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Fresh Produce India to be held online in 2021

Fresh Produce India to be held online in 2021

Fresh Produce India is enhancing its digital format in 2021. New networking tools mean visitors can load their own profile to connect and interact with all attendees via live video and private chat messaging before, during, and after the event. The event takes place on 22 April 2021.  A top-quality programme of live interviews, discussions, and presentations will bring visitors the best insight on the biggest trends in India’s fast- growing fresh fruit and vegetable business.

This includes information on fresh opportunities for imported fruits, along with a look at how online channels are providing new and exciting consumer-direct options for promoting products and brands in India. The programme also examines new investments in India’s own fresh fruit and vegetable production and supply chain technologies. All sessions will be fully interactive and speakers will be on-hand to answer questions during and after their sessions.

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Global Tomato Congress to offer visions of future

Global Tomato Congress to offer visions of future

The Global Tomato Congress 2021, which will take place online on 16 March from 10am-4pm CET, will explore the latest innovations in the tomato category with a mix of talks, interviews, and discussion. This makes it the best place to find out what’s happening right now in the world of fresh tomatoes. Leading players from across the fresh tomato business will share their ideas and insight at Global Tomato Congress, which combines exclusive, informative content with the best networking opportunities.

And with more than 800 people from over 50 countries expected to attend this year’s meeting, it is also the only place to network with a large number of people all connected to the category.

Interactive sessions include live chat and Q&A with speakers, so delegates can ask them the questions that matter most to them. They can also enjoy Global Tomato Congress sessions while networking with other attendees, and if they miss any sessions, these are all available on demand to watch later.

This year’s congress will focus on important topics including consumer behaviour, sustainability, advanced breeding, automated production, artificial intelligence, marketing, and packaging. In particular, it will focus on the future, concentrating on the modernisation of fresh tomato supply chains that serve retail, wholesale, and foodservice channels all across the world.

The line-up features several tomato category experts, including Sam Warren of UK retailer Sainsbury’s, Europanel’s consumer insight director Davide Perotto, Jörg Werner and Jan Doldersum of Rijk Zwaan, Anne Williams of Bayer Vegetable Seeds, and Pilar Checa of Syngenta.

Following Perotto’s introduction, which presents the major category developments to watch out for in 2021, Werner and Doldersum will look more closely at retail and consumer market trends in Germany.

Also featured on the programme are some of the trade’s leading commercial players: Henri Lambriex of Dutch supplier RedStar, Jo Lambrecht of Belgian company BelOrta, Raúl Medina of Spanish group Agroponiente, and  Perry Dekkers of Netherlands-based Growers United.

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Relocation and sustainability: the future of food

Relocation and sustainability: the future of food © AECOC Congress
© AECOC Congress


At the 35th AECOC Congress of Mass Consumption in Valencia on 28th October, Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber highlighted the social and economic changes that COVID-19 will cause and the impact this will have on the food sector. Faber notes that the pandemic has caused “a profound crisis in our way of life, which forces us to change the way we approach our business, and from which we will not emerge if we do not rethink our relationship with nature and food will be a socially and politically relevant issue in the coming years.”

Regarding the consequences that this will have on the food sector, he stressed the importance of maintaining the joint work of the entire chain, which allowed guaranteeing the supply of the stores during confinement, and pointed to the two major trends that will mark the future of food: relocation and sustainability.

“At present, only six plants provide 75% of the caloric intake of humans, and the same happens with animals: the virus has shown that we will be stronger if we cluster the industry.” To face the change, Faber proposes to promote a production system that is more committed to proximity and that values ​​local diets and food products. “We need to reconnect with nature and be more sustainable by producing what the climate and soil of each place ask of us.”

Faber argues that this broader and more inclusive view of doing business in the food industry will not only be a sector initiative, but will be driven by consumers themselves. “Users ask brands for much more; they want to know who is behind the companies and how we accompany them in this health, economic and social crisis, so we must lead the way.”

Looking ahead, the CEO of Danone has ensured that “consumers are discovering new realities about food that are leading to an awareness that will not disappear.” Along the same lines of argument, he has advanced that “this crisis is going to last long enough to change our way of life.”

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Cool Logistics Global 12th conference: 13 – 15 October 2020

Cool Logistics Global 12th conference: 13 - 15 October 2020

The 12th Cool Logistics Global conference will be held both physically and online and is now open for bookings with limited availability until June 12th on special offer tickets. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a very public spotlight on the importance of world supply chains, logistics and freight transport. Not surprisingly, food and medical supply chains have received the most attention. Now more than ever the international cold supply chain community needs to connect, communicate and collaborate, with some big questions to debate and discuss, such as:

  • What lessons can we collectively learn from this crisis?

  • Do we need to rethink industry working fundamentals?

  • What role will digitalisation, automation and other technology innovation play in the future?

  • How do we improve global cold supply chain resilience against future shocks to the system?

