Nine Pakistani companies take part in Foodex 2018

Shahzad Ahmad Khan, Pakistan Commercial consul, promotes bilateral trade between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

By Syed Mussarat Khalil

Saudi Gazette.


Muhammad Arshad Munir, Pakistan Press Consul, said Pakistan Consulate is extending full cooperation to Pakistani businessmen match-making for their products in Saudi Arabia and to tap enormous opportunities emerging out of Saudi Vision 2030 to promote bilateral and investment.

He was speaking to the media at the inauguration ceremony of 6th Edition of Foodex Saudi Exhibition Jeddah organized by Reed Sunaidi Company.

On this occasion, Shahzad Ahmad Khan, the Commercial consul, said promoting bilateral trade between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is one of the foremost responsibility of the Pakistan Consulate.

The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), in collaboration with Commercial Section, Consulate General of Pakistan, selected the nine well-established companies to offer their range of quality products for Saudi market. The participating companies/exhibitors are among the top exporters from Pakistan dealing in rice, fruits and vegetables, processed food, ready to eat, beverages, spices, bakery and confectionery.

Saudi Arabia, he added, imports more than $25 billion worth of food and beverage products each year to meet its growing consumption demands due to growing population and increasing annual pilgrimage. These developments, Khan said, offers huge opportunity to Pakistani companies to further penetrate Saudi market and increase their market share. However, given the fact that Pakistan is an agricultural country, and more than 50 percent of its exports are agro and textile based, it has enormous potential to increase its exports by tapping halal food market of Saudi Arabia, which currently imports more that 80 percent of its total food and beverages requirement.

The participating companies include M/s Pearl Confectionery Pvt. Ltd, Karachi, M/s Roomi Foods Pvt. Ltd Multan, M/s K&N’s Food Pvt. Ltd, Karachi, M/s Amir Rice Traders Gujranwala, M/s Bismillah Sehla Processing Plant Pvt. Ltd Nankana Sahib, M/s Quick Food Industries Ltd. Karachi, M/s Kafi Kitchen, Karachi, M/s Ismail Industries Ltd Karachi and M/s K.M food industries pvt. Ltd Lahore.