Fruitnet Forum South-East Europe brings you leading industry experts who will offer information and insight, highlighting international trends, identifying areas where demand is increasing and offering fresh ideas that might boost sales at home and abroad.

To propose a conference topic or to take part in Fruitnet Forum 2019 as a speaker or expert panelist please contact: Tom Joyce – tom@fruitnet.com

STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER SPEAKER ANNOuNCEMENTS

Wednesday 6 November 2019


08:30–09:00 DELEGATE CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION

09:00–09:15 WELCOME TO FRUITNET FORUM SOUTH-EAST EUROPE

09:15-09:45 INVESTING IN SOUTH-EAST EUROPE

As interest in South-East Europe’s potential as an important source of fresh fruit and vegetables continues to grow, we will look at what’s happening as far as investment in the horticulture industry is concerned and ask what more will be required from those targeting successes in this growth area.

  • Ivana Dulic Markovic, Seedev - SERBIA

09:45–10:30 FRUITNET FORUM CASE STUDIES

Consumer demand for fresh and healthy fruit and veg is creating new commercial opportunities for produce companies across Europe and beyond. We will hear from a handful of suppliers and marketers that are leading the way and tapping into new demand.

  • Steve Barker, Jupiter Marketing - UK

10:30–11:15 NETWORKING BREAK

11:15–11:45 WORKING MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER

What value could the formation of a fresh produce industry association hold for countries in south-east Europe? We will invite one such organisation that has recently joined the EU to discuss the potential benefits and challenges of establishing more formal ties between growers, suppliers and exporters.

11:45–12:30 CATEGORY FOCUS: BERRIES

A growing number of producers and exporters in South-East Europe are achieving success in the expanding international market for fresh berries. We will ask leading soft fruit category experts to explain what lies behind that success and to point out the potential challenges that night lie ahead.

12:30–13:30 NETWORKING LUNCH

13:30–14:30 BUILDING INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Opening new markets will be crucial to growing the fresh produce export business in south-east Europe. The first of our afternoon sessions will highlight examples of companies in neighbouring countries that have explored emerging opportunities in areas such as Asia and the Middle East.

14:30–15:00 NETWORKING BREAK

15:00–15:30 KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

One of the fresh produce industry’s leading players will give us their expert views on what’s happening in the international fruit and veg market. We will ask them about the latest market trends, innovation, opportunities and challenges, as well as offering delegates the chance to ask their own questions about the future direction of the business.

15:30–16:00 THE FINAL WORD

Fruitnet Forum South-East Europe concludes with a panel discussion involving leading players from the international fresh produce business, who will offer their own concluding remarks on topics discussed during the course of the day.

Thursday 7 November 2019

Delegate tour

The last day of Fruitnet Forum South-East Europe features an organised visit to various places of interest.
Full description of the locations will be published soon.

The tour is included in the delegate ticket.