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GLOBAL GASTRONOMY: Discover Spanish Food & Wine

Rapberry Gazpacho, Extra Virgen Olive Oil, Spanish Jamón and a glass of good Spanish wine, these were some of the Spanish products served to the Indian palates in the First Spanish Food and Beverage Workshop celebrated recently at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. A report.  More than 200 professionals attended the event, such as importers, distributors, Food & Beverage advisors, Media, etc. The Spanish Food and Beverage Industry was well represented by the Spanish companies Casademont, Bodegas Luis Gurpegui, Grupo SOS and Campofrío, among others, to introduce wines, Cider, olives, canned fish, cheeses, meat cuts, and processed products to India.  Two seminars were celebrated with the aim of improving bilateral relationships as well as bringing together both cultures, so different to each other. One seminar on the Spanish Wines, hosted by Sommelier Magandeep Singh and other seminar on the Spanish Gastronomy, hosted by the prestigious Spanish Chef Sergio Fernández, well known professor at the Hospitality School of Madrid. Under the motto Discover Spanish Taste, the Spanish Chef Sergio Fernández, in collaboration with the Aman Hotel chef, Jonay Armas presented a cocktail-dinner in the Tapas Lounge of the Aman Hotel. The event was framed under the Strategic Plan promoted by the International Promotion Department of the Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB) and supported by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX), the Spanish Ministry of Environment and Marine and Rural Environment (MARM) and the Spanish Embassy of Spain in New Delhi. This was the first time such an event was held to boost the trade relationships between the two countries to improve the Food and Beverage business so far. During 2008, Spain sent to India F&B products valued at 11.91 millions of euro. These are still very small amount but they show the effort of the Spanish food and beverage industry to seize on the economic growth of India and its potential market.  Following the same target, next year will be implemented the “Plan India”, a Strategic Promotional Plan to create more awareness of the Spanish Agrofood products in India.The plan  has collaboration agreement signed by ICEX, MARM, FIAB and 13 regions of Spain ( Extremadura, La Rioja, Castilla la Mancha, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Galicia, País Vasco, Murcia, Asturias, Andalucía y Aragón), as well as the National Board of Chamber of Commerce.                                                                                                                   Table 1: The Spanish Food & Drink Industry – FOREIGN TRADE  MAINMARKETS                EXPORTS 2008 (M€) 1. FRANCE                            5.333,932. GERMANY                          3.332,203. ITALIA                              3.309,984. PORTUGAL                         3.270,015. UNITED KINGDOM                2.301,2186. INDIA                              11, 90 ASIA MARKETS                 EXPORTS 2008 (M€) 1. JAPAN                               330,152. CHINA                               238,273. SAUDI ARABIA                     115,934. UAE                                   109,225. SOUTH KOREA                     81,9218. INDIA                               11,90  

    - Lopamudra Ganguly

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