Asia Fruit Logistica 2013 took place from 4th -6th September in the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong. “Asia Fruit Logistica offered a unique and highly valuable combination of business, networking and learning opportunities for visitors and delegates,” said Gérald Lamusse, managing director of Asia Fruit Logistica organiser Global Produce Events, reflecting on the week-long programme of activities.

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Record visitor numbers once again poured through the doors of Asia Fruit Logistica, with extended opening hours of 10:00-17:00 daily.

The exhibition attracted some 6,536 buyers and trade visitors from 64 nations, marking a 14 per cent increase on the 2012 edition.

Visitor survey results underlined the high calibre of those visitors, with 76 per cent of them holding leading management positions in their companies, and 89 per cent of them being closely involved in their companies’ purchasing and decision-making processes.

The quality of visitors contributed to strong business outcomes for the record number of exhibitors at this year’s Asia Fruit Logistica. Exhibitor numbers increased by almost 10 per cent to 372 companies, while the number of countries represented rose by 23 per cent to 37 nations, making the event more international than ever.

Asia once again accounted for the largest percentage of exhibitors on a regional basis, with 13 different countries making up 35 per cent of exhibitors. Europe upped its share of exhibitor numbers to 28 per cent (from 12 countries), and it was followed by Latin America with a 13 per cent share (from six countries), Oceania with 9 per cent, Africa (8 per cent) and North America (7 per cent).

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China remained the largest single country in terms of exhibitor numbers, with 84 companies exhibiting, but Italy registered the most impressive growth, holding second place with some 41 individual companies exhibiting. The US (26 exhibitors) and Australia (22 exhibitors) were the third- and fourth-largest exhibitor countries respectively, while Egypt retained its position in the top five with 21 exhibitors.

Peru, the rapidly emerging Latin American export force that has exhibited at Asia Fruit Logistica since the outset, also stepped up its presence, with 15 exhibitors marking a growth of 37 per cent from 2012. Another big mover was Vietnam, which ramped up its presence from two exhibitors last year to 11 companies taking part under a national pavilion.

Ecuador, the world’s largest banana exporter, was exhibiting for the first time at . The Latin American powerhouse made a splash with a 100m2 stand featuring a number of the industry’s leading players. Other countries debuting as exhibitors included Morocco and Cyprus, while 17 different countries had national pavilions.

There was a positive atmosphere at the exhibition and the visitors showed a lot of interest. For many stand holders and visitor Asia is becoming more and more important.

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