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Fresh produce value-chains are strategic for the organic sector

BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020: Global sector gathering wows more than 47,000 trade visitors
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A wide range of value-chain sessions and exhibitors were covered by Eurofresh Distribution magazine during Biofach expo. They testify to the growing strategic importance of providing healthier consumer products and more ethical solutions.

 

Boosting the organic sector
by integrating breeding
into value chain partnerships

Organised by FIBL with the contribution of Eurofresh Distribution, OPTA, Cotton Accelerator and Econatura, one of the panel sessions of Biofach debated how to foster and finance organic breeding, considering the new EU regulation which requires organic seed and planting material for organic crops. Certified organic planting materials still represent less than 30% of today’s organic crops. Even less is the ratio of specific organically bred varieties. All parties agreed that new value-added organic varieties are crucial to continue generating more value in the chain and to fuel increased consumption.

 

Network for a new vegan
organic standard

Forderkreis Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau is the German and international association for promoting the “Biocyclic Vegan Standard” certified by IFOAM International. CEO Axel Anders argues that the vegan standard contributes to reducing environmental impacts, since animals have a higher CO2 footprint than plants. Germany is the major producing country so far with about 500ha of Vegan-certified crops. Certified Vegan wine, fruit and vegetables farms are emerging in France, Greece and Cyprus, with several other countries in transition, like Holland with 8 F&V producers.

 

Dr Saswati Bose, Deputy General Manager with her Marketing team /// © Pierre Escodo

India under transformation
towards organics

APEDA deputy general manager Dr Saswati Bose confirmed the gradual development of Indian organic production and consumption of fresh produce. This has also become one of the strategic goals of APEDA as the government agency in charge of promoting agribusiness exports. India exports US$515 million of organic products and produces 1.7 million tons. Its total organic area is 3.56 million ha, including 1.78 million ha (50%) cultivated.

 

Balcon de Ninjar's products at BIOFACH2020 /// © Pierre Escodo

Balcon de Nijar,
with more sustainable packaging

Since last November, the organic vegetables cooperative from Almería has marketed organic tomatoes with compostable sealed punnets, as well as new references for export markets like organic snowpea, Palermo peppers and dark beef tomatoes. Located in the Cabo de Gata natural park, Balcon de Nijar produces 50ha of organic greenhouse vegetables and exports 14 different varieties.

 

Barbara Gamper, Marketing Manager of Bonita, at BIOFACH2020 /// © Pierre Escodo

Bonita,
the new apple seduction by Bio Vinschgau

Part of the nº1 Italian apple group VIP, Bio Vinschgau is a cooperative fully dedicated to the organic cultivation of apples. It caused a sensation at Biofach with the presentation of the new “Bonita” organic apple for its flavour and attractiveness. With more than 90% “pinkish” red colouring, the variety is the result of a crossing between Topaze and CrispPink. 700 tons are available for its first commercial season. Bio Vinschgau also presented its new “Biography” project, which gives the consumer the opportunity to fully access the profile of the organic producer, with its name, story, photo gallery, videos and location. Bio Vinschgau incorporates 185 organic farmers, 1,000ha of organic orchards and 42,000 tons of certified crops. The VIP group markets a total of 350,000 tons.

 

Claire Bon & Ghariba Alilou, commercial managers at Compagnie des Pruneaux /// © Pierre Escodo

Compagnie des Pruneaux,
nº1 producer of organic prunes

With 120ha of own certified orchards, Compagnie des Pruneaux is the nº1 producer and confectioner of organic prunes in Europe, and the 3rd for conventional prunes. Founded by the Briscon family 50 years ago, the Compagnie pioneered organic production in the ‘80s. Recent investments of €13 million have helped to double production capacity. Prune puree is its major speciality, which the firm supplies to the dairy, bakery and children’s food industries.

 

Kiwiny's products at BIOFACH2020 © Pierre Escodo

Kiwiny,
the organic super fruit

Started 5 years ago, Kiwiny produces 27ha of organic kiwis and also develops value-added products. The firm presented a new line of energising wellness pouches based on kiwi and other fruit purees at Biofach.

