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Interpera 2019 brings closer the international pear stakeholders

Interpera 2019 brings closer the international pear stakeholders

For the eleventh time since 2008, Interpera, the international pear congress, has hosted one hundred and ten producers, processing companies, nursery growers, experimental centers and marketers in Europe, from 25 to 27 June 2019 in Tours, France. The presence of these experts originating from 9 countries (France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, South Africa, The United States and South Africa) made it possible to offer participants a broad spectrum of the sector, from production to recent developments and to future prospects.

The forecasts of summer pears production in Europe have underlined the bad weather and the instability of the climate during the current campaign, in all the European producing countries, which will, most certainly, result in a reduced production. In 2018, the European pear production reached 2 370 000 tons.

The afternoon presentations focused on research and varietal innovation, as well as on practices undertaken to respond to societal expectations, particularly within ecologically responsible orchards.

For the co-organisers of the event, represented by Daniel Sauvaitre, President of the French Apple Pear Association (ANPP) and Jean-Louis Moulon, Vice President of AREFLH “the objective of the congress is to stimulate the pear sector, in this way, Interpera 2019 it has largely achieved its goal, through the intense sharing of experiences and the exchange of information of these three days “.

The congress closed on the announcement of the 2020 edition host country: it will be the Netherlands and the Dutch Produce Association (DPA) that will organise the event, still in partnership with AREFLH.

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The International actors of the pear sector will meet in Tours for INTERPERA 2019

The International actors of the pear sector will meet in Tours for INTERPERA 2019

INTERPERA, the International Pear Congress, returns to France from 25 to 27 June 2019 in Touraine. For its 12th edition, it will be co-organised by AREFLH, ANPP (National Pears Apples Association) and the experimental station La Morinière.

INTERPERA aims to bring together international producers and actors around technical and economic issues such as the recent developments and prospects of the pear production, profitability and the way of conducting the pear orchard in France and elsewhere, and research & innovation.

On the agenda this year, the first day will be dedicated to visits to orchards of different pear varieties (Conference, Williams, Comice, Sweet Sensation®, QTee®, Angélys®), followed on June 26 by the conference INTERPERA in the charming Oceania Hotel Universe of Tours.

Participants will be informed of the summer pear crop forecasts, developments and prospects of the global market. Round tables will also allow sharing experiences and discussions on the current challenges facing the pear production.

The experimentation station La Morinière (Saint-Epain) will welcome the participants for the third day of the congress as part of its “Sustainable Orchards” technical day. More than 400 French and international visitors, arboriculturists, technicians and partners of the sector are expected to share their knowledge, their expertise and discuss solutions to the current challenges of the world of pear. In-room presentations, but also technical trials in the orchard and equipment demonstrations will follow one another throughout the day.

Congress registration is now open and the detailed programme is available on

All presentations from previous editions are also available on the website.

The organisers :

Assembly of the European Horticultural Regions
Main organiser of all INTERPERA editions since 2009.

One of its missions is to connect its members (the European regions and producers of fruit and vegetables) and to defend their interests before the European institutions

The 1300 producers members of the National Apples Pears Association (ANPP) produce 1 000 000 tons of apples and 50 000 tons of pears.

Experimentation station in Saint-Epain (37) whose main objective is to acquire technical references to meet the expectations of professionals both in the orchard and for conservation.


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Interpera 2017, International Pear Congress

The 10th edition of Interpera took place in Wenatchee in the state of Washington, USA. 
The congress has gathered more than 160 participants originating from 13 pear-producing countries: Australia, Canada, Chili, Mexico, Uruguay, New Zeeland, USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Italia, France, Spain and Bosnia. 
The states of Washington and Oregon are leaders in the US pear production especially in the Wenatchee and Yakima zones. 
A major meeting

This World Pear Congress has been co-organized by the Pear Bureau Northwest and AREFLH. Interpera is a yearly event. 
For growers and trading partners, it is a unique opportunity to share experiences on:
•    New pear varieties around the world
•    Production techniques
•    Improvement of pre-harvest and post-harvest quality
•    World trade
•    Consumption trends 

High-quality presentations have given an overview of the main specific problems for pears.  
The day after the congress was devoted to visit packaging units and orchards.

