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Asia Fruit Logistica 2021 returns to Hong Kong in September

Asia Fruit Logistica 2021 returns to Hong Kong in September © Asia Fruit Logistica

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Asia Fruit Logistica is back to the face-to-face format of a physical trade show next September. Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show returns to AsiaWorld-Expo Centre in Hong Kong on 28-30 September 2021. It takes place together with Asiafruit Congress, which meets on 27 September 2021.

Asia Fruit Logistica’s commercial director, Will Wollbold, said: “We have very bold plans for 2021. Our ambition is to welcome our clients back into the halls next September and open our doors in Hong Kong at the right time for Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable business to meet conveniently and productively.”

Surveys of Asia Fruit Logistica visitors and exhibitors underline a strong preference to meet in person at the first viable opportunity, so the return to the physical trade show at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo next September is the best platform.

“Our face-to-face format lets customers meet and interact in person so they can maintain their relationships and make many new ones with trade partners in Asia. Ours is the best-quality trade show experience in the halls of AsiaWorld-Expo. Hong Kong is also a highly advantageous location because of its global connectivity,” said Wollbold.

Asia Fruit Logistica ON, the digital edition of the trade show, connected Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable business with suppliers and buyers across the world when it took place on 17-20 November 2020. Feedback from exhibitors underlined the importance of face-to-face meetings.

Asia Fruit Logistica’s return to a physical format in 2021 also benefits from key features of this year’s digital edition. The trade show will continue to offer its easy-to- use business matching and meeting technology to enable clear scheduling of productive business meetings. It will also provide a virtual content platform to enable visitors and delegates who cannot attend in person to join sessions live or view them on-demand.

“Our network of international sales representatives continues to support clients and suppliers who come from across 40 countries worldwide, and we expect to attract attendees from over 70 different countries as we have done in previous years,” said Wollbold.

Exhibitor registrations for Asia Fruit Logistica open in mid-January 2021.

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First Agricultural Water Summit to be held in Chile in April

First Agricultural Water Summit to be held in Chile in April

The first-ever edition of the Agricultural Water Summit will be held across three days, staring on April 20, 2021, in the Hotel Sun Monticello Conference Center in San Francisco de Mostazal, close to the capital of Chile, Santiago. Organised by Yentzen Group, the Agricultural Water Summit will be a meeting point not only for the agricultural industry and related entities in Chile but also for international experts, who will come together to share their experience on using innovative techniques and farm management styles to limit the impacts of drought on horticultural operations.

Fostering intersectoral cooperation through both public and private organizations in order to bring about new and meaningful responses to the water crisis is another imperative of the event. The event is expected the receive hundreds of attendees from Chile and the rest of the world, as well as dozens of commercial exhibitors.

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Aldi to continue expansion in northern Italy in 2021

Aldi ccontinues to expand in Italy © Shutterstock

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Aldi will continue its expansion in Italy, which has seen an average of three openings per month (mainly in the north), despite the many difficulties caused by the pandemic. The fruit and vegetable department continues to play a central role, as it seeks to keep the supply chain as short as possible by offering a generous selection of about 120 items of fresh fruit and vegetables.

About 80% of the food products sold by Aldi in Italy come from Italian and regional suppliers, promoting strong local links, while respecting sustainability and the seasonal rhythms of fruit and vegetable production. 

Aldi’s corporate responsibility principles are laid out in a multi-year Today for Tomorrow programme, which aims to ensure sustainable development for the environment and for the society of the future. Faced with a growing number of stores, in May, Aldi doubled its logistics capacity to optimise the distribution process and now has two centres, in Oppeano (Verona) and in Landriano (Pavia). In line with the policy of greater energy efficiency, both logistics centres and shops are equipped with LED lighting and solar energy panels and all buildings are EN ISO 50001 certified.

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Chile’s avocado production area begins to climb once more

Chile’s avocado production area begins to climb once more

Chile’s avocado production area is expected to increase slightly in 2020, following 6 years of shrinkage. Th3 MY20201 crop is expected to total around 220,000 tons, with exports reaching 145,000 tons, assuming planted area and productivity remain unchanged. Hass avocado accounts for almost 90% of the total 30,143 hectares, according to ODEPA data. Chileans consume around 30% of the domestic avocado production (graph 1).

