Miami, FL  (Food News)  The vibrant and diverse cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean take center stage at the World Trade Center Miami’s 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show (www.americasfoodandbeverage.com) Oct. 28 and 29, with more than 500 food producers from 22 countries, each showcasing their products, recipes and delicacies.

The 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center is the largest specialty food trade event in the Western Hemisphere and is expected to generate more than $200 million in sales. The show generated $190 million in sales in 2012 and attracted 9,500 buyers.

“This will be the most successful event in show history. We expect more than 9,500 people to visit the show and pursue trade opportunities with local companies and businesses throughout the Americas,” said Charlotte Gallogly, president of the World Trade Center Miami.

The 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show will feature nearly 500 exhibitors from every corner of the globe, including country pavilions representing Algeria; Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada/Atlantic Canada; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; South Korea; Thailand; Turkey; and the United States.

The show also features the VIII Annual Chefs Competition with international teams competing for cash prizes and the title of “Best Chef of the Americas.”

2012 Americas Food and Beverage Show Numbers to Date (2011 Stats)

  • 471 booths (388 booths)
  • 385 exhibitors (365 exhibitors: 246 U.S. companies, 139 foreign-based companies)
  • $192 million expected sales ($135 million in actual sales)
  • 9,530+ buyers or small business representatives (7,041, 28% from abroad)

The Americas Food and Beverage is a trade-only event. Visit www.americasfoodandbeverage.com.

World Trade Center Miami

The World Trade Center Miami is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, a leading global trade organization promoting two-way trade. There are 335 World Trade Centers located in 110 countries with a total membership of 2 million corporate members and associates.

Americas Food & Beverage Show

More than 500 exhibitors will showcase products from the following: Algeria; Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada/Atlantic; Canada/Manitoba; China; Colombia; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; France; Honduras; Italy; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Singapore; South Korea; Spain/Catalonia; Thailand; Turkey; and the United States. The 17th Americas Food and Beverage Show is sponsored by American Airlines, USDA, NASDA, and the World Trade Center Miami.



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