Serbia has quality food for global market
Serbia has great potential for producing traditional food, Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Snezana Bogosavljevic Boskovic said opening the Ethnic Food and Drinks Fair in Belgrade on Wednesday.
The volume of Serbian food marketed globally is the best proof of the quality of food produced in Serbia, Bogosavljevic Boskovic said, noting that more than 30 Serbian food products have so far been protected with designations of origin.
The EU traditional products market, which is worth over EUR 15 billion, represents an enormous possibility for Serbian food exports, she added.
In a systematic manner, the state is trying to motivate small producers of traditional food to improve and become as competitive as possible, and it will continue to do so, the minister said.
The Ethnic Food and Drinks Fair, held at the Belgrade Fair until November 29, has brought together around 350 Serbian and international companies with around 1,500 different products.
The objective of the event is to present small farms and food producers and their traditional products in order to create new brands and find new markets.
Serbian producers are presented by regions, while a standalone booth showcasing products by a Bulgarian company, as well as producers from Romania, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, the Russian Federation and Italy, are also featured.
The fair also includes a large number of expert conferences and side-events, a handicraft exhibition and a cake show on the closing day.
To identify new Serbian brands, a jury comprised of eminent experts in the field will evaluate exhibits in 12 product groups and 21 subgroups and hand out diplomas and recognitions.
The fair is open from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. - entrance is free of charge for business customers, while tickets for other visitors cost RSD 250 (RSD 150 for group visits). One parking space is charged RSD 100 per hour.