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First USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair

First USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair

The USDA is to host the first-ever Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair on May 26 (12-4 p.m. ET), to showcase USDA investments and business leadership in reducing food loss and waste throughout the food system.

“In the U.S., more than one-third of all available food goes uneaten through food loss or waste,” said USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison Jean Buzby. “USDA is proud to highlight public and private leaders who are transforming the food system and combatting food loss and waste.”

The Innovation Fair will present businesses and research teams that have received USDA funding to research or commercialize cutting-edge food loss and waste solutions. Additionally, several USDA agencies – such as the Agricultural Research Service and the Food Safety and Inspection Service – will discuss their food loss and waste activities in research, measurement, education, funding, and outreach. Other presenters include several U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions, businesses that have committed to reducing food loss and waste in their operations by 50 percent by 2030. The 2030 Champions initiative is co-led by USDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Among the presenters:

Lake County, Illinois received a USDA grant for a pilot community compost project. Activities include conducting a compost-to-farmland demonstration study, engaging community gardeners through education and outreach, and reducing and diverting food waste from landfills.

En Solución (Austin, Texas) was funded by a USDA Small Business Innovation Research grant to develop and deploy a sanitizer made from ozone nanobubbles to wash harvested produce. This technology has great potential to increase food safety and extend produce shelf life.

ReGrained (San Francisco, California) collaborated with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service to develop patent-pending technology to dry and process brewers’ grains into healthy, high-quality flours, transforming food waste into value-added – and tasty – products.

Sodexo, a global food service and facilities management corporation, will highlight their change management and operational engagement strategy to cut food waste in half by 2025 to reach their 2030 Champions target early.


This free, virtual event will feature virtual booths where visitors can learn about state-of-the-art solutions from business, government, and academic innovators. Attendees can text chat with representatives and other guests, watch videos, and download reports and other materials.

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medFEL Tuesdays

medFEL Tuesdays

Summer fruits & vegetable European harvest forecasts and Conferences: the entire sector meets online on May 4th, 11th and 25th!

Discover the programme of your 3 online events!

On Tuesdays 4, 11 and 25 May, from 4pm to 6pm, medFEL will connect up with the sector with a two-part programme: European forecasts for summer fruit and vegetable harvests, followed by round tables hosted by experts and covering subjects relating to the new challenges encountered by the sector.

The conferences will be fully broadcasted live and in replay, in French, Italian and Spanish.

Tuesday 4 May

4pm: European forecasts for apricots & French forecasts for peaches and nectarines

With Santiago Vazquez, Federation of Spanish cooperatives (Spain), Elisa Macchi, Director of CSO (Italy) Georges Kantzios, ASEPOP Cooperative (Greece) and a representative of the Peaches and Apricots of France PDO.

Discussions chaired by Eric Hostalnou, Head of Fruit & Vegetable department at Pyrénées-Orientales Chamber of Agriculture.

5pm: Round Table – “Doctor Citizen and Mister Consumer”

Citizens are quite demanding when it comes to their food. It must be of high quality, diversified, its origin matters, production methods must be environmentally friendly, social standards must be high. But when they transform into consumers, they are in search of low prices, ready-to-cook products, with not a care about the origin. We compare the results of opinion polls with analysis of consumer purchasing.

With the participation of speakers including Delphine Taillez, Deputy Director, Aprifel.

The other speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Discussion chaired by Olivier Masbou, Associate journalist, Socopag press agency.

Tuesday 11 May

4pm: Forecasts of melon plantations

With Myriam Martineau, Chair of the Inter-professional Melon Association (AIM), Jérôme Jausseran, Head of Communications at AIM, Marion Mispouillé, Project Officer at AIM.

Discussion chaired by Olivier Masbou, Associate journalist, Socopag press agency.

5pm: Round Table – “How far will organic go? New challenges ahead“

How is the organic sector still growing? Organic products must meet expectations from society (environmental commitment, more local, more ethical) while remaining a source of added value for its stakeholders within the framework of a new foundation of more stringent European regulations.

