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Hong Kong Goes Gourmet at Food Expo
Three Summer Fairs Feature the Good Life in Food and Healthcare

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TDC Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip gets the royal treatment at the Food Fair's media preview.
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Mooncakes are among the specialty items sure to light up Food Expo, August 16 to 20, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
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Food Expo 2007 features nine yummy product zones, including Biscuits, Snacks and Dairy Products.
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At today's media preview, 66 exhibitors from Food Expo and eight from ICMCM showcase the latest in food and health products.

August 2, 2007 - The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre goes gourmet August 16-20, when more than 360 exhibitors from around the world showcase their products to traders as well as the public at Food Expo 2007.

The 18th Food Expo, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), will be held concurrently with the 6th International Conference and Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine and Health Products (ICMCM) and the 2nd Hong Kong International Medical and Health Care Fair.

"Food Expo has long been popular among the public as well as traders, serving as a good family activity during the summer holidays," said TDC Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip, speaking at today's media preview. Last year, Food Expo attracted more than 8,500 trade buyers and 300,000 public visitors.

Apart from Hong Kong exhibitors, Food Expo will include participants from Australia, Canada, the Chinese mainland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand. Companies from Macau and Russia are taking part for the first time.

Diversity is one of the characteristics of Food Expo, which includes nine major exhibition zones. Hall 1 features Health and Organic Food, Bakery Products and Sauces, Beverages and Restaurants, Biscuits, Snacks and Dairy Products, Canned, Frozen and Convenience Food, Trade Associations and Others, and Alcoholic Beverages, while Hall 2 focuses on Group Pavilions and Green and Organic Food. Group pavilions include the Chinese mainland, Korea and Japan, as well as first-time participants Australia, Russia and Canada.

Food Expo will also include a trade hall, allowing more than 180 local and international exhibitors to network and receive orders from food distributors, importers and chain store buyers. The hall, limited to trade visitors during the first two days, will be open to the public August 18-20.

Taking part at Food Expo will be eight exhibitors with Q-mark certification: Imperial Bird's Nest, Lee Kum Kee, Maxim's, Prince of Peace, Tung Chun Soy Sauce, Wing Wah, Nin Jiom Medicine and Satay King.

The fair's industry seminars will include "Tapping into the Organic Food Market" and the "Latest Trends and Developments of Perishable Cargo Handling - A Look at China Cold Chain." The fair will also feature more than 30 public activities and events, including a seminar on organic food by Hong Kong Organic Country, a talk on food and health by a certified nutritionist, a game organised by the TDC and Metro Broadcast, a Department of Health session on healthy eating for children and a cooking competition by Lisa magazine.

Fair tickets cost HK$20 during the day and $10 at night (available only at the fair after 6pm, August 16-19). Tickets can be purchased at selected 7-11, OK convenience stores and HK Ticketing, beginning August 1.

The Hong Kong food industry is known for its variety and quality. Hong Kong's exports of processed food and beverages totalled US$2,128 million in 2006, a 21.5 per cent increase over 2005. This year, exports for the first five months amounted to US$1,069 million, a 37 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Fair websites:

Food Expo: http://www.hkfoodexpo.com
ICMCM: http://www.icmcm.com
Hong Kong International Medical & Health Care Fair: http://www.hkmedicalhealthcarefair.com

Public Enquiry Hotline: 1830670

Media Enquiries:

Please contact the TDC's Media and Public Affairs Department:

Lyann Li
Tel: (852) 2584 4525
Email: lyann.my.li@tdc.org.hk

Katherine Chan
Tel: (852) 2584 4537
Email: katherine.cm.chan@tdc.org.hk

About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 12 in the Chinese mainland, the TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The TDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit www.tdctrade.com

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