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

Further details and full agenda are coming in the following weeks.

To propose a conference topic 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 sessions

Analysis of category data and trends in the international berry market 

09.00–09.20 WELCOME TO GBC 2018

09.20–09.50GBC 2018 BIG PICTURE

10.00–10.50 CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR

11.00–11.50 BREXIT

12.00–12.50 BLUEBERRIES

14.00–14.50 BLACKBERRIES

15.00–15.50 NEW VARIETIES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPAIN

16.00–16.20 CHINA

16.30–16.50 RETAIL STRATEGY

17.00–17.40 CLIMATE & SUSTAINABILITY

 GBC CREATIVE LAB

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

11.00–12.00 a new marketing concept for the digital age

14.00–15.00 how to give consumers what they want?

 

GBC INTERVIEW HUB

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

10.40–11.10 interview

11.40–12.00 interview

12.40–13.00 interview

14.40–15.00 interview

10.40–10.50 interview

GBC LAUNCH PAD

Latest innovations from all along the berry supply chain

10.00–10.10 convenience

10.20–10.30
urban farming

10.40–10.50 pest control

12.40–12.50 blackcurrant varieties

MEET THE EXPERTS @ GBC BUSINESS LOUNGE

Learn from the berry trade's brightest minds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GBC #FRESHIDEAS

Fresh insight and inspiration from across the global berry business

10.00–10.40 UKRAINE'S POTENTIAL

11.00–11.20 STRAWBERRIES

11.30–11.50 RASPERRIES

12.00–12.40 NEW SOURCES AND MARKETS

14.00–14.20 LED: LIGHTING ADVANCES

14.30–14.50 SOURCING FOCUS: SERBIA 

15.00–15.20 LABOUR ISSUES

15.30–15.50 SOURCING FOCUS: SOUTH AFRICA

16.00–16.20
DISTRIBUTION and LOGISTICS

16.30–16.50 SOURCING FOCUS: ROMANIA

18.00–20.00 NETWORKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION

WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018

08.00–16.00 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. The detailed schedule for each tour will be sent out soon but in the meantime here is an overview of the places you may be visiting depending on your tour choice.

LBP ROTTERDAM

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.

PORT OF ANTWERP

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

Wageningen University & Research

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

Koppert Biological Systems

Koppert Biological Systems is the world leader in the production of sustainable cultivation solutions for food crops and ornamental plants. Koppert 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.

Selection of local retail visits.

 

* 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.

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