Officials from the Produce Marketing Association, Newark, Del., said after the first day of the show that their exhibition fee had already been recouped because of encounters with attendees.
The Packer co-sponsored a networking event with PMA and other groups on the second day of the show, including Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Watsonville, Calif.; Sunkist Growers Inc., Sherman Oaks, Calif.; CF Fresh, Sedro Wooley, Wash.; and Catania Worldwide, Toronto.
FreshConex, the fresh-cut exposition staged in connection with Fruit Logistica for the fifth year, attracted 80 exhibitors from 15 countries.
One of the topics at FreshConex was audit harmonization. David Gombas, senior vice president for food safety and technology at United Fresh Produce Association, Washington D.C., participated in a presentation with Kristian Moeller, managing director of GlobalGAP, Cologne, Germany.
“We did discuss the fact that GlobalGAP has recognized harmonized standards and agreed that they are acceptable,” Gombas said. “It’s not done, yet, but we are closer.”