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Fruit Logistica, the leading trade fair for the global fresh fruit and vegetable trade, has been postponed until early April amid concerns that a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic is worsening the situation in many European countries.

In a statement, event organiser Messe Berlin said the industry's desire to meet in person remained 'unwaveringly high', but in light of the circumstances it had decided to delay the event to a point in time 'beyond the fourth wave'.

The new dates for Fruit Logistica 2022 will be from Tuesday 5 April to Thursday 7 April.

'We are sticking firmly to our goal of meeting on site again,” explained the event's director Kai Mangelberger. 'We expect that the situation will begin to alleviate in February due to the precautionary measures being taken.'

He added: 'The new dates make it possible to hold a Fruit Logistica that will pay off for our international guests and exhibitors. We look forward to hosting people from around the world once more under better circumstances.'

Exhibitors from over 80 countries have booked stand space at the next Fruit Logistica, which represents the entire value-added chain for the fresh produce industry from producer to point of sale.

More than 3,300 exhibitors from 91 countries presented their products, services and technical solutions at last year's event, with around 73,000 trade visitors from 135 countries in attendance.