CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA delivers fresh power
Launch edition of China’s leading national trade show for fresh fruit and vegetables provides trade visitors with a powerful mix of business, networking and information opportunities.
Berlin/Shanghai, 25 May 2018 – Visitors to the first-ever edition of CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA experienced the best combination of business and information opportunities for China’s fast-growing fresh produce business in Shanghai last week.
Taking place on 14-16 May at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing, the launch edition of China’s leading national trade show for fresh fruit and vegetables attracted over 2,000 top-quality trade visitors and buyers.
More than 80 per cent of trade visitors came from across China’s fresh produce business and food retail trade. CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA attracted strong interest from the Chinese fruit and vegetable trade, with buyers and industry professionals from 25 provinces across the country attending the show. Around half of them came from the east of the country, with Shanghai, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Fujian the top six regions represented.
Visitor survey results underlined the high quality of trade visitors. More than 70 per cent of visitors reported having an influence on the purchasing and procurement decisions of their companies.
The top three objectives for trade visitors were to gain a market overview, establish new contacts and find new products, according to survey results. CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA offered unrivalled opportunities to achieve all these goals, with more than 80 per cent of trade visitors confirming a positive to excellent overall impression of this inaugural edition.
Trusted brand family
CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA launched as the premier platform on a national scale for China’s fresh fruit and vegetable business, bringing together producers, traders, buyers, retailers and service providers from across the country with key international players.
CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA in Shanghai is the new addition to the trusted brand family that includes ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA in Hong Kong, Asia’s premier continental trade show for fresh fruit and vegetable marketing, as well as FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin, the leading global trade fair for the fresh produce business.
CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA’s position as the premier national platform was underlined at the opening ceremony, which was addressed by Huang Jingyi, president of China Good Agri-products Development and Service Association, and Guo Xiliang, vice chairman of the China Society of Inspection and Quarantine. Guest of honour Wan Benyi, section chief of China Customs Animal and Plant Division, was also on-hand to inaugurate the event.
Visitors to CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA took in best-in-class products and services from close to 100 exhibitors. China accounted for the majority of exhibitors, with companies and organisations from 12 different provinces across the country showcasing their wares.
Yunnan in China’s southwest was one of the many provinces represented among exhibitors. “This exhibition is a great platform for companies across the fresh produce business to share information and promote their products,” said Guilan Li, general manager of Yunnan Lehui Farm Produce Co. “It’s a highly professional event and I am confident our company will grow and progress thanks to the exhibition.”
A diverse range of international companies from 18 different countries representing all continents also exhibited at the first edition. Exhibiting countries included Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Thailand, Germany, the US and Uruguay.
Peru was one of several nations to make a splash on the show-floor at CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA, with major shippers Camposol, Danper Trujillo and Camet Trading all exhibiting at the Peru pavilion. Peru’s Ambassador to China, Luis Quesada, was also on-hand at the show to support the Latin American nation’s growing fresh produce trade into China. “Peru’s presence at CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA demonstrates our exporters’ excitement and enthusiasm for the China market,” he said.
Peru’s fresh produce exports to China grew to US$220m last year, according to Vladimír Kocerha, Economic and Commercial Counselor of Peru in Shanghai, and he expects them to exceed US$300m in 2018, driven by the growth of avocado and blueberry exports.
Three-track event programme
CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA visitors were also able to access a high-quality conference programme on the trade show floor offering a mix of strategic insights and practical information. Powered by ASIAFRUIT CHINA, part of world-leading fresh produce publisher Fruitnet Media International, the programme included three tracks – the Main Stage, the Expert Stage and the Media Studio.
At the Main Stage, FRESH PRODUCE FORUM CHINA, China’s leading fresh produce conference event, featured keynote presentations and panel discussions on the hot topics and trends in China’s fresh produce business.
With the theme ‘power brands marketing for success’, FRESH PRODUCE FORUM CHINA (FPFC) kicked off with a session looking at how to raise quality standards and build brands for China’s domestic fruit industry. Xi Lingyuan of industry alliance Fruit Ally, Jae Chun, vice-president of Driscoll’s China, and Mei Qiang of Tianxiaxingnong were on-hand to share their insights. While each had different perspectives, they all underlined the need to link consumer needs and preferences back into production to improve supply chain standards.
