Once again Peru Natura will be one of main highlights at the 3rd Expoalimentaria in Lima, September 28-30, 2011. The pavilion will showcase the best natural and organic certified ingredients, fruits and vegetables, exotic products, herbs and cereals from Peru’s bio-diversity and attract foreign buyers looking for its natural, organic, ethnic and fair trade foods: chocolate and cocoa ingredients, specialty coffee, sacha inchi nuts and oil, camu camu in pulp and powder, fresh and dried goldenberries, lucuma, maca, quinoa, amaranth, canahua, yacon, muna, purple corn, finger and yellow potatoes.

Over 500 Peruvian and foreign exhibitors and 15,000 professional visitors from around the globe will meet at Expoalimentaria, the largest international food and beverages show in the region, organized by the Peruvian Exporters Association (ADEX), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE) and the Export and Tourism Promotion Board (Promperu).

Foreign exhibitors account for 25 percent and new exhibitors 36 percent. Participating countries include Canada, the United States, Argentina, Bolivia Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, France, Germany and Portugal. The 4th International Convention for Organic Products, the 6th National Aquaculture Convention and the 1st Enterprising Seminar “Emprende Peru” will run parallel to the fair along with a series of seminars offered by international experts.

The gastronomic festival will invite renowned chefs to delight the guests with the best of Peruvian cuisine, while the Innovation hall will display newly introduced products, which have received awards for their taste, quality, uniqueness, presentation and sustainability.

Peru is the 6th largest producer of organic products, the world’s largest exporter of organic coffee, with exports to grow 35 percent in 2011, and the second largest exporter of cacao. Coffee accounts for 2/3 of Peru’s organic exports, while bananas account for a further 20 percent and cacao 7percent. The US is the destination of 1/3 of Peru’s exports and 2/3 reach Europe.

The third largest South American country with a population of 29.1 million and US$4,365 per capita GDP (2009), Peru is one of the few Latin American countries that weathered the 2008 global financial crisis well and was able to maintain a positive growth rate.