Spain is the third largest trading partner of Peru’s agricultural industry, and the first of the fishing industry
The Peruvian food and beverage industry will reassert its good positioning at the next edition of Alimentaria. In 2020, companies from Peru will occupy a total area of nearly 90 m2 at the show, double the exhibition space they occupied three years ago. The Latin American country’s participation consists mainly of an official pavilion organised under the institutional umbrella of the Lima Chamber of Commerce.
Alimentaria is already preparing its next edition, which will take place from 20 to 23 April 2020 at Fira de Barcelona. The event, in addition to being the sector’s most important event in Spain, is an international benchmark, which means that Peruvian companies are increasingly interested in using the event as a business platform. In this sense, according to data from the Peruvian Export and Tourism Promotion Commission (Promperu), in 2018 Spain was the third most important partner for exports of the total Peruvian agricultural industry, only behind the United States and the Netherlands, and the first for the fishing sector.
In the 2020 edition, Alimentaria will once again have important Peruvian exhibitor companies. Among the companies exhibiting in Alimentaria 2018 from this Latin American country are firms dedicated to organic products, such as Brolem Company, or Glint and Nutrality Superfoods, which also include functional foods, as well as the supplier of products for the Cosecha de Oro Horeca channel.
As J. Antonio Valls, Alimentaria’s general manager, points out, “Peruvian food industry companies trust Alimentaria as a showcase for their products, with Spain being one of their main clients. Furthermore, participating and attending the benchmark trade show for the food and beverage industry in Spain is a great opportunity to increase sales in the Spanish market and its areas of influence, where the Peruvian food and beverage sector still has a lot of potential for growth”.
On the other hand, Alimentaria 2020 is expected to once again attract major buyers from the Latin American country. In its 2018 edition, Alimentaria was visited by more than 100 Peruvian professionals, including almost a dozen purchasing companies who came to the show as guests, as part of the Hosted Buyers programme promoted by the exhibition. These companies include Adriatica de Importaciones y Exportaciones, Andina Real, Distribuciones Andinas Ilimitadas, KGV Foods and Supermercados Tottus.
Spain, key trading partner for Peru
Specifically, according to Promperu, the first three items exported to Spain in 2018 by the Peruvian food industry were prepared or preserved asparagus (38 million euros) – which also represents the seventh most important product in the general ranking of sales from Peru to Spain – frozen prawns (15 million euros) and pre-cooked frozen cuttlefish, squid and potato (11 million euros).
According to data from the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB), Spain exported food products to Peru in 2018 worth 43 million euros, a growth of nearly 15% in the last decade. By volume, the main products exported include processed fish, crustaceans and molluscs (8 million euros) and olive oil (4 million euros).
Alimentaria returns with renewed content
Alimentaria will take place from 20 to 23 April 2020 at the Fira de Barcelona. The show is preparing a unique edition with renewed content, aimed primarily at strengthening its business character and projecting gastronomy as its differential value, under the sign of innovation that characterises the event. In 2020, Alimentaria aims to renew the internationalisation levels achieved at the last edition, which was attended by nearly 4,500 exhibitor companies, 1,000 of them from 70 countries, and 150,000 professionals, 45,000 of them from 156 countries.
As a new feature, Alimentaria 2020 will include the Alimentaria Trends show, which will cover more than 4,500 m2 and will showcase the latest production and consumption trends, such as delicatessen foods (Fine Foods), organically produced foods (Organic Foods), allergen-free foods (Free From), Halal foods (Halal Foods) and functional foods (Functional Foods).
This show will join the existing ones on the key subsectors of the food industry, such as meat (Intercarn), dairy (Interlact), canning (Expoconser), sweets and snacks (Snacks, Biscuits & Confectionary); the Mediterranean diet, fresh produce, olive and vegetable oils (Mediterranean Foods) and Food Service (Restaurama). Along with them, Grocery Foods will bring together the main consumer goods companies. For its part, International Pavilions will bring together all the foreign offer, while Lands of Spain will do the same with the national production of the various Spanish regions.
Alimentaria and Hostelco – the International Restaurant, Hotel and Community Equipment Show – are once again joining forces to provide distribution and the Horeca channel with the most complete and comprehensive range of food, gastronomy and hotel and restaurant equipment. In addition, they will jointly organise activities with great added value, such as The Experience, a space in which workshops, gastronomic classrooms and showcookings will take place.