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Julie Escobar - Global Women Fresh

“We want to involve women in the industry all the way from the farm level to the final consumer"

Global Woman Fresh was established a year and a half ago when Julie Escobar, Monica Bratuti and Viviane Schappo decided to get together using their combined experience of 45…

Data-driven disruption and sustainability take centre stage at Start-up Day

Like produce itself, data with the potential to make fresh produce supply chains more manageable, predictable and sustainable must be cultivated and harvested before the…

Photo report: Fruit Cultivation Trade Fair Houten 2020

On Wednesday 22 January and Thursday 23 January, Expo Houten was once again the place to be for Dutch fruit growers. Organisers, FruitMasters and the Dutch Fruit Growers Organisation (NFO) were very satisfied with the number of visitors, which was expected to reach around 3,000 people from home and…

Eosta reveals two new initiatives for 2020

Dr GoodFood campaign to be expanded and new range of plant-based packaging to be revealed

European organic produce importer-marketer Eosta has revealed the imminent launch of two initiatives – a refocused, expanded Dr GoodFood campaign and a new range of plant-based packaging – as part of its participation in leading global trade exhibition Fruit Logistica 2020. Originally introduced to increase…

Madrid, June 3 and 4, 2020

Organic Food Iberia will bring together organic products from all over the world

Organic Food Iberia 2020, the organic industry show that will be held on June 3 and 4 in Madrid, will have more than 600 exhibitors. In addition to Spanish producers, there…

Rimini 2nd to 6th of May

Strawberry Symposium 2020 organization working at full speed

The International Strawberry Symposium 2020 will take place in Rimini on 2nd-6th May 2020. It is organized by Università Politecnica delle Marche and Consiglio per la ricerca e l'economia agraria (CREA - Council for agricultural research and economy) in cooperation with the International Society for…

Packed program for 2020 Syngenta Australian Melon Conference and Field Day

From sessions with melon export experts to on-farm demonstrations, the Australian Melon Association (AMA) has released a new look, packed program ahead of its 2020 conference…

Molly Ringwald joins Avocados From Mexico's superbowl commercial

Avocados From Mexico announced in their first teaser, titled “Tiara,” that they’ve partnered with Golden Globe-nominated actress, singer and author, Molly Ringwald for their 2020 Super Bowl advertisement.  “Our creative concept is a lot of fun and brings together a few of our favorite things – avocados, Molly Ringwald…

Exhibitor Forum at Fruit Logistica will highlight food production in the Netherlands

At the annual Bayer Exhibitor Forum, experts from across the value chain address developments in the food production of a specific country or region. The Exhibitor Forum at…

Canada to return to Fruit Logistica with a Canada pavilion

Canada is returning to the world’s largest fresh produce trade show, Fruit Logistica, for a fourth consecutive year under a Canada pavilion, aiming to showcase some of the innovations and fresh produce the country has to offer. Although Canada has a reputation for harsh winters, it is worth noting that it…

Companies in the fruit and vegetable sector are increasing

Photo report Marca Bologna trade fair

This fair is customized to the needs of the large-scale distribution industry and everything revolves around that. It is no coincidence that the technical-scientific committee is made of 21 large-scale retail trade representatives, and perhaps this is precisely why the Marca exhibition has expanded with…

OPS comes to Monterey, CA, in July

First speakers for Organic Produce Summit announced

Co-founders of the nationally acclaimed fast casual restaurant chain 'sweetgreen' have been confirmed as the first of three keynote presentations at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit (OPS), this coming July in Monterey, CA. Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman, co-founders and co-CEOs of sweetgreen…

Potahto Week returns to Winnipeg February 21 – March 1

Manitoba restaurants to compete for best dish using locally grown potatoes

Registration is now open for restaurants hoping to be crowned champion during the 3rd annual Potahto Week presented by Peak of the Market. The 10 day event challenges…

5th international online course on postharvest & fresh-cut technologies

The ‘5th International on-line Course on Postharvest & Fresh-cut Technologies’ will be offered starting in February by the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain. A…

First-ever Agricultural Water Summit coming to Chile in 2020

Chile will later this year host the first-ever Agricultural Water Summit, an international event that seeks to help the industry find and develop solutions to one of the most critical issues facing the world today. The day-event will take place on August 26, 2020, in the Hotel Sun Monticello Conference…

