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Strong lineup for inaugural SMART Horticulture Asia on Sept 8

Conference programme now complete with new speakers confirmed for the first-ever conference on SMART Horticulture Asia in Hong Kong.

SMART Horticulture Asia is bringing together the top experts from around the globe and from the business sectors of cultivation, supply chain, technology, and information management to discuss, network, and share knowledge on cutting-edge data and horticulture topics.

The new one-day conference will take place next Thursday, September 8, in Hong Kong during Asia Fruit Logistica.

Disruptive technologies such as drones, robots and big data are among the topics in the conference programme that significant attention will be paid to. Attendees at targeted sessions will learn how modern business models driven by this kind of innovation are changing in Asia.

At the plenary session on SMART Information Exchange, CHIC Group CEO E. Zhu and Fruitday founder L. Zhao will share their views on the likely changes to Asian business models.

Zhu said his address will draw on a case illustrating how an agribusiness company can achieve sustainable development and globalisation by effectively applying open innovation in its technology and business model.

Meanwhile, speakers at the breakout session on SMART Information Exchange will cover issues such as how to convey the increasing amount of information collected at farm level to the rest of the supply chain, and which data sets are essential for managing farms as well as ensuring food safety.

GS1 Hong Kong’s C. Yin will share how to deliver food safety by using Global Standards harmonised with international retail requirements.

Issues such as how to align the digital world with traditional communication channels will be covered at the SMART Customer breakout session. There, B. van der Veen, managing director of Artic Solutions, Shanghai, will give his vision on how to serve the Asian customer with an omnichannel approach while keeping your brand up front.

Conference chairman H. Schmeitz said that, with speakers from three continents and various disciplines, the first SMART Horticulture Asia conference will be a unique event, looking forward to see not only what new but how the industry is seizing the opportunities this new technology offers.   

SMART Horticulture Asia is owned by Global Produce Events GmbH, organiser of Asia Fruit Logistica, the only annual trade show for the fresh fruit and vegetable business in Asia, and is powered by Frug I Com, organiser of the EU Fresh Info Forum and Round Table, which takes place every year in the Netherlands.

For more information: www.smart-horticulture.asia

 

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US exhibitors report $6.8 million in projected sales from Asia Fruit Logistica

13 U.S. exhibitors reported over $1 million in onsite sales and $6.8 million in projected sales following a successful Asia Fruit Logistica 2015 in Hong Kong.

Over $1 million in onsite sales and $6.8 million in projected sales have been reported by the 13 US exhibitors at this year’s Asia Fruit Logistica, held September 2-4 in Hong Kong.

The USDA said the event, a USDA-endorsed show, is Hong Kong’s largest specialised trade show for agricultural produce. “This year, more than 570 companies from 40 countries/regions exhibited products to over 9,200 Hong Kong based and regional buyers.”

Among the support provided to leverage US exhibitors’ market opportunities, the US Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) Hong Kong organised a market tour, provided a market briefing and hosted a trade reception for more than 80 invitees . “As a result, U.S. exhibitors secured excellent export opportunities, achieving on-site sales of over US$1 million and projected sales in the next 12 months of over US$6.8 million,” the USDA has reported.

In 2014, the US was the largest supplier of fruit, vegetable and tree nut products to Hong Kong, with exports valued over $485 million, $30 million and $889 million, respectively. Hong Kong also serves as a gateway for the flow of products to regional markets with strong logistical access to Asian-based buyers and markets, it said.

Image of Hong Kong night skyline by Base64, retouched by CarolSpears (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Record attendance at Asia Fruit Logistica

More than 9,200 trade visitors from 70 different countries attended Asia Fruit Logistica at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo Center from September 2-4. Organisers said a significant increase in visitors from Asia drove the record attendance at the International Trade Fair for Fruit and Vegetable Marketing in Asia. Total visitor numbers rose by 14% on last year’s event, and 66% of those visitors came from Asia, up from 58% in 2014.

More than 9,200 trade visitors from 70 different countries attended Asia Fruit Logistica at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo Center from September 2-4.

Organisers said a significant increase in visitors from Asia drove the record attendance at the International Trade Fair for Fruit and Vegetable Marketing in Asia. Total visitor numbers rose by 14% on last year’s event, and 66% of those visitors came from Asia, up from 58% in 2014.

“These results demonstrate the further strong interest and engagement in Asia Fruit Logistica from trade professionals across Asia,” said Gérald Lamusse, managing director of Global Produce Events (GPE).

“They underline Asia Fruit Logistica’s position as the unique pan-Asian event for this business, which also attracts unparalleled attention globally from leading buyers and suppliers.”

China was by far the biggest country represented in terms of attendance, accounting for more than a third of total visitor numbers. Australia and the US ranked second and third respectively, and they were joined by India, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore as the strongest of the 70 visiting nations.

The exhibition space for this year’s show expanded by a third. More than 570 companies from 40 different countries showcased their products and services at the event, up 20% on 2014.

China was also the single largest country in terms of exhibitor numbers, with 105 companies exhibiting. Lamusse said Italy cemented its position as second-largest exhibiting country, with 54 companies taking part,  up 39% on last year. Egypt moved up into third place with 36 exhibitors, the US edged into fourth (31 exhibitors), while Australia and the Netherlands shared fifth spot with 30 exhibitors each.

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Cool Logistics Asia makes its debut in Hong Kong

“The most productive concentration of cold-chain professionals under one roof in Asia” – that’s one way organisers have described the coming Cool Logistics Asia conference, taking place on September 2 on the doorstep of the world’s largest potential cold chain market, in Hong Kong.

The most productive concentration of cold-chain professionals under one roof in Asia – that’s one way organisers have described the coming Cool Logistics Asia conference, taking place on September 2 on the doorstep of the world’s largest potential cold chain market, in Hong Kong.

Coinciding with the opening day of Asia Fruit Logistica, this first edition of Cool Logistics Asia, being held at the AsiaWorld–Expo centre, will focus on new ways to control rising perishable logistics.

The high-level one-day forum will feature speakers from leading cold store operators and shipping lines, international perishable logistics experts, and perishable cargo owners, among many others, who will exchange experiences on how to create a roadmap for developing Asia’s perishable supply chains of the future.

It will also bring together the latest retail and e-tail trends with perishable product-based logistics case studies, food-safety with multi modal transport forecasts. Additionally, the conference will provide analysis of key infrastructure investments and a review of the latest available refrigerated logistics technology, and plenty of debating time as an appetiser and scene-setter for the Asia Fruit Logistica Exhibition.

The conference takes place within the wider context of an expected explosion in growth of the cold chain market in Asia in the short and medium term fired by greater demand for perishable goods, increasing wealth distribution and the development of e-commerce.

The need for new approaches is underlined by the fact that at least 30% of temperature sensitive cargoes are being wasted and have to be destroyed due to insufficient infrastructure, differences in culture and communication problems. Hence the critical need for this platform for better dialogue between the logistics sector and perishable producers, exporters and importers, organisers say.

Cool Logistics Asia has been designed as a regional event to complement Cool Logistics Global in Europe and other biennial regional events, such as Cool Logistics Africa and Cool Logistics Americas.

For more information: http://coollogisticsresources.com/asia/