Food & Drink Expo 2006 will be demonstrating its global credentials with a number of countries making the trip to the UK to exhibit their wares.
The event has attracted more than 30 international pavilions from as far afield as Singapore, Canada and Australia, as well as from closer to home, such as Greece, Italy and Austria.
Expo will also welcome
representatives from Japan, Thailand and Poland for the first time, while the Southern United States Trade Association will also make its debut at the show. The dedicated international arena will be the hub of about 200 producers who will be displaying a wide variety of products, some of them familiar to UK consumers and others that will seem alien. Exhibitors include Japanese company Akashi Hakko Kogyo, with Japanese sake and spirits; Productos Casado SA, with a range of Spanish sweet baked goods; and A Jos La Veguilla SL, with fresh vegetables. Italian pasta maker Barilla GeR Fratelli will show its range of pastas.
Gerbruder Woerle will be showcasing its mild semi cheese with fresh buttermilk, while The Greek Delicatessen will be giving visitors a taste of a traditional fruit pie with bitter orange and honey from the island of Chios.
Import Albania, meanwhile, will be showing off its Albanian mineral water and the Skenderberg brandy brand as well as Birra Tirana, the foremost beer brand in Albania.
Other representatives include the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, the Bolivian Embassy, the Canadian High Commission and the Thailand Department of Export Promotion.