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China FVF 2019 is to take place in September

The 2019 China International Fruit & Vegetable Fair (FVF 2019) is to take place at the Crowne Plaza Beijing Sun Palace from September 9th to 10th, 2019. It is a…

Ontario celebrates local food promotion with retailer awards

Recently, Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, joined by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris, presented Sobeys #685 in Kitchener with two Foodland…

Will Asia Fruit Logistica take place in September? Trade show organization offers participants option in December

Current events in Hong Kong are causing some headaches to the organization of Asia Fruit Logistica. Last weekend, an email was sent to the exhibitors in which they were presented with two options: Either Asia Fruit Logistica is held from 4 to 6 September, or the trade show is postponed to 11 to 13…

Eighth onion study tour welcomes key relations

Hazera recently organized its 8th Onion Study Tour. During this week the organization welcomed key relations, like onion growers, processors and packers, from all over the world for an onion program in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a global leader in onions and is well-known as a year-round…

September 4-6, 2019 at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong

ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA will be held as scheduled

Due to the situation in Hong Kong the organisers of Asia Fruit Logistica have issued the following statement: Like you, we have been watching recent developments in Hong Kong…

"Figures a lot better than last year, but it's still too much"

44th edition of Prognosfruit photo report

Last Thursday, August 8, the Belgian Alden Biesen, hosted the largest fruit cultivation congress in Europe: Prognosfruit. Over 260 visitors from 17 different countries travelled to the beautiful castle of Alden Biesen. The congress announced the predicted European apple and pear harvest, followed by…

Organic Matters: the first UK horticulture conference created by growers for growers

Organic Growers Alliance launches Organic Matters, the first UK horticulture conference created by growers, for growers. Dedicated exclusively to exploring innovative…

Agri-Tech East ‘The Connected Farm’ event 15 October

Connecting Agri-Tech to boost farmer's productivity

Overcoming the challenges of disparate devices and data at Agri-Tech East’s ‘Connected Farm’ event “Farmers want machinery to do the job, they don’t really care about how the…

UK Vining Pea and Bean Industry Conference 2019 open for registration

The third biennial Vining Pea and Bean Industry Conference is back. You can officially save the date in your dairies for Tuesday 5th November 2019! The event will be held at…

Fresh Connections draws wide spectrum from African agriculture and beyond

Photo report PMA Fresh Connections South Africa 2019

The PMA’s Fresh Connections conference took place place last week in a rainy Cape Town. Doing business in Africa was a strong focus at the conference, with Dr Johan van Deventer, general manager of Freshmark, giving tips to delegates, having overseen the opening of Freshmark Checkers stores in many…

22nd July - 2nd of August, 2019

FreshPlaza office will be closed 2 weeks for summer holidays

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Asia Fruit Logistica:

Selecting the best for Asia

Grading and sorting solutions are key to meeting Asia’s fast-growing demand for high-quality fresh produce, and visitors to Asia Fruit Logistica will find world-leading technologies on display. Asia…

PMA:

Disruption in the fresh produce supply chain

Disruption comes in many different packages and has the potential to upset the entire fresh produce supply chain every single day. Central questions posed by businesses are:…

Scandinavia’s major new forum to lead the sustainability debate

Award-winning international event organiser Diversified Communications UK has announced the launch of a major new sustainability conference dedicated to senior retail…

Ecorganic Market, the Fruit Attraction space to promote the organic sector

The 2019 edition of Fruit Attraction will feature the Ecorganic Market space, where the fresh organic sector will be promoted. In it, horticultural companies will have a…

5-7 February 2020, Berlin

Germany: Canada Pavilion at Fruit Logistica

Fruit Logistica is the world largest fresh produce trade show, attracting over 78,000 visitors from over 130 countries around the world. The 2020 show marks the fourth consecutive year for the official Canada Pavilion, which has grown to include provincial ministries of agriculture, associations, and…

Colombia: Medellin to host next edition of the World Avocado Congress

The ninth edition of the World Avocado Congress will be held in Medellin from September 23rd to the 27th, 2019. The event, which will have more than 70 exhibitors and 3,500…

FEFCO Technical Seminar programme announced

FEFCO has announced that their Technical Seminar will take place on 9, 10 and 11 October 2019 at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. The FEFCO Technical Seminar is the only…

