Saturday, 15 December 2018


INTERPOM PRIMEURS 2018, the indoor trade fair for the whole potato and vegetable sector in Europe, was already fully booked months before the start of the event and this 19th edition promises to be one of the most special editions ever.

The trade fair will take place November, 25-27, at KortrijkXpo, Belgium. About 20,000 visitors from 50 countries around the world are expected to attend the trade show this year, making the show a good place to catch up with the latest market trends and to discover solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

The latest editions of INTERPOM PRIMEURS have been characterized by strong growth figures and a large international presence. This year, every square meter of the Kortrijk Xpo exhibition complex will be taken up and the fair was already fully booked months before opening date even with an additional 500sqm of floor space compared to the previous edition. 

INTERPOM PRIMEURS will be showcasing a particularly comprehensive and specialized range of products, machinery and services for the entire chain: growers, contractors, processors, packers, purchasers and traders of fresh and processed potatoes and vegetables from all over Europe and also increasingly from other continents.

The previous edition clocked up a total of 19,938 visitors (+ 2%) from 49 countries around the globe and achieved a recommendation score of no less than 8.5 / 10. The organizers expect to improve on these numbers yet again this year.

Walk in seminars: working together for an innovative and sustainable future

National and international speakers will share their knowledge, experience and vision about aspects of the potato chain during short 20-minute “walk-in” presentations. Visitors to the fair will be able to join in free of charge. This is the ideal place to get a glimpse of the future through the vision and experience of experts from the industry. 

The following themes will be discussed and the moderator for the sessions will be Dr. Ir. Jacques Van Outryve:

▪ Alternative sprout suppressors for CIPC (in Dutch and French) Kürt Demeulemeester, PCA / INAGRO

▪ Towards a reasoned and knowledge-driven approach to Alternaria Spp. in potato growing (in Dutch and French) Pieter Vanhaverbeke & Kurt Cornelissen, PCA

▪ Quality of seed stocks (in Dutch and French) Johan Van Vaerenbergh, ILVO

▪ Approach to drought (in Dutch) Bart Debussche, sector advisor – Flemish Government, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

▪ The influence of the type of oil/fat on fatty acid composition of consumed fries (in Dutch and English) Prof. dr. ir. Bruno De Meulenaer - Department of Food Technology, Safety and Health Faculty of Bioscience Engineering – University of Ghent ▪ Brexit and the impact on the potato trade (in English) Cedric Porter - Editor World Potato Markets & Brexit food & Farming

▪ WatchitGrow, digitalisation in favour of the whole potato sector (in Dutch and English) Jürgen Decloedt, Business Development Manager – VITO

▪ Smart Farming in potato growing: hyperspectral image processing from a drone (in Dutch) Ruben Van De Vijver, researcher - ILVO

▪ International import & export of Belgian potato products (in English) Cedric Porter - Editor World Potato Markets & Brexit food & Farming

▪ The CRIPR technique (in Dutch) René Custers, VIB

▪ Launch of the Belgian Sector Organisation for Potatoes (in Dutch and French) Speakers: representatives of Agrofront, Belgapom and the Flemish and Walloon ministers of agriculture Joke Schauvliege and René Collin

▪ Kick-off international campaign ‘Can you imagine a world without potatoes’? (in English) CIP (InternationalPotatoCenter) Lima Peru Pagina 3 van 3

▪ From potato to chuño, a tasteful case history from the heights, together with Trias & Partners (in Dutch) a Jacques van Outryve, Trias Ambassadeur & agricultural journalist, TRIAS & PARTNERS.

Our potato chain is strong, in good times and bad times!

“Never before has it been so obvious that climate conditions play a crucial role in the agricultural and horticultural sector in general and in potato growing in particular. The exceptional drought and - even more potently - the double heat wave that characterized the summer months of 2018 have had an enormous impact on potato yields in the principal European potato growing areas,” the organizers say. 

The problems already made themselves felt during the harvesting of the early potatoes and any hope that we would have a repeat of the situation experienced in 2017 when a wet August and September brought some relief for the harvest of potatoes for storing quickly evaporated. The consequences have made a very strong impact: many - non-irrigated - plots often had an absolutely low yield and the tubers were generally much smaller than normal this year. The media reported about “shorter fries”. Growers, the trade and the processing sector were pushed into a totally unexpected and unprecedented situation. 

Belgium is located right in the heart of this important growing area and would seem to be suffering the most, even though there are profound differences between the different regions and varieties, according to the organizers. They continue by saying the yields are also lower in the neighboring countries of France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Plans for a collaborative venture within the Belgian aimed at a sustainable future for the sector are also being implemented via the establishment of the Belgian Sector Organisation for Potatoes. This consultative body for the potato chain will be officially presented during the fair in the presence of the Flemish and Walloon ministers of agriculture Joke Schauvliege and René Collin (Tuesday, November 27 at 11.30 in Hall 6). The sector organization will take a close look at research and development as well as the contractual relationships within the chain. 

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CIP Launches “Can you imagine a world without potatoes?” Campaign at INTERPOM PRIMEURS 

Haith Presents New Version of Direct Drive Potato Dryer at Interpom | Primeurs 

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