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Alimentaria BCN to focus on key production & consumption trends

Alimentaria BCN to focus on key production & consumption trends

Alimentaria BCN, the International Food, Beverages and Food Service Trade Show, will include the new Alimentaria Trends space in its new edition, a meeting point for new developments and innovation arising in the food industry. Taking place April 20-23 (2020) at the Barcelona Fira’s Gran Via venue, it will occupy 4,500 m2 and host around 400 exhibitors organised around five themed areas: Fine Foods (gourmet products), Organic Foods (organic production), Free From (allergens free), Halal Foods (Halal production) and Functional Foods (functional). Managing director Jose Antonio Valls, said, “Alimentaria Trends brings together all products that are no longer market niches and have become categories in themselves.” Reflecting the growing popularity of organic food, the Organic Foods space will occupy more than 1,400 m2 of exhibition space.

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Table Grape Meeting, the future of table grapes lies in innovation

Table Grape Meeting, the future of table grapes lies in innovation

On the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut (8-10 May 2019), an International Congress will be held, which will be entirely dedicated to one of Italy’s finest fruit and vegetable products: the focus is on varietal innovation and marketing.

With a yearly output of approximately 1 million tonnes with a 47,000-hectare production area, Italy is the leading producer of table grapes in Europe, followed by Greece and Spain. In this context, Cesena Fiera has come up with the idea of organising an event dedicated to this product, with the aim of assessing the current situation in a constantly evolving sector with great potential.

The “Table Grape Meeting” will take place on the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut, on Friday 10 May 2019 at the Rimini Expo Centre, and the focus of the discussion will be on varietal innovation, starting with Italy’s development programmes, including the new international varieties that are currently produced in Italy, before moving on to outlining the new varieties that are set to reshape the market.

In Italy, for example, in the two main table grape production areas, Apulia and Sicily, which cover 75% and 25% of the cultivated surface area respectively, the production of seedless grapes has increased considerably in the last decade, so much so that in Apulia it accounts for 30-35% of total production.

The event will be divided into two sessions: during the first session, some of Italy’s leading players in the sector will discuss varietal innovation, sharing their hands-on experience and points of view on future developments; the second session, instead, will feature a round table discussion with the participation of European and international speakers from leading countries in the production and import of table grapes. To support the debate, video interviews with major Italian producers in the industry will be screened, providing opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

The Congress is intended for Italian and foreign producers, buyers, technologists and importers. Participation is free of charge and it will be simultaneously translated into English.

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A fork in the retail road for fresh produce companies? 

Fruit Logistica 2018

Leading industry trade fair FRUIT LOGISTICA sheds more light on how online retailing could influence the future of fresh fruit and vegetable supply.

In future, online grocery growth will come in many forms, some of it through internet-based, direct-to-consumer models, some of it driven by bricks-and-mortar retailers seeking to diversify. But which path will yield more growth for the fresh produce business?

That’s the key area of investigation in Part 3 of Disruption in Fruit & Vegetable Distribution, FRUIT LOGISTICA and Oliver Wyman’s free report about the future of international fresh produce supply chains.

As the report points out, the recent advance of online retailing does not necessarily spell the end for bricks-and-mortar stores. In fact, those stores that do survive could be more profitable than they are today. But where will this leave the fresh produce business?

“There is no doubt that fruit and vegetables will remain the single most-important grocery category in driving frequency and basket size,” the report finds, suggesting that fresh produce is going to play a decisive role in the larger fight for grocery customers in the coming years.

In the meantime, there are signs in the online grocery arena that fresh produce brands may be able to play a more prominent role. What’s more, it’s fair to say that Amazon, Alibaba and other online retailers will want a lot more from their fruit and veg suppliers in future, including direct sourcing, better market analytics, full traceability, broader ranges and faster reaction times.

Be prepared for what the future of fresh produce has in store by reading Part 3 of Disruption in Fruit & Vegetable Distribution. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the FRUIT LOGISTICA Trend Report 2018 are available here. The final part of the report will be published on the FRUIT LOGISTICA website next month.