Fruit Logistica 2021 called off due to pandemic
Fruit Logistica 2021 has been canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, organizer Messe Berlin announced March 18.
A special edition of Fruit Logistica had been planned for May 18-20. Instead, organizers will look forward to planning the 2022 edition, which is set for Feb. 9-11, 2022 in Berlin.
“I’m quite sure today’s cancellation is no surprise to anyone,” said Madlen Miserius, senior product manager, said through a statement. “The coronavirus pandemic is lasting longer than expected. We wanted to make an onsite event happen in May. But the prospects both for international business travel to Berlin and for large face-to-face gatherings are too low.
“Under these circumstances it’s simply impossible for us to meet face-to-face.”
The Fruit Logistica Special Edition was designed to withstand key uncertainties of the pandemic and to safeguard customers in terms of their health and of their investment in the show. The concept resonated with business: more than 600 companies from Europe and the rest of the world had registered.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic still has the upper hand, and this is what has lead to today’s cancellation,” said Miserius. “There is a huge global family of people in the fresh fruit and vegetable business and it comes together every year at Fruit Logistica. We are already in discussions with international market players and are hard at work to prepare ourselves for Fruit Logistica 2022.
“We will do everything to ensure our 30th edition is a vibrant onsite event. So make a date in your diary for Fruit Logistica in Berlin on Feb. 9-11, 2022.”