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Export earnings from processed food to exceed $1b by 2021

  • Published at 10:26 pm November 19th, 2019
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7th BAPA foodexpo Organizers of BAPA foodexpo address a press conference at Economic Reporters Forum in Dhaka on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Courtesy

Three-day international food expo begins Thursday

Bangladesh’s export earnings from the processed food industry will exceed $1 billion by 2021, according to Bangladesh Agro-Processors’ Association (BAPA).

A total of 479 entrepreneurs of the country exported agro-processed foods worth $700 million to 144 countries in 2018-19 fiscal.

PRAN-RFL Group Chairperson Ahsan Khan Chowdhury shared the information at a press conference at the Economic Reporters’ Forum (ERF) in the capital.

The association would organize a three-day international food expo beginning Thursday (November 21) at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the city, said Ahsan Khan, also chairperson of the fair committee.

Two expos — 9th Agro Bangladesh Expo 2019 and the 6th Rice and Graintech Expo Bangladesh — will be held under the banner: BAPA FoodPro International Expo 2019.  

He said that the market for the country’s agro-processed food was expanding very fast, both in domestic and export markets, owing to its excellent quality and reasonable prices. 

He said that BAPA FoodPro International Expo 2019 would be the country’s only exposition on processed food products, food processing and packaging as well as machinery used in agro food processing.

He added that the expo would attract all stakeholders in the retail and wholesale food and beverage service sectors, generating new connections and new business for everyone involved.

There would also be ‘business matching sessions’ along with technical sessions where industry experts will present their views on sector-specific topics, he added.

About 150 exhibitors from 15 countries, including those from Bangladesh, will participate and display their respective agro-processed food products, food processing and packaging, and machineries in the expo.

The organizers said that the expo would remain open for all from 11:00am to 7:00pm. BAPA and Rainbow Exhibition and Event Management Services Limited (REEMS) will jointly organize the expo. 

Agro-processed food include, among others, pickle, chutney , mango bar, jam jelly, juice, spices, aromatic rice, fine rice, tea, chanachur, peanuts, mustard oil, biscuits, zira cut supari, fruit drinks, candy, puffed rice, flattened rice, flour, hair oil, isubgul, ghee, noodles, vermicelli, kashundi, frozen vegetables, snacks, rose water, dried dal/peas, potato crackers, honey, molasses, jardah, diabetic firni mix, meat, sweets, milk powder, lassi, sesame seeds, black berry, potato flakes, sesame oil, sugar cane, puff corn, sesame bar and canned pineapple, according to BAPA data.

Market operators said since Bangladesh was an agricultural country the opportunity for putting the export potentiality of the agro processed food in good use is unlimited due to availability of the raw materials.