“The BKF is an important event for us where we can match Korean exporters to meet new buyers abroad and introduce our products. The BKF- Autumn is similar to BKF- Spring this year yet this time we have more new participating countries,” said Mr. Kim EuiJeong, Chief Organizer of the BKF 2012.
“Forty percent of the buyers are new, such as Egypt, Dubai, Ecuador, Brazil, Russia, Poland and Bulgaria while sixty percent are re-attending the BKF, that came from an emerging market such as China and Japan. With China alone, we already have forty- five (45) buyers,” he added.
Furthermore, 24 Korean fresh produce exporters attended the BKF and were given a 30-minute opportunity to offer and sell their products to the buyers. aT provided buyers a space of their own where they could entertain all Korean exporters for their 30-minute products presentation. After the allotted time, another Korean exporter came while the other one proceeds to the next buyer also arranged by aT Corp.
“Exporting Korean agricultural product is more challenging than the processed foods. Processed foods are easy to sell in the market and it doesn’t require import policies that much compare to agricultural products,” Mr. Kim added.
aT Corp. has also organized a Korean Food Trial Program for the buyers on the last day which included activities like visiting Nonghyup Hanaro Mart, one of Korea’s produce distribution centers and the Jongajip Kimchi World.
The BKF- Autumn has also the “Korean Franchise” category for those who are interested to venture into the restaurant industry offering Korean cuisine.