Posted on

2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Cancelled 

2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Cancelled 

March 20, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – In light of the rapid escalation of safety precautions to decrease the transmission of COVID-19, and recommendations of municipal, provincial and federal governments regarding large gatherings, the CPMA Board of Directors and 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Organizing Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. 
 
We appreciate that many preparations for the show are already underway, however the health and safety of CPMA members, Convention and Trade Show registrants and the general public is our paramount concern. 
 
During this unprecedented global situation, CPMA strongly encourages all businesses and individuals throughout the produce supply chain to consult our COVID-19 Updates page, to strictly adhere to government guidance and recommendations and to prioritize self-care above all else. CPMA continues to work on your behalf with government and partners across the supply chain in an effort to minimize business disruptions.  
 
Exhibitors, sponsors and attendees who have already paid will have the following options:  Carry forward booth purchases and sponsorships to the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, B.C., with 100% of payments to date being transferred to the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. We thank the many companies that have indicated they will be pushing their support to the 2021 event in Vancouver.  CPMA will also be offering 100% refunds on ticket sales, including Full Delegate passes, Trade Show only passes, Retail Tour, Chair’s Welcome Reception, Companion Program, After Party, and CPMA Annual Banquet.  CPMA is offering refunds of 80% to any exhibitors or sponsors wishing to cancel their participation in the 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show (fees, expenses and penalties have been incurred for advanced preparations that prevent CPMA from refunding the full amount). 
 
CPMA will be contacting exhibitors and registrants over the next few weeks to address their decisions in this matter. 
 
The CPMA Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is traditionally conducted as part of the Convention and Trade Show agenda, will be changed to a virtual meeting. Details on this event will be sent to members as soon as they are confirmed.  

Posted on

Citrus Estimate for the 2020 season

Citrus Estimate for the 2020 season

Southern Africa is expected to export a record 143.3 million cartons of citrus fruit to over 100 countries in 2020. This is a 13% increase when compared to 2019, which saw 126.7 million cartons being exported, generating R20 billion in export revenue and creating 120 000 jobs.

This increase should translate into more job opportunities, foreign exchange revenue and will contribute towards national government’s goal of increased agricultural exports over the next few years.

The growth is largely as a result of new orchards coming into production and good rains across some regions.

Valencia oranges make up the biggest portion of the citrus export market at 35%, followed by navel oranges (19%), lemons (18%), soft citrus (16%) and grapefruit (12%).

The soft citrus and lemon categories are expected to show the highest growth in 2020. Soft citrus will see an increase of 28%, with the Boland region contributing 12% more cartons than last year. Regions in the northern parts of the country, including the Burgersfort/Ohrigstad region, Senwes and Hoedspruit will also see exponential growth in their soft citrus outputs.

The Sunday’s River Valley, which exports almost half of the region’s lemons is expected to export 12 million cartons this year, an 18% increase from 2019.

While we are confident that the 2020 season will be a success, we are also aware that there are events beyond growers’ control that could impact final export numbers.

Most notably, the Coronavirus (Covid 2019) outbreak presents a new challenge to fresh produce exporters across the globe. It is encouraging that China’s logistics services are expected to be fully operational soon, with cargo volumes and ship calls having swiftly rebounded over the past two weeks.

However, the outbreak across the European Union, the largest export market for South Africa’s citrus, remains a concern and could still result in a decrease in demand and a shortfall of containers when the export season kicks off in May. It is therefore critical that exporters confirm that there are containers available before they start shipping,

Challenges at South Africa’s ports, including aging and out of service infrastructure as well as unresolved labour issues remain a threat to export volumes. However, the Citrus Growers’ Association is proactively engaging with Transnet and welcomes recent steps taken by the company to improve operations at a number of the ports. This includes the procurement of new equipment for both the Port Elizabeth and Durban ports, which is expected to arrive before the start of the export season.

Posted on

FruitVegetables Europe general assembly & sessions, June 4 & 5th Bordeaux

FruitVegetables Europe general assembly & sessions, June 4 & 5th Bordeaux

The European F&V association wisely postponed their General Assembly and will be “Looking forward to the future: Europe, promotion, Trade & Green Deal” will be the morning debate after the general assembly and the presentation of the amazing first year (2019) achievement of the “Cultivating the Taste of Europe” consumer campaign leaded by the association. The afternoon sessions with start with a presentation of CUTE’s first Eurobarometer aimed to measure “European’s attitudes towards fruit and vegetables from Europe”. CuTE’s EU survey is the first EU study about perception of fruits and vegetables methods production. It was designed to provide clear insights on consumer’s views and match their concerns. Countries monitored are France, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain. The final workshop panel will debate on the “EU production model: what future for the EU fruit & vegetables sector?”

