International Blackcurrant Conference 2024

11th – 14th June 2024 in Leibnitz,Austria

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The StBoG (Styrian Berry Cooperative) is organizing the International Blackcurrant Conference 2024.


This year’s programme includes farm and company visits, presentations on agronomic and market topics with the participation of the main processors of blackcurrant concentrate worldwide, a General Meeting of the IBA and time to share experiences.

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Rooms are available and can be reserved at Schloss Seggau, Leibnitz, the venue of the conference.

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The particularity of Austrian blackcurrant growing will be the focus of this conference: more than 90% of the blackcurrants in Austria are grown organically – for over 25 years already. Organic growing is a challenge, but also a chance for many growers worldwide. The Austrian growers will be happy to share their knowledge.

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More about the IBA

The International Blackcurrant Family

Blackcurrant growers

The International Blackcurrant Association counts more than 200 active members. Most of them are blackcurrant growers. These growers mostly belong to country associations, which constitute the IBA.

Horticultural institutes

Research institutes come alongside the growers. Horticultural institutes and advisors help the growers to make the best of their plantations. They constantly work on the development of new blackcurrant varieties. Their research also includes trials of the best ways to protect the plants from diseases and pests. Adaptations of the way of growing blackcurrants to the increasing difficulties related to climate changes are also part of their support to the growers.

Health research

Together with the horticultural research, several institutes in the world focus on health research related to blackcurrants. The high anthocyanin content of blackcurrants has become increasingly interesting to many researchers all over the world.

Processors and end product manufacturers

What would blackcurrant growers be without clients? Commercial blackcurrant growing is destinated to the commercial production of many end products: concentrate, juices, jams, liqueurs, IQF (individually frozen blackcurrants) and many more basic products for the food industry. But also blackcurrant buds, leaves for herbal teas and many more for medicinal use. This use has been made of blackcurrants already in ancient times and in the Middle Ages!

International Blackcurrant Conferences

Our International Blackcurrant Conferences take place every two years. Our member associations in each country kindly organize them. We have already held them in New Zealand, Scotland, Poland, France and England. Alongside with these three-days-conferences came European conferences for some years: in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands.

The pandemic gave a halt to this rhythm, and we could only start holding conferences again in 2022.

But the thread has been taken up again, and we now also hold a small international blackcurrant grower meeting (restricted for IBA members) when we do not have international conferences. They allow us to hold our General meetings, and especially to exchange and meet among growers.