Global Berry Congress 2018 delivered more content and a bigger exhibition than ever before. Alongside GBC's acclaimed portfolio of exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services, six stages provided a platform for feature presentations, panel discussions, expert insights and live interviews.

To propose a conference topic for GBC2019 or to take part as a speaker or expert panelist please contact:  Mike Knowles – michael@fruitnet.com

MONDAY 19 MARCH 2018

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

                    DELEGATE CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION FOLLOWED BY WELCOME RECEPTION

TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2018

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

         DELEGATE CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION

09:20–18:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS RUNNING ACROSS GLOBAL BERRY CONGRESS STAGES

(Click on each stage name to learn who is speaking)

GBC MAIN STAGE

Analysis of category data and trends in the international berry market… 

09:00–09:20
WELCOME TO GBC 2018

09:20–09:50
The BIG PICTURE—Key Trends for the Berry Trade
• Cindy van Rijswick, Rabobank
• Mihai Ciobanu, Fresh4cast

10:00–10:50
Keeping up with Consumers—New Trends in the International Berry Market and How to React
• Marieke Appel, Driscoll's of EMEA
• Jason Fung, Oppy

11:00–11:50
Brits, Berries & Brexit—What Next for the UK Berry Market?
• Nicholas Marston, British Summer Fruits
• John Gray, Angus Soft Fruits

12:00–12:50
Blue Horizons—New Challenges for BLUEBERRIES
• David Brazelton, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery
• AndréS Armstrong, The Chilean Blueberry Committee
• Carlos Stabile, Extraberries
• Fred Douven, ABB Growers

13:00–14:00
Networking Lunch

14:00–14:50
New Sources, New Approaches—How Year-Round Supply is Helping to Push Berry Sales Higher
• Ben Maes, Special Fruit
• Hans Widmann, Herbert Widmann

15:00–15:50
Spanish Sparkle—NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPAIN
• Fernando Zaforas, Fresas Nuevos Materiales
• Emilio Fuertes, Planasa
• Sergio Sainz, Cuna de Platero
• Oliver Huesmann, Fruit Consulting

16:00–16:40
More from Mexico—Export Expansion Case Study
• Freddy Hoflack, Harvest 52

16:50–17:40
Planting for the Future—New Ideas for a More Sustainable Business Model
• Samuel Rowe, BerryWorld Varieties (video)
• Jan Engelen, Coöperatie Hoogstraten

GBC #FRESHIDEAS

Fresh insight and inspiration from across the global berry business

10:00–10:50
Understanding
UKRAiNE—New Potential from Eastern Europe

• Andriy Yarmak, UN FAO
• Andrii Borysenko, Betec
• taras Bashtannyk, U-Berry

11:00–11:20 STRAWBERRIES—Breeding for the Future
• Steven Oosterloo, Flevo Berry

11:30–11:50
Serbia—Bringing in the Blues
• Fred Douven, ABB GRowers

12:00–12:20
Lighting—An Even Brighter Future
• Willem van Eldik, Delphy

12:30–12:50
Raspberries—Is Black the New Pink?
• Agnieszka Orzel, Niwa Berry Breeding

13:00–14:00
Networking Lunch

14:00–14:40
Intriguing India—What Can Asia's Second-Largest Market Offer the Berry Business?
• Ambrish Karvat, Yupaa Group

15:00–15:20
New Varieties—Many Happy Returns
• Jamie Smith, James Hutton Limited

15:30–15:50
Logistics—Moving with the Times
• Anton Filippo, LBP Rotterdam

16:00–16:20
China—Supplier Success Stories
• Oliver Huesmann, Fruit Consulting

16:30–16:50
South-East Europe—Sourcing Report
• Boštjan Kozole, Evrosad

17:00–17:20
Romania—Carpathian Capability
• Radu Niculescu, MerryBerry

GBC CREATIVE LAB

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

11.00–12.00
Fresh Produce Branding concepts for a digital age
• Naomi Turner, Pink Sky

15:00–16:00
Managing the Media
• Mike Knowles, Fruitnet Media International
• Michael Barker, Fruitnet Media International

GBC INTERVIEW HUB

Hear what some of the industry's major players have to say…

10:40–11:00
• Andriy Yarmak, UN FAO

11:40–12:00
• Marieke Appel, Driscoll's of EMEA

12:40–13:00
• Sergio Sainz, Cuna de Platero

13:00–14:00
Networking Lunch

14:40–15:00
• Raffaele Benedetti, Unitec

15:40–16:00
• Ambrish Karvat, Yupaa Group

16:40–17:00
• Agnieszka Orzel, Niwa Berry Breeding

MEET THE EXPERTS @ GBC BUSINESS LOUNGE

Learn from the berry trade's brightest minds…

NB: Meet the Experts sessions are by appointment only and spaces are limited

10:20–10:40
• Mihai Ciobanu, Fresh4cast

11:20–11:40
• Jason Fung, OPpy

12:20–12:40
• Willem van Eldik, Delphy

13:00–14:00
Networking Lunch

14:20–14:40
• Cort Brazelton, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery

