Germany: German food industry hopes for quick and diligent solution to Brexit

M/S Chef showing off Croatian products
W/S Chef at Croatian stand
M/S Croatian ham
C/U Croatian ham
M/S Croatian partnership stand
M/S Opening press conference
C/U Green Week logo
SOT, Christoph Minhoff, Chief executive of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industrie (BVE) (German): "You will get an experience about seaweed alternatives - a big theme, also insects, we will show the new trends for example the Initiative for industry prevention from loss of groceries, regional production, vegan nutrition, packaging solutions - the big themes. Environment and climate protection especially and also products that are already newly in the market within the national strategy on reduction and innovation, within the reduction of sugar, fat and salt. You can experience all of that at our stands."
C/U Bear covered in flowers *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Christoph Minhoff, Chief executive of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industry (BVE) (German): "We naturally hope that for all we will come to an agreement with Great Britain, how hard it is to find regulations within one year, everyone can predict the worse that could happen, what we fear, which would be a hard Brexit comes. And the worse and what we all here in this room fear and we don't need it is uncertainty. We need clear plans, we need security for the planning. In this sense, we hope that we come quickly and diligently to a good solution between EU and United Kingdom."
M/S Photographer *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Joachim Rukwied, President of the German Farmer's Union (DBV) (German): "The danger here is that we import products which were not produced to European standards, we wouldn't be competitive and I don't believe it would be only in the sense of the consumers. One thing frightens me, Bolsonaro on pesticides, there are many pesticides now that were approved or re-approved, which are not used anymore, since a long time in Europe, that he gives statements to consider to permit old pesticides again and also being silent on the topic of rain forest extermination. In this sense, we cannot support Mercosul under this conditions at all."
W/S Press conference
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The chief executive of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industry has said that Germany "fears" a no deal Brexit calling for clearer plans at a the opening press conference at the Green Week in Berlin on Wednesday.
Christoph Minhoff said everyone in the room at the world's largest food industry, agriculture and horticulture exhibition feared a no-deal Brexit because they "don't need it is uncertainty."
President of the German Farmer's Union, Joachim Rukwied, said he was frightened by Bolsanaro's approval of pesticides that are banned in the EU. The Green Week no longer supports Mercosul, and Rukwied criticised Bolsonaro for giving "statements to consider to permit old pesticides again and also being silent on the topic of rain forest extermination."
Christoph Minhoff continued to predict 2020 food trends, including "environment and climate protection especially and also products that are already newly in the market within the national strategy on reduction and innovation, within the reduction of sugar, fat and salt."
This year's show features the highest number of stands in its 94 year history, 1800 exhibitors from 72 countries. The slogan this year is presented by Croatia, and is "the culture of agriculture." The official opening is January 17 and finishes on 26th.

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