Country of honour

A distinguished guest

SIAL Canada is pleased to welcome this year a distinguished guest as a country of honor: Spain! Putting a country or region in the spotlight is a thoughtful act that supports a number of political and economic initiatives and decisions.

SIAL Canada's mission in this context is to underscore the country's desire to stand out in a thriving market like North America.

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Spain in the spotlight

Spain is thrilled to be the Country of Honour at the 2018 edition of SIAL Canada. The provisional entry into force of the CETA represents a significant milestone between Spain and Canada for trade and cooperation.

Over the past five years, the bilateral trade relationship in agri-food between Canada and Spain has grown by 132% and the Spanish companies exported their products for a value of 313 million dollars.

This growth is reflected in some of our most iconic products: Spain managed to increase the exports of Virgin Olive Oil by 170% expanding its market share in 10 points; olives from Spain hold a large market share of 40% in Canada. We have multiplied by 3 the import of citrus fruits from 2013 and pitted fruits, peaches hold a stunning growth of 7,670% in the past five years. And, of course, our exquisite jamón, chorizo and other pork delicacies have reached a growth of 82% from 2013 to 2017. Regarding wines, we are proud to say that, in 2017, Spain became the 5th imported wine supplier to Canada, only after France, Italy, USA and Australia.   Quebec alone represented more than the 50% of our total market share in Canada, and has grown 26% over the last 5 years.

We want to celebrate this enlarged presence of Foods and Wines from Spain in Canada with all of you at the Spanish Pavilion at booth #801, where you will discover the wide variety of products from all corners of Spain, thanks to the 31 companies participating in this magnificent event.

Francisco Javier Garzón Morales

Chief Executive Officer ICEX Trade and Investment

This is a special year for us with the entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which I believe represents a milestone to trade and cooperation between the European Union countries and Canada. Spain has worked hard in the anticipation of this Trade Agreement for the last five years and I have to say that we have achieved significant results.

I am very confident that food and wine exports from Spain will continue to strengthen in the Canadian market in the coming years.

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