Innovation, technology and great tastes have been shown this year at Alimentec, the eighth edition of exhibition food in Colombia, the biggest trade show in the food processing and packaging machinery industry in Latin America, organized in Bogota by Corferias from June 3 to 7, 2014.
The wide exhibition center, that overlooks at its opposite end to the new block of 12 pavilions counting now in total 23 pavilions, has hosted this year more than 350 exhibitors, both national and international:
among the most represented countries there were Argentina, Venezuela, Canada, USA, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany.
Several international exhibitors, expert chefs, have prepared and offered their specialties to the visitors: chocolates, typical bread, regional foods, ice creams, oils, wines and cheeses.
Every year at Alimentec, visitors can enjoy the National Competition of Cooking and Pastry, which is considered the most important culinary competition of the country.
Corferias, dividing the pavilions by thematic areas, has given a prominent role to: Bread Hall, Milk Hall, Fish and Shellfish Hall, “Alimentos Etnicos y Ancestrales” Hall, Processing and Technology Hall for the preparation and packaging of beverages and food.
Each of those thematic areas got a full list of conferences dedicated to their main challenges and trends; in the diary section, there have been 2 main conferences: “The IV International Seminar of Milk and Mastitis Prevention” and “The Forum of the Global Outlook of Diary Products“.
Several conferences have been dedicated to the bread industry as well, dealing with different topics from the wheat to its processing and packaging.
The professional conferences as well as the academic activities and the workshops, that have taken place throughout the week, have attracted the attention of the visitors; a relevant importance has been reached by the conference “El negocio con más cuerda” of Ana Maria Sierra, Executive Coordinator of “TomaCafe,” a Program for the Promotion of the Colombian Coffee.
If there is something Colombia is known worldwide for, is its coffee and the highest quality of its production, whose quantity classifies this evergreen Country as the second largest producer in the world.
Moreover, the Colombian coffee industry has produced in the last five months 14% more than the registered production for the same period in 2013, according to the data provided by the National Federation of Coffee Producers. This would translate into 569.000 bags of coffee overproduction, bringing the total amount to 4.02 million bags of 60 kg of coffee during the year.
On the other hand, exports has given a boost to the balance from January to May and has registered an increase of 23%, about 4.5 million bags. Also the coffee consortium confirmed that in the last twelve months the production increased by 30%, about 2.7 million bags more than the period between May 2012 and June 2013.
We have to know more to understand why Colombia has the perfect natural balance to become the perfect producer of this high quality plantations.
The Colombian Coffee, whose origin is from Africa, belongs to the finest quality “Arabica“, famous both for its aroma and for the fragility of the plant, that is more attackable than the other quality “Robusta” from parasitic and diseases.
This species has found a particular climate in the lush green mountains of Colombia, where the temperature never suffers drastic changes throughout the year, except from the alternation of the dry season with the rainy season.
In this climate, only this species has adapted in a wonderfully and unique way, becoming a particular cultivar, the quality “high-mountain Arabica.”
The coffee bean, when ripe, undergoes a very delicate transformation of roasting, which proceeds along well-defined stages to release a unique aroma, once in the grinder and filtered in a great cup of hot coffee.
All that, places Colombia among the leaders in the production and trade of coffee; this market, together with the oil and gas market, is re-launching Colombia among the emerging economies. Quite recently, after the more famous acronym BRIC created by a Goldman Sachs analyst, a new acronym, CIVETS, has been created by the bank HSBC, to describe yet another group of promising economies (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, and South Africa).
The country that corresponds to the “C” in CIVETS is Colombia. The Colombian economy is now the third largest in Latin America. From 2001 to 2013, it grew at an average annual rate of 4%. According to a Bloomberg survey, the nation’s economy is expected to grow at a rate of 4.5% in 2014. Colombia’s budget deficit was only 2.41% of GDP in 2013.
These few numbers to indicate that at this time Colombian people can enjoy a great cup of coffee, being aware of the results that their country is reaching.
Such is the recognition that the country gives to his precious bean that, every year, on June 27th since 128 years, the National Day of coffee is being celebrated, and every year in Calarcá (Quindo) Colombian people elect the queen of coffee: this June 27th, Connie Lorraine Daniela Ojeda has been crowned.
The next gourmet appointment for coffee, which definitely the tasters and top-quality coffee lovers cannot miss is TriestEspresso Expo, where coffee and Italian espresso, coined in all its forms, and declined in all its tastes, will be the undisputed protagonists in a week “gourmet”: a week dedicated exclusively to coffee, to its processing, to the traditional and the innovative methods of roasting, to the fragrances and best machinery for the preparation of the most striking and contemplative beverage in the world that the African population has given us.
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This article has been written by WhereInFair and its team;