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Third Global Organic Produce Expo sees record attendance and focus on sustainability

Third Global Organic Produce Expo sees record attendance and focus on sustainability

The Global Organic Produce Expo brought in more buyers and exhibitors than previous years and garnered many positive reviews. Organised by The Packer, the third annual event took place 9-11 January and focused on fresh organic produce. Sessions covered everything from sustainable packaging to food safety, logistics, governmental policy, marketing, and more.

An expo floor featured 86 exhibitors, up from 73 exhibitors in 2019. Of the 714 attendees, 111 were retail buyers, 37 were foodservice buyers and 76 wholesale buyers. That is up from last year, when the event drew 604 people, including 97 retail buyers, 21 foodservice buyers and 72 wholesaler buyers. GOPEX 2020 attendees included buyers and suppliers from Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The show kicked off with a morning tour of PortMiami, followed by a TopGolf networking event. Jennifer Tucker, US Department of Agriculture deputy administrator of the National Organic Program, spoke on January 10 about changes coming this year to tighten up enforcement and extra steps to importing organic products.

A look at organic price premiums by Rabobank analyst David Magana provided a perspective on promising fruits and vegetables in the category. That speech was followed by a panel discussing retail organic trends and then a session on organic agriculture and climate change.

On January 11, Ashley Tyrner of Farmbox RX described efforts to revolutionise the health care market by providing fruits and vegetables as a way of preventive care. Keynote speaker Antoni Porowski, the food and wine connoisseur for Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” provided an entertaining hour of musings about food trends and organic produce in a morning session before the expo.


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Asia Fruit Logistica smashes records

The next edition of Asia Fruit Logistica takes place on 6-8 September 2017, also at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Asia Fruit Logistica 2016 logged 22% growth in visitor numbers, with more than 11,000 industry professionals from 74 different countries attending the event in Hong Kong.

Held September 7-9 at AsiaWorld-Expo, it was the tenth anniversary of Asia’s dedicated fresh fruit and vegetable trade show.

Altogether, some 665 companies from 37 different countries exhibited their products and services at the fair, an increase of almost 100 on the 2015 edition, and with 18% more exhibition space.

Wilfried Wollbold, commercial director of event organiser Global Produce Events, said he was delighted with the show figures. “The results underline Asia Fruit Logistica’s position as the unique pan-Asian event for this business, and also the growing global interest in Asia from leading buyers and suppliers.”

Awards for Fruitday, Jinwon Trading & Sam’s Club China

Asia Fruit Logistica kicked off with Asiafruit Congress on Tuesday September 6, which included the presentation of the 2016 Asia Fruit awards recognising outstanding achievement in Asia’s fresh produce business.

The Marketing Campaign of the Year was presented to leading fruit e-tailer Fruitday for its campaign to create the Chinese orange brand Mr Cheng, South Korean importer Jinwon Trading scooped the Importer of the Year Award, while the Produce Retailer of the Year Award went to Sam’s Club China.

The next day saw the 2nd edition of Cool Logistics Asia conference with insights into the latest trends in Asian perishable supply chains.

On Thursday, the new fresh produce information technology conference, Smart Horticulture Asia, explored the impact of disruptive information technology on traditional fresh produce trade practices, crop cultivation and business models.

Asia Fruit Logistica visitors were also able to attend the Asiafruit Business Forum, a programme of workshops held on the show floor. Day one’s focus was on technology, day two on marketing and day three on trade. 

Pan-Asian attendance

There was strong attendance from across Asia at the show. Over two-thirds of trade visitors came from Asia, together representing more than 20 different Asian consumer markets across the region, including India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

More than 3,500 visitors came from China and Hong Kong and over 1,000 from Australia and New Zealand. Visitors from the rest of the world accounted for one-third of the attendance, led by the Americas (15%) and Europe (7%).

Organisers said the visitor survey results confirmed that more than 90% of trade visitors were involved in purchasing and procurement decisions for their companies.
The breakout of exhibitors by region also underlines the global profile of the show: Asia, together with Australia and New Zealand, accounted for 43% of exhibitors, followed by Europe (24%), the Americas (19%) and the Middle East and Africa (14%).

Several of the top-ten exhibiting nations underlined their commitment to the show this year with sizeable increases in stand space. China, Australia, Egypt, Turkey and Spain were the big growth drivers. Asian nations Thailand (+260%), Korea (+120%) and Pakistan (+93%) registered the largest increases in stand space, followed by leading European supplying countries Spain and Germany.
Next year: September 6-8

The next edition of Asia Fruit Logistica takes place on 6-8 September 2017, also at AsiaWorld-Expo. The Asiafruit Congress will be held on September 5, Cool Logistics Asia on September 6 and Smart Horticulture Asia on September 7.

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