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Fruit Attraction 2018 welcomes record number of visitors

Mon 12/11/2018 by Richard Wilkinson

The 10th edition of the Fruit Attraction fair saw the participation of 81,235 professionals from 122 countries – 19% more than last year. Organised by IFEMA and FEPEX between 23 and 25 October, Fruit Attraction 2018 was the largest and most complete of all its editions with the participation of 1,621 companies from 40 countries.

Changing the days of the event led to a 69% growth in visitors on the last day of the fair. One of the most outstanding aspects was the remarkable increase in international participants which, registering a total of 27,994 professionals from 122 countries, represented an increase of more than 40%. Once again, those from Europe were the most numerous, especially those from Italy, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Belgium , confirming the Fair as a key meeting point for the sector’s European marketing and distribution. On this occasion, we should also mention the professionals who attended from Brazil, Chile, Morocco, Peru and South Africa.

In addition, the participants of the Guest Import Market programme, jointly organised with the ICEX Spain Export and Investment, and which this time were Canada and the Arabian Peninsula region, numbered 374 professionals from Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

In terms of exhibitors, international participation accounted for 36%, with 580 companies from 40 countries, especially from the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Greece, with significant growth from France. Non-EU countries like Chile, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina and South Africa, among others, created a complete Southern Hemisphere area for the first time. In addition, Angola, the UAE, Finland, India, Iran, Mali, Malta, Russia and Serbia participated in the fair for the first time.

The Accelera Awards for Innovation and Entrepreneurship were presented to UNITEC for its Blueberry Vision 2 Unitec Technology and RIJK ZWAAN IBERICA S.A. for its Lechuga Snack.

The next edition of Fruit Attraction will be held from 22-24 October 2019.

For more information:

Helena Valera

Tel: +34 91 722 52 74

Email: evalera@ifema.es

www.fruitattraction.com

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