Portugal to host the first international Digital Agrofood Summit in 2021

PORTUGAL – Portugal, a leading producer and exporter of food products in Europe, is hosting the first international Digital Agrofood Summit in 2021 to showcase its food offering and bolster position as a leading exporter of food products in the world.

PortugalFoods, Inovcluster, Agrocluster do Ribatejo and Portugal Fresh make up the Portuguese Agrofood Cluster, encompassing the whole quality food export offering, which will be promoted at the first edition of the Digital Agrofood Summit Portugal event that is scheduled to take place on 20-23 January 2021.

The digital event is planned as a global meeting that will include a virtual showroom of quality products on a platform on which Portuguese exhibitors can hold business meetings with buyers from more than twenty countries around the world.

At the same time there will be themed workshops and an area dedicated to current trends, all in an effort to give international buyers a much closer insight into the unique properties of Portuguese foodstuffs.

The Digital Agrifood Summit Portugal is being organized with the support of the Secretary of State for Internationalization, the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture, AICEP (Portugal Global – Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency) and FIPA (Federation of Portuguese Agrifood Industries).

According to a statement from event organizers, Portugal exports a number of foods including fruit, vegetables, fish, canned goods, meats, oils, confectionary and other food products to 185 international markets.

The country’s main destinations continue to be the European Union and countries such as Brazil and Angola.

Event organizers however, noted that there was very interesting growth in countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Algeria and Morocco.

The objective of the meeting would thus be to consolidate position in all these countries, regardless of whether they are traditional destinations or new markets.

A number of factors including a strategic geographical position, a mild climate, and a modern, innovative productive sector have made the European nation a major exporter of guaranteed quality foods worldwide.

The country’s food export value reached a record US$6.5 billion euros in 2019, and despite of the pandemic, there is still hope for an excellent year in 2020.

The 2021 Digital Agrofood Summit aims to “take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital environments and continue building trusted relationships with international buyers,” says Amândio Santos, President of PortugalFoods and head of the Portuguese Agrofood Cluster.

The registration for the event is open , and buyers who are interested in taking part in the event can sign up for free by completing the registration form here

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