In the presence of important representatives of the political and business life not only of Greece, but also of many other countries, the official opening ceremony of FOOD EXPO 2022 took place, proving how important the exhibition is for the Food and Beverage sector in the region of Southeastern Europe.
The opening ceremony of the FOOD EXPO exhibition took place on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 in the C2 conference room of the Metropolitan Expo, by the Minister of Rural Development & Food, Mr. Georgios Georgantas. During his speech, Mr. talked about the contribution of the exhibition to the development of the food and beverage sector in Greece and the leading role it plays in the extroversion of companies operating in this field.
As he characteristically