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Asia Fruit Logistica is back to the face-to-face format of a physical trade show next September. Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show returns to AsiaWorld-Expo Centre in Hong Kong on 28-30 September 2021. It takes place together with Asiafruit Congress, which meets on 27 September 2021.
Asia Fruit Logistica’s commercial director, Will Wollbold, said: “We have very bold plans for 2021. Our ambition is to welcome our clients back into the halls next September and open our doors in Hong Kong at the right time for Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable business to meet conveniently and productively.”
Surveys of Asia Fruit Logistica visitors and exhibitors underline a strong preference to meet in person at the first viable opportunity, so the return to the physical trade show at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo next September is the best platform.
“Our face-to-face format lets customers meet and interact in person so they can maintain their relationships and make many new ones with trade partners in Asia. Ours is the best-quality trade show experience in the halls of AsiaWorld-Expo. Hong Kong is also a highly advantageous location because of its global connectivity,” said Wollbold.
Asia Fruit Logistica ON, the digital edition of the trade show, connected Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable business with suppliers and buyers across the world when it took place on 17-20 November 2020. Feedback from exhibitors underlined the importance of face-to-face meetings.
Asia Fruit Logistica’s return to a physical format in 2021 also benefits from key features of this year’s digital edition. The trade show will continue to offer its easy-to- use business matching and meeting technology to enable clear scheduling of productive business meetings. It will also provide a virtual content platform to enable visitors and delegates who cannot attend in person to join sessions live or view them on-demand.
“Our network of international sales representatives continues to support clients and suppliers who come from across 40 countries worldwide, and we expect to attract attendees from over 70 different countries as we have done in previous years,” said Wollbold.
Exhibitor registrations for Asia Fruit Logistica open in mid-January 2021.
Almost 70 people have been infected with Covid-19 in the last 10 days in Hong Kong’s port, which has become the country’s third largest epicentre of Covid-19, with 55 cases in the Kwai Tsing container terminal alone. Sofreight.com reports that port workers’ family members have already been diagnosed with Covid-19, confirming secondary transmission.
Experts suggest that the disease was most likely spread by sailors skipping quarantine or by frozen meat products or due to the living conditions of port personnel, who share a break room. Investigations are still ongoing. It is still unclear how many people have been infected. Teams are still gathering additional data. However, the port plays an important role in the lives of the people in Hong Kong as much of the supplies and fresh produce is imported. Hong Kong port is also the main entry point for products destined for South China.
Zhang Zhujun, director of the Bureau for Infectious Disease at the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection, said that closing down the port is “a major decision”. Although closing down the port may help to stop this outbreak of Covid-19, this would also have a significant impact on Hong Kong distribution. The Hong Kong government is in discussion with port companies to help limit the interaction between port workers.
Kwai Chung dock is the eighth largest container terminal in the world. This is the logistical heart of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. Kwai Chung dock processed more than 14.22 million containers in 2019. That is nearly 80% of all the containers that passed through Hong Kong port in that year.
Since its inauguration in 2015, Vegetarian Food Asia has become Hong Kong’s largest exhibition for vegetarian products and services. LOHAS Expo, its concurrent event, is the leading trading platform for natural, organic, green living, and sustainable living products in Hong Kong and overseas.
Apart from showcasing 4,000 vegetarian, natural, organic, and green living products, the expo will also feature exciting events.
The expo’s “Public Zone” was successfully debuted in the last edition with a record-breaking 30,000 visits. In the 2020 shows, the organizer will expand the Public Hall’s scale and continue to open to public for three days. Public visitors will be able to find and shop a wide variety of vegetarian and green living products around the world.