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Large number of foreign firms for Colombo food fest

This year’s annual Sri Lanka Food Processors Association’s exhibition to be held in August has drawn the highest number of foreign participants at any such event. Sri Lanka Association of Food Processors President, Rohanth de Fonseka, announcing the International Processed Food and Packaging event to be held in Colombo at a recent briefing, said figures available show the exhibition has been able to attract 35 foreign stall holders representing 15 countries. “This large percentage of foreign participation when considering the fact that the total number of stalls in around 300 is proof of the success of the previously held exhibitions,” he said.

The exhibitors will be displaying over 1000 new products and services. Though there has been an increase of 50 % in the number of stalls offered, 80 % has been sold out within three months of the announcement in January 2011. “This has encouraged us to increase the number of stalls offered to accommodate the growing number of participants,” he said. This years’ show will create opportunities for both individuals and companies to introduce their new products, technology and services.

The show is a public private partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Ministry of Agriculture. The event will showcase the latest products in the local processed industry, sampling of consumer favourites, innovation and technology development in packaging, newest agricultural machinery and services , process food hygiene education and many more. This event will help all stakeholders in process food packaging and agriculture industries to exchange their technical knowhow, and cultivate business relationships.

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