With six different stages in one conference and networking area, the Global Berry Congress programme offers a unique and unrivalled experience for those who want to learn more about the international soft fruit business. The programme itself encompasses market updates, strategic insight, new products, supply chain innovation and analysis of major trends affecting the berry category.

Global Berry Congress brings you a high-quality line-up of respected industry professionals, all of whom are ready to share their knowledge and experience.

Submissions for this year’s programme are now closed, but you are welcome to propose a conference topic and/or nominate someone as a speaker or panelist for next year’s Global Berry Congress:  Mike Knowles – michael@fruitnet.com

MONDAY 25 MARCH 2019

17:00–20:00
GLOBAL BERRY CONGRESS EXPO OPENS

DELEGATE CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION FOLLOWED BY WELCOME RECEPTION


TUESDAY 26 MARCH 2019

08:00–09:30
GLOBAL BERRY CONGRESS EXPO OPENS

DELEGATE CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION

09:30–18:00
PARALLEL SESSIONS ACROSS GLOBAL BERRY CONGRESS STAGES (see below)

headline hub

More about Headline Hub HERE

09:30
WELCOME TO GBC 2019
• Mike Knowles, Fruitnet Media International

Global trends in the berry business
• Cindy van Rijswick, Rabobank

10:00–11:00
Reshaping the berry offer
• SABINA WYANT, TESCO
• Ben Horsbrugh, GlobalGap
• Martin Casanova, Fudi Food
• Shannon Boase, CKF

11:00–12:00
Strawberries staying strong
• Steven j Knapp, UC Davis (video)
• Rupert Hargreaves, Global Plant Genetics
• Rutika Ghodekar, Mintec
• Clare Hamilton-Bate, Freshcare

12:00–13:00
Exploring new avenues out east
• Emma Gough, Promar International
• David Smith, Hortifrut Chile
• Steve McVickers, Giddings Fruit

13:00–14:00
Networking LuncH

14:00–15:00
Healthy berries, healthy business
• Dale Pinnock, The Medicinal Chef
• Rachel Montague-Ebbs, Soloberry
• Veronique Parmentier, Zespri

15:00–15:30
New adventures in the Americas
• Jerald Downs, Berry People (VIDEO)
• José Luis Bustamante Fernandez, Aneberries

15:30–16:30
New commercial channels for berries
• Amy Lance, Berry Gardens
• Hans Liekens, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery

16:30-17:00
A healthier future for berries
• Jenny Edwards, SAI platform

17:00-17:30
FINAL THOUGHTS

17:30–20:00
NETWORKING drinks
SPONSORED BY FALL CREEK

LAUNCHPAD

Latest innovations from along the berry supply chain

More about Launchpad HERE

10:30
TALKING TECHNOLOGY
• TOM COEN, OCTINION
• MARKO KOKANOVIC, BSK
• WILLEM VAN ELDIK, DELPHY

11:00
ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE
• GARY WARD, STEPAC

11:30
RIDING THE BERRY WAVE
• BRANKO BAJATOVIC, BLUEMOND

12:30
BERRY QUALITY UNDER WRAPS
• MILENA POLEDICA, ARRIGONI

13:00–14:00
NETWORKING LUNCH

14:30
GETTING GREENER WHILE REDUCING COSTS
• BAS GROENEWEG, PERFOTEC

15:00
EXERCISING SOME SELF-CONTROL
• MARKO KOKANOVIC, BSK

15:30
LIGHTING THE WAY
• WILLEM VAN ELDIK, DELPHY

#FRESHTALKS

Interviews with some of the world’s leading berry industry players

More about #freshtalks HERE

11:45
PROTECTING VARIETIES
• REYES MORATAL, CVVP

12:45
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING
• SHANNON BOASE, CKF

15:15
MARKETING NUTRITION
• DALE PINNOCK, THE MEDICINAL CHEF

16:15
GLOBAL TRADE
• STEVE MCVICKERS, GIDDINGS FRUIT

FRESH IDEAS

Fresh insight and inspiration from across the global berry business

More about Fresh Ideas HERE

10:00
OUT OF THE GROUND, INTO THE GREENHOUSE
• CINDY VAN RIJSWICK, RABOBANK

10:30
FILLING THE WINTER WINDOW
• NABIL BELMKADDEM, BESTBERRY / INTERPROBERRIES MAROC

11:00
PRESENTING A PREMIUM PRODUCT
• JESSICA ANDREOTTI, SANT’ORSOLA

11:30
GIVING ITALY THE BLUES
• THOMAS DRAHORAD, NCX DRAHORAD
• CARLO LINGUA, RK Growers

12:00
BRANDING THE BERRY CATEGORY
• SJRAAR HULSMAN, THE GREENERY

12:30
BUILDING ALLIANCES ACROSS EUROPE
• DOMINIKA KOZARZEWSKA, POLSKIE JAGODY
• HUGO PINTO, FRUTAS NATURALES
• SERGIO SÁNCHEZ, FRUTAS NATURALES
• RUI SILVA, ACEGROW

