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Bringing a taste of Iberia to Canada’s dining tables
The Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries was set up in 1977. With almost 50 member associations representing over 29,000 companies and half a million workers, it is dedicated to food safety, consumer welfare and the sector’s sustainable economic development.
Its members’ exports of food and drink to Canada have increased strongly over the past year and a half.
- Founded in: 1977
- Headquarters: Madrid, Spain
- Employees: 24
- Annual turnover of the sector: €102 billion
Compared to 2016, Spain’s exports of food and drink to Canada in 2017 grew by almost 18%, reaching €230 million. The trend continued in the first half of 2018 with a year-on-year increase of over 8%.
In 2017, Spain’s exports to Canada of olives, olive oil, wine, juices, spices, and frozen and canned vegetables rose especially strongly.
How CETA has helped
By cutting tariffs CETA has opened up Canada’s market to exports of Spanish food and drink products.
Fewer non-tariff barriers to trade have helped the Spanish food and drink firms to increase exports to Canada.
CETA has opened new opportunities for Spanish firms – fewer tariffs and less non-tariff barriers mean more trade and investment.
The food and beverage industry is definitely among the sectors which benefit most from the agreement – as preliminary figures clearly show.
Mauricio García de Quevedo,
Director-General - Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries