Major event in the fresh food trade
300 people enjoy the 6th GFI Fructinale – net-working for people dedicated to fresh produce
Many friends of fresh food markets had been counting the days until the event - the GFI Fructinale that is held every 2 years on the fringe of the Fruit Logistica. And now the time had come: on the evening of the 9th February the who’s who of the industry gathered in the old Berlin Waterworks for a relaxed evening of networking with fellow fans of healthy foods.
Once again the event was a big hit with the more than 300 guests from the business, political and media communities. The chefs working behind the scenes at the Waterworks created a fresh World Food Buffet, full of variety and culinary delights. Fascinating performers also offered a most welcome change from the stresses of a day in the exhibition halls. Uwe Kluge, chairman of the GFI board, was delighted that the event had gone so well: “It was a happy party that created a special mood. Once again, our guests were in overall agreement; a charming location, with a good atmosphere, exquisite catering and a super programme. We have succeeded in hosting another evening to remember.”
The traditional highlight of the evening was the presentation of the three GFI Buddy Bear awards to friends and partners of the fresh food markets community. Two of the coveted, individually decorated works of art were awarded in the “Successful Wholesale Market Firms” category and one for “Long-standing Partner of the Fresh Food Markets”.
Visiting parliamentarians: Members of the Bundestag Dieter Stier (2nd from left) and Thomas Mahlberg (3rd from left) with GFI board member Peter Joppa (right) and GFI member Martin Exler, managing director of HEX.Event (left).
Buddy Bear award for “Long-standing Partner of the Fresh Food Markets” – presented to: Veolia Umweltservice GmbH, represented by Guido Adomßent (middle), managing director of Veolia Umweltservice & Consulting GmbH – Laudatory speech by the chairman of the board of the GHVG Hamburg Wholesale Market Administrative Cooperative, Hans Joachim Conrad (2nd from right) GFI board members Boris Schwartz (left), Uwe Kluge (2nd left), Peter Joppa (right)
Buddy Bear award in the “Successful Wholesale Market Firms” category – presented to: Gärtnerei Böck GmbH & Co. KG, represented by their managing director Wilhelm Böck (2nd from right) – laudatory speech by the works manager of Munich Market Halls and GFI board member Boris Schwartz (left) – GFI board members Uwe Kluge (2nd left), Peter Joppa (right)
Buddy Bear award in the “Successful Wholesale Market Firms” category – presented to: Lindner GmbH Fruchtimport und Handelsgesellschaft, represented by their managing director Clemens Götzinger (2nd from left) und Wolfgang Lindner (3rd from left) – laudatory speech by the former managing director of the Frischezentrum Frankfurt, Adolf Kannengießer (2nd right) – GFI board members Boris Schwartz (left), Uwe Kluge (3rd right), Peter Joppa (far right)
Exhilarating start: The wondrously imaginative LED light show by “Feuershow Berlin”
Spectacular: An abseiling act by violinist Beatrix Loew and drummer Patrick Byogar gave the audience a late-evening adrenaline rush
Photo credits: GFI (1) | Vincent Grätsch Fotografie (2,9,11) | Fruchthandelmagazin, Michael Schotten (3,5,6) | Großmarkt Bremen, Claas Türke (4) | Ariadne Földessy Entertainment (7,8,10)
About the Fructinale
10 years ago GFI German Fresh Food Markets added a whole new dimension to networking. It was the year that the Fructinale was launched, one of the largest industry gatherings on the fringe of the Fruit Logistica. It is an unusual event, which has rapidly turned into an opportunity for the Who’s Who of the fresh produce business to meet and refresh networks in a pleasantly relaxed environment. Over 300 guests from the business, political and media communities join for an unforgettable evening to celebrate life’s true stars: fresh foods. The mix of entertainment, fresh food, networking and an unusual location makes the Fructinale a unique event. The industry is already looking forward to the 7th GFI Fructinale in 2019.