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Table Grape Meeting, the speakers and the programme of the event dedicated to table grapes

Table Grape Meeting, the speakers and the programme of the event dedicated to table grapes

The future of table grapes lies in innovation. This will be the theme of the event dedicated to one of the key products of the Italian fresh produce industry, scheduled on Friday, 10 May from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during Macfrut, to be held in Rimini from 8 to 10 May 2019.

The first edition of the Table Grape Meeting will be divided into two sessions. The first session, lasting about an hour, will see five Italian speakers taking turns to give speeches focusing on current trends in varietal innovation and exports. It will start with international programmes: Maurizio Ventura, Licensing Manager Europe for Sun World International, will present Sun World’s varietal innovation programmes in Italy and in Mediterranean countries, whereas Carlo Lingua, CEO of AVI, RK Growers and RK Products, will illustrate the case of the ARRA™ variety in Italy and Europe. A focus on Italy will follow, with a speech by Alberto Mastrangelo, Sales Manager of Grape&Grape Group, who will describe the distinctive features of the Italian varietal innovation programme Grape&Grape, and Giovanni Raniolo, President of the consortium Consorzio Uva di Mazzarrone IGP (Consortium for the Grape Table of Mazzarone PGI), who will provide the example of the programme for enhancing Sicilian grapes. Giacomo Suglia, President of APEO, will speak about the future of Italian table grapes, focusing on exports and providing an overview of emerging markets.

The second session will consist of a round table, with international representatives from the production and import sectors, including: Debbie Lombaard, Commercial team of Richard Hochfeld Ltd (UK), Joaquin Gomez Carrasco, President of APOEXPA (Spain), Annabella Donnarumma, Managing Director of Eurogroup/REWE (Germany), and Stefano Borracci, Sales Manager of Serroplast (Italy/South America). Discussion will be encouraged through video pills made by combining several video interviews with leading table grape producers in Italy, called upon to express their opinion on three themes: the state of varietal innovation and the role of research; the future of production, the relationship between seeded and seedless grapes; Italian exports: which areas need to be improved and which markets should be more strongly targeted.

The event is intended for Italian and foreign producers, buyers, technologists and importers. Participation is free of charge and a simultaneous interpreting service will be provided.

Per further information on the event: www.tablegrapemeeting.it/

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Over 1,400 exhibitors and visitors at Indusfood international fair

Over 1,400 exhibitors and visitors at Indusfood international fair

The international food fair IndusFood, organised by the Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) and the Ministry of Trade and Food of India, took place last January in Delhi. It was the second edition of Indusfood, and the number of visitors and country participants almost doubled. More than 500 food producers from India and some 800 buyers, representatives of wholesale, retail and catering companies and state organisations of 80 countries, participated at the fair. During B2B meetings, round tables and conferences, Indian food producers and buyers from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the US and Russia discussed business opportunities and existing barriers concerning customs, duties, and documentation.

India is now one of the biggest players in the global food industry, and in the fruit and vegetables sector in particular. The country is the leading producer of bananas (27% of world production), mango (40%), and green peas; it is the second world producer of fruit and vegetables. The leading producers and exporters of all of these products were present at the fair.

“One of the focuses of the Indusfood project is organics,” said Mohit Singla, president of TPCI. India is the largest organic producer in the world. The government has removed all limitations concerning the export of organic products; small and medium producers will get support for finding new partner–importers, and Indusfood also provides such opportunities.

At present, 60% of the local population is engaged in the agricultural sector, but just 10% of food products are consumed or processed, due to the deplorable situation of cold storages and logistics. “The Indian Government has set out an ambitious plan for solving these challenges,” declared Kharsimrat Kaur Badal, the Minister of the Food Industry at Indusfood’s opening ceremony. “We intend to connect our producers with foreign distributors to stimulate the construction of modern processing factories and to improve logistics inside the country and abroad.” The Indian Government will buy food products directly from farmers, construct distribution centres and cold storages, and organise deliveries to foreign importers. During the last 10 years, the government has allocated around US$1 billion to domestic food manufacturers. Through its new policy, India aims to double its exports of agricultural products to US$60-70 billion by 2022. The domestic food retail sector is the 6th in the world in terms of value.

 

 

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GreenTech Summit deep dives into the status of ‘Autonomous Technology’

GreenTech Summit deep dives into the status of ‘Autonomous Technology’

The GreenTech Summit takes place during GreenTech on 12 June and offers decision making investors, growers, breeders and suppliers an insider view on autonomous technology in horticulture, but also the shipping industry.

Developments in autonomous technology create opportunities to reduce dependencies in horticulture and increase flexibility in the industry. Successful horticultural entrepreneurs are highly needed, but scarce. Horticulture is dependent on location, infrastructure, specialist skills, ‘green fingers’ (the green thumb), and the availability of labor.

