February 26, 2020

Tropical Fruit Congress in Europe to focus on avocados

The 2020 Tropical Fruit Congress will focus on a rising star in Europe: the avocado.

The event, to be held Sept. 8-10, during Macfrut in Remini, Italy, will highlight avocados, which increased in European consumption by 19% last year.

An estimated 636,119 tonnes of avocados were consumed by Europeans in 2018-19, led by France, the UK, Germany and Spain. Denmark ranks first in per capita consumption at 2.69 kilogram per year. Norway, the Netherlands, France and Sweden also rated above 2 kilos per capita, according to data processed by CIRAD, based on EUROSTAT and professional sources.

Ten international speakers will share thoughts during the Tropical Fruit Congress. They include:

  • Roberto Della Casa, Agroter/Bologna University
  • Daria Lodi, CSO Italy
  • Thomas Padilla, Senior Director of Export Sales, Mission Produce
  • Said Bannany, Director of Total Exotics
  • Pierre Escodo, Director of Eurofresh Distribution
  • Michael Horney, Peruvian Agritrade
  • Jorge Restrepo, Executive Director, Corpohass
  • Andrea Passanisi, Sicilia Avocado
  • Therese Bruwer, Westphalia
  • Eelke Westra, Wageningen University

Roundtable discussions and workshops also are planned.

For more information, visit tropicalfruitcongress.com.

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for May 5-7, but was postponed due to concerns over coronavirus.