NFO study trip visits Fruithandel Wouters

“We're afraid of what’ll happen next top fruit season”

NFO Kring Zeeland / Noord-Brabant and the NFO department Delta Noord recently went on a two-day study trip to Germany. The first company to be visited was Fruithandel Wouters in Rummen, Belgium. “After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the first Czech and Polish lorries drove through the country to buy…

Save 40 per cent when buying Asia Fruit Logistica tickets online

The ticket shop has been opened for Asia Fruit Logistica, which takes place on 4-6 September at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. Visitors can save up to 40 per cent on the…

Spain: Participation of international exhibitors at Fruit Attraction to increase by 16%

The international participation at this year's edition of Fruit Attraction will grow by more than 16%. Fruit Attraction, which will hold its 11th edition from October 22 to…

Hort Connections panel discussion

How to future proof? Data, data and more data

The use of DNA to form personalised food and lifestyle plans is a growing trend, according to a Monash University researcher. Angeline Achariya from the university's Food Innovation Centre, was part of the State of the Industry panel at Hort Connections. She says that the food industry is moving beyond…

Melon and Watermelon Event 2019 showcased new varieties

HM.Clause once again organized a special melon and watermelon event at its research station in Murcia (Spain) during the first week of July. Primarily, the event welcomed the Northern European melon traders, retailers, processors and those focused on export markets. The event generated a great platform…

31 July and 2 August, Mystery Creek, Hamilton, NZ

Latest tech to be demonstrated at Horticulture Conference

Technology that will help fruit and vegetable growers now and in the future will be demonstrated at Our Food Future, the Horticulture Conference 2019 between 31 July and 2…

Interpera 2019 predicts a lower volume of pear in 2019

For the eleventh time since 2008, Interpera, the international pear congress, has hosted one hundred and ten producers, processing companies, nursery growers, experimental centers and marketers in Europe, from 25 to 27 June 2019 in Tours, France. The presence of these experts originating from 9 countries…

Eco Life Scandinavia and Nordic Organic trade shows open visitor registration

Visitor registration is now open for Eco Life Scandinavia and the Nordic Organic Food Fair, which marks the countdown to Scandinavia’s favourite sustainable business event. Returning to MalmöMässan in Sweden on 13-14 November, thousands of Nordic retailers and buyers can start to plan their visit to the…

Photo report Hort Connections 2019

Hort Connections 2019 took place in Melbourne last week with a record number of stand holders and delegates.195 companies exhibited at the trade fair and over 3300 delegates attended the event. This is third time the event has been organised jointly between PMA A-NZ and AUSVEG, according to feed back…

Viña del Mar to host International Technical Seminar of Palto de Chile

Following the enormous success of previous editions of agricultural blueberry seminars in Chile, Spain, Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina, International Agronomic Seminars and AGQ Labs will hold further avocado seminars in Chile and Spain. The first Spanish avocado seminar was held on May 30th in…

The International Citrus Seminar to be held in Veracruz, Mexico

After the enormous success of the agricultural seminars on blueberries and avocados in Mexico, Spain, Peru, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina, International Agronomic Seminars and AGQ Labs will host a citrus seminar in Mexico. The first citrus seminar in Mexico will be held on September 5 at the Galería…

International Blueberry Summit: “We are thrilled with the overall success"

B.C. blueberries were ripening on the vine as the ideas were flowing during the International Blueberry Organization’s (IBO) Summit (held in B.C. from June 24 – 26) where nearly 400 attendees gathered to hear the latest from global leaders in the blueberry industry. Delegates from as far away as South…

Spain’s first ever organic trade event hailed a success

The international launch that Spain had been waiting for – Organic Food Iberia and Eco Living Iberia, Spain’s biggest trade event dedicated to organic food and sustainable products, has been hailed a significant and overwhelming success by its joint-organisers Diversified Communications and IFEMA. The…

Seeding change at Hort Connections

The powerful message of ‘seeding change’ emerges from colourful paintings of vegetables and seeds at the Rijk Zwaan stand at the annual Hort Connections conference. Always exploring new ideas, Rijk Zwaan commissioned a live artist to paint an interactive mural on the back wall of its trade stand over the…

