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Interpom Primeurs 2014 ... a new record edition ...

01/12/2014 16:37

The 17th edition of INTERPOM | PRIMEURS in Kortrijk Xpo has again chalked up record visitor numbers with no less than 19 529 visitors, representing an increase of 10.5%. In spite of the difficult market situation today, these growth figures (the last edition was also up 25.7%) together with the many new products at the event show that there is strong confidence in the future of our potato, fruit and vegetable sector. There is nothing random about the theme of the event, ‘together for sustainable growth’ – everyone is aware of the importance of sustainable growth and the many innovative products on display at INTERPOM PRIMEURS are further proof of this. There was a very positive atmosphere and a striking increase in interest from foreign visitors from all over the world.

A complete range of exhibits

This year, INTERPOM PRIMEURS was completely sold out, with 278 exhibitors (+ 7.7%) from 15 different countries occupying a total stand area of 16 171m² (+14%). In all, the organizers welcomed a total of 19 529 visitors: 8 987 on the Sunday (+ 4.3% compared with the last edition), 5 661 on Monday (+ 10.5%) and 4 881 on the closing day (+24%). This means that INTERPOM PRIMEURS is now the largest indoor trade platform in Europe – and even worldwide – for all professionals in the potato, fruit and vegetable sector, where the whole chain is represented, from growing to processing and marketing.

Hindryckx and Condi-plants win Inno Potato Award 2014
Good ideas deserve to be rewarded! Especially if they make our agriculture more efficient, sustainable and higher quality. This is why the entire potato chain has come together again to present the third Inno Potato Award. The prize is awarded by the sector to potato producers with innovative projects, as a means of encouraging potato growers to continue to work on innovation in the sector.

Jeroen Hindryckx of Koekelare and Condi-Plants of Gembloux are the winners of the third Inno Potato Award. Their projects were selected over the first two days of the event by their fellow potato growers and a professional jury as the most innovative projects on show. Hindryckx impressed everyone with his spreader for effluent containing nitrogen and he is the winner in Flanders. For Wallonia, Condi-Plants won with its preventative treatment of seed potatoes against rhizoctonia. The second and third prizes in the Flanders category went to Dirk Serry and Tim Bockstael respectively, and to Sébastien Deknudt and Jean-Pol Tellier for the Wallonia category. Representatives of the Ministers of Agriculture presented the awards and cheques for € 1 500, € 1 000 and € 750 provided by the Flemish and Walloon governments to the prizewinners at the official prize-giving ceremony on the closing day of the event. You can find a short description of these projects at www.innopotato.be.

Inspiring and informative seminars

In addition to the extensive range of exhibitors and unlimited scope for networking, INTERPOM | PRIMEURS also presented a varied programme of three seminars on the Monday. Dr. Annette Förschler (QS), Brigitta Wolf (Vegaplan) and  ir. Bert Waterink (VVA/VVAK) gave a presentation on the exchangeability of quality systems for potato, fruit and vegetable products. Fedepom and Belgapom organized a panel discussion with Sascha Siegel (Eurex) and Edwin Burgers (DCA) on the the question of ‘Is the futures market a risk-spreading instrument for trading and processing?’. Katrien De Nul (Vlam) and Luc Roisin (Apaq-W) gave a presentation on ‘Generic promotion of potatoes and potato products’. For comparison, Kate Cox of the British Potato Council (the British counterpart of Vlam & Apaq-W) presented her own British promotion campaign and the impact it has had. Finally, the brand new promotion campaign ‘Belgian potato products from the land of potato chips’ was presented by Belgapom. You can download all these presentations from the INTERPOM | PRIMEURS website under ‘seminars’.

The next edition of INTERPOM | PRIMEURS is planned for 27, 28 & 29 November 2016 in Kortrijk Xpo.



Belgium's potato industry launches new iPot platform

23/08/2014 09:15
 
The Belgian potato sector federation Belgapom is partnering with research institutions to developed a platform to increase the efficiency of potato production. The iPot platform, which is short for “industrial potato monitoring”, combines data assembled via drones in the air and satellites in space.
 
According to Belgapom, Belgium is the biggest exporter of frozen potato products in the world. The availability of a sufficient crop is, therefore, crucial, but production isn’t at full capacity, said Belgapom in a statement. The new geo-informatics platform should help to change this by integrating weather data, soil maps, growth models, field observations, aerial photos and satellite images.
 
iPot should enable a more efficient monitoring of the potatoes in the field, including growth, quality risks and expected yield throughout the season.
 
The platform is a pilot project of three years, a collaboration between Belgapom, the Flemish Institute for Technical Research (Vito), the University of Liège and the Centre Wallon de Recherches Agronomiques (CRA-W). The Belgian Science Policy Office (Belspo) supports the project financially.
 
Source : the bulletin 


The weekly Belgapom quotation in the framework of the contracts

23/06/2014 16:18

Free market and contracts in the Belgian frozen fries sector

The weekly Belgapom quotation for early potatoes (July-August) and for Bintje and the observation for other varieties (storage season) provides a clear indication of the evolution of the free potato market for processing potatoes into frozen fries.

In addition, growers, trade and processing increasingly make use of production contracts that aim for greater stability in the price of raw materials.

The ratio between the two instruments to buy and sell potatoes can vary from one company to the next.

Both components must be taken into account in order to follow the evolution in the price of the raw materials.


That is why, starting from the 2014 harvest, the graph for the Belgapom quotation will also display the monthly evolution of the average contract price for trade and processing, in addition to the graph for the weekly Belgapom quotation.



Belgapom board member presents a cheque for €6,000 to Conpapa manager José Manuel Aushay Tuquinga.

23/06/2014 16:17

On the occasion of the UN International Year of the Potato in 2008 and in the context of a CSR (corporate social responsibility) commitment, Belgapom (the Belgian potato trade and processing association) opted for financially and practically supporting the small potato cooperation Conpapa in Chimborazo (Ecuador) in a sustainable way.

This project to assist these farmers in the Andes to overcome poverty by means of entrepreneurship was set up by the Trias NGO. Belgapom also supported Conpapa financially with a donation of €10,000 in 2012.

This cooperation underwent sustainable growth after repeated exchange with study visits between the Belgian potato chain (Belgapom, Farmers’ Association and the Flemish Association of Provinces) and the Ecuadorian Conpapa. X. Considerable progress was made in the field of culture, storage as well as local marketing, and therefore Trias envisages opportunities to set up various similar projects in poor Ecuador.

On 16 June a number of representatives of several Trias projects in Ecuador landed in Brussels and the delegation started its tour through Flanders in Veurne.

A perfect occasion to have the proceeds of the sponsoring of Belgapom board member Rik Tanghe’s walk (RTL-patat from Lauwe) officially presented to Conpapa managing director, José Manuel Aushay Tuquinga,.

 

This event took place in the premises of the potato company of Belgapom chairman Marc Seru in Veurne. Unfortunately, because of a previously planned holiday, Rik Tanghe could not be present personally. Therefore his son Rémy, who also works in the family business, was allowed to do the honours.

He presented the cheque to the value of €6,000 to Conpapa. These resources will be used to finance storage crates for the cooperation.

During this event Belgapom chairman Marc Seru confirmed that the cooperation between Conpapa and Belgapom will be further expanded sustainably in the context of the CSR project, which was underwritten by Belgapom and its companies. Thus he announced a cooperation between Belgapom and the Torhout/Houtland Rotary to start a new project together with the Bruynooghe company that is to be launched on the occasion of the next edition of Interpom Primeurs in Kortrijk XPO (23-25 November 2014).