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South Korea gives green light to imports of Colombian avocado 

South Korea gives green light to imports of Colombian avocado 
Photo: Colombian avocado – Eurofresh Distribution

South Korea has granted access to Colombia’s Hass avocado. Colombia’s Agriculture Minister Rodolfo Zea Navarro said the Asian market has huge potential: “South Korea is a strategic partner in Asia. Between 2016 and 2020, its avocado imports grew by 252 per cent, and it is currently the fifth largest importer of this product in Asia.”

Colombia is now establishing itself as a major global player in the avocado sector, with access to 26 markets worldwide. Indeed, avocados have become the second-largest non-traditional product in the country’s agri-export basket, with sales totalling US$144m in 2020.

 

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Colombia positions itself as Europe’s leading avocado supplier

Colombia positions itself as Europe’s leading avocado supplier © PROCOLOMBIA
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According to figures from CIRAD, a French agricultural research center, Colombia took first place above countries such as Israel, Spain, Chile and Mexico, during the first weeks of the year.

Hass avocadoes grown in Colombia continue to make giant strides around the world. According to data from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD, as per its acronym in French), which works with more than 90 countries, Colombia is currently the leading supplier of avocadoes to Europe.

Accordingly, Jorge Enrique Restrepo, director of Corpohass, explained that “the leading player in Hass avocado supply to Europe is Colombia, with 30% of the market share. Total supply has decreased, which favors an increase in prices due to several factors. Mexico reduces shipments of Hass to Europe to focus on the United States market this season prior to the Super Bowl and the volume exported by Chile has been 75% lower than it was in 2020. Additionally, Israel and Spain have supplied the market to a lesser extent.”

For her part, Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia, described this as momentous news and declared that “avocado continues to position itself as one of the main milestones of the agro-export offering, thanks to the flavor, quality, and sustainability that are sown every day by domestic producers and supported by foreign investors. We will continue to support exporters so that this Colombian-grown fruit can secure first place in more countries, taking advantage of markets such as that of the United States and Asia, where there are opportunities to grow exports into the double digits.”

Meanwhile, Sergio Plata, country manager of the Chilean-owned company NAF Colombia, said that “we are making a strong impact in countries such as the Netherlands, Spain, France, England, and Germany. As a country, we have been creating a good reputation and consumption has been growing year after year on the continent. We must continue to increase production to stay in first place in supply in the first quarter of the year.”

Plata added that, during the pandemic, avocado has gradually gained more space within the basic food basket, maintaining its regular consumption in the diet in several European countries, given its versatility as a food and its nutritional value.

Along the same lines, Mauricio Moranth, general manager and partner of Montana Fruits, a company with Australian investors, assured that “in addition to the fact that Chile has reduced its avocado exports and Peru has not yet started its harvest, the avocadoes that we offer are of high quality and have positive environmental and social certifications, which are required by some European countries. I think that in addition to being the leading supplier in the first quarter of the year, we will also be number one from August and October, which is an important trade window for Colombian exporters in Europe.”

Colombia can take advantage of these two trade windows to be the main supplier in Europe from January to March and from August to September. In the year to date, this ranking has been held by countries such as Peru, Mexico, Chile, Israel, and Spain. Meanwhile, in recent years Colombia has gained ground amongst the top ten avocado suppliers in Europe. 

Additionally, it is worth remembering that between January and November 2020, avocado exports from Colombia grew by 50%, reaching US $124 million, of which Europe is responsible for approximately 80% of purchases. The Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and France, together with the United States, appear as the largest importers of Colombian-grown avocadoes. Antioquia, Risaralda, and Caldas are the departments with the highest exports

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Colombia promotes environmental and social sustainability certifications

Colombia promotes environmental and social sustainability certifications
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“Today, the global trends suggest that sustainability in the life cycle of agri-food products must be shared by all links in the chain, by producers, industry, distribution channels and the consumer. In this sense, at ProColombia, we encourage the different agro-food exporting sectors of Colombia to gain environmental and social sustainability certifications, since international consumers and clients are increasingly aware of the importance of respecting the environment, natural resources. and, of course, people and animals,” said Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia.

Two sectors that are heading in this direction are bananas and avocados. In Colombia, bananas are the third-largest agricultural export item after coffee and flowers, with shipments of more than 101 million 18.14 kg boxes in 2019, of which 79% went to the European market, 15 % to the United States, and the remaining 6% to smaller markets, where there has been a growing culture of sustainable consumption.

