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London Produce Show and Conference Announces 2015 Dates

London Produce Show and Conference Announces 2015 Dates

The second edition of the London Produce Show and Conference will take place at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriot hotel on Park Lane, London, on June 3-5, 2015.

The 2015 show will stand out once again as the UK’s produce event of the year, attracting a full house of exhibitors and attendees from around the globe to London for a boutique one-day trade exhibition. The show will be complemented by a series of educational seminars, chef demonstrations, a gala cocktail reception, student programme and a thought leaders breakfast panel hosted by world-renowned Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor.

Presented jointly by the UK’s trade association for the fruit, vegetable and flower industries – Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), and Produce Business magazine, the 2014 London Produce Show and Conference was the talk of the UK produce scene. The 127 exhibition booths filled Europe’s largest five-star exhibition area at the Grosvenor House covered virtually every produce category and a wide mix of the countries that provide produce into the UK market. Retail, wholesale and foodservice buyers from not only the UK, but Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Canada, the USA, South Africa, the Middle East and Russia added to the international flavour and spread the opportunity to create new business far beyond the British border.

Well over 1,000 attendees had ample time to cover the show floor and were also presented with a series of occasions that allowed them to share and learn from each other, build new relationships and enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of the venue. 

Vision for 2015
Next year’s event promises a similarly enriching experience, but organisers have pledged to pull out the stops to deliver yet more value to every exhibitor and attendee. Tommy Leighton, managing director of the show, said: “It was very important to us to secure a second year at this fantastic venue as it really did deliver an experience that you just don’t ordinarily get at trade shows. The deliberately limited number of exhibitors is given every chance to be seen and heard, and every visitor the opportunity to see the entire show floor – that is always our number one aim. The venue provides the ideal backdrop for a relatively informal and convivial atmosphere that exhibitor feedback tells us was conducive to building relationships and importantly, doing business.

“The shows within the show – our fantastic line-up of top London and New York chefs (led by Show Ambassador Valentine Warner in 2014) and seminars and workshops were also a great hit, taking place on the balcony above the main show floor, so no-one had to venture far from the action to find great food, excellent company and fascinating, educational entertainment. Watch out over the next few weeks and months for our announcements of new and exciting features in 2015.”

Produce Business is also an organiser of the New York Produce Show and Conference, which is all set for its fifth edition in the Big Apple on December 2-4, 2014. Editor in chief of the magazine Jim Prevor said: “We were so grateful to the produce industry for their overwhelming support of the brand-new concept we launched in London this year. This is no ordinary trade show, and the unparalleled positive feedback we have received would suggest that just about everyone present recognised what we were trying to achieve and bought into it wholeheartedly.

“Having done something with the same ethos and objectives in New York, we were pretty confident that the UK market would see the value of the London show, but in the first year of course you still rely on the forward-thinking and hungry businesses to spot the huge opportunities that lie within such an event. That so many people did was extremely gratifying and it is that belief that drives us forward with a desire to deliver an even better show next year.”

Further information will be released through various media over the coming months, but for background information on the event and to view videos and a flipbook from the 2014 show, go to www.londonproduceshow.co.uk

For more information:
Natalie Pavich
London Produce Show
[email protected]
+44 (0) 7462787253

Publication date: 11/4/2014


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Chile’s largest fruit exporter to be showcased at London Produce Show

Looking for new opportunities, particularly for key product range
Chile’s largest fruit exporter to be showcased at London Produce Show

New innovations in table grapes and stonefruit from one of Chile’s largest fruit exporters, Gesex, will be showcased at a major new event for the fresh produce sector, due to be staged in London next month.

The company will be appearing at the forthcoming London Produce Show, which will take place in the UK capital from 4-6 June, together with its European subsidiary Fruit Growers Alliance (FGA) and US fruit breeder Sun World International LLC (Sun World).

As well as improving contacts with existing customers and consolidating its position in the country, Gesex’s Felipe Casanova said the exporter would be looking for new opportunities in the UK, particularly for its key product range.