The second Goji Berry Industry Expo held in Zhongning, China

The second Goji Berry Industry Expo is held in Zhongning, a county along the Yellow River, in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region from 26th June to 28th June. Zhongning, named as "the home of China's Goji berry", has a 600-year-history of Goji berry growing and is also the origin place of…

“Zeus selected as success story among Greek entrepreneurs”

During the annual meeting of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, Greek kiwi exporter Zeus was chosen as a winner, an example for Greek entrepreneurship amongst a total of eleven nominees. The event took place at Megaron Athens concert hall and was directed at all businesses, including oil, tourism…

Hort Connections 2019

Trends and the future of fresh produce

Hort Connections kicked off this morning with a breakfast session followed by many diverse and inspirational speakers. Matt Brand, CEO of Hort Innovations, outlined the importance of the fruit and vegetable industry and how the Australian exports of fresh produce have increased by 22% in the last five…

First day of the 5th International Berry Congress

Changes in economic paradigms & business opportunities in Canada and India

The first of the technical days of the 5º International Berry Congress focused on the new economic paradigm and the commercial opportunities that the markets of Canada and India present for Huelva's berry sector. The Congress, which lasts two days, will be held in Huelva's Casa Colon, and was opened by…

The next edition of Fruit Attraction will be the largest ever

The Organizing and Advisory Committee of FRUIT ATTRACTION, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector organized by IFEMA and FEPEX, to be held from…

Record number of attendees

Hort Connections 2019 gets under way

Monday evening saw the opening of the 2019 Hort Connections conference and trade show. AUSVEG and PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) have united to deliver the event which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 24–26 June 2019. The topic of this year's event is Growing…

Seipasa and SP

Biostimulation in berries: an unstoppable global trend

In the framework of the Berry Congress being held in Huelva, Seipasa, a company that specializes in the development and manufacture of biopesticides, biostimulants, and fertilizers, presented the new trends in the use of biostimulants for berries. The Spanish company attended the event with SP Soluciones…

5th International Congress of Red Fruits

Nutritional and antioxidant properties of berries as new marketable qualities

The second and last day of the 5th International Congress of Red Fruits has served to address topics such as the nutritional properties and potential of red fruits as aspects to be taken into account for their marketing. This time, the event brought together more than 1,200 people. The manager of…

Future of indoor grown food discussed at Indoor AgTech

What role will indoor-grown food be playing in the future and how will the vertical farming industry develop? There’s a lot going on: Investors find their way into the industry, growing facilities are scaling up and collaborations are being formed these days. On the other hand, companies go out of…

Seminar on June 26

PMA invites its members to seminar on new markets for Chilean fruit

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), a leading association representing companies of all sizes and segments of the global fruit and vegetable chain, has invited its members to a Seminar that will present a detailed analysis of the commercial opportunities that the Chilean fruit industry has in India,…

June 26-28, 2019

11th edition of Global Cold Chain Summit to be held in Qingdao

The 2019 (11th Edition of) Global Cold Chain Summit, also known as the “Belt and Road” Trade and Cold Chain Cooperation Forum will take place in Qingdao on June 26-28, 2019. More than 1,000 participants are expected at this conference, including representatives of Chinese and foreign authorities,…

South African Mango Day takes place July 19th

The South African Mango Growers’ Association (SAMGA) will host its annual Mango Day this year again at Fairview Hotel, Tzaneen. The event to take place on the 19th of July,…

Abstract submission deadline extended to June 28

International Symposium on Tropical Fruits, Vietnam 24-26 September

The deadline for submission of abstracts for the International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF2019) has been extended to 28 June 2019. ISTF2019 will be held at the Liberty…

PMA's Anouk Sijmonsma on Fresh Connections: South Africa

“Fresh Connections brings people together and enables them to connect"

The Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA’s) Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show is the only annual event in Southern Africa connecting the entire…

Onions Australia's Levy Payers' Day kicks off in a few days

The countdown is on to Onions Australia’s next Levy Payers’ Day – to be held in Melbourne on Sunday, June 23. The event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition…