Exhibitor registration Asia Fruit Logistica 2020 now open

Online exhibitor registration for Asia Fruit Logistica 2020 is now live at the Asia Fruit Logistica website. Exhibitors are advised to register for Asia Fruit Logistica 2020…

Michelin Guide awards take place Jan. 13 in the Netherlands

World Avocado Organization to award Best Young Michelin Chef award

The World Avocado Organization (WAO) continues to expand its global presence at the Michelin Guide star unveiling ceremony. On January 13th, the awards ceremony of the Netherlands will take place in Amsterdam and WAO will make history. Xavier Equihua, WAO's CEO, will present the Best Young Michelin Chef…

New technology in the Chinese strawberry industry showcased at festival

Last December 18-20, the 18th China Strawberry Culture Tourism Festival and the 1st Asian Strawberry Industry Symposium was held in Jinan, Shandong. To showcase new technology in the Chinese strawberry industry, to promote the latest scientific and technological achievements, strengthen communication and…

Registration for Organic Produce Summit 2020 now open

General attendee and retailer registration for the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit is now open on the OPS website. OPS 2020, the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce, growers and shippers with retailers and buying organizations across the globe, is slated for…

Texas International Produce Association’s Hall of Fame Banquet

Seven leaders of Texas produce industry to be honored

Seven leaders of the Texas produce industry will be honored January 27th, 2020 at the Texas International Produce Association’s Hall of Fame Banquet. The Texas Produce Hall of Fame was established in 1988, and has since presented 143 living and posthumous awards and 23 Scott Toothaker Awards to men and…

British pavilion filled with UK Horticulture at Fruit Logistica

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) is once again organising the British group / pavilion at Fruit Logistica, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, presenting a range of companies offering innovative and new technologies in Hall 7.2c. We invite you to visit us at our…

FreshPlaza Fruit Logistica Special

Our January and February Special is all about Fruit Logistica. The biggest exhibition takes place in Berlin, as always and it’ll be exciting to see this year’s growth. Naturally a lot of the usual suspects will be showcasing their best produce for attendees to check out. During the months January and…

We will be back January 2

Season's Greetings!

As another year draws to a close and we look forward to a new decade with all of the new opportunities it will bring, FreshPlaza is taking a break for the Christmas period. We will be back in the New Year with all the latest news and happenings in the fresh produce sector. See you in 2020!!

January 14th-16th, 2020, at the Exhibition Center of Angers:

SIVAL highlights not to miss

The Fair for specialized plant productions will take place from January 14th to 16th, 2020, at the Exhibition Center of Angers. The highlights not to miss are: The inauguration Tuesday, January 14th…

We will be back 2nd January

Happy Christmas from the FreshPlaza team!!

As another year draws to a close and we look forward to a new decade with all of the new opportunities it will bring, FreshPlaza is taking a break for the Christmas period. We will be back in the New Year with all the latest news and happenings in the fresh produce sector in the new decade.   See you in 2020!!

Gareth Edgecombe - T&G Global

"We're actively future proofing the business, investing in new genetics and diversifying product offer"

While T&G Global experienced improved trading in Asia and Australia, strong results in the Pacific Islands and a positive performance in the US market, the company says its financial performance this year will be impacted by a difficult growing season and market conditions at home in New Zealand, largely…

In partnership with CEA Food Safety Coalition

United Fresh 2020 launches Controlled Environment pavilion

With demand growing rapidly for controlled environment production, many indoor growers are exhibiting at the United Fresh Convention & Expo to reach retail and foodservice…

Asia Fruit Logistica moves to Singapore for 2020

Asia Fruit Logistica, Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable trade show, is moving to Singapore for its 2020 edition from its traditional location in Hong Kong. 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…

Onion and Carrot conference discusses Future of Food in 2040

The Biennial UK Onion & Carrot Conference and Trade Exhibition opened its doors to delegates, exhibitors and speakers at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in the historic city of Cambridge on Wednesday 20 November 2019. Tim Elcombe, Chairman of British Onion Producer Organisation, welcomed guests and…

International players in the pear sector to meet in Rotterdam for Interpera 2020

In 2020 Interpera , the International Pear Congress will take place from 23 to 25 June 2020 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). For this 13th edition, it will be co-organised by…

