Alimentaria, the International Food, Beverages and Foodservice Trade Fair is preparing its largest event in recent years, consolidating its position as the leading platform for business and internationalization for this industry sector in the whole of Spain.
Holding the event together with Hostelco will multiply synergies with the hotel and restaurant industry, key sectors for the Spanish economy. It will also mean the convening of more than 4,500 exhibiting companies, who will be displaying their best products.
On 28th February, the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment in Madrid hosted the presentation of Alimentaria 2018, organized by Alimentaria Exhibitions. The event will be held jointly with Hostelco, the International Trade Fair for Equipment for Catering, Hospitality and Communities, from 16 to 19 April at the Gran Vía Fira de Barcelona venue (Spain). The joint holding of the two fairs will bring together more than 150,000 visitors.
The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, who presided over the act, highlighted that, “Alimentaria is a world-renowned brand. For 42 years this great international event has been the most exceptional showcase for our food and beverage industry and has consolidated itself as an incentive for the entire sector and a forecasting vector for the future of the food industry. It has gained undoubted prestige and is the benchmark in its category for all professionals”.
For his part, the President of Alimentaria and Fira de Barcelona, Josep Lluís Bonet, confirmed that, “Food is our country’s leading industrial sector, and at Alimentaria it has the opportunity to show to the world its bastions such as high-quality, excellence of raw material and innovation; alongside a gastronomy which enjoys great international prestige. All this is celebrated by this Trade Fair, which over the last four decades has ceaselessly defended the interests and promoted business opportunities in the food sector”.
In this regard, the Director General of this trade fair and of Alimentaria Exhibitions, José Antonio Valls, affirmed that, “Alimentaria is the greatest exhibition platform for the Spanish food industry, a trade fair which represents the global nature of its cross-sector interests and the specificities of each of its vertical sub-sectors” and he added that the show, “has supported the sector in its process of internationalisation, innovation and competitiveness”.
Alimentaria 2018 focuses on facilitating contact between exhibiting companies and international buyers, from more than 150 countries. Although Europe continues to be the main region of origin of visitors to the fair (mainly Italy, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Germany), a significant increase in the number of representatives areas of great strategic interest for the Spanish market is expected, for example North America (United States, Mexico and Canada), Asia (with China at the head, although with a prominent presence from India, South Korea, Thailand and Japan) and Latin America (particularly from Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Panama).
More information will be available in the March April print issue of Frozen Food Europe.