Extremely tight supplies of California avocados

Avocados coming out of California look very slim on volume. Supplies are tight. Mexico has been losing steam in their shipments and the crop is so small in California that we can’t possibly keep up with the level of demand that’s out there anymore,” says James Shanley of Shanley Farms in Morro Bay, Ca.…

December 3-5, Kiev

Organisers of Fresh Business Expo 2019 see growing interest in Ukrainian market

In some 5 months' time the 7th edition of Fresh Business Expo will open its doors at the International Exhibition Centre (IEC) in Kyiv. The exhibition will take place from 3-5 December 2019. Being the only trade event in Ukraine that focuses exclusively on the Fresh Produce Industry the organisers of the…

Costa Protected Cropping Australia Conference

PCA Conference: Program and speakers announced

The Costa Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) conference and trade exhibition, to be held at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast, from July 7 - 10, 2019, offers a huge line-up of…

Europatat 2019 focused on innovation and sustainability

On 13 June, the European potato community has gathered in Oslo, Norway, for the Europatat Congress 2019. Under the slogan “The timeless potato: A dynamic and innovative food”,…

July 10-11, Monterey

US (CA): Organic Trade Association to host buyers mission at Organic Produce Summit

Next month, the Organic Trade Association will host its first-ever buyers mission at the annual Organic Produce Summit on July 10-11 in Monterey, California. This event for the organic produce sector is the only show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers,…

Agrotica returns to Thessaloniki from January 30th to February 2nd

Agrotica confirms its 2020 operation, its role as one of Europe's five largest agricultural exhibitions. Indeed, the figures so far show that the baton is being raised even higher, with the exhibition preparing to overtake its previous record. Significant leaders in the marketing and sales of supplies…

By joining forces, Almeria's producers could make 700 million more per campaign

In a debate held in the Agroateneo forum of Almería, opened by the leaders of the main trading groups in the province (Unica, CASI and Anecoop, it was concluded that it is necessary to improve the sector's internal organization in order to compete with greater guarantees of success in national and…

World of Fruit kicks off in L.A.

World of Fruit announces the grand opening of the first-of-its-kind, fruit-themed immersive tasting experience in Los Angeles. Tickets are now available with appointment times through July 31. Additional tickets being released soon, running through October 31, 2019. Located at the corner of La Brea and Melrose in Hollywood,…

Global blueberry industry to gather in BC this month

The global blueberry industry is set to meet from June 24-26, 2019 in Richmond, B.C., bringing together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for the industry worldwide. The International Blueberry Organization (IBO) Summit agenda will host a number of speakers. A full-day tour that…

“The only limit is in our ideas” Daniel Gómez, lecturer Territorio Aguacate II

Generating added value in the avocado industry

The avocado has seen increased worldwide consumption, with a large spike in the hectares being planted in the producing countries. This has caused an increase in the volume…

"The sector's disorganization prevents better prices in Almeria"

On the occasion of a new Agroateneo meeting, this analysis forum, organized by La Voz de Almeria, Cadena SER and Agricultura 2000 with the sponsorship of the National Association of Vegetable Producers (ANOVE) and the collaboration of the Tecnova Foundation and the CUAM (El Ejido Municipal Analytical…

Buying trip to Costa Rica offered to food and produce companies

Costa Rica invites a select group of companies interested in exploring export potential to San Jose from September 17 to 19, 2019. The 21st Buyers Trade Mission Costa Rica (BTMCR) is one of the largest business conferences in Latin America, according to Procomer - Costa Rica’s trade promotion entity.…

Photo report: Asia Fresh Expo 2019 Shanghai

Last week the Asia Fresh Expo took place in Shanghai and many people visited the exhibition. On the first day several activities were presented, including lectures on banana cultivation, preservation and post-harvest ripening. Mr. Hu Xian from AiRipening gave a lecture about a case study on banana…

Anouk Sijmonsma, Produce Marketing Association:

What is PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa all about?