Organic Produce Summit retailer registration now open

Retailer registration for the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit is now open on the event’s website. Qualified individuals from retail and direct-to-consumer buying organizations are eligible for complimentary registration and accommodations for the July 8-9 event to be held at Monterey Convention…

Trade shows and conferences

Trade shows and conferences are essential to many traders in the fresh produce industry. They are a great chance to showcase your products, meet new clients and catch up with old friends. In 2019 FreshPlaza attended many of the events on the calendar and created our famous photo reports. Fruit Logistica 2019 was all about sustainability…

United Fresh 2020 to expand customer matchmaking sessions

Due to the success of the first United Fresh Partner X-Change in Chicago bringing together retailers, foodservice buyers and produce suppliers in one-on-one meetings, the…

Avocados From Mexico announces its return to Super Bowl

In 2019, the U.S. has imported more than 2.1 billion pounds of Mexican avocados—of which more than 285 million pounds were imported the five weeks prior to the Big Game.…

International Strawberry Symposium 2020, topics and speakers officially announced

The panel of speakers and the topics of the 9th edition of the International Strawberry Symposium, scheduled to take place in Rimini from 2 to 6 May 2020, have recently been finalized. Over the course of the five-days event, a total of 15 speakers will discuss four topics: genetics, agronomy,…

Agriculture identified as one of highest priorities by Georgian government

The conference “Development of Primary Production and Access to the European Market” was held in Tskaltubo, Georgia on 26-27th of November, 2019. The conference was organized by consulting company GDCI in partnership with online agro portal Kalo. The support was provided by the Embassy of the Kingdom of…

"Companies need to be economically sustainable, otherwise all types of sustainability are impossible"

During the Fruitimprese Veneto assembly of 6th December 2019, Fruitimprese president Marco Salvi stated that "first of all, companies need to be economically sustainable, otherwise all types of sustainability are impossible."  "Our businesses need to focus on product innovation more, because the market rewards what…

"Palestine has a lot to offer the Dutch market"

Photo report: PalTrade B2B meeting held in Amsterdam

On Monday December 9th, Palestinian producers and suppliers of dates, fresh herbs, and olive oil came together to meet with various Dutch buyers at a B2B and networking event in Amsterdam. The event was put together through a cooperation between the Palestine Trade Centre (PalTrade) and the European…

Ocean Mist Farms to showcase at New York Produce Show

New organic artichoke packaging now available

Ocean Mist Farms, the grower and marketer of fresh artichokes, will showcase its Organic Artichoke retail packs in the “New Product Showcase” at this year’s New York Produce…

Pear Bureau Northwest releases announcement video

World Pear Day to be celebrated across the globe December 8th

With the fourth annual World Pear Day taking place across the globe on December 8th, Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW) has developed a handful of new assets to amplify the event…

Italy must relaunch its pear sector during this negative year

International guests and an expert audience took part in the convention titled "Le prospettive commerciali e le nuove opportunità di mercato" (Business perspectives and new market opportunities) at FuturPera (Ferrara) held on 29th November 2019. In a negative year for Italian pear production, the…

Fusion's president to moderate session at Organic Grower Summit

Steven Muro, president of Fusion, will be moderating the Organic Sales Data Dive and Analysis retail breakout session on December 5, 2019 during the Organic Grower Summit…

International Postharvest Symposium to take place in New Zealand, Nov. 2020

The 9th ISHS International Postharvest Symposium will take place in Rotorua, New Zealand, on 9-13 November 2020. The symposium will bring together leading professionals in the…

Photo report FuturPera

FuturPera has reached its third edition and has become an important event to discuss what is new in the segment. Between 28th and 30th November 2019, the fair welcomed visitors from all over Italy as well as delegations from abroad.  Click here for the photo gallery! "Together with CSO Italy, we worked hard to also organize conventions…

photo report: Global Tomato Congress

Could there be too many tomatoes?

