Trade from Peru to the Middle East has increased radically from seven million dollars to US$436 million within five years.
Speaking to Catering News Middle East on the sidelines of Gulfood 2017, Ministry of foreign trade and tourism of Peru director, Alvaro Silva-Santisteban said: “The growth in terms of export has not just been sustainable, but exponential. The trade is still growing year on year and this is just a starting point for us.”
Today, Peru is the world’s top producer of fish oil, asparagus, quinoa and paprika; and the world’s second largest producer of avocados, artichokes, organic bananas and organic cacao.
Alvaro added: “Last year Peruvian businesses closed deals worth US$15 million as a result of their participation in Gulfood.
“We are optimistic that our status as the best leading culinary destination for five consecutive years, coupled with growing awareness of Peru as the world’s super pantry, will ensure even more transactions at Gulfood this year.”
Currently, the country is positioned as the third largest trading partner in the UAE. It also ranks first in the world for biodiversity of fish and it is among the top 10 exporters of maca, mangoes and processed asparagus.
Peru also produces different varieties of corn, potatoes, and chilies in hundreds of colours and flavours.
Also contributing to the growth in Peruvian agricultural exports are emerging specialty and niche products.
Supplied in fresh, dried, frozen or processed and semi-processed formats, they are suited to the foodservice, ingredient and manufacturing sectors.
At Gulfood, Peru also reinforced its superfood credentials with the launch of its “Superfoods Peru” brand.
The comprehensive global campaign celebrates Peru’s status as the world’s top producer of superfoods and highlights the quality, variety and benefits of the country’s food offering.
Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients, these superfoods include quinoa, golden berries, chia seeds, maca root, sacha inchi, purple corn, camu camu, lucuma, asparagus, and blueberries, among others.