Posted on

GULFOOD, 25th anniversary of the world largest food business event

GULFOOD, 25th anniversary of the world largest food business event

The world largest food trade show took again place last February 16th to 20th celebrating its 25th anniversary. It received more than 98,695 trade visitors from 182 countries, as well as a digital reach of more than 57 million links. More than 5,000 exhibitors represented 1 million square feet, 60% of them being International companies (40% from the UAE). 35% of the trade visitors were importers and wholesales, 15% agents, 33% food service & hospitality establishments, 12% retail buyers from supermarkets, 3% from government and public institutions. “Innovation, quality, ambience & vibrancy differentiates Gulfood from other food exhibitions around the world” said Rakesh Ja, general manager of Al Maya group, among the leading food distributors in the UAE. International cuisine was showcased at the “Tastes of the World” cooking event, with the participation of 50 renowned chefs from 30 nationalities, inclusive 4 Michelin star chefs. “Gulfood Connexions” B2B agendas facilitated 6,700 individual trade meetings, generating an average of US$2 Million average deal value per participating company. “The Gulfood Connections team was awesome, the coordination was perfect, excellent meetings for me” said Flora Hu, head of business development at Tesco. Among the other events featured are “Celebrating Excellence” innovation awards with 6000 attendees and 48 finalists, “Ibrik Championship” involving 30 of the region’s leading baristas, “CXO Club” forum attended by +60 hand picked industry leaders.

 

Posted on

BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020: Global sector gathering wows more than 47,000 trade visitors

BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020: Global sector gathering wows more than 47,000 trade visitors

BIOFACH, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, achieved record highs for exhibitor numbers, exhibition space and international attendance at this year’s events. A total of 3,792 exhibitors from 110 countries showcased their products for trade visitors in a display area of 57,609 m² (net area, excluding special shows).

With the trade fairs occupying two halls more than last year, more than 47,000 professional buyers from 136 countries were won over by the new developments, trends and innovations from all around the world. Making up the top five countries by visitor attendance this year were Germany, Austria, Italy, France and the Netherlands. And with just shy of 10,000 participants, the accompanying Congress confirmed its position as the largest international platform for knowledge transfer and networking. Highlight of the opening: the inspiring keynote by Dr Jane Goodall Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).

Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse, comments: “We are really pleased that BIOFACH and VIVANESS once again brought together more than 47,000 trade visitors in Nuremberg for the annual sector gathering in 2020. That’s only eight percent less than last year, in spite of the hesitation caused by the coronavirus. The chief focus in the exhibition halls was on networking, trade and interaction on topics of interest to the sector. The general atmosphere was highly positive, and the emotional highlight was beyond doubt the extremely impressive Dr Jane Goodall with her keynote.”

Opening ceremony with top-level attendance – record visitor numbers for Congress

The combined trade fair was opened jointly by Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, and Dr Jane Goodall, primate researcher, environmental activist and UN Messenger of Peace. The sector was deeply moved by the keynote given by Dr Goodall, and gave her a standing ovation. This was the first year that the BIOFACH and VIVANESS Congress gathered almost 10,000 delegates and discussion participants in 149 individual sessions, confirming its role as the most important international platform for sharing knowledge and information in the sector. Magnets for visitors: “New Organic Regulation: What will apply to farmers and producers starting in 2021?”, with 250 participants (BIOFACH), and “The natural cosmetics market 2019: Facts, figures and outlook”, with 150 visitors (VIVANESS). The main congress theme, “Organic delivers!”, attracted an above-average total of 75 participants to each of the ten sessions.
 

BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020 provided even more space for organic foodstuffs and natural and organic cosmetics. Halls 3A and 3C, noted for their sustainability, impressed exhibitors and visitors alike, and were very well received. Feedback from the exhibition advisory board for the premiere of VIVANESS in Hall 3C was positive without exception: “This is a hall you feel at home in!”, “A real wellness hall!”, “Super because it’s so spacious and light!” The expansion of BIOFACH also went down well: “This combined event just keeps on getting better!”

Award-worthy: Best New Product Awards

Once again in 2020, the trade visitors voted for their favourites at both trade fairs to win the Best New Product Award in seven categories. Käserebellen GmbH was one of the happy winners at BIOFACH with its “Organic Volcano Rebell” (Fresh food), as was EISL EIS with its “Organic sheep’s milk ice cream – ice cream in the glass” (Frozen food). In the category “Grocery products, cooking and baking”, SONNENTOR was very happy to pick up one of the coveted awards for its “Essential Spice Oils”. HANS Brainfood impressed the trade visitors with its “Hemp Bites” in the “Grocery products, snacks and sweets” category. “RETTERGUT organic soups” from Dörrwerk won a Best New Product Award in the “Other grocery products” category. In the Drinks category, Voelkel proved a winner with its “Voelkel Oat drink gluten-free”, and Biobaula impressed with its “Biobaula Eco-Cleaning-Tabs” in the Non-food category.

