5-in-1 Taipei Food Expo set to go ahead June 24-27

By Anita Yang, The China Post

Every packet, facet and flavor will be explored June 24 to 27 at the five-shows-in-one food expo that showcases Taiwan’s most comprehensive food event, according to the organizer.

The endeavor is organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and includes Food Taipei (the 25th Taipei International Food Show), FoodTech & PharmaTech Taipei (Taipei International Food Processing & Pharm. Machinery Show), Taipei Pack (Taipei International Packing Industry Show), Taiwan Horeca (Taiwan International Hotel, Restaurant, and Catering Show) and Halal Taiwan (Taiwan International Halal Expo).

Taiwan’s largest international food expo will combine all the strengths of the island when it unfolds at Nangang Exhibition Hall and TWTC Exhibition Hall 1. It builds on last year’s stunning turnout, which chalked up more than 65,000 visitors including 7,500 international buyers, the organizer stated.

With increasing demand each year, the food expo serves as an important global link for Taiwan’s agriculture, seafood, vegetables, frozen goods and processed foods. It’s also the place for international companies to come to test the Taiwan market, scout agents and set up shop, said the organizer.

The show features a food-safety week, titled ��Five Stars in quality FOOD,�� that includes many special events. Taiwan has excellent agriculture, food processing tech, delectable produce, livestock, as well as great marine products. In brief, the health and flavor in Taiwan mirrors the beauty of this island, the organizer stated.

This year, the government has put unprecedented focus on food safety. At the show, the Office of Food Safety (Executive Yuan) is working with several related departments to set up booths including the Taiwan Pavilion from the Council of Agriculture, the Food Safety Area operated by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the TQF Pavilion (Taiwan Quality Food) by the Taiwan Food Quality Association, said the organizer.

Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of food-related machinery companies are also jointly exhibiting at FoodTech & PharmaTech Taipei and Taipei Pack. With outstanding quality and competitive prices, Taiwan’s products and packaging have earned global renown. In addition, local companies aim to develop energy-saving and highly efficient products in the future to meet special processing demands, the organizer said. Activities at Taipei International Food Show On June 24, the first day of the exhibition, media and VIPs will join the grand opening ceremony to officially kick off the event along with exciting performances. In accordance with the theme of the five-in-one Food Expo, this year’s seminars include the Food Safety Summit, Development of Post-Polystyrene Packaging and Innovation Technology and Application for Packaging Materials, according to the organizer. A series of new product presentations as well as activities held by national pavilions, which feature distinctive food ingredients and exotic cuisines, will take place on the stage at Nangang Exhibition Hall. Food Sourcing in Taiwan and 2015 Asia’s Super 5-in-1 Food Expo Procurement Meetings will be held at both Nangang Exhibition Hall and TWTC Hall 1 on June 24 and 25, said the organizer.