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FEBRUARY 2016 EDITION

Dear Colleague,

Greetings from Cologne.

February has been a very positive month featuring the strengthening of key partnerships and re-engagements with stakeholders. This month’s edition of our community newsletter reveals Musgrave Ireland’s goals for rejoining GLOBALG.A.P. as a retail member, and how we were able to report tangible progress within our partnerships, in particular with SAN/Rainforest Alliance and Netherlands-based MPS Milieu Programma Sierteelt.
 
We were honored to have Rainforest Alliance as a partner at our Fruit Logistica booth this year. You can view impressions from our most important annual produce trade show here.

With our record growth in 2015, our 15th year of farm certification, and the launch of the new Version 5 of our Integrated Farm Assurance Standard, we have become a valuable partner for joint projects with our USA-based members Whole Foods Market and Driscoll Strawberry Associates. Please see the presentation held at our annual Fruit Logistica News Conference in Berlin.

This month we also focused on the seafood market at the Fish International fair in Bremerhaven, Germany, in particular regarding the increased need for more comprehensive consumer communication and education. We are keen to see whether this trend continues at the upcoming major aquaculture events Seafood Expo North America in March and the Global Seafood Expo Brussels in April.

We just returned from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where we were invited to hold a plenary update session on the Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practice. The Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture GFIA has again proven to be a hub for ideas and initiatives, which we are carefully exploring in preparation of our SUMMIT 2016 conference in Amsterdam in September: The Future of Farm Certification. Be sure to take advantage of our special member SUMMIT 2016 registration offers.

Other developments in our global community:
  • Open Blue takes another big step forward with GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification and Friend of the Sea.
Save the date and stay connected with GLOBALG.A.P.:

Best Regards,


Kristian Moeller
CEO, GLOBALG.A.P.



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Musgrave Ireland Rejoins GLOBALG.A.P. as a Retail Member in 2016
GLOBALG.A.P. Membership News


Headquartered in Cork, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland is the largest division of the multi-billion euro Musgrave Group, which delivers sourcing, sales, marketing and supply chain expertise so local entrepreneurs can compete head-to-head with international supermarket chains.

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Open Blue Takes Another Big Step Forward with GLOBALG.A.P. Certification and Friend of the Sea

GLOBALG.A.P. Aqua News

Open Blue, the largest supplier of cobia to the US market and the largest deep water open-ocean farm in the world, continues to demonstrate a company-wide commitment to responsible mariculture by achieving two major certifications at the beginning of 2016.

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Fruit Logistica 2016
GLOBALG.A.P. Event News


See impressions of our Fruit Logistica 2016 experience here.

Download GLOBALG.A.P. CEO Kristian Moeller’s presentation at the GLOBALG.A.P. News Conference here.



GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committee Crops: New Members Reflect Widest Geographical Distribution Ever
GLOBALG.A.P. Committee News

The newly elected members of the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committee Crops had their first meeting in Berlin on 2 February 2016 to agree on their work plan. Delegates from all continents were present. One of their priorities will be the development of a customization to comply with the newly published Produce Safety Rules defined in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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G.A.P. Awards 2016 – Calling all Producers!


With the kind sponsorship of CropLife, the application phase is now open for the next round of our G.A.P. Awards, a great opportunity to showcase your achievements and gain industry recognition for your efforts to implement Good Agricultural Practices on your farm.

G.A.P. Awards 2016 selection criteria will focus on the following three categories:
  • Talent for Agriculture, Women and Youth
  • Water Management
  • Integration of Smallholders

To learn more about G.A.P. Awards 2016 and how producers can apply, go to www.globalgap.org/gapawards2016                                  or download our flyer here.

Our first applicant to the G.A.P. Awards 2016 is:
    • Stanfilco, Division of Dole Philippines Inc.
See past applicants and winners at www.globalgap.org/gapawards.




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GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2016 – We’re on Our Way to You!


Preparations are underway for the GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2016, when we continue our journey to several countries around the world to introduce our latest innovations and present our tools for change.

The GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR now takes place annually, and is part of our ongoing campaign to engage leading stakeholders around the globe. Our aim is to unite them behind our common purpose of creating private sector incentives for agricultural producers worldwide to adopt safe and sustainable agricultural practices.

For information on all upcoming GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2016 Stops, click here.

To organize an event in your region, click here.


Upcoming TOUR 2016 Events:

  • Ecuador: 22-23 June 2016, Guayaquil, organized by GlobalForum
  • Mexico: 29 June 2016, Guadalajara, organized by GRUPO ROSMAR


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