15:20–15:40
• Tom Coen, Octinion

16:20–16:40
• Oliver Huesmann, Fruit Consulting

GBC LAUNCHPAD

A round-up of latest innovations from all along the berry supply chain…

11:00–11:20
Storage—Thinking Inside the Box
• Céline Kuentz, Janny MT

11:30–11:50
Technology—Consistency Guaranteed
• Raffaele Benedetti, Unitec

12:00–12:20
Technology—Keeping the Birds at Bay
• Steinar Henskes, Bird Control Group

12:30–12:50
Blackcurrants—Keeping us all Sweet
• Dorota Jarret, James Hutton Limited

13:00–14:00
Networking Lunch

14:00–14:20
Marketing—Charming the Consumer
• Raphaël Steenbergen, Piphits

14:30–14:50
Biostimulants—Yielding More Value
• Richard Salvage, Maxstim

15:00–15:20
Technology—Next Step for Robots?
• Tom Coen, Octinion

15:30–15:50
Technology—In Line for Better Value
• Didier Izard, Maf Roda

16:00–16:20
Strawberries—Breeding Better Berries
• Eugenio Bolognesi, CIV
• Johan Aelterman, Idris Consulting

16:30–16:50
Crop Protection—Reducing Residues
• Julien Mourrut, Biobest Group

18:00–20:00 NETWORKING drinks RECEPTIOn sponsored by fall creek.

Wednesday 21 March 2018

08:00 – 16:00 GBC DELEGATE TOURS

Exclusive tours for Global Berry Congress delegates

The final day of the Global Berry Congress concludes with a series of bespoke tours to various locations around Rotterdam. Here is an overview of the places you may be visiting depending on your tour choice.

* 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.

Tour 1

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09:00  Depart from WTC Rotterdam 

90:30 – 11:00 LBP Rotterdam & BG Door 

LBP Rotterdam BV is a Logistics Company celebrating its 25 years anniversary this year. We are only working with Fresh produce and mainly Exotic Fruits. We offer our principals import handling of air and sea shipments, customs clearance, phyto and quality control, cool storage and European distribution.

On top of that we are specialized 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.

BG Door International will showcase a range of Ripening Room Doors used at LBP Rotterdam premises – quality equipment is a precondition for optimum results in fruit cooling and ripening, perfectly insulated fruit ripening rooms ensure satisfactory performance.

11:30 – 12:30 Berry grower - Hoogsewetering, Richard van Dijk

Hoogsewetering is delighted to welcome you at their 0.9ha strawberry glasshouse nursery. The variety grown is Malling Centenary, well known for its sweet and delicious taste. The Malling Centenary originates from Kent, UK and has been grown in the Netherlands for the last 2 years. There are four growers in the Netherlands who have this variety with usual harvest period from April till July.

13:00 – 14:30 A selection of retail visits at Rokkeveen centrum

Rokkeveen is a covered shopping center in a traditional Dutch neighbourhood. The two leading Dutch supermarkets Albert Heijn and Jumbo are located at the center. Together, they have a market share of more than 50% in the Netherlands. Blueberries are an important article in both stores. At least 5 blueberry varieties will be in store, including frozen berries under Private Label. But maybe consumers have more choice at the local fruit specialist, the store called Goudreinet? We will visit the store and have the opportunity to look at their berry display and varieties. Goudreinet is part of a chain of 50 stores and is owned by a traditional fruit and vegetables wholesaler. They also own stores under the label Fruitcompany.

15:15 – 15:30 Arrival at WTC Rotterdam / Rotterdam airport

 

Tour 2

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08:30  Depart from WTC Rotterdam

10:00 – 14:15 Port of Antwerp

The Port of Antwerp has been an indispensable link in world trade since the Middle Ages. Antwerp is Europe’s most central seaport as well as Europe's second largest deepsea port. The Port of Antwerp offers profound expertise and unrivalled productivity in handling, storage and VAL services for containerized and conventional perishable cargo as well as state-of-the-art equipment for berries handling and storage.

15:30 – 15:45  Arrival at WTC Rotterdam / Rotterdam airport

 

Tour 3

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08:45 – Depart from WTC Rotterdam 

09:30 – 11:30 Wageningen University

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

12:00 – 14:30 Koppert 

Koppert Biological Systems contributes to better health of people and the planet providing an integrated system of specialist knowledge and natural, safe solutions that improves crop health, resilience and production. Apart from being shown around the Koppert premises, you will have the opportunity to see the Experience Centre which will take you on an interactive journey through the fascinating world of sustainable cultivation

14:45 / 15:10 Arrival at Rotterdam airport / WTC Rotterdam

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GBC MAIN STAGE

 

09:20-09:50 THE BIG PICTURE—KEY TRENDS FOR THE BERRY TRADE

  • CINDY VAN RIJSWICK, RABOBANK (NETHERLANDS)
  • MIHAI CIOBANU, FRESH4CAST (UK)

10:00-10:50 KEEPING UP WITH CONSUMERS — NEW TRENDS IN THE INTERNATIONAL BERRY MARKET AND HOW TO REACT

  • MARIEKE APPEL, DRISCOLL’S OF EMEA (NETHERLANDS)
  • JASON FUNG, OPPY (CANADA)

11:00-11:50 BRITS, BERRIES & BREXIT — WHAT NEXT FOR THE UK BERRY MARKET?

