The Global Grape Summit will take place on Wednesday June 5 with an influential and insightful line-up set of speakers, at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane.

Organized by the Yentzen Group and Produce Business Magazine, the Summit will bring together the world’s leading table grape specialists from across the supply chain to discuss production and demand trends, new varieties, areas of growth, emerging markets and innovation.

Uniting the world’s growers, exporters, nurseries, retailers and affiliated stakeholders will help guide the industry as it seeks out new opportunities and faces fresh challenges. As a meeting of minds, the event will include educational sessions and panel debates ranging from the table grape trade through to logistics to field and post-harvest management.

As the Global Grape Summit draws to a close on Wednesday June 5, attendees are welcome to attend The London Produce Show and Conference’s Opening Cocktail Reception, welcoming participants to the UK’s leading international fresh produce networking event.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London

08:00   Registration starts (Great Room)

08:30   Inauguration – Jim Prevor and Gustavo Yentzen (Ballroom)

08:45   Session 1: The Global Table Grape Panorama
Uncover the current state of play for commercial table grape production around the world during our opening session. Gain an insight into every prominent supply country; from their current plantings to the evolution of their latest advances.

Manuel José Alcaíno, President, Decofrut (Chile)

09:30   Session 2: Consumer Response to New Varieties
Discover how consumers worldwide are reacting to the various new table grape varieties being introduced to the market. Hear detailed
analysis provided by major international retailers and other industry experts from China, Europe and the USA.

Presentation of Kantar study – Joe Shaw Roberts (UK)


  • Phil Macy, Category Buyer for Grapes and Stonefruit, Sam’s Club (US)
  • George Liu, CEO, Frutacloud (China)
  • Josep Estiarte, Director, Special New Fruit Licensing, SNFL (Spain)
  • Tania van der Merwe, Senior Buyer, Freshmark (South Africa)
  • John Pandol, Director of Special Projects, Pandol Bros. Inc (US)


Jim Prevor, CEO & Editor in Chief, Produce Business Magazine

11:00   Coffee Break

11:30 Session 3: Fast-Forward to 2029

Find out what the next ten years hold for the global table grape industry as predicted by our panel of well-respected grape experts. Learn about where the industry is headed, as well as the critical opportunities and challenges; from over-production to new varieties and emerging markets.


Presentation: New Production Areas Around The World
Oscar Salgado
San Lucar (Spain)

Presentation: The “Breeder’s Paradox”
Garth Swinburn
, Vice President of Licensing, Sun World Innovations (South Africa)


  • Andy Kampa, Global Commodity Manager of Table Grapes, Robinson Fresh (US
  • Ricardo Koch, General Manager, Río Blanco (Chile)
  • Rupert Maude, Commercial Director, El Ciruelo (Spain)
  • Nitin Agrawal, Managing Director, EuroFruits (India)
  • Johan Fouche, Commerical Director, The Grape Company (South Africa)

13:00   Lunch

14:00   Session 4: Marketing Grapes for Success

Understand how to market grapes successfully through an analysis of current performance. Bring yourself up to speed on new packaging concepts, branding, innovation, technology and good practices.


Don Goodwin, President & Owner, Golden Sun Marketing (US)

14:30   Session 5: Maximising Online Retailing in China

Get the inside track on how to make the most of retailing table grapes online in China, the world’s most advanced online shopping market. Understand how online sales are impacting the performance of grapes in this hugely important consumer market.


George Liu, CEO, Frutacloud (China)

15:00   Breeders Announcement

15.15   Session 6: Supplier Spotlight on Peru

Hear how the Andean nation’s table grape industry is growing, the exciting next steps expected from growing grapes in the Peruvian desert and more.


Alejandro Fuentes, General Manager, Agrícola Don Ricardo (Peru)  

15:45 Coffee Break

16.15   Session 7: Retail Opportunities in the UK

Get to grips with one of the leading global import markets for table grapes. Listen to some of the UK’s biggest retailers present their in-depth analysis of grape category trends and opportunities in the UK where grapes are one of the most frequently purchased fruits.


Carlo Berardi, Agrimessina (Italy/UK)


Paul Farmer, Sainsbury’s (UK)
Louisa Read, Marks and Spencer (UK)
Josh Kann, MMUK (UK)
Karen Cleave, Richard Hochfeld (UK)

17:30   Closing Remarks

18:30  The London Produce Show And Conference Opening Reception

* Speaker bios and photos will be available shortly.