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Beijing International Import Food Expo

The Third Beijing International Import Food Expo will be held at Beijing Exhibition Center on July 4-6, 2014. The event is jointly organized by China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) and Beijing Zhenwei Exhibition Co. Ltd. (Zhenwei Exhibition), under the theme of “Share the Global Taste”.

Covering an area of 10,000 square meters, it is expected to attract approximately 260 international food enterprises from more than 30 countries and regions, including the US, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Japan and Korea.

Statistics released by a renowned international research institution show that 24 percent of Chinese consumers would purchase imported food. According to US Association of Food Industries, China is expected to become the world’s largest consumer of imported food in 2018.

According to Xiong Xunlin, Deputy Secretary General of CCOIC, the Expo complies with China’s current demand for transformation of economic growth mode, adjustment of the economic structure, expansion of domestic demand, and acceleration of industry and consumption upgrade.

China used to focus on export only, but now import is gaining in importance. Import is expected to play the role of balancing the macro-economy and adjusting the economic structure, and expansion of import has been part of the state strategy.

The organizers of the Expo boast data of at least 200,000 professional visitors, covering China-based buyers, import and export trading firms, food agents, dealers, supermarkets and high level clubs, among others. In addition, CCOIC and Zhenwei Exhibition will invite a huge buyer delegation, which will be a highlight of the Expo.

The Expo provides a platform for international food enterprises to tap into China’s market more efficiently and promptly, expanding business to the world’s largest consumer market. • 12/13

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Africa • Sep 2019

Nestlé announces the winners of the Sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge

The 3 start-ups winners have been awarded a 4-month residency in the new Nestlé R&D Accelerator for Sub-Saharan Africa

Start-ups SHOPIT, EXPORTUNITY and WAKULIMA from South Africa, Benin and Tanzania respectively, emerged today the winners of the Nestlé Research and Development (R&D) Sub-Saharan innovation challenge.

Selected from among a highly competitive group of 174 submissions received from 27 different countries across Africa, these start-ups projects were judged by a panel of Nestléexecutives as the most promising.

In addition, the initiative MAFANI led by 2 students from University Gaston Berger of Saint Louis (Senegal) was selected as the winner of university category of the challenge and will receive CHF 10,000 in prize money.

The 3 start-ups winners have been awarded a 4-month residency in the new Nestlé R&D Accelerator for Sub-Saharan Africa, located at the Nestlé R&D Center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. During their stay, the 3 selected start-ups will have the opportunity to tap into Nestlé’ R&D’s expertise, as well as have access to state-of-the-art infrastructure such as hot desks, labs, kitchens and pilot testing equipment to further advance and potentially commercialize their ideas.

According to Joëlle Abega-Oyouomi, Head of the Nestlé R&D Center in Abidjan, “the Sub-Saharan African innovation ecosystem is filled with creative energy and strong entrepreneurial minds. However, there is not enough infrastructure to test and validate new ideas therefore limiting access to a wider market’’.

She highlighted that “Nestlé’s R&D science and technology expertise will contribute by providing a platform to deliver innovations adapted to African consumers’ needs and preferences.” In May 2019, Nestlé launched the R&D innovation challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of its efforts to stimulate innovative solutions across four areas: affordable nutrition, environmentally friendly packing solutions, sustainable cocoa plantlets, and new routes to markets. It has set a particular focus on universities and start-ups in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. Chair of the challenge selection panel, Mr. Rémy Ejel, Market Head for Nestlé in Central and West Africa, was pleased with the high level of participation from the region. “I am impressed by the original ideas pitched to us today.

With a majority of the submissions coming from Ghana and Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, the region is in an exceptional position to become an innovation hub for the African continent.” Bruno Olierhoek, Market Head for Nestlé East and Southern African Region expressed his delight at the dedication showed by students and start-ups to this initiative.

"We are thrilled that this innovation challenge resulted in such great interest from the East and Southern African Region. In the spirit of co-creation we can now look forward to joint ideation between the winners and Nestlé for solutions that will contribute to a healthier future of the people of Africa’’. •

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