Posted on

5th edition of International Food Processing, Packing and Machinery (SIEMA) Exhibition

5th edition of International Food Processing, Packing and Machinery (SIEMA) Exhibition

 

The fifth edition of this international event focusing on processing, packing and machinery for the food industry will be held between 8th and 10th December in Casablanca, Morocco. Last year’s edition hosted 220 brands from 20 countries, welcoming over 6,700 professional visitors, many of whom attended the 430 match-making meetings that were held during the exhibition. 

The Moroccan market is a strategic one given its geographical location at the entrance to Africa. Morocco has signed Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the US, the EU, the Arab League and Turkey. The country boasts good communication networks and global transport connections, as well as a strong banking and finance sector. In 2008, the EU granted Morocco ‘Advanced status’. The country is a great place to invest as it offers competitive labour costs, as well as tax incentives, no restrictions to capital and ease of repatriation for profits and dividends. 

Please contact tansu@elanexpo.net for more information and prices.

Photo: Siema Maroc

Posted on

Troubling times for Moroccan citrus 

Troubling times for Moroccan citrus 

 

Morocco’s 2019-2020 citrus crop is estimated to slump 40% to 1.56 million tons, according to L’Economiste. The greatest hit is to the smaller fruits for export. The fall in production is partially offset by the entry into production of new plantations. Export prices are significantly higher than last year’s due to the smaller supply in other Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Egypt and Turkey. However, the 4-5 week delay to the start of the season led to a sharper price collapse for the Moroccan supply. This resulted in many producers destroying a large part of their harvest or abandoning it on the tree. 

However, it is not all bad news for Morocco’s citrus sector. Demand for all sizes of orange is rising exponentially in sub-Saharan African markets. According to estimates by the Moroccan Association of Packers, citrus shipments to this region currently exceed 600,000 tons.