A developing and changing sector
The world production has been steadily increasing since 2002 from 15 million tonnes to reach 26 million in 2014.The world’s producer is China (18 million of tonnes) followed by Europe (2.400.000T), Argentina (860.000T) and the USA (830.000T). The world trade increased from 2,2 MT in 2005 to 2,7MT in 2015 whereas in Europe the trade reduced from 2.585.000T in 1995 to 2.394.000T in 2015 and 2.170.000 T in 2016. The trend is dominated by the Conference (18.000T in 2016), Abate Fetel (290.000 T) and Williams (250.000T).

A consumption growth still possible
The world consumption has increased since 2012 to more than 2kg per year and person. However, this phenomenon is unbalanced. For instance the Chinese consumption is 9,26 kg/pers/year and the Indian is 0,24 kg/pers/year. 

A larger varietal range
New promisinvarieties are arriving on the market. They are maingly red or two-toned. 
•    Spain : Celina, Carmen et Selena
•    France : Angelys
•    Netherlands and Belgium: Sweet Sensation, Xenia, Cepuna, Corina
•    USA : GEM
•    New Zeeland : PIQUA Boo

The next congress will be organized by a European country in 2018 or 2019. 

AREFLH (Assembly of the European Regions Producing Fruit Vegetable and Ornamental plants is a 15-years European association that was created by an initiative of Spanish, French and Italian regions to represent the voice of producing regions and producer organizations in Europe, with 20 regions and 23 producer organizations. Together they represent 40% of European fruit and vegetable production.
The main mission of AREFLH is:
•    to represent its 20 member regions and 22 AOPs, from 6 countries in Europe;
•    to defend the economic and social interests of the fruit, vegetable and horticultural sectors to the European authorities;
•    to foster exchanges of experience, partnerships and joint projects between regions and professional organisations;
•    to actively seek new solutions for the main issues which affect the future of the fruit and vegetables production in Europe.
Twitter : @areflh   @interpera    

The  Pear Bureau Northwest is a non-lucrative organization which promotes and develops the markets of Oregon and Washington pears. The pears coming from these states are distributed under the US Pears brand. 
Together these states produce almost 84% of national production and more than 94% of winter pears, except Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears. They represent also 92% of American exportations of fresh pears. 

The Pear Bureau groups 1600 producers and 50 stocking, packaging and expedition units. 
It co-organizes actions to increase the American fresh pear reputation and its consumption. In the internal market, selling managers work with national and regional retailers to create winning strategies.

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Interpera being held in the Italian pear-growing region of Emilia Romagna

Interpera – the international pear congress of organised by AREFLH – takes place this November 19-21 in Ferrara, Italy, known for its renowned Abate Fetel pear.

Interpera – the international pear congress of organised by AREFLH – takes place this November 19-21 in the Italian city of Ferrara, within the Emilia Romagna region well-known for growing the Abate Fetel pear.

This major event for the pear world will be held within the context of the first European fair dedicated to the pear – FuturPera.

Interpera brings together the growers and other key players in the international arena to discuss key technical and economic topics. Reports and presentations to be released and discussed at the conference include on:

  • Production this year in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Analysis of the production and storage in the main producers countries of the Northern Hemisphere
  • 2015-16 forecasts
  • Analysis of the commercial results and of production forecasts for the main markets in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Innovative systems in the cultivation of pears in the world
  • Pear logistics: the new technologies and costs to tackle the markets of the world
  • New markets: the barriers and the phytosanitary requirements, instruments that prevent the free movement of pears in the world
  • Changes in pear consumption in Europe and in the world
  • Which instruments and projects are necessary to promote the consumption of pears in Europe and in the world?

For more information or to register:

AREFLH is the Assembly of the European Regions producing Fruit, Vegetables and ornamental Plants: