II International Onion Meeting



11th November, Albacete, Spain

On November 11, Spain and more specifically the region of Castilla-La Mancha, will host the third international meeting of the onion sector (IOM). This meeting is promoted by the Onion Producers Association of Castilla-La Mancha, PROCECAM.

After the success obtained in 2017 with the celebration of the II IOM in the city of Albacete, this third edition of the meeting has as its main objective an in-depth analysis of the sector, highlighting the importance of this bulb in all its aspects, both productive, nutritious, marketing and phytosanitary.
After the celebration of the two previous editions of the international meeting held in 2007 and 2017, Castilla-La Mancha, and especially the city of Albacete, once again becomes the center of the onion sector worldwide.
The meeting will feature in this edition a single day dedicated to this product:
-> November 11, in the Congress Palace of the city there will be the participation of several international experts that will address the market situation, the improvement in varieties that has been experienced in recent years, the phytosanitary problems of cultivation , as well as the future in terms of current customer demands and consumer prospects of supermarkets and distribution chains.
Castilla-La Mancha is the main producing region of Spain, and one of the most important in Europe, with almost 11,000 hectares cultivated in 2019 in its entirety and a production that, in 2019 exceeded 798 million kilos. Within this region, the province of Albacete stands out in a very important way, which in the 2019 campaign had 5,000 cultivated hectares and that obtained a production of more than 374 million kilos.
The Onion Producers Association of Castilla-La Mancha, PROCECAM, currently has more than 1,257 associated producers spread throughout the Spanish geography and as a whole, cultivated an area of ​​6,450 hectares in 2019, with a production in 2019 of more of 340 million kilos.

IOM 2020 - Presentation Dossier





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)