The 9th edition of LAC Flavors, the business round organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, through ConnectAmericas.com and the AACI (Argentine Investments and Foreign Trade Agency) and sponsored by the Ministry of Agroindustry of Argentina and Exponenciar S.A., started today. LAC Flavors is being held in the run-up to Aliment.AR, the B2B food, beverages and trends exhibition taking place from 8 to 10 November and intended as a real strategic pole for the wide export offer of Latin America.
In Tecnópolis, during the first day of the LAC Flavors round that finishes tomorrow midday, 120 buyers from all over the world meet 500 exporters from Latin America. Tomorrow the B2B business meetings between 230 buyers from 44 countries and the 300 exhibiting companies continue during Aliment.AR.
In the first person
Enrique Ramírez came from Mexico to take part at LAC Flavors. His company, Orígenes Milenarios, offers nourishing products made with agave syrup, and also jams and spreads. “This is my second time at LAC Flavors and I am staying to participate at Aliment.AR, where I exhibit my products with the Pro México delegation”, he says.
Cecilia Mojica, also from Mexico, represents Delinutrición, a company that distributes the brand Zuitlusions. “We manufacture healthy candy: jelly fruit candy with sugar and sugar-free, made with organic agave, with supplements and vitamins. We also elaborate palanquetas, a traditional Mexican sweet made with seeds. This is the first time I take part at LAC Flavors. Our products are in sync with the world trend towards healthy food”, adds Mojica, who is also participating as exhibitor in Aliment.AR. “The Mexican companies used to focus on the United States, but the recent political events made us look for other markets”, she says.
Esteban Solís comes from Costa Rica and represents Groupo Empresarial de Supermercados SA (Gessa), with 63 branches in his country. Solís came to buy good quality wines for end consumers. “We are aware of the potential of the Argentine wines”, he says. This is the first participation at LAC Flavors for Solís and he is excited about the beginning of Aliment.AR.
Rodrigo Oyarzo of Sudmaris Chile is engaged in the shrimp farming, processing and distribution. “I came to offer my products and I have several meetings planned. I have already held two meetings with potential buyers from the United States and they were very productive”, he stated short after the beginning of the round. “I believe we ca make a deal. I already have clients in Argentina. I am interested in the Central America market”, Oyarzo said. The products of Sudmaris Chile are going to be exhibited at the Pro Chile stand during Aliment.AR.
While he waited to meet with Chime Produce, a food importer and supplier in the United States, the Uruguayan Alejandro Rodríguez, from Delichips, told that they produce apples, and healthy snacks and dehydrated products with that fruit. “We only use the apple, we do not add preservatives, sugar or salt. This is a new generation of snacks”, he says. Besides his participation at LAC Flavors, Rodríguez is going to be part of the exhibition with other Uruguayan companies during Aliment.AR. “I am meeting as planned for the round, but at the same time, I am organizing more meetings as I get to know more companies I would like to meet with”, he adds.
Andrea Woolberton, head of Engine Coffee, is from the United States, but she is based in Nicaragua. She offers Nicaraguan coffee and special products, such as berry tea and coffee tea. “We try to show different coffee options, as drying styles, and we produce a gourmet coffee”, she explains. “We can add 400 times more vale to Nicaragua working with coffee options”, tells Woolberton, a PhD in Economics specialized in Agriculture, who left her position as a government consultant to become a SME entrepreneur. “I was born in the United States and I am opening my eyes to all the business possibilities in this part of the world”, she says.
Kawal Pal Singh Kohli arrived from the United Arab Emirates to buy Argentine products for Dubai and the Middle East. In particular, he is interested in raisins, rice and peanuts. This is his first time at LAC Flavors and he is staying until Sunday.
Muhammad Haneed Abul Hasan is from American Specialty Foods, of Dubai. He came to Argentina looking for a wide range of ingredients for the Argentine cuisine, mainly popcorn seeds.
At the 8 previous LAC Flavors editions, 12,000 B2B meetings were carried out, generating a potential business volume of USD 610 million.
From 7 to 8 November (midday): LAC Flavors
8 November, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Aliment.AR.
– Free admission for related public only with previous on-line registration (http://expoalimentar.com.ar/visitantes/
– International Seminar on Bioeconomics and International Trade of Food and Beverages
9 November. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Aliment.AR.
– From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: International Investments Forum
– From 1.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Thematic Forums on New Modalities of International Food Trade
10 November. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Aliment.AR.
– From 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: 3rd National Day of Food and Beverages, organized by COPAL
– 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Conferences by INTI (National Institute of Industrial Technology)
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