- Can you brief me about your organization?
Since 1977, the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage (FIAB) represent the Spanish food and beverage industry, the country’s leading industrial sector.
Formed by almost fifty associations, the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage promotes and supports competitiveness, internationalization, innovation, sustainability, employment and talent within the sector. Together with its associates, FIAB maintains a firm commitment to food safety, quality of life and consumer welfare, as well as the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the sector.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, FIAB has a Strategic Framework whose objective is to contribute to the improvement and development of the Spanish economy as a whole with the year 2020 as a horizon thanks to a plan defined and executed by the Department of Internationalization of FIAB. This plan aims at accompanying exporting companies in new markets, trying to increase penetration in those where our industry is already present and promoting the different categories of products that make it up.
- What are your Main Products?
The Spanish Food and Beverage Industry has consolidated its position as a world export power. Our main products are Pork, fish and olive oil. They represent almost 40% of our food and beverage export.
- What is your internal market share? How many countries are you exporting now?
The food and beverage Industry have been consolidated as a key player in Spain’s economic and social growth. This industry is the first industrial sector to exceed 100,000 million euros in production in Spain. In nominal terms, this growth can be translated into an increase of 2.9%, with eight consecutive years of positive data. The contribution of the food and beverage industry to the total economy is decisive and has resulted in a contribution close to 3% of GDP and represents 21% of the manufacturing industry.
In 2018 our top exports were EU countries (France, Italy, Portugal, UK) followed by USA and China.
- Your presence in the Middle East Market? How many countries are you exporting now?
FIABs main presence in the Middle East Market in 2019 is through the high-level Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates led by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan. The mission aims to facilitate European food and beverage exports to the United Arab Emirates, while strengthening the existing presence of European agri-food products in the UAE market. The country’s macroeconomic data highlight the importance of the region for Spanish exports, where Spain has a positive and growing trade balance in recent years.
- Your marketing channels?
FIAB has participated along with Spanish companies in trade fairs in the Middle East in 2018, for example, in Iran Food & Hospitality (with 8 companies) and in Foodex Saudi (with 5 companies). FIAB is preparing again its participation in these trade fairs for 2019. In addition, within the Food & Drink Business Meetings Alimentaria 2018, Spanish companies could hold meetings during 2 days with 12 international buyers from 4 countries in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Oman).