France, the main recipient of Spanish food exports, reaffirms its interest in the show
The International Food, Beverage and Food Service Show is preparing its next edition, which will take place from 20th to 23rd 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 French companies are increasingly interested in exhibiting their products at the show. In this regard, the event’s organisers expect the participation of French exhibitors in Alimentaria 2020 to increase by around 10% compared to the previous edition.
France, the Spanish food and beverage industry’s main trading partner, will increase its representation in Alimentaria 2020. Thus, in the 2018 edition, 29 French companies participated as direct exhibitors, occupying a space of 557 m2. This figure – which represents 60% growth compared to that obtained in 2014 – is expected to increase by around 10% at next year’s edition.
Among the Gallic firms that have confirmed their participation for the 2020 edition are Euralis Gastronomie, Bridor and Chocolat Mathiez. These companies have already participated in Alimentaria 2018, together with Chabas Frio, Moy Park France, and Solina, among others, representing the restaurant, meat, snack, sweet and dairy product sectors.
In addition, France led the ranking of international visitors at Alimentaria 2018. More than ten purchasing companies attended the show as guests, as part of the Hosted Buyers programme promoted by the exhibition. These companies include Comptoir France-Espagne, a leading distributor of Spanish products, and Optimum Buying, an international operator in the Horeca channel.
As J. Antonio Valls, managing director of Alimentaria Exhibitions, points out, ‘French companies have been relying on the show as a platform for marketing their products in Spain for many years. In addition, French buyers interested in Spanish food and beverages find the best opportunities at Alimentaria. The show’s international visibility means that each year there is an increase in the number of French exhibitors and visitors to the exhibition.
Spain is France’s leading supplier
As the figures from the French Ministry of Agriculture show, both countries are priority trading partners. Thus, France is the main client of the Spanish food industry.
In this sense, according to data from the Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB), France is the main recipient of Spanish food exports, with 4,783 million euros (15.7% of total foreign sales in the sector), which represents a growth of 0.7% with respect to 2017. By volume, the main products exported were processed and canned meat (776 million euros) and canned fruit and vegetables (534 million euros).
In turn, Spain is the fifth largest recipient of international sales in the French food sector, with 5,055 million Euros in 2018, according to the Ministry of Agriculture of this country, whose data indicates that France is Spain’s leading supplier of gourmet products, with a total of 630 million Euros in value of its exports last year, which would respond to the progressive change in the behaviour of Spanish consumers, who are increasingly demanding quality products. Dairy products (510 million euros) and beverages (385 million euros) of French origin also have a very important weight in food and beverage sales to Spain.
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.
In turn, the show dedicated to wine and spirits will begin a new phase in 2020 with a project of its own. As a result, next year Alimentaria’s Intervin event will be transformed into Barcelona Wine Week, which will boost 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.