June 14, 2012
María R. Batista Santaella
Puerto Rican rum and gourmet cuisine on display at the Fancy Food Show 2012
Island’s gourmet entrepreneurs look to repeat success of previous two years
(Virtual Press Office
) -Coffee, gourmet cheeses and rum are among the Puerto Rican flavors represented at the Summer Fancy Food Show. The Puerto Rico delegation, led by the island’s Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), Puerto Rico Trade Company, The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) and Department of Agriculture, showcases a sample of the best and most sought-after gourmet foods the island has to offer.
“This is one of the most important shows in the industry and a fantastic platform for our gourmet food producers to expand into other markets,” said DDEC secretary José Pérez-Riera. “We are here for the third consecutive year because we know that participation in major trade fairs helps strengthen our entrepreneurs and increase our exports which, in turn, boosts economic growth in the island," added Pérez-Riera.
Among the products showcased at the Puerto Rican booth are dressings, coffee, sauces, candy, cheeses, drinks and honey produced by island entrepreneurs. In addition the Rums of Puerto Rico program will be holding rum tastings during the fair.
The DDEC secretary said "The companies that came to the past two shows have reported projected sales of about $ 9 million, proving that our efforts to ensure Puerto Rico a share of the global economy by promoting exports are paying off”.
The companies represented at this year’s Puerto Rico booth are: Apiarios Caraballo (honey), Café Cibales (coffee), Quesos Vaca Negra (cheese), Pique Mi Madre (hot sauce), Tita's Homemade (fruit-based vinagrettes), Papa Jac ( passion fruit tropical drink) Flavor Merchants (7 Deadly Zings sauces), Dulzura Borincana (sweets), La Coruña (David’s Selection y Aquarius), and Matosantos Commercial Corp. (El Serranito & Campoverde).
The Puerto Rico pavilion is located at Booth 2937
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