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Welcome to the Table Grape Meeting!

10th May 2019 | Rimini Expo Centre

From an idea of Cesena Fiera, on the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut, the Table Grape Meeting will be held: an international Congress dedicated to one of Italy’s finest fruit and vegetable products, of which Italy is the leading producer in Europe.

Varietal innovation and marketing will be the main topics of the meeting, which will be divided into two sessions: during the first session, some of Italy’s leading players in the sector will share their hands-on experience and points of view on future developments; the second session, instead, will feature a round table discussion with the participation of European and international speakers from leading countries in the production and import of table grapes. To support the debate, video interviews with major Italian producers in the industry will be screened, providing opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

The Congress is intended for Italian and foreign producers, buyers, technologists and importers. Participation is free of charge and it will be simultaneously translated into English.

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Moderator Alessandro Franceschini, manager

10:30 - SESSION 1


Speaking slot on varietal innovation and marketing trends.

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Maurizio Ventura

Licensing Manager Europe for Sun World International, he deals with the trust-based relationships between the table grape producer and the exporter throughout the Mediterranean area.

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Gianni Raniolo

President of the “Consorzio dell’Uva da Tavola di Mazzarrone Igp” (Consortium for the Grape Table of Mazzarone PGI -. Protected Geographic Indication), he has been dedicated for years to promoting the PGI certification for excellent products of the Sicilian territory.

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Giacomo Suglia

President of APEO - the Association of producers and exporters for the protection of table grape from the Puglia region.

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Carlo Lingua

CEO of Avi, sole European agent for ARRA™ grapes, also CEO of RK Growers and RK Products

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Alberto Mastrangelo

Marketing Manager of Grape&Grape Group - Program for varietal improvement of new table grape selections.

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Carlo Fideghelli

President of the Technical and Scientific Committee of IVC - Italian Variety Club.

11:30 - SESSION 2


Round-table discussion with international speakers coming from leader countries in the production and import of table grape. The discussion will be enlivened by a series of video interviews of major Italian producers.

Debbie Lombaard, Commercial team of Richard Hochfeld Ltd (UK)
Joaquin Gomez Carrasco, President of APOEXPA (Spain)
Annabella Donnarumma, Managing Director of Eurogroup Italia/REWE (Germany)
Stefano Borracci, Sales Manager of Serroplast (Italy/South America)

With the participation of:

Francesco Messina, Sales Manager of Agrimessina Srl
Gianpalmo Gabriele Spronati, Marketing Manager of Agricola Ci.da
Sergio Curci, President of O.P. Arca Fruit
Pietro Pontrelli, Director of Administration of Samer
Gianluca Palazzo, Alma


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Rimini Expo Centre - Via Emilia, 155 – 47921 Rimini - Italy
East Entrance Via Constantino il Grande
South Entrance Via Emilia, 155


The fairgrounds feature an internal train station on the Milan - Bari route, the Rimini Fiera Station. By car, at 7 km from the Rimini Sud exit. From the Bologna airport, a direct connection will be available on the days of the event subject to booking through the website.


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