Almost 500 guests from more than 15 countries and around 200 companies and institutions took part in the 16th edition of the International Berlin Potato Evening this week, FreshPlaza reports.
In addition to the regular regular guests, many new and especially young participants found their way to the ballroom of the Hilton Berlin to enjoy an evening dedicated entirely to the potato industry in a great atmosphere.
In his opening speech, DKHV President Thomas Herkenrath outlined the diverse challenges currently facing the potato industry.
The market is no longer determined by supply and demand alone. Extreme weather conditions, regulatory measures of the legislator, secondary standards of the food retail trade as well as demands of the NGOs and the constantly changing lifestyle of consumers are now having a major impact on market events.
The loss of important plant protection products and the lack of or less effective alternatives to them will have a strong impact on the potato industry and lead to more difficult conditions for cultivation and storage. This should not be taken lightly, Herkenrath said.
There is a great deal of uncertainty among consumers and this is reinforced by the large number of media reports about supposedly harmful pesticides, residues in food and the death of insects.
And here lies an important task for the potato industry: “We have to regain trust and talk to people proactively. We have already done a great deal in terms of sustainability and environmental protection,” Herkenrath remarked.