With Laure Verdeau, Director of Agence BIO, Gil Kressmann, Economist and Consultant, member of the French Academy of Agriculture (to be confirmed).

The other speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Discussion chaired by Olivier Masbou, Associate journalist, Socopag press agency.

Tuesday 25 May

4pm: European forecasts for peaches and nectarines

With Javier Basols, Federation of Spanish cooperatives and Manel Simon, Afrucat, Catalonia (Spain), Elisa Macchi, Director of CSO (Italy) Georges Kantzios, ASEPOP Cooperative (Greece) and Bruno Darnaud, Peaches and Apricots of France PDO.

Discussions chaired by Eric Hostalnou, Head of Fruit & Vegetable department at Pyrénées-Orientales Chamber of Agriculture.

5pm: Round Table – “Click+collect, room for improvement for fresh fruit and vegetables?”

Click+collect, and more broadly online shopping, is a fast-developing retail sector. France leads Europe for the market share of online-purchased consumer goods (7.1%). But while most of our neighbours prefer home delivery, French consumers are more receptive to click+collect (8 out of 10 online purchases). The fresh fruit and vegetable sector has yet to find its place on this market.

With the participation of speakers including Philippe Goetzmann, Consultant specialized in new consumption.

The other speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Discussion chaired by Olivier Masbou, Associate journalist, Socopag press agency.

Discover the full programme on medFEL Tuesdays website.

medFEL Tuesdays are sponsored by the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Regional Authority and organised by the regional economic development agency AD’OCC and SPAS Organisation.

About AD’OCC :


The regional economic development agency supports companies in the Occitanie / Pyrenees-Mediterranean region at each stage of their development: creation, set up, innovation, growth, funding, export, transfer of ownership, while strengthening regional attractiveness and acting as a beacon for talent.

The agency is the Occitanie region’s armed wing for economic development, innovation and job creation. It deploys regional funding mechanisms in order to anchor employment firmly within the territory.

AD’OCC is a responsive, highly-skilled and efficient local point of contact to answer all the needs of regional businesses. With a comprehensive range of support packages, project leaders can find assistance and solutions to meet development challenges and objectives. The agency’s action is guided by three core principles: agility, simplicity and performance.

 About SPAS Organisation :

SPAS Organisation is the largest French organiser of trade shows and consumer events dedicated to organic products, wellness and art de vivre. SPAS Organisation organises 30 events: organic product trade shows and consumer exhibitions in Paris and around France, trend areas and a digital marketplace.

  • Bio et Nature exhibitions in Paris: Marjolaine, Vivre Autrement, Naturally, Vivez Nature, Permae
  • Tradeshows:  medFEL (Perpignan, Digital), Natexpo (Paris, Lyon, Digital), Natexpo International Tour (a touring event)
  • The Zen & Bio exhibition network around France: Zen & Bio (Nantes, Angers, Tours, Bordeaux, Lyon), Artemisia (Marseille), NaturaBio (Lille), Respire La Vie (Poitiers, Vannes, Rennes, La Rochelle)
  • Wellness and Art de vivre shows:  : Bien-être Médecine Douce (Paris, Lyon, Marseille), Les Thermalies (Paris, Lyon et Digital), Zen (Paris), Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands (Paris)
  • Trend forums: at its consumer events, SPAS unveils tomorrow’s trends and showcases them on dedicated forums: Bio & Vegan, ViniBio, Le Rendez-vous de la conscience.
  • : an online marketplace for organic and natural products (600 traders and 40 000 product references)



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Cibus 2021 to restart the Italian food sector in early September

Cibus 2021 to restart the Italian food sector in early September © Cibus

© Cibus


Following responses to two surveys, one among exhibiting companies and the other among Italian and foreign buyers, Fiere di Parma and Federalimentare have set the dates for Cibus 2021: the first week of September, from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September. An evaluation of the vaccination process in Italy and the organisation of air corridors for foreign buyers also contributed to the decision.

