European Organic Congress 2021

European Organic Congress 2021 to take place online from Lisbon on 16-18 June 2021

The European Organic Congress by IFOAM, with the title “Organic’s contribution to the European Green Deal”, aims this year to inspire the participants by focusing on how the agri-food sector’s initiatives enhance the transition towards a more sustainable food system, through the aid of leading examples from representatives and experts amidst the organic sector. The New EU Organic Regulation 848/2018 will also be explored, while focusing on its implications for the objective of 25% EU organic land by 2030. We will dive deep into how organic districts, living labs and farm demonstrations contribute to rural development and the success of the Organic Action Plan. Moreover, organic’s contribution to climate change mitigation, with the EU Green Deal, the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies and last but not least, the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will be key themes for the Congress’ debates.

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Coronavirus outbreak causes event delays and cancellations 

Coronavirus outbreak causes event delays and cancellations 

Several major events in the fresh produce calendar have either been postponed or cancelled due to concerns about the spreading Coronavirus. Unsurprisingly, events scheduled to take place in Italy have been greatly affected. The country’s largest fresh produce fair, Macfrut, has been moved back from May until 8-10 September, while the Verona exhibition Sol & Agrifood has been postponed from 19-22 April to 14-17 June, and Cibus in Parma from 11-14 May to 1-4 September. Germany has postponed three events, with the new dates still to be confirmed: BioWest in Düsseldorf; BioOst in Leipzig; and Gastro Vision in Hamburg. Meanwhile, Greece’s Freskon expo, scheduled  for 2-4 April, has been cancelled. Tokyo’s 45th annual food and beverage exhibition Foodex Japan scheduled for 10-13 March was also cancelled.

 

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FruitVegetables Europe general assembly & sessions, June 4 & 5th Bordeaux

FruitVegetables Europe general assembly & sessions, June 4 & 5th Bordeaux

The European F&V association wisely postponed their General Assembly and will be “Looking forward to the future: Europe, promotion, Trade & Green Deal” will be the morning debate after the general assembly and the presentation of the amazing first year (2019) achievement of the “Cultivating the Taste of Europe” consumer campaign leaded by the association. The afternoon sessions with start with a presentation of CUTE’s first Eurobarometer aimed to measure “European’s attitudes towards fruit and vegetables from Europe”. CuTE’s EU survey is the first EU study about perception of fruits and vegetables methods production. It was designed to provide clear insights on consumer’s views and match their concerns. Countries monitored are France, Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain. The final workshop panel will debate on the “EU production model: what future for the EU fruit & vegetables sector?”

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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
© BIOFACH

 

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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Great expectations for BIOFACH CHINA 2020: a cross-industry communication platform

Great expectations for BIOFACH CHINA 2020: a cross-industry communication platform, credit. Biofach China
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The wide product range on display at BIOFACH CHINA will include organic food and drinks, as well as organic cosmetic products and textiles. In 2020, BIOFACH CHINA will be take place concurrently with NATURAL EXPO CHINA 2020, allowing visitors to learn more about semi-natural products that are still in the process of becoming organically certified. The event will also host CRAFT BEER CHINA 2020, making it a truly cross-industry communication platform.

NATURAL EXPO CHINA 2020 

The World Plant Based Sustainability Forum at NATURAL EXPO CHINA will invite plant-based meat exhibitors to display their products and offer cooked food to visitors. The aim is to show eco-conscious meat lovers that switching to a vegan diet can be done without compromising taste, texture or quality of the protein.

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES
AT HEART OF EXHIBITION 

Alongside the product displays, the diverse elements of the supporting programme will also draw crowds. The accompanying 14th International Organic Food Market and Development Conference will see 20 international speakers and 300 delegates offer a high-calibre programme covering the latest hot topics for the organic sector. The 2nd China Organic Maternal & Baby Marketing Development Summit at BIOFACH CHINA will provide inspiration, with marketing, sales and media experts in the maternal and child industry in attendance. Carrefour China signed a partnership agreement with BIOFACH CHINA as of 2019. The Organic Distributors Match Meeting aims to support the development of the organic industry by encouraging a direct procurement model for sales of organic food in China.

The main highlight of BIOFACH CHINA 2020 is its visitor interaction with both maternal and infant industry and catering industry. The event strives to find sales channels for brands and promote high-quality organic life concepts for the public. “That is what makes us different as a professional exhibition in the organic field,” said Jessica Pan, project director of NürnbergMesse China Co., Ltd.

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Uzbekistan’s key produce event to be held on March 11-13 

Uzbekistan’s key produce event to be held on March 11-13 

 

Held in capital city Tashkent on March 11-13, AgroWorld Uzbekistan covers every single sector of the fresh produce business and provides a complete picture of the latest innovations, products and services at every link in the international supply chain. It thus offers superb networking and contact opportunities to the key decision-makers in every sector of the industry.

Uzbekistan is a major exporter on the international fruit and vegetable market. The country ranks second in the world in exports of apricots, in persimmon exports it occupies the third place and in cherries – the fifth place. The Uzbek cherry ripens earlier than in competitor countries by two or three weeks. The country also intends to increase the export of melons this year. Fruit and vegetable products are exported to 80 countries.

For more information:

www.agroworld.uz 

agroworld@iteca.uz

 

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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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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.