From seed to retail and everything in between. That's the target group of the Global Tomato Congress, that was organised yesterday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The visitors and speakers paused to consider how the tomato sector can continue to grow. Focusing on diversity can ensure this, but there were…

At Ferrara Fiere until Saturday 30th November

FuturPera 2019: the international pear exhibition kicks off tomorrow

The 2019 edition of FuturPera, the international trade fair dedicated to the promotion of the pear supply chain, will start tomorrow. Thursday 28th November, at Ferrara Fiere (Italy), and will continue till Saturday 30th. According to estimates released by the OI Pera, Italian pear production in 2019…

After participating at Cibus Tec, the Laboratory is now preparing for FuturPera

Sicural, concentrating on Listeria

Exhibitions come and go, for the Sicural Laboratory. After participating, in October, at Cibus Tec in Parma, from 28 to 30 November it will be at FuturPera, the exhibition that takes place in Ferrara. "In Ferrara we will be in hall 3, stand 34 - explains Silvia Zuccherelli - ready to illustrate our…

First worldwide Washington Apple Week to be Dec. 1st - 6th

The Washington Apple Commission is launching the first worldwide Washington Apple Week Dec 1st-6th, celebrating the apples grown in the state. The global celebration across 14 countries will feature the exclusive campaign “From Our Trees to Your Table”, focusing on telling the story of Washington apple…

Peru to be official partner country for Asia Fruit Logistica 2020

After a successful campaign at Asia Fruit Logistica 2019, Peru and Asia Fruit Logistica have agreed to extend the Official Partner Country status to next year’s edition on…

"Smart Ports: Piers of the Future" event brings together 6 major ports

For the first time, the ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rotterdam come together to showcase their most advanced digital transformation and sustainability projects at their dedicated ‘Smart Ports’ exhibit The "Smart Ports. Piers of the Future" event brought together six of…

December 10th-11th, 2019 in Toulouse, France:

FIRA brings together agricultural robotics

Although in full expansion mode, the robotics market for agriculture is still in its infancy. In the fields, few automated machines are currently sold and many of them are still in the test phase. This year, FIRA (International Forum of Agricultural Robotics) will take place in Toulouse on December 10th…

Exhibitors happy with the pleasant stream of visitors

expoSE / expoDirekt in Karlsruhe gaining importance for Eastern Europe

Most exhibitors are satisfied with the number of visitors to the first day of expoSE / expoDirekt. Some also confirm that the mood among present trade visitors and exhibitors is better this year. "Last year, the lousy harvest - both in soft fruits and asparagus - was clearly noticeable, and this year the…

Viva Fresh Expo launches clean eating challenge

Viva Fresh is launching a health and wellness campaign that will continue until the 2020 Viva Fresh Expo on April 30 – May 2, 2020 at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Best-selling author, TV personality and physician, Dr. Ian Smith will lead a group of four produce industry…

China: Horticulture skills competition held at HZAU

The first university horticulture skills competition was held at HZAU with 63 contestants from 21 agriculture-related universities. It consists of three sessions on fruit trees, vegetables and ornamental horticulture, with the first two in HZAU and the last in Hebei Agricultural University. Initiated and…

Pre-registration open for new direct seafreight route for Mexico-Europe

The need for an Express SeaRoute from Mexico to North Europa has become larger each year, according to United Producers of Mexico (UPM). They have been on an active mission to…

3rd International Tomato Symposium held in Italy

During the 3rd International Tomato Symposium held in Comiso (RG), Sicily, Giuliano Bonaventura from Anicav explained that "the Italian tomato processing industry processes 4.8 million tons of produce coming from 64,500 hectares." The speakers' table "28,000 hectares are located in the center and south,…

Exclusive showing of "The Last Harvest" documentary at Organic Grower Summit

An exclusive showing of the award winning Driscoll’s documentary The Last Harvest, which shines light on the labor shortage and immigration reform, will be held at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit, followed by an open forum discussion among produce industry leaders.  Produced by Driscoll’s, in partnership with…

28th annual OPMA Gala shines a light on the Ontario produce industry

Four of the Ontario produce industry’s hardworking individuals were honoured on Friday night at the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s (OPMA) 28th Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony. The OPMA Annual awards are presented to individuals or organizations whose efforts have made a significant impact on the…

On Friday 29 November at FuturPera

New market opportunities at the heart of the World Pear Forum

Italian and international were experts comparing notes on Friday 29 November, from 9.30 am, at the FuturPera World Pear Forum convention which will be focusing on a crucial subject for the sector: “Commercial prospects and new market opportunities”. A choice dictated by the supply chain’s need to find…