It is hoped that the 20th edition of Cibus 2021, the International Food Exhibition, will be the fair to restart the Italian agri-food industry, the first showcase of the year for national food & beverage. The new products that will drive the recovery of domestic consumption and international exports will be exhibited, in all product categories: from cured meats to cheeses, from pasta to tomatoes, from oil to baked goods, from beverages to grocery, from frozen foods to products clubs, and more.

The reopening of Cibus (the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the pandemic) coincides with a resumption of agri-food exports: Istat data, processed by Federalimentare, already report a decent performance in 2020 (+0.1 % in the first 10 months of 2020), which should evolve into significant growth in the first half of 2021. A figure that bodes well for a large influx of international buyers, so much so that a record budget has been allocated to favour incoming (travel and permanence of foreign buyers). 

About 3,000 Italian exhibiting companies are expected at Cibus 2021, and all the players in the agri-food chain will be present. The fair will therefore represent an opportunity to analyse the great changes accelerated by the pandemic, both in terms of production and consumption. The conferences will be organised in a single and coherent framework, called “Cibus Forum”, also to underline the continuity with what was elaborated in the last Cibus Forum in September 2020.

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Messe Berlin is cancelling its FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION 2021 on 18-20 May 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Europe and the rest of the world.

“I’m quite sure today’s cancellation is no surprise to anyone,” says Madlen Miserius, Senior Product Manager. “The coronavirus pandemic is lasting longer than expected. We wanted to make an onsite event happen in May. But the prospects both for international business travel to Berlin and for large face-to-face gatherings are too low.  And under these circumstances it’s simply impossible for us to meet face-to-face.”

Messe Berlin had worked hard to prepare a special edition of FRUIT LOGISTICA to take place over three days in May. The FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION was designed to withstand key uncertainties of the pandemic and to safeguard customers in terms of their health and of their investment in the show. And the concept resonated with business: more than 600 companies from Europe and the rest of the world had registered.

“We developed FRUIT LOGISTICA SPECIAL EDITION as we knew through discussions with the industry that the market’s desire for a physical event was very strong. That’s why we developed a concept to offer our exhibitors the greatest flexibility at the smallest possible risk,” says Madlen Miserius, Senior Product Manager.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic still has the upper hand, and this is what has lead to today’s cancellation,” says Miserius. “There is a huge global family of people in the fresh fruit and vegetable business and it comes together every year at FRUIT LOGISTICA. We are already in discussions with international market players and are hard at work to prepare ourselves for FRUIT LOGISTICA 2022. We will do everything to ensure our 30th edition is a vibrant onsite event. So make a date in your diary for FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin on 9-11 February 2022.”

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Alimentaria commits to 2022 and calls for a Gastronomic Forum with a wider offer this autumn

Alimentaria commits to 2022 and calls for a Gastronomic Forum with a wider offer this autumn

In addition, Gastronomic Forum Barcelona will take place on the same dates as Alimentaria FoodTech, the trade show on food processing and preservation, in a week dedicated to food sustainability at the same time Barcelona becomes World Sustainable Food Capital for 2021.

Gastronomic Forum Barcelona will be the benchmark event for the country’s food and gastronomy industry this year, with the aim of contributing to the revitalisation of the sector. The event, organised by Fira de Barcelona through Alimentaria Exhibitions, is working on an edition which will take place from 18th to 20th October at the Montjuïc venue and which will expand its usual format by adding to its offer the exhibitors from Alimentaria & Hostelco who are interested in participating this year in a national event for the industry. Thus, in addition to the usual small producers from the primary sector and food artisans, it will be able to bring together a larger representation of companies from the foodservice, equipment, services and distribution sectors.

In this sense, after evaluating the evolution of the pandemic, the international mobility restrictions and consulting exhibitor companies, the trade fair institution has decided to boost this event in autumn and hold a large Alimentaria & Hostelco from the 4th to the 7th of April 2022, thus recovering its biennial periodicity in even years and guaranteeing its usual levels of participation and international attendance. The change of dates for Alimentaria & Hostelco comes after a dialogue with the industry’s productive, associative and institutional network regarding the event scheduled for May of this year (after the April 2020 event was postponed due to Covid-19) with a proposal adapted to current circumstances, both conceptually and in terms of exhibition space.

The managing director of Alimentaria Exhibitions, J. Antonio Valls, assures that “we want to commit to Alimentaria in 2022 with a size and participation that will once again boost international business and, together with Hostelco, maintain the quality and value proposition of previous editions, which have made it a global benchmark for the industry“. However, he specifies that “any national company which would have liked to participate in Alimentaria & Hostelco this year now has the opportunity to do so at Gastronomic Forum Barcelona, in a special edition which will place it among the country’s major food and gastronomy events“.

Sustainable Food Week
Also, coinciding with Barcelona’s World Sustainable Food Capital status, sustainability will have a clear leading role both at Gastronomic Forum Barcelona, which will be one of the focal points of its various activities, and at Alimentaria FoodTech, which will also focus on sustainability applied to food processing and preservation and which will be held alongside the Hispack (packaging) trade show at the Gran Via venue from the 19th to the 22nd of October.

These events will coincide with the celebration in Barcelona of the Global Forum for the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact from the 19th to the 21st of October, an international recognition supported by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations), in which 200 participating cities commit to developing sustainable, fair and healthy agri-food models.

Alimentaria & Hostelco constitute one of the main platforms of international reference with the most complete and transversal offer for the food and drinks industry, foodservice, hospitality equipment and its value chain. At its last edition in 2018, this event brought together 4,500 companies and 150,000 professional visitors, 25% of whom were from abroad.

Featured face-to-face events before and after the summer
Gastronomic Forum Barcelona, Alimentaria FoodTech and Hispack are some of the on-site events that Fira de Barcelona plans to hold this year, with which it will gradually normalise its trade fair activity.

In this sense, the General Manager of the institution, Constantí Serrallonga, emphasized “the importance, in such a complex context, of resuming in the coming months the celebration of events in our venues of Montjuïc and Gran Via to become once more a driver of the much-needed economic and social reactivation”.

Therefore, before the summer, B-Travel and Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week will take place in June, and Automobile Barcelona and BforPlanet, a congress dedicated to promoting the application of the SDGs in the private sector, will be held in July. These trade shows are added to the two major international events scheduled for these months at the Gran Via venue, ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), the largest AV industry trade show, and MWC Barcelona, a world benchmark in mobile technology and communications.

In autumn, the trade show calendar will intensify with the aforementioned food and packaging trade shows, along with other leading events such as Seafood Expo, Expoquimia, Eurosurfas, Equiplast and Industry, IoT Solutions World Congress, the International Boat Show, Caravaning, Smart City Expo World Congress and Barcelona Building Construmat/Piscina&Wellness Barcelona, among others.

In the coming months, the trade fair venues will once again resume their activity and their economic impact, by hosting different trade events with all the safety and prevention measures outlined in the thorough protocol drawn up by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with experts and the advice of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

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The first edition of Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal closes with significant international participation

The first edition of Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal closes with significant international participation
Photo: Mint

Hundreds of international buyers from 61 countries held business meetings with the 74 Portuguese companies that ‘exhibited’ at Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal between 20 and 23 January. The pioneering online trade show organized by the Portuguese Agrofood Cluster – a group made up of PortugalFoods, Inovcluster, Agrocluster do Ribatejo, Portugal Fresh and ViniPortugal (Wines of Portugal) – was a major joint promotional collaboration that underlined the tremendous international interest in Portuguese wines and agri-food products. Wines, meat and fish, cheeses and charcuterie, olive oils and olives, fruit and vegetables,  confectionary, beers, frozen foods, condiments, sauces, preserves and a host of other quality products found their optimum digital showcase in this event.

“In a year when most international trade fairs were cancelled or greatly reduced in size, we wanted to offer our exporters an affordable and simple opportunity to make contact with buyers from all over the world,” said Amândio Santos, the President of PortugalFoods and head of the Portuguese Agrofood Cluster. “This was a bold, pioneering and risky venture that brought together the whole Portuguese agri-food sector like never before. Now we know what we are capable of, although there is always room for future improvements, our intention is to maintain the momentum generated by this event so it becomes a fixture on the international scene. Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal is part of a more comprehensive plan that the Portuguese Agrofood Cluster intends to implement, driving the sector on the path towards a true digital transformation,” added Santos.

