INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA 2016 was a success: 25,458 visitors from 57 countries attended the event from 27 to 30 November 2016, meeting with a total of 412 exhibitors demonstrating the latest technology trends for the production, processing and marketing of wine, fruit juice and special crops. The trade fair advisory board came to this conclusion following analysis and discussion of the exhibitor and visitor survey.

The trade fair advisory board has now set the date, together with the organisers, for the next event: INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA will be taking place from 4 to 6 November 2018 on the grounds of the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre. The new chairman was also appointed during this meeting: Rudolf Fischer, Managing Director at Scharfenberger Maschinenbau, will be taking over from Joachim Schröder. The event organiser and trade fair council are now aiming to bring all leading suppliers on board and thus remain the top international get-together for this industry. Professional supporters of the event, the German Winegrowers’ Association (DWV) and the German Agricultural Society (DLG), will be organising another exciting and informative programme of accompanying events in 2018, highlighting new developments and the latest technology.

The traditional INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA event was expanded in 2016 with the introduction of special crops, and has since been given the name INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA. “Winegrowers, fruit juice producers and producers of special crops are often faced with the same challenges, however also new opportunities. With INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA HORTITECHNICA, we are making use of this synergy and promoting an exchange between the various disciplines. We are delighted that the new concept from 2016 was so well received by visitors and exhibitors,” said Dr. Rudolf Nickenig, General Secretary of the German Winegrowers’ Association (DWV). DWV, together with the German Agricultural Society (DLG), is responsible for the content of the trade fair. Philipp Schulze Esking, Vice President of DLG and Chairman of the Exhibitions division, added: “The visitors left with many new impressions and plenty of inspiration. We are looking forward to preparing for the coming trade fair and further expanding our offer in 2018.”

Trade fair date remains in November

The trade fair advisory council confirmed during its meeting at the start of 2017 that the trade fair date will continue to be held in November, and will not be overlapping with other trade fair events. “The start of November is a good month for our guests as the harvesting is completed by then and the Christmas period has not yet begun. This is their chance to find out more about the latest technical innovations and consider possible new purchases,” said Ulrich Kromer von Baerle, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart, summing up the deliberations of the council.

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