The region of Valparaiso is the top avocado production region with 20,318 hectares (67.4%), followed by the Metropolitana (14%) and Coquimbo (13.2%).

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Portuguese innovations in food are put on show to the world at the Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal 2021

Portuguese innovations in food are put on show to the world at the Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal 2021
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The European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS 2020) recently classified Portugal as a ‘strongly innovative’ country. Analysts place Portugal above the European average in the categories of innovation-friendly environment, innovation systems, and business innovation. These results are the outcome of Portuguese companies’ firm commitment to R&D, as well as a collaborative working framework in which the private sector has cooperated with the public sector for decades on development programmes.

The strong Portuguese agri-food sector is a prime example of this innovative spirit. Its proactive nature is reflected in consistent export growth and numerous initiatives aimed at maintaining the Portuguese food industry in a prominent position worldwide. “Technological evolution has been promoted through the dissemination of information and initiatives that raise awareness, foster empowerment, and facilitate the implementation of digitization solutions by national agri-food companies,” declared Amândio Santos, the president of PortugalFoods.

The Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal, to be held as an online event on 20-23 January 2021, is one of these pioneering projects. The event was created by the associations of Portugal Foods, Portugal Fresh, Inovcluster and Agrocluster do Ribatejo, which together make up the Portuguese Agrofood Cluster.

The forum will serve as a showcase and meeting point for dozens of Portuguese companies and hundreds of international buyers. Fruit and vegetables, fish and canned goods, meat and charcuterie, quality oils, wines and spirits, confectionary and other gourmet products, are just some of the Portuguese products that will be showcased at the event.

Buyers interested in taking part in the Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal can now register free of charge here: https://bit.ly/DASP2021

 

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First edition of Agricultural Water Summit Scheduled for April 2021 in Chile

Agricultural Water Summit moved to September 22, 2020
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The first ever edition of the Agricultural Water Summit will take place on April 20, 2021, in the Hotel Sun Monticello Conference Center in San Francisco de Mostazal, close to the capital Santiago. Organised by Yentzen Group, the Agricultural Water Summit will be a meeting point not only for the agricultural industry and related entities in Chile but also for international experts, who will come together to share their experience on using innovative techniques and farm management styles to limit the impacts of drought on horticultural operations.

Fostering intersectoral cooperation through both public and private organizations in order to bring about new and meaningful responses to the water crisis is another imperative of the event.

The event is expected the receive hundreds of attendees from Chile and the rest of the world, as well as dozens of commercial exhibitors.

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Fruit Logistica Special Edition 2021 well received by fruit and vegetable industry

Fruit Logistica Special Edition 2021 well received by fruit and vegetable industry © FRUIT LOGISTICA

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Exhibitors who have not yet booked a stand and are interested in participating in FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION 2021 can now register. “We are delighted to be able to invite more exhibitors to participate in FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION 2021, to be held in May in Berlin. The strong demand from the global fruit and vegetable sector has highlighted the importance of a face-to-face event. There is a great desire to get new customers through face-to-face meetings and to strengthen existing relationships,” said Madlen Miserius, executive director of products at FRUIT LOGISTICA. “FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION will allow us to do business in person, but it will also offer the possibility of establishing contacts in digital format to companies that cannot participate as exhibitors or specialized visitors in 2021.”

Exhibitors from the different sectors of the value chain, from fresh fruits and vegetables to packaging, logistics, seeds and fertilisers, greenhouse machinery and technology, and agricultural machinery can now register to participate in FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION. The first registration phase, which closed on November 20, 2020, was reserved for exhibitors who had registered at FRUIT LOGISTICA. Today, 400 companies from 40 countries have already registered, including many reputable companies, such as KÖLLA, Port International, Rijk Zwaan, Hamburg Süd and KRONEN.

For Arno Überbacher, CEO of Evelina, direct exchange and business initiation are a priority: “Fruit Logistica has always been a key meeting point to strengthen our international business relationships, discuss matters of interest in face-to-face meetings and put in march new projects. This is why we look forward to participating in the special edition.”

