Sky-high costs, declining demand, rising inflation, and an acute staff shortage, with, consequently, supply chain issues. These days, not a day goes by that these challenges and crises are not being discussed in the fruit and vegetable sector too. At the annual German Fruit and Vegetable Congress (DOGK) on September 13 in Düsseldorf, these topics were also discussed.
Rather than sharing their misery, the more than 400 participants generally showed a more positive attitude. Both the organizers and visitors were delighted that, after two pandemic years and a subdued version last year, the event could once again be held in its usual form. It included substantive lectures and panel discussions.
And, in the evening, with the Get Together, a networking opportunity. This mix proved to still be a winning combination. "The DOGK's grown from a modest event to a recognized platform for new and existing sector players," a first-time visitor aptly summed up the congress' development.
Dutch sponsors and visitors at the DOGK 2022
Oliver Leisse (SEE MORE Institute) kicked off the main program and garnered praise with his inspiring lecture about technology's role in the food sector. Nele Berg (Alnatura / DHBW Heilbronn) followed with an explanation of the "Attitude-Behavior-Gap," the gap between conviction and actual action among modern consumers. Jürgen Bruch from the import company Cobana referred to the daily challenges within the supply chain, particularly the lack of truck drivers and the potential supply crisis this could cause.
We will cover some of the topics in forthcoming articles.
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