Posted: February 26, 2019
Gauteng companies seek to establish new clients in Japan
|Gauteng businesspeople who are part of the delegation to Japan to participate in the 44th Foodex Trade Fair that will take place from 5-8 March 2019 are ready to access the Asian market and secure opportunities during the exhibition. The companies are amongst the 30 companies that received financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).
Foodex is regarded as Asia’s largest food and drink exhibition providing a platform for creating and expanding business opportunities.
The Managing Director of Blue Shirt Bakery, Mr Gys Olivier says the research that he has done as part of his preparation for the trade fair has shown that the Asian market provide good business opportunities for his products. He reckons that as player in this sector he he will be able find clients for his products.
“I have made contact with some potential customers from Japan already, and the good news is that they have shown interest in our range of products. We hope to build on that and secure some export business into Japan as well as the Asian region through connecting with interested parties at the trade fair,” says Olivier.
Olivier, adds that his confectionary company boasts reputable thirty-years of experience in the production of edible foods. These range from pittas, waffles and biscuits which are distributed across major retail stores and food service industry all over South Africa and the Southern African Development Community region.
The Director of Lentibex, an organic vegetable business manufacturing macadamia nuts, oil and butter, Mr Thabo Mooketsi says he has set his sight on establishing new market and distribution channels for exporting his goods and services to bolster his business profile as he intends to trade internationally.
According to the Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti), Dr Rob Davies, participating in the trade fair will expose South African companies to available trade and investment opportunities and highlight their products and services in order to gain access to the multi-billion-rand Asian food and beverage market.