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FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION 2021 cannot take place

FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION 2021 cannot take place

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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ICOP 2020 is cancelled

ICOP 2020 is cancelled © ICOP
© ICOP

 

Due to the current situation (Covid-19), this year’s ICOP 2020 – the 15th International Conference of Producer Organisations for fruit and vegetables – has been cancelled. According to a press release:

“One of the main purposes of ICOP is to bring people into contact with each other and to motivate them to discuss urgent topics in a relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately, this is rather impossible to do without any risks in times like these. That is why we finally decided to take this step in order to keep the “ICOP-family” safe and healthy.

We truly hope that the situation will get better soon – in terms of health as well as in economic terms – and we are looking forward to meeting you again at ICOP 2021 in Budapest!”

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Interpom put back to November 2021

Interpom put back to November 2021

Despite the Belgian government authorising trade fairs to be held from 1 September 2020 provided they comply with the measures currently applicable to commerce, Kortrijk Xpo and Belgapom have jointly decided to postpone INTERPOM for a year until 28-30 November 2021 in Kortrijk Xpo.

INTERPOM has 326 exhibitors and 19,500 visitors from 49 countries. The international character of INTERPOM, the central role of the trade fair as a congenial meeting place for potato professionals, the many tasting sessions, the intensive preparation time for an event of this scope and the uncertainty regarding international travel – all these factors were taken into account by the organisation in the decision to move INTERPOM to November 2021 in the interests of all stakeholders.

A growing number of exhibitors have also indicated that November 2020 is too early to take optimum advantage of the revival of economic activity. The management/head offices located abroad have also stressed the existence of a prohibition on national and international commercial travel, participation in trade fairs and visits. At the moment, businesses in the potato sector are mainly preoccupied with reorganisation as they restart operations.

The coronavirus crisis has had a particularly large impact on the potato. The worldwide lockdown resulted in it not being possible to process part of the world’s available potatoes. There is a certain degree of recovery in many markets, but it is still not clear how the new season will evolve. Europe, meanwhile, continues to work towards a more sustainable world, and this includes the potato sector. The imminent Green Deal and potato storage without chemical inhibition of germination are a couple of illustrations that demonstrate that INTERPOM in 2021 will certainly be able to fulfil its role as a meeting platform in more suitable circumstances and thereby help stimulate the necessary recovery.

BELGAPOM, the recognised professional association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry, which is also the initiator of the fair, has this to say about the postponement:

Chairman of Belgapom, Marc van Herreweghe, said, “Exceptional times require exceptional decisions. The potato chain does not shrink from its responsibility even as we face these difficult times. As sector federation, we will of course continue to fully support INTERPOM and we look forward to the next edition in November 2021.”

Secretary of Belgapom, Romain Cools, said, “By definition, the potato chain is a sector in which personal contacts at both national and international levels are vitally important for all the operators involved. INTERPOM is much more than a trade fair; it is also an international meeting place for thousands of potato professionals. If INTERPOM is not able to guarantee these personal contacts for Belgian and international visitors, it seems only responsible to postpone the fair by a year. I am convinced that the November 2021 edition, more than ever, will be a building block for a strong, dynamic and sustainable Belgian and European potato chain.”

The structure of the fair is being maintained, only the dates are changing from November 2020 to 28, 29 and 30 November 2021. This postponed edition will be hybrid: the physical, on-site fair will be supplemented with an interactive, online platform (offering e.g. AI-based matchmaking, product pages, appointment modules, videoconferencing facilities, live and on-demand seminars, mobile apps, etc.).

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Europatat Congress 2020 is cancelled

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Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, regrets to inform that the Europatat Congress 2020, scheduled to take place on 11 and 12 June in Brussels, will be cancelled following the escalation of COVID-19 crisis in Europe.  
 
For Europatat, the safety and wellbeing of the Congress’ participants, speakers and partners is its number one priority. Europatat is also aware of the fact that over the last few weeks the coronavirus outbreak has caused widespread disruption to businesses around the world, and not least to companies involved in the trade of agricultural products. Following the emergency measures taken by EU Member States, agri-food business are reporting increasing difficulties in their daily operations. The potato sector faces thus a difficult time and will have many priorities to address over the coming months and across the rest of the year.  
 
Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago, Managing Director of Europatat, concludes: “The situation is changing rapidly around Europe, and unfortunately not with the best prospects for our event. We had worked in earnest and with much enthusiasm on this year’s theme around digitalisation, but unfortunately, the circumstances confronting us are out of everyone’s control”. 
 
The next Europatat Congress will take place on 30 and 31 May 2021 in Dublin, Ireland, within the framework of the World Potato Congress (WPC) 2021, which will be held from 31 May to 3 June. The WPC expects to gather 1,000 participants from all across the globe, including growers, researchers, producers, traders, processors and manufacturers. Both the Europatat Congress and the WPC will become a week-long focus on the potato, the third most important food crop in terms of global consumption. 
 
Further details about the Europatat Congress 2021 will be published on www.europatacongress.eu in the coming months. 

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2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Cancelled 

2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Cancelled 

March 20, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – In light of the rapid escalation of safety precautions to decrease the transmission of COVID-19, and recommendations of municipal, provincial and federal governments regarding large gatherings, the CPMA Board of Directors and 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Organizing Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. 
 
We appreciate that many preparations for the show are already underway, however the health and safety of CPMA members, Convention and Trade Show registrants and the general public is our paramount concern. 
 
During this unprecedented global situation, CPMA strongly encourages all businesses and individuals throughout the produce supply chain to consult our COVID-19 Updates page, to strictly adhere to government guidance and recommendations and to prioritize self-care above all else. CPMA continues to work on your behalf with government and partners across the supply chain in an effort to minimize business disruptions.  
 
Exhibitors, sponsors and attendees who have already paid will have the following options:  Carry forward booth purchases and sponsorships to the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, B.C., with 100% of payments to date being transferred to the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. We thank the many companies that have indicated they will be pushing their support to the 2021 event in Vancouver.  CPMA will also be offering 100% refunds on ticket sales, including Full Delegate passes, Trade Show only passes, Retail Tour, Chair’s Welcome Reception, Companion Program, After Party, and CPMA Annual Banquet.  CPMA is offering refunds of 80% to any exhibitors or sponsors wishing to cancel their participation in the 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show (fees, expenses and penalties have been incurred for advanced preparations that prevent CPMA from refunding the full amount). 
 
CPMA will be contacting exhibitors and registrants over the next few weeks to address their decisions in this matter. 
 
The CPMA Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is traditionally conducted as part of the Convention and Trade Show agenda, will be changed to a virtual meeting. Details on this event will be sent to members as soon as they are confirmed.