China’s food market attracts new entrants

by Editor
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The 13th edition of FHC China will take place from 18-20 November 2009 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Already the largest, longest running and most international imported food and wine exhibition in China, FHC China 2009 will be even bigger this year.

New national pavilions attending the show come from Argentina; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Czech Republic; France; Philippines; South Africa; Thailand; Turkey; and United Arab Emirates. These new groups will join returning pavilions of companies to FHC coordinated by National and regional export corporations and Ministries from Germany; Greece; Italy; Japan; Korea; New Zealand; Singapore; Spain; Sri Lanka; Taiwan region; UK and USA.

With a market for imported food and wine valued at US$ 30.6 billion (China Daily 9/2/2009) and growing at 15% per year for the last 5 years, it is no surprise that there should be such strong interest to join China’s premier food exhibition. The organisers expect FHC China 2009 will attract over 800 international companies who will meet approximately 20,000 trade buyers at this 3-day trade fair. While world markets stagnate or reduce their imports, demand for imported meat, seafood, fresh, frozen and processed food, wines, coffee, confectionery, dairy products and much more, that is now accessible to China’s growing middle class, continues to expand. The China National Food Industry Association estimate that China will become the world’s largest market for imported food by 2018.