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JUNE 2016 EDITION

Dear Colleague,

Greetings from Cologne.

Transparency – Responsibility – Accountability

These 3 core words are the strategy basis of purpose and value-driven companies in today’s food business environment, as confirmed by a number of CEOs at the world’s largest annual gathering of leaders in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector, the Consumer Goods Forum Summit, held this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

The next buzzword I heard in Cape Town was “Disruption". All speakers – and half of them were CEOs – expressed excitement about the challenge of implementing platform economies in our food sector. I believe that our farm assurance and certification sector will look much different in only a few years, given the technological change toward virtually zero storage cost through cloud computing, and unseen new analytical power that utilizes big data scenarios.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Community can certainly learn more about anticipated changes in the industry at our GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2016 in Amsterdam on 27-28 September. After Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau opens the conference, all our delegates will have an excellent opportunity to discuss the Future of Farm Certification with our growing list of specialist speakers and panelists. We already have a record number of first time speakers, all exciting experts who are presenting their ideas and innovations at the SUMMIT 2016.  Delegates can look forward to the likes of Unilever’s Jan Kees Vis, keynote speaker in the plenary session “How to Measure Improvement" on 28 September, at 1.30-2.30 pm. He raises the question: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating. How do we measure improvement in such a way that it is useful rather than burdensome for farmers, and meaningful for consumers?

For more information on this and other sessions, please go to www.summit.org/program.

Is this a challenge for our current certification practice? Join our online pre-conference discussion on LinkedIn. Find out more about the conference on the Future of Farm Certification and stay updated with #ggsummit2016 on Twitter.

I also was pleased to read the positive rating GLOBALG.A.P. received in the recently published Standards and Blue Economy Report as part of the Canadian State of Sustainability Initiatives Review. We welcome such independent studies as they bring more transparency into the complex and unique seafood supply chain.
 
Other GLOBALG.A.P. developments:
    • We've just uploaded information on the changes from IFA V5.0-1 to V5.0-2. You can find the document here

      Version 5 of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard
      becomes mandatory on 1 July. Download the IFA V5 Standard Key Changes Flyers for F&V and Aquaculture (between V4 and V5) here. Available in 8 languages (Spanish, German, English, French, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Portuguese).
    • NTWG Awards 2016 honors our most active National Technical Working Group for its hard work, commitment and dedication. Deadline for applications is 31 July.
    Developments from our GLOBALG.A.P. Community:
    • Grupo Rosmar - see their activities in Mexico here
    And one more thing: we’ve extended our G.A.P. Awards 2016 application period till 31 July. We kindly invite you to pass on the information to the GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers in your supply chain for a chance to win a trip to SUMMIT 2016 in Amsterdam. You can get more information at www.globalgap.org/gapawards

    Save the date and stay connected with GLOBALG.A.P.:
    Our next TOUR 2016 Events:
    • Colombia: 29-30 August 2016, Armenia, organzied by CCI - Corporación Colombia Internacional

    • Chile: 18 October 2016, Santiago - organized by Primus Chile
    Best regards,

    Kristian Moeller
    CEO, GLOBALG.A.P.



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    Nordsee
    Spain: GLOBALG.A.P. Certified Tomasol Joins GLOBALG.A.P. Producer Member Anecoop
    GLOBALG.A.P. Member News

    With the addition of Tomasol to its network of now 70 member cooperatives with thousands of farmers, Anecoop has expanded its market reach and improved its position in Andalusia. This boost to its commercial strength enables Anecoop to support growers, producers and marketers of horticultural products to gain greater access to international markets.

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    NORDSEE
    Germany: GLOBALG.A.P. Welcomes New Retail / Food Service Member NORDSEE – A 120-Year Tradition in Seafood
    GLOBALG.A.P. Member News

    Europe’s leading seafood restaurant chain celebrates its 120-year anniversary this year. With more than 415 prime location retail outlets serving 19 million seafood lovers annually, NORDSEE as a member contributes over 100 years of valuable knowledge and experience in terms of meeting consumer demands for healthy, nutritious and sustainably sourced fish products.

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    GRIP


    FairProduce
    New Fair Produce Add-on Gives GLOBALG.A.P. Certified Producers Additional Mark of Social Responsibility
    GLOBALG.A.P. Social News

    The Stichting Fair Produce Nederland Foundation certifies companies that demonstrate good employment practices according to the requirements set out in its Fair Produce certification. The new Fair Produce Add-on now gives GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers an added certification showing their commitment to social reasonability in production.

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    SSI
    State of Sustainability Initiatives Review Issues Standards and Blue Economy Report
    GLOBALG.A.P. Aqua News

    The Standards and Blue Economy Report is a pioneering effort that assembles and comparatively analyzes an information and analytical base covering some major marine and freshwater sustainability-oriented certification initiatives.

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    CaucaHass
    Colombia: 61 Avocado Producers Now GLOBALG.A.P. Certified and Ready to Export to Europe
    GLOBALG.A.P. Crops News

    CaucaHass S.A.T., the largest group of Hass avocado producers to become GLOBALG.A.P. certified in Colombia, achieved GLOBALG.A.P. Certification with the help of Corporación Colombia International (CCI). The GLOBALG.A.P. certificate will enable the producers to sell their products in European and international markets.

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    GAP Awards



    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.

    Here's a showcase of our latest applicants:
    See past applicants and winners at www.globalgap.org/gapawards.


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