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New era for Gulfood in Dubai

Celebrating over three decades of success, in 2017 Gulfood will host more than 5,000 local, regional and international companies from 120 countries displaying hundreds of thousands of finished food and beverage products.

Gulfood, the world-leading annual food and hospitality event in Dubai, is undergoing major changes in format and visitor experience in preparation for the next edition, being held February 26 to March 1 in 2017.

Gulfood 2017 will focus on finished food and beverages and feature dedicated halls organised around the areas of Beverages; Dairy; Fats & Oils; Health, Wellness & Free-From; Pulses, Grains & Cereals; Meat & Poultry; Power Brands; and World Food.

Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president of Exhibitions & Events Management for the event host, Dubai World Trade Centre, said the new layout comes amid growing global sales across these eight food commodities.

“Not only will Gulfood’s new sectorised format allow visitors to get straight to business assessing quality and benchmarking price in their respective segments, but it will also lead to deeper market insights and trend awareness through focused consultation with the right experts in one place,” LohMirmand said.

“The emirate is already the world’s biggest re-exporter of rice, coffee and tea, and Gulfood opens the door to international food industry professionals to learn more about the recent infrastructure and mega project developments – such as Dubai Wholesale City – that will further transform the emirate’s strategic potential as a re-export hub for the global food industry.”

Global buyers will discover more than 1,000 new-to-show food and beverage producers at the February event, which will feature 120 national pavilions including for first-time participants Malta, Finland and Slovakia. Exhibitor space has already sold out.

Gulfood 2017 will host more than 5,000 local, regional and international companies from 120 countries displaying hundreds of thousands of finished food and beverage products.

For more information: Gulfood 2017

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Expoalimentaria receives over 3,000 visitors

Expoalimentaria is a trade fair, directed exclusively at professionals, executives and decision-makers from agribusiness, fishing, supplies, packaging, packaging machinery, equipment and services for the food industr.

Expoalimentaria is the food fair that brings together producers, importers, exporters, distributors, supermarkets and service providers from the five continents under one roof.

At the fair held in September 2016, over 600 exporters did business and created new opportunities for development, once again making Expoalimentaria the most important business platform in Latin America, with sales of $800 million.

“The 8th Expoalimentaria has brought together over 3,000 international visitors from five continents, including importers, exporters, wholesale and retail distributors, supermarkets, food processors and service providers. We have spaces here for big and small companies and we intend for them to be the engine for industrialisation.” said ADEX Alberto Infante Ángeles general manager.

It is worth noting that Peru has benefited very much from the growing world food market, especially in Asia, which is experiencing sustained expansion. Proof of this is the growth and evolution of Expoalimentaria. 

 

 

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Macfrut: 1,000 buyers from five continents

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Macfrut 2016, the fruit and vegetable sector’s international exhibition held in Rimini, Italy, from 14 to 16 September, had a clear focus on international trade and innovation. In fact, Cesena Fiera, the exhibition’s organiser, confirmed that 1,000 buyers from Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa participated.

Once again, Macfrut has proven to be a truly unique event in the fruit and vegetable sector, since it is the only one that represents the entire supply chain. Macfrut 2016 closes with a record: over 38,000 visitors and an increase of 30% of foreign visitors, who cements the Italian fair as one of the major international event in the sector.

 

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Fresh Produce China a feature at FHC China 2016

China’s fresh fruit produce has increased fourfold in the last ten years – over 3.8 million tons were imported in 2015 alone – meaning there has never been a better opportunity to start exporting to China.

FHC China 2016 – China’s leading trade show for imported food and drink – returns to Shanghai November 7-9 with the highly anticipated, inaugural Fresh Produce China. It is an ideal platform for business introductions and negotiations with the participation of over 65,500 distributors, importers, retailers and catering purchasing teams.

Being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), the show is set to be bigger than ever on its 20th anniversary with nine new countries being welcomed into the fold: Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Ukraine, Slovakia and Saudi Arabia.

China’s fresh fruit imports have increased fourfold in the last ten years – over 3.8 million tons were imported in 2015 alone – meaning there has never been a better opportunity to start exporting to China. By the end of 2015 there were over 160 different fruits approved for import into China from 37 different countries covering everything from avocados to watermelons.

Improved cold-chain logistics and an ever increasing population of young urbanites have opened up new markets and driven huge growth in fresh e-commerce sales in recent years. The growth for of fresh e-commerce means that big service providers such as Alibaba and YihaoDian are now acting as both distributors and retailers, making them the key contacts within the sector.

“We participate at FHC to launch our TMALL Fresh Food platform targeting the hospitality trade,” said Alibaba Group senior business manager import Ling Leung.

