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GreenTech 2019 addresses crop production challenges

GreenTech 2019 will feature an all new knowledge programme which will take place on 11, 12 and 13 June at RAI Amsterdam. With this programme the international horticulture industry gets answers on how to optimize crop production and discover the latest technological innovations.

GreenTech will address challenges for growers worldwide with more than 80 sessions in three theatres which are developed in close collaboration with Delphy and Wageningen University. Sjaak Bakker, Manager Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University and Research, says: “Knowledge development, application and sharing with entrepreneurs will be highlighted during the GreenTech. During the knowledge programme, together with other stake holders and GreenTech exhibitors, Wageningen University will give a series of presentations on the latest developments in the sector on how to optimize your crop production. Do not miss this opportunity to improve your knowledge”.

A glimpse of what to expect

GreenTech, FarmTech and Agritecture are working together on a knowledge session for the vertical- and indoor farming segment. This is a growing market in the horticulture industry with high-tech innovations and rapid developments.

Anticipating in the growth of the Medicinal Cannabis industry, a session dedicated to Medicinal Cannabis will take place. Medicinal Cannabis attracts a lot of growers and investors. This session will be organised together with PhytoNext, Hoban Law Group and International Hemp Solutions.

Other horticulture experts will discuss relevant topics like organic greenhouse growing, the use of Artificial Technology for greenhouse production, autonomous greenhouse management but also water efficiency, energy efficiency, LED lighting strategies, greenhouse heating without fossil energy, climate control, human capital, robotics, organic crop production, biological crop control without chemicals and precision horticulture. Find out more about the knowledge programme and planning on https://www.greentech.nl/programme/.

Free registration for GreenTech until 3 June

Visitors can register free of charge until 3 June on  www.greentech.nl. After 3 June the online registration fee will be €40 including VAT per person, and €70 including VAT at the entrance desk.

 

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GLOBALG.A.P. enters the future of farm certification

At its Amsterdam summit on September 27, GLOBALG.A.P. celebrated 20 years of global partnership and set the course for the future of farm certification

The GLOBALGAP biannual summit took place in Amsterdam September 27-28, attracting 400 delegates from 57 countries.

The event was an opportunity to look back on what has been achieved so far and set the course for the challenges that lie ahead due to the digital transformation of the agribusiness and food sector, and the need for more transparency for consumers and governments, the organisation said in a press release.

First product with consumer label on German retail shelves

With its rainbow trout by the brand Sea Pride, the specialist food trader Clama presented the first product in the German market with the new GGN.ORG consumer label, which is listed in the web site http://ggn.org/en/.

The label includes the GGN (the unique GLOBALG.A.P. number), which consumers can use on the site to learn about the farm of origin of the frozen trout through an individual farm profile.

Clama CEO Martin Hofstede was one of the initial supporters of the idea with GLOBALG.A.P. “Today the majority of consumers expect a product to meet high social, environmental and ethical standards, even for the mass market.”

“The GLOBALG.A.P. standard is undisputed in the B2B area and in this respect a GGN label is logical and very welcome in communicating this quality to the consumer,” he said at the SEG 2016 in Brussels.

Consumers can now buy the first products from aquaculture with GGN just 4 months after the initial presentation of the concept in Brussels. This is good news on the path towards more transparency and sustainability in aquaculture.

Adoption of greenfence platform technology

GLOBALG.A.P. announced the introduction of the novel platform technology, and greenfence representatives explained to delegates how their platform adds efficiencies and value for farmers, improves transparency and data access for buyers throughout the food supply chain, and benefits certification bodies during GLOBALG.A.P. audits.

This move revolutionises GLOBALG.A.P.’s ability to offer services around farm assurance and certification that will add efficiencies and value for farmers, and improve transparency and data access for buyers throughout the food supply chain.

Support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations

GLOBALG.A.P. already incorporates a number of practices in line with the SDGs.

On September 26, the GLOBALG.A.P. Board decided to formally visualise its current alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

Contributing to the SDGs is a collaborative effort, which is also part of GLOBALG.A.P.’s principles, and working towards GLOBALG.A.P. certification is already an important milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

For the first time, all summit delegates had the opportunity to offset the carbon footprint of their journey to the summit with carbon credits sponsored by the Gold Standard.

“As a global organisation, GLOBALG.A.P. is aware of the impact of all our activities and thank the Gold Standard for this collaboration,” GLOBALG.A.P. CEO Kristian Moeller said on the eve of the summit.

Young academics awarded for research efforts

GLOBALG.A.P. invited young researchers to submit original and/or relevant research pieces on subjects related to Good Agricultural Practices for presentation in the form of a poster at the 2016 GLOBALG.A.P. Summit.

A total of 37 abstracts were submitted from 26 universities in 21 countries around the world, underlining the truly global reach of the GLOBALG.A.P. Young Academics Award.

The winning piece, “Assessment of irrigation water quality and microbiological safety of leafy greens at GLOBALG.A.P. and non-GLOBAL.G.A.P. certified production systems,” was submitted by Gape Jongman from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

As the finalist, Jongman was invited to the summit, where he was able to present his research.

GLOBALG.A.P. Good Agricultural Practice awards

The G.A.P. Awards recognise producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. principles.

This year´s awards went to:

  • Ranadi Plantation Partnership from Fiji,
  • Varcli Pinares S.A. from Costa Rica,
  • Muviwapasi Association c/o Africado Ltd. from Tanzania,
  • Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School from Japan.

GLOBALG.A.P.’s Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Richard Yudin, Fyffes plc, and Willem Hofmans, Ahold Delhaize, for their unceasing efforts in the area of Good Agricultural Practices in the past decades.

The National Technical Working Group Award went to the Netherlands for their efforts to help adopt GLOBALG.A.P.’s universal standard on a local scale.

 

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Amsterdam Produce Show about to debut

The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference (APS) is set to take place November 2-4, with the trade exhibition set in the unique surroundings of the Gashouder at the iconic Westergasfabriek.

The Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference (APS) is set to take place November 2-4, with the trade exhibition set in the unique surroundings of the Gashouder at the iconic Westergasfabriek.

This boutique trade show brings the international fresh produce and flower communities together in Holland – at the very heart of the global produce industry.

Organised and hosted by the creators of the award-winning London Produce Show and Conference and The New York Produce Show and Conference, the Amsterdam event boasts a unique concentration of Dutch and international trade buyers from the retail, foodservice and wholesale sectors, who all exhibitors will have direct access to.

A series of networking events, Holland-focused seminars and chef demonstrations with some of the Netherlands’ top culinary minds will run around and alongside the exhibition.

Four themes infuse the event

The Amsterdam event will have four core themes running throughout – Innovation, Sustainability, Education and Health – with feature zones on the show floor looking at the ways in which both Dutch and international companies are addressing the challenges and opportunities in these areas, in order to sell more fresh produce to consumers in an ever-changing marketplace.

The main seminar stage will focus on Dutch leadership and some of the innovators and influencers who are helping the country maintain its position at the industry’s top table.

Look out for innovative touches from an event perspective, too – the food and drink is being provided free to visitors by entrepreneurial young specialist chefs from Holland and chef demonstrations and pop-up seminars will also bring something new to the show floor.

The event begins on November 2 with a networking event like no other, a fabulous opening cocktail reception that is open to everyone. It ends on November 4 with a series of educational and inspirational tours taking in retail, logistics, production and food service in and around Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Jim Prevor, editor in chief of Produce Business, the magazine behind the shows, said Amsterdam is a logical choice, “given the fact that Holland has long been a market leader in fresh produce and flower circles, whether that be its incredible research and development programs, top-class production operations, expert scientific institutions, its world-renowned trading model or its innovative and wide-reaching logistics models.”

“We think our action-packed show will give the Dutch industry the opportunity to reaffirm its position at the top table of the global produce industry – and we’re inviting the rest of the world to Amsterdam to meet, share, learn and, perhaps most importantly, do more business with their Dutch colleagues and partners, as well as buyers from all corners of the globe.