Many other exhibitors agree that FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION 2021 is the ideal platform for the presentation of news and innovations. “In these difficult times we remain true to our policy of continuous innovation. And, in 2021, there is no better place to show our classics and expose the novelties of the fruit and vegetable industry, both in person and in digital format, ”said Glenn Sebregts, head of the marketing department at BelOrta. Jérémie Chabanis, head of value chain for Europe, Africa and the Middle East at Syngenta Vegetable Seeds, agrees: “We are looking forward to participating in FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION 2021. FRUIT LOGISTICA is a key platform in the industry to meet with the main international players in the fresh fruit and vegetable market, and allows us to present the latest innovations.”

The compact format of FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION with turnkey exhibitor packages and the wide layout of the premises allow compliance with COVID-19 regulations, guaranteeing companies that exhibit the flexibility they need and helping them minimize risks, to which the current cancellation conditions also contribute, which offer free cancellation up to four weeks before the start of the event. The SPECIAL EDITION of FRUIT LOGISTICA is complemented with new content. Among other events, there will be a buyers programme, partnerships between like-minded companies and live broadcasts of the event programme.

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South Asia Rising: US Food and Beverage Virtual Trade Event

South Asia Rising: US Food and Beverage Virtual Trade Event

US food and beverage exporters can connect with new customers and explore exciting sales opportunities in the rapidly growing South Asia market during a virtual trade event hosted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Apply now to join us for South Asia Rising, which will take place February 2-4, 2021.

US farm and food exports to the South Asian nations of Bangladesh, India, Burma (Myanmar), Nepal and Sri Lanka have grown 80% over the past five years, reaching an annual value of $3.6 billion. The region’s growing population of globally fluent, aspirational consumers is driving demand for a wide range of premium food and beverage products, creating excellent sales prospects for U.S. companies.

Exporters of U.S. dairy products, healthy and natural foods (including vegetarian/vegan-friendly foods and non-alcoholic beverages), prepared foods and tree nuts are strongly encouraged to apply. Representatives from FAS offices across the region will offer insights on current market trends and conditions and participating U.S. companies will be able to connect directly with interested customers during virtual business-to-business meetings arranged by FAS staff. 

The deadline to apply is December 11, 2020. Please click here for more information or contact virtualtradeevents@usda.gov.

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United Fresh launches new programme to kick off 2021

United Fresh launches new programme to kick off 2021

United Fresh Produce Association is launching the United re-Fresh Experience, a monthly series of events in January 2021 to re-Fresh your business, re-Fresh your company, and re-Fresh your life. 

“Despite the trials and tribulations across our supply chain in 2020, we’re all ready to turn the corner into brighter days,” said Tom Stenzel, President & CEO of United Fresh. “The new United re-Fresh Experience will help companies and teams explore what we’ve learned this year to build a stronger future, and what new and innovative opportunities lie ahead in 2021.”

Ten thought-provoking sessions spread across the month will bring together peers across the industry in a new and unique way. Experts will present concepts to forge success in both personal and business environments, followed immediately by break-out peer-to-peer discussions to share innovative strategies coming to life in 2021.  

Among the session topics to be addressed:

  • Solutions for Personal Well-Being in Stressful Times

  • Combining Remote and in-Person Work Environments for Success

  • Enhancing Diversity and Equality Within Your Company and Our Industry

  • Creating Flexible Supply Chains to Withstand Future Challenges

  • Building Sustainability Into Your Operations

  • Assessing the Impact of the Presidential Election

  • Managing Food Safety Through Disruption and Crisis

  • Creating Impulse Buying in Online Produce Sales

  • Adopting Direct-to-Consumer Sales Opportunities

  • Rebuilding the Restaurant and Hospitality Sector

The 2021 United re-Fresh Experience Advisory Council will be co-chaired by Kristen Reid, Executive Vice President, MIXTEC Group, and Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, Marketing and Communications, D’Arrigo California.

“The United re-Fresh Experience allows our industry to start the year with enthusiasm and an open-mind as we navigate new ways of operating,” said Reid. “Claudia and I look forward to working with our peers and the United Fresh team to bring the strongest possible experience to the industry.”

To join the United re-Fresh Experience Advisory Council, contact Amanda Griffin, United Fresh Vice President, Education & Program Management at agriffin@unitedfresh.org. The Advisory Council will help select speakers for the sessions and ensure the greatest value to the membership and industry through this unique programming.

