Su­per foods is next Step for peru

CateringNews Middle East - - Event Review -

After grow­ing 69% in food trade to the UAE in 2017, Peru aims to achieve more than 100% growth this year.

Speak­ing to Cater­ing News Mid­dle East on the side-lines of Gul­food 2018, Al­varo Sil­vas­an­tis­te­ban, direc­tor, Peru Min­istry of For­eign Trade and Tourism said: “Last year we did not just meet our monthly tar­gets but our yearly tar­get too and the num­bers have been grow­ing month by month.

“Our growth in just food has gone up by 69% and if you keep in mind that we are among the top five ex­porters in the world for a few prod­ucts, the pos­si­bil­i­ties of us grow­ing is tremen­dous,” he added.

The grow­ing num­bers val­i­date the ne­ces­sity of Peru­vian prod­ucts in the mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to the direc­tor.

“The prod­ucts are be­ing per­fectly ac­cepted in the mar­ket. Our top per­form­ing prod­ucts right now are pomegranates, man­goes, grapes, av­o­ca­does and as­para­gus. I can say we have 75% of the as­para­gus mar­ket in the UAE,” he added.

With the cur­rent growth rate, Peru will also be look­ing at in­tro­duc­ing healthy food sup­plies in the mar­ket, the direc­tor said.

“We have to over­power what we did in 2017, if we take 69% growth last year, we now have to do a 100% growth, so we are look­ing at it pos­i­tively. The healthy side of things is go­ing to be a topic we are work­ing on, su­per foods is some­thing we have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion to keep grow­ing in the mar­ket that we have al­ready es­tab­lished,” he said.

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