THE MAIN FOOD EXHIBITION OF THE REGION OPENED IN ST. PETERSBURG
The ceremonial opening of the anniversary XXV International exhibition УPeterfoodФ, the largest in the Northwest food trade, took place in the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 8,000 negotiations on shipments to 50 networks of the NWFD are conducted every year.
“For almost a quarter of a century, Peterfood has been one of the main business events in the region’s food policy”, noted Elena Podgornaya, the head of consumer market development management of the St. Petersburg Committee on the Development of Entrepreneurship and the Consumer Market. “New relationships are being set up here, partnerships are being established, many contracts are being entered into. The exhibition unites representatives from trade, manufacturers, food distributors, it is the basis for further development of the consumer market of St. Petersburg and the region as a whole”.
Vladimir Barinov, Deputy Director of the SI Centre for Quality Control of Goods, Work and Services congratulated the exhibition on its 25th anniversary and stressed that food safety of the country is measured in the quality and quantity of the produced product. Peterfood is the site where everyone can see the results of the domestic food industry”, said Vladimir Andreyevich.
Over 150 exhibits from St. Petersburg, the Leningrad Region, other regions and countries exhibited meat, fish, dairy products, confectionery and bakery items, nuts and dried fruits, pasta and sausage items, condiments and spices, tea and coffee, alcohol and other drinks, as well as diet and natural products. In the words of the representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to St. Petersburg, Sergei Misuragin, over 50% of the export from Belarus to St. Petersburg is food products, therefore many regions, such as the Grodno and Brestsk Regions, and the city of Minsk, are active participants in the exhibition.
The forum “Trade of a Large City” at the Peterfood exhibition is a key platform for dialogue between the network retail and food suppliers. The top network managers share their development plans, assortment policy, talk about the selection criteria and necessary conditions for entering into a contract.
It is possible to talk to representatives of the trade networks personally and discuss the possibility of entering into supply contracts in the Network Procurement Centre. Major market players become participants every year: Auchan, X5 Retail Group, METRO C&C, Land, Dixi. “Since the 70s there have been over 200 suppliers, and since 2000 we have reached an excellent success ratio of negotiations of over 70%”, stressed Viktor Andreyev, CEO of the organising company Imperiya. “EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre has become a new home for us, this is the third year in a row that the exhibition has been held here and we see how the site becomes better and more efficient each year.”
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