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Matchmaking service for fresh fruit and vegetables

Matchmaking service for fresh fruit and vegetables © IPD


Import Promotion Desk will hold a IPD Virtual B2B Event Fresh Produce on the 10-28 May 2021. It also opens up new procurement markets for European buyers: mangos, papayas, pomegranates and avocados as well as ginger, turmeric, sweet potatoes and fresh herbs – these are just a few examples from the wide range of products offered by Import Promotion Desk (IPD). Due to the cancellation of the Fruit Logistica Special Edition, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) – the initiative for import promotion – decided at short notice to present the diverse range of fresh fruits and vegetables from developing and emerging countries to European importers in individual video meetings.

Traders will have the opportunity to meet companies and get to know products from Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Peru and Ukraine. IPD’s free matchmaking services are open to all European importers: IPD experts match buyers from Europe with producers from developing and emerging countries.

Free Import Promotion Desk service

As an import promotion initiative, IPD supports importers in their sourcing, neutrally and free of charge. IPD connects them to selected producers of fresh fruit and vegetables who meet the GLOBALG.A.P. standards or the requirements of the EU organic label. The IPD companies are visited and carefully evaluated. In addition to certifications, IPD experts also consider criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, IPD experts are in close contact with producers in partner countries and continue to screen exporters. This way, importers can be sure that they are dealing with reliable producers.

Virtual B2B Event Fresh Produce

In the context of the IPD virtual B2B event, IPD will present more than 30 carefully selected  companies. European importers will find, for example, mangoes, papayas and pineapples from producers in Ghana. Or grapes, oranges, lemons, strawberries and fresh herbs, spinach, peppers and garlic offered by suppliers from Egypt and Ethiopia.

The range of subtropical and tropical fruits is enriched by exhibitors from Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, such as passion fruit, pitahayas, bananas, physalis as well as avocados. In addition, companies from Peru offer sweet potato as well as fresh ginger and turmeric in organic quality. Producers from Ukraine present sweet potatoes, Hokkaido pumpkin, plums, peaches or blueberries.

A detailed overview of the companies and all products importers will find in the IPD company brochure here.

The participation in the IPD event is free of charge. Importers just have to follow these  steps:

  1. Get information about the IPD-approved companies in the IPD event brochure.
  2. Contact IPD Expert Sourcing + Markets Daniel Oppermann to arrange appointments.
  3. Meet the approved suppliers in individual online meetings. 
For more information contact: 
Daniel Oppermann
Expert Sourcing + Markets
T +49 (0) 30 590 099 575
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Spotlight on lettuce at MedFEL 2016

on a people-sized scale.  MedFEL’s core objectives are to expand outlets for exhibitors and present visitors with the most relevant fruit and vegetable offering. It aims to enhance trade relations between the 43 countries within the Union for the Mediterranean.

Taking place April 26-28 at the Parc des Expositions (Exhibition Centre) in Perpignan, MedFEL 2016 will shine the spotlight on lettuces.

An international business gathering of the fruit and vegetable sector, MedFEL is France’s most important fruit and vegetable event and is organised by the Sud de France Développement and Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council.

“For three days, Perpignan becomes the Mediterranean’s agricultural capital, bringing together the Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées regions and acting as a figurehead for France’s second largest farming region measured by surface area and number of businesses and jobs. This newly created region will also be France’s leading producer of stone fruit (49%), melons (41%) and broadleaf endives (34%) and its 2nd largest producer of tomatoes (10%),” they said in a press release.

This 8th edition will feature an increased presence for MedFEL Tech, now in its second year. By incorporating pre-production professionals, it has promoted MedFEL into the world’s finest showcase for Mediterranean fruit and vegetables.

At its 7th edition, 5,855 visitors (a rise of 10% on 2014) converged on Perpignan, including the F&V sector’s most important buyers. In addition, the 240 Mediterranean exhibitors generated more than 5,632 B2B meetings (compared with a total of 4,000 in 2014). Indisputably a top quality business convention, but on a people-sized scale.

MedFEL’s core objectives are to expand outlets for exhibitors and present visitors with the most relevant fruit and vegetable offering. It aims to enhance trade relations between the 43 countries within the Union for the Mediterranean.

“As a unique link forging closer links between the two sides of the Mediterranean, the fair fully meets the needs of producers and trading companies on both northern and southern shores. It is a platform to dialogue, do business, optimise transport and logistics operations and develop business partnerships.

“MedFEL brings together stakeholders working in the Mediterranean fruit and vegetable sector for a programme of debates on the challenges facing the industry, along with production site visits and crop forecasts (apricot, peach, melon, plum and apple).“

For more info: MedFEL