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FRUIT LOGISTICA 2021: Pressing Refresh

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2021: Pressing Refresh
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The leading trade fair for the global fruit tradeoffers a special report about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the fresh produce industry.

Berlin, 17 June 2020 – As part of its continued commitment to supporting the international fruit and vegetable business, FRUIT LOGISTICA is making a special report about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the fresh produce industry freely available to all.

Published by Fruitnet Media International, Pressing Refresh, sponsored by FRUIT LOGISTICA, explains how the coronavirus pandemic has affected fresh fruit and vegetable supply, distribution, marketing and purchasing behaviour in the world’s major consumer markets.

Combining analysis from key players in the fresh produce industry with expert insight from Fruitnet’s international team of experts, this 32-page report includes news, comments and analysis of three key areas – markets, supply and logistics.

“As the industry tries to make sense of what’s been happening during the recent pandemic, we are delighted that FRUIT LOGISTICA has allowed us to make some of our in-depth research and analysis available for free,” comments report author Mike Knowles. “This report illustrates how Covid-19 has changed the fruit and veg business, and what to expect in the months ahead.”

Follow the link to Fruit Logisitica website to find an Executive Summary to download (free of charge).

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INC Webinar Series Connects Over 1500 Professionals from 75 Countries in the Nut and Dried Fruit Industry

INC Webinar Series Connects Over 1500 Professionals from 75 Countries in the Nut and Dried Fruit Industry
Image source: INC /// PRESS RELEASE

 

Plant-based protein and new consumption channels are key for the nut and dried fruit industry in the midst of COVID-19.

INC Webinar Highlights: https://youtu.be/VHrE6J6fUpc

June 16, 2020. The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) launched a series of webinars bringing together over 1500 professionals from 75 countries within the nut and dried fruit industry. The expert-led webinars discussed new trends like plant-based protein, consumer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, crop forecasts, and product development.

As consumers become more health conscientious and include more plant-based protein, nuts and dried fruit are apt to benefit. Furthermore, despite COVID-19, many products saw increases in retail demand and the experts believe it is necessary to find new channels of consumption via product innovation.

During the webinars, experts from the most relevant producing and consuming origins around the world also discussed preliminary crop forecasts –still subject to the end of the crop year conditions– and supply expectations for the 2020/21 season.

Regarding tree nuts, with yet another annual increase of 16% compared to the previous season, the global crop is forecasted to reach around 5.4 million metric tons (kernel basis, except pistachios in-shell) in 2020/2021; representing an increment of over 730,000 MT from 2019/20. Pine nut, pistachio, almond and pecan crops are expected to be significantly higher than last year, while walnuts, cashews, macadamias, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts are forecasted at similar levels to the prior season.

Similarly, and anticipating an increment of 4.5 million MT from 2019/20, peanut production is forecasted at 46.1 million MT (in-shell basis) for this season. As for dried fruit, total production in 2020/21 is expected to reach over 3 million MT, remaining within the same levels reached in 2019/20.

About the INC

The INC is the international umbrella organization for the nut and dried fruit industry. Its members include more than 800 nut and dried fruit sector companies from over 80 countries. INC membership represents over 85% of the world’s commercial “farm gate” value of trade in nuts and dried fruit. The INC’s mission is to stimulate and facilitate sustainable growth in the global nut and dried fruit industry. It is the leading international organization on health, nutrition, statistics, food safety, and international standards and regulations regarding nuts and dried fruit.

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Vitacress to launch new Farm Excellence programme

Vitacress to launch new Farm Excellence programme
Pictured left to right: Lucy Redmore, Technical Coordinator, LEAF; Deborah Whitfield, Consultancy Manager, HIWWT; Leah Mathias-Collins, Environment Manager, Vitacress; Ben Rushbrook, Senior Ecologist, HIWWT.
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Vitacress, in partnership with LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT), will launch Vitacress Farm Excellence, with LEAF Marque certification on World Environment Day on the 5th June.

Vitacress Farm Excellence with LEAF Marque certification is an outcome-based approach to measuring environmental improvements through ecological appraisals and surveys, individually tailored conservation management plans and bespoke LEAF Sustainable Farming Review Reporting with KPIs and action plans for continuous improvement.

The new programme will ensure that Vitacress’ farming techniques across leaf crop, protected growing and aquaculture are taken to the next level in sustainable farming and are ready for the new agricultural and environmental legislative changes that are coming.

Vitacress has a core commitment to sustainability, demonstrated by its value of: “We care: we make decisions for sustainable growth and are determined to leave things better than we found them. Our people care for and endeavour to protect and enhance nature, our growing business, and the communities in which we work.”

LEAF Marque provides assurance and credibility to Vitacress’ sustainability credentials, as part of Vitacress Farm Excellence. LEAF Marque delivers bespoke reporting to give recognition to Vitacress’ inspiring and innovative progress in sustainable farming. LEAF Marque’s expertise in upskilling farmers facilitates the longevity of the project, in addition to enabling an approach that is tailored to each farm.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) is the leading conservation body across the two counties. The Trust is proud to partner with Vitacress on the Farm Excellence programme in line with their Wilder strategy to promote sustainable farming and nature’s recovery. Arcadian Ecology and Consulting is a wholly owned subsidiary of HIWWT who have worked with Vitacress Farm Excellence to provide professional ecological and farm advice.

Martin de Retuerto, HIWWT Director of Projects & Services, said “We’ve shared a journey with Vitacress for nearly fifteen years. Through a number of initiatives Vitacress have invested considerably in both research and conservation programmes. The Vitacress Farm Excellence standard is the next step on their journey, raising the bar for others, while providing the opportunity for their business to contribute the recovery of wildlife in the broader landscape.”

Lucy Redmore, Technical Coordinator at LEAF added “Vitacress Farm Excellence is an exemplary demonstration of a company making a firm commitment to the delivery of more sustainable farming, including water, energy and waste management, pollution control, crop health and protection as well as community engagement. We are delighted to be working together as part of this unique collaboration which drives forward a food and farming system that encourages nature and landscapes to thrive and helps farmers adapt to the changing environmental landscape”.

Ahead of the programme launch, HIWWT have worked with Vitacress to produce a baseline ecological audit and the programme partners will work together in 2020 to develop conservation plans for each site based on recommendations from the audit. Over 2020, LEAF will develop bespoke reporting, with KPIs and action plans for continuous improvement, building conservation plans into the wider IFM (Integrated Farm Management) approach.

Leah Mathias-Collins, Vitacress Environment Manager, who pioneered the new programme, commented “This approach will help us to ensure the sustainability of the natural resources on which we depend and play our part in addressing the ecological and climate crisis. The Vitacress scheme is unique in the working partnership between key experts in their fields.”

 

About Vitacress

Vitacress, a RAR Group company, is one of Europe’s leading growers and packers of watercress, leafy salads, fresh herbs and vegetables. It operates in the UK, Portugal, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. The business cultivates around 686 hectares of land and 12 hectares of glasshouses. Vitacress has a turnover of 123 million euros (109 million pounds) and employs 1,284 people across the Vitacress Salads and Vitacress Herbs businesses.

www.vitacress.com

 

About RAR Group

The RAR Group, one of Portugal’s leading business groups, comprises a portfolio of diversified businesses in the areas of packaging, food, real estate and services. With a turnover of 758 million euros and 4,712 employees, RAR Group is present in Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
www.rar.com

 

About LEAF

LEAF is a leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. LEAF works with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.
www.leafuk.org

 

About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust strives to create a better future for wildlife and wild places in our two counties. With the support of our 25,000 members we’re taking effective action to protect our natural heritage. We’re also part of a UK-wide partnership of 46 Wildlife Trusts; together we are the nation’s most active and influential nature conservation partnership protecting wildlife in every part of the UK. Discover wildlife on your doorstep with your Wildlife Trust by visiting www.hiwwt.org.uk

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CVVP presents its new campaign

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The Compañía de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas A.I.E. (CVVP) is back once again this year, with a new image and a new message too: ‘Join us. Grow with us’.

The objective of the new campaign is to publicise and divulge the intangible assets that are managed by the company, which, to a great extent, benefit the plant breeders and master licensees of plant varieties.

Being able to rely on CVVP to manage the plant varieties, not only means having the support, the backing and the personalised help of a consolidated company, which has experience in the sector. As it conveys through its new campaign, it also means growing in talent, distinction and ambition.

Under the slogan, ‘Join us. Grow with us’, CVVP promotes growth and gives its potential members the opportunity to join a strong community of plant breeders and experts, to attain the same objective: be successful in managing their plant varieties.

A ring of leaves has been chosen for the image of the campaign to convey unity, protection and the on-going evolution of the company and it appears on all the promotional gifts, leaflets, letters and packaging that are included in the campaign.

The Compañía de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas has managed famous varieties such as Nadorcott, m7, the Summer Prim lemon and the Leanri mandarin for years. One of the latest additions is the Kibi brand, with red and yellow kiwi varieties. 

With passion, experience and responsibility in terms of agricultural sustainability and food safety, CVVP demonstrates its know-how and ability to manage new plant varieties. Its new campaign helps consolidate it as being the protective framework and the connecting point between professionals and experts of the fruit and vegetable sector, to be successful in the development and renewal of plant varieties.

 

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