The organizers rated the experience very highly and estimate that firm business deals reached as a result of the meetings held through the platform will have a significant impact on the exports of the companies that took part.

In addition to the business meetings, which formed the core of the event, participants and exhibitors were able to attend virtual talks and conferences on subjects of interest to them. New regulations, export processes, international certifications, Community legislation, EU trade policy and national foreign policy were some of the topics discussed. The conferences were attended by the international delegations of the Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency (AICEP), providing an overview of the markets in the post-Covid era. Various other sector events, such as those organized by the Portuguese wine industry, rounded off the agenda of sessions.

With Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal, the country continues on its ambitious export drive. At present, Portugal is negotiating around 200 treaties to guarantee the entry in the short-term of new food products in 59 countries on five continents. The agri-food sector already accounts for more than 11% of Portugal’s national exports, worth 6,500 million euros per year, and employs around 300,000 people in a country with an active workforce of 5.5 million people.

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Interpoma Startup Award, nominated the finalists

Interpoma Startup Award, nominated the finalists


                                                                                                                                                                                  Press Release

Space for quality innovation at Interpoma Connects – Digital Days for the Apple Economy, the digital appointment dedicated to the apple organized by Bolzano/Bozen Exhibition Center on 19 and 20 November. Among the initiatives that will take place during the two days is Interpoma Startup Award, dedicated to the most innovative startups in the agricultural and apple sector and which will culminate with the online award ceremony, in which the 13 companies selected as finalists will take part.   

Bolzano, 12th November 2020 – Innovation, technology, digitization: these are the key words of the new digital format of Bolzano/Bozen Exhibition Center dedicated to the apple sector, Interpoma Connects – Digital Days for the Apple Economy, scheduled on 19th and 20th November. In addition to Interpoma Congress and Interpoma Business Match, the other initiative in the two-day program will see as protagonists the most innovative realities of the international agricultural panorama, the Interpoma Startup Award.

Over the past few months, many startups have responded to the call of Bolzano/Bozen Exhibition Center and WhatAVenture to participate in the virtual space dedicated to high quality innovation in the agricultural and apple sector, which will allow professionals and opinion leaders to learn about the latest novelties in the sector and establish new business relationships. There are 13 realities that have won the opportunity to be virtually present and that will compete for the Interpoma Startup Award, the prize for the best startup. On November 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the 13 selected startups will present themselves online in front of the jury of experts: they will have two minutes for the pitch and three minutes of questions and answers with the jury. After that, the jury of experts will evaluate and nominate the winner, who will be entitled to a free booth at Interpoma 2021, from 4 to 6 November.

Here are the 13 finalist startups:


xFarm is an Italian startup that aims at the digitization of agriculture, providing innovative tools that can support producers and professionals in the supply chain in the management of companies. Its strengths are ease of use, intuitiveness and perfect adaptability to agricultural realities. The digital ecosystem includes an application, a dashboard Analytics and a line of IoT sensors.


Agranimo (Germany) produces wireless real-time microclimate sensors and provides a platform for data analysis and visualization to increase farm productivity and climate adaptation in the agro-food supply chain.


AGROROBOTICA (Italy) has designed SpyFly, a robotic monitoring system that helps the farmer to monitor his crops in real time by reducing his presence in the field. Each SpyFly trap is independently powered by solar panels and, in addition to attracting, capturing and recognizing pests, is able to collect a series of atmospheric data that, once correlated to the recorded attack phenomena, can create behavioral and predictive models.


ODIS is a young start-up from South Tyrol (Italy) that develops and markets innovative solutions for irrigation and agriculture. It offers battery-powered sensors and devices that allow remote control and monitoring from the smartphone. Their solution is useful to optimize irrigation and ensure optimal results from a distance, saving time and concern for farmers.


