2007 Symposium Announcement: Global Sourcing of Flowers and Food

Global Sourcing of Flowers and Food

The majority of the large retail groups have concentrated their acquisition policy on global sourcing of foodstuff and ornamentals in order to have flowers and food available every day of the year with a certified quality and safety. This imposes all sorts of restrictions and limits to the entire production and supply chains of these products. Both science and industry are struggling with this demand and trying to turn this into an advantage. The Benelux Society for Horticultural Science (BeNeLuxSHS) together with Wageningen University and the industry will convene a symposium of one day on this matter on 23 November, 2007 at WICC, Lawickseallee 9, 6701 AN Wageningen.


9:00 Registration starts
9:30 Welcome (Robert J. Bogers, President of the BeNeLuxSHS)
9:45 Global Sourcing: Just in Time Delivery vs Quality control (J. van der Vorst)
10:30 Teaching global sourcing in an international setting (U. van Meeteren)
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 A European approach to science of global sourcing (O. van Kooten)
12:00 Innovations in fruits and vegetables on a global market (E. Woltering)
12:30 Discussion: Global sourcing, what do we need from the scientific side?
13:00 Lunch
14:00 A breeding perspective on Global sourcing (J. Doldersum, Rijk Zwaan)
14:30 Year round fruits and vegetables, what does it take? (the Greenery)
15:00 Year round flowers, what does that take? (Sander Klaver, Flora Holland)
15:30 tea break
15:50 Why does the retail want global sourcing? (J. de Vriend, Innovative Fresh Support, former Royal Ahold)
16:20 Closing remarks: Global sourcing where do industry, science and education meet? (E. Woltering)
16:45 Drinks

Please register at office.hpc@wur.nl (there are limited places and we work on a first come first placement basis). The cost for the day (including lunch, coffee and tea) is EUR 50 to be paid at the registration desk. Members of BeNeLuxSHS pay only EUR 20 for the entire day and students pay EUR 35 if they join the lunch and drinks, else it is free for them as long as there are places available. Please indicate whether you need special dietary restrictions for your lunch when you register.

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