Bananas, a fair crop

The Colombian banana has several differentiating factors, including the organisation of the sector into unions. The main ones are AUGURA and ASBAMA, representing about 85% of the production for export. Likewise, there is a high level of compliance with certifications and voluntary sustainability standards (Voluntary Sustainability Standards -NVS14). In the agricultural sector, NVS are standards developed at the local, national or international level by public and private sector organisations for environmental and social improvements that promote sustainability throughout the value chain. In the banana sector, they define the criteria that the certified product or organisation must meet, often resulting in an identifiable seal for consumers. Linked to this is respect for workers’ rights. Employers and unions in the sector have opted for peaceful dialogue as a form of negotiation, with fair and transparent worker-employer relations, high levels of formalisation, as reflected in decent working conditions, such as the right to unionise, high wages, guarantees regarding housing, education, health, social security, and collective bargaining agreements, among others. Lastly, the sectors have made investments in the social development of communities and undertaken actions to take care of the environment.

Increased exports and certifications for avocados

As for the Colombian avocado, there has been unprecedented growth in recent years. While exports amounted to just US$107,918 (56 tons) in 2010, by 2019, sales abroad totalled US$89.1 million (44,570 tons). Between January and September 2020, exports of this fruit reached US$95 million, +34% compared to the same period of the previous year, and thus exceeding all exports for 2019. However, there has not only been an increase in exports, but also in the pace of certification. According to figures from NaturaCert, in 2019, 20,000 hectares of avocado were certified worldwide with the Rainforest Alliance seal, and Colombia had one of the highest growth rates: in 2018, it had 241 certified hectares, but by the end of 2019, it had almost 1,000 hectares. As for GLOBALG.AP, in 2019, there were around 700 certified avocado farms, which represented an increase of 30% compared to 2018. The projection is that this number will continue to grow because international markets, such as Europe and the United States, are concerned that the fruit is grown through sustainable practices and demand these certifications. Furthermore, in Colombia, irrigation systems are rare thanks to the fertile nature of the land, and the carbon footprint in terms of planting trees is positive.

These advances in compliance with national and international parameters have encouraged the Corporation of Avocado Producers and Exporters (Corpohass) to present a pilot plan for the creation of its own label, “Sustainable Hass”, which promotes sustainability among the various entrepreneurs involved in Hass avocado production, packaging and marketing. Thus, the body becomes one of the first to voluntarily orient itself towards a sustainability strategy.

For Jorge Enrique Restrepo, executive director of Corpohass, “The creation of a referential seal with a sustainable approach is a commitment to improve the competitiveness of the Hass avocado. The implementation of Sustainable Hass will allow the sector to continue generating and sharing value for stakeholders throughout the chain. We believe it is important to start setting an example in sustainable practices to continue to establish this product, even more so when our higher purpose is precisely to lead the sustainability of the Colombian Hass avocado agribusiness.”

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Colombia invests in organic lime

Colombia invests in organic lime © Eosta

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When the first shipment of Colombian limes from “Persian Limes” arrived at organic fruit specialist Eosta in Waddinxveen last week, they came with a very nice surprise. On the 800 boxes of fresh green limes, almost a hundred postcards were stuck with personal messages from the farm workers of the valley of the river Poblanco. For them, the first shipment of Colombian limes to the Netherlands means a fresh new start for the Colombian countryside, after decades of poverty and guerrilla warfare.

In early 2016, Volkert Engelsman, director of Eosta, travelled throughout Colombia with Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, and Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture. Santos was about to conclude an historic peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla movement, for which he would later be awarded the Nobel Prize. It was high time to revitalize the countryside after it had been destroyed for years by the cocaine trade. To this end, Santos turned his attention to organic agriculture for export as a dream alternative. Engelsman saw the possibilities and promised the Colombian growers help in switching to organic farming.

A better place to live

Now it’s finally here. With Eosta’s advice, Juan Pablo Duque has planted 300 hectares of trees in recent years and achieved organic certification. This year the trees really started to produce fruits. “Thank you for buying our very first export fruit!” it says on one of the many cards, stuck on a pallet full of juicy green limes. “These limes have been grown with love and passion, by people who love the countryside. We’re going to make our region a better place to live. Thanks for your trust and keep buying them from us! Valentino Bedoya, field worker.” Over the next few years, the area will be extended to 2000 hectares.