Serbia requires Italian technology

Around two hundred Serbian operators will take part in the next edition of Macfruit (Rimini, May 5th-7th 2020) and they have met with Luigi Bianchi (Cesena Fiera director) and Luciano Trentini.  "Serbia is located near Italy, so trade is only natural. We presented the fair to over fifty operators, but many more…

Indian Grape Forum 2019 to launch November 17th

India exported 2,46,133 tons of fresh grapes worth Rs. 2,335.24 crore ($334.79 million) in 2018-19. This growth is synchronized by the efforts of grape grower organizations…

Global Berry Congress returns to Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2020

Global Berry Congress returns to Rotterdam on 30 March-1 April with a major focus on the future viability of soft fruit production, supply chains, distribution models and markets. Pictures from Global Berry Congress 2019. Despite standing out as one of the most prosperous categories in the fresh produce…

Belgian exhibitors and Zespri respond to their move to Hall 27 at Fruit Logistica 2020

Last Friday, 8 November, Fruit Logistica's organizers released a press statement. It confirms that Belgian exhibitors will be housed in the brand-new Hall 27 at the next Fruit Logistica. A few other international companies will move into the new hall too. What do Belgian stallholders think of this move?…

16th International Berlin Potato Evening: Registrations are in progress

Unique industry get-together for the potato industry on the eve of Fruit Logistica

On 4 February 2020, the German Potato Trade Association e.V. would like to welcome you to the 16th edition of the International Berlin Potato Evening in the Hilton Berlin, at the Gendarmenmarkt. Around 500 guests from home and abroad will use this unique industry meeting of the potato industry, on the eve…

Italian companies at the International Asparagus Days

Good feedback for the Italian businesses who attended the International Asparagus Days event held in France. A lot of people also took part in the technical visits to both Darbonne - Planasa in Bordeaux and Flouron d'Anjou et Frederic Poupard in Angers, where participants could see modern plants, trends…

Moldovan fruit producers take increased interest in the Middle East

Examining the volume of Moldovan fruits that have reached markets in the Middle East in recent years shows a trend of increased interest by Moldovan fruit producers and exporters to cater to these markets. In 2018, more than 1,000 tons of Moldovan apples reached countries in the Middle East, including…

Updated Field Spectrometer to be demonstrated at international conference

New tech will be the focus of US firm CID Bio-Science, Inc. at the 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, a global gathering of scientists and researchers in the plant and environmental science community in November. The conference, Embracing the Digital Environment, is being organized by the American…

Fruit Logistica holds day devoted to fruit and vegetable transport in Algeciras

The Port Bahía de Algeciras, located in a geostrategic enclave, has positioned itself as the leader of the Mediterranean and the Spanish port system when it comes to the…

Growth of 12% over the previous year

Fruit Attraction most global edition so far

Fruit Attraction 2019, which was the 11th edition of the fair, came to an end after the participation of 89,390 professionals from 127 countries. This represented a growth of 12% over the previous year, making it the most global edition so far. A total of 1,770 companies from 58 countries participated,…

Sweet peppers handed out like candy at Fruit Attraction

From October 22nd to October 24th, Tribelli participated in Fruit Attraction together with the 7 European partners, Murgiverde, Agroiris, Vicasol, Granada La Palma, Sat Campos de Granada, Indasol and Fruca Marketing and, for the first time, it also had a space of its own. Tribelli put a special highlight…

Upcoming live webinar on uses of gas analysis in cold storage, ripening and food innovation

An exclusive live webinar, hosted by industry-leading Felix Instruments – Applied Food Science, will focus on the methods, real-world use cases and disruptive technologies used in the analysis of atmospheric gases to achieve peak fruit ripening and storage post-harvest. The webinar will be held at 2…

Sharon Olson to present during the education workshops

Food-focused youth marketing to be addressed at FreshStart Conference

Sharon Olson, Co-founder and Executive Director of Y-Pulse®, a food-focused youth marketing research firm dedicated to young consumer eating habits and trends, will present…

New fair to respond to new market trends

The markets are currently experiencing trends that are stimulating new business opportunities that demand a bespoke occasion for in-depth analysis and discussions for…

FreshPlaza Citrus Global Focus

Our November Global Focus is all about citrus. Global orange production for 2018/19 is forecast to surge by 6.3 million metric tons (tons) to 54.3 million, the highest level in 8 years, as favorable weather leads to larger crops in the United States and Brazil. China’s production is projected to be down slightly to 7.2 million…


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