05.05.2018 : Plekhanov University

The Plekhanov University in Moscow is one of the largest economic universities in Russia. It was formed in 1897 by businessmen of Moscow; in 1903 it started Commercial Courses. Today Plekhanov is also institutionalized in 27 Russian cities as well as in Bishkek in the Kyrgyz Republic.

For three generations professors from the Tserevitinov family were teaching Commodity Research and Education at the Plekhanov University. Therefore the Commodity Conferences are named after that family. Internationally the Commodity Department is also strongly engaged internationally in the IGWT. Prof. Dr. Hallier therefore sees an interesting input by Plekhanov for TUN as also vice versa.


02.04.2018 : Tracing/Tracking

Tracing/Tracking of cows became only relevant in Germany during and after the BSE/Mad Cow Disease in 1994/96. As an act of Civil Society the Workshop Meat of the EHI Retail Institute created together with the Central Marketing Association of the Agricultural Sector (CMA) the standard provider Orgainvent (read more: Orgainvent).

In 1997 the EU Agriculture Council adapted the EHI/Orgainvent proposals and initiated the EU Regulations 820/97 and later the EU Regulation 1760/2000 to standardize tracing/tracking for cows and beef within the EU as well as for suppliers from outside of the EU. The YouTube TILS (Link) demonstrates the application of the system during the processing in the cutting house.

03.03.2018 : GlobalG.A.P.

One of the important internationally recognized standard-providers in the Agro-Sector is Globalgap. Its competences for the Total Supply Chain is reflected in its split of members in 12 percent coming from retail, 46 percent from the supply side and 42 percent associated members (see LINK).

Globalgap was started under the name of Eurepgap as a pro-active food-security initiative for fruit and vegetables at the hype of the BSE-crisis. Twenty years later its success-story is documented by a special reader - at the photo presented by the CEO of Globalgap, Dr.Kristian Moeller - and Prof.Dr.B.Hallier.

10.02.2018 : Barcoding

Mass distribution via self-service like since the 70ies of the last century in the USA and Western Europe would have been not possible without product-identification by barcodes and scanning in the cash-zones of supermarkets. Since 2005 the national bar-code institutions are harmonized towards a Global Standard (GS 1) worldwide:(see LINK Intro GS 1).

"For Certifications within the Thematic University Network Food knowledge about the main international Standard Setters is absolutely necessary" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier stated "because they are driving forces for modern distribution from farm to fork".

01.01.2018 : Personality 2018

Prof.Dr.Ing.Peter Bielik, PhD., was born in 1952 in Nitra, Slovak Republic. From 1978-1981 he was full-time PhD-student at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, where he later became the Head of the Department of Economics, later Vice-Dean and Dean. Since 2010 he is the Rector of the SUA. Peter Bielik was awarded with a doctor honoris causa by the Szent Istvan University of Godollo/Hungary in 2007, by the Delhi School/India in 2010, by the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev/Ukraine in 2012, by the Agricultural University in Cracow/Poland in 2012, by the Russian State Agrarian University/Moscow in 2013, by the Belgorod State Agricultural University named after V.Gorin/Russia in 2016 and by the Vinnytsia National Agrarian University, Ukraine in 2017.

In 2011 Bielik created the Visegrad University Association (VUA) which has at the moment 58 members from 23 countries; more than 200 students and 60 teachers have participated in VUA summer-schools. In 2013 additionally a special VUA Youth Platform was established having had its annual meetings since then at Godollo. The European Retail Academy became Honorary Member of VUA at its start.

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