Both socially and ecologically responsible

Eosta’s lime specialist Nicolas Coste is delighted with the first harvest: “The limes are really top quality and are selling like hot cakes. Plus, there’s a great story behind it. The plantations provide equal incomes and healthy jobs, even childcare. They protect all sorts of native species of plants and animals. For Colombia, this represents a great opportunity to restore agricultural landscapes, to bring back agriculture and to change Colombia’s international image positively. It’s a really nice company. Check it out at our website www.natureandmore.com with code 410!”

Together towards a healthy future

Volkert Engelsman, director of Eosta, responded by sending a warm video message to Juan Pablo Duque and his employees: “Congratulations! In the face of Covid-19, it is even clearer that we need to make changes as regards biodiversity and agriculture. You are the pioneers of a future in which agriculture is not only about kilograms per hectare, but also about soil health, biodiversity, positive climate impact and health for farmers and citizens. We look forward to working with you for many, many years!”

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La Dona Fruit opens pioneering packhouse

La Dona Fruit opens pioneering packhouse, Valle Verde Packhouse Exterior © La Dona Fruit
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The state-of-the-art facility will revolutionise the packing of Tahiti limes in Colombia, and launch La Dona’s exports to the USA and the Caribbean.

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA, 13 OCTOBER 2020 – La Dona Fruit, a leading producer and exporter of fresh golden pineapples and tropical fruits in Latin America, is ecstatic to announce the official opening of its groundbreaking Valle Verde packhouse and coldstore for Tahiti limes in Apartadó, Antioquia, in the north of Colombia.

The inauguration took place on Thursday 15 October 2020 and could be viewed live via Zoom. The public and private sectors of Colombia attended, including Colombia’s Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism; Colombia’s Vice-Minister of Agricultural Affairs; the US Ambassador; and ProColombia’s Vice-Presidents of US Foreign Investment and Agro-Exports.

Equipped with the most advanced packing technology in Colombia, the 1,542m2 facility is one of the most innovative in Latin America. The state-of-the-art packhouse will cement La Donas objective of becoming the largest lime exporter in Colombia, and serves as the launchpad for exports to expand to the USA and the Caribbean, to complement existing business in Europe.

 

The pioneering packhouse is managed by agricultural investment management company Farmfolio, and has been built to bespoke specifications. The machinery features infra-red sorting, sanitising, drying, waxing, and classifying modules. This will enable La Dona to implement a highly automated and fast packing process, as well as homogeneous quality and sizes. By December, the facility will be certified by GLOBALG.A.P. and SMETA.

Dax Cooke, Farmfolios Founder and La Donas Head of Global Marketing & Sales, comments: I truly believe that Valle Verde will change the landscape for limes in Colombia for years to come! This packhouse is dedicated to limes first and foremost, and that is our biggest point of difference. Every other facility packing limes in Colombia is focused on avocados first. They are not able to screen limes accurately, they lack the logistical channels to distribute limes effectively, and they dont have agronomy programmes in place with the growers to guarantee consistently top quality limes. This is what separates La Dona Fruit from the rest.” 

Already, Valle Verde is gaining attention on the market. In the run-up to the grand opening, the team has received calls each week from importers eager to reap the benefits of a coordinated supply of high quality limes from Colombia.

Oscar Baracaldo, La Donas Head of Customer Experience, adds: Although Colombia has been exporting limes for nearly a decade, the sector presents high opportunity for disruption. After packing in third party facilities during the last year, we can now confidently say that we operate the best lime packing technology in Colombia. Furthermore, our Valle Verde packhouse is located strategically within Colombias Free Trade Zone in Urabá, which is close to two Atlantic ports. This awards us major advantages over our direct competitors in Colombia in terms of maximum product freshness, as well as tax-free machinery and electronic equipment.”

© La Dona Fruit

Launching Exports

The Valle Verde packhouse has the capacity to pack 1,000 tonnes of premium, richly-coloured, and extra juicy Tahiti limes each month for export to Europe, the USA and the Caribbean. 

Baracaldo reveals: Colombia can supply limes for 52 weeks of the year, and we will be focusing on specific windows to plug the gaps in global production from September to November, and from January to March.” 

