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Fruit Attraction 2020 will be held using telepresence technologies

Fruit Attraction 2020 will be held using telepresence technologies
PRESS RELEASE

 

Madrid, 1 September 2020 – The Organising Committee of Fruit Attraction met and decided that the 12th edition of this world leading event for the international fruit and vegetable professional community would be held using new, advanced telepresence technology: Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect. The next in-person edition of Fruit Attraction, organised by IFEMA and FEPEX, is scheduled to take place from 5-7 October 2021.

This decision has been taken based on months of careful monitoring, assessing the development of the global situation, the unpredictability of the measures that will be deployed to control the pandemic in different countries in the coming weeks, and a concerted desire to cater for the concerns and needs of the entire Fruit Attraction exhibition community.

The Organising Committee acknowledges the effort made by IFEMA during recent months to help exhibiting companies to decide whether to take part according to developments in different scenarios, and the protocols introduced on its sites to ensure a safe, hygienic environment for productivity and business activities. The Committee, chaired by FEPEX president Jorge Brotons also committed to holding its next in-person exhibition from 5-7 October 2021.

Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect 2020 will be active for 31 days

The first ever online Fruit Attraction will be live from 1 to 31 October 2020. By registering as exhibiting company on the Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect platform you keep and renew all your seniority and loyalty rights for the next edition, which include a new Loyalty and Stimulus Programme.

Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect is an advanced technological platform and artificial intelligence system able to generate thousands of impacts and raise brand awareness of companies and their products among thousands of buyers, distributors and traders from 160 countries, making it the largest professional network and community in the world specialised in the fruit and vegetable sector.

The structure of Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect has everything needed to generate and promote new opportunities for professionals from all over the world to buy, sell and build sales teams’ networks of contacts in participating companies. It provides comprehensive information about suppliers, products and news about sector in 2020 and has tools for making video calls and doing eB2B in the same platform itself. There is a chat-live system and users can receive contact recommendations thanks to the artificial intelligence system and organise meetings and demonstrations with exhibiting companies and host videos and technical documentation about products and services.

In short, it is a new work and networking tool for the professional community that will be available throughout October, a pivotal moment for planning the season, which will allow companies to generate countless new commercial leads from buyers to be able to do business.

Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect will amalgamate all the sectors connected to Fruit Attraction, Flower&Garden and Fresh Food Logistics.

A month of Congresses, Seminars and Meetings

Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect 2020 will be a framework for numerous technical seminars, debates, meetings and daily monographic conferences dealing with product categories, international market opportunities on topics of great interest to the sector organised by associations, the media and participating exhibitors.

Among the events scheduled are conferences like Biofruit Congress, World Fresh Forum (with specific sessions for buyers from the USA, India, China, Japan and the UAE), Grape Attraction Congress; seminars on packaging, SDG, Sustainability, The Fresh Convenience Market, Factoría Chef …

Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect will be the best space to get news on the market for 2020 and watch the finals of the Innovation Hub-Accelera Awards, and plenty of daily sessions organised by exhibitors who will make the 31 days of Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect the largest and influential edition to date. You can be part of everything just by registering on the platform at www.fruitattraction.com

The world’s most extensive fruit and vegetable sector trade community

The theme is Connecting The World’s Fresh Produce Community, and the event is backed by a massive global communication and viral marketing campaign that will enrich the platform community, fed from the Fruit Attraction database that has 230,000 active users from 160 countries. In fact, Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect is aiming to become a world leading professional community for sales networking in the fruit and vegetable sector . To participate as an exhibitor, just register at www.fruitattraction.com . Companies wanting to take part in the first remote edition of Fruit Attraction and take advantage of its telepresence technologies should see the Exhibitor’s Guide, which contains full details and comprehensive information.

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Fruit Expo 2020 postponed

Fruit Expo 2020 postponed
PRESS RELEASE

 

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the team of Fruit Expo 2020 has kept a close watch on its development, as well as related policies worldwide in order to make sound and scientific assessment of the situation in time.

In light of the recent pandemic and the increasing uncertainties in overseas travel, in order to avoid massive gathering, stop the spread of the virus, safeguard the health and safety of the tradeshow attendees, and ensure the best exhibition result, Fruit Expo 2020 has come to the difficult decision of changing the date of the upcoming event after a long discussion.