SOUTH AGRO is an Italian startup that produces biostimulants obtained from seaweed extracts to improve the quality and quantity of crops thanks to an increase in plant resistance to climatic stress.


BrioAgro (Spain) is a tailor-made tool for farmers. Through a 24-hour monitoring system, the farmer receives real-time information on the main variables in which he can intervene to improve his crops and integrate with agricultural irrigation systems.


Agrin (Italy) is a multidisciplinary group of professionals (agronomists, biologists, engineers and chemists) whose passion is to find solutions to maximize the economic, environmental and social sustainability of agriculture, industry and agroindustry. Numerous studies have shown that one of the main sources of surface and groundwater pollution is the inadequate washing of sprayers and tractors. The system they have developed can solve this problem in a sustainable way.


Pixofarm is an Austrian mobile application that, by taking pictures of a number of apples, allows you to get real time information about the state of the fruit and to make forecasts about the final results, having a continuous control.


Senorics is a high-tech spin-off of the University of Technology Dresden (Germany). Specializing in the design and manufacture of spectroscopic optical sensor solutions for mass applications, they have also applied this technology in agriculture, specifically to enable apple producers and distributors to determine the ideal harvest window and ideal ripening of their apples. 


Trapview is a monitoring and forecasting platform for insect pests developed by the Slovenian company Efos. Automated electronic traps allow efficient monitoring of insect pests and are almost maintenance-free.


BioLogik-Systems (Italy) has developed and patented a technology that respects the principle of circular economy and allows to recycle nutrients in the form of compost and to produce thermal energy without any combustion. The technology is a user friendly, economical and ecological solution. The startup is one of the pioneers of compost heat recovery systems creating an ideal turnkey solution for the cultivation of fruit, grapes and olives.


Semios (Canada) is a full-service crop management platform. It provides real-time crop data and pest management tools and helps farmers manage pests, diseases, frost and irrigation. The powerful wireless network of in-canopy sensors, variable speed pheromone dispensers and camera traps with automatic pest counting provides farmers with the tools to predict and respond to insect, disease and tree health conditions in real time.


Fresh Agriculture Technologies (Serbia) has developed the first artificial intelligence digital agronomy consultant MapMyApple. MapMyApple helps small and medium apple growers to predict pests and diseases on time (7 days in advance) and save money by optimizing the number of spraying activities. MapMyApple is available on the market through Google Play and Apple store.

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Port of Algeciras (Spain) took part in III International import/export Fair

Port of Algeciras (Spain) took part in III International import/export Fair

Port of Algeciras, Spain (APBA) took part in III International import/export Fair (CIIE 2020) in Shanghai (China). The Fair was attended by local agents cooperating with APBA in Asian trade missions as well as by the staff in charge of the Exterior Promotion of Andalucía region.

The delegation representatives of Ningbo-Zhou Shan Port led by Chen Goupan, vice-president of internal relations, payed visit to the Algeciras stand. APBA has been cooperating closely with that Asian port since 2018, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in both Ports. Ningbo is not only a strategical partner; it became the first Chinese partner port for containers parting from Algeciras, and since then, shipping lines of 2M and Ocean Alliance Groups connect Spain and China.

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NATEXPO 2020 show: professionals out in force this exceptional edition!

NATEXPO 2020 show: professionals out in force this exceptional edition!
Photo: Sébastien Carayon


NATEXPO confirms its status as a must-attend event in the organic sector. In spite of the unprece­dented circumstances faced by public gatherings today, the show registered the attendance of 7,965 professionals on 21 and 22 September. Held under the banner of dynamism and conviviality, this reunion edition, keenly awaited by the sector since the outset of the pandemic, observed all the health guidance currently in force. In particular, a counting system was used to regulate visitor numbers, in compliance with official directives. As a true reflection of the spectacular boom in the organic market during the Covid-hit period, NATEXPO’s resilience offered professionals a valuable all-round view of all the latest developments in French and international organic markets. The leading market players turned out in force for the event which covered the following sectors:

  • Organic food,
  • Ingredients and Raw Materials,
  • Cosmetics and Hygiene products,
  • Dietary supplements,
  • Household and personal products and services,
  • Services and equipment for retail and brands.