With a growing population of 1.3 billion, Chinese consumer behaviour and demands keep shifting to accommodate the food needs, the show organisers, China International Exhibitions Ltd, said in a press release.

“Providing enough food at acceptable levels of quality and at an affordable cost is shaping up to be one of China’s most challenging problems. Lax quality control, production shortcuts, urbanisation and rising consumer spending are all combining to turn the spotlight on China’s food supply chain, creating problems — but also opportunities — for international companies doing business in the country.

“China’s middle class together with an increased number of foreign visitors and expatriates are fuelling the imported goods boom, as foreign produce is associated with safety and quality, which in turn creates willingness to pay premium price.”

They said also highlighted that China’s fresh fruit import market has rapidly become an incredibly lucrative market with great potential for further growth:

  • China’s fresh fruit imports have been growing at an average of 16% a year since 2005- reaching a peak of 3.8 million tons in 2016.
  • Fresh fruit imports from the Southern Hemisphere have been growing even faster at the rate of 23% since 2005.
  • Agricultural exports from America to China have grown 200% since 2005 and are now worth $20.2 billion

For information on FHC China 2016, visit www.fhcchina.com.

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Peru, Partner Country of Macfrut 2016

Being held September 14-16 in the Rimini Fiera, Macfrut will feature a focus on Peru, with show cooking and events to promote Peruvian fresh produce and its major fruit and vegetable producers, all organised in collaboration with Promperù.

Peru has been chosen as the partner country of the 2016 edition of Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector.

Being held September 14-16 in the pavilions of Rimini Fiera, Macfrut will thus feature a focus on this South American market, with show cooking and events to promote fresh produce from Peru and its major fruit and vegetable producers, all organised in collaboration with Promperú.

In a press release, Macfruit organisers Cesena Fiera said that with a GDP growth rate of 6.1% over the last decade and 5.5% forecast for 2016-17, Peru is one of South America’s most dynamic countries.

Last year, Peru’s fruit and vegetable production exceeded 8 million tons. As well as a leading producer and exporter of artichokes and asparagus, it is one of the world’s top exporters of table grapes, organic bananas, avocados, small fruits, citrus fruit and mango.

Peru exports mainly to the US, Asia and Europe, in particular to the Netherlands, the UK and Spain.

“There is also a growing interest in the Italian market, in fact, over the last five years there has been an increase in trade by about 15% per year,” the release said.

Macfrut president Renzo Piraccini said Peru is one of the most interesting countries in the international fruit and vegetable industry.

“In the last few years, thanks to extremely favourable pedoclimatic conditions and substantial foreign investments, its production has grown considerably.

“We are therefore honoured that Peru, which last year was able to experience the relaunch of Macfrut, has accepted, this year, our invitation to be the trade fair’s partner country.

“Leading associations and major fruit and vegetable producers from Peru will be attending the event. This proves that there is a growing interest in the exhibition and Italy as a target market for Peru’s produce but also in importing packaging and innovative technologies, a field in which we are world leaders,” Piraccini said.

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Upsurge in international demand at Alimentaria 2016

Alimentaria Barcelona, Spain’s biannual food and drinks fair, is becoming more international.

Alimentaria Barcelona, Spain’s biannual food and drinks fair, is becoming more international. Organisers were delighted by this year’s figures of more than 140,000 attendees from 157 countries (16 more than in 2014). The number of International buyers, importers and distributors increased by 62%.

Alimentaria has seen the injection of €170 millions in the city. In terms of offer, “Vintage” food recipes revamped, Vegan, health and nutrition supplements and superfood have been the main food trends in the 40th edition of the fair.

According to organisers FIAB (the Spanish Food and Drink Industry Federation), Spain is the world’s seventh largest exporter of food and drink and also one of the leaders in horticultural exports globally.

Offering both online and offline sales the key to the future

Also at Alimentaria, Mercabarna, Barcelona’s wholesale food hub, took the opportunity to present its second report about e-commerce and food. The goal of this initiative is to create awareness of e-commerce within Spain’s small and medium-sized food companies when it comes to sales strategy.

The future consumer will increasingly buy their produce online either for delivery to their doorstep, via new intermediaries (new food portals or using Amazon services, for instance), or collection at a traditional shop.

For the food business, sensorial and purchase experience will be key, as the consumer still wants to experience and touch the product before purchasing it. So it won’t be surprising to see an online shop to be present offline to boost the customer experience.

Today, food represents 2.2% of e-commerce in Spain and fresh produce 0.8% of the total online food spend, though just 13% of online shoppers buy their fresh produce online.

According to MAGRAMA (Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment), fruit and vegetables account for 17% of the total food spend by Spanish consumers. The average household spend on food and drink was €1,482 in 2014. At a macro level, Spanish spent €98 billion on food in 2014, 67.5% of which was consumed in the home and 32.2% involved eating out.

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Mac Fruit Attraction debuts today in Cairo

Mac Fruit Attraction is a 4-day trade show representing the entire fruit and vegetable supply chain – from production to machinery – and including packaging and services.

About 30 Italian companies will be taking part in the first edition of Mac Fruit Attraction, being held in Cairo May 4-7.

Organised by Cesena Fiera in collaboration with Feria de Madrid, this 4-day trade show, part of Food Africa, represents the entire fruit and vegetable supply chain: from production to machinery, and including packaging and services.

In a press release, organisers said the event is expected to attract 400 professionals in the procurement and distribution chain from the countries of North East and West Africa (45%), the Arab states of the Persian Gulf and MENA countries (40%), and from Eastern Europe (15%).

Mac Fruit Attraction aims to encourage Italian and Spanish fruit and vegetable producers to enter these strategic markets and expand their global network.

“North Africa and the Middle East have become strategic areas for many of our products, for example apples, of which Egypt is now Italy’s second major importer due to the crisis of the Russian market,” said Cesena Fiera president Renzo Piraccini.

“Sectors such as technology and packaging, with which Italy stands out worldwide, also have a huge market in the Middle East and North Africa. This trade show aims to become a means of supporting companies throughout their internationalisation process, which is the first step of the global platform that we intend to develop also in South America and Asia,” he said.

Left to right: Raúl Calleja, director of Fruit Attraction; Tamer Safwat, general manager of IFP Egypt, organisers of FOOD AFRICA; Renzo Piraccini, president of Cesena Fiera.

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Morocco’s SIAM fair draws record crowd

SIAM is a major date on the African continent and has an important place in the agenda of key national and international decision-makers, attracting more exhibitors and visitors every year. Spread over 17 ha and integrating 9 marquees, the 2016 event was particularly special, attracting a record level of visitors – more than 700,000 – as well as 1,200 exhibitors, with 65 different countries represented.

‘Resilient and sustainable agriculture’ was the theme of this year’s SIAM – the International Exhibition of Moroccan Agriculture – held April 26 to May 1 in the northern Morocco city of Meknes.

This year marked the 11th edition of SIAM, which is held under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and was organised by Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Association of the International Exhibition of Moroccan Agriculture.

SIAM is a major date on the African continent and has an important place in the agenda of key national and international decision-makers, attracting more exhibitors and visitors every year.

Spread over 17 ha and integrating 9 marquees, the 2016 event was particularly special, attracting a record level of visitors – more than 700,000 – as well as 1,200 exhibitors, with 65 different countries represented, including from Europe (21 countries), Sub-Saharan Africa (16 countries), North Africa (4 countries), Asia (7 countries), the Middle East (6 countries) and South America (6 countries) as well as the United States, Canada and Australia.

SIAM is the biggest professional event for Morocco’s agricultural sector and follows the framework of the national agricultural development programme, Plan Maroc Vert (the Green Morocco Plan), which runs until 2020.

Another aspect making the 11th edition of SIAM a very special event was the fact it took place between two major events with extreme importance for the environment: COP 21 last December in Paris and COP 22 this November in Marrakech.

SIAM showcases Moroccan agriculture

The 11th edition of this event put the emphasis on resilient and sustainable agriculture, which is at the heart of various challenges facing the sector, which is increasingly exposed to the risks posed by climate changes, organisers said.

Issues addressed included how to face up to the challenges inherent in Moroccan agriculture, such as managing soils and optimised use of water, fertilisers and pesticides, reducing the environmental impact of agricultural labour, safety for farm workers, production of renewable energy based on agricultural waste, and sustainable production.

Many topics were discussed during the various activities held as part of SIAM 2016. For instance, the International Exhibition of Moroccan Agriculture, through a very well elaborated and strongly oriented scientific programme, provided an ideal space to match the multiple challenges that face agriculture today with solutions. One of SIAM’s strengths is that it offers professionals in the sector valuable opportunities to share multidimensional experiences with echoes beyond African borders.

Because of its multidimensional vocation, SIAM strives to generate important investments for its partners, sponsors and exhibitors, for instance, organisers say cooperatives make more 65% of their annual turnover during SIAM.

SIAM is also open to the general public, inviting them to come and discover the richness and diversity of Moroccan agricultural patrimony during the last 3 days of the exhibition.

SIAM 2016 welcomed the UAE

For the 11th edition, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was invited as a country of honour. Partners for a long time, the UAE and Morocco have worked together during the last decade to intensify their economic partnership. The UAE is now the 3rd biggest foreign investor in Morocco and number one among Arab countries. The two counties have more than 60 cooperation agreements concerning different sectors, from industry to agriculture and tourism.

