Taipei, June 27 (CNA) Taipei kicked off its biggest-ever food show Wednesday, drawing more than 1,000 exhibitors from home and abroad, according to the organizers.
The annual Taipei International Food Show, now in its 22nd year, will run through June 30 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall and at Exhibition Hall 1, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council said.
Among the 2,000-plus booths, the show has attracted more than 450 exhibitors from nearly 30 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Greece, Japan, Peru and the United States.
The Japanese exhibitors include some from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, the three prefectures hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan in March 2011.
Showcasing products such as red bean-stuffed pastry, rice wine and ramen noodles, some of the companies told CNA that while their businesseswere affected by the powerful earthquake, one year later, their businesses are nearly back on track.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese firms are also displaying agricultural and fishery products, as well as processed foods, the council said.
At the opening ceremony of the Taiwan pavilion, Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji said Taiwanese exports of agricultural products have enjoyed recent success due to effective marketing strategies.
Exports of quality agricultural products have increased some 25 percent, he added.
The four-day event also coincides with three other related packaging, processing and machinery shows. It is expected to attract roughly 7,000 local and foreign buyers and 55,000 visitors, the council said.
In addition to new product launches, the organizers will also host cooking shows, competitions and other promotional activities.
Seminars on various topics will also take place, including non-thermal food processing, the Taiwan-China food market and fishery trade, as well as food-grade oils, the council added.
(By Elaine Hou and Huang Chiao-wen)