The dazzling winners at VIVANESS were: SPEICK Naturkosmetik, which should be very happy with its awards for “White Soap, Red Soap & Green Soap” in the Facial care category and “SPEICK PURE Shampoo” in the Hair care category; another two-time winner is PRIMAVERA LIFE with its “Hemp Seed Oil organic” (Special cosmetics/care) and with “PRIMAVERA Wellbeing” in the Wellness products category. Other prizewinners included Ben & Anna with “Natural Care Shower and Shampoo Tablets” (Body care); LOGOCOS Naturkosmetik with “Fresh Cucumber Volume Mascara and Classic Volume Mascara ‘black’” (Decorative cosmetics); and ELIAH SAHIL ORGANIC CARE with its “Organic Tooth Powder ginger” and “Organic Tooth Oil turmeric” (Drugstore articles).

Save the date for 2021 now: 17-20 February

The next meeting of the international sector at BIOFACH and VIVANESS will take place on 17-20 February 2021. Almost 95 percent of this year’s visitors have already blocked these dates out, to be sure of attending again next year.
 

Posted on

Macfrut 2020, the Tropical Fruit Congress will be dedicated to avocados

Macfrut 2020, the Tropical Fruit Congress will be dedicated to avocados

The programme for the third edition of the Tropical Fruit Congress, the only event in Europe dedicated to exotic fruit, has been finalised: once again, it will be held during Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fresh produce industry, from 5 to 7 May 2020 at the Rimini Expo Centre, Italy 

Cesena, 26th February 2020 – A two-day event with more than ten international speakers and a single theme. These are the numbers of the third edition of the Tropical Fruit Congress, an international event to discuss exotic fruit, to be held during Macfrut on 6 and 7 May 2020. The star of the event will be a single fruit, namely avocado: in the last few years, avocado consumption has increased exponentially worldwide, especially in the EU. In fact, in the 2018-2019 season, avocado consumption in Europe increased by 19% over the previous season and by as much as 111% over 2013-2014, with an estimated total of 636,119 tonnes. In terms of sales volumes, the first consumer country in Europe is France, with 145,000 tonnes consumed, followed by the UK (105,633 tonnes), Germany (82,327 tonnes) and Spain (72,122 tonnes). Italy ranks sixth, with 22,340 tonnes, up 29% from 2017-2018 and up 248% from 2013-2014. However, in terms of per capita consumption, Denmark ranks first (2.69 kg), followed by Norway (non-EU country – 2.53 kg), the Netherlands (2.32 kg), France (2.16 kg) and Sweden (2.07 kg). (source: professional sources+Eurostat)

Data processed by CIRAD, based on EUROSTAT

The third edition of the Tropical Fruit Congress will be spread over two days. 

The first day will be Wednesday 6 May, from 2.30pm, with a session coordinated by Roberto Della Casa – Agroter/Bologna University, focusing on the avocado market in Europe. Daria Lodi of CSO Italy will explain consumption patterns in Europe; Thomas Padilla, Senior Director of Export Sales at Mission Produce, will focus on new countries that supply avocados to Europe, such as Peru, Colombia and Guatemala, and will explain how these supplies will help to meet the growing demand for consumption all year round; Said Bannany, Director of Total Exotics, instead, will talk about traditional supplier countries. These speeches will be followed by a round table on how to sell avocados in Europe, which will be attended by buyers and retailers who will share their direct experiences.

The second day will be Thursday 7 May, from 10am to 1.30pm, with a session coordinated by Pierre Escodo, Director of Eurofresh Distribution, focusing on production and post-harvest and what’s new in the sector. The speakers will provide an overview of the situation in several key countries in the sector: Michael Horney of Peruvian Agritrade will explain how the sector has evolved in Peru; Jorge Restrepo, Executive Director of Corpohass, will provide an overview of Colombia, while Andrea Passanisi of Sicilia Avocado will focus on avocado production in Italy. Speeches will also be given by Therese Bruwer of Westphalia, who will describe the various cultivars of each producer country, and Eelke Westra of Wageningen University who will present a research on improving avocado quality in the post-harvest phase. To conclude, a technical workshop on post-harvest innovations will be held, with the participation of major technological players.