All the post-Covid organic products at NATEXPO 2020

The numerous events organised at the show gave buyers and decision-makers an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in order to seize new opportunities and forge          new partnerships: indeed, nearly 500 face-to-face business meetings were held at the show.

This edition of NATEXPO was an exceptional opportunity to get a complete overview of all the new organic trends from the last few months: traceability, anti-waste, circular economy, eco-responsibility, indulgence, new technology, etc. A powerful solution to support all the players in the sector, NATEXPO is a means of gaining a better understanding of market developments, particularly following the Covid-19 crisis, which turned the world on its head. The lockdown was a catalyst for the emergence of many underlying consumer expectations: a desire for local products, proximity, online services, home deliveries, etc.

The resilience of the organic sector in the limelight over two days in Lyon

Brands, retailers, buyers and decision makers from the organic sector all demonstrated their resilience to adapt to the sudden restrictions. NATEXPO enabled them to exchange with one another about their best practices and at last come together following several long months of quite atypical commercial relations, to discover all the latest organic developments of the year.

During these 2 days, the exhibition offered special features, advice and talks to find out all about the latest organic news in France and around the world. Designed to make life easier for professionals and enable them to develop their business, the exhibition offered theme-based trails, including the new “Zero waste” trail, alongside the “Frozen food”, “Organic catering”, “Organic private label”, “Gluten-free” and “Vegan” trails

NATEXPO Digital: online until 25 September!

NATEXPO innovated this year by creating a virtual exhibition to allow all those who were unable to travel to Lyon to exchange among professionals. Opened in parallel with the physical exhibition, “NATEXPO DIGITAL” will run until 25 September. Accessible online to visitors from anywhere in the world, this is an innovative way to discover, at a distance, all the latest market developments.

2020 NATEXPO Awards: showcasing the best organic innovations

The 2020 NATEXPO Awards, presented during the exhibition, reflect the very high innovation capabilities of companies operating in the organic sector. This year, the judges singled out the best in eight different categories: fresh products, sweet grocery products, savoury grocery products, beverages, dietary supplements, cosmetics and hygiene products, household and personal products and services, and finally equipment and services for retail and brands.

More information

NATEXBIO, the French federation for the organic sector, a member of the IFOAM EU network, has among its members SYNADIS BIO, SYNADIET and SYNABIO, and relations with Cosmébio, Forébio, FNAB and France Vin Bio.

SPAS ORGANISATION is the largest French organiser of trade shows and consumer events dedicated to organic products, wellness, art de vivre and sustainable development. Spas Organisation organises 30 events: events dedicated to organic and natural products, exhibitions in wellness and art de vivre, the Zen & Bio exhibition network around France and the digital marketplace

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World Food Moscow, positive results

World Food Moscow, positive results

World Food Moscow Exhibition closed last Friday. The edition was limited due to the absence of foreign participation; however more than 300 companies exhibited their goods. The number of visitors exceeded the estimations.

Industry conferences were held during the Exhibitions. Meeting the demands of current challenging situation, they were broadcasted and available online for large public.

Thus, the plenary debate of the leaders of Russian food market attracted plenty of audience both offline and online. During this debate Market & consumers: the era of uncertainty, the largest food retailers conferred their experience of overcoming the challenges of confinement and economic crisis. The attendants of the debate could question top managers of Auchan, Vkusvill, Lenta, Magnit, Metro, Prisma, and X5 Group. Most of them revealed that while health safety became their priority, the loyal staff managed to organise a most efficient operation in the shortest time. Quick feedback, flexibility and solidarity helped to obtain astonishing results.

Fresh fruit and vegetable annual conference organised by Retail Academy project gathered the directors of fruit & vegetables departments of Komandor, Auchan, Magnit retail brands and analytics of Infoline and Romir information agencies. They shared their experience of competent category development, exposed statistics figures and presented innovative projects tested in their stores.

Russian Minister of Agriculture D. Razin visited the share and assisted at the signature of some important agreements.