Fruit Logistica 2014

  • Fruit Logistica 2014, organised from 5 to 7 February in the Berlin Messe exhibition complex, was once again the ‘place to be’ to catch up on the innovative ideas presented by the fruit and vegetable industry.  The majority of these innovations are designed to boost consumer sales, such as new products and packaging. That was also the case on the 35 stands that displayed mushrooms.
    For a full report on the fair, turn to Mushroom Business no 63.

    Snacking at the Hajduk stand from Poland.
    Ankit Bhargava, vice president of AVI Global Plast from India with RPET punnets, better recyclable then traditional polypropylene packaging. Sustainable packaging was a common theme at the fair.
    Frihol chef in the Green Mushroom Farm stand.
    Dried exotics by FME.
    A variety of mushrooms on display in the FME stand.
    Green Mushroom Farm from The Netherlands had an attractive stand, decorated with pleurotus erengyii. According to sales manager Sami Bahtiri, The Netherlands lags behind in selling exotics on supermarket shelves, compared to Scandinavia, the UK, France and Belgium.
    German supplier Niklas specialises in processing and packaging mushrooms. One of their novelties is a a plastic little pot with mushrooms and other ingredients such as risotto.
    Mike Neary, horticulture manager of the Irish Food Board, expects the UK market for mushrooms to keep on growing, so that Irish growers will have a good market for their produce in the coming years.
    Banken also presented a new recyclable cardboard punnet.
    Banken Champignons from The Netherlands is always present at FL. One of their novel products is a duo-pack of Portobello mushrooms stuffed with a ragout in various flavours, such as coriander.
    Stand of Grzybmar, from Wielchowo, Poland. According to Karolina Musial (left), ‘Germany is looking for new suppliers in Poland as the number of Dutch suppliers is falling’. Grzybmar mainly exports to France and the UK.
    With figures clocking up an estimated total of 58,000 visitors, the halls at FL 2014 were heaving again this year. Visitors came from 210 countries. The complex, covering 160,000 m2, housed 2600 exhibitors, distributed over 26 halls.
    Visitors could take a bus to transport them across the vast fairgrounds of the Messe.
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