A total of 456 companies, including half from overseas, 30 among the Fortune Global 500 and top 100 food producers, have confirmed their presence at the 2nd China (Huai'an) International Food Expo, which will kick off in Huai'an on May 9.
The expo will be composed of three major sections: exhibition, conference and food show. The exhibition area of 30,000 square meters will include 1,390 standard booths and 6 halls, where famous food and drinks from home and abroad as well as specialties of Jiangsu and Huai'an will be displayed. Meanwhile, cooks will make Huaiyang cuisine, one of four traditional Chinese cuisines, on the spot during the expo.
Jiang Hancong, deputy director of the Huai'an Commerce Bureau and also president of the Huai'an sub-council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT Huai'an), said, compared with the first expo, this year's fair further highlights Jiangsu's food brands and allows all Jiangsu cities to have a designated exhibition booth, rather than putting them together in one exhibition zone like in last year.
The first food expo last year saw the agreement signing of 31 food projects, with a total investment of 15.68 billion yuan. At present, five projects have been put into production, including a base of Wens Foodstuff Group with an investment of 500 million yuan and a smart coffee initiative with an investment of 15 million yuan. The 'central kitchen' project of Jiangsu Besta Agriculture Development is among six projects that are about to complete and involve a total investment of 500 million yuan. Smooth progress has been made in other projects too, which have converged resources and boosted momentum of development for Huai'an food industry.
The food industry is one of the key industries that Huai'an has developed. After years of development, Huai'an food industry has covered a variety of fields, such as winery, meat products, condiments, grain and oil processing, and dairy products. In 2016, the output value of the city's food industry exceeded 100 billion yuan for the first time, as the industrial scale is gradually taking shape.