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Messe Berlin is cancelling its FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION 2021 on 18-20 May 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Europe and the rest of the world.

“I’m quite sure today’s cancellation is no surprise to anyone,” says Madlen Miserius, Senior Product Manager. “The coronavirus pandemic is lasting longer than expected. We wanted to make an onsite event happen in May. But the prospects both for international business travel to Berlin and for large face-to-face gatherings are too low.  And under these circumstances it’s simply impossible for us to meet face-to-face.”

Messe Berlin had worked hard to prepare a special edition of FRUIT LOGISTICA to take place over three days in May. The FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION was designed to withstand key uncertainties of the pandemic and to safeguard customers in terms of their health and of their investment in the show. And the concept resonated with business: more than 600 companies from Europe and the rest of the world had registered.

“We developed FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION as we knew through discussions with the industry that the market’s desire for a physical event was very strong. That’s why we developed a concept to offer our exhibitors the greatest flexibility at the smallest possible risk,” says Madlen Miserius, Senior Product Manager.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic still has the upper hand, and this is what has lead to today’s cancellation,” says Miserius. “There is a huge global family of people in the fresh fruit and vegetable business and it comes together every year at FRUIT LOGISTICA. We are already in discussions with international market players and are hard at work to prepare ourselves for FRUIT LOGISTICA 2022. We will do everything to ensure our 30th edition is a vibrant onsite event. So make a date in your diary for FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin on 9-11 February 2022.”

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Interpoma, Fiera Bolzano announces the dates of the 13th edition  

Interpoma, Fiera Bolzano announces the dates of the 13th edition  

The next edition of Interpoma, the only international trade show dedicated to the apple sector, will take place in 2022, from November 17th -19th.

After a thorough evaluation and a series of discussions with exhibiting companies, Fiera Bolzano has decided to return to the usual trade show calendar, which sees Interpoma as a biennial event scheduled in even-numbered years, alternating with Agrialp, the agricultural trade show of the Alpine arc, in odd-numbered years. After the 2020 edition had to be held exclusively as a digital event, it was initially planned to repeat Interpoma in physical presence in 2021. However, considering the exclusive format of Interpoma which, in addition to the trade show, includes a program of customized tours at the regional level and the involvement of the entire city of Bolzano, transformed for the occasion into the apple capital, the Board of Directors of Fiera Bolzano has decided to reschedule Interpoma in 2022, from November 17th to 19th.

“The uncertainty regarding international travel for next fall has led us to the decision, after a thorough evaluation, to postpone the Interpoma trade show to 2022. Interpoma thrives on an international atmosphere with trade visitors from all over the world. We are confident that in 2022 we will be able again to offer a format that fulfils the expectations of our exhibitors, visitors and partners”, says Thomas Mur, Managing Director of Fiera Bolzano.

Indeed, Interpoma makes internationality its main strength. At the last edition in attendance, in 2018, visitors came from 70 different countries.

The next appointment with Interpoma at Fiera Bolzano is therefore from November 17th – 19th, 2022.

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Alimentaria commits to 2022 and calls for a Gastronomic Forum with a wider offer this autumn

Alimentaria commits to 2022 and calls for a Gastronomic Forum with a wider offer this autumn

In addition, Gastronomic Forum Barcelona will take place on the same dates as Alimentaria FoodTech, the trade show on food processing and preservation, in a week dedicated to food sustainability at the same time Barcelona becomes World Sustainable Food Capital for 2021.

Gastronomic Forum Barcelona will be the benchmark event for the country’s food and gastronomy industry this year, with the aim of contributing to the revitalisation of the sector. The event, organised by Fira de Barcelona through Alimentaria Exhibitions, is working on an edition which will take place from 18th to 20th October at the Montjuïc venue and which will expand its usual format by adding to its offer the exhibitors from Alimentaria & Hostelco who are interested in participating this year in a national event for the industry. Thus, in addition to the usual small producers from the primary sector and food artisans, it will be able to bring together a larger representation of companies from the foodservice, equipment, services and distribution sectors.

In this sense, after evaluating the evolution of the pandemic, the international mobility restrictions and consulting exhibitor companies, the trade fair institution has decided to boost this event in autumn and hold a large Alimentaria & Hostelco from the 4th to the 7th of April 2022, thus recovering its biennial periodicity in even years and guaranteeing its usual levels of participation and international attendance. The change of dates for Alimentaria & Hostelco comes after a dialogue with the industry’s productive, associative and institutional network regarding the event scheduled for May of this year (after the April 2020 event was postponed due to Covid-19) with a proposal adapted to current circumstances, both conceptually and in terms of exhibition space.

The managing director of Alimentaria Exhibitions, J. Antonio Valls, assures that “we want to commit to Alimentaria in 2022 with a size and participation that will once again boost international business and, together with Hostelco, maintain the quality and value proposition of previous editions, which have made it a global benchmark for the industry“. However, he specifies that “any national company which would have liked to participate in Alimentaria & Hostelco this year now has the opportunity to do so at Gastronomic Forum Barcelona, in a special edition which will place it among the country’s major food and gastronomy events“.

