In October Veggies from Mexico became a new member of GlobalG.A.P. By becoming a member, we accept a mutual commitment to make a positive change in the fresh produce industry by promoting safe, sustainable, and transparent food to a sustainable supply chain for the future.
In our Veggies from Mexico community, we are proud to have grower companies that believe in sustainable and fair practices that guarantee the supply of healthy, safe, and delicious vegetables from farm to table. This way, you can always be confident that you will receive the Mexico’s Best Produce.
GlobalG.A.P. is an international European certificate that contains a set of standards to guarantee good agricultural practices. It is based in the city of Cologne, Germany. It is one of the most solid and recognized certificates in the world of fresh produce. A very important fact is that this certificate is governed by a committee made up of representatives of retail organizations in the agri-food sector as well as growers and supplier organizations. In this way, all the actors in the food chain participate, with the primary objective being the health and well-being of the consumer.
With 25 years in the market, GlobalG.A.P. seeks to promote and certify Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) as well as sustainable production, the welfare of workers, and the responsible use of water. It is one of the most requested certificates by buyers in North America for Mexican vegetable growers and exporters.
We are very proud and look forward to the collaboration we can have as organizations for the benefit of our industry.
At the end of October our Director, Mr. Georgius Gotsis, participated in the GloblG.A.P. Tour in the city of Guadalajara. The GlobalG.A.P. Tour has been organized around the world since 2009. Thousands of people in more than 45 countries have participated and it is basically an event where actors and experts on safety and sustainability issues meet and share their experiences with growers, packers, buyers, and industry suppliers.
This event, held in Guadalajara, Mexico and it was coordinated together with Holland House Mexico, which is the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Mexico.
Georgius Gotsis had the opportunity to participate on behalf of Eleven Rivers Growers/VeggiesFromMexico, which as you know is a brand that promotes the Sinaloa exporters of CAADES. It is worth mentioning that right there we were awarded the membership of our organization as a GlobalG.A.P. member.
The event included a series of very interesting and enriching conferences and panels. The inauguration was attended by Angelo Lazo and Ignacio Antequera from GlobalG.A.P., Carin Verbree from Holland House, and Alejandro Velasquez from the government of the state of Jalisco.
The first participation was by the Agricultural Counselor of the Dutch Embassy in Mexico, Erik Plaisier, who shared about the fruit and vegetable trade between our country and Europe. The products we export most to the “old continent” are avocado, asparagus, lemon, mango, berries and onion. It should be noted that the opportunity is tremendous for this market with more than 500 million consumers since we as a country have a very small participation in this market. To give us an idea, Peru has 50% of the avocado market in this continent. Erik also shared with us that in addition to the criteria of food safety and social responsibility, sustainability has come to play an indispensable role to enter this market.
Another panel also included several growers from well-known companies such as Coliman and Tequila Patron, who shared with us some of their sustainability practices with which they have opened new markets.
One of the most awaited conferences was precisely the one given by Alejandro Lazo (GGAP Latin America), Alejandra Pistagnesi (GGAP Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay), and Marco Villegas (GGAP Mexico). Members of the GlobalG.A.P. team shared with us the different innovations that this certificate is having and will have in terms of food safety, social practices and sustainability. Always strengthening the safety of growers and therefore of consumers.
Both Eleven Rivers Growers badges consider GlobalG.A.P. As one of the main commercial certificates of food safety to be a member of the Veggies from Mexico community, which seeks to reduce considerably the food safety risks of farming.