“We’re aiming to keep learning about the UK market, while also showcasing some of the new varietal innovations that we have achieved in all of our products, including table grapes, cherries and other stonefruit,” he said.

Table grapes represent the biggest single export product for Gesex in the UK, with the grower exporting approximately 4,500 tonnes of red and green grapes to the market through FGA every year.

Growth outlook
Already a hugely important market for the company – representing 15% of total export volumes and 20% of total turnover – Casanova believes further growth for Chilean fruits exports can still be achieved in the UK despite the mature nature of the market.

“Although we are talking about a mature market, supermarkets are trying to reduce the number of suppliers and increase the volume with the existing ones,” he said.

“We are confident we will keep growing with both red and green seedless grapes and we see the UK market as one of our targets specifically for red seedless.”

As a grower, some 85% of the total volume of fruit exported by Gesex is sourced from its own production, meaning that the company can help facilitate direct contact between European grocery retailers and Chilean growers.

“In contrast with traditional exporters, our growers have full visibility as regards the customers we are serving and the results they receive – this acts as motivation for our growers to keep improving quality as they will be rewarded as a result,” he explained.

However, innovation is vital to the continued growth of the business and Casanova said that the company was constantly looking for new varieties of table grape and stonefruit that could cover gaps in supply.

Fruit partners
Like Gesex, Sun World will also be present at the London Produce Show and the company’s Executive Vice President David Marguleas said its appearance would serve to both highlight the work being done by the US breeder and the varieties that it has licensed to growers across the globe.

“Sun World’s objective in participating in the show, and in making the opportunity available to our licensees, is to create increased visibility for Sun World’s proprietary varieties and brands as well as for Gesex and our other 52 marketer licensees worldwide,” he said.

FGA, which was established by Gesex and fellow Chilean exporter San Clemente in 2008, with offices in Ridderkerk in the Netherlands and Chatteris in Cambridgeshire, UK, will also be on hand to highlight its role in bringing Chilean growers closer to European consumers.

According to FGA’s Paul Nicholls, the joint venture expects to import some 400,000 cartons of fruit to the UK this season, as well as a further 600,000 cartons to the European mainland from Chile and other sources.

The company, which counts the largest grocery retailers in the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and Spain among its client roster, is focusing on developing its direct line of communication with European retailers and shoppers through what Nicholls described as the “least cost direct sourcing model”.

“By delivering direct to market combined with a marketing strategy that is focused on the needs of European consumers, I believe we can expect to see further growth for Chilean products in Europe in the near future,” Nicholls added.

For more information:
Steven Maxwell
Fresh Position
Tel: +44 7796 948491
Email: [email protected]
www.freshposition.com

 

Publication date: 5/27/2014


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Marco to Exhibit at London Produce Show

Marco to Exhibit at London Produce Show

Marco Ltd are pleased to announce they are exhibiting at the forthcoming London Produce Show and Conference taking place at the prestigious Grosvenor Hotel from 4-6th June.

Growers and packers from around the world will come together for this new event and visitors to the Marco stand will have the opportunity to learn how easy it is to increase pack house productivity by 30% or more.

To optimise visitors’ time at this relatively short event, Marco are offering timed one-on-one meeting opportunities.

Please email [email protected] to learn more.
 
 

Publication date: 5/23/2014


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Marco to Exhibit at London Produce Show

Marco to Exhibit at London Produce Show

Marco Ltd are pleased to announce they are exhibiting at the forthcoming London Produce Show and Conference taking place at the prestigious Grosvenor Hotel from 4-6th June.

Growers and packers from around the world will come together for this new event and visitors to the Marco stand will have the opportunity to learn how easy it is to increase pack house productivity by 30% or more.

To optimise visitors’ time at this relatively short event, Marco are offering timed one-on-one meeting opportunities.

Please email [email protected] to learn more.
 
 

Publication date: 5/23/2014


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Valentine Warner signs as Ambassador for London Produce Show

Grosvenor House hotel, London on June 4-6
Valentine Warner signs as Ambassador for London Produce Show

Cook, writer & broadcaster Valentine Warner will act as Ambassador for the inaugural London Produce Show and Conference in June.

