Food exports from Peru have increased by 227% over the past decade (from 2006 to 2015).
Within this context, Expoalimentaria, the largest trade fair on the continent and which has exceeded its own business forecasts, is being held in Lima at the end of September.
At this eighth edition of Expoalimentaria, John Hartley, vice-chairman of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), explained that the initial business forecasts have already been exceeded, valued at around USD 800 million in sales.
“These are indicators that show the potential of the food offer from our country. However, the challenge is great and we will continue working to position ourselves as a reliable supplier for the rest of the world”, stated Hartley, who was accompanied by Edgar Vásquez, Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade from Mincetur and Jorge Luis Montenegro, Deputy Minister for Infrastructures and Irrigation from Minagri.
The vice-chairman of ADEX informed that the food import figure was USD 1.2 billion and that, in this context, Peru continues working to offer quality, organic and certified produce that differentiates it from other competitors. “Over the past 10 years, Peruvian food exports have risen from USD 1.631 billion (in 2006) to USD 5.338 billion (in 2015), a growth of 227%”, he indicated.
Hartley added that “over the same period of time, the number of consignments rose from 591 to 668, which shows the interest of Peruvian businessmen to diversify and give greater added value to Peruvian produce.”
The executive qualified that “the trade fair’s aim is to continue growing and promoting trade exchange between suppliers and international buyers. The figures rule in our favour every year and this time 650 companies from the five continents came together on a surface area of 23,400 m².”
International buyers. The event included the most important international buying chains, retailers, wholesalers, importers, traders, food suppliers, amongst others such as Eastland Food Corporation, International Fruit Company, Atlanta Corporation and Samba (U.S.A.), JSC Tander (Russia), Tesco PLC (United Kingdom), Kaf Group and Jaipur Star General (United Arab Emirates), Fresh Gold (South Africa), Casino (France), Unisuper (Guatemala), Cencosud (Chile) and El Competidor (Ecuador).
Likewise, the following were present: Kanematsu Corporation and ITO-Yokado Co from Japan; Sabores y Colores EJC S.A.S. and La Gran Colombia from Colombia; Casa Fiesta and the supermarkets Rosa, Nardelli, Manetti, Koch, Imperatriz, Hippo, Central Rede Top, Angeloni, Giacossi and Bistek from Brazil.
At this edition, as a new development Expoalimentaria included the LAC Flavours business conference, organised by the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) and Connect Americas, in which exporting and buying companies from North America, Central America and South America took part, as well as companies from the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
The trade fair was organised by ADEX and Promperú and it is backed by the Ministry of Production (Produce), the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.