SA companies pleased with Dubai Exhibition

South African companies which attended the week-long Gulfood Exhibition that ended in Dubai, United Arab Emirates yesterday are pleased with the number of potential clients they saw and the trade leads that they managed to obtain during the show.

The representative of Klein Karoo International which is based in the Western Cape, Mr Andries Dempsey, said their products were well-received by several distributors and agents that they met with over the week especially the ostrich meat.

“We will soon be finalising a contract with a distributor. That will see several retailers in the UAE placing our products in their stores soon. There is a general acknowledgement that our ostrich meat has some health benefits since it is considered as a light meal and there is an indication that it might do well,” said Dempsey.

Dempsey added that the Gulfood was the leading place to be in terms of market trends in the region and the world.

The Chief Operation Officer of Minnies Food Enterprise from KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Shaazia Kolia said the sauce making company had quality visitors throughout the week.

“The potential in the Middle East is enormous. We were approached by many distributors based in the Middle East and Africa. They showed interest in assisting us export our products to these markets and we are hopeful that something concrete will develop soon,” she said.

She added that her company had already appointed distributors for Oman, Namibia and Zambia to expand their brands in those markets.

The General Manager of Krunch SA in Johannesburg, Mr Mohammed Gathoo said they had good feedback from other regions and confirmed agents in both Seychelles and Mauritius.

Ms Jill Atwood-Palm of the South African Fruit and Vegetable Canners Export Council, said Gulfood has fast become a very critical show for the industry.

“It has rapidly evolved from a Gulf event to a full-scale global event. The Middle East remains a very important market for our industry and now the show also offers us the opportunity to grow our existing trade and foster new business from across the globe,” she said.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
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Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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