Ports across the world are very much open for business and our event host, Port of Rotterdam, is busy keeping vital perishable- and other cargoes moving.  As lockdown measures ease across Europe, we are looking forward to meeting our colleagues in October in Rotterdam:  the Dutch government has now announced that from September 1st, meetings with up to 200 people in person can take place with appropriate distancing measures, so Cool Logistics Global is very much open for business and our team is planning our event.

Nothing beats the power of a face-to-face Cool Logistics Global event, but not everyone who wants to attend in person may be able to do so. In 2020 we will host a virtual Cool Logistics Global at the same time as the physical event. 

Photos: Cool Logistics Global 

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25th AECOC Commercial Strategy and Marketing Congress to analyse consumption in remainder of 2020

25th AECOC Commercial Strategy and Marketing Congress to analyse consumption in remainder of 2020

The 25th AECOC Congress on Commercial and Marketing Strategy will be held virtually between July 14 and 15. This year’s event will analyse the impact of COVID-19 as well as the transformations it has already generated and is expected to generate in mass consumption. Attendees will be presented with analysis of the economic outlook for the second half of the year for the consumer goods sector. Nielsen CEO in Spain and Portugal, Patricia Daimiel, will advance the consumption forecasts for the remainder of 2020 to obtain a complete picture of what impacts COVID-19 will have.

To complete the photograph of the impact on mass consumption, the AECOC Shopperview area will present the first results of its barometer dedicated to COVID-19. It will analyse the main changes in consumer behavior during and after confinement, identify the consolidated trends and predict how buyers will react to different future scenarios, such as possible new confinements in the event of outbreaks.

The programme on the first day will conclude with master-chef Ferran Adrià outlining his vision of the role innovation should play in the new normal.

Online commerce will be the focus of the second day, with an ‘E-commerce and omnichannel’ roundtable discussion and a presentation by IESE professor José Luis Nueno titled: ‘New opportunities from Direct to Consumer (DTC)’. In this intervention, Nueno will analyse the growth of the direct-to-consumer online commerce model, under which more than 6,000 companies operate in the world, thus eliminating intermediaries and creating flexible and externalised supply chain systems. According to the professor, the acceleration of e-commerce during the COVID-19 crisis will advance the DTC revolution.


AECOC is the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors Companies, one of the largest business organizations in the country and the only one in which the industry and consumer goods distribution work together to develop good practices and technological standards that help companies to be more efficient and competitive, adding value to the consumer. It encompasses both the largest companies and small and medium-sized companies and

It represents sectors as diverse as food and beverages, textiles, electro, hardware and DIY, health and hospitality, among others. It has more than 30,000 associated companies whose joint billing represents close to 20% of the national GDP.

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Agricultural Water Summit moved to September 22, 2020

Agricultural Water Summit moved to September 22, 2020

The first event focused on the water crisis affecting the agricultural industry has announced a new date in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event has been moved to Sept. 22, 2020 and will still take place at the Monticello Conference Center and Hotel in San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile.

The Agricultural Water Summit will provide an excellent opportunity for different actors related to water in agriculture and other affected industries to come together for a dynamic and in-depth conversation. Innovation, education, and cooperation will key critical in the search for new solutions for the use, reuse and generation of water for agriculture.

Gustavo Yentzen, general manager of event organiser the Yentzen Group, said the day will provide a unique opportunity for attendees. “The Agricultural Water Summit will be the first multi-sectoral event for water in the agricultural industry. The event will play an important role in the industry by facilitating the discussions, business, and development of innovations necessary to overcome the water crisis. It will be a key opportunity for small, medium and large producers to connect with other actors involved with water and be part of a new kind of agriculture that is sustainable, innovative, efficient, and collaborative.  It will be a space to talk about the water crisis that is affecting the whole world, and whose relevance has been reduced recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Yentzen added that although the Yentzen Group is the organiser of the event, the Agricultural Water Summit has grown and evolved hand in hand with other entities, such as: the Israeli Embassy in Chile; the Association of Irrigation and Drainage (Agryd); the Latin American Association of Desalination and Reuse of Water (Aladyr); the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture; the National Commission of Irrigation (CNR); the Chilean Fruit Exporters’ Association (Asoex); the National Society of Agriculture (SNA); and the Federation of Fruit Producers (Fedefruta), among others. Invitations have been extended to numerous companies, countries, and national and international organizations that have developed innovations to overcome water-related challenges. These guests will be part of a programme that will highlight diverse and creative solutions for the preservation and management of water.

About the event

The Agricultural Water Summit 2020 will be a meeting point for the global agricultural industry, bringing together world-class experts. During the day, numerous key issues related to the water crisis in Chile and around the world will be addressed, such as the importance of applying new technologies and optimizing current irrigation systems for the efficient management and use of water.

The day will be divided into three sections that will allow attendees to gain an integrated and strategic vision of how to efficiently use this scarce and indispensable resource. The first section will analyse the experiences of Australia, Israel, and the U.S. state of California, and the knowledge they have acquired. The second will be focused on the efficient management of irrigation water, evapotranspiration and the important role of technology and genetic innovation in the productivity and efficient consumption of water of crops. The third section will address the collaborative work and the interdisciplinary initiatives related to water in different parts of society.

