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2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Cancelled 

2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Cancelled 

March 20, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – In light of the rapid escalation of safety precautions to decrease the transmission of COVID-19, and recommendations of municipal, provincial and federal governments regarding large gatherings, the CPMA Board of Directors and 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show Organizing Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. 
 
We appreciate that many preparations for the show are already underway, however the health and safety of CPMA members, Convention and Trade Show registrants and the general public is our paramount concern. 
 
During this unprecedented global situation, CPMA strongly encourages all businesses and individuals throughout the produce supply chain to consult our COVID-19 Updates page, to strictly adhere to government guidance and recommendations and to prioritize self-care above all else. CPMA continues to work on your behalf with government and partners across the supply chain in an effort to minimize business disruptions.  
 
Exhibitors, sponsors and attendees who have already paid will have the following options:  Carry forward booth purchases and sponsorships to the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, B.C., with 100% of payments to date being transferred to the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. We thank the many companies that have indicated they will be pushing their support to the 2021 event in Vancouver.  CPMA will also be offering 100% refunds on ticket sales, including Full Delegate passes, Trade Show only passes, Retail Tour, Chair’s Welcome Reception, Companion Program, After Party, and CPMA Annual Banquet.  CPMA is offering refunds of 80% to any exhibitors or sponsors wishing to cancel their participation in the 2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show (fees, expenses and penalties have been incurred for advanced preparations that prevent CPMA from refunding the full amount). 
 
CPMA will be contacting exhibitors and registrants over the next few weeks to address their decisions in this matter. 
 
The CPMA Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is traditionally conducted as part of the Convention and Trade Show agenda, will be changed to a virtual meeting. Details on this event will be sent to members as soon as they are confirmed.  

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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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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 quality Apples from Europe promotion campaign continues in Dubai

The quality Apples from Europe promotion campaign continues in Dubai

Promotional campaign “Strength of taste, vitamins and colors. Meet the quality of Apples from Europe” is gaining its momentum. This is due, among others, to the WOP Dubai (World of Perishables), which was attended by representatives of the Association of Polish fruit and vegetable distributors ‘Unia Owocowa’ and the Union of Polish fruit growers. The event took place from the 12th to the 14th November at the Dubai World Trade Center.

At the almost 50 meters stand, financed by the European Union, apple producers and distributors had the opportunity to meet with contractors not only from the Emirates, but also the entire Gulf region.

The experts from the Association “Fruit Union” gave also three lectures at the conference held in the frame of the Fair about the objectives and main activities of the campaign, characteristics, production and logistics of European apples and the process certification of exported fruit.

Foreword by Ms. Katarzyna Rzeźniczek, First Counselor of the Polish Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave the event greater prestige. Large audience – key importers and distributors of fruit, the most important representatives of the UAE media, as well as representatives of such important institutions as Dubai Municipality, – listened to every presentation with the great interest.

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FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020: The global stage for new ideas, new input and new solutions

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020: The global stage for new ideas, new input and new solutions

From 5-7 February 2020, companies from across the entire fresh produce sector – from global players to small and medium-sized companies and organisations from all over the world – will again be present in Berlin, representing the entire spectrum of the fresh fruit and vegetable sector.

3,200 exhibitors and 78,000 trade visitors attend FRUIT LOGISTICA every year to realize their full business potential within the international fresh produce trade – and to write their own success story!

FRUIT LOGISTICA 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.

 

Visit us at Fruit Logistica

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Singapore to host Asia Fruit Logistica 2020

Singapore to host Asia Fruit Logistica 2020

Asia Fruit Logistica 2020 will take place on 16-18 September at Singapore EXPO, a world-class exhibition centre near Singapore’s Changi Airport, with AsiaFruit Congress held on 15 September at the convention wing MAX Atria.

Organiser Global Produce Events (GPE) is relocating the 2020 edition as a precaution due to the continued uncertainty in Hong Kong. GPE has chosen Singapore as the location for the next edition of the show, because Singapore is a key business and trading hub in Asia, offering global connectivity, business efficiency, and access for fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world.

Following the Singapore edition in 2020, GPE will review market conditions and evaluate the response to the Asia Fruit Logistica, before making their decision on the location for future editions.

More than 12,000 high-quality trade professionals from 70+ countries around the world made the most of the opportunities to meet and do business with over 800 exhibitors from more than 40 different countries at Asia Fruit Logistica 2019, which took place on 4-6 September in Hong Kong.

For more information:
Asia Fruit Logistica
Email: info@gp-events.com
www.asiafruitlogistica.com
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Food and Hotel Hanoi Trade Show 2020

Food and Hotel Hanoi Trade Show 2020, © Food and Hotel Hanoi
© Food and Hotel Hanoi

 

This year’s Food and Hotel Hanoi Trade Show will take place in Vietnam November 25-27, 2020. “Food & Hotel Hanoi 2020 is projecting 150 exhibitors from 13 countries/regions with 9000+ attendees from 30 countries/regions,” a statement for the event read. This newly USDA-endorsed trade show is set to be the most comprehensive trading platform in the region, offering exciting new opportunities to present products, promote brands, and reach new audiences in the potential market of North Vietnam’s expanding food and hospitality industry.

The USA Pavilion offers cost-effective opportunities for developing new export markets and finding buyers, greater visibility on the trade show floor, and the convenience of a professional turnkey booth package. Space is limited and expected to sell out so early registration is recommended.

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Green berries: GBC 2020 looks to the future

Green berries: GBC 2020 looks to the future
Source: GBC

 

The Global Berry Congress returns to Rotterdam on 30 March-1 April 2020 with a major focus on the future viability of soft fruit production, supply chains, distribution models and markets.

Global Berry Congress is the world’s leading information and networking event for international soft fruit business, attracting almost 600 people from across the world and from all parts of the fresh berry business.

Sustainability in all its different forms will be at the heart of Global Berry Congress 2020.

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Agritrade makes Guatemala a magnet in March

The Agritrade Expo and Conference overall promotes agricultural improvement and diversification as well exports. With more than 100 international buyers, it is a business platform which facilitates access to markets and the generation of exportable supply.

Agritrade Expo and Conference, one of Central America’s top agricultural events, takes place in Guatemala March 23-24 this year under the slogan ‘Growing business together’.

With an exhibition area of more than 170 stands, Agritrade 2017 will once again bring together international buyers and exporters of fresh and processed products from the region, as well as companies supplying related goods and services.

The main agricultural sectors it covers include fruit and vegetables, coffee, sesame, cardamom, honey, cocoa, ornamental plants, flowers and processed agricultural products.

The Agritrade Expo and Conference overall promotes agricultural improvement and diversification as well exports. With more than 100 international buyers, it is a business platform which facilitates access to markets and the generation of exportable supply.

The conference programme includes lectures by national and international experts on pertinent topics.

As well as international buyers and importers, participants include growers, exporters, investors, government officials and members of relevant associations.

The location for this event will again be Santo Domingo del Cerro, Antigua Guatemala.

For more information: http://www.agritradecentralamerica.org/

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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