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    Officials about "Riga Food 2016"

    Jānis Dūklavs, Minister for Agriculture
    Ministry of Agriculture also took part in the organization of "Riga Food 2015" because we appreciate those benefits Latvian food manufacturers get from participation in international trade shows. "Riga Food" brought together 703 companies from 37 countries this year. This is a significant number of exhibitors, and every company had the opportunity to find new partners and outlets for their goods or services. It is of great importance for those affected by the closure of the Russian market to EU exports.
    As the Minister for Agriculture I can assure you that the assortment of Latvian-produced agricultural and food products is very diverse, high-quality and, above all, safe and healthy. Food industry has always played a significant role in the Latvian economy. Today, the food industry is the largest processing sector in Latvia – the food and beverages sectors provided a fifth of total manufacturing turnover of the country in 2014. Last year, added value in the food and beverages sector was more than 530 million euros.
    "Riga Food 2015" paid special attention to food innovation. Close cooperation among food manufacturers, scientists and research institutions is beneficial for everyone – consumers, producers and national economy as a whole.

    Daina Saktiņa, Project Manager, Latvian State Institute of Agrarian Economics
    Exhibition Company BT1 annually brings together food producers from across Latvia and other countries. Owing to our long-standing and successful cooperation, Latvian national collective stand at "Riga Food" is growing every year. It has an excellent location and attracts both visitors and partners. Thanks to it, Latvian entrepreneurs are interested to integrate and operate in our booth, since collaboration with us ensures customer attraction, new contracts, production and sales growth. Doing our own work, we achieve the objectives we set every year! We would like to wish you every success and long-standing cooperation to promote the further growth of Latvian food industry!