Media Release – Strong Growth in Saskatchewan Pulse Exports Recognized at International Food Forums
Regina, Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) will be leading a strong contingent of Saskatchewan exporters to two major international food forums – the Pulse Conclave in Jaipur, India to be held February 17 to 19, 2016 and the Gulfood Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) February 21 to 25, 2016.
STEP President and CEO Chris Dekker noted that the trade mission is timely given the growth in Saskatchewan pulse exports and the UN General Assembly declaring the year 2016 as International Year of Pulses.
“India purchased over $1.5B in pulses from Saskatchewan including $960M in lentils in 2015 – both record numbers,” Dekker said. “And the UAE is the fifth largest market for Saskatchewan lentils and peas and has demonstrated strong growth potential.”
The India Pulses and Grains Association expects over 800 delegates from around the world will participate in the conclave. The Gulfood Show in Dubai is now considered the world’s largest annual food and hospitality show with nearly 5,000 exhibitors from 5 continents and 120 countries.
“The global food industry meets at the Gulfood Show to trade and unveil the latest tastes, trends and innovations”, Dekker said.
STEP is privileged to have the Honourable Lyle Stewart, Minister of Agriculture serve as the mission lead during the India portion of the trip.
“Minister Stewart’s leadership will greatly enhance our presence and will assist with the objective to maintain Saskatchewan’s position as Canada’s top exporter to India.”
STEP is a non-profit, membership driven, government/industry partnership, designed to promote the growth of Saskatchewan’s export industry. For more information, visit www.sasktrade.sk.ca.
For further information, please contact:
Chris Dekker, President and CEO
Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP)