The 10th International Conference
«Berries of Ukraine-2019: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market»

May 21-22, 2019

Premier Hotel Rus, Kyiv

Day 1, May 21, 2019

Berries of Ukraine-2019: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market Conference

08:30-09:30

Registration. Morning coffee

09:30-09:40

Conference opening, greeting words from organizers and partners

Session 1. The Ukrainian berry market. Global and European opportunities

09:40-10:10

Global berry market trends

Mike Knowles, Editorial Director, Europe, Fruitnet Media International, UK

10:10-10:40

Why hasn’t Ukraine started really exporting berries yet?

Andriy Yarmak, Economist of FAO Investment Center, Italy

10:40-11:00

Fruit-Inform Ukrainian berry and cherry production and price forecast for 2019

Oleksandr Khorev, Fruit-Inform Project Manager

11:00-11:20

Price collapse in the berry market: will blueberry prices fall to raspberry levels?

Oleg Bosyi, Berry Market Expert, Managing Partner at Fruitech, Ukraine

11:20-11:40

Export to the Middle East and Southeastern Asia vs EU market

Taras Bashtannyk, Director at Ukrainian Berry, Ukraine

11:40-12:00

Export potential of greenhouse strawberries in Ukraine

Speaker TBC

12:00-12:20

Export of Ukrainian fresh raspberries – professionals’ vision

Speaker TBC

12:20-12:40

The Ukrainian organic berry sector – a niche with many pitfalls or a stable development option?

Speaker TBC

12:40-13:00

Alternative routes for fresh berry export to the Middle East

Fedir Rybalko, Director at Ukrainian Horticultural Association (UHA)

13:00-14:00

Lunch

13:00-13:40

Panel discussion

Duel between protagonists and antagonists of market prospects of haskap berries

Chaired by Andriy Yarmak, Economist of FAO Investment Center, Italy

Participants:

Oleksandr Yareschenko, Deputy Director for Scientific Work at Horticultural Institute of NAANU

Oleg Bosyi, Berry Market Expert, Managing Partner at Fruitech

Taras Bashtannyk, Director at Ukrainian Berry, Ukraine

Yevgen Kharlan, Strategy & Development Director at Nikdariya, Ukraine

Session 2. Production of berry crops in Ukraine. Master classes from berry growing experts

13:40-14:00

Planning of berry production from the start: successful multi-crop production structure, technologies, cooperation

Iryna Barzo, Representative of Agrovesna-2011, Ukraine

Yevgeniy Pylyponchyk, Chief Agronomist at Agrovesna-2011, Ukraine

14:00-14:20

Better than blueberries – serviceberries, a new promising berry crop

Irakly Partsvania, Co-Founder of Vanrik Agro Group, Georgia

14:20-14:35

Quality of berry products as a key to success

Volodymyr Voyevodin, Specialty Crops Technical Expert, Syngenta, Ukraine

14:35-14:55

High-tech in the berry business – what will be a berry farm in a digital society, and how does it boost profit?

Yevgen Kharlan, Strategy & Development Director at Nikdariya, Ukraine

14:55-15:05

Biotechnologies in fruit and berry growing

Vladimir Silenko, Agronomist-Consultant at BTU-Center Group of Companies, Ukraine

15:05-15:15

Tips on corrugated packaging: how can berries be delivered safe and undamaged

Andriy Rebro, Corrugated Packaging Factory Deputy Director, Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill, Ukraine

15:15-15:25

Extension of storage and transportation terms for export of fruits, vegetables and berries. Modified atmosphere and humidity, Xtend packaging, ethylene absorbers, new products of DECCO

Konstantin Porvalov, Commercial Director at Real Technological Alternative, Ukraine

15:25-15:35

Packaging for fresh berries

Speaker TBC

Session 3. The Ukrainian market for frozen berries. Berry processing solutions

15:35-15:50

Freezing and storage of berries and stonefruits

Anatoliy Bogdan, Director at Insolar-Kholod, Ukraine

15:50-16:10

Berry and crop protection system – how to meet standard requirements. GRASP and other key questions of GLOBALG.A.P.

Igor Chechitko, GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Expert, Ukraine

16:10-16:20

Optical sorting of frozen berries

Aybek Sidikov, Sales Area Manager, Raytec Vision, Italy

16:20-16:30

Berry processing technologies, which save benefits and appearance of fresh produce. New-age IQF tunnels for freezing and freeze drying

Goran Obradovic, Owner of PIGO srl, Italy

16:30-16:40

Berry freezing options – static vs IQF, advantages and weaknesses

Speaker TBC

16:40-17:00

The Ukrainian market for frozen berries, export prospects in a new season

Grygoriy Trybulkin, Director at Smilyanska Khlodnya, Ukraine

17:00-17:50

Round table

How to solve a problem of low global prices for frozen raspberries?

Participants:

Iryna Kukhtina, President of Ukrainian Berries Association

Heads of sector associations, berry processors and experts from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and Montenegro

Chaired by Andriy Yarmak, Economist of FAO Investment Center, Italy

17:50-18:00

Conference summing-up

18:00-21:00

Gala-dinner

Day 2, May 22, 2019

From export of fresh and frozen berries to export of Ukrainian berry business experience and practices

International berry trade forum

Business-tour to Agrofirma Vesna-2011

08:30-09:00

Registration

08:30-09:00

Registration

09:00-12:00

Direct negotiations between Ukrainian fresh berry suppliers and EU buyers

09:00-16:00

Business-tour to Agrofirma Vesna-2011:

  • departure from Rus Hotel
  • production of different berry crops;
  • berry growing machinery;
  • berry harvesting (in case the berry season has started);
  • berry cooling;
  • berry packing;
  • lunch;
  • arrival to Rus Hotel.