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AHDB showcases UK horticulture and potato exports at Fruit Logistica 2016

3 December 2015

An exports platform showcasing producers from across the UK’s horticulture and potato industries will be unveiled at Fruit Logistica 2016 by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Returning to the show for a fifth year with an even larger presence, AHDB Exports will provide a high profile platform in Hall 8.2 (stand B-06) from which its horticulture and potato co-exhibitors will showcase their products and services to over 67,000 trade visitors.

Nine companies will join AHDB over the three day annual event taking place from February 3 – 5 at Messe, Berlin. The AHDB Exports stand will feature a range of organisations from the UK’s fresh produce and potato industry, plus crop science and government plant health officials.

Co-exhibitors at the event include: A C Goatham, Angus Soft Fruits, Bedfordshire Growers, Cranfield University, Frederick Hiam, James Hutton Ltd, Moorhouse & Mohan, Skea Organics and SASA (Scottish Government).

The aim of the AHDB Exports stand at Fruit Logistica is to develop export opportunities for the seed potato and horticultural fresh produce industries, enabling them to promote, do business and network.

Steve Tones, Horticulture Strategy Director at AHDB said, “Export remains an untapped area of opportunity for many businesses within the potato and horticulture supply chain. The aim of taking representatives from potato and horticulture businesses to join AHDB at Fruit Logistica is to provide an affordable way for these industries to attend this major event and provide a high profile presence to support their export activity. Participation in this event grows year-on-year and it is positive to see so many more horticultural businesses getting involved this year.”

Robert Burns, head of seed and export at AHDB Potatoes said, “Eighty per-cent of all GB seed potatoes (500K tonnes) are grown in Scotland, supported by strong plant health credentials and the largest high-health region in the EU. Seed exports from Scotland are growing year-on-year and last season, peaked at 120K tonnes with a value of around £42m.”

“We’re excited about our newly-branded exports stand at Fruit Logistica, which features more exhibitors than ever this year. Our joint industry endeavour shows the strengths of the UK potato and horticulture sectors at Fruit Logistica and we look forward to supporting our industry in Berlin next February.”

A highlight of the AHDB Exports stand will be the high-profile UK Reception, supported by UKTI, on Thursday 4th February between 4.00 until 6.00pm (Hall 8.2, stand B-06).  Growing in popularity each year, the 2016 Reception will be one of Fruit Logistica’s leading business networking events, opened by the head of UKTI, Tony Sims OBE alongside AHDB’s chairman, Sir Peter Kendall. Other members of AHDB’s export marketing team will be there to talk to visitors about the export promotion work we do.

All UK exhibitors, visitors and their worldwide contacts, and UK and worldwide media, are all welcome to come along and try some of the finest products that the UK has to offer.

Visitors interested in exploring export opportunities, meeting UK producers, talking to technical experts or wanting to participate on the UK stand at next year’s event are also urged to attend.

Find us in the same place: Hall 8.2, stand B-06, where there will be a warm welcome for all our visitors throughout this leading business event.

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