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Business events programme

From: February 21, 2018

To: February 25, 2018


21 February2018 – Wednesday

Press conference for the official opening of the International Agricultural Exhibition AGRA, VINARIA, FOODTECH, DIBLA, BioAgra
Venue: Press Club Hall, Congress Centre
Organizer: International Fair Plovdiv

Official opening of the International Agricultural Exhibition AGRA, VINARIA, FOODTECH, DIBLA, BioAgra
Venue: Pavilion 6
Organizer: International Fair Plovdiv
Discussion Club “Children's and Students' Nutrition. Mediterranean Diet”
Venue: Press Club Hall, Congress Centre
Organizer: National Ombudsman, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Science, together with the National Branch Union of Bakers and Confectioners

22 February 2018– Thursday

Training Seminar: “Sensory Methods for Evaluation of Raw Materials and Foods of Animal Origin” (meat and meat products, poultry and poultry products, eggs and egg products, fish and fishery products, meat and fish canned foods, milk and dairy products) 
Venue: Press Club Hall, Congress Centre
Organizer: Association of Meat Processors in Bulgaria
Career Business Forum
Meeting discussion of students from the University of Food Technologies and students from the Vocational High Schools in Plovdiv with representatives of companies from the food industry  
9.00- 9.30 – Registration
9.30- 9.45 – Official opening
9.45- 10.30 – Company presentation
10.30- 13.00 – Discussion
Venue: Conference Hall, Pavilion 7
Organizer: COOP Food Industry

9.30- 13.30
Conference “Foods with Geographical Indications – Opportunities for Local Development and Access to New Markets” 
09.00 - 09.30 registration
09.30 - 09.45 Opening
09.45 – 11.30 Panel 1: Bulgaria in the  Database for foods with geographical indications and traditional specialty character                                             Momchil Nekov, Member of the European Parliament - “Protecting the Authentic Bulgarian Taste” campaign and European support mechanisms for assisting foods with protected geographical indication (to be confirmed)                  Representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry -                Essence of the PDO/PGI application process and challenges for manufacturers  Iliyan Kostov, expert on food safety, Food Risk Assessment Center - food safety requirements                                                                                                Personal experience in using geographical indications – producers of Gornooryahovski sudzhuk, Bulgarian rose oil, Strandzha honeydew honey and East Balkan swine meat
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 - 12.45 Panel 2:  Bulgarian foods with geographical indications – benefits, challenges and opportunities for small business and for the development of rural areas and tourism.                                                                                      Desislava Dimitrova, Slow food in Bulgaria – Geographical indications as a tool for preservation of everyday life characteristics, of traditional knowledge and of the natural resources in rural areas                                                                          Ivan Penov, Land Source of Income Foundation – Small farmers and protected geographical indications of agricultural products                                            Georgi Garnevski – METRO – Supply of food from small producers in major retail chains – challenges and opportunities.                                                           Dimitar Nikolov, “Bagri” restaurant, Sofia – To offer farm food
12.45 - 13.30 Cocktail                                                                                      Venue: Press Club Hall, Congress Centre                                                   Organizer:  Land Source of Income Foundation

National Scientific and Practical Conference with international participation “Current Problems of the Food Industry According to the Most Modern Requirements of the Bulgarian and European Regulations”
healthy nutrition – problems and solutions;
food supplements and food additives – harmful and useful;
packaging for healthy foods; traceability, integrated systems
Protection of self-control systems
New products in the food industry
Venue: Conference Hall, Pavilion 7
Organizer: Union of Food Industry

 23 February 2018– Friday
Presentation of Karpaten Group Romania
Venue: Gourmet Zone in Pavilion 11
Organizer:  Karpaten Group Romania
24 February 2018 – Saturday
25 February 2018– Sunday
Drawing the winning ticket from the survey cards, filled in by visitors
Venue: Pavilion 6
Organizer: International Fair Plovdiv