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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.