For the 2020 edition, Argentina will participate with an official pavilion and direct exhibiting companies
The Argentine food and beverage industry will confirm its good positioning in Alimentaria 2020. Thus, in the 2018 edition, companies from Argentina occupied a total surface area of nearly 190 m2, a figure which represents a 55% increase over that obtained in 2014. The majority of this exhibition area corresponds to the official pavilion of Argentina, which revalidates its participation and expects to bring together a dozen companies.
The International Food, Beverage and Food Service Exhibition is preparing its next edition, which will take place from 20 to 23 April at Fira de Barcelona. Alimentaria 2020, in addition to being the sector’s most important event in Spain, is an international benchmark, which means that companies from all over the world are increasingly interested in exhibiting their products at the show. These include Argentinean companies, whose presence has grown exponentially over the last few editions of the event.
Among the firms from Argentina which will participate as exhibitors in Alimentaria 2018 are Establecimiento Las Marías, Kraus, Argensun, Conexa Foods, Productos Ferraris, Dulcor, Indo Deli and Argenmieles, which mainly represent the confectionery sector.
As J. Antonio Valls, managing director of Alimentaria Exhibitions, points out, “companies in the Argentinean food sector are confident in the potential of the Spanish market for exporting their products. Alimentaria’s international visibility means that the presence of Argentinean exhibitors at the show has increased exponentially over recent editions.
In addition, Alimentaria 2018 was visited by more than one hundred Argentinean sector professionals. Five purchasing companies attended the show as guests, as part of the Hosted Buyers programme promoted by the exhibition. Among these companies are Cencosud, the largest supermarket chain in Latin America, and De la Costa Patagónica.
Spain, key trading partner for Argentina
In 2018, Spain imported Argentine food and beverages worth 996.5 million euros, according to the Argentine National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec), which represents 74.5% of Argentina’s total exports to Spain.
Soybean flour (447M euros) – of which Spain is the fifth largest recipient in the world – and frozen shrimp and prawns (347M euros) top the list of these exports. Other products such as frozen squid (44.5M euros), frozen hake (31.3M euros) and prepared olives (9.5M euros) also have a very important weight in the sales of Argentine food and drinks to Spain.
Also, according to data from the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB), Spain exported food products worth 31M euros in 2018, representing a growth of over 13% in the last decade. By volume, the main products exported are processed and preserved meat, canned fish and meat and poultry products.
Alimentaria returns with renewed content
Alimentaria will be held from 20 to 23 April 2020 at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía venue. 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.
The event comprises the meat (Intercarn), dairy (Interlact), canning (Expoconser), confectionery and snacks (Snacks, Biscuits & Confectionary), Mediterranean diet, fresh produce, olive oil and vegetables (Mediterranean Foods) and Food Service (Restaurama) shows. Along with them, Grocery Foods will bring together the main consumer goods companies. For its part, International Pavilions – which, seven months before the start of Alimentaria 2020, had already exceeded 60% of its sales, an unprecedented figure compared to that achieved in the months prior to the previous editions of the event – will bring together all the non-Spanish products, while Lands of Spain will do the same for the national production of the various Spanish autonomous communities.
As a new feature, Alimentaria 2020 will include the Alimentaria Trends show, where the latest production and consumption trends will be presented, 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).
For the second edition in a row, Alimentaria will once again be held with Hostelco – the International Restaurant, Hotel and Community Equipment Show -, joining forces to provide distribution and the Horeca channel with the most complete and comprehensive range of food, gastronomy and hospitality equipment. Both shows will jointly organise activities with great added value, such as The Experience, a space in which workshops, gastronomic classrooms and showcookings by the most renowned chefs will take place.
In turn, the show dedicated to wine and spirits will begin a new stage in 2020 with a project of its own. Thus, next year Alimentaria’s Intervin event will be transformed into Barcelona Wine Week, which will enhance the international image of Spanish wine. The new show will offer a unique tour of the national wine map, and will take place from 3 to 5 February 2020 at Fira de Barcelona.