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Peru food exports to UAE grow 700%

Peru’s food exports to the UAE grew by 700 per cent between 2011 and 2014, said a top official, adding that the nine top-ranked companies will showcase their products at the upcoming Gulfood 2015, a major food and hospitality show in Dubai, UAE.

Peru will return to Gulfood 2015 for the fourth consecutive year as the world’s number one exporter of organic coffee and leading producer of paprika and organic bananas looks to further develop relations with the region’s food industry.

Gulfood 2015 takes place from February 8 to 12 at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Peru grows over 4,000 varieties of potato, as well as around 55 varieties of corn plus chillies, mangoes, grapes, asparagus and a huge variety of grains and beans.

According to Ernst & Young’s 2014/5 Peru Business & Investment Guide, in addition to being the number one exporter of organic coffee and producer of paprika, organic bananas, fishmeal and fish oil, Peru is the second ranked exporter of asparagus and avocados, number four exporter of evaporated milk and top 10 mango producer.

Peruvian aquaculture is also an important economic contributor with $89.4 million worth of exports recorded in Q1 2014, which represented a 62 per cent increase over the same period in 2013, according to the Association of Exporters.

“Peruvian exports to the UAE grew by 700 per cent between 2011 and 2014, with the agricultural sector playing a significant role in driving the export market. Our presence at Gulfood is key in our strategy to cement long term partnerships and further accelerate export potential,” said Silva Santisteban.


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