More than 9,200 trade visitors from 70 different countries attended Asia Fruit Logistica at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo Center from September 2-4.
Organisers said a significant increase in visitors from Asia drove the record attendance at the International Trade Fair for Fruit and Vegetable Marketing in Asia. Total visitor numbers rose by 14% on last year’s event, and 66% of those visitors came from Asia, up from 58% in 2014.
“These results demonstrate the further strong interest and engagement in Asia Fruit Logistica from trade professionals across Asia,” said Gérald Lamusse, managing director of Global Produce Events (GPE).
“They underline Asia Fruit Logistica’s position as the unique pan-Asian event for this business, which also attracts unparalleled attention globally from leading buyers and suppliers.”
China was by far the biggest country represented in terms of attendance, accounting for more than a third of total visitor numbers. Australia and the US ranked second and third respectively, and they were joined by India, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore as the strongest of the 70 visiting nations.
The exhibition space for this year’s show expanded by a third. More than 570 companies from 40 different countries showcased their products and services at the event, up 20% on 2014.
China was also the single largest country in terms of exhibitor numbers, with 105 companies exhibiting. Lamusse said Italy cemented its position as second-largest exhibiting country, with 54 companies taking part, up 39% on last year. Egypt moved up into third place with 36 exhibitors, the US edged into fourth (31 exhibitors), while Australia and the Netherlands shared fifth spot with 30 exhibitors each.