  • NICK MARSTON, BERRY GARDENS (UK)

12:00-13:00 BLUE HORIZONS — NEW CHALLENGES FOR BLUEBERRIES

  • DAVID BRAZELTON, FALL CREEK FARM & NURSERY (US)
  • CARLOS STABILE, EXTRABERRIES (ARGENTINA)
  • FRED DOUVEN, ABB GROWERS (NETHERLANDS)

15:00-15:50 SPANISH SPARKLE — NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPAIN

  • FERNANDO ZAFORAS, FRESAS NUEVOS MATERIALES (SPAIN)
  • EMILIO FUERTES, PLANASA (SPAIN)

16:00-16:40 MORE FROM MEXICO — EXPORT EXPANSION CASE STUDY

  • FREDDY HOFLACK, HARVEST 52 (MEXICO)

16:50-17:40 PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE — NEW IDEAS FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE BERRY BUSINESS MODEL

  • SAMUEL ROWE, BERRYWORLD VARIETIES (UK)

GBC #FRESHIDEAS

10:00–10:50 UNDERSTANDING UKRAINE—NEW POTENTIAL FROM EASTERN EUROPE

  • ANDRIY YARMAK, UN FAO

11:00–11:20 STRAWBERRIES—BREEDING FOR THE FUTURE

  • STEVEN OOSTERLOO, FLEVO BERRY

11:30–11:50 SERBIA—BRINGING IN THE BLUES

  • FRED DOUVEN, ABB GROWERS

12:00–12:20 LIGHTING—AN EVEN BRIGHTER FUTURE

  •  WILLEM VAN ELDIK, DELPHY

12:30–12:50 RASPBERRIES—IS BLACK THE NEW PINK?

  • AGNIESZKA ORZEL, NIWA BERRY BREEDING

13:00–14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:00–14:40 INTRIGUING INDIA—WHAT CAN ASIA'S SECOND-LARGEST MARKET OFFER THE BERRY BUSINESS?

  • AMBRISH KARVAT, YUPAA GROUP

15:00–15:20 NEW VARIETIES—MANY HAPPY RETURNS

  • JAMIE SMITH, JAMES HUTTON LIMITED

15:30–15:50 LOGISTICS—MOVING WITH THE TIMES

  • ANTON FILIPPO, LBP ROTTERDAM

16:00–16:20 CHINA—SUPPLIER SUCCESS STORIES

  • OLIVER HUESMANN, FRUIT CONSULTING

16:30–16:50 SOUTH-EAST EUROPE—SOURCING REPORT

  • BOŠTJAN KOZOLE, EVROSAD

17:00–17:20 ROMANIA—CARPATHIAN CAPABILITY

  • RADU NICULESCU, MERRYBERRY

GBC LAUNCHPAD

11:00–11:20 STORAGE—THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

  • CÉLINE KUENTZ, JANNY MT

 

12:00–12:20 TECHNOLOGY—KEEPING THE BIRDS AT BAY

  • STEINAR HENSKES, BIRD CONTROL GROUP

12:30–12:50 BLACKCURRANTS—KEEPING US ALL SWEET

  • DOROTA JARRET, JAMES HUTTON LIMITED

13:00–14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

14:00–14:20 MARKETING—CHARMING THE CONSUMER

  • RAPHAËL STEENBERGEN, PIPHITS

14:30–14:50 BIOSTIMULANTS—YIELDING MORE VALUE

  • RICHARD SALVAGE, MAXSTIM

15:30–15:50 TECHNOLOGY—IN LINE FOR BETTER VALUE

  • DIDIER IZARD, MAF RODA

16:00–16:20 STRAWBERRIES—BREEDING BETTER BERRIES

  • EUGENIO BOLOGNESI, CIV
  • JOHAN AELTERMAN, IDRIS CONSULTING

16:30–16:50 CROP PROTECTION—REDUCING RESIDUES

  • JULIEN MOURRUT, BIOBEST GROUP

GBC CREATIVE LAB

11.00–12.00 FRESH PRODUCE BRANDING CONCEPTS FOR A DIGITAL AGE

  • NAOMI TURNER, PINK SKY

15:00–16:00 MANAGING THE MEDIA

  • MIKE KNOWLES, FRUITNET MEDIA INTERNATIONAL
  • MICHAEL BARKER, FRUITNET MEDIA INTERNATIONAL