Fresh produce and machinery fair Macfrut took place in Rimini from 10 to 12 May. The first day was quite calm, but it was much more crowded on Thursday.
Welcome in many different languages. The fair becomes more international each year.
Simon Matthews from AgriCoat NatureSeal and his colleague once again presented various packaging to extend the shelf life of fresh produce.
Juan José Bolanos Herrera from the company Pinaalbo from Costa Rica. The family company was founded in 2004 and is specialised in pineapple.
The Belgian Tom vande Capelle, left, and Gabriël Ghita, right, and his wife were present with their company Alegriafruit. They’re specialised in the export of Belgian products to Italy. To this end, they had a logo designed, as can be seen on the photo.
Johan Beckers from Andes Fruits, centre, is a Dutchman who founded a company in Colombia years ago. He sees opportunities for various exotic and organic products in Europe.
Nico Pennelli and Sandra Boogaard from Fris-Co. It was the Dutch company’s first time at the Macfrut. In previous years they visited the fair, but this year they were exhibitors in their main market.
Francis Binst from the Belgian company Binst Breeding & Selection with the white-fleshed variety Diva. This variety replaces the Kennebec variety, and is stronger and has higher yields.
Olivier Dufare and Salma Keroua from Moroccan company Lymouna Matysha. The company is specialised in tomatoes and also produces and markets these. The company also offers other fruit and vegetables, including citrus.
Yigit Aslan from Aksun indicates that the company grew considerably in recent years. Aksun is currently working on an expansion of 24,000 m2. In total, the company’s surface will amount to 80,000 m2 by the end of the year.
Hekuran Seiti from Frankort & Koning walked around this year, visiting customers. He’s responsible for sales to Italy.
Pedro Muguel Mojica, left, from the Colombian Vista Alegre and Greenwest.
Sonia Santos, left, and her colleague from Frusantos. This Portuguese company is specialised in chestnuts and olive oil.
Team TecnOlanda with Carla Sentel. She represents a number of Dutch and Belgian companies in Italy. She’s an authority in the field of horticulture in Italy, based on Dutch techniques and applications. Pictured from left to right: Pieter Versluis (Buwatec), Carla Sentel (TecnOlanda), Klaas Jan de Ruiter (Bonar BV), Maarten van Hagen (Houweling), Paul van der Valk (Hortilux), Robert Vink (alumat Zeeman) and Rodolfo from TecnOlanda.
De Aardappelhoeve was also present to demonstrate the many different options in the field of varieties and packaging. Pictured: Bart Nemegheer.
Ulma presented various machines for packing and processing fresh produce.
Tomatoes in a miniature shopping cart. Is this a new packaging idea?
Other companies from Costa Rica.
Italian company CPS is a distributor of the products of Fischbein, such as the pocket sewing machines. Pictured: Federica Natali from CPS.
Erik Leerdam from Greefa with Dick Heijmans from Fruitmasters.
Michele Vassalli from Polymer Logistics with various crates.
Isotta presented the Expo Agrofuturo 2017. A fair that’ll take place in Colombia from 13 to 15 September this year.
This year’s theme of the Macfrut was strawberries. Many different varieties could be admired and tasted, and they drew
Colombia was also present with a delegation.
AspassaM is a grower’s group from Colombia that markets granadilla.
Fris-Co shared a stand with the Dutch company Van der Plas Sprouts. Pepijn van der Plas is pictured promoting various sprouts.
Carol M. Muumbi from the AFFA (Agriculture Fisheries and Food Authority) in Nairobi. She was there with multiple Kenyan companies, which she brought into contact with traders.
Monica N. Kankam from Kankam Exporters from Kenya. The company’s most important product is the Hass avocado. Additionally, they also supply various exotics.
Isaac M. Muigou from Signet with avocados. This Kenyan company also exports various exotics, including the Hass avocado.
Tony Tohme from the company of the same name is specialised in potatoes from Lebanon. They shared a stand with other Lebanese companies to promote various products from their country.
Ghazi Rouissi from House of Dates, a Tunisian company specialised in dates.
Ghazi Rouissi from House of Dates with Foued Ben Hamida from the Technical Centre of Dates from Tunisia. Export of this product increases annually.
Presentation of the products participating in the Macfrut Innovation Award. Many new products were introduced this year.
The Pizzoli potato specialities.
A new chicory snack was introduced during the fair. This also featured nuts and dried fruit.
Special potatoes from Italy.
Chicce Natura: a concept with various types of soft fruit in a plastic packaging.
A different packaging with fruit combinations.
Organic burgers with vegetables as an ingredient.
New online concept of selling local fruit and pick-up places.
Products from Almaverde Bio.
Grapes and cherries packed in top-seal.
