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Bridgetown, Barbados, October 1, 2013. The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in partnership with the Deutsche Geselleschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will bring the Caribbean Kitchen Pavilion to this year’s ANUGA 2013 Food Show at the Koelnmesse GmbH exhibition center in Cologne, Germany on the 5th to 9th October, 2013

 

The Pavilion will showcase 12 Caribbean food suppliers from 7 different countries, displaying a range of beverages, condiments and selected items. This trade fair will provide EU industry professionals the opportunity to sample first-hand the diverse flavours found within the Caribbean region.

 

Following the standard call for Expression of Interest in April of this year, over 40 submissions were received and the following companies were selected based upon the products that have potential to enter the German/EU market and their capacity to export.

 

Barbados

10 Saints Brewery Company Ltd.

Barbados

Beverages Caribbean Inc.

Barbados

The West India Biscuit Company Limited (WIBISCO)

Belize

Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Limited

Dominica

Parry W. Bellot & Co. Ltd.

Dominican Republic

Mardi SRL

Jamaica

Country Traders Limited

Jamaica

Honey Bun (1982) Ltd

Jamaica

Tijule Company Ltd

Saint Lucia

Viking Traders Ltd

Saint Lucia

Baron Foods Ltd

Trinidad & Tobago

SMAKS Luxury Group

 

“It was extremely encouraging to receive the number of applications from our regional agro-processors, food and beverage manufacturers.  These industries have always been important to the Agency in view of their importance to the region and internationally.  Moreover the European market has also always been fascinated by Caribbean culture and food, and for those who are unable to sample within the Caribbean, we want to ensure they can still find Caribbean food and beverage products in their local specialty or gourmet shops or perhaps supermarkets” expressed Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director for Caribbean Export.

 

The range of products that visitors to ANUGA will be able to experience include condiments such as hot sauces, jerk seasonings, marinades, jams and jellies oozing with traditional flavours made from regional produce. In terms of the beverage sections local coffees, teas, and of course Caribbean rum, beer and malt will also be present.

 

Anuga is the world’s largest and most important trade fair for the food and beverage industry with around 6,700 exhibitors from about 100 countries.  Caribbean Export has once again partnered with GIZ to facilitate the presence of Caribbean brands at ANUGA and they “look forward to the signing of many contracts at the event and are proud that the ANUGA trade fair to be held in Germany shall provide the setting ground within which such opportunities may take place.” (Ginelle Greene, GIZ Private Sector Officer).

 

The interest in Caribbean food is apparent and four of the companies have been selected for the taste 13 competition; Baron Foods Ltd with their ‘Banana Ketchup’; Beverages Caribbean Inc. with ‘Tiger Malt’; 10 Saints beer by 10 Saints Brewery Ltd and Fresh Fruits Flavours one of Marie Sharp’s Haberno Sauces. 

 

As the global recession continues to restrict household budgets, people have found Caribbean foods to be an affordable indulgence, with restaurants and food suppliers discovering increasing demands for Caribbean products. The Caribbean Kitchen at ANUGA 2013 highlights the tremendous value in authentic Caribbean food products. 

 

The show will be open from Saturday (October 5) to Tuesday (October 8) from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm and on Wednesday (October 9th) 9:00 am – 7:00 pm with daily events at the Caribbean Kitchen Pavilion including sampling of Caribbean finger food as well as rum and other beverages. There will also be a special Caribbean Happy Hour on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the event.

 

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About Caribbean Export

Caribbean Export is a regional export development and trade and investment promotion organisation of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) currently executing the Regional Private Sector Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union  under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF)  Caribbean Export’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of Caribbean countries by providing quality export development and trade and investment promotion services through effective programme execution and strategic alliances.

 

More information about Caribbean Export can be found at www.carib-export.com.  Contact: JoEllen Laryea, PR and Communications, Caribbean Export Development Agency, Tel: +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999, Email: jlaryea@carib-export.com 

 

About GIZ

The GIZ Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Support Project was established in 2010 by the German Federal Government for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Project is located in Barbados and provides support for the implementation of the EPA through the provision of assistance to regional and national organisations in both the private and public sectors. Private sector outreach largely focuses on the services sector with much work being conducted with the regional Coalitions of Services Industries (CSIs)[1]. Public outreach on the other hand, is mainly conducted in cooperation with the respective national EPA Implementation Units (EIUs)[2].

 

More general information about GIZ can be found at www.giz.de. Contact to the Barbados Project Office: Ginelle Greene, Private Sector Officer Agency, Tel: +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999, Email: ginelle.greene@giz.de  

 

 


[1] Further information may be gathered on these organisations on the Caribbean Network of Services Coalitions (C-NSC website): http://c-nsc.org/

[2] Further information may be gathered on these organisations on the CARIFORUM EPA Implementation Network (CAFEIN) website: http://cafein-online.net/

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