• .Mexico has a strong agri-food sector; in 2015, exports in the sector exceeded $26.7 billion USD , he said.
  • We are the world’s twelfth largest food producer, seventh largest producer of animal protein and thirteenth largest agricultural producer, he said.
  • The Mexico Food Business Conference 2016, to be held from December 8-10, is expected to generate business for more than a billion dollars, he said.
  • 600 national producers will interact with hundreds of international buyers, and will be able to strengthen their presence in the world’s major markets, he said.
  • He gave a joint press conference with Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, José Calzada Rovirosa.

General Coordinator of Social Communication of the President’s Office and Government Spokesman Eduardo Sánchez Hernández and Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) José Calzada Rovirosa announced today in a press conference that the government, through SAGARPA, is organizing the Mexico Food Business Conference in 2016.

Noting that Mexico is fertile ground for investing in food production, spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said that this event is an initiative of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s, “That is unprecedented in the history of the country, in which producers, buyers , investors, entrepreneurs, academics and the general public” will meet to exchange experiences, contacts and business opportunities to project the Mexican countryside to the foreign market.

He added that in 2015, “The sector’s exports exceeded $26.7 billion USD and today, for the first time in history, obtained more foreign exchange from food products that the national revenue from oil, tourism or remittances”.

Moreover, in 2015, “For the first time in two decades, Mexico had a favorable agrifood trade balance, in other words, we exported more products than we imported,” he said.

"This impressive performance of the primary sector," he said, “can be explained by the tireless work of the nearly seven million Mexicans engaged in agricultural, livestock and fishing activities who, through various development bank programs, have access to loans and guarantees that exceeded 650 billion pesos last year”.

He noted that in the Mexico Food Business Conference 2016, to be held from December 8 to 10, additional business is expected of "over one billion dollars, equivalent to three percent of what Mexico exports. In other words, this business conference will generate an additional one billion dollars.

Eduardo Sánchez stressed that, “This is the first event of this kind in our country and seeks to become the most important agri-food business conference in Latin America, and one of the most important ones in the world”.

Through this conference, “Mexican producers will be able to strengthen their presence in the main markets in which they participate, including: The United States, China, Japan, Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Spain, among another 150 countries to which Mexico exports its food products”.

”With the Mexico Food Business Conference 2016, Mexico’s flavors will be enjoyed on millions of tables around the world, and its products will reap the fruits of its efforts, a fact that has been recognized by President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government," he said.

He said that, “Over 600 domestic producers and hundreds of world-class buyers are expected to interact,” and declared that, “the agricultural sector will have a privileged forum for showcasing the quality and potential of their products”.

The government spokesman said that the food industry is a major hub of the world economy, since, “Nearly half the world's economically active population is devoted to primary activities such as livestock, fisheries, agriculture, on which the world's food supplies depend”.

In Mexico, we have a vigorous agrifood sector, he said, adding that, “We are the world’s twelfth largest food producer, seventh largest producer of animal protein and thirteenth largest agricultural producer”.

He said that in all countries of America, Europe and Asia, “We can find beer, avocadoes, tomatoes, tequila and beef, our five major food exports, proudly produced in Mexico”.