La Dona has been eager to launch exports of Tahiti limes to the USA and the Caribbean, and the opening of the Valle Verde packhouse makes this possible. This summer alone, exports to Europe doubled in volume. Next, the group is looking to welcome more growers into the fold to help maximise capacity at the new packhouse as La Dona broadens its markets. From 2021, monthly exports will triple in volume to Europe, the USA and the Caribbean.

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Cooke explains: Recently, we firmed up agreements for exports to begin to the USA in October. At the same time, were distributing to wholesale markets throughout Europe via our own La Dona channel. Overall, we are shipping 4-6 containers per week to the USA and Europe. Were also speaking with French, Spanish and Italian importers about establishing direct, fixed programmes year-round. We want to create stability on the lime market through fixed programmes with fixed prices to develop a sustainable business for the growers and our investors.”

The La Dona model is based upon establishing direct grower relationships, and its Tahiti lime venture Valle Verde is no different. 

Baracaldo comments: By having our own packhouse we remove the need for third party players. We buy the limes directly from the growers in order to pack and ship directly from our facility. As we expand the business for our investors, we will be supporting our lime growers to produce a superior product, and to enjoy a better quality life.” 

Currently, there are 450 hectares (ha) of limes under production within La Donas grower network, which will grow to 1,200ha next year as more farms come online. 

Baracaldo concludes: Our intention is to produce the highest quality limes in Colombia, with the most juicy fruit and delicious flavour, all year round. That way, we can achieve a better price for our growers, and a better offer for our customers. Colombia is a very young lime producer with the potential to become a considerable supplier. We look forward to solving more challenges along this journey.”

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First Colombian avocados land in China

First Colombian avocados land in China © Eurofresh Distribution
© Eurofresh Distribution

 

Colombian Hass avocados arrived in China for the first time on July 1st. Having set off from the Port of Buenaventura on May 28th, the 23-ton shipment landed in Shanghai and was released to importer Mr. Avocado. The protocol between China and Colombia was signed on December 13th 2019, and adds to a growing list of countries that can export avocados to the Asian giant, which includes the US, the Philippines, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand and Kenya (for frozen avocados).

In addition to testing for COVID-19, customs agents also conducted a full set of tests for pests and pesticide residues on newly imported fruits. Throughout the transit, the avocados were stored in refrigerated containers at 6 degrees Celsius. After clearing customs, they were transported directly to Mr. Avocado’s ripening warehouse.

Colombia is the world’s fourth largest producer of Hass avocados, and keeps growing. Avocado production area increased from 5,200ha in 2010 to 13,500ha in 2015, propelled by foreign investment.

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Westfalia Fruit sends Colombian avocados to Japan

Westfalia Fruit sends Colombian avocados to Japan

After years of hard work, a container carrying 16 tonnes of quality Colombian Hass avocados has been exported from Westfalia Fruit Colombia (WFC) to Yokohama, Japan. This is the first time that WFC has shipped avocados to the country.

“Colombia’s avocados are in such good condition that WFC is confident shipping avocados to markets that require longer transit times – including Japan, Russia and the Middle East,” says WFC General Manager, and newly elected Vice Chairperson of the Colombian Avocado Board, Pedro Aguilar.

Westfalia Fruit Farms in Colombia has successfully developed its orchards in Sonsón over the past four years, with a constant vision to export its quality fruits to new diverse markets. The excellent agro-ecological conditions in the Sonsón region – which include rich soil with good drainage, warm temperatures, regular precipitation and optimal altitude – are ideal for growing Hass avocados. As a result, WFC is diversifying its markets and has become a major player in global destinations.

The Japanese government worked closely with WFC to ensure the country’s strict technical requirements were met for successful exportation. The avocados left Port Buenaventura, Colombia in mid-January, and the shipment arrived in Yokohama at the beginning of February after fulfilling strict pest control requirements. WFC successfully met the demand for intensive monitoring and surveillance of its high-quality fruit during the entire process.

“We made sure our shipment met strict controls,” says Gilma Orrego, WFC Technical Manager. “We ensured optimal harvesting and plant packaging processes, and the best cooling processes along the way. We also made sure that the fruits consisted of adequate dry matter to guarantee good flavour upon arrival at their destination.”

The Colombian Agricultural Institute also assisted with monitoring the process – from the Japanese government’s very first visit to WFC’s orchards, to the packing and shipment of the fruits.