 

Marilena Daugenti and Antonio Tarulli, owners and managers Of Gruppo Tarulli at BIOFACH2020 /// © Pierre Escodo

Gruppo Tarulli,
organic seedless grapes

With 300ha of certified plantations, Gruppo Tarulli is the leading organic and Demeter biodynamic producer of table grapes in Europe. The family company has long been dedicated to seedless varieties for export, selecting from the best breeders like IFG (Sugar Crisp and Jack Salute varieties). It supplies a large assortment of varieties for 5 months’ continued supply of red, black and white seedless varieties.

 

Yvonne Legros, at BIOFACH2020, CEO and founder of Legros Bio /// © Pierre Escodo

Legros Bio,
with large assortment of biodynamic produce

Specialists in Spanish organic products, the Legros Bio trading company has registered over 20% annual growth in its exports of biodynamic F&V. Based in Perpignan, Legros Bio exports more than 30 references of Spanish products, mainly supplying the German market.

 

Eva and Sven Van der Plas, directors and owners of Van der Plas Sprouts /// © Pierre Escodo

Van der Plas Sprouts,
with wider organic range

The family company is the number-one producer of young sprouts or newly germinated plants in Europe, exporting daily to all of Europe, and beyond (e.g. to Dubai). In Nürmberg, the firm presented a wider range of organic and very healthy sprouts with green pea, purple radish, and broccoli – all very nutritious and anti-oxidant. “All of our sprouts are grown under the Planet Proof environmental label,” said director Evan Vander Plas.

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Biofach registers record number of exhibitors

Biofach registers record number of exhibitors
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Europe’s leading organic trade fair Biofach/Vivaness  attracted 519 new exhibitors, making a total of 3,792 exhibitors from 110 countries in a display area of 57,609 m². The number of visitors, however, fell by 4,500, no doubt due to fears around the coronavirus. According to NürnbergMesse, there were over 47,000 trade buyers from 136 countries viewing the products, trends and innovations from all over the world in two additional halls. The top five countries by visitor attendance were Germany, Austria, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

Petra Wolf, a member of the management board of NürnbergMesse, said, “We are really pleased that Biofach and Vivaness once again brought together more than 47,000 trade visitors in Nuremberg for the annual sector gathering in 2020. That’s only eight percent less than last year, in spite of the hesitation caused by the coronavirus. The chief focus in the exhibition halls was on networking, trade and interaction on topics of interest to the sector. The general atmosphere was highly positive, and the emotional highlight was beyond doubt the extremely impressive Dr Jane Goodall with her keynote.”

Best New Product Awards

Trade visitors voted for their favourites to win the Best New Product Award in seven categories. Käserebellen GmbH was one of the happy winners at BIOFACH with its Organic Volcano Rebell (Fresh food). HANS Brainfood impressed the trade visitors with its “Hemp Bites” in the “Grocery products, snacks and sweets” category. “RETTERGUT organic soups” from Dörrwerk won a Best New Product Award in the “Other grocery products” category. 

Next year’s edition will take place on 17-20 February 2021. Almost 95% of this year’s visitors have already blocked these dates out, to be sure of attending again next year.

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BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020: Combined trade fair hits new high of 3,792 exhibitors

BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020: Combined trade fair hits new high of 3,792 exhibitors

The combined trade fair of BIOFACH, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and VIVANESS, the International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, has been more international and diverse than ever before when it opened its doors at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 12 – 15 February. Both shows were setting new records for exhibitor numbers, display area and international focus. A total of 3,792 exhibitors – 292 of them at VIVANESS – from 110 countries has showcased their products to the trade public on a display area measuring 57,609 m2. BIOFACH and VIVANESS 2020 were offering even more diversity than ever, in two additional halls. The approaches that the organic system already offers for resolving urgent issues affecting the future has been discussed by the organic sector as part of the congress theme “Organic delivers!”, while water has been the focus of the special show “All about water – is the basis of life endangered?”. The key trends at BIOFACH this year were “Packaging”, “Vegan 2.0”, “Open Pollinated Varieties” and “Region 2.0”, while VIVANESS has been highlighting “Zero Waste bathroom”, “All about hemp”, “Dental Care” and “Packaging”.

Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse, said: “With BIOFACH and VIVANESS you get two trade fairs, one date, one venue, four days and a comprehensive overview of the worldwide organic food and natural and organic cosmetic sectors along the entire supply chain. In 2020, the combined trade fair will be more diverse than ever and will emphatically reinforce its role as the international gathering for the sector. With its excellent supporting programme and “Organic delivers!” as the congress theme, this is the starting point from where the future is being shaped by the sector.”

 

Source: Press release
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“Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships” workshop

"Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships" workshop

FiBL workshop “Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships” focused yesterday morning (13/02/2020) on how to foster and finance the breeding and the selection of organic varieties. It was organised with the collaboration of Eurofresh Distribution magazine, OPTA, Cotton Accelerator and Econatura.

Still less than 30% of organic crops come from organic seed & plants in Europe (less than 10% worldwide). Major changes shall happen by 2036 to fulfill with the new EU regulation.

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BIOFACH2020: focus on vegan labels

The Vegan Society promotes the certified animal free products with the Vegan Trademark
Credit: Pierre Escodo

 

The Vegan Society promotes the certified animal free products from all level in the chain, with for example the non-animal and organic fertiliser. Indeed, animal compost and animal proteins have a much higher carbon footprint than vegetal compost and plant-based proteins… Therefore, ‘Vegan experience hub’ was created at Biofach fair to learn more about this kind of products.

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The Yoom tomato scoops Innovation of the Year prize

The Yoom tomato scoops Innovation of the Year prize

This year’s FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award (FLIA) has gone to the “Yoom™” tomato from Syngenta Seeds. Garnering about 30% of the overall votes, the tomato was the clear winner in the competition to determine the best innovation in the international fruit and vegetable industry. 

This is the second time that Dutch company Syngenta has won the FLIA, having received the award in 2012 too for its red snack pepper “Angello”. The Yoom tomato won voters over with its outer and inner values: depending on the hours of sunlight, its colour ranges from purple to black. What remains constant is its high vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content as well as its sweet-sour and tangy flavour, also known as “umami”.

“We are very pleased to have won this award again, because FRUIT LOGISTICA is the most important convention for the fresh fruit industry. In five minutes the world will know more about our product, because everyone follows the information from FRUIT LOGISTICA. This will be a major boost for our product. And the award is a great acknowledgment of our work as well as a wonderful motivation for our team,” said Jérémie Chabanis, EAME Food Chain Manager Vegetable and Specialties at Syngenta.

Environmentally friendly packaging was at the forefront of the awards, with second and third prizes going to sustainable innovations.

The silver FLIA goes to Polish company Silbo for its certified fruit and vegetable packaging with water-based dyes and adhesives (“Compostable, Flexible, Printed, Packaging”). It is completely compostable, making it especially sustainable.

The bronze FLIA was also awarded to sustainable packaging: the “SoFruMiniPak® Eco View” from SoFruPak Witold Gai from Poland. It seals quickly, is made from renewable resources, ensures good ventilation and optimised cooling, and is 100 per cent biodegradable.

Credit: Alexandra Sautois, Eurofresh Distribution
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Reflections on Fruit Logistica 2020

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, Sicilian stand

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, Sicilian stand

Stand of Sicilia at Fruit Logistica 2020 in Berlin, from the 5th to 7th of February in Berlin // Credit: Alexandra Sautois, Eurofresh Distribution

 

Despite fears over the coronavirus, Fruit Logistica 2020 still saw a large attendance. It was noticeable that Chinese booths were largely empty, with delegates unable to travel to the fair. Those of us who did make it were asked to place a cross in a box to confirm they had not returned from China in the past month and hand sanitiser was available throughout the fair. 