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Macfrut looks to the future

Macfrut looks to the future
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The 37th edition of the International trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector is scheduled to be held from 4 to 6 May at the Rimini Expo Centre. Melon will be the key product, with Sardinia as the Partner Region and an international focus on Central Asia. One of the novelties will be the Spices & Herbs Global Expo exhibition.

 

Cesena, 14 October 2020 – Macfrut looks to the future with optimism. In order to meet the expectations of its target audience, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector is set to take place in May 2021 as a major face-to-face event, hoping that the Covid-19 emergency will be over by then: the 37th edition of Macfrut is scheduled to be held from 4 to 6 May 2021 at the Rimini Expo Centre.

Melon will be the event’s key product, symbolising the quality of Italian fruits and vegetables, and will be discussed and promoted during a series of events involving buyers and visitors.

The Partner Region will be Sardinia, a region where the fruit and vegetable sector significantly increases the total value of domestic agricultural production (23%).

Alongside these novelties, the new exhibition project, the Spices & Herbs Global Expo, which was put on hold due to the Covid-19 emergency, will be resumed. It is the first exhibition in Europe dedicated to the world of spices, officinal plants and aromatic herbs, which is set to become a global meeting point for producers, technicians, researchers, traders and processors. It will be complemented by an extensive programme of conferences and dedicated events, including the presentation of the Observatory on spices and officinal herbs, created as a result of the partnership between Cesena Fiera and ISMEA (Institute of Services for the Agricultural Food Market).

There will be an international focus on “Fruits and spices along Marco Polo’s route”, and the emerging markets of the Far East will be in the spotlight, especially those of Central Asia and of the Indian Ocean, where fruit, vegetable and spice sales are growing rapidly.

The first initiatives to promote Macfrut 2021 internationally will take place in Central Asia – specifically in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan – which, in this first phase, will be in digital mode. Presentations are also scheduled in South America (Colombia, Chile, Cuba and Peru), Africa (Zambia) and, in particular, in China, with which we will continue our partnership established during Macfrut Digital. Once again, the ICE Agenzia – Italian Trade Agency offices around the world and Macfrut’s network of foreign agents will play a strategic role.

The commitment to digitisation also continues. In fact, two of the main Forums of Macfrut 2021 will be hosted on a digital platform as well, as in the recent edition of Macfrut Digital. Two events will be held both face to face and online: the Acqua Campus, showcasing innovations in irrigation, and Macfrut Field Solution, dedicated to cutting-edge technologies for the horticultural sector, with a special focus on melons. The other two main focus sessions of Macfrut, instead, will take place in the traditional format: the Biosolutions International Congress, dedicated to the biostimulant and biocontrol industries, and the Greenhouse Technology Village, dedicated to greenhouse horticulture innovation.

With this road map in mind, the President of Macfrut, Renzo Piraccini, is optimistic: ‘Although the current situation calls for caution,’ he says, ‘we are convinced that in May 2021 we will have the right conditions in place to hold a major event, which is something the fruit and vegetable industry really needs. If this is not the case, we have prepared alternative options that we will take into consideration, in a very pragmatic way, together with our exhibitors.’ 

Macfrut Digital between 2020 and 2021

The outcome of the first trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector held on a digital platform was positive. Despite some difficulties in the initial phase, the numbers speak for themselves: 32,212 participants during the three-day event, with 18,164 individual professional visitors and 219,524 pages viewed.

It recorded a large number of foreign participants: 49% of visitors were from abroad representing 152 countries, of which 60% from Europe, 12% from North Africa, 10% from Sub-Saharan Africa, 6% from the Far East and Australia, and 4% from North America, Russia and Eastern Europe. A total of 600 buyers registered on the platform, 4,492 B2B meetings were requested, and 3,840 messages were sent via the “Write to us” button.

The exhibition halls most popular among visitors were Production and Trade (8,421 visitors), the International Halls (5,203), Machinery and Systems (3,424), Packaging (3016) and Plant nurseries (2,200).

An interesting figure is the number of visits: 52.5% through mobile devices and tablets, 47.5% through desktop computers.

The Macfrut Digital project will be repeated, packed with new content, from 28 to 30 September 2021 in parallel with another global event: the International Asparagus Days.

Therefore, Macfrut continues to take a digital approach to be integrated with the “traditional” trade fair format.