Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is going to organize a Food and Wine Business Mission to Sicily and Apulia, Italy from 24 June to 2 July 2017. The mission aims to help Hong Kong food and wine companies or importers better understand and tap into the promising wine and gourmet industry, particularly to explore the unfamiliar Sicilian and Apulian wines and gourmet and to enrich their product categories. The programme to Sicily and Apulia encompasses meetings with local wineries and food processors. It also features business matching meetings, food and wine tasting where you will meet and get down to business with local wine and food suppliers.
Between January-July 2016, Hong Kong’s total exports of processed food and beverages increased by 14%, reaching HK$33 billion. Chinese mainland was the largest export market for Hong Kong’s processed food and beverages. The food and beverages industry in Hong Kong is largely related to re-export activities. Hong Kong’s re-exports of food and beverages accounted for more than 90% of Hong Kong’s total exports of food and beverages between January-July 2016. On the other hand, Hong Kong’s wine imports have expanded fast since the elimination of import duties in February 2008. In the first seven months of 2016, the value of wine imports saw a strong year-on-year growth of 24.2%. Most of the imported wines originated from European countries.
Your are cordially to join the captioned mission. Enclosed please find the mission factsheet and application form for your attention. To secure the application, kindly complete and return your form to HKTDC by 17 March 2017 (Friday). Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact Mr Allen Poon, Product Promotion Department, Hong Kong Trade Development Council at 2584 4166.