II International Onion Meeting



15-16th November, Albacete, Spain

The next 15 and 16 of November, Spain and more specifically the region of Castilla-La Mancha, will host the second international meeting of the sector of the onion. This meeting, promoted by the association of onion producers of Castilla-La Mancha, PROCECAM.

This meeting aims to make an in-depth analysis of the sector, highlighting the importance of this bulb in all its aspects, both productive, nutritious, commercializing and phytosanitary.

After the international meeting held in September 2007, Castilla-La Mancha, and especially the city of Albacete, once again becomes the center of the onion sector worldwide.

The meeting will have the days dedicated to this product:

-> November 15th, at the Congresses Palace of Albacete, several international experts took part in the meeting, discussing about situation of the markets, the improvement in the number of varieties that have been experienced in recent years, the phytosanitary problems of the crop, As well as the future in terms of the demands of current customers and consumption prospects of supermarkets and distribution chains.

-> November 16th, at the storage and conservation facilities of the Association in Albacete, a sample of machinery for sowing, harvesting, processing and packaging of onions is performed, as well as a series of papers related to the long storage process Time for this bulb in a cold room.

Castilla-La Mancha is the main producing region of Spain, and one of the most important at European level, with almost 11,000 hectares cultivated in 2017 in its entirety and a production that in 2016 exceeded 777 million kilos. Within this region, the province of Albacete stands out in a very important way, which counts in this 2017 campaign with almost 5,000 hectares cultivated and that, in 2016, obtained a production of more than 394 million kilos.

The Association of Onion Producers of Castilla-La Mancha, PROCECAM, now has more than 1,250 associated producers spread throughout the Spanish geography and which together, cultivate an area of ​​6,325 hectares, with a production in 2016 of more than 356 Millions of kilos


November 15TH, WEDNESDAY
  • 09:00 h. Reception and delivery of documentation at accreditation point.
  • 10:00 h. Official opening.
    • D. Manuel Serrano (Major of Albacete).
    • D. Justo Gutiérrez (president of PROCECAM)
  • 10:30 h. Session Moderator
    • D. Armando García (AG comunicación)
  • 10:30 h. Market Situation.
    • National Market.
      • D. Alfonso Tarazona (President of Asociación de Cosecheros y Exportadores de Cebolla, and PROCECAM associated)
      • International Market
        • Dr. Hans-Christoph Behr (market expert of Agramarkt Information-Gesellschaft mbH)
  • 11:30 h. Pause-Coffee (exhibition area B)
  • 12:00 h. Breeding in Spain and for the future world.
    • Koen Van der Voort (Manager breeding at De Groot en Slot)
  • 12:30 h. Genetic development of onion varieties. Future challenges.
    • D. Juan Carlos Brevis (Long day geneticist of Bayer Crop Science Vegetable Seeds, from Chile)
    • 13.00 h. Assistance system to the sowing process (pelleting and treatments). Advantages and future.
      • D. José Muñoz García (Product and Sales manager from Granada Coating S.L.)
      • 13:30 h. New modes of insecticide action against sucking and chewing pests in onion. Present and future.
        • D. David de Scals Martin (Cyazypyr, Rynaxypyr & Indoxacarb, by FMC Co.)
  • 14:00 h. Presentation of Quality Mark “Cebolla de La Mancha”.
    • D. Justo Gutiérrez Jerez (President of PROCECAM)
    • D. Luis Fernando Gómez (Director of INTASA)
    • 14:30 h. Lunch. Exhibition and tasting of Quality Products of Castilla-La Mancha


  • 16:00 h. The Product. Distribution and Food Safety.
    • Comparative Analysis of European Distribution.
      • D. Jaime Palafox (MGEA Coordinator of Lafer Foundation and Nebrija Business School)
      • Food Safety Certification for Onions.
        • D. Juan Carlos López Adán (Certification Director of SOHISCERT)
  • 17.00 h. Pause-Coffee (Exhibition area B)
  • 17:30 h. International Trade.
    • International Onion Trade.
      • Dª Prado Flores (Food Department of Foreign Promotion Institute of Castilla-La Mancha, IPEX)
      • International Commercial Terms
        • Dª Laura Cortés Hernández (International Trade Manager of GLOBALCAJA)
  • 18:30 h. Closure of working day.
November 16th, thursday
  • 09:00 h. Reception and delivery of documentation at accreditation point.
  • 10:00 h. Storage and Conservation Systems in the United States of America.
    • Mr. Lyndon Johnson (Crop Sales Manager Onion, Bayer USA)
  • 10:30 h. New way of onion preservation in the form of drying with cooling and extra storage with condensation drying.
    • Mr. Teunis Verheij  and Mr. Win Kmbrink (Dijksma Koudetechniek BV)
  • 11:00 h. Pause – Coffee (Exhibition area B)
  • 12:00 h. New system of optical classification of the onion internal damage detection.
    • Mr. Bas Ruybrok (JDC Onion Grading Solutions)
  • 12:30 h. Systems of Heavy, Packaging, Labeling and Palletizing.
    • D. Albert LLaguerri (Manter Packaging Ibérica)
  • 13:00 h. Closure Act.
    • D. Francisco Martínez Arroyo (Junta De Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha)
    • D. Justo Gutiérrez Jerez (President of PROCECAM).
  • 13:30h. Honor Wine. (exhibition area A)
  • Open visit to trade fair (exhibition area A and B)