Sponsorship: companies can be a sponsor at the Congress, in GOLD or SILVER mode. So far, the companies that have joined include Ziehl-Abegg, Aweta, TR Turoni, Spreafico, Felix-Instruments, Dole and Procomer – Essential Costa Rica.

Registration: registrations are now open and special rates are available until 31 March. For further information and to register online, please go to the “Register Now” section of the website www.tropicalfruitcongress.com 

For further information:

www.tropicalfruitcongress.com 

For the press:

Elena Vincenzi/Stefania Duminuco

International press office Macfrut c/o fruitecom – Tel. +39-059-7863894

Posted on

Fruit Logistica registers slight drop in attendance 

Fruit Logistica registers slight drop in attendance 

 

The sector’s leading trade fair saw an 8% fall in attendance, no doubt largely due to issues relating to the coronavirus which left most Chinese delegates unable to attend. In total, there were 72,000 visitors at the event between 5th and 7th February. The overall quality of the meetings, networking and marketing was good, with over 95% of the professional visitors interviewed by the organisers providing positive evaluations of the fair. A total of 3,300 exhibitors displayed premium fresh products from around the world, with 85% of them from outside Germany. Italy, Spain and France were at the forefront with country pavilions. 

 

Posted on

Macfrut 2020: Central Asia and Africa in the spotlight

Macfrut 2020: Central Asia and Africa in the spotlight

From October to December, more than 10 international missions took place in Asia and Africa to promote the 37th edition of Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fresh produce industry, which will be held May 5-7 (2020) in Rimini, Italy. This year, it will also host the Spices & Herbs Global Expo, the first exhibition in Europe dedicated to the world of spices and officinal herbs. The outcome of this first series of promotional tours turned out to be highly satisfying – for the first time, the participation of a group of exhibitors from Central Asia was confirmed, including companies from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. As for the Caucasus region, there will be collective stands for Georgia and Azerbaijan, while Mali and Cameroon will be present for the first time in the African Pavilion.

Posted on

Medfel 2020 focuses on initiatives for the climate and consumers

Medfel 2020 focuses on initiatives for the climate and consumers

 

With 6,000 expected visitors and 250 exhibitors, the 12th edition of the MEDFEL fair focuses on the key themes of our time: sustainable and organic agriculture and consumer trends. On 22-23 April, 2020 at the Exhibition Centre in Perpignan (France), the fair will present a view of the sector and the initiatives taken so far. It will also be the occasion to hear the sector’s major players discussing initiatives for the climate and in the organic sector to meet society’s expectations. The Fel’Innov’ Challenge will provide an engaging 0 waste initiative, while Isabelle Autissier, president of the WWF France, has been invited to lead a debate on the organic sector.

Posted on

Ecuador Exquisito 2.0

Ecuador Exquisito 2.0

As part of Ecuador’s participation as a Guest Country at Fruit Logistica, Ecuador Exquisito, an institutional brand for the promotion of the Premium export food and beverages sector of Ecuador, was presented through gastronomic tastings involving outstanding Ecuadorian and foreign chefs. Such promotional events are organised abroad in coordination with the network and commercial offices.

The renowned Ecuadorian chef Carlos Gallardo was together with the Vice-Minister of Export and Investment Promotion at the Ecuador stand on the last day of the fair, emphasising that this gastronomic promotion tool seeks to contribute to national exports by positioning the country’s products in recognised recipes that attract the interest of buyers, consumers and opinion leaders internationally.

Gallardo later demonstrated a dish made with typical Ecuadorian ingredients, an exquisite ceviche of white fish, shrimp and octopus with mango.

In 2019, five Exquisite Ecuador events were held in the cities of Beijing, Guatemala, Madrid, Toronto, Sao Paulo. Since its creation in 2014, 94 international gastronomic events have been held, with the participation of approximately 500 exporters.

Its web platform will allow Ecuador Exquisito to progress to level 2.0 to meet new actors interested in the country’s exportable offer from the sectors of:

– Aquaculture

– Agroindustry

– Processed foods

– Banana

– Cocoa

– Coffee

– Non-traditional fruits

– Fishing

This space will contain audiovisual materials linked to the official institutional accounts on social networks featuring the different initiatives of Ecuador Exquisito, as well as the testimonies of the participating chefs and the impressions obtained from buyers and potential investors during the events. Thus, Ecuador Exquisito can generate greater credibility and give potential buyers the opportunity to review the ingredients used in recipes prepared with Ecuadorian products.

Visiting the site, you can see a list of exporters from the participating sectors, previously validated by the institution to establish new commercial contacts with exporting companies that meet the criteria demanded by the international market.