  • –  The Summit will kick-off with an opening by Mariska Dreschler (Director Horticulture GreenTech at RAI Amsterdam).

  • –  The first speaker that will take the stage is Dr. Silke Hemming (Head scientific research team Greenhouse Technology at Wageningen University & Research). Hemming will provide an update on the latest developments in autonomous greenhouses with the title ‘Autonomous Greenhouses – Horticulture beyond the green thumb’.

  • –  Next moderator Tracy Metz will lead an interactive panel discussion: ‘Autonomous Technology – Experiences & Expectations’, about the current state of affairs, experiences and expectations on autonomous technology with young professionals and entrepreneurs in horticulture and technology.

  • –  The following speaker will be Ir. Klaas Visser (Rear Admiral (ME) assistant professor Marine Engineering at Delft University of Technology). He will discuss ‘Changing the ship building and design industry with autonomous technology’.

  • –  The Summit will be concluded by the keynote speaker Jitske Kramer with the theme ‘Building tribes with power and love. How will we, the people, change our work and behaviour in an increasingly technological environment?’.

More information and registration

Interested in the GreenTech Summit (12 June 16.00 – 19.00): please visit https://www.greentech.nl/summit-2019/ for more information and registration. Registration costs €195 excluding VAT before 1 May. After this date the registration rate will be €295 excluding VAT.
Want to visit GreenTech Amsterdam (11 – 13 June)? Registration is free of charge until 3 June on www.greentech.nl. After 3 June the online registration fee will be €40 including VAT per person, and €70 including VAT at the entrance desk.

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New organic fair held in Verona

A new organic fair will be held in Verona from 2020, from 1st to 3rd April. The event will be officially announced at Vinitaly this week. The new fair will be called B / Open (or, more simply, B / O). The B2B event will complement the one in Bologna, which is essentially a B2C event. Most of the space will be dedicated to certified organic food, but there will also be areas dedicated to raw materials, sustainable packaging, and natural products. The initiative responds to a trend in strong market growth, giving shape to a specialised event that had not yet been carried out in Italy, two months after BioFach of Nuremberg.

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Brilliant results: more than 1,400 exhibitors and visitors took part in the international trade fair Indusfood

Brilliant results: more than 1,400 exhibitors and visitors took part in the international trade fair Indusfood

The International food fair IndusFood, organized by Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) and the Ministry of trade and food industry of India and supported by the country’s government, took place last January in Delhi. It was the second edition of Indusfood, and the number of visitors and countries- participants almost doubled. More than 500 food producers of India and some 800 buyers – representatives of wholesale, retail and catering companies and state organisations of 80 countries participated in the Fair. During B2B meetings, round tables and conferences, Indian food producers and buyers from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the USA and Russia discussed business opportunities and existing barriers in respect of customs, duties, documentation, etc.

Currently India is one of the biggest global players of food industry, and fruit and vegetables in particular. The country is the leading producer of bananas (27% of world production), mango (40%), and green peas; it is the second world producer of fruit and vegetables. The leading producers and exporters of these products joined the Fair.

One of the focuses of Indusfood project are ecological products, informed Mohit Singla, President of TPCI. India is the largest agricultural organic producer in the world. The government has removed all the limitations concerning the export of organic products; small and medium producers will get the support for finding new partners – importers, and Indusfood also provides such opportunity.

At present, 60% of local population is engaged in agricultural sector, but merely 10% of food products are consumed or processed, due to deplorable situation with cold storages and logistics. Indian government has set an ambitious plan for solving these challenges, declared Kharsimrat Kaur Badal, the Minister of food industry, at Indusfood opening ceremony. We intend to connect our producers with foreign distributors, to stimulate the construction of modern processing factories, to improve logistic inside the country and abroad, she said. Indian government will buy food products directly from farmers, construct distribution centers and cold storages, organise deliveries to foreign importers. During last 10 years, the government allocated some $1 billion to domestic food manufacturers. Thanks to new policy, India aims to double its export of agricultural products up to $60-70 billion by 2022. It is remarkable that domestic food retail sector is the 6th in the world in terms of value.

 

 

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Fruit Attraction, the right place at the right time

Fruit Attraction, the right place at the right time

The latest edition of Fruit Attraction was a very special one, marking the event’s 10th anniversary. Celebrating in style, over 81,000 professionals from 122 countries attended, registering a growth of 19% compared to the previous edition. The expo is a key meeting point for the industry as a whole as it brings together the fruit and vegetable production and distribution channels. It is undoubtedly a fundamental instrument for the internationalisation of the sector. For the organisers (IFEMA and FEPEX), it is a source of satisfaction to see at first hand the confidence that the sector has placed in Fruit Attraction. The 2018 edition was the largest and most complete yet, with the participation of 1,621 companies from 40 countries, with 51,400 square metres of sectorial offer – 15% more than at the previous event. Multiple parallel events of interest were organised, including the first international Biofruit Congress on the future of organic fruit and vegetable markets.