PMA Fresh Connections is heading towards Southern Africa, but what makes it important to the industry? Regional vice president Anouk Sijmonsma shares her thoughts on the…

Besana wins the INC Innovation Award

At the International Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, the most important annual meeting in the world of nuts and dried fruit, held at the end of May in Boca Raton, Florida, Besana received an important recognition. The Italian group won the INC Innovation Award, assigned by a commission of companies in the…

Spaniards have spent 7.3% more on fruit and vegetables, but consumption is down

Photo report AECOC 2019

From Tuesday 4 to Wednesday, June 5, the 21st AECOC Fruit and Vegetables Congress took place in the Palau de Congressos of Valencia. The event served to analyze the fruit and vegetable consumption data in Spain, as well as to look into some consumer concerns, such as the excessive use of plastic in packaging, the lack of…

Photo report: London Produce Show 2019

Last week the London Produce Show took place with a record number of visitors and many interesting seminars, presentations and industry tours. A first this year was the Global Grape summit, a very well-attended event. The mood was very positive among the exhibitors and attendees alike. The tradeshow…

UK fresh produce industry celebrates stellar line-up of industry’s best at 2019 Fresh Awards

The UK fresh produce industry celebrated another year of outstanding achievements with a stellar line-up of individuals and businesses at the 2019 Fresh Awards. “Every year…

Mexico-US relations high on agenda at September's AMHPAC convention

AMHPAC is a Mexico-based organization for the horticultural and produce industries. Each year, the organization hosts a convention to analyze and discuss important issues for the industry, including the risks and opportunities for the sector. This years' AMHPAC Annual Convention is going to take place on…

Record number of visitors at London Produce Show 2019

On Thursday it was tradeshow day at The London Produce Show and stand holders as well as visitors were enthusiastic about the event. This year saw a record number of attendees at the event. Typically the morning was busier than the afternoon, but the flow of visitors remained pretty steady all day. There…

International Postharvest Symposium:

Postharvest 2020 is scheduled to be held in Rotorua

Postharvest 2020, the 9th ISHS International Postharvest Symposium, is scheduled to be held in Rotorua, New Zealand, in November 2020. Promising to be an exciting and…

A successful ending to the Asia Fresh Expo

Today was the last day of Asia Fresh Expo, and attendance was smaller than for the two days before. In the afternoon most of the companies had cleared their booths. All the fruits had been sold and companies left to go back to their own cities in China. During this exhibition, there was a very clear…

Convention organized by Italia Ortofrutta focuses on the cost of labor

Salaries in the Italian agricultural sector vary between €7.20 and €12.90/hour (2018 data). In Spain, they go from €5.10 to €7.70/hour while they are only €1/hour in Morocco. Work hours per week are 39 in Italy, 44 in Spain and 48 in Morocco. The convention organized by Italia Ortofrutta revealed the…

London Produce Show kicks off with Global Grape Summit

Yesterday the 6th edition of the London Produce Show opened at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane. This year the inaugural Global Grape Summit took place, with many interesting presentations and panel discussions. At the summit changing production around the world was discussed, increasing supplies and…

Jiuye SCM presents fruit ripening and shipping expertise at IFEX Philippines

Jiuye Supply Chain Management, a Chinese cold chain service provider, showcased its fruit ripening and shipping expertise at the IFEX Philippines, a major export-oriented food…

London Produce Show seminar

Trading with the UK: FPC sets out what exporters need to know

Delegates from across the globe attending the London Produce Show had the opportunity to learn more about trading with the UK and how to meet regulatory requirements, thanks to a tailor-made seminar held by FPC as part of the London Produce Show. The seminar was held in the afternoon of Wednesday 5 June,…

HM·CLAUSE IBÉRICA technical conference

Identification, awareness and prevention of ToBRFV

Due to the appearance and rapid spread of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), HM·CLAUSE IBÉRICA organized a technical conference in Almería last Thursday, May 30, attended by more than 250 technicians from the main greenhouse tomato producing areas in Spain (Almería, Granada and Murcia).…

Great attendance at Spain's First International Avocado Seminar

370 attendees from 8 countries and more than 160 companies from around the world gathered on Thursday, May 30, in Seville (Spain) to discuss the future of the avocado sector. Estanislao Martínez, founder and president of AGQ Labs, opened the event with a speech in which he appreciated the great reception…

Model-It 2019: Bringing together 100 horticultural researchers from 18 countries

Is it possible to accurately predict the final composition of tomatoes by entering the fertilizer solution data in a mathematical formula? Or use data from the latest generation environmental sensors to establish at any time the exact degree of ripening of a load of fruit traveling between Europe and…


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