With undiminished intensity proceed the activities of the Exporters’ Association of Crete for all the exporting enterprises of our island.
The 2nd World Conference of Greek Gastronomy and the Partenariat of Food, Wine and Spirits Industry, a significant event which was held in Heraklion, Crete and on Santorini on the 8th -10th of June 2007, organized by the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board (HEPO) and supported by the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Foods came to a close with great success and with great benefit for the growth of exports of the Greek businesses and especially of the Cretan exporting enterprises that participated.
This is the biggest organizing event that has ever been held in Greece when it comes to the sector of Food and Beverage. Present were about 230 and more guests from abroad, representatives of distribution networks, chain-stores buyers, journalists, public opinion formers etc. from the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Korea, Japan, Russia etc. and also approximately 120 Greek enterprises which had the opportunity to promote Greek products and Greek gastronomy.
Within the framework of the three-day Conference of Gastronomy, the guests visited archaeological sites and learned more about the history of Crete and the roots of Cretan cuisine which is considered to be the basis of the Mediterranean Diet. They also participated actively in the preparation of traditional Cretan dishes and took part in a traditional festival with dancing, in the village of Avdou, with a lot of excitement and lively mood. The visitors experienced the Cretan hospitality and left having the best impressions about the island and the way of life of its inhabitants.
The Exporters’ Association of Crete preserved perfect collaboration with the administration of the Hellenic Foreign Trade Board (HEPO), participated in this year’s Conference KERASMA with a great number of Cretan enterprises that promoted their traditional Cretan products boosting the institution of Cretan diet which is considered as the model of the Mediterranean diet. The participation of the Exporters’ Association of Crete was decisive and its administration achieved the faultless organization of the Conference and the best hospitality of the visitors on the island.
However, the action of the Exporters’ Association of Crete does not stop here. In its immediate activities within the year 2007 is the participation and the co-organizing of the biggest International Exhibition in the field of Food and Beverage, the ANUGA 2007 in Colony where the Cretan enterprises, in a unified 400 square meters stand entitled “REGION OF CRETE”, will promote our island’s traditional products with the financing of the Prefecture of Crete and the cooperation of Exporters’ Association of Crete and the Chambers of Crete. Various events are scheduled during the conference aiming at boosting the presence of the Cretan enterprises. Moreover, the co-organization of a business delegation in the markets of Sweden and Denmark with HEPO, within the scopes of Measure 4.3 “Development of Exports” of the Ministry of Rural Development and Foods, with the participation of companies and Chambers, is another action that will help the exporters of Crete to open up to new markets.
The total of actions of the Exporters’ Association of Crete aims at promoting the Cretan products and strengthening the extroversion of the Cretan enterprises along with the projection of the Cretan culture, tradition and gastronomy.