It was in 2009 when the sector, through FEPEX, identified the need to develop a commercial project that would help it continue to strengthen its leading position in international markets. Thus, IFEMA, a specialist in creating events tailored to different economic sectors, developed the Fruit Attraction trade fair, focused on presenting a very profitable economic and commercial tool that would ensure an influx of first-rate international visitors . Now, a decade later, the effort and work are paying off, as these excellent participation figures demonstrate. All this confirms the confidence of the sector in this first-class commercial tool at the service of companies, which has achieved a progressive positioning that allows it to offer participants a platform of international momentum and expansion.

In fact, one of the most outstanding parameters in this last call has been the notable increase in international participants, registering a total of 27,994 professionals from 122 countries – an increase of more than 40%. Once again, those from Europe were the most numerous, especially from Italy, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Belgium, confirming the fair’s position as a key commercial event for the production, marketing and distribution in Europe. On this occasion, there were also professionals from Brazil, Chile, Morocco, Peru and South Africa. There were also visitors as part of the Invited Import Market programme, co-organised with the ICEX, and which on this occasion were Canada and the Arabian Peninsula area, with 374 professionals from Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

In terms of exhibitors, international participation accounted for 36% of the total, with 580 foreign companies from 40 countries, especially the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Poland, and Greece, with strong growth from France. There were also non-EU countries like Chile, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina and South Africa, among others, which together created for the first time a complete area for ​​the Southern Hemisphere. In addition, Angola, the United Arab Emirates, Finland, India, Iran, Mali, Malta, Russia and Serbia participated for the first time in the Hall.

 

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Winning year for Medfel exhibitors

The Medfel fair, now in its eighth edition, was organised by the South of France Development teams. Saint-Charles Export and the platform MP2 were responsible for the animation of the stands of 43 companies, present on more than 500 m2.

The Medfel fair has just ended and the comments of satisfaction are numerous among members of Saint-Charles Export.

The fair, now in its eighth edition, was organised by the South of France Development teams. Saint-Charles Export and the platform MP2 were responsible for the animation of the stands of 43 companies, present on more than 500 m2, a number reinforced by numerous member companies present in the South of France and Morocco pavilions.

Attendance on the rise

In a press release, organisers said this year Medfel drew 6,122 visitors. Attendance on the first day was up 6% on last year, 8% higher on the second day, and equal for the third and final day. “Those good results show the dynamism of this fair,” the said.

Medfel allows all professionals in fruit and vegetables of the Euro-Mediterranean area, either producers, shippers, importers/exporters or transporters/logistics, to demonstrate their know-how to the more than 6,000 visitors.

Motivated buyers

Among the exhibitors, companies such as Marquillanes and Soleil Roy noted that this year’s exhibition was even better than last year’s. Other feedback welcomed the rise not just in visitors but in very good quality contacts. Some reported making excellent contacts for sales to non-EU countries, particularly in French-speaking Africa, North Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, while others targeted countries on the European continent. And, though keeping a low profile, many buyers of French supermarket chains were also present at the show.

Common factors

But Medfel is a very specific fair for Saint Charles, and some common interests were clearly pointed at.

Firstly, Medfel is an ‘at home’ fair for those companies based in Perpignan, which makes a difference. For example, the company Caustier by STC, an associate member of the platform, manufacturer and installer of conditioning equipment, said: “Proximity allows us to go to the plant directly in order to show our customers machines and come back to the stand, which is obviously a privilege.”

Secondly, and from a commercial point of view, the main objective for exhibitors remains to meet new customers, then to strengthen existing relationships. But another important point, and one often cited by business leaders is that Medfel also allows for what could be described as a ‘family meeting’ between the different sectors, including fruit and vegetable operators and those from transport and logistics. They have the opportunity to exchange in a more friendly manner than usually and renew more personal connections.

Exhibitors in the Saint-Charles Export pavilion were:

Alma Transitaires / Anecoop France / Armand Fabre / Banque Courtois / Banque Populaire du Sud / Bio & Bio / Caustier by STC / CIC Iberbanco / CLTM Port-Vendres / Crédit Mutuel / CTS – Chartering Transport Service / Euler Hermes / Fontestad France / Food Développement Services / Gartner Spedition / Green Produce / Groupe Medina / Guanter Rodriguez / JH Mesguen Transports / JMF Partenariat / Laboratoire Départemental d’Analyses / Laboratoire Phytocontrol / Lacour / Leible Seifried International / Les Fruits Rouges de l’Aisne / Marquillanes / Oryvert / PSCCT / Plénétude Informatique / CCI Port-Vendres / Primar France / Primever Roussillon / Regal’In Europe / RCI / Saint-Charles Export / Satfer / Socafna / Solagora / Soleil Roy International / Spanfruits / Syndicat Mixte MP2 / Top Fruits / Vialade Champignons.

