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Food Taipei, related shows attract record exhibitors

By George Liao  /  Staff reporter

Models pose with food on the opening day of Food Taipei at the Taipei World Trade Center’s Nangang Exhibition Hall yesterday. The show ends on Saturday.

Photo: CNA

This year’s Taipei International Food Show, also known as Food Taipei, and three food machinery shows have drawn a record 1,530 exhibitors, growing from last year’s 1,281, event organizers said.

Nearly 7,000 buyers have registered for the four shows, which are expected to attract more than 55,000 visitors from home and abroad between yesterday and Saturday, the organizers said. At Food Taipei alone, there are 28 national pavilions, including Belgium, China, Canada, India and six Central American countries, five of which have free-trade pacts with Taiwan.

“Companies from the Wallonia region of Belgium are looking for buyers to import and distribute their products, such as waffles, ice cream, beer and agricultural products,” said Arlette Tanasijevitch, who works in the agro-food department of the Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency.

Local firms are exhibiting agricultural and fishery products, as well as processed foods. Jen Yi Food Co (政益食品) general manager Tsai Chia-yi (蔡佳益) said Jen Yi was looking for buyers for their frozen fish products, which are mostly cultured fish from southern Taiwan.

The shows at the Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Hall 1 will be open to the public tomorrow and on Saturday, while the shows at the Nangang Exhibition Hall will only be open to the public on Saturday. Admission costs NT$300 and covers both venues.

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