 “In New York and London, we have already proved that our distinctive model allows people the time to make real connections, to build true partnerships and to improve both themselves and their businesses. For more than a century, this wonderful industry of ours has relied heavily on its Dutch partners for access to Europe and beyond – our event will provide everyone involved with a commercial and cultural experience like no other. Our company’s raison d’être is to Initiate Industry Improvement – that objective lies at the heart of everything we do,” he said.

Raise your profile, increase your profits at a unique fresh produce event

APS16 managing director Tommy Leighton said the event will offer numerous tailored packages and opportunities for companies to showcase their brands and services, launch new products and meet, share and learn from their counterparts from around the world of produce.

“You can raise your brand awareness in the presence of many of the most influential figures in the international produce industry, including Dutch and international retail, foodservice and wholesale buyers, before, during and after the event. Be an integral part of something truly unique in your sector and take advantage of their massive social media and promotional output before, during and after the show to get your messages heard.

“We believe that the value of face-to-face interaction is still massive in any trading relationship. All of us continue to learn every single day and my experience tells me the more you know, the more you are likely to grow, both as an individual within this great industry, and as a company with aspirations to progress in a profitable and sustainable manner,” he said.

For more information: www.amsterdamproduceshow.com. (Note: attendance is free for all buyers of fresh produce.)

 

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First keynote speakers for GLOBALG.A.P. Summit 2016 announced

GLOBALG.A.P. is pleased to announce that Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, member of the Dutch Royal Family, will officially open the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT on 27 September 2016 in Amsterdam.

GLOBALG.A.P. has announced that Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, member of the Dutch Royal Family, will officially open the GLOBALG.A.P. Summit on 27 September 2016 in Amsterdam.

And the following keynote speakers will be sharing their expertise in open plenary sessions:

  • Adjiedj Bakas – Keynote Speaker in the Opening Session (Bakas is a trendwatcher and futurologist.)
  • Prof. Dr. Arie Havelaar – Keynote Speaker in the Session: How to Stay Ahead of Food Safety Risks? (Havelaar is the mathematician behind the Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) method, which measures overall disease burden.)

GLOBALG.A.P. also said it will hold a press conference on September 27 at 5.30pm, and announced that two farm visits have been organised for September 29 for those interested in seeing the benefits of GLOBALG.A.P. on-farm implementation.

For more information, visit: www.summit2016.org.

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Debut of the Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference

The London Produce Show and Conference will make its debut in Holland from November 2-4 at the Westergasfabriek conference venue in Amsterdam.

A brand new event – the Amsterdam Produce Show and Conference – will make its debut in Holland from November 2-4.

The three-day show – hosted by the creators of the New York Produce Show and Conference and the London Produce Show and Conference – will be held at the Westergasfabriek conference venue in Amsterdam.

The show organisers say the event will “bring the world of produce to the beating heart of the industry – the trading hub of the fruit, vegetable and flower industries.”

Its central feature will be a one-day trade exhibition for 150 exhibitors, held in the iconic Gashouder building in the Westergasfabriek. Exhibitors will showcase their products, brands and innovative concepts to buyers from the retail, foodservice, wholesale and processing sectors, as well as industry visitors from around the world, who will also have access to a series of high-quality networking events, educational seminars and a thought leaders breakfast panel hosted by The Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor.

Other features include an extensive student programme to connect the industry with its next generation, a chef demonstration kitchen bringing top local chefs into direct contact with the industry supplying their healthiest products, and an opening gala cocktail reception. On the last day, a series of tours will be held to local produce and flower locations, as well as retail, foodservice and foodie destinations in Amsterdam and the surrounding parts of Holland.

The Gashouder building in the Westergasfabriek

The New York Produce Show and Conference has seen six editions to date, with the latest, in December, drawing more than 5,000 to the Javits centre in Manhattan. Last June, the second London Produce Show and Conference drew 1,600 visitors to Mayfair. This year, the same unique, intimate event model is being adapted for the Dutch market.

Jim Prevor, editor in chief of Produce Business, the magazine behind the shows, said Amsterdam was a logical choice given Holland’s long-standing role as a market leader in fresh produce and flowers. “We think this show will give the Dutch industry the opportunity to reaffirm its position as the top table of the global produce industry – and we’re inviting the rest of the world to Amsterdam to meet, share, learn and, perhaps most importantly, do business with their Dutch colleagues and partners.

