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The foundation of the International Raspberry Organization (IRO) can be traced back to the late 1990s. In 1996, it was the Chilean Food Association (a member of the Chilean Food Processors Association, www.chilealimentos.com) that first developed the idea of bringing together representatives of the raspberry industry from around the world.  This resulted in a first conference that took place in Chile, organised by the Association’s General Secretary, Felipe Rosas, in April 1998.

At this inaugural conference, involving a whole day seminar and visits to local production facilities, it was decided to set up an international organization which was called the International Raspberry Association. The name was later changed to International Raspberry Organization (IRO).

Regular meetings of the IRO have been taking place every two years since. The second conference took place in the USA in 2000 which elected Antonio Dominguez (Chile) as the first President of the IRO, a post he held until 2006.  The second conference took place in Hungary in 2002, organised by Lazlo Cseh. This event saw a Chinese delegation attending as observers for the first time.

The 2004 IRO conference took place in Mount Vernon near Melbourne, Australia, organized by Mr. and Mrs. Meewuissen. This was followed two years later by a meeting in Serbia, organised by Rade Ljubojevic who also was elected IRO president (2006-2008).  In May 2008, the IRO met in Poland for its fourth conference, organised by Thomas Szolis and Marek Pawlonka, attended by representatives from 11 countries. The meeting again elected Antonio Dominguez as its President.

In 2010, the IRO conference returned again to Chile, and in 2012, IRO members met in Canada.  This last conference discussed a proposal by the US association to launch a raspberry promotion program. It also confirmed Antonio Dominguez as IRO President and Felipe Rosas as IRO General Secretary for the next two years.

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12th IRO MEETEING

POLAND

LUBLIN

May 12-13th, 2020

IRO MEMBERS

14 countries involving 93% of world raspberry production
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Australia

 REPRESENTATIVE
RYAN BRIGHTWELL
  1. Area 2017: 400 Ha.
  2. Volume 2016: 1.500 Tons 85% fresh.
  3. Volume 2020: 5.000 Tons.
  4. Yield 2014: 10 MT/Ha.
  5. Varieties: Driscoll´s

Bulgaria

 REPRESENTATIVE
BOZHIDAR PETKOV
  1. Area 2017: 1.863 Ha.
  2. Volume 2016: 7.476 Tons.
  3. Yield 2017: 4.13 MT/Ha.
  4. Varieties: Polka, Heritage, Meeker, Lyulin.

Canada

 REPRESENTATIVE
Suhk Khalon BC raspbery council
  1. Area 2016: 1.800 Ha.
  2. Volume 2016: 9.000 tons.
  3. Yield 2016: 5.3 MT/ha.
  4. Varieties: Meeker, Chemainus, Wakefield, Cascade Delight, Rudi, Tulameen, Squamich.

Chile

 REPRESENTATIVE  Chairman
ANTONIO DOMINGUEZ
  1. Area 2016: 9.000 Ha.
  2. Volume 2016: 36.000 Tons.
  3. Yield 2014: 4.0 Tons/Ha.
  4. Varieties: Heritage(81%), Meeker(15%), Chilliwack(3%).

China

 REPRESENTATIVE
CHINESE RASPBERRY PRODUCERS ALLIANCE CRPA
  1. Area 2018: 15.000 Ha.
  2. Volume 2018: 75.000 Tons.
  3. Yield 2018: 5 Tons/Ha.
  4. Varieties: Heritage, Fertodi.

England

 REPRESENTATIVE
TIM PLACE
  1. Area 2016: 1.468 Ha. - England + Scotland.
  2. Volume 2016: 17.800 Tons - England + Scotland (75% fresh).
  3. Yield 2016: 12 Tons/Ha - England + Scotland.
  4. Varieties: Current - Driscoll Maravilla, Berry Gem, Berry Jewel, Grandeur, Kwanza New - Driscoll Riviera n Bountiful, Ovation, Paragon - Plant Science varieties n Lagorai, Vajolet - Sant Orsola varieties.

France

 REPRESENTATIVE
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  1. Area 2016: 2.400 Ha.
  2. Volume 2016: 13.000 MT.
  3. Yield 2016: 5,7 MT/Ha
  4. Varieties: Meeker

Hungary

 REPRESENTATIVE
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  1. Area 2016: 300 Ha.
  2. Volume 2016: 1.500 Tons.
  3. Yield 2016: 5 Tons/Ha.
  4. Varieties: Fertodi.

México

 REPRESENTATIVE
FRANCISCO ORTIZ (TEMPORARY-ANEBERRIES)
  1. Area 2016: 3.000 Ha (7.500 acres)
  2. Volume 2016: 45.000 MT. (90% fresh market)
  3. Yield 2016: 15 Tons/Ha.
  4. Varieties: maravilla, carmina, esperanza, sevillana, adelita, erika, others.

Poland

 REPRESENTATIVE
MAREK PAWLONKA
  1. Area 2016: 26.000 Ha.
  2. Volume 2016: 120.000 Tons.
  3. Yield 2016: 4,5 Tons/Ha.
  4. Varieties: summer: Glen and Ample line. / autumn: Polka, Polana.

Scotland

 REPRESENTATIVE
OLIVER THOMSON
  1. Area 2016: 1.468 Ha. - England + Scotland.
  2. Volume 2016: 17.800 Tons - England + Scotland (75% fresh).
  3. Yield 2016: 12 Tons/Ha - England + Scotland.
  4. Varieties: Current - Driscoll Maravilla, Berry Gem, Berry Jewel, Grandeur, Kwanza New - Driscoll Riviera n Bountiful, Ovation, Paragon - Plant Science varieties n Lagorai, Vajolet - Sant Orsola varieties.

Serbia

 REPRESENTATIVE
PREDRAG ORESCANIN
  1. Area 2016: 15.550 Ha.
  2. Volume 2016: 110.000 MT
  3. Yield 2016: 5,6 Tons/Ha.
  4. Varieties: Willamette (90%) Meeker (5%) others (5%).

Ukraine

 REPRESENTATIVE
IRINA KUKHTINA
  1. Area 2017: 5.200 Ha (5.000 Ha under crop-bearing age).
  2. Volume 2017: 34.240 Metric Tons.
  3. Yield 2017: 6.85 Tons/Ha.
  4. Varieties: Polka, Polana.

United States

 REPRESENTATIVE
THOMAS KRUGMAN
  1. Northwest and Oregon
  2. Area 2016: 9.000 Ha.
  3. Volume 2016: 36.000 Tons.
  4. Yield 2014: 4.0 Tons/Ha.
  5. Varieties: Meeker (50%) Wakefield, others.
  1. California
  2. Area 2016: 9.000 Ha.
  3. Volume 2016: 36.000 Tons.
  4. Yield 2014: 4.0 Tons/Ha.
  5. Varieties: Driscoll´s and others.
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