'First event in Poland marks important industry milestone'

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Next Europatat Congress to take place in Gdańsk.

THE  Polish Potato Federation and Europatat have jointly announced that the next Europatat Congress will take place in Gdańsk, Poland from June 5th to 7th next year. 

The annual Europatat event has become a key platform to assess the state of play of the potato sector and to communicate the priorities and challenges facing the potato business in Europe and beyond. 

It is the first time the congress has taken place in Poland. Gdańsk is today Poland’s maritime capital and one of the largest ports on the Baltic Sea.

Participants will review the different activities of Europatat during the meetings of its five Commissions (consumption potatoes, seed potatoes, sustainability, technical and regulatory issues, and RUCIP), the Europatat General Assembly will take place and speakers will explore the impact of current geopolitics for the potato trade as well as the latest Polish potato trade sector’s
developments.

President of the Polish Potato Federation, Tomasz Bieńkowski, said: “We are very excited to bring the Europatat Congress 2023 to Poland for the first time ever. Currently, we are the second largest producer of potatoes in the EU and the potato industry has a significant share in Polish food production, in which annual turnover reaches several billion zlotys. 

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"In the face of the ongoing war in Ukraine, it is extremely important that the Europatat Congress will be held in Poland. As the President of Polish Potato Federation, I would like to cordially invite representatives of the potato industry from Europe and around the world to the Europatat Congress 2023 in Gdańsk.”

President of Europatat Tigran Richter,  has highlighted: “This year we are looking at a very interesting edition of our Congress in Poland, a very important market for potatoes. The Congress will provide a lot of substantive discussions for colleagues around Europe and beyond on the future of the potato trade given the current geopolitical and economic constraints.”

Besides the professional working programme, the Congress will also offer several social events such as cocktails and a Gala Dinner and there will also be a visit to the site of Farm Frites Poland Dwa (which has been awarded the title of McDonalds’ Flagship Farm) and the Podole Wielkie potato farm and distillery. Participants will also have the opportunity to cruise to the Baltic Sea spa town of Sopot in an exclusive tour, followed by a Welcome cocktail and food reception in the evening.

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