Ital­ian food ex­ports to the uae reaches $350m

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More than 190 Ital­ian com­pa­nies took part in the Ital­ian Food Lab at Gul­food this year.

Dis­play­ing prod­ucts from cheese, cof­fee and pasta to agri­cul­tural pro­duce, Ital­ian ex­hibitors at Gul­food are look­ing to ben­e­fit from the grow­ing trade in the re­gion.

“Ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­ports, the food and bev­er­age sec­tor in the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) states is ex­pected to con­tinue to grow at a healthy 7.1% an­nu­ally, reach­ing $196 bil­lion by 2021, from the cur­rent $130 bil­lion,” Gian­paolo Bruno, trade com­mis­sioner to the UAE, Oman and Pak­istan at the Ital­ian Trade Agency said.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for Ital­ian com­pa­nies as there is a grow­ing de­mand for Ital­ian pro­duce, known for their qual­ity, au­then­tic­ity and gas­tro­nom­i­cal de­lights. Cur­rently, Ital­ian food ex­ports to the UAE alone is worth over $350 mil­lion, and through events like Gul­food we are able to bring to­gether mak­ers of au­then­tic Ital­ian pro­duce and ma­jor in­dus­try play­ers in the re­gion, to do busi­ness to­gether,” Bruno added.

Speak­ing on the over­view of Gul­food 2018, the trade com­mis­sioner said:“the Ital­ian com­pa­nies that par­tic­i­pated in this year’s Gul­food ex­pe­ri­enced a pos­i­tive re­sponse and we look for­ward to strength­en­ing Italy’s food trade with the re­gion.”

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