Originally slated for July 16th-18th , the event is now moved to September 24th-26th.

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Reflections on Fruit Logistica 2020

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, Sicilian stand

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, Sicilian stand

Stand of Sicilia at Fruit Logistica 2020 in Berlin, from the 5th to 7th of February in Berlin // Credit: Alexandra Sautois, Eurofresh Distribution

 

Despite fears over the coronavirus, Fruit Logistica 2020 still saw a large attendance. It was noticeable that Chinese booths were largely empty, with delegates unable to travel to the fair. Those of us who did make it were asked to place a cross in a box to confirm they had not returned from China in the past month and hand sanitiser was available throughout the fair. 

The slightly early conclusion of the fair (Friday at 4pm instead of 6pm) was perhaps logical given that many stands were already empty at lunchtime.

Italy was particularly well represented at this year’s event, setting a record of almost six hundred companies present in key pavilions. The Italian’s commitment to this fair was underlined by the attendance of agriculture minister, Teresa Bellanova – the first time this has happened. There is also a growing presence of emerging countries in the City Cube.

Fruit Logistica remains an unmissable event for the sector. As we return to our countries, most will already be making arrangements to book flights and hotels for the next edition of Fruit Logistica on 3-5 February 2021.

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The quality Apples from Europe promotion campaign continues in Dubai

The quality Apples from Europe promotion campaign continues in Dubai

Promotional campaign “Strength of taste, vitamins and colors. Meet the quality of Apples from Europe” is gaining its momentum. This is due, among others, to the WOP Dubai (World of Perishables), which was attended by representatives of the Association of Polish fruit and vegetable distributors ‘Unia Owocowa’ and the Union of Polish fruit growers. The event took place from the 12th to the 14th November at the Dubai World Trade Center.

At the almost 50 meters stand, financed by the European Union, apple producers and distributors had the opportunity to meet with contractors not only from the Emirates, but also the entire Gulf region.

The experts from the Association “Fruit Union” gave also three lectures at the conference held in the frame of the Fair about the objectives and main activities of the campaign, characteristics, production and logistics of European apples and the process certification of exported fruit.

Foreword by Ms. Katarzyna Rzeźniczek, First Counselor of the Polish Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave the event greater prestige. Large audience – key importers and distributors of fruit, the most important representatives of the UAE media, as well as representatives of such important institutions as Dubai Municipality, – listened to every presentation with the great interest.

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FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020: The global stage for new ideas, new input and new solutions

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020: The global stage for new ideas, new input and new solutions

From 5-7 February 2020, companies from across the entire fresh produce sector – from global players to small and medium-sized companies and organisations from all over the world – will again be present in Berlin, representing the entire spectrum of the fresh fruit and vegetable sector.

3,200 exhibitors and 78,000 trade visitors attend FRUIT LOGISTICA every year to realize their full business potential within the international fresh produce trade – and to write their own success story!

FRUIT LOGISTICA covers every single sector of the fresh produce business and provides a complete picture of the latest innovations, products and services at every link in the international supply chain. It thus offers superb networking and contact opportunities to the key decision-makers in every sector of the industry.

 

Visit us at Fruit Logistica

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Singapore to host Asia Fruit Logistica 2020

Singapore to host Asia Fruit Logistica 2020

Asia Fruit Logistica 2020 will take place on 16-18 September at Singapore EXPO, a world-class exhibition centre near Singapore’s Changi Airport, with AsiaFruit Congress held on 15 September at the convention wing MAX Atria.

Organiser Global Produce Events (GPE) is relocating the 2020 edition as a precaution due to the continued uncertainty in Hong Kong. GPE has chosen Singapore as the location for the next edition of the show, because Singapore is a key business and trading hub in Asia, offering global connectivity, business efficiency, and access for fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world.

Following the Singapore edition in 2020, GPE will review market conditions and evaluate the response to the Asia Fruit Logistica, before making their decision on the location for future editions.