Presenter of several hit TV programmes – including ‘Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia’, ‘Coast To Coast’ and BBC series ‘What To Eat Now’, Valentine has made a huge impression on the British public in the last few years.

As Show Ambassador, he will take part in the opening cocktail reception at the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane on June 4, before officially opening the show’s main event, an exclusive exhibition in the 5-star venue’s Great Room on June 5. He will also participate in chef demonstration around the show floor and will be available for interview for the national, consumer and trade media.

A keen fisherman who is also renowned for his work with game, Valentine has also been extensively involved with the produce industry, including the soft-fruit, onion and mushroom sectors. “I’m thrilled to be involved with the London Produce Show and Conference, which is the first event of its kind ever staged in the UK,” said Valentine. “Everyone knows the value that increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables in this country could bring to the health of the nation and this event aims to achieve precisely that, by strengthening the relationships between buyers and sellers of fresh produce from all over the world.

“I look forward to seeing many of my own colleagues at the Grosvenor House, as well as buyers from a wider field of the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors.”

Nigel Jenney, chief executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium, which is presenting the London Produce Show alongside US publisher Produce Business, added: “Valentine is a great addition to our first event and his passion for all things food will resonate with every exhibitor, sponsor and delegate. We are currently finalising the remainder of our programme for the show, which runs from June 4-6, and we will have many more exciting developments to report to you throughout the rest of this month.”

More about the London Produce Show and Conference

A showcase to celebrate the very best of the global fresh produce industry in one of the iconic cities of the world, The London Produce Show and Conference will offer a new perspective on the world of fresh produce and flowers.
Presented by the Fresh Produce Consortium and organised in collaboration with Produce Business magazine, the inaugural event will take place at the 5-star Grosvenor House hotel, London on June 4-6.

A boutique one-day exhibition will allow 150 exclusive exhibitors and a wide range of produce buyers from the retail, foodservice and wholesale sectors to network and create new business opportunities.

A series of events within the main event, including workshops and seminars, chef demonstrations and bespoke programs for horticulture and culinary students and the consumer and trade media, will run alongside the exhibition, delivering every participant the opportunity to meet, share and learn with their counterparts from the global fresh produce industry.

For more information, including details on how to register, exhibit and sponsor:
Go to www.londonproduceshow.co.uk
Call Tommy Leighton on T: +44 (0)20 3143 3222
Or email: [email protected]; [email protected]; or [email protected]

Publication date: 3/11/2014


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CBEC clarification on request from FICCI to reduce of time period for settlement of rebate claims on exports

F. No. 267/39/13-CX.8

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Revenue

Central Board of Excise and Customs

New Delhi, the 1st October,2013

To

(i) The Chief Commissioner of Central Excise (All),

(ii) The Chief Commissioner of Central Excise & Customs (All),

(iii) The Chief Commissioner of Customs (All),

(iv) Directors General (All)

Madam/ Sir,

Subject: Request of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for reduction of time period from 90 days to 30 days for settlement of rebate claims on exports – reg.

Representations have been received from Trade bodies that field formations are not promptly sanctioning the rebate claims due to them. A suggestion has been made that the time limit prescribed in Section 11BB of the Central Excise Act, 1944 may be reduced from 3 months to 30 days.

2.  The matter has been examined. It is seen that while the 90 days prescribed underSection 11BB of the Central Excise Act, 1944 is the outer limit after which interest becomes payable, there is nothing to prohibit processing & disposal of claims much earlier.

3. I am directed to inform that all efforts should be made to ensure that the claims of rebate are disposed of within 30 days from the date of receipt of the claim complete in all respect, except those requiring preaudit. Further, claims requiring preaudit may also be processed expeditiously.

4. Chief Commissioners are requested to put in place a monitoring mechanism to carry out these instructions.

Yours faithfully,

(Vikas Kumar)

Director (CX-8)

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