Companies Optimistic About the Africa Big 7 Exhibition in Midrand

Companies that are funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme, to showcase at the South African national pavilion during the Africa Big 7 exhibition are optimistic about the show. The show is taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand from today to 25 June 2019.

Africa Big 7 is the annual meeting place for food and beverage professionals across the continent who visit to source, meet and gain insight into the latest developments in the industry. the dti has funded 23 companies with an objective to showcase local manufacturing capability in order to boost the export of South African products while simultaneously increasing intra-Africa trade.

The Operations Manager responsible for Africa, at a Bellville-based piggery business, Winelands Pork, Mr Henry Shaw says the magnitude of the trade fair provides them with an opportunity to source new marketplaces in Africa for exporting their value-added products.

According to the Director of Tweeter Quail, Ms Linda Cronje, the show presents an opportunity to showcase her bottled quail eggs and quail meat and expand her market.  Importantly, Cronje says she hopes to attract partners or investors to help them grow and be able to supply the international export market.
“We are looking forward to the Africa Big 7 show as it has an excellent reputation for matchmaking opportunities with importers, business persons and investors. This is a huge opportunity to us,” says Cronje.

The Director of Lefakong Farming, Ms Maboang Matlou says she is excited and looking forward to forging relationships with potential buyers, most importantly spreading the benefits of the moringa.

“We hope the show will afford an opportunity to increase our network base, make sales and benchmark our products out there. We are passionate about health and wellness and therefor invest in growing quality and true organic of Moringa leaves, which we agro-process into powder, capsules and teas our main focus is producing blended tea and moringa infused ice teas,” says Matlou.

According to the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina, the dti’s national pavilion will showcase local manufacturing capability in order to boost the export of South African products while simultaneously increasing intra-Africa trade. Most importantly, she adds, it will also stimulate discussions on issues impacting the agro-processing sector and promote partnerships and collaborations.

Gina describes the show as an opportunity for South African companies to join over 250 exhibitors from over 45 countries and to fly the South African flag in some niche food and beverage categories such as wines, ginger gemmer, soy products and preserved fruits.

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