Firms exhibiting at Tavola reported that useful contacts were made this week, despite daily visitor numbers down on average 4%. John Wong, md of Sam Pan Foods, exhibiting for the first time in Europe, said: "We've achieved what we came to do ­ to show the Europeans our dim sum selection and get a Belgium distributor." Hoppers Farmhouse Bakery's md David Hopper said: "It's led to a Belgian importer stocking us so that alone is worth having." The show this year targeted 50 British buyers. Overall multiple buyer numbers were up and independents down. Belgium conserve maker Vandererfven said: "We've made three contacts from the United Kingdom and we'll follow that up with further meetings. {{NEWS }}