NaturalTech Brazil

This month our Latin America Food Engineer Katia Miura visited the NatualTech Exposition in Sao Paulo. Check out a whole new generation of healthy foods!

340 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors for this three day event!

Brazil, a nation of 200 million has transformed from a beans and beef culture to health conscious.  Natural food stores have popped up all over the country and health perceived ingredients such as jungle fruits, berries and natural herbs are integrated into food products.

Here are some interesting items from the expo.  These innovative products do not make it onto the MINTEL charts!

 

 

 


Viva Costa Rica

We all know Costa Rica is a paradise!  Now this nation of 5 million is becoming an important regional food manufacturing hub.  This year Costa Rican companies imported a half million USD worth of dried, fresh and frozen USA blueberries!   June 11-13 — USHBC initiated FoodTech activities in Costa Rica with attendance at the Expohore food and hotel exposition in San Jose.

 

Some Facts:

Population: 5 million
>GDP Per Capita: $16,000
>Strong growth.
>Big Mac Index: $3.77 (About same as USA)
>Well developed grocery chain infrastructure with refrigerated produce sections and freezer space for frozen polybag blueberries.
>Strong Food Industry Sector with bakeries such as Bimbo, Dairy Tres Pinos and importers and suppliers for the foodservice and hotel and restaurant industries.
>With large expat communities and store chains serving them, the general public does have awareness of blueberries!

Activity:

USHBC shared booth with the USDA-Foreign Agriculture Service Representative in Costa Rica who is a big fan of blueberries and so happy to work with our Latin America Food Tech Katia Miura.   Face to face interaction is important and we met with dozens of current and potential buyers and product developers.

Here is a short video of Costa Rican made blueberry products!

CR products


Expocomer Panama

Bienvenidos!

Bienvenidos to Panama!   USHBC conducted the first trade mission and expositon to the Republic of Panama March 27-30, 2019 in Panama City.  For the past five years, we have met dozens of Panamanian companies at expositions in Miami.  Food companies in the region including baking, confectionery and snacks are seeking Real Blueberries and this year Blueberry FoodTech hopped the short flight to Panama for a look!

Commercial bakeries in the region look to use frozen blueberries in muffins and other items.

Dried blueberries work in the snacking culture.

Purees and puree concentrate is desired for ice creams and sorbets.  Panamanians are crazy for ice cream, especially in the heat of the April Summer where the temperatures soar to 90s and high humidity!

The USHBC Strategic directs  marketing and promotional activities to seek out new high value markets!   While most activities continue in the Asian markets, it is time to look close to home in the Central American market.

Stay tuned.

Adios from Panama!