Sustainable Food Week
Also, coinciding with Barcelona’s World Sustainable Food Capital status, sustainability will have a clear leading role both at Gastronomic Forum Barcelona, which will be one of the focal points of its various activities, and at Alimentaria FoodTech, which will also focus on sustainability applied to food processing and preservation and which will be held alongside the Hispack (packaging) trade show at the Gran Via venue from the 19th to the 22nd of October.

These events will coincide with the celebration in Barcelona of the Global Forum for the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact from the 19th to the 21st of October, an international recognition supported by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations), in which 200 participating cities commit to developing sustainable, fair and healthy agri-food models.

Alimentaria & Hostelco constitute one of the main platforms of international reference with the most complete and transversal offer for the food and drinks industry, foodservice, hospitality equipment and its value chain. At its last edition in 2018, this event brought together 4,500 companies and 150,000 professional visitors, 25% of whom were from abroad.

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Gastronomic Forum Barcelona, Alimentaria FoodTech and Hispack are some of the on-site events that Fira de Barcelona plans to hold this year, with which it will gradually normalise its trade fair activity.

In this sense, the General Manager of the institution, Constantí Serrallonga, emphasized “the importance, in such a complex context, of resuming in the coming months the celebration of events in our venues of Montjuïc and Gran Via to become once more a driver of the much-needed economic and social reactivation”.

Therefore, before the summer, B-Travel and Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week will take place in June, and Automobile Barcelona and BforPlanet, a congress dedicated to promoting the application of the SDGs in the private sector, will be held in July. These trade shows are added to the two major international events scheduled for these months at the Gran Via venue, ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), the largest AV industry trade show, and MWC Barcelona, a world benchmark in mobile technology and communications.

In autumn, the trade show calendar will intensify with the aforementioned food and packaging trade shows, along with other leading events such as Seafood Expo, Expoquimia, Eurosurfas, Equiplast and Industry, IoT Solutions World Congress, the International Boat Show, Caravaning, Smart City Expo World Congress and Barcelona Building Construmat/Piscina&Wellness Barcelona, among others.

In the coming months, the trade fair venues will once again resume their activity and their economic impact, by hosting different trade events with all the safety and prevention measures outlined in the thorough protocol drawn up by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with experts and the advice of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

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GLOBALG.A.P. Opens Applications for G.A.P. Awards 2022

GLOBALG.A.P. Opens Applications for G.A.P. Awards 2022
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Innovative Solutions with a Positive Impact 

Cologne, Germany – GLOBALG.A.P. announced this week that applications are now open for the G.A.P. Awards 2022.  

Applications for G.A.P. Awards 2022

The G.A.P. Awards give farmers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their achievements and gain industry recognition for their efforts to implement good agricultural practices. The judges look for applicants who have developed unique, innovative solutions that make a positive impact on not only their farms and revenues, but also their workers, the environment, and the community. They also seek producers who have been pioneers of change and are the first to implement related policies in their country.  

“We know how difficult it is for farmers all over the world to provide us with high-quality food around the clock despite the COVID-19 crisis, as well as being there for their families and still investing in the future and further development. Our respect goes out to all those who are tirelessly there for us. We would love to hear from as many farmers as possible. Please apply for our G.A.P. Awards and show us how you are coping with current and future challenges.” said Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. 

Only GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard certified producers and producer groups (including any programs involving one or more certified producers) may apply. All applicants must submit an application form, business logo, PDF abstract, pictures, and contact information by 30 April 2022. The judges will make their selections by the end of June 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application period has been extended to cover the 2 years leading up to the next GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT. 

GLOBALG.A.P. will announce 4 winners and their accomplishments at the end of July 2022. Each winner will receive an invitation to a special awards ceremony held during the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2022. G.A.P. Awards 2022 winners will also receive a certificate, seal, and trophy. GLOBALG.A.P. will cover travel and accommodation costs for each winner (1 person per company). 

Sponsored by CropLife, the 2022 award covers four main categories:  

  • Women in agriculture 
  • Agricultural impact: Monitoring and evaluation – water, biodiversity, etc.  
  • Smallholders/Capacity building – localg.a.p./Primary Farm Assurance (PFA) implementation  
  • Innovation for sustainability 

Based on an assessment criteria checklist, a team of judges will evaluate the outstanding performance and achievements of producers with certified processes in these areas. The subcategory areas include:  

  • Traceability – IT/transparency usage 
  • Push for partnerships/co-operations (public, private, etc.) 
  • Innovative practices/technologies 
  • Economic aspects/added value 
  • Passion and powerful story 
  • Climate-friendly practices/CO2 emission reduction 

Judges will also acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic by assessing:  

  • The impacts of COVID-19 and how producers have faced the global pandemic