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24 Colombian exporters to participate at PMA Fresh Summit

The Colombian Pavilion at the 2014 Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Exposition will offer buyers the chance to link up with 24 Colombian exporters. These growers/exporters represent exports of avocado, goldenberry (uchuva), pineapple, herbs and limes, some of which are new opportunities for sourcing in the U.S. marketplace. Visitors to the Colombia Pavilion will be able to meet with the exporters as well as promotion representatives and learn more about the new developments allowing for successful export of these products.

In addition, the Colombia Pavilion will feature two professional baristas serving up Colombian coffee and Colombian fruit smoothies. “We are eager to share the wonderful treasure in food our country has to offer,” says Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Proexport Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. “Our experienced exporters are looking forward to exploring opportunities in the U.S. and other markets and developing new relationships.”

While some of the available products such as fresh herbs, limes and pineapple have been readily available from Colombia, recent market changes have renewed interest in Colombia as a source. In the case of goldenberry, Colombia is now approved for entry into the U.S. without cold treatment from certain parts of the country - a unique opportunity affecting both quality and speed of import. Colombia is also on its way to obtaining admissibility for Hass avocados.

Specifically represented at the Colombia Pavilion are at least 7 companies handling fresh herbs, 10 with goldenberry, 9 with avocados, and 3 with pineapple, as well as others with limes, plantains, dried fruits, and other exotic fruits. Several of the exporters also offer organic and/or fair trade certified products. Country representatives look forward to exploring additional products and opportunities with interested parties.

Industry members and press are encouraged to stop by the Colombian Pavilion, booth # 4629, to find out more about what Colombia has to offer.

Please visit www.proexport.com.co for more information.
 

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