SAINT CHARLES INTERNATIONAL

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Medfel forging a great place to do deals

NEWS Medfel

The Perpignan event combines the congenial atmosphere and high quality commercial exchanges.

Medfel, the professional trade fair, business convention and symposium dedicated to the Mediterranean fruit and vegetable industry returns to the beautiful city of Perpignan in the south of France from 13th to 15th May 2014. As always the fair shines the spotlight on a certain product and this year is to be no different. The focus is on melons and water melons and green is its signature colour. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and its purpose is to aid business relations between the different participants in the fruit and vegetable sector of Mediterranean Europe from production to marketing by way of the fresh produce logistics sector.  Medfel is the only fruit and vegetable trade fair in the Mediterranean area, and now promotes the sector’s products and expertise to 5,000 professionals from all over the world. It plays host to 250 fruit and vegetable professionals from countries in the Mediterranean basin, working in areas ranging from production, wholesale and retail to import-export and shipment.  It is also the perfect place for exhibitors to meet high calibre buyers as international VIP buyers invited to the fair can use their personal access to the event’s website and organise meetings with exhibitors who can then hold pre-scheduled private interviews at their stands. There are 150 VIP international buyers who represent the 35 most important markets in terms of fruit and vegetable imports and these buyers are selected according to their needs and to their motivation to participate  in business meetings organised with the exhibitor. In 2013 nearly 4000 business-to-business meetings were organised and benefitted both exhibitors and visitors due to the time saved and the high calibre contacts made.

A TV podium to broadcast key issues
In addition to this, this year the symposium is to be organised in an innovative format in the form of “Podium TV”, which will be broadcast live at the fair and will include debates on key topics such as production, trade, solutions, transport and logistics with input from a number of well-known personalities as well as the much awaited announcement of the summer fruit harvest forecast. Subjects being discussed include increased food and water security in an area which not only suffers water shortages but is also undergoing significant socio-political upheaval; campaigns for placing fruit and vegetables at the heart of agricultural and public health policy and, of course, talks on melon production by important players in the field.    
Visitors this year include professionals from as far afield as Singapore and Japan as well as the rest of Asia, the Middle East and obviously the Mediterranean. This event now in its 6th year is going from strength to strength as seen from the feedback received from former editions. The success of the prescheduled meetings was highlighted as not only did it make it possible to meet with traders from countries who don’t usually take part in this type of event but also because both visitors and exhibitors were able to make better use of the discussion time than at other fairs. Other areas were also praised. Visitors felt that the presence of transport and logistics companies added to the experience by complementing the main thrust of the event. Above all the organisation was congratulated on the planning of the VIP programme which led to commercial exchanges of extremely high quality.

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Fruit Attraction Gives Some Market Clues

The people organizing the next Fruit Attraction took the opportunity to remind the participants that we are getting closer to the event in October 2014 and that users may consider making use of the incredible range of services they offer.  According to the director, Raúl Calleja, “The world is connected through personal relations,” and Fruit Attraction’s main aim is to bring together all the core features that make up the fruit and vegetable market. His lecture began by giving clues about the top things that any product must achieve to attract customers’ attention permanently. It must cover some needs; it must be able to be personalized, reliable, original, and be able to create new experiences. This list, which should be observed in any financial activity, is described point by point within this international fair. The event has become the main focus for business affairs in the fruit and vegetable industry and Raúl Calleja advises future participants to defend their interests and to establish new business relations using the facilities provided. With a wide range of activities, the event takes place in four adjoining halls at the main fair venue in Madrid: IFEMA. 

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Expoalimentaria Lima is coming

Expoalimentaria is the main food fair in Latin America, and in 2014 it will be held from 27 to 29 August at the Jockey Exhibition Centre in the city of Lima, Peru. The fair will show the exportable supply from more than 650 national and international exhibitors from over 20 nations present. Every year, the Lima fair is visited by more than 35,000 domestic buyers and over 2,500 buyers from five continents.  In 2013, it generated $660 million in business in the food industry, accounting for categories such as consumables, processed foodstuffs, beverages and liquors, machinery, equipment, packaging, services, training, transportation, logistics operators, insurance and financial services, and certifications. It is becoming established as a unique business platform for producers from different regions of Peru and the world. «In 2014, on an area of ​​over 23,000 m2, we will see International Pavilions including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, France, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Mexico and Turkey. The new International Pavilions are India, Spain and France, and we are rounding off our negotiations with China. The fair this year will revolve around the theme of green and inclusive business,» explains Zaide Arauco.