Freshness, colors and flavors of Guatemala’s agricultural export offer, exceeded expectations at Agritrade 2022
Over 140 international buyers among retailers and distributors from the United States (63%), Central America (17%), Canada, South America (4%), Mexico (3%), The European Union (3%), Australia (1%), the Dominican Republic (1%) and Great Britain (1%), will be converging in Guatemala in the Regional Platform AGRITADE Expo & Conference of AGEXPORT are searching for new way of generating new businesses to supply these countries with the quality of agricultural products containing Guatemalan flavor.
This effort is carried out thanks to the support of the project Mipymes and Cooperatives + Project executed by AGEXPORT and financed by the European Union (MCC+), and allies such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the city of Antigua Guatemala.
“The importing companies that will be visiting the country, the following stand out: Procacci Brothers, Tomasino Farms, Vanna Tropical & Exotic Fruit, Dulcinea Farms, Courchesne Larose, Southers Specialties, Harvest Sensations, HLB Specialties as well as some of the Central American supermarket chains such as Walmart, Automercado, Colonial and La Colonia. Which they are finding an agricultural supply with added value with a view to industrialization, such as peas and vegetables ready to eat, to reach the segment of vegan consumers. Processed and frozen banana for the bakery sector; frozen fruits for agribusiness, flower bouquets and exotic foliage ready for the final sale, as well as roasted and packed coffee ready to be exported, among others”. Stated the president of the AGRITRADE Platform of AGEXPORT, Estuardo Castro.
The Guatemalan agricultural exportable offer in this region is concentrated to 20 products such as mango, avocado, persian lemon, papaya, banana, pineapple, banana, blueberries, melon, blackberry, pitaya; rambutan, cherry, apple, pomegranate, snow peas, mini vegetables, malanga, pumpkins, sweet peas, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, French beans, tomatoes, Creole peas, asparagus, oriental vegetables, pepper, among others. Similarly, it is estimated that sales of US$30 million will be closed in two days of agribusiness business, as a result of business appointments.
“Exports of agricultural products went from $1.3 billion in 2000 to $4.3 billion in 2020, a growth of 222.6% in two decades,” Castro informed.
20th edition of AGRITRADE EXPO & CONFERENCE in numbers:
• 140 international buyers from the United States, Canada, Central America, Chile and Japan
• 92 companies with exportable agricultural supply
• 77 commercial houses and suppliers of the agribusiness chain
• 70 groups and associations of rural producers
• 3 International, Suppliers and Rural Agro Encounter Business Roundtables
• US $30 million estimated amount in business.