WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service is inviting food and beverage companies to exhibit in three international trade and food shows in Canada, Germany and Mexico.



Canadian International Food and Beverage Show



Companies are invited to exhibit in the USA Pavilion at the Canadian International Food and Beverage Show, Feb. 18-20, 2007, in Toronto.



Held annually, the Canadian International Food and Beverage Show is the largest foodservice event in Canada, drawing 10,000 trade visitors from across the country. U.S. exporters of food, including catering products, beverages, wines and spirits for the hotel, restaurant and institutional trade should consider participating in this event.



Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect in 1994, Canada has become the top market for U.S. consumer food products, and one that has been growing steadily. Canadian purchases of U.S. agricultural products now account for more than 60 percent of total Canadian agricultural imports. In fiscal year 2006, U.S. agricultural exports to Canada reached a record $11.6 billion, representing a 12 percent increase from the previous year.



Products with the best market prospects include organic foods, soy and whole grain products, sauces, salad dressing, ethnic and kosher foods, fish, seafood, snacks, exotic fruits and vegetables and value-added produce items.



For more information on exhibiting in the USA Pavilion at the 2007 Canadian International Food & Beverage Show or for information on other USDA-endorsed trade shows, contact Sharon Cook at (202) 720-3425, or by e-mail at Sharon.Cook@usda.gov.



BIOFACH 2007 in Germany



USDA invites companies to exhibit organic food products in the USA Pavilion at BIOFACH 2007 in Nuremberg, Germany, Feb. 15-18, 2007. BIOFACH, an annual event, has become the world's leading international organic trade exhibition.



In 2006, the show welcomed 2,089 exhibitors and nearly 40,000 trade visitors from 116 countries. Visitors included wholesalers, retailers, producers, importers, exporters and more.



The organic boom is taking place not only in the United States, but also in major overseas markets such as Canada, Japan, the European Union, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. Soybeans, food ingredients, fruit juices, frozen vegetables and dried fruits are just some of the organic products the United States exports to these markets.



The USA Pavilion at BIOFACH 2007 offers a variety of participation alternatives for prospective exhibitors, including a complete booth, work station, pavilion space only, new-to-market showcase and a service package.



U.S. exports of consumer-oriented agricultural products to Germany totaled more than $531 million in fiscal year 2006, while total U.S. agricultural, fish and forestry exports to Germany totaled more than $1.4 billion.



For more information on exhibiting products in the USA Pavilion at BIOFACH 2007, or for information on other USDA-supported shows, contact Sharon Cook at 202-720-3425 or by e-mail at Sharon.Cook@usda.gov.



ANTAD 2007 in Mexico



U.S. food and beverage exporters are invited to exhibit their products in the USA Pavilion at ANTAD 2007 in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 12-14, 2007.



ANTAD is Latin America's largest food and supermarket show with more than 1,100 exhibitors. At ANTAD 2006, some 15,000 buyers and importers for supermarkets and retail outlets visited the show. Mexican and Latin American retail, hotel, restaurant and food processing buyers are particularly interested in seafood, processed fruits and vegetables, dairy products, snacks, meat and poultry, eggs, soybean meal and oil and wheat flour.



Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect in 1994, two-way agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico has increased more than 100 percent. U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico reached a record $10.4 billion in fiscal year 2006.



For more information on exhibiting in the USA Pavilion at ANTAD 2007 or for information on other USDA-endorsed trade shows, contact Tobitha Jones at 202-690-1182 or by e:mail at Tobitha.Jones@usda.gov.



SOURCE: USDA news releases.