Nord-Pas-de-Calais companies welcome visitors at Fruit Logistica 2011

Nord-Pas-de-Calais companies welcome visitors at Fruit Logistica 2011 from BUSINESS FRANCE UK

By: BUSINESS FRANCE UK  13/01/2011
Keywords: Business Development

Under the Welcome to Northern France – the Lille Region banner, 23 French companies from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region will be exhibiting at the Fruit Logistica 2011 trade fair, to be held in Berlin (Germany) from 9 to 11 February 2011. Visitors will be able to discover products (potatoes, endives, apples, pears, soya shoots, sliced salads, carrots, and onions) and services (in packaging and logistics) from northern France on the region’s pavilion.  


Fruit Logistica is Europe’s leading trade fair for fresh fruit and vegetables and related services, such as packaging and logistics. The 2011 event is due to take place in the German capital between 9 and 11 February.


The Nord-Pas-de-Calais pavilion will showcase the best that the region has to offer in the sector, from potatoes and endives to apples and pears, and from soya shoots and sliced salads to carrots and onions.


The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region ranks third, in France, in terms of the size and importance of its food industry. Indeed, in 2009, the region boasted a turnover approaching €10 billion in this field. Northern France is also the country’s leading region in farming products and food-industry exports.


The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region enjoys a foremost position, in France, in the production and processing of fruit and vegetables. It ranks first in the potato sector, producing 1.7 million tonnes annually, which amounts to a third of French production, for a surface area of 37,400 hectares. With volumes reaching 100,695 tonnes (2009 figures), northern France is the world’s leader in endive production.


Located between London, Brussels and Paris, the region is situated at the heart of Western Europe and benefits from excellent transport links to other parts of the continent, and beyond. Hence, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region is a major logistics hub for fresh produce in Europe. Dunkirk is France’s premier port in fruit shipping, while Boulogne is a recognised leader in Europe for seafood processing.


Internationally renowned chef Michel Théret will be in attendance on the Welcome to Northern France – the Lille Region pavilion at the Fruit Logistica 2011 trade show. Visitors will be offered various treats made on the basis of exclusive recipes he will be presenting, and with products showcased by the exhibitors.


The list of exhibitors at the Welcome to Northern France – the Lille Region pavilion is as follows.


Potatoes and onions are an important segment of the food sector in northern France. Agrochange Brokerage is a brokerage firm specialising in the trade in potatoes across Europe (for further information on this company, please go to: ). For its part, Bayard Distribution focuses on the production and packaging of potatoes ().


Another company active in potato trading and packaging is Campeol (). In order to bolster its offer, the company is also involved in the vegetable market (leeks, cauliflower, carrots, etc.).


The focus of Condilys is on microwaveable potatoes, as well as the storage and packaging of fresh produce ().


Olivier Négoce is another established player in potato trading (), while Lucas Lemaire deals with the trade in both potatoes and onions (). So does Negonor (). Verpom also trades in potatoes and onions, providing both import and export services ().


Wecxsteen is another company that is active in the potato market in northern France ().


Perle du Nord Endives () and En’diva both specialise in endives, as their names indicate. For its part, T&B Vergers is a specialist in the trading and packaging of apples and pears ().


The preparation and processing of carrots and fresh vegetables are the preserve of Verduyn (). Wostin, on the other hand, focuses on soya shoots and sprouting soya seeds ().


Picvert is a specialist in the production, packaging and marketing of young shoots, in the salad segment of the market ().


Support services are vital to the food industry, and this sector is also represented on the Northern France pavilion. Packaging is an important industry across the region.

Luc Sockeel Emballages deals in box pallets and crates, for the packing and storage of fruit and vegetables (). Vandycke is a specialist in packaging production and trading ().


Services and technologies relating to temperature control are essential in this field, and Plug & Track by Proges Plus focuses on cold-chain traceability systems ().


For its part, Klim Top Controls specialises in refrigeration (). The company provides refrigerating installations for preserving all kinds of fruit and vegetables.


Storage is another key area for the industry. Dunfresh is a major player in warehousing and logistics in the region ().


Seaport services underpin the food sector across northern France, starting with the Port of Dunkirk, which is France’s third largest port. Dunkirk ranks first, in France, regarding imports in three essential sectors — coal and ores, fruit (shipped in containers), and copper. The port holds second place in France’s trade with Great Britain ().


For its part, the Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer is France’s Number One fishing port, and Europe’s leading centre for the processing and trading of seafood products ().


A number of companies lend their expertise in this area, including Agence Maritime Rommel, which is a consultancy firm focusing on international logistics ().


For the 2011 Fruit Logistica trade fair, Nord-Pas-de-Calais is welcoming four new exhibitors on the Northern France pavilion: Agrochange, Campeol, En’diva, and Klim Top Controls (mentioned above).


A comprehensive catalogue of all exhibitors (in English) will be available on the Welcome to Northern France – the Lille Region pavilion. The catalogue can also be sent to interested parties by email upon request.


About CCI International Nord-Pas-de-Calais


CCI International Nord-Pas-de-Calais is the international arm of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais chamber of commerce and industry, and it assists companies based in the region in their international development.


CCI International Nord-Pas-de-Calais is organising the Northern France pavilion at the Fruit Logistica trade fair. Under the Welcome to Northern France – the Lille Region banner, 23 French companies from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica, taking place in Berlin (Germany) from 9 to 11 February 2011.


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