More than 12,000 high-quality trade professionals from 70+ countries around the world made the most of the opportunities to meet and do business with over 800 exhibitors from more than 40 different countries at Asia Fruit Logistica 2019, which took place on 4-6 September in Hong Kong.

For more information:
Asia Fruit Logistica
Email: info@gp-events.com
www.asiafruitlogistica.com
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Food and Hotel Hanoi Trade Show 2020

Food and Hotel Hanoi Trade Show 2020, © Food and Hotel Hanoi
© Food and Hotel Hanoi

 

This year’s Food and Hotel Hanoi Trade Show will take place in Vietnam November 25-27, 2020. “Food & Hotel Hanoi 2020 is projecting 150 exhibitors from 13 countries/regions with 9000+ attendees from 30 countries/regions,” a statement for the event read. This newly USDA-endorsed trade show is set to be the most comprehensive trading platform in the region, offering exciting new opportunities to present products, promote brands, and reach new audiences in the potential market of North Vietnam’s expanding food and hospitality industry.

The USA Pavilion offers cost-effective opportunities for developing new export markets and finding buyers, greater visibility on the trade show floor, and the convenience of a professional turnkey booth package. Space is limited and expected to sell out so early registration is recommended.

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US dependent on Mexican citrus

Consumption of fresh citrus on the US market totalled 3.9 million tons in 2018. Oranges only account for 47% of total citrus consumption and soft citrus represents only 19%. Instead, market share is higher than in the EU for lime (13%), lemon (13%) and grapefruit (8%). In 2017, US imports of citrus totalled 944,000 tons, having climbed steadily from 580,000 in 2008. Around 43% of imported citrus to the US is sourced from neighbouring Mexico, with the next largest supplier being Chile (29%), followed by South Africa (7.7%), Peru (6%) and Morocco (5.4%). As the US has its own large orange and soft citrus production in Florida and California, lemon and lime represent the largest category of imported citrus (44%).

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Free-from & organic products abound at Alimentaria Barcelona

The chief innovations at the at Alimentaria 2018 show in Barcelona focused on healthier, better tasting food.

Hundreds of new products were presented at the Alimentaria food and drink trade show in Barcelona in April and standing out was the abundance of organic and ‘free’ products – such as free of sugar, salt, fat, lactose, gluten or frying – across all categories. Many of the innovations also responded to the growing demand for organic and functional foods and drinks among consumers, who also want them to be pleasurable and without need for much preparation.

“Eliminating or significantly reducing the amount of sugar, salt and fat in food and drinks constitutes the manufacturers’ main objectives when it comes to innovation, as well as devoting considerable efforts to maintaining enticing flavours and attractive presentations. Organic ingredients, ready-to-eat meals, gourmet ranges, baked dishes to replace fried ones, superfoods, vegan snacks and gluten-free and lactose-free proposals are also gaining momentum, as demonstrated by the latest developments on display,” the Alimentaria 2018 organisers said.

Apart from at exhibitor stands, the Alimentaria Hub was the place to learn about prevailing trends and within it, the Innoval exhibition showcased more than 300 new products. The hub was also the site of the Taste of Tomorrow exhibition featuring displays of startup projects aimed at revolutionising food and gastronomy. Following are just some of the interesting new products ED discovered at Alimentaria 2018.

Sea veggies: ideal for an umami kick from the estuaries of the Bay of Cádiz nature reserve are hand-picked wild delicacies such as sea asparagus (Salicornia), sea lettuce, red alga (ogonori) and Codium alga (miru). From Suralgas, Vejer de la Frontera

Beplus bioactive smoothie: dairy and gluten free smoothies made from organic fruit and veg. Four flavours with four functions: antioxidant, energising, detox and relaxing. Vitamin C-enriched and in convenient pouch formats. From Juan y Juan Industrial (Dulcesol group), Valencia

Seaweed snacks: a crispy, healthier, low-fat alternative to chips they come in a wide range of flavours including wasabi, curry, kimchi, Teriyaki sauce and sesame. From Godbawee Food, South Korea

Mango, tomato & hazelnut frozen lollipops: one of four new frozen lollipop products (another is green apple with pistachio) designed to delight as appetisers in the hospitality sector. From La Abuela Cándida, Ciudad Real