Organisers said the UAE was a natural choice as country of honour given the fair’s theme of ‘Resilient and sustainable agriculture’, as the UAE is also seeking to develop its farm sector.

“Though agriculture represents only 1% of the United Arab Emirates GDP, 60% of their water potential is used. Thus, the country is developing an ambitious strategy in order to maximise its water productivity,” the said, also noting that the UAE has achieved a degree of self-sufficiency, “mainly in the production of fruits such as mangos and citrus, as well as vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, cabbages and squash.”

They also mentioned the UAE’s “expanding market of organic fruits and vegetables.”

9 emblematic poles

As with every year, SIAM focuses around 9 emblematic poles:

1 – Pole of Areas: gathers the twelve Areas of the Kingdom in order to focus on their specificities and their agricultural richness.

2 – Pole Institutional & Sponsors: concentrates the public and private institutions involved in the country agriculture and supporting SIAM

3 – Pole of the International: gathering all foreign enterprises working in agriculture or food processing sector, embassies, international organisations and NGOs.

4 – Pole of Products: gathers small-medium and big agricultural or food processing enterprises providing raw products such as fruits and vegetables to processed products.

5 – Pole of Agro-Supply: includes all related sectors to agricultural inputs and small machinery for vegetable production.

6 – Pole of Nature & life: covers outdoor hobbies such as fishing and hunting, gardening, green spaces, forests and also plantations, eco-housing and environmental activities.

7 – Pole Livestock Farming: puts forwards animals from Moroccan and international breeding, as well as all veterinary activities and related animal food. Very dynamic, this pole proposes a breeding contest which is one of the most important events of SIAM.

8 – Pole of Machinery: dedicated to big agricultural materials and to farming equipment.

9 – Pole of local products: exclusively handles Morocco’s different cooperatives and associations, working towards the promotion of traditional and local agricultural products.

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PMA Fresh Summit to run October 14-16 in Florida

More than 18,500 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from over 60 countries are expected at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, being held October 14-16 in Florida.

More than 18,500 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from over 60 countries are expected at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, being held October 14-16 in Florida.

Once again, this seminal event offers the opportunity to meet with experts, leaders and decision makers from every link of the fresh produce supply chain, as well as to discover how today’s bright ideas are poised to reshape tomorrow’s produce and floral landscape.

The Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, will be the venue for the 2016 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, which the organisers, the Produce Marketing Association, describe as “the most important event of the year for the fresh industry.”

Attendees can personalise their Fresh Summit experience by connecting to one or more of the following communities most closely matching their business interests: Global Connections, Science & Technology, Industry Talent, Issues Leadership, and Floral.

“Fresh Summit becomes the center of the produce and floral marketing universe every October. It’s where contacts are formed, trends are revealed, ideas are exchanged and careers are made.

“Don’t miss the future of fresh,” the PMA said.

For more information see: http://www.pma.com/events/freshsummit

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Discover, debut new products at SIAL

As the world’s largest food show, SIAL – being held October 16-20 in Paris Nord Villepinte – is an unparalleled platform for insights into the products and trends of the future.

Entries are open for the SIAL Innovation Awards, held in Paris once every two years.

As the world’s largest food show, SIAL – taking place October 16-20 in Paris Nord Villepinte – is an unparalleled platform for insights into the products and trends of the future.

Organisers say that in 2014, the competition (open to exhibitors only) drew over 1,700 applicants – up 70% on the previous edition. “SIAL Innovation is an unmissable chance to increase visibility and kick-start networking with over 156 000 international food world players,” the SIAL Paris press team said in a media release.

There are 15 SIAL (Salon International de l’Alimentation) Innovation awards and entry is free.

Visitors discover trail blazing products

“Every single one of the 160,000 visitors expected at SIAL Paris…knows that this show will give them precious insight into the products and trends of the future. If 76% of professionals say they have discovered innovations here in the past, it’s because 78% of the exhibitors use this biennial event as an unveiling platform for their R&D team’s newest products.

“The companies present in SIAL’s Innovation area (which is frequented by around 75% of the show’s visitors) see a large return on investment when their products win awards. It should therefore come as no surprise that 80% of 2014’s successful candidates are entering the competition again this year.”

Gateway to the big league

French Cooker says SIAL Paris may seem overwhelming, “but you’ve got to go! It was a fantastic experience for us – one that got us into our target market and made us ‘big league’ players. You do need to keep a ‘cool head’ though, and keep an eye on both supermarket orders (as the amounts can be significant) and potential labelling issues with export.”

 

“Discover innovative food products, decipher food trends, meet 6,500 exhibitors from 104 countries, and find inspiration…”