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XXIII Acorbat International Congress to take place in Miami

XXIII Acorbat International Congress to take place in Miami


On April 29 and 30 and May 1, 2020, in Miami, Florida, the XXIII Acorbat International Congress will be held. This is one of the most important banana events for the sector at the international level. The scientific congress will discuss current issues for the global banana sector. The meeting will bring together representatives from across the world, including widely recognised experts, who will share the most recent research findings and present the latest trends in the international banana world.

This time, the event organiser is the country of Colombia through the Association of Agricultural Engineers of Urabá – INAGRU. The congress will focus on the following topics:

FITOPROTECTION: Management of pests, diseases and weeds.

GENETIC RESOURCES, SEED QUALITY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY: Genetic improvement, seed propagation and biotechnological applications.

PHYSIOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT: Physiological variables and productivity, management of soil and water resources, adaptation to climate variability and ecosystems.

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: Innovative technologies, crop agronomy, predictive models and information analysis.

AGROINDUSTRIA AND MARKETS: Postharvest, transformation of and potential markets.

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The European Packaging Forum: Congress & Get-together on May 14, 2020

The European Packaging Forum: Congress & Get-together on May 14, 2020

The European Packaging Forum is a precisely tailored congress event for the fruit and vegetable industry, focusing on marketing, sustainability, traceability, consumer and trade acceptance, innovative solutions, logistics, protection and functionality, hygiene and law. These are the topics that the experts from all stages of the value chain will be discussing on 14 May 2020 in Düsseldorf at Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf. This will be followed by the DFHV Annual Conference on 15 May 2020. 

The organisers – Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) and Fruchthandel Magazin – will be addressing a central topic in the sector, which is not only being strongly discussed in the entire value chain, but also in society. A press release stated: “Since the recent pictures of dead whales and polluted seas make this topic difficult to be ignored. We want to tackle the challenges and take a close look at them in order to discuss and sketch out alternatives and solutions with the competent experts in the end and thus give the industry new impetus. We want to bring together the most important market partners in the European sector in order to objectify the discussion and jointly develop new ideas and strategies for contemporary solutions and offers for the entire value chain.”

Simultaneous translation is provided of the plenary sessions in German and English.

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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:, 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.

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20th AECOC Fruit and Vegetables Congress to be held in Valencia on June 19-20


More than 500 experts from Spain’s fruit and vegetables sector will meet in Valencia for the 20th AECOC Congress. The event will offer market data, analyse trends and share success stories of leading companies in the sector. The event will begin with a presentation by Pedro J. Domínguez (Nielsen) followed by Cindy van Rijswick (Rabobank). Rabobank will share market data that will help contextualise the current situation and offer an overview of the new opportunities and challenges for the global fruit and vegetable industry. Nielsen, meanwhile, will describe the increasingly demanding consumers of fruits and vegetables and their demands (pleasure, convenience or sustainability).

On the subject of organic products, there will be presentations from HaciendasBio, Almaverde bio and Carrefour, which has opened the first urban supermarket with exclusively organic products. Sergio Román, from Auchan Retail will share the firm’s experience of incorporating a controlled production line to offer products with taste, responsibility and proximity. In addition, Álvaro Muñoz, CEO of AMC Fresh Group, will present the keys to success and the vision of the future of the leading company in citrus and fruit juices.

The congress will also feature the vision of Eurogrup Spain Frutas y Verduras and Metro Food Sourcing Fruits and Vegetables, two distribution leaders with almost 80% of the sales of Spanish fruits and vegetables. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the sector, such as the commitment to a more efficient and sustainable value chain or innovation.

Precise innovation, agriculture 4.0 and the impact of new technologies in agribusiness will also be discussed in a round table that will feature the participation of Miguel Sabater of Deloitte, and disruptive startups such as ec2ce, a benchmark in artificial intelligence, and HEMAV, which works in precision agriculture using drones.

Furthermore, the congress will address the keys of digital marketing and new communication with the consumer with Gonzalo Madrid, chief strategy officer of the Wink agency. Gonzalo Madrid will present the keys to bringing value to the consumer and becoming the chosen brand.

The event will close with an inspirational presentation by Patrick Dixon, guru and renowned futurist and author of more than twenty books, who will show us the future of our sector and the keys to growth.

AECOC is the Association of Companies of Large Consumption, one of the biggest business organisations in Spain. It is the only one in which industry and large-scale distribution work together to develop good practices and technological standards that help companies to be more efficient and competitive, thereby providing value to the consumer. AECOC includes large, medium and small enterprises and represents sectors as diverse as food and beverages, textiles, electro, hardware and DIY, health and hospitality, among others. At the end of 2017, it had more than 28,000 associated companies whose joint turnover represents close to 20% of GDP.