Fruit & vegetable crisps: Pinkfinch’s apple crisps (35g), banana crisps (35g), and green bean & sugar snap pea crisps (25g) use real fruit and veg. Naturally sweet, high in fibre, gluten and nut free, apt for vegans and with the texture of a potato crisp. Billed as each bag being “one of your 5 a day.” From Food Products, N. Ireland

Ginger up: three new products in the Ginger up range of drinks with energy and health benefits: ginger and pineapple, ginger and basil, and a ginger and apple shot. Other new products from the same company include a cucumber tea, organic juice range, and a carrot Gazpacho soup. From: Comfresh Iberian, Madrid

Tropical Kumato: described as having an aroma like that of tropical fruits, very good flavour and a little sweeter than the traditional Kumato. From Syngenta seed house

AdeS plant-based beverages: The leading seed-based beverage brand in Latin America, Coca-Cola bought AdeS last year and is now introducing the functional drinks in Europe. It promoted 4 formats with fruit juices: almond with mango & passionfruit, oatmeal with strawberry and banana, coconut with berries, and soy with apple. RRP €1.09 (250ml). From Coca-Cola Spain

Caramelised sesame seeds: organic sesame seeds caramelised with unrefined cane sugar available in varieties including with kale, wasabi, berries, ginger, lemon, aloe vera, chilli pepper, spirulina or guava, among other fruits and vegetables. Add taste to dishes, salads, yogurts. Other caramelised seeds include pumpkin, sunflower, poppy and chia. From Ecoriginal, Barcelona

Sun&Vegs Supersalads: Three different types – Mediterranean Rice, Arabian Quinoa & Asian Rice – of ready-to-eat salad products fresh from “the garden to the jar.” From Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC), Valencia

High taste protein products: The À Trois range of supplements was designed to be both tasty and nutritious. Includes chocolate protein bars, protein powders and 75% fruit juice energy gels. Ingredients include strawberries, blood oranges, Canary Island bananas, lemons, pumpkin, carrots and peas. From: À Trois Nutrition, Catalonia

JB

Photos: Alimentaria Barcelona

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Record number of UAE operators ready for Gulfood 2017

The 22nd edition of this major food and hospitality show will take place February 26 to March 2 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

A record number of local food and beverage businesses are preparing to capitalise on the growing appetite for quirky and inspired global produce by launching their product lines at Gulfood 2017.

The 22nd edition of this major food and hospitality show will take place February 26 to March 2 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

About 400 Emirates based F&B companies will be in attendance, the highest number ever from within the UAE, organisers said in a press release.

They said many will introduce novel ranges of new world fare that aligns with the buying requirements of international visitors seeking the latest trending food concepts.

“The UAE’s food and beverage market is continuing its evolution as an international food and beverage capital thanks to forward-thinking operators looking to maximise their stake in a market expected to be worth a whopping AED82 billion by 2020, according to Euromonitor International.”

Market researchers have variously referred to the UAE’s “limitless investment appetite” thanks to its highly diverse, growing and relatively young population which is open to new taste experiences.

 Turkish delight

In line with this, Gulfood exhibitors will be presenting adventurous yet established product lines that have already proved popular in other parts of the world, the organisers said.  

Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, Exhibitions & Events Management, at DWTC said recent research shows the UAE remains resilient and there are strong fundamentals for long-term optimism in the F&B sector.

“Innovation is coming into its own and the Gulfood exhibitor profile is awash with new and exciting concepts which are gradually transforming the end-user experience. This all holds out enormous opportunity for operators and suppliers who are looking to leverage the concepts and products within their own businesses and geographic footprints,” she said.

Gulfood 2017 will span more than 1 million square feet of exhibition space allocated to 5,000 international exhibitors, including more than 1,000 new-to-show food and beverage producers bringing something innovative to the table.

Segmented into eight of the largest commodity trading markets in separate halls, the event welcomes first-time participants Malta, Finland, Slovakia, Somalia and Azerbaijan amongst more than 120 represented countries.

It is a trade event open strictly to business and trade visitors. The show is open 11am-7pm from February 26 to March 1 and 11am-5pm on March 2.

For more information: www.gulfood.com