing companies, nursery growers, experimental centers and marketers in Europe, from 25 to 27 June 2019 in Tours, France. The presence of these experts originating from 9 countries (France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, South Africa, The United States and South Africa) made it possible to offer participants a broad spectrum of the sector, from production to recent developments and to future prospects.

The forecasts of summer pears production in Europe have underlined the bad weather and the instability of the climate during the current campaign, in all the European producing countries, which will, most certainly, result in a reduced production. In 2018, the European pear production reached 2 370 000 tons.

The afternoon presentations focused on research and varietal innovation, as well as on practices undertaken to respond to societal expectations, particularly within ecologically responsible orchards.

For the co-organisers of the event, represented by Daniel Sauvaitre, President of the French Apple Pear Association (ANPP) and Jean-Louis Moulon, Vice President of AREFLH “the objective of the congress is to stimulate the pear sector, in this way, Interpera 2019 it has largely achieved its goal, through the intense sharing of experiences and the exchange of information of these three days “.

The congress closed on the announcement of the 2020 edition host country: it will be the Netherlands and the Dutch Produce Association (DPA) that will organise the event, still in partnership with AREFLH.

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A promising outlook for Spain’s peach and nectarine campaign

A promising outlook for Spain’s peach and nectarine campaign

The first estimates for the 2019 Spanish peach and nectarine are in and so far so good. Normal fruit volumes are expected with no loss due to frost damage. The good weather from the beginning of the season has led to good flower set. Production levels are expected to be similar to those of 2018. The total size of the crop for all peach and nectarine varieties is expected to reach 1.58 million tons, up slightly from the 2018 level of 1.49 million tons.

The stone fruit market has not been so favourable in April and May due to the fact the huge Russian market remains closed and alternative overseas markets are not an option.

Crop estimates (tons)

PRODUCT

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

PREV 2019

2019 vs 18

2019 vs 17

2019 vs (media 5 años) 

 Peach

301.828

302.701

314.964

354.032

311.066

329.022

106%

93%

104%

Saturn Peach

254.783

263.227

303.307

354.741

301.388

324.186

108%

91%

110%

Flat Nectarine

257.764

275.658

287.370

305.205

308.957

307.041

99%

101%

107%

Nectarine

543.980

555.845

599.862

692.802

567.077

623.141

110%

90%

105%

TOTAL

1.358.355

1.397.431

1.505.503

1.706.780

1.488.488

1.583.390

106%

93%

106%

Source: Cooperativas Agro-Alimentarias

 

 

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Good campaign for Spanish berries

Good campaign for Spanish berries

Spain’s raspberry production has begun to fall over the past two weeks, and this decline is set to accelerate over the coming weeks, with the campaign almost 96% complete. In the last three weeks, the average price received by the raspberry farmer has risen 28%, with the week 22 price reaching €5.30/kg – far higher than at the same week in the previous two campaigns.

The country’s blueberry campaign is also coming to an end, with 90% of the total expected production reached. Prices at the source have risen significantly over the last three weeks, with the average price for the farmer reaching €3.14/kg.

Spain’s strawberry campaign ended during the second half of May. The good weather in the countries that import strawberry from Huelva drove strong demand. Despite a delay to the 2018/19 campaign, the months of March and April recorded higher productions than in the previous year, leading to slightly lower prices. The good fruit quality meant that it had no problems finding markets.

Source: Observatorio de precios y mercados

 

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Europatat Congress 2019, a unique and successful event for the sector!

Europatat Congress 2019, a unique and successful event for the sector!

On 13 June, the European potato community has gathered in Oslo, Norway, for the Europatat Congress 2019. Under the slogan “The timeless potato: A dynamic and innovative food”, the annual event organised by Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, and NFGF, the Norwegian Association of Fruit and Vegetable wholesalers, has focused on the many assets of the sector in innovation, sustainability and circular economy. Gilles Fontaine, President of Europatat, opened the Congress: “The Europatat Congress has become a key date for the potato sector in Europe, and this year edition in Norway shows the growing importance of cooperating in a globalised market”.

In the morning session, notable speakers such as Marianne Borgen, Mayor of Oslo, highlighted the importance of sustainability and how potatoes are a key ingredient for a green future. During his intervention, Arne Ivar Sletnes, Head of International Affairs of the Norwegian Agricultural Cooperatives, gave a Norwegian perspective of the current International trade policy. Trade must answer to current challenges such as increased world population, land and water shortage, and climate change. Later in the morning, two cases studies showcased how the Norwegian potato sector has adapted to consumer demands related with health, sustainability and convenience. Ingeborg Flones, CEO at HOFF SA, demonstrated how to be successful in pursuing a circular economy within the potato section; while Åsmund Bjertnæs, CEO of Bjertnaes & Hoel, showed how to connect with consumers and teach the next generation.

The afternoon session opened with the keynote speech of Anita Krohn, Norwegian business executive and winner of several international awards, including “Best Female Leader in the ICT Industry”, who gave an inspiring speech on how to lead in changing times. As former CEO of Innovation Norway, Anita Krohn highlighted the importance of sifting from management to leadership in order to speed up the business transformation required to survive these challenging times. Afterwards, Borghilg Glorvigen, Project Manager of the Norwegian Potato Forum, has presented the main activities that the campaign “Imagine a world without potatoes” will have in Norway.