The slightly early conclusion of the fair (Friday at 4pm instead of 6pm) was perhaps logical given that many stands were already empty at lunchtime.

Italy was particularly well represented at this year’s event, setting a record of almost six hundred companies present in key pavilions. The Italian’s commitment to this fair was underlined by the attendance of agriculture minister, Teresa Bellanova – the first time this has happened. There is also a growing presence of emerging countries in the City Cube.

Fruit Logistica remains an unmissable event for the sector. As we return to our countries, most will already be making arrangements to book flights and hotels for the next edition of Fruit Logistica on 3-5 February 2021.

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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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Fruit Logistica Innovation Award shortlist announced

The top award for innovation in the fresh produce sector will be presented at Fruit Logistica in Berlin on 10 February 2017. More than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries can cast their vote on 8 and 9 February 2017 for the innovation of the year.

The 10 finalists for the 2017 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award have been revealed, with the winners to be announced in Berlin next February 10.

The selected innovations will be presented at the fair from February 8-10 in a special exhibition area between halls 20 and 21.

A panel of experts from all parts of the fresh produce industry chose the following ten nominees from more than 60 submissions.

BE-Cube Demountable Pallet Box System, Beekenkamp Verpakkingen B.V., Netherlands
A flexible, space-saving multi-purpose pallet box system which is both lightweight and completely collapsible, available with tilting and base emptying functions.

Crisp Fresh Watermelon, Syngenta, France
A seedless watermelon cultivated specially for fresh-cut processing with firm, dark red fruit pulp, reduced liquid loss and extended shelf life.

KnoxTM – Delayed pinking in fresh cut lettuce, Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel BV, Netherlands
A specially developed natural solution to delay so-called “pinking” in cut lettuce, extending shelf life at POS by one or two days.

Mango Peeler & De-Cheeker, ZTI Smart Machines, Netherlands
A mango peeling and de-cheeking machine with dynamic insert clamps, specially developed spikes and fine, adjustable peeling knives for an exact, product friendly cutting process.

Natupol Excel – Bee Vision, Koppert Biological Systems, Netherlands
A specially developed beehive to optimise pollination in the greenhouse under artificial lighting. It has integrated navigation aids for the bees using reflective signals and a special coating.

SoFruBox® System, SoFruPak, Poland
A new environmentally friendly packaging system with bottomless trays and compatible individually vented SoFruMiniPak® containers to optimize cooling and ventilation.

Streamer Automatic Spiralizer, Turatti srl, Italy
A spiral cutting machine for the high volume handling of vegetables to produce pasta- like shapes such as spaghetti, tagliatelle, rings and even gnocchi-like cores.

Sustainable Grow Bag for Tasty Tomatoes, Greenyard Horticulture Belgium, Belgium
A fully compostable growbag filled with 100% organic substrate for the cultivation of greenhouse vegetables such as tomatoes and other products.

The Cracking Monkey – Pili Nuts, Die Frischebox GmbH, Germany
A pre-germinated nut from the Philippines with high levels of Vitamin E, pre-scored for easy opening with the special stainless steel cracker and sold in environmentally friendly cotton bags.

Yello® – The Color of Taste, VI.P/VOG, Italy
A sweet and crunchy yellow apple variety of Shinano Gold, a Japanese cross between Golden Delicious and Senshu.

“The Fruit Logistica Innovation Award is considered the industry’s leading award. It attracts considerable media attention and recognises new products and services whose market launch in recent months will give important impetus to the international fresh produce trade,” said Fruit Logistica global brand manager Wilfried Wollbold.

The special feature of the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award is that the winner is chosen by more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 130 countries who attend the exhibition. They are invited to cast their vote for the innovation of the year on the first two days of the trade fair.

Source of information and photos: http://www.fruitlogistica.de/en/Press/PressReleases/News_36098.html
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Fruit Logistica Berlin – 8-10 February 2017