ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA, Asia’s only dedicated fresh fruit and vegetable trade show, celebrated its tenth anniversary last week with record visitor numbers.
Some 13,500 trade visitors poured through the doors of Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo Center on 5-7 September, marking a healthy increase in attendance on last year’s edition.
The vast majority (90 per cent) of trade visitors confirmed a positive impression of this year’s trade show, according to visitor survey results. The results also confirmed the high quality of trade visitors, with 89 per cent holding leading management positions in their companies, and 87 per cent closely involved in the purchasing and procurement decision-making process.
Visitors found an exhibition that had expanded again, with overall floor space growing by 10 per cent on last year’s edition. Exhibitor numbers saw a further increase to 826 companies representing 46 different countries and all continents. The number of national pavilions also increased this year, with some 27 countries featured.
Close to half of all exhibitors at ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA came from Asia and Oceania. Europe accounted for 23 per cent of exhibitors, followed by the Americas with 16 per cent, and the Middle East and Africa (12 per cent).
While China remained the single-largest exhibiting country, Asian supplying nations such as Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia stepped up their presence.
South Africa, Canada and the UK also enlarged their presence significantly, while Algeria, Azerbaijan and Serbia exhibited for the first time.
ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA also attracted new exhibitors from the logistics, machinery and technology sectors, underlining the crucial role of such supply chain partners and service providers for the business moving forward.
The exhibition formed the core of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA’s Perishable Business Week in Hong Kong, which also featured a rich programme of conference events running from Tuesday to Friday. “Our Perishable Business Week provided visitors and exhibitors with a wide range of content and a first-rate opportunity to gain industry insights and network across the whole value chain,” said Wollbold.
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Delegates to ASIAFRUIT CONGRESS received the first copies of the ASIAFRUIT CONGRESS STATISTICS HANDBOOK. The unique statistical guide to Asia’s fresh fruit and vegetable business covers 11 different markets and this year’s edition featured analysis of the volumes of fruit imported by each market compared with 20 years ago when ASIAFRUIT CONGRESS launched. To access a digital version of the ASIAFRUIT CONGRESS STATISTICS HANDBOOK, go to statshandbook2018.
More information opportunities on the show-floor
Taking place on the show floor, the Hall Forums were free to attend for all visitors, and provided valuable information and takeaways on a range of subjects.
More than 10 per cent of all trade visitors to ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA attended the Hall Forums. Sessions on packaging, cold chain investments and blockchain attracted the highest numbers.
Hall Forum One – the Asiafruit Business Forum– featured daily sessions offering practical ideas and solutions for better fresh produce marketing and business management.
Hall Forum Two turned the spotlight on the worlds of hi-tech and logistics. Each morning, COOL LOGISTICS ASIAoffered a programme of workshops on perishable logistics and cold chain management. Each afternoon, the focus switched to hi-tech horticulture with SMART HORTICULTURE ASIA, which explored the latest disruptive technology and digitisation.
MEDIA STUDIO adds new dimension
New for this year, the MEDIA STUDIO ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA added a fresh dimension to the show, featuring quick-fire interviews on the show floor with key industry figures on a range of exciting developments and innovations.
“With a clear focus on quality content and commercial engagements, we are pleased to have captured key voices from the trade in the MEDIA STUDIO videos. Videos are available onlinefor those who were too busy on the trade show floor, or unable to join this year’s edition,” said Wollbold. “We invite everyone to see more at the ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA YouTube channel and to stay connected with us onLinkedIn.”