In March a delegation of 22 Portuguese food and drink suppliers exhibited at the IFE (International Food Event) held at London's Excel .
To maximise the potential for these exhibitors to interact with the Portuguese business community already established in the UK, the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce organised a networking dinner at the Casa da Madeira restaurant which attracted over 65 guests. Our friends at the Portuguese Chamber in London collaborated by inviting some of their local members.
All the guests were very complimentary about the event, the ambiance, and the high quality of food in the heart of London's "little Portugal". A very productive evening was topped-off by Michelle Brown, representing the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel, who offered a tombola prize of a weekend's accommodation, won by Rita Diogo of Drops Nazaré (J.Dinis e Filhos Lda).
About the IFE Exhibition
A successful four-day food and beverage extravaganza at IFE 2015
The biennial IFE exhibition returned to ExCeL London between 22-25 March . The four-day event saw a packed agenda of world renowned chefs demonstrating their culinary skills, a stellar line-up of industry experts sharing their insight as well as numerous networking and buyer opportunities for exhibitors and visitors alike.
Over the four days the UK’s largest food and drink event saw visitors from over 127 countries as well as products showcased by 57 different countries.
One of the exhibitors commented “ IFE has been a great exhibition for us. We’ve met some fabulous companies who share our excitement. Our brand has really been supported well by the organisers and we would recommend it to any start up who is looking to take their brand to the next level."
This year’s show has seen plenty of emerging trends, which hint towards exciting developments in the food and beverage industry through the rest on 2015 and into 2016.
AaZ do Cafe - Torrefacao de Cafe, Lda
Coffee Producers with 30 years of experience entirely dedicated to private label. Our blends and products are developed according to the preferences, budget and strategic demands of our customers. In AZ do Café we present global solutions, innovation, products development, high technology and a strict quality control while developing our clients’ unique brands.
Azcoa Azeites do Coa
BICAFE - Torrefaccao e comersio de cafe LDA
BICAFÉ – The brand
Being Bicafé is being more, feeling more, sharing more, searching for more….
Since 1974, more has been our key word, our driving force for development. More quality, more innovation, more responsibility, more partnership, more attention to detail, more dynamic action, more friendliness, more sharing and more customer support. Because more takes many forms and because more is a lifestyle, the Bicafé brand advocates these values by spreading the aroma, flavour and quality of its coffee around the world.
Casa Anadia (Polistock, Lda)
The Casa Anadia olive oil, produced on the Estate of Bom Sucesso in Alferrarede since at least the 17th century, come from 3 different terroirs of clay, chalk and shale soils on the property, with a combination of international varieties, Picual, Arbequina, Frontoio, Koroneiki and the Portuguese Galega and Cobrançosa , which allows us to produce the protected Designation of Origin Ribatejo (P.D.O.) Olive oils.
The wine produced at the Palace of Anadia in Mangualde, following a tradition that dates back to the 18th century, Casa Anadia nowadays produces red wines of excellence, brimming with history and personality.
Casa da Prisca
The tradition, know-how and reputation of Casa da Prisca’s products are the result of a love of gastronomy and products from the land which has been deep-rooted in our family for several decades. Our activities have been running continuously since 1917 with the lessons, philosophy and pleasure of transforming the best meats, fruits and vegetables passed on from parents to children and from children to grandchildren over 4 generations.
We have the most modern technology allied to valuable and ancient know-how, establishing bridges between tradition and modernity.
We understand people as the engine of the organization: Their knowledge and skills make Casa da Prisca an authority in creating and manufacturing its quality products.
We anticipate market trends and actively propose new products to our partners.
We have a fast response to market changes and new customer requirements, working under a concept of just in time.
Casa do Crespo
CASA DO CRESPO The CASA DO CRESPO – FÁBRICA DE DOÇARIA, LDA. has as its guiding principle of action the following motto: “The one who tries, stays client” This is supported on the following principles which, as a whole, represent the Food Safety Policy of the organization, approved by management.
The program PORTUGAL SOU EU (Portugal that's me) was launched in December 2012 by the Government of Portugal to improve the competitiveness of Portuguese companies, promote trade balance, combat unemployment and contribute to sustained economic growth.
The most visible face of PORTUGAL SOU EU is the assignment of a label to products with high level of national incorporation, which allows consumers to recognize and buy them, contributing to the strengthen of the Portuguese economy.
PORTUGAL SOU EU aims to raise companies’ awareness as well as public administration, so they can incorporate more national production in its supply chain.
J.Dinis e Filhos Lda
J. Dinis & Filhos, Lda. is a Portuguese family confectionery factory and was established in 1955 and within our variety of products you can find hard candies, toffee and fruit chews, lollipops and fantasies like mega lollipops, spin lollipops, peanut crunchy nougat and energetic bars, with our main brand: Drops Nazaré ®. Beside this, we have an sugar free line called NutriDrops and a bubble gum brand - Big Balloon.
Jerónimo Martins Distribuição de produtos de consumo, Lda is the largest portuguese food distributor and one of the oldest.
We offer a wide array of Portuguese products to our customers: Wines; Water; Tomato products; Preserves & Honey; Beverages; Desserts & Pastry; Frozen Meals; Ingredients for meals; Vegetable preserves; Olive Oil; Coffee; Rice; Salt / Fleur de Sel; Fish preserves
We offer products in foodservice sizes and for retail.
Kaffa Café (Galvao and Noronha Lda)
Kaffa is today one of the most important players in Portugal and in Europe in the manufacturing process of coffee capsules , through a completely automated process and high efficiency. Our business clients range from Customer Owned brand, resellers and direct customers, who sell various types of capsules produced by Kaffa through several packaging , capsules and Blends, studied for our clients. Kaffa has as reference large retail chains such as: Metro, Aldi, E.Leclerc, among others. Kaffa is the company that can produce compatible capsules for different clients using a base of existing producing blends or tailor-made blends.
M. CUNHA S.A.
The M Cunha group is a company which specializes in food distribution, and enjoys a wealth of experience based on more than 40 years of being involved in the sector.
It has its own brand - Rio Sul.
In addition, we work with more than 25,000 references in order to provide our customers with a range of choice.
We are exporters to more than 16 countries, and for each and every one of our customers we remain a reliable partner by allowing close and lasting relationships to be established between us.
Nascente Divina - Aguas do Alardo Lda
Novarroz Produtos Alimentares, S.A.
NOVARROZ is a Portuguese company, with a vast experience and know-how.
Specialized in the hulling, whitening, packaging and sales of rice and its sub products.
Dedicated to the processing of rice varieties from Portugal and all over the world, such as long, medium and round gain rice, wild, aromatic and parboiled rice, which results in a very wide and complete product range.
Novarroz invests in the latest technology equipment.
Novarroz has a vertical mill, with capacity to processing 15 metric ton per hour. The company’s storage capacity is 30.000 MT for paddy rice and 800 MT for milled rice.
Nuvi Fruits is a Portuguese company that belongs to Luis Vicente Group. This group is dedicated to the production (Rock Pear), import and export of fruit (pineapple in Costa Rica, Mango, papaya Brazil ...)
We transform the fruit in nature into two product types:
• Fresh Fruit, ready -to-eatMission:
Making life of each of our consumers more "fruity", offering them in our products well-being, the flavor and the fun that only the fruit offers
Be a national and international reference in size, quality and innovation in the sale of products derived from fruit
Panicongelados - Massas Congeladas, S.A
Panicongelados was constituited in 1994, its origins are a family run business with decades of experience in traditional bakery and pastry products. The conjugation between the mastery of traditional production methods, acquired over more than 30 years of experience, and the incorporation of technological innovations to the processes, made of Panicongelados one of the pioneers in the production of deep-frozen bakery and pastry products. Our products are commercialized under two different brands: PANIDOR for business(Horeca Channel, Hyper and Supermarkets and Vending); and HOMEMADE MOMENTS directly for the end client. Panicongelados has a wide range of deep-frozen bakery and pastry products.
Queijaria Artesanal do Ilídio, Lda
Queijaria Artesanal do Ilídio, lda is a Portuguese cheese makers company, that produces Portuguese traditional cheeses from "serra da Estrela" Region, in business for 30 years now.
We have soft Ewe's cheese (Awarded silver at the world cheese awards 2014 and considered second best product at the Scotland's Speciality Food Show 2015), Cured dry Ewe's cheese, Goat's cheese (Awarded silver at the 2014 World cheese awards), and mixture Cow and Ewe's cheese.
Regions Portugal, Lda
Regions Portugal is a start up company, with a management team which has more than 25 years experience in business.
With head quarters in Torres Vedras, Portugal we aim to bring to our clients the best traditional quality products, from north to south of our country. From the small producer to the medium retailer, we make the best selection to achieve the UK quality standards and tastes.
We specialise in traditional Portuguese food and drinks such as bread, pastry, deserts, cakes, ice creams, olive oil products, cheese, wines, spirit drinks, jam and Charcuterie.
Sociedade Agrícola Quinta do Beato, Lda
Sociedade das Aguas de Monchique SA
his company belongs to the WaterBunkers group that is the biggest group of water bottlers in Portugal. We own 5 plants of water in Portugal and we have on out portfolio many kind of mineral and spring waters. We lead the market on private label brands and we also manage our own brands. Monchique water is a very unique, special and rare type of water due to their natural alkaline (pH9,48) characteristics. The alkaline diet is today recognized as a particular healthy principle of nutrition that helps the body to maintain balanced and healthy.
Uniao das Adegas Cooperativas do Dao
UDACA was born on May 21st of 1966 given life to a major strategic vision of a set of pioneering men.
The Union of the existing wineries in Dão, represents about 8,500 wine growers and produces roughly 56% of the total production of the area.
Associated wineries are scattered throughout the Region, covering this wide geographic area. This way, UDACA sells wines from all area, bringing together all the particulars and features of Dão Region.
The temperate climate, allows complete and gentle maturation. The marriage of these natural conditions with the odd wealth of indigenous varieties transmits character its wines.
Vegin Produtos ALimentares Lda
Our brand, the VEG IN, was officially born in November 2014.
We present to the market several vegetarians and vegans products in various segments, from appetizers to desserts, all with high quality and with raw materials selected very carefully. We work hard every day to ensure the total satisfaction of our customers and also to surprise them.