The World Apple and Pear Association held its Annual General Meeting online on 31 March 2021. Key global apple and pear producing and exporting countries from Europe, North America and Southern Hemisphere participated in the meeting. On this occasion, WAPA’s elected a new president and vice-president, marking the end of the two-year Presidency term of Nicholas Dicey (South African Apple and Pear Association - Hortgro). Dominik Wozniak’s (Polish Society for Promotion of Dwarf Fruit Orchards), who was until then the Vice-President of WAPA, was elected as the new President of the World Apples and Pears Association. Dominik will be seconded in this task by USA Pears’ Jeff Correa, director at the Pear Bureau Northwest.
Dominik Wozniak stated: “I am very honoured to take over the Presidency of WAPA on behalf of my country, which is one of the world-leading apple production countries. I look forward to teaming up with Jeff to drive further the apples and pears categories in the consumer’s diet. In these days of renewed interest among consumers for fruit and vegetables and in particular for apples and pears, we do have a very favourable momentum. Consumers are seeking to reinforce their health and immune system while consuming more sustainable products. We therefore need as WAPA to seize this opportunity and better communicate the numerous health and environmental benefits of apple and pears”.
Dominik Wozniak takes for the next two years the lead of the association, which will celebrate 20 years of activities this August. The launch meeting of WAPA took place in Sint-Truiden (Belgium) on 2nd of August 2001, under the initial lead of France and New Zealand. The Association quickly became a valuable, reliable, representative, and respected structure for the apples and pears sector around the world.
The WAPA annual meeting also decided that the upcoming Prognosfruit will take place online on Thursday 5th of August. Philippe Binard, Secretary General of WAPA explained: “There are still too many uncertainties about the sanitary and logistics conditions to organize in good conditions a physical meeting this summer”. This decision was not easy to take as the sector is eager to meet again in these successful and well attended Prognosfruit events. Serbia was first selected as the Prognosfruit destination for 2020 and then moved to 2021 due to the pandemic
He added: “With much regret, this Prognosfruit visit to Belgrade and Novi Sad production region will not be possible again this year, but we will for sure meet all together in August 2022 , under good sanitary and logistics conditions and we all look forward to meeting again physically to discover the Serbian apples industry and enjoy the hospitality of Serbia Does Apples.”
For more information: wapa-association.org