Chun explained how Driscoll’s’ domestically-grown berries were able to retail in China for up to a 200 per cent price-premium on berries imported from South America. “How is that? Because we have worked really hard to raise the quality and consistency, and because we’re closer to the market since we’re growing in China. We understand more and more in terms of consumer expectations,” said Chun. “We hear repeatedly about mistrust among Chinese consumers over food produced in China. We don’t think it’s true. We believe we can produce fruit in China that more than matches international standards.”
The universal challenge of building a fresh produce brand is compounded in China by the multitude of small growers. Tianxiaxingnong’s Mei said one of the biggest hurdles was getting farmers to honour supply agreements. He argued that building successful relationships depended on grower welfare, and on purchasing their products at a higher margin to develop a loyal supply base.
Regional spotlights at FPFC
A series of regional showcase sessions at FPFC also spotlighted the exciting work under way to raise standards across China’s fresh produce business. In a session on major temperate fruit production hub Shaanxi Province, Wang Linsong of Haisheng and Qi Feng of Qifeng discussed their work with farmers to introduce new production technology. Wang emphasised the key role for mechanisation and covered cropping, such as greenhouse systems, in raising productivity levels.
A regional showcase session on Yunnan heard from two international investors in the province’s burgeoning berry industry – Peter McPherson of Australian company Costa Group and Oliver Davies of UK headquartered S&A Produce – on the work their companies were doing to introduce new high-tech growing methods and world-leading varieties to the region. One of China’s poorest provinces, Yunnan is a fertile growing region with strategic advantages and huge potential to develop its supply position domestically. Both speakers discussed their work with local farmers and government, and the role such horticulture ventures had to play in creating employment and raising living standards in the province.
In Day Two’s keynote session, Zhang Yi of Beijing-based B2B wholesale company Floruit chaired a discussion on the changing landscape of the China market with Ying Jianjun of Linyi Jiaxing Market, Dang Wei, general manager of Pagoda’s Unmanned Retail Department, and Jack Gao, general manager of leading banana distributor Goodfarmer.
New Retail, new marketing channels
New Retail also came under focus in the final session on Day Three at FPFC. Zha Nan of 36Kr Research Institute looked at how the merging of online and offline retail was giving rise to new models such as unmanned shelves or smart shelves. She also explained the vital role fresh produce has to play in this retail revolution to deliver new experiences to consumers. Mike Li, general manager of fresh produce for JD.com, and Loren Zhao of Freshbridge then discussed New Retail’s transformative impact on the fresh produce supply chain.
Young women are the driving force of China’s fast-growing fruit consumption. A session looking at how to market more effectively to this broad demographic group provided some insightful case studies. Joanna Zheng, merchandising director at TMall Fresh, discussed a campaign the B2C platform ran for International Women’s Day in China on 8 March. She also explained how TMall was able to access and leverage on consumer data through the Alibaba ecosystem. “Every consumer has its own ID from which we can create consumer profiles,” said Zheng. “We might see one lady has been to Hainan, so we will market Hainan mangoes to her on her home page. It’s like we’re speaking to them; it’s very precise and highly targeted.”
Meanwhile, Zespri’s head of global marketing Ng Kok Hwee demonstrated how the kiwifruit marketer had made an emotional connection with modern Chinese working mothers through a short video series outlining the strain of the multiple roles a professional mother in China plays. Zespri is focused on building a meaningful brand with contemporary women in China, she explained, and this campaign would go beyond mothers in 2018.
Expert Stage: global insights
ASIAFRUIT CHINA’s three-track programme featured more than 40 speakers from seven different countries. Many of the international speakers took part at the Expert Stage, where they provided practical insights and information on the best products, systems and solutions across a range of fields. Day One focused on Packaging and Marketing, Day Two on Production and Day Three on Logistics and Cold Chain. Like the Main Stage, the sessions at the Expert Stage attracted great interest from trade visitors, with strong attendance throughout the three-day show.
Meanwhile, the CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA Media Studio featured interviews with key officials and leading industry figures covering a range of developments, trends and innovations in the business. To watch the videos, visit www.chinafruitlogistica.cn/en/about/film.html
Following its highly successful launch, CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA will return to Shanghai in May 2019.
The next edition of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA takes place on 5-7 September 2018 at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.
The next edition of FRUIT LOGISTICA takes place on 6-8 February 2019 at Berlin ExpoCenter City in Germany.
