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Dear Colleague,

Greetings from Cologne!

We are absolutely delighted to welcome our first retail member from the Middle East: Fine Fare Food Market LLC/Spinneys. They also announced their decision to join the GLOBALG.A.P. member community by requesting from all their fresh produce suppliers to adopt GLOBALG.A.P. Certification in the course of the new season. We plan to assist them with various activities to support the spread of Good Agricultural Practices in this fast-developing region.

And another 100% commitment came in from Asia: the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) has announced their ruling to make GLOBALG.A.P. Certification mandatory for farmers starting from 2016.

We continue to enjoy widespread support throughout the Southern Hemisphere continents. Over the past month we held GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2015 Stops in New Zealand and South Africa. Our reports in this edition show how longstanding partnerships and strong commitments to GLOBALG.A.P. Certification nurture the drive to develop and introduce innovative solutions within the framework of our Integrated Farm Assurance Standard Version 5 (IFA V5). Active GLOBALG.A.P. National Technical Working Groups (NTWG) can play an instrumental role in sparking such innovation. As a first pragmatic tool, we have published the template to develop the National Interpretation Guideline for IFA V5 for Fruit & Vegetables. Interested partners may also seek inspiration from existing NTWG best practice here.

We have released new innovations and support publications for our community:
Here’s a list of other developments in our global community:
The key challenge over the next 12 months is training our 155,000 producers under certification worldwide on the new features of IFA V5. Our growing network of GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurers, along with the list of partners to facilitate their training, will play a central role in this effort.
Here a list of upcoming IFA V5 Capacity Building and Farm Assurer Workshops:
Please feel free to contact us if you’re interested in partnering with us to bring about progress toward safer and more sustainable agricultural production worldwide.

Best regards,
Kristian Moeller

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Spinneys, the Premier Supermarket Retailer in the Middle East, Joins GLOBALG.A.P. as a Member
GLOBALG.A.P. Retailer News

Fine Fare Food Market LLC, which operates Spinneys, the premium supermarket retailer in the Middle East, has become the first in the region to join GLOBALG.A.P. as a retail member. This is in line with the company’s strategic decision to support a sustainable sourcing policy in order to benefit their farming partners, the environment, and their customers.


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GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Mandatory for South Korean Farmers by 2016
GLOBALG.A.P. Standard News

In an announcement made by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), the South Korean government introduced a 3-year plan of Economic Innovation in Agriculture outlining measures to boost growth in the country’s agricultural sector. 


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McCain, a McDonalds Supplier, Partners with GLOBALG.A.P. on Capacity Building in the Netherlands
GLOBALG.A.P. Academy News

The Canadian Group, and one of McDonalds’ main suppliers of French fries for the past 30 years, is the local partner of the upcoming GLOBALG.A.P. Capacity Building and Farm Assurer Workshop in The Netherlands in September.


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Open Blue Launches Cobia in France and Strengthens Presence in EU
GLOBALG.A.P. Aqua News

By securing a deal to supply METRO Cash & Carry across France and introducing GLOBALG.A.P. certified cobia across all 93 locations of the wholesale giant, Panama-based Open Blue Sea Farms is expecting a strong presence and growth in Europe by 2017.


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New Supplier Member Profile: Andretta Fruchtimport in Stuttgart
GLOBALG.A.P. Member News

“For Andretta Fruchtimport, the ability to actively collaborate on further developing the standard was a crucial factor in going from a database user to becoming a member.” For the past 90 years, Stuttgart-based Andretta Fruchtimport has stood for quality, reliability and high performance. Today, the supplier sources fruits and vegetables from over 100 countries around the globe.


GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR REPORT: New Zealand and South Africa!

TOUR Stop NZ: New Zealand Kiwi and Apples 100% GLOBALG.A.P. Certified.


TOUR Stop SA: South Africa Spurs Innovations in Agriculture


Upcoming TOUR 2015:
For further information on all GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2015 Stops click here!

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Editorial Correction
GLOBALG.A.P. Standard News

Please note that in our July issue we featured the story entitled "US Tomato Grower Backyard Farms Is First to Obtain GLOBALG.A.P. Harmonized Produce Safety Standard Certification". Due to editorial oversight, we did not mention that this certification was performed by the certification body and associate member Quality Certification Services (QCS) based in Gainesville, Florida. Please view the updated article here.

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GLOBALG.A.P. 2015: Upcoming Events

01 - 02 September - GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2015 Stop, Brazil
01 - 02 September - In-house Trainer Training Crops V5 - English, Germany

02 September - Scheme Manager Update Training - Spanish, Chile
02 - 04 September - Asia Fruit Logistica, China
03 September - Scheme Manager Update Training - English, Germany
04 September - QMS Auditor Training - English, Germany
07 - 11 September - GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2015 Stops, East Africa
10 - 11 September - GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2015 Stop, Peru
15 - 17 September - GLOBALG.A.P. Public Capacity Building & Farm Assurer Workshop Crops (F&V) V5, The Netherlands
21 - 22 September - In-house Trainer Training Crops V5 - Italian, Italy
23 September - Scheme Manager Update Training - Italian, Italy
24 September - QMS Auditor Training - Italian, Italy

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