Useful Industry Organisations

International trade fairs are very important for growers and exporters, not only to display their produce but also to get to know more about their potential markets and competitors. As some markets can be very difficult to access without some help from within (agents, freight forwarders, wholesalers, etc.), fairs serve as an excellent meeting place to make contacts and business links. This section lists some of the more important trade fairs from around the world.

Russian Federation

World Food, Moscow
A four-day event that showcases 1,100 exhibitors from 51 countries and attracts more than 50,000 exporters, wholesalers, retailers and processors.
Frequency: September
Internet: www.world-food.ru/eng

Prodexpo, Moscow
Largest show of foodstuffs in Russia and Eastern Europe. 
Frequency: February
Internet: www.-eng.expocentr.ru/site/95/default.asp?section=3

Europe

Fruit Logistica, BerlinGermany
Good venue to exhibit fresh nuts and related products. The target market is Germany, the EU and Central and Eastern Europe. 
Frequency: February
Internet: www.fruitlogistics.de

Bio Fach, Nuremburg
The leading European Trade Show for organic food and non-food products. Target market is Germany and Europe. 
Frequency: February. 
Internet: www.biofach.de/main/page.html

Food Ingredients (FI) Europe, Paris
Internet: http://europe2007.fi-events.com/

Alimentaria, Barcelona Spain
Attracts 4,000 exhibitors from various countries and 145,000 professional buyers, of which approximately a third are from outside of Spain.
Internet: www.alimentaria.com

Asia

Food & Hotel, Shanghai, China
Frequency: November
Internet: www.fhcchina.com.

Food Ingredients Asia-China, Shanghai, China
The show attracts over 14,000 food professionals.
Frequency: February
Internet: www.fi-events.com

Foodex, Tokyo, Japan,
The biggest, most popular food and beverage exhibition in Asia.  In 2005 this event was attended by 92,442 trade visitors from 76 countries. 
Frequency: March
Internet: www.jma.org.jp/FOODEX/ 

Food & Hotel Asia, Singapore
In 2005 the event attracted 2,718 exhibitors and over 37,000 visitors.
Frequency: April
Internet: www.foodnhotelasia.com

Americas

Americas Food & Beverage Show, Miami, Florida
This show attracts US, Caribbean, Mexican and Central and South American buyers.
Frequency: November
Internet: www.afb@cmgexpo.com

Canadian Food & Beverage Show, Toronto, Canada
Frequency: February
Internet: www.crfa.ca/tradeshows/fbshow.asp

Middle East

Gulfood, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The 2005 show drew 27,000 trade visitors from 120 countries and generated over $14-million in on-site sales. Best products include dried fruits and nuts (particularly almonds), breakfast cereals, food ingredients, health foods, cookies and snack foods. 
Frequency: February
Internet: www.gulfood.com