“We have already proved that our distinctive model allows people the time to make real connections, to build true partnerships and to improve both themselves and their businesses,” he said.

Online registration opens on July 1 but interested parties can register their interest in attending or get more information at www.amsterdamproduceshow.com

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19th European Cold Chain conference

Over 100 high level professionals representing the temperature controlled supply chain industry including cold storage, transportation, logistics, distribution and construction are expected to attend the 19th European Cold Chain conference in Amsterdam, March 6-8.

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) will host the 19th European Cold Chain Conference in Amsterdam, March 6-8. Over 100 high level professionals representing the temperature controlled supply chain industry including cold storage, transportation, logistics, distribution and construction are expected to attend. Don’t miss this opportunity to share real-life experiences and challenges with your peers and colleagues from leading companies across Europe and around the world.

Knowledge Transfer: Educational programming will provide you with a better understanding of industry trends, challenges, opportunities, solutions and best practices. The sessions will focus on four topic areas including:

  • Energy & Refrigeration
  • Operational Excellence
  • Administration & Human Resources
  • Innovation & Trends

Educational Programme

The 19th European Cold Chain Conference will focus on cutting-edge solutions and innovative approaches to cold chain management. Leading industry and business experts will share their thoughts, ideas, and solutions through keynote presentations and educational sessions.

Educational programme and presentations

The educational programme is still being finalised but the content will focus on the following key themes:

  • Energy & Refrigeration
  • Operational Excellence
  • Administration & Human Resources
  • Innovation & Trends

Keynote Presentations

  • Customer Keynote Presentation by a Global CPG Group
  • State of the Global Cold Chain
  • How are we reinforcing the global supply chain by building connections between countries and regions? What role do those of us in the room play in helping facilitate those linkages?
  • Customer Keynote Presentation by a European Retailer

Education Sessions

Energy & Refrigeration Track:

  • Blast Freezing Best Practices for the Cold Chain
  • Blast freezing services are provided as well as tempering and frozen. How do we expand the services for blast freezers to maximize investment? What are the different types of blast freezers and how do we use them efficiently?
  • Innovations in Cold Storage Refrigeration – Small Charge Systems
  • What refrigeration types are available and how are they being utilized in the industry? This session will cover small charge systems.
  • Best Practices for Building and Operating Facilities
  • Published by the European Division of the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), the guidelines provide contractors and operators with a comprehensive overview of design and installation of insulated envelopes in accordance with the latest UK and European standards.

Operational Excellence Track:

  • Successful Business Models in Europe
  • Compare and contrast of models from several European cold chain companies. What works well, what has been learned and improved upon? Glean insights from top companies facing challenges, like you, in the European market.
  • The New European Frontier: Updates in Developing Markets
  • This panel session will feature a moderator and four panelists; one from each region of Europe (North, East, South, and West).

Administration & Human Resources Track:

  • Trends in Labor, Health & Safety Regulations
  • Panel session of representatives from France, Scandinavia, and Denmark. Worker safety and developing future leaders are important issues for all European countries. What are the trends in health and safety regulations, as well as labor negotiations and union activity?
  • Government Affairs Update
  • What are the relevant regulations and legislation that is impacting the European cold chain industry? What potential solutions and hurdles are on the horizon that European companies should be aware of?
  • Economics for Cold Chain Productivity
  • An economist will address the global economy as it relates to the European and global cold chain, talent, and workforce development.

Innovation & Trends Track:

  • Innovations in Automation
  • Automation is key to development of the European cold chain. Expenses related to labor are significant and increasing. This session will explore the most recent technology in automation.
  • Global Trade & Export Trends
  • Export is growing to other parts of the world despite sanctions in Russia. Thailand is producing poultry and production quality is high. One aspect of the growth is the servicing of expat communities globally.
  • Emerging eCommerce
  • The growth of eCommerce business around the world is a trend to take note of. This session will compare and contrast eCommerce models in some of the world’s’ most popular areas for eCommerce – Europe, China, and Australia.
  • Consumer Consumption Trends

Learn more at http://www.gcca.org/19th-european-cold-chain-conference/