In the lead-up to SIAL China, press conferences and promotional events will be hosted in seven regions and countries in February and March, to promote the importance of food and beverage trade.

Press conferences are scheduled in Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong S.A.R. and the Taiwan Region, while promotional events will be staged in 13 regions and countries across Asia, Australia, Europe and the US.

In 2016, SIAL China attracted 2,942 exhibitors and 76,986 visitors, with the top 10 countries being South Korea, the US, France, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Poland, Argentina, Turkey and Russia. The strong influx of international attendees is an indication of China’s growth as a major global trading economy, driven by its thriving middle class. Suffice it to say that, from 2010 to 2015, China has imported food products from over 202 countries, and among the top five food exporters were the United States, New Zealand, Brazil, the EU and South East Asia (ASEAN).

SIAL China will return in Shanghai from 17 to 19 May 2017 with a total of 21 food sectors being on display, including four dedicated zones for wine, meat, dairy and beverage.

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