13:00–14:00
NETWORKING LUNCH

14:00
SERBIA STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
• ANDRIY YARMAK, FAO
• VESELIN DJODJEVIC, BLUEBERRY CLUB SERBIA
• MILOS MILOVANOVIC, FAO
• SLOBODAN OBRADOVIC, DRENOVAC

14:30
STRATEGIC THINKING IN THE BERRY SUPPLY CHAIN
• SANJA LARSSON, PUREBERRY FRUITS ROUGEs

15:00
VERTICAL FARMING READY FOR LIFT-OFF
• ROB HANCOCK, JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE

15:30
EASTERN EUROPE CONTINUES TO EMERGE
• ANDRIY YARMAK, FAO
• OLEG BOSYY, FRUITECH
• IEVGENII KHARLAN, IBERRY

16:00
HEALTHY BERRY GROWTH IN UKRAINE
• IRYNA KUKHTINA, UKRAINIAN BERRIES ASSOCIATION

BUSINESS LOUNGE

Meet the Experts – learn from the berry trade's brightest minds

More about Business Lounge HERE

11:15
MEET THE EXPERT: CERTIFICATION
• BEN HORSBRUGH, GLOBALGAP

12:15
MEET THE EXPERT: RISK MANAGEMENT
• CLARE HAMILTON-BATE, FRESHCARE

14:45
MEET THE EXPERT: SOURCING IN EASTERN EUROPE
• ANDRIY YARMAK, FAO

15:45
MEET THE EXPERT: BERRY SUPPLY CHAIN PROFITABILITY
• BRANKO BAJATOVIC, BLUEMOND

CREATIVE LAB

A chance to explore crucial areas of the berry business in greater depth

More about Creative Lab HERE

12.00–13.00
READY FOR ANYTHING: HOW TO PLAN FOR THE UNPLANNED
• MIHAI CIOBANU, FRESH4CAST
• MICHELE DALL’OLIO, FRESH4CAST

15:00–16:00
HEALTH CLAIMS: A BERRY MARKETER’S GUIDE
• VERONIQUE PARMENTIER, ZESPRI
• RACHEL MONTAGUE-EBBS, SOLOBERRY

 

WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH 2019

08:00–16:00
EXCLUSIVE STUDY TOURS FOR GLOBAL BERRY CONGRESS DELEGATES

The final day of the Global Berry Congress concludes with a series of bespoke business study tours to various locations around Rotterdam. Led by Fruitnet experts and welcoming hosts, this informative day will also give you an extra time to network away from the conference floor.

You will be asked to sign up for the tour upon completing your registration for the conference. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO GBC2019 TOUR HOSTS



 

TOUR 1

LBP Rotterdam BV is a logistics company providing the full produce handling inclusive of phyto-quality control, clearance and cool-storage of fresh fruits and vegetables arriving from overseas in the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp or Amsterdam-Airport. LBP specialise in berries – packing from bulk in small pack – labeling – re-packing / sorting – packing in shakers – TOP Seal packing - the full package. LBP offers our clients an online stock information system enabling clients worldwide to follow arrivals-, stock- and stock movements 24/7 – real time.

Rokkevenn Centrum - An insightful educational tour of the grocery retail scene. The diversity of store formats will help you compare key factors from packaging, range and advertising.

Wageningen University & Research works on various berry related projects. They will share their latest findings on the following projects:
New flavour model for strawberry and overview of possible applications in practice
The Sustainable Improvement of European Berry Production, Quality and Nutritional Value in a Changing Environment
The delegates will also be shown the greenhouse with Vanilla, Blackberry and Strawberry trials

TOUR 2

Veiling Zaltbommel mediates between growers and buyers in the field of fruit and vegetables. We have over 130 members who offer a complete range of fruit and vegetables, all year round. Real freshmen who strive daily for the best quality products for the consumer. We stand for short lines, striving for the best price for everyone involved and a high customer focus. This year, Veiling Zaltbommel is no less than 100 years old, a milestone that we have achieved together with our members.

This is an opportunity to see Veiling Zaltbommel premises including live auction and visits to berry growers (raspberry and strawberry).

TOUR 3

The Greneery is an international fruit and vegetable company, supplying and distributing a complete, fresh, year-around assortment of fruit and vegetables to supermarkets, wholesalers, caterers and the processing industry. The tour will give participants a good overview of how working together with the growers and partners throughout the supply chain delivers value, every day.