VIPs, local and international officials, dignitaries, and members of the press attended the show’s stunning opening ceremony of Food Taipei 2023

Food Taipei 2023 opened on June 14 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center or the TaiNEX. It featured food items and technologies from all around the world. This year’s trade expo brings together a wide range of local companies and draws exhibitors from around the world. Twenty-three international pavilions are present.

VIPs, local/international officials, dignitaries, and members of the press attended the show’s stunning opening ceremony. Visual representations of various cultures from throughout the world made up the stage’s backdrop.

More than 1,300 companies from 32 countries are participating in this mega food show, according to the organizer, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). There are 4,000 booths at the event venue, Nangang Exhibition Center Halls TaiNEX-1 and TaiNEX-2.

The Taiwan pavilion’s theme for this year is “Farm to Table – Secret of Temperature.” Companies have designed the “Temperature Code” area to showcase Taiwan’s supreme cold chain system, which can effectively reduce production losses, maximize efficiency and boost its international competitiveness.

The pavilion is divided into five areas to showcase the country’s diverse agricultural output and innovative production methods: Exquisite Agricultural Products, Livestock and Poultry Products, Aquarian Products, Prepared Food, and Local Specialty Products.

Vincent Lin, Director General of the International Department of the Council of Agriculture, stated during the opening ceremony, said that thanks to the joint efforts of farmers and fishermen, food manufacturers, and government agencies, Taiwan’s food exports have continued to grow over the past few years, despite challenges posed by the pandemic.

The “Sello Blanco (White Seal)” programme, which seeks to promote the goods of Guatemalan micro, small, and medium-sized firms, is being promoted this year, according to the country’s ambassador to the United States Oscar Adolfo Padilla Lam. Lam said products on display include coffee, salsas, chips, shrimps, macadamia nuts, lemon, and honey.

Belize Ambassador Candice Pitts said the Belize pavilion features marine products, including the nation’s lobsters and shrimps. Cacao bean products such as cacao paste, natural frosted cacao beans, cacao mixed nuts, chocolate, cacao tea, and hot chocolate powder are also on display. In addition, Belizean rums and wines and the country’s premier hot sauce, Marie Sharp’s pepper sauces, will be featured, she said.

According to Carlos Jose Fleitas Rodriguez, the ambassador for Paraguay, said, there are 25 vendors from Paraguay this year. The national beverage of Paraguay, organic yerba mate, herbal teas, biscuits, and crackers are a few of the things on display.

The director of JETRO’s (Japan External Trade Organization) Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, and Food Office, Yutaka Hiroki, said that all food imports from Japan are rigorously tested to ensure food safety so that Taiwanese consumers can enjoy products from Japan with peace of mind. Yutaka expressed his hope that trade between Japan and Taiwan would continue to improve in the years ahead, especially in areas of food and agriculture.

The Lithuania Representative Paulius Lukauskas shared the nation’s diverse chocolate, beer, sauce, organic oil, and egg products. “Three of our biggest beef companies have been greenlighted to begin importation and are now looking for Taiwanese partners,” he said. He hoped Taiwan would soon “serve beef noodles with Lithuanian beef.”

This international mega food show features Food Taipei to Foodtech Taipei, Taipei Pack, Bio/Pharmatech Taiwan, and Taiwan HORECA, on an unseen scale since the epidemic brought on border controls. In addition, new nations and areas, including the United Kingdom, Paraguay, and Japan’s Kyushu, joining the show. According to TAITRA, this is a good opportunity for companies looking to expand into the Asian market.

This year’s food exhibit also focuses on organic and plant-based foods, automated equipment, cutting-edge processing, packaging technology, energy efficiency, and low-carbon solutions. The show’s themes are “food for the future,” “food safety,” and “sustainability.”

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