Closing the Europatat Congress 2019, Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago, Managing Director of Europatat, said: “After today’s inspiring presentations we can conclude that innovation cannot overlook sustainability, and sustainability cannot overlook innovation”. With more than 100 participants from 15 different countries, the Europatat Congress 2019 and side events have received an extremely positive feedback, remarking the high quality of the speakers and their refreshing and inspiring messages. For more information about the speakers and their presentations please visit europatatcongress.eu.

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Record international attendees convene at The London Produce Show and Conference 2019

Record international attendees convene at The London Produce Show and Conference 2019

Last week the largest gathering of global fresh produce professionals on UK soil enjoyed three days of meeting, learning and sharing ideas to advance the industry and to drive up produce consumption.

The 2019 edition of The London Produce Show and Conference (LPS19) welcomed a record number of attendees to the ever-popular three-day event, cementing its position as a must-attend date on the international fresh produce calendar.

Decision-makers from all four corners of the globe convened at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel on London’s Park Lane in the UK, to meet, share and learn ideas to drive forward the international fresh produce business.

Jim Prevor, Editor-in-Chief of Produce Business, officially opened the trade show together with US chef, television presenter and cookbook author Amanda Freitag, and Simon Smits, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UK.

Prior to the trade show ribbon cutting, Ambassador Smits announced the winner and runners-up of the third annual Best International Initiative For Marketing Fresh Produce To Children 2019 Award, sponsored by The Embassy of the Netherlands in the UK on behalf of the Dutch fresh fruit and vegetable sector.

First place went to US-based initiative Produce for Kids in recognition of its efforts to encourage and increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables among children through produce and grocery retail partner programmes.

Created in 2002 by Shuman Farms, a leading grower and shipper of Vidalia sweet onions in the US state of Georgia, Produce for Kids counts on the participation of more than 17,000 children and elementary school classes, and more than 2,000 retail stores. Additionally, the initiative has donated more than US$6 million to charities that benefit children and families nationwide.

Accepting the award, John Shuman said he felt honoured and humbled to receive the unexpected recognition, adding that he hopes to continue educating and giving back in years to come.

“If we can teach children the importance of eating a diet of healthy fruits and vegetables, just think of the impact we could have not only our businesses but on health and nutrition across the world,” Shuman said.

The 2019 runners-up were Aldi UK and Veg Power’s ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ campaign. Previous winners of the accolade are ICA Sweden in 2018 and Lidl UK in 2017.

The morning of Thursday June 6 also saw the The Perishable Pundit’s Thought-Leader Breakfast Panel session, whose panelists travelled from four continents and a broad spectrum of the supply chain to discuss topics ranging from Brexit to consumer engagement.

Panelists included: Amanda Freitag, Chef, TV Personality & Cookbook Author, as well as The London Produce Show 2019 Ambassador (US); Clare Linstead, Senior Buying Manager for Tropical, Exotic and Stonefruit at Morrisons in the UK; George Liu, CEO of Frutacloud in China;  Philip Macy, Category Buyer for Grapes and Stonefruit at Sam’s Club in the US; Tom Stenzel, President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association in the US; Raj Tugnait, Group CEO of Fresh Direct Group in the UK; Tania van der Merwe, Senior Buyer for Freshmark in South Africa; Stephan Weist, Director Category Management for REWE Group in Germany; and Maria Wieloch, Senior Category Manager for fruit, vegetables and flowers at ICA Sweden.

The LPS19 got underway in earnest on Wednesday June 5 with an action-packed programme featuring multiple, concurrent conferences both public and private, all taking place at Grosvenor House.

The launch of The Global Grape Summit in particular was a roaring success, receiving widespread praise from attendees and drawing a large international crowd of over 300 important industry actors to analyse ways to boost grape consumption and move the industry forward. Read the initial report here.

Also taking place was The Foodservice Forum 2019, sponsored by Reynolds and Fresh Direct, which highlighted the ways in which technology and trends are truly transforming the foodservice industry in the UK, and the potential to make fresh produce more prominent on plates.

Keynote speaker Simon Stenning, Founder and Strategic Advisor of FutureFoodservice.com, made a bold prediction, estimating that the UK foodservice market will be worth £106 billion (bn) by 2030, up from £90bn in 2018, driven largely by population growth. This, he said, represents significant opportunities for both foodservice operators and food suppliers.

Following Freshfel Europe’s annual conference during the morning of June 5, The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) rounded off the day with its Trading with the UK seminar. Here, representatives from Defra, the Food Standards Agency and Freshfel Europe provided a comprehensive picture of how to trade with the UK now, as well as the potential trading panorama post-Brexit.

In particular, attendees were made aware of two key dates that will affect some traders with, and importers in the UK market. On 1 September 2019, there will be new legislation that will regulate new pests and introduce new import requirements for certain products; while later, on 14 December, a new EU plant health regulation will come into effect.

The LPS19 concluded on Friday June 7 with a series of industry tours that will visit all factions of the UK fresh produce industry, including: production (hosted by Chambers/The Fruitery), logistics (Halo/DP World London Gateway), wholesale (New Covent Garden Market and New Spitalfields market), foodservice (a walking tour of operators in Shoreditch) and retail.