International perishables and plants expos open

DUBAI: The 7th edition of the World of Perishables (WOP Dubai) exhibition in Dubai, the International Perishables Expo Middle East, the GCC region’s only dedicated exhibition for fresh edible food and the 10th edition of the International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM Dubai), the most important plant show in the Gulf region, kicked off on Monday at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality led the inauguration ceremonies for the events, which will run until Oct.7, 2015.

The exciting three-day events are expected to throw the spotlight on the rapidly growing and vibrant global perishables and horticulture industries.

Spread across over 8,000 square metres of exhibition space, WOP Dubai is poised to receive visitors coming from over 80 countries. This year’s show is featuring 14 official country pavilions, which also reflect a 24 per cent increase in exhibitors as compared to last year. According to a recent survey, 51.6 per cent of visitors will visit IPM Dubai with the intent to sign purchase contracts or make new purchases, while 48.3 per cent will visit with the hope to make preparations for future purchase contracts at the fair. Both shows are expected to receive more than 7000 participants demonstrating a 26 per cent increase from last year.

FRENCH DELEGATION

The French Potato Delegation (FEDEPOM) attended the WOP 2015-World of Perishables in presence of six diversified companies to showcase high quality of farm products to the local market. FEDEPOM is the Federation of French potatoes traders, with over 70 members, representing over 80 per cent of market players in France.

This year, and for the first time, FEDEPOM presents 6 companies to introduce to the UAE and the Middle East market the French diversity of potato varieties such as: Agatha, Anabelle, Melody, Caesar, Mozart, Franceline, Charlotte, Bintje, Vitelotte, Ratte. UAE companies could avail of this opportunity to enter into new business partnerships.

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