Organic and ethnic were the product categories in highest demand during the 5th edition of Expoalimentaria Peru, October 15-17th. Over 2,300 international buyers and 33,000 visitors from 50 countries attended the annual international event. This year 600 exhibitors from 15 countries presented a wide variety of ingredients, foods and beverages: From seafood and fresh produce to Andean grains, cacao, and super foods like camu camu, yacon and maca. “The show is much bigger than I anticipated”, said Anthony Rickards, buyer at the UK’s organic retail chain Planet Organic. He found at least two companies already exporting to Europe offering all the unique products he came to source from Peru and the region.
“I walked the show and the best area is Peru Natura”, said Jerry Zeifman of Canadian importing and distributing firm Advantage Health Matters. This section showcasing products from the biodiversity has been the most attractive for buyers seeking organic and native foods. Winners of the 4th edition of the Innovation Contest include companies with healthy and low processed foods such as La Campera with its line of pastas, sauces and tapenades made with Andean mushrooms and Chia Cool, a new refreshing and healthy drink infused with chia seeds and natural flavors introduced by Organic Sierra y Selva. Expoalimentaria, organized by the Peruvian Exporters Association ADEX with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Export Promotion Agency PROMPERU, reported estimated business for US $620 million, a 65% increase compared to the US$375 million generated after last year’s edition.