I didn't make it to Berlin this year, but since I had published a preview of the show in this space, here are a few notes from the "closing report" of Fruit Logistica 2012. And yes, I predicted the Angello seedless pepper would win. 

From Fruit Logistica:

  • 56,000 trade visitors from 139 countries
  • 900 media representatives from 50 countries
  • Trade show covered 112,000m² of exhibition space, a record 2,537 exhibitors from 84 different countries
  • FRESHCONEX 2012 attracted 80 exhibitors from 15 countries
  • The Angello seedless pepper presented by Syngenta Seeds B.V. from the Netherlands, was honoured with the FRUIT LOGISTICA Innovation Award 2012.
  • Second place for the innovation award, as determined by trade visitor votes, was awarded to the 'Lovemysalad.com' interactive website developed by the Dutch company Rijk Zwaan.
  • Third place went to the Achacha fruit, commercially grown in Australia but with origins in the Amazon Basin in Bolivia. The fruit was presented by the Dutch company Bud Holland B.V.
  •  The share of trade visitors from countries outside of Germany exceeded 78%, with the largest number coming from other countries in Europe (75%), followed by the Americas (9%), Africa (8%), Asia (6%) and from Oceania (2%).

Other international news of note Agricultural news for Italy and the EU,Viet Nam tells exporters to improve or perish, Why do so many people in poor countries eat so badly?, Tesco focuses on fresh foods, Expanded tracking for Mexico imports through Texas, Imports of pomegranate from India, New Kenya tracking rules

I am looking forward to heading next week to the USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington, D.C.

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Contact me at tkarst@thepacker.com.