“We were very careful to introduce our fruit at the right time, in a context where we could develop sustainable business in a long-term commercial relationship,” says Juliana Florez, WFC Commercial Manager. “We waited until we could introduce our high-quality fruit with the best taste – even if it meant waiting a few months after the market was open to us.”

This is yet another boost for the Colombian avocado trade after the World Avocado Congress 2019, sponsored by Westfalia Fruit and held in Colombia, brought much attention and success to the country’s avocado industry.

In another milestone for Colombian avocados, the newly formed Colombia Avocado Board (CAB) was this month certified as an official importer association under the Hass Avocado Promotion, Research and Information Order. CAB will now receive 85% of the assessments paid on Colombia Hass avocados to the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) for research, promotion and information on avocados from Colombia in the United States market.

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Colombia works to increase sustainable Hass avocado production

Colombia works to increase sustainable Hass avocado production

Colombian crops with international certifications—such as the Rainforest Alliance seal, which guarantees sustainable environmental and social practices—increased 315% in just one year.

In 2019, Colombia closed one of its best years as a global supplier of Hass avocados, with over 1,000 hectares bearing an international seal representing sustainable environmental and social practices.

In addition to increasing 2019 export sales to the United States and the European Union by 434% and 34% respectively, Colombia sent its first containers to Japan and is awaiting entry into the South Korean market and the first shipment to China.

“Internationalization has a positive effect on Colombian products because it promotes competitiveness and the adoption of best practices; the Hass avocado is one of the best examples. As a result of exporting, more companies now realize the importance of ensuring that their impact on communities and the environment is positive. This fruit in particular is one of the main products of focus in order to build a more sustainable country,” stated Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia—the government agency that promotes non-mining and non-energy exports.

According to figures from NaturaCert—an organization that offers verification and certification services to ensure that sustainable Colombian agricultural products meet national and international standards—20,000 hectares of avocados were certified with the Rainforest Alliance seal worldwide in 2019, with Colombia showing one of the largest increases.

“Colombian Hass avocado certifications have been increasing at a very rapid rate,” stated NaturaCert Executive Director Sandra Restrepo. “This confirms that companies in this sector are increasingly committed to carrying out sustainable processes. The Rainforest Alliance certified 241 hectares in Colombia in 2018, and at the close of 2019, almost 1,000 hectares had been certified. Likewise, in 2019, GLOBALG.A.P. registered 73 Colombian farms, with 952 certified hectares in total,” she added.

Restrepo explained that there is great potential to increase sustainability certifications for avocados in the coming years, given the commitment shown by businesses as well as the demands of markets such as the United States and Europe regarding environmental and social sustainability, as well as food safety.

Moreover, Jorge Enrique Restrepo—the executive director of Corpohass, a union of Colombian Hass avocado producers and exporters—stated, “We have held several informational sessions about standards and certifications, such as GLOBALG.A.P. and the Rainforest Alliance, for producers in various Colombian departments. The aim of these sessions is to create awareness and transfer knowledge regarding the requirements demanded by the world’s leading markets.”

The Corpohass director added, “So far, almost 100% of Colombian avocado crops have been planted where forests have not existed for many years, expanding into pastures formerly used for raising and fattening cattle.”

The GLOBALG.A.P. certification refers to food safety and regulation of chemicals in the fruit.  On the other hand, the Rainforest Alliance seal considers staff recruitment, as well as social and environmental standards, assuring deforestation-free practices and no water or soil contamination. Parallelly, SMETA certifications focus on ethical business practices, while the SPRING seal focuses on sustainable water management.

Leonardo Ferrer Narváez, GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Key Account Manager for Colombia, stated, “There are currently about 700 avocado farms certified in GLOBALG.A.P., an increase of 30% from 2018 to 2019. This will surely continue to grow, because international markets such as Europe and the United States demand avocado production that includes sustainable practices and these certifications. In addition, Colombia’s fertile land requires few irrigation systems, and it has a small ecological footprint due to tree planting.”

Additionally, company representatives say that these certifications have become guarantees for accessing better markets. Among them is Ricardo Mejia Hernandez, general manager of Fruty Green SAS. His company was certified by GLOBALG.A.P. and the Rainforest Alliance for both its crops and packing facility in Antioquia and Risaralda.

