Taiwan is launching a first-of-its-kind trade show which aims to bring together international buyers and purveyors of fresh fruits, vegetables and agricultural technology.
Organisers expect about 5,000 buyers to walk through the gates of the first annual Taiwan International Fruit and Vegetable Show, which will run November 10-12 at Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre in Kaohsiung, a massive port city in southern Taiwan.
About 150 vendors from Taiwan, the US, Japan, New Zealand and other countries will set up 300 booths to sell everything from apples to edible flowers.
The trade exhibition will also offer products like pesticides and fertilisers, as well as systems for packaging, distribution, logistics and e-commerce.
Taiwan’s agriculture sector
The international market for agricultural products expands year by year, according to My Exhibition, a co-organiser.
Led by growth in the Asia-Pacific region, the global market for fresh fruit is forecast to grow by 8.7% annually to reach US $692.9 billion next year.
My Exhibition said the Kaohsiung fair will showcase leading products from Taiwan’s thriving agriculture sector, which has seen 14.8% compound annual growth in output value over 2009-13.
In 2013, the country’s agricultural output was valued at US $7.95 billion, with vegetables, fruit, grains and mushrooms accounting for about 88% of this total.
For more information on the Taiwan International Fruit and Vegetable Show: www.taiwanfruitshow.com.