At least 20 Canadian companies will attend Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Feb 6 to 8, 2019 and one, CKF Canada Inc., has been nominated for the conference’s 2019 Innovation Award.
CKF says its top sealable, recyclable strawberry punnet is compostable and uses the smallest possible amount of plastic. And, the container offers a high level of protection, good visibility of the product and a longer shelf life than conventional plastic trays. CKF is a producer of disposable paper, foam and plastic products in the U.S. and Canada.
Visitors to Fruit Logistica will have the chance to vote on Feb 6-7 for the innovation they feel is most deserving, from a field of 10 finalists. The award will be presented Feb. 8, 2019.
Other Canadian attendees to Fruit Logistica are expected to include: the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the provinces of B.C. and P.E.I., the Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC), and Air Canada Cargo.
This is the third year that Canada has had a presence at the trade show.
Canadian champion at the show is international trade expert Richie Santosdiaz. “Canada returning to Fruit Logistica will be valuable to keep showcasing to the world what Canada has to offer. Fruit Logistica’s global attendance is a great platform for Canadian exporters in fruits and vegetables to contact their current and prospective buyers.” Santosdiaz said.
Exports are front and center on the minds of conference attendees.
Several current federal trade agreements are aimed at securing new international markets for Canadian produce exports, as well as increasing trade with existing partners. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the E.U. was provisionally implemented a year ago. And the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP or TPP11), came into effect Dec. 30, 2018 among the first six countries to ratify the agreement – Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore.
Sources: Fruit Logistica December 14, 2018 news release;
Government of Canada – International trade-commerce posting Dec. 31, 2018