Orange juice isn’t just popular in the United States. Five Florida companies, supported by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, sold Florida products at the world’s largest annual food and hospitality show, Gulfood 2013, in Dubai last month.
The department regularly conducts trade missions and works trade events in the United States and in foreign countries to bring awareness to Florida products and increase sales overseas, according to the department.
“Florida produces some of the highest-quality and best-tasting food products in the world, and international demand for these products continues to grow,” Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said in a statement about the event. “With our support on trade missions, Florida’s overall exports of agricultural products have increased by $1.2 billion, or 40 percent, during the past five years.”
Gulfood is professionally managed and hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) which touts more than three decades of experience in delivering world-class events in the Middle East. They feature local, regional and international exhibitors with an expertise in market knowledge.
According to the Gulfood 2013 website, Dubai is the trading hub of the Middle East:
- UAE’s imports totaled US $3.6 billion in 2010 and are estimated to rise to US $5.5 billion in 2015. The majority of this is traded through Dubai.
- UAE’s ports account for a 61% majority of trade volume among the GCC countries.
- Dubai was ranked among the top 10 world container ports in 2010 with 11.60 million-TEUs.
The event hosted 137 U.S. companies, including five from Florida:
- Florida’s Natural Growers
- LTA International Global Services
- Bouras Global Trading
- Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company
- Kizable Kandy, LLC
Putnam’s office reports that collectively, the companies sold $1.2 million of products on site and expect another $4.8 million in projected sales.
Gulfood has already set a date for the 2014 event.