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Alimentaria will open its doors again this year. Taking place from 20th to 23rd April at Fira de Barcelona, the international food, drinks and food service trade show will be showcasing quality ranges of Spanish food and drink.
The show is also set to attract a large number of British visitors and buyers once again. For the 2018 edition, the UK was ranked sixth in terms of visitor numbers behind Italy, France, Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany. In total over 4,500 exhibiting companies (1,000 of them from 70 different countries) and around 150,000 professionals (45,000 of them from 156 different countries) attended.
The UK is also the fourth largest recipient country of Spanish food exports, according to the Spanish Food and Drink Industry Federation, FIAB. In 2018, 6.7% of Spain’s foreign sales within this sector, accounting for a total of €2.037 billion, were shipped to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Spanish products most in demand included wine, fruit and vegetable preserves and olive oil.
New to the 2020 show is the Alimentaria Trends section. Covering more than 4,500 metres squared, this new section will display the latest trends in production and consumption, such as delicatessen foods (Fine Foods), organic production (Organic Foods), allergen-free products (Free From), halal production (Halal Foods) and functional products (Functional Foods).
J. Antonio Valls, managing director of Alimentaria Exhibitions, said, “Participating as exhibitors at the leading food industry trade show provides companies from the United Kingdom with a great opportunity to increase their sales in the Spanish market and their areas of influence, where the British food and beverage sector still has a lot of growth potential.”