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Prognosfruit, the Annual Apple & Pear Event

Prognosfruitís successful return to Trentino gathered more than 350 apple and pear sector representatives. Budapest to host the 2024 edition

03/08/2023 ¦ News

 

Prognosfruit 2023 concluded its successful return to Trentino, Italy, gathering more than 350 delegates from the apple and pear sector from Europe and beyond. Organized by WAPA in cooperation with APOT (Associazione Produttori Ortofrutticoli Trentini), the 48th edition of the event included the annual conference, where the first apple and pear crop forecast for the Northern Hemisphere was announced, as well as several networking events and visits in Trentino.

 

APOT Director Alessandro Dalpiaz expressed his satisfaction with the event: “It was a pleasure welcoming the apple and pear sector here in Trentino to show our region, our way of thinking and producing, and our unwavering commitment to sustainability.”

 

Philippe Binard (WAPA) commented on the importance of the crop forecast: “The annual apple and pear market outlook is both an established tradition and responsibility for the sector, as it fosters networking, communication, transparency, and provides market intelligence at the launch of the campaign.” Regarding the benefits of the initiative, he added: “The retrospective evaluation of the previous forecasts confirms the reliability of the process, which is complemented by regular updates to deal with uncertain climatic and market conditions, as well additional information on the season such as qualitative information, stock depletion, and trends for processing and organic products.”


In his closing remarks of the event, Luc Vanoirbeek (Copa Cogeca) highlighted the upcoming priorities for the sector: “First, climate change will be the most important challenge for the survival of agriculture, especially for apples and pears. Regarding the volumes, the low stock figures of the last season combined with the lower production for the upcoming crop are a reason to be moderately optimistic. Quantity aside, we should focus on quality and how to communicate effectively to increase the consumption of apples and pears, which are excellent products that align with the sustainability and health ambitions of the EU Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy.” He added: “On this background, the value and price return of the production should be uplifted to cover the rising costs while raising return for growers. Based on its health nutritional and environmental benefits, the sector should focus on quality to secure enough space for marketing and storytelling on the shelf of the shops. Quality is stable compared to other products and consequently consumers are never disappointed.”


At the end of the conference, Péter Kelemen (FruitVeB) announced that the next edition of Prognosfruit will take place in Budapest in August 2024, returning to the Hungarian capital after 18 years.

 

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CONTACT: Mr Philippe BINARD / Mr Gil KAUFMAN – WAPA –  www.wapa-association.org

 

WAPA was founded in August 2001 with the objectives of providing a forum for discussion on matters of interest to the apple and pear business and initiating recommendations to strengthen the sector. The current President of the Association is Dominik Woźniak (Society for Promotion of Dwarf Fruit Orchards / Rajpol - Poland) and the current Vice-President is Jeff Correa (Pear Bureau Northwest - USA). WAPA membership includes the following countries and areas: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Scandinavia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Ukraine, the UK, and the USA.