Limefingers drew large crowds.
Organic was one of Macfrut’s pillars this year.
Various new tomato varieties.
esQuisita - a new brand for exotics.
Zigone from Top Seeds.
Avocados and mangoes.
Dole presented a part of its products in the first hall.
Maf Roda’s stand.
Much interest for the various fruit and vegetables.
Large crowds in the Argentinian stand. Growers, traders and government and certification officials shared this stand to promote the country and its products.
The fair started with a hall with various novelties and new products.
Macfrut 2018 will take place from 9 to 11 May.
Nuts presented in a new way.
A look at Sorma Group’s stand, which is always crowded.
The Peruvian stand featured an interesting set-up with crates to put its products in the limelight.
Marcin Sqiatek from the Polish company Bialski Owoc said Poland was much affected by the extreme frost this year.
Bananito, small bananas
Uganda was also present with a team of growers and traders. Their first year at the Macfrut was 2015, and the second one was 2017. For them, the UK, the Middle East, the Netherlands and Belgium are important sales markets.
The stand of Newtec with various machines.
Some products from Uganda.
Ethiopia was also present with products such as strawberries and beans. Jan Michielsen from Fair Fruit in Belgium on the left: this is a company that supports growers in Africa. Yusra Nurhussein, centre, and Yemisrach Berhano, right, from the Ethiopian association for growers and exporters.
Lukasz Pruzkawski and Giles Briston from Redpack. This company presented packing machines and has been active for more than 40 years.
Mariane SY TOP from the company Top Mountain from Senegal.
There were also other Tunisian companies, such as Frigiconfort.
Lady Leaf: the new concept for which chicory and other leafy vegetables are packaged with nuts and dried fruits. www.ladyleaf.com.
Bizerba’s machine can label an entire box at once.
The communal stand from the Dominican Republic.
Northline Tropical Fruits from the Dominican Republic. Bruno Lowell and Iuis Samuel Nunez are producer and exporter of bananas.
An animated conversation in the stand of Coopprobata from the Dominican Republic.
Albany was present with various companies for the first time.
Grezda Lauresha from the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture, and Berthold Wohlleber from GiZ, a German company that supports countries with international trade.
Rawan’s team, an Egyptian export company.
Hany Hussein, manager of AEC, the Agricultural Export Council in Egypt.
Angola also had a communal stand to promote its products.
The companies from Angola were present with, among others, Apiex, an agency for the promotion of export from Angola.
Valoya’s LED lights.
Eimer Niessen from Norcom, a company that distributes Jiffy substrate products.
The team from Characteristic Agriculture from the Shanxi provence in China.
Philiep Willems from BelOrta with the soft fruit. According to him, there was much interest in these products.
Stefan Prodanov from Bulgaria Foods, left.
Kevin Wu and Julia Xue from Freshliance with the tracking machine. “Our tracking machine uses data to immediately measure temperature and humidity within containers filled with fruit and vegetables.”
Spaghetti can be made from many different vegetables.
Diego Calderón from the Spanish company Unica Fresh. He shows a packaging with three different miniature vegetables. The company is one of the largest producers of miniature cucumbers.
Delicious Iberico ham was served in the Spanish pavilion.
Laura Martin Belmonte from BioSabor. The Spanish supplier offers both fresh and processed products. Examples of processed products are tomato juices and gazpachos.
Rijk Zwaan presenting the Sweet Palermo.
Children were educated in a special stand.
Andres Soler from Vega Canada.
Virginie Kinh from Casi.
Raymond Grootscholten from Royal Brinkman.
Agricultural machines from German company Kult.
Tom Coen and Gaetan Hug from Octinion. Last year, this company introduced the picking robot for strawberries.
The men from the Chongqing Green company, with plant fibre packaging.
The Spanish company Viveros California presented a new raspberry variety and a new strawberry variety. The raspberry variety is San Rafael. Javier Marrufo on the left.
Harm Vogels and his Italian colleague Stefano Uggeri present Intra Hydrocare for horticulture. Intra Hydrocare is a cleaning and disinfecting tool.
The Macfrut drone and the land that was planted in hall 7.
Pieter Versluis from Buwatec, water technology.
Large crowds on Thursday.
Tasting cress at the Koppert Cress stand.
Adam Twiner and his colleague Selene Caragnano from Sensitech.
José, left, and Kilian Almonte from Banama. They supply bananas from the Dominican Republic.
Karina Diago (with glasses) from The Greenery in conversation with the men from Abapromango from the Dominican Republic. Pictured: Oniel Nonez, Gregorip Svarez, Onelcido Nunez, Vladimire Valdez and Dalvin Espinal.
Isabel Loida from the mango association from San Christobal