“Apart from quality assurance, these certifications have become an important differentiating item, because they offer the possibility of selling avocados in more markets. In our case, we were able to enter very demanding supermarkets in England and Germany thanks to these certification seals. In addition, the benefits include producing cleaner fruit with more rigorous agrochemical regulations and heightened awareness about caring for the environment, including trees, bodies of water, and wildlife,” Mejia Hernandez explained.

Luis Guillermo Rangel—general manager of Agrícola Ocoa Colombia S.A.S., a company that receives Chilean foreign investment—stated, “Our crops in Antioquia have GLOBALG.A.P. and Rainforest Alliance certifications, which have been quite important in meeting the demands and standards of buyers from the United States and Germany. This gives us an advantage and ensures our compliance with safety, environmental, and labor protocols for our employees.” Rangel added that the certifications will assist them in reaching Japan, China, Argentina, and Canada.

A promising future

In 2019, Colombian avocado exports reached US $90 million, an increase of 42%, according to ProColombia’s analysis of National Department of Statistics figures. The main buyers were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, the United States, and France.

Although Colombia is an emerging supplier just beginning to gain prominence in international markets, the country boasts several advantages.

A ProColombia study indicates that, in addition to companies who operate with environmental and social awareness, Colombia can offer avocados essentially year-round and has ample land—approximately 633,000 hectares—that is very well-suited for cultivating the green fruit.

 

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Chinese take delivery of first Colombian avocados

Chinese take delivery of first Colombian avocados, Credit: Olle Svensson (Flickr)
Credit: Olle Svensson (Flickr)

 

 

The first Colombian avocados landed in China in the middle of December, following the signing of a protocol between the two countries. The first three companies to export Colombian avocado to the Chinese are Pacific Fruit, Westfalia Fruit Colombia and Avofruit. In an official statement, Agriculture Minister, Andrés Valencia, said, “China is an attractive market for the positioning of our non-traditional products such as Hass avocados, beef, pork, passionflower and shrimp, among others.” 

Colombia’s climate and geography allows it to supply avocado all year long. Colombia is starting to establish its avocados in Asian markets. This year, it began shipping to Japan and negotiations are currently underway to secure access to the South Korean market, too.

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Colombia to surprise the world with the IX edition of the World Avocado Congress

Colombia to surprise the world with the IX edition of the World Avocado Congress

Colombia is the second country in South America to be selected as the venue for the World Avocado Congress. The country´s climatic conditions allow avocado to be produced 365 days a year. The WAC is an event created by the global avocado industry. The event which takes place every four years is sponsored by the International Avocado Society (IAS). Previously, the Congress has been held in South Africa (1987), United States (1991), Israel (1995), Mexico (1999) Mexico, Spain (2003), Chile (2007), Australia (2011) and Peru (2015).

Colombia aims to surpass previous versions when it holds the congress from September 23 to 27 at the Plaza Mayor Convention Center in Medellín. There will be 72 exhibiting companies, over 145 keynote lectures and innovative proposals such as Avotours, Avotaste, Avolabs, Avosolutions, and a robust academic agenda that covers three thematic axes: marketing, productivity and added value.

Avotours will be spaces during the event for discovering the beauty of the Colombian lands. Tours will show the production, technology and processes of avocado crops in Colombia, as well as other representative products from each region. The destinations of these routes will be Sonsón, Oriente Antioqueño and Eje cafetero,

Avotastes will be a gastronomic experience offered to attendees where they can enjoy the various preparations of typical Colombian avocado food.

Avolabs will be spaces for companies that are developing trends and experiences in nutraceutical, cosmetic, industrial or pharmaceutical matters. For this space, the World Avocado Congress has decided to appeal to the public to present its companies. If you are or know of a company that is working on this topic, you are invited to register by email: comercial@agrilink.co, where you can present your company and say why you want to participate. The selected companies will have a commercial space at the World Avocado Congress in which they will be able to exhibit and present their developments to the entire value chain and the sector.

Finally, Avosolutions will be specialised solution centres where experts from leading companies in the avocado industry will participate and share their knowledge, experience and expertise. The companies in these spaces will be: Procolombia, Agrosavia, SummitAgro, Finagro, Valvilla avocados.

So, the ninth edition of the World Avocado Congress will allow you to connect to the world of avocado in one place, through knowledge, experience and business.

For more information visit: www.worldavocadocongress.co