James Yeh, President of Fresh, JD.com (China)
“It’s important to create a nationwide flagship fresh fruit and vegetable trading platform that integrates e-commerce and traditional trade. This event is an out-and-out upgrade for the ‘small and scattered’ fruit and vegetable industry at this stage. JD Fresh wants to be more than just a link between suppliers and consumers. We want to cooperate with CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA and contribute to the development of the fruit and vegetable industry.”
Jae Chun, Vice-President, Driscoll’s China (China)
“For those who have visited ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA in Hong Kong and FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin, there is no doubt what this brand of events means to the fresh produce business. We’re very excited by the launch of this event for the Chinese business, and by what the China market opportunity represents. It’s a huge opportunity.”
Jenny Hao, Fruits and Vegetable Purchasing Manager,
Ole’ Fresh Food Department, China Resources Vanguard (China)
“During the exhibition, we have discussed current and future product trends with many suppliers, which has helped us to formulate the direction of Ole’s business in northern China. The exhibition has brought together leaders from across the supply chain, including cold chain and packaging experts. It is a very professional platform for exchanging information and ideas.”
Vincent Yeh, Senior Director, hypermarket merchandising/produce, Walmart China (China)
“CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA has brought together resources for the fresh produce industry from around the world and across China. It has created a very good trading platform. The exhibition does not only provide a good communication channel between buyers and sellers, it also provides the latest information and insights in the business and contributes to the development of the industry.”
Loren Zhao, Co-Founder, Fruitday, and head of Freshbridge (China)
“We’ve been taking part in FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin and ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA in Hong Kong for many years. We are very glad to have such a professional platform for the fresh produce industry in China. CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA brings together industry leaders and FRESH PRODUCE FORUM CHINA helps to set new benchmarks for the industry.”
Chunhua Zhang, Chairman, Shanghai Fruit Association (China)
“As fruit buyers participating in the exhibition, we’re glad to find both domestic and international companies spanning upstream and downstream across the fresh produce value chain. CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA is a bridge for linking the national and international fresh produce industries. The various business forums held within CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA have presented new insight and ideas for the future development of the fresh produce industry.”
Jimmy Fan, Innofresh (China)
“The people here are high-quality and professional – this is very important. The talks at the Expert Stage are very interesting with real practical takeaways.”
Oliver Davies, Director of Operations – Asia-Pacific, S&A Produce (UK & China)
“It’s a good start, and it’s interesting to have the event programme with the Main Stage and the Expert Stage as it adds a different dimension to the trade show. It’s going to be good for Chinese companies in the future to have one major meeting place, and a show that is high quality and professional like this. I am sure CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA will grow every year.”
Catherine Jiang, Yantai Quanyuan Food Co (China)
“The show is a great bridge for networking – it’s been a very good start and we’ve met a lot of clients. We have exhibited at ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA for the past eight years, and four times at FRUIT LOGISTICA Berlin. We’re really happy with this show as we’ve had the most success here.”
Bernard Hall, Director, BiteRiot / TopFruit (Australia)
“We are impressed by CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA. Everything starts small. It doesn’t matter how big it is; it’s the quality of people that counts. We are happy to have met five or six important potential buyers. I’m very satisfied with the response that we’ve got.”
Agustín Romero, Chief Financial Officer, Guarino (Uruguay)
“We’re participating at CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA because the fair opens the big Chinese market for us. We would like to increase the volume of containers we ship each year to China. We will return to Uruguay very satisfied.”
Jun Zhao, Vice-President, Hainan TianDiRen (China)
“At CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA we’ve met many different clients from different levels. We’ve been able to benefit from the knowledge of the entire industry value chain. The exhibition helps us to adapt to the global market.”
Stanley Lim, Sales and Service Manager, BBC Technologies (New Zealand)
“It’s been a good show for us with the opportunity to see many existing customers as well as potential new customers. We got a signed order on the first day.”
Jan Doldersum, Manager – Chain & Retail / Marketing & Business Development, Rijk Zwaan (Netherlands)
“Rijk Zwaan has always been a big fan of FRUIT LOGISTICA. We were one of the first exhibitors to join the shows in Berlin and Hong Kong. Here in Shanghai we can showcase our services for our supply chain partners. There is a huge domestic market in mainland China, therefore we believe CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA has big potential.”
Jack Gao, General Manager, Goodfarmer (China)
“We believe CHINA FRUIT LOGISTICA can provide more business opportunities and enable us to meet many important customers and buyers at the exhibition.”
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