After a year of postponement, the next INTERPOM event will finally take place on Sunday 28, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 November 2021 in Kortrijk Xpo (B). This event will be an exceptional one, with the appropriate theme being ‘Let’s reconnect the potato chain’!
So come and meet colleagues and suppliers to discuss this very eventful period for the sector, and to discover a selection of innovative solutions that will help you tackle the challenges of tomorrow, and above all to prepare for the 2022-2023 season.
Major challenges within the potato chain
The potato industry has been going through a particularly difficult time. Not only because of the whole coronavirus situation, which has had a considerable impact on the market, but also as a result of other changes in circumstances that have affected the potato chain: the climate issue, the consequences of the ban on the use of CIPC for potato storage, the first steps towards the Green Deal, etc.
The 325 exhibitors from no less than 15 countries – involved in the cultivation, processing or marketing of potatoes – have already developed many innovative solutions to meet these new challenges. At INTERPOM, they will be presenting their most advanced machinery, products, services and digital technologies in an exhibition area of 35,000 m² (that is, once again, the entire complex of Kortrijk Xpo!). These are aimed at potato growers, agriculture contractors, the processing industry, packers, buyers and traders of fresh and processed potatoes.
Innovation tour: a selection of 26 innovations from the whole chain
An independent group of experts has made a selection of must-see innovations at INTERPOM. This group consists of Pierre Lebrun (coordinator at Fiwap & ad interim coordinator BELPOTATO for Flanders and Wallonia), Kurt Demeulemeester (Department head Arable Crops @ Inagro), Tim Decoster (deputy editor in chief at Landbouwleven and mainly active in the subsectors of mechanisation and arable farming), Patrick Dieleman (deputy editor in chief at Boer & Tuinder), Jaap Delleman (Director / Editor in chief Aardappelwereld / PotatoWorld) and Antoon Wallays (member of Belgapom & Senior Advisor at Agristo NV).
The 26 selected innovations are:
In the category “Culture & mechanization”:
- The CropVision Gewis from AgroVision, stand R82
- The AVR Spirit 7200 from AVR, stand 608
- The MagGrow from Beyne, stand 482
- The Fontan Elektromobil from Borms, stand R52
- The Dewulf Configurator from Dewulf, stand 413-414
- The mechanical haulm remover from Kloppenburg Machinebouw, stand 474
- The EVA – Easy Virtual Assistant from Mooij Agro, stand 179
- The Optimizer from RH3S, stand R40A
- The RMA Defect Analyser from RMA-Techniek, stand 517
- The RMA RoboFry from RMA-Techniek, stand 517
- The new sugar beet variety Redukto from SESVanderhave, stand 618
- The Syngenta Spray Assist from Syngenta, stand 600D
- The Tolsma green-white LED lighting from Tolsma, stand 112
- The DiscMaster from Vegniek, stand 4118
In the category “processing & trade”:
- The Moisture-Sense from Aquantis, stand 505
- The Callifreeze System from GEA, stand 320
- The Smart Grader READER from GEJO Grading, stand 645B
- The LEAF-Packaging Machine from GKS, stand 100
- The Corda Invicta from Kiremko, stand 191
- The D-Blade from PIP, stand 420
- The CO2 extractor from Restrain, stand 633
- The Vecoclip from Vecotec, stand R33
- The VHM Box Logistics from VHM Machinery, stand 688
- The Self-cleaning and disinfecting transport screw from StuMACo Eng. NV, stand R30
- The I’m Green from VDH Concept, stand 150
- The Humigator DFS.com from Jebe Geel / www .HUMIGTOR DFS.com, stand 226
It goes without saying that there will be many other interesting innovations on display on the 325 stands. However, this selection of 26 products (from a total of 65 entries that were submitted by the various exhibitors) was made based on the added value for the user, but also on the continued sustainability and the further professionalisation of the potato sector.
The assessment by the group of experts also shows that digitalisation is clearly on the rise in the potato sector. Still, the selection also includes straightforward yet very cleverly designed new products that will help users to remain both efficient and competitive in the sector. For more information about these selected products, please visit www.interpom.be/en/plan-your-visit/innovation-tour.
Compelling seminars with a broad scope: more than 20 topics will be covered
This year’s seminar programme is truly impressive! INTERPOM is committed to sharing knowledge by means of a continuous programme covering both hot topics and exciting innovative projects, which will be discussed in 20-minute sessions, followed by the opportunity to ask further questions to the various experts in the fields concerned, thereby covering the entire chain.
Here are some of the topics that will be addressed:
- Germination inhibition in a post-CIPC era (Inagro),
- Europe’s ambitions in the Farm to Fork strategy: what does it mean for the potato sector? (ILVO),
- the impact of the pandemic on the global potato trade (World Potato Markets),
- a green vaccine to combat potato blight (UGent),
- sales channels for potato flows (ILVO & VLAIO),
- detecting Alternaria faster thanks to sensors, drones and AI (ILVO),
- how to combat diseases and pests in potatoes (ILVO),
- a new warning model for Alternaria (PCA & CARAH),
- the results of 3 years of trials with resistant organic potatoes (CRA-W),
- residual soil (tare) returned to the field free from contaminants – research into suitable heat treatment processes (Flanders Food),
- the new frying line developed by Belgian Fries Pilot (VEG-i-TEC),
- sales channels for potato residues (ILVO, B2BE facilitator & VLAIO),
- Food Pilot turns 10: what can the pilot facility in Melle do for the potato processing industry? (ILVO), etc.
The programme was put together by Romain Cools, Belgapom Advisor, who will be in charge of coordinating and moderating the seminars in Dutch, French and English.
As a new feature for this year, you will be able to live stream the sessions and then watch them (again) later on via the Interpom website. The full programme with further details on the various topics can be found on www.interpom.be.
Plan a safe visit to INTERPOM thanks to the Covid Safe Ticket / COVID Certificate system
INTERPOM will be held in a secure environment and in its usual form with the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) / COVID Certificate system. As is the case for most national and international events and fairs, each visitor, exhibitor or supplier will be required to show a valid Covid Safe Ticket at the entrance to gain access to INTERPOM: the QR code in the CovidSafeBE app or the QR code from the European COVID certificate (or the same QR code on paper, but a digital version is preferred as it improves readability).
So make sure you have the following with you:
- your vaccination certificate with QR code
(fully vaccinated for more than 2 weeks) or
· your recovery certificate with QR code
issued less than 6 months ago or
· proof of a recent negative PCR test
(validity period = day of the test + 2 days)
or a rapid antigen test (RAT) (with sample taken maximum 24 hours ago). This test must be performed by a medically trained professional (e.g. your pharmacist). This person is also authorised to provide you with a valid QR code for your Covid Safe Ticket.
Please note that the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) uses the same QR code as the European COVID certificate. Both these codes are identical. Therefore, there is no separate application method or procedure for the Covid Safe Ticket. If you already have this certificate, you do not need to apply for an additional document.
In addition, you are not required to wear a face mask at the trade fair and there are no restrictions with regard to catering. Kortrijk Xpo also provides sufficient sanitation facilities on site as well as continuous ventilation in the exhibition halls. Thanks to the CST system, there are no restrictions on the number of visitors and you can visit the trade fair safely with your partners or colleagues.
Are you coming by plane?
Please note there is a COVID-19 test centre at Brussels Airport. For more information, visit www.brusselsairport.ecocare.center.
Please visit www.interpom.be for the latest information on safety and health measures.
Info & contact:
Kortrijk Xpo – Annick Pycarelle
T. +32 (0)56 24 11 11
www.interpom.beINTERPOM is an initiative of Belgapom, the recognised professional association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry. All practical and organisational matters are handled by Kortrijk Xpo.