The morning started with morning tea in some Chinese booths, which they supplied themselves. A company from Hainan also sold their own tea in their booth. Horti China welcomed many foreign companies but also a lot of Chinese companies. The way of doing business in China has much more a feeling of companionship. You can see this in the little characteristics during the fair, like drinking tea together at their booth or inviting other companies to dinner. Furthermore, although the fair ends at five o’clock every day, there were still people buzzing about at 6pm. People really took the time to talk to each other and did not notice the exhibition was already ending.
Today visitor numbers seemed down on yesterday, though at many booths it was still quite busy. The visitors that came were really interested in doing business and did not only come for the free goodies. Jean-Christophe Couzin from MAF RODA said: “Today is okay, we are doing business as usual. We also prepared some French food to share our French cuisine with the visitors. Our chef from France flew over yesterday to prepare these dishes for the exhibition. We hope the visitors will enjoy it.”
This year a lot of new companies joined the show. They are very positive about it and feel this is a good show to be at. As John Shipley from KMPackaging mentioned: “This is the first year we've participated in this show and it's going quite well. We have just designed our new logo and this is a good way to promote a bit more in China.”
Besides all the fruit and vegetable companies and machinery, there are also some flower companies. Their booths are very colorful and really pretty to see. Amanda from Deroose said: “This is a quite good show for us. We can show our products and explain to interested people what our company is all about. We are very happy to participate.”