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Prognosfruit, the Annual Apple & Pear Event


15/04/2019 ¦ News


As of today registrations for the 2019 edition of Prognosfruit are open! This year the Prognosfruit Conference will take place from 7-9 August 2019 in Alden Biesen, Belgium, with the local support of the Association of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives (VBT). The Prognosfruit Conference is Europe’s leading annual event for the apple and pear sector, gathering up to 250 apple and pear growers from across Europe. Since 1976 Prognosfruit has released the annual forecast of apple and pear production for the upcoming season. Information and registration are available on the conference website:


Prognosfruit 2019 will be the conference’s 44th edition. Rita Demaré, the President, stated that “we are very happy to host the Prognosfruit conference in Belgium. We consider it as a special honor to welcome the top of the European fruit sector in the amazing, historic setting of the Alden Biesen Castle. We hope that producers, technicians, managers and employees will enjoy the conference, technical visits and networking opportunities. We are looking forward to welcoming apple and pear leaders from Europe and the rest of the world. Join Prognosfruit 2019 to discover the innovative and dynamic Belgian fruit growing sector”.


During the conference on Thursday 8 August, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) will release the apple and pear production forecast for 2019/2020. This will be complemented by an in-depth discussion by industry representatives about the current issues affecting the apple and pear market. After last year’s record-high crop, the release of the 2019 forecast is a much-anticipated event. Besides the publication of the forecast and market trends for the fresh and processed sector, the focus of this year’s conference lies on research and innovation in production methods and the evolution in consumer preferences and retail demands.


The event kicks off with a welcome cocktail dinner at the beautiful Alden Biesen Castle on Wednesday 7 August, with the option to discover the castle premises by night, and is concluded by a technical visit to the research centres of Better3Fruit and Pcfruit on Friday 9 August.


Prognosfruit 2019 is an event not to be missed! Join 250 apple and pear leaders at the conference by registering online today at Registration is now open and an early booking fee is available for registrations until 15 June.







CONTACT: Mr Philippe Binard / Ms Helene Deruwe – WAPA –

                    Ms Patricia Vercammen – Association of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives –