The Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB), with the support of the MAP, will drive until the end of the year the export activity of the sector in eight major key markets. Through different promotional activities, FIAB will promote the international projection of more than a hundred companies in the five continents.

Thus, for the last four months of the year, FIAB has paid attention to intensifying the diversification of export activity to markets with great potential such as Australia, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Russia or Kenya, among others.

In addition, the Federation, with the support of MAPA, ICEX and CESCE, has organized the visit of Latin American importers to our country that will seek to know Spanish products first hand and establish new commercial ties with the Spanish food and beverage industries.

Internationalization is one of the main pillars of growth in the sector and the Spanish economy in general. Proof of this is the evolution of exports of our food and beverages since 2000 and that reflects how they have multiplied by three, going from just under 10,000 million euros to 30,470 million reached in 2018.

In the last year, exports have remained stable despite the insecurity of international markets derived from trade wars. "We must continue betting on the exit abroad, and for this it is more necessary than ever to guarantee the access of small and medium enterprises to activities that bring them closer to buyers and importers of strategic markets," said Mauricio García de Quevedo, CEO from FIAB.

The bet of the Spanish gourmet section in the United Kingdom

The first stop of this international calendar brings together these days Spanish companies in the sector Specialty and Fine Food Fair from London, the main British gourmet fair.

FIAB, in collaboration with the Provincial Council of Burgos and Extremadura Avante, organizes the Spanish Grouped Pavilion where, until September 3, a total of 21 companies will be able to contact the most important distributors in the country, such as Sainsbury, Tesco and Marks & Spencer, among others , as well as the Horeca channel and retail.

The United Kingdom is one of the strategic markets where Spanish products arouse more and more interest due to their quality, variety and safety. Despite the threat of Brexit, this country accounted for 6.7% of the total share of exports of the Spanish food sector in the last year, a total of 1,751 million euros, consolidating itself as the fourth commercial partner of the sector.

The next stop of this international promotion plan will be Australia, where Spanish exports have registered a growth rate of 46% in the last five years. A total of nine Spanish companies will highlight the Spanish flavors at the Fine Food Australia fair that will be held in Sydney between September 9 and 12.

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