Daily Archives: February 27, 2015

  • Hispack & BTA's joint plan for internationalization

    Now in their third edition together, Hispack & BTA are focusing on internationalization. For 2015, both shows have doubled their efforts and resources to attract a higher number of foreign buyers, offering the 1,285 participating companies -35% of which are international- the chance to make business contacts with trade professionals from different countries that could result in new export opportunities.

    From 21 to 24 April, Hispack & BTA will become a huge centre of business, knowledge and networking for the packaging and food technology industries, sharing important synergies. Both trade fairs expect to attract 35,000 visitors, 10% of them from outside Spain.

    Hispack & BTA’s joint plan for internationalization seeks out buyers, distributors and machinery importers -mainly from Europe, the Mediterranean and Latin America- as well as the emerging nations in Asia or Africa that may offer new opportunities for the Spanish packaging and food technology industries.

    Several direct promotional campaigns have been implemented by AMEC and the foreign delegations of Fira de Barcelona.

    In total they have targeted more than 20 countries: Germany, France, Italy Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, China, India, Angola, Ghana, Malaysia and the Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Iran).

    More than 1,000 business meetings
    This year, Hispack & BTA anticipates exceeding one thousand business meetings between exhibitors and trade professionals from 35 countries at the International Business Centre (IBC) in Hall 4 of the Gran Via Exhibition Centre.

    To achieve this, apart from the general campaigns to attract foreign visitors taking place in the selected countries, Hispack & BTA will invite around 70 international executives through the Hosted Buyers programme, each with projects for buying equipment, machinery and technologies for the food, processing, labelling and packaging industries as well as packaging products and materials. These buyers will have prescheduled appointments with exhibiting companies arranged by the organizers.

    Similarly, reverse trade missions are being organized as part of the show with delegations from India, Malaysia, Ghana, Angola and the Gulf States to encourage business meetings.

    At the same time, various events will be taking place that include bilateral talks and business meetings with foreign buyers in which more than 160 international companies will be involved. This is the Med Foodtech Roadshow, organized by AMEC, which invites North African companies to participate with European firms in a seminar on business in the Southern Mediterranean and a networking session. Hispack & BTA will also host the Brokerage Event organized by ITENE, FIAB and the Enterprise Europe Network, bringing together providers of packaging, food processing and innovation management as well as firms from the meat, dairy and canning industry from several EU Member States.

    Meanwhile, the International Business Centre will have a networking area offering personalized advice to all international visitors to Hispack & BTA as well as other activities such as the seminar on internationalization -organized by FIAB, CDTI and ITYA-and AINIA’s technology mission.

    The president of the Organizing Committee of Hispack, Javier Riera-Marsá, is convinced that this edition of Hispack & BTA will mark “a turning point for recovering strong and sustained growth in domestic demand and that it will provide an excellent platform for the packaging and food technology industries to continue exporting and achieve a greater presence in the global market.”

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  • Presented a series of measures to support the French olive sector

    After being this harvest described by the French Ministry of Agriculture as “catastrophic” -production has fallen more than 60% in this country- Stéphane Le Foll, responsible for the portfolio, presented a series of measures to support the French olive sector in the current campaign. These include exemptions from social contributions or funding actions.

    The Ministry believes that the industry is facing in this campaign the most serious crisis of recent years as a result of the attacks of the olive fly, along with particularly unfavorable weather conditions.

    In view of this situation, the Government has decided to carry out a series of measures to offset its impact on the olive sector in the short term and in the medium term, to prevent this happening again in the future.

    The package of measures includes actions in the economic sphere and also in health. Thus, Le Foll announced that in addition to the exemptions from social security contributions for producers, the State may take interest loans and cash advance loans.

    The Minister also requested the postponement of payment of the contribution by farmers and processors and has alerted the Ministry of Labour to processed “as soon as possible” requests for authorization of “partial activity” to the losses generated in this crop.

    Regarding the health field, professionals can choose the National Agricole de Mutualisation Sanitaire et Environnementale (FMSE) if they have collective voluntary programs that include prevention and surveillance against olive fly.

    With this initiative, the Ministry seeks to promote coordinated actions taken by all producers for a greater dissemination of methods to combat the olive fly and biological control tools that help its prevention.

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  • European Parliament proposals for measures to support and promote the European olive sector

    MEP Ivan Jakovčić introduced last week two proposals for resolution in the European Parliament related to the sector of olive oil. Specifically, the documents refer to measures to support and promote the European olive sector; and to protect consumers and producers.

    The first proposal calls on the European Commission to establish a new market category of extra virgin olive oil based on quality called Premium with those juices who meet strict criteria in terms of taste, aroma and nutritional value.

    The measure is argued based on the growing awareness of citizens on food; and the increase of the demand for high quality EVOOs noticed by the International Olive Council (IOC).

    Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) mark et category, intended as the highest quality category, encompasses a wide range of olive oils, from the high-quality ones in terms of taste, aroma and nutrient values to those that barely meet the basic quality requirements.

    Thus, producers of high-quality extra virgin olive oils are left mercilessly to compete on the market with the unfair prices of other oils in the same category that are undoubtedly of lower value in comparison with the high-quality characteristics of extra virgin olive oils. Therefore, with the establishment of this new category Premium EVOO producers will be protected.

    The second proposal, meanwhile, calls on urgent measures supporting and promoting the European olive sector.

    EU countries, together, are the world’s largest producer of top-quality olive oil, plus in 2014 the bad weather and the olive fruit fly, an insect whose larvae settle on olive trees, caused significant damage to the European olive oil sector, with a production decline in some European countries of over 50 % as compared to the previous year, as well as the damage suffered by European olive oil producers has led to a significant increase in prices and the competition of multinational companies, lead to this proposal.

    Therefore, EU calls on need to take all the necessary measures to evaluate, protect and support the European olive sector, especially with respect to the adverse circumstances that occurred last year; and initiate the necessary measures to protect producers of extra virgin olive oil from unfair competition, thereby contributing to the protection of consumers of olive oil.

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