Colombian food has a strong presence in the Middle East

The country’s agribusiness sector continues to gain strength in international markets. Among the positive results of its exports in 2021, the participation of the Middle East stands out, a market that bought 19.6% more Colombian products compared to 2020 with a value of 9,341 million USD.

The United Arab Emirates is a major destination for the diversification of Colombia’s agro-food exports. “It is a gateway to a market of more than 460 million people and brings the Middle East and North Africa together, according to the World Bank,” said Flavia Santoro, President of Procolombia.

He pointed out that “our agricultural exports only in the UAE increased by 4 3%, exceeding $25 million, which indicates that we are moving from revitalization to growth.”

The Columbia Pavilion at Expo Dubai showcases the country’s best agri-food offerings with the participation of Nutresa, Nativa, Augura, Daabon, Friogan, Fedegan, Fedecacao and the National Federation of Coffee Growers.

The Minister of Agriculture, Rodolfo Zia, will visit the Dubai Expo, which includes an agenda with potential investors and with UAE authorities from the agricultural sector.

In turn, Colombia is participating in Gulfood, the largest exhibition in the Middle East dedicated to the food and hospitality industry, which will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center until February 17.

In this event, Procolombia will be accompanied by the participation of 15 meat, fruit and coffee companies, among others.

Flavia Santoro confirmed that Kibsons, the largest and most important online supermarket in the UAE, carried on its platform a Colombian offering of 11 kinds of fruits such as feijoa, curuba, pitahaya, granadillas, joluba, baby bananas, gooseberries, guava, papaya and tree tomatoes And figs, thanks to the presence of several of these products in the Columbia Pavilion at the Dubai Expo and after joint work with Procolombia.

The commodities most requested by Emirati buyers in 2021 were beef, coffee, fresh flowers, fresh fruits, sweets, and other oils and fats. While Cundinamarca, Antioquia, Bogota, Valle del Cauca, Cordoba, Caldas and Risaralda, the provinces were the most exported to this Asian country.

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