MACFRUT 2016 will host the next European short course on fresh-cut products

Cesena - The eighth edition of the European short course on the “Quality & Safety of Fresh-cut Produce” will be held from 14 to 16 September 2016 in the exhibition spaces of the Fiera di Rimini during the next Macfrut 2016. Organised by the University of Foggia in collaboration with Macfrut and DARe-Puglia, it will also involve an Italian association in this sector, namely, AIIPA-IV Gamma.
After the recent successful editions held in Berlin, Antalya and Cardiff, we are pleased to be able to bring the Course back to Italy, and we believe that MACFRUT is the best location available for this event," says Prof. Giancarlo Colelli of the University of Foggia, scientific coordinator of the course. "This year, once again, we have prepared an excellent programme featuring speeches by the world's leading experts in the fields of post-harvest and food safety.”
The programme, addressed especially to operators in the agri-food sector of fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, will also attract the attention of researchers and professionals, food technologists and those in charge of quality and new product development. The course is also useful for R&D representatives, students, institutions, food companies and suppliers (packaging, plant materials and equipment).
This course is an added bonus in our list of events," says Luigi Bianchi, Executive Director of MACFRUT. "Being specifically directed at the fresh produce industry, our exhibitors and visitors will be offered the chance to take part in a top-level training event, featuring major groups in the fresh-cut sector.
The topics addressed will include the effect of cultivation practices on the post-harvest quality of fruit and vegetable produce and the treatment and processing of fresh and fresh-cut products, including key aspects of sanitation and water management, packaging and all single operations. Lectures will alternate with opportunities for discussion to encourage interaction among participants. Additional networking initiatives will include a display of scientific posters during breaks and the organisation of a special evening event.
The website of the course is under construction and will be published shortly. For further information, please contact the scientific committee at the following e-mail address: postharvest@unifg.it.

Cesena, 21 April 2016