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Table Grape Meeting, the speakers and the programme of the event dedicated to table grapes

Table Grape Meeting, the speakers and the programme of the event dedicated to table grapes

The future of table grapes lies in innovation. This will be the theme of the event dedicated to one of the key products of the Italian fresh produce industry, scheduled on Friday, 10 May from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during Macfrut, to be held in Rimini from 8 to 10 May 2019.

The first edition of the Table Grape Meeting will be divided into two sessions. The first session, lasting about an hour, will see five Italian speakers taking turns to give speeches focusing on current trends in varietal innovation and exports. It will start with international programmes: Maurizio Ventura, Licensing Manager Europe for Sun World International, will present Sun World’s varietal innovation programmes in Italy and in Mediterranean countries, whereas Carlo Lingua, CEO of AVI, RK Growers and RK Products, will illustrate the case of the ARRA™ variety in Italy and Europe. A focus on Italy will follow, with a speech by Alberto Mastrangelo, Sales Manager of Grape&Grape Group, who will describe the distinctive features of the Italian varietal innovation programme Grape&Grape, and Giovanni Raniolo, President of the consortium Consorzio Uva di Mazzarrone IGP (Consortium for the Grape Table of Mazzarone PGI), who will provide the example of the programme for enhancing Sicilian grapes. Giacomo Suglia, President of APEO, will speak about the future of Italian table grapes, focusing on exports and providing an overview of emerging markets.

The second session will consist of a round table, with international representatives from the production and import sectors, including: Debbie Lombaard, Commercial team of Richard Hochfeld Ltd (UK), Joaquin Gomez Carrasco, President of APOEXPA (Spain), Annabella Donnarumma, Managing Director of Eurogroup/REWE (Germany), and Stefano Borracci, Sales Manager of Serroplast (Italy/South America). Discussion will be encouraged through video pills made by combining several video interviews with leading table grape producers in Italy, called upon to express their opinion on three themes: the state of varietal innovation and the role of research; the future of production, the relationship between seeded and seedless grapes; Italian exports: which areas need to be improved and which markets should be more strongly targeted.

The event is intended for Italian and foreign producers, buyers, technologists and importers. Participation is free of charge and a simultaneous interpreting service will be provided.

Per further information on the event: www.tablegrapemeeting.it/

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Table Grape Meeting, the future of table grapes lies in innovation

Table Grape Meeting, the future of table grapes lies in innovation

On the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut (8-10 May 2019), an International Congress will be held, which will be entirely dedicated to one of Italy’s finest fruit and vegetable products: the focus is on varietal innovation and marketing.

With a yearly output of approximately 1 million tonnes with a 47,000-hectare production area, Italy is the leading producer of table grapes in Europe, followed by Greece and Spain. In this context, Cesena Fiera has come up with the idea of organising an event dedicated to this product, with the aim of assessing the current situation in a constantly evolving sector with great potential.

The “Table Grape Meeting” will take place on the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut, on Friday 10 May 2019 at the Rimini Expo Centre, and the focus of the discussion will be on varietal innovation, starting with Italy’s development programmes, including the new international varieties that are currently produced in Italy, before moving on to outlining the new varieties that are set to reshape the market.

In Italy, for example, in the two main table grape production areas, Apulia and Sicily, which cover 75% and 25% of the cultivated surface area respectively, the production of seedless grapes has increased considerably in the last decade, so much so that in Apulia it accounts for 30-35% of total production.

The event will be divided into two sessions: during the first session, some of Italy’s leading players in the sector will discuss varietal innovation, sharing their hands-on experience and points of view on future developments; the second session, instead, will feature a round table discussion with the participation of European and international speakers from leading countries in the production and import of table grapes. To support the debate, video interviews with major Italian producers in the industry will be screened, providing opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

The Congress is intended for Italian and foreign producers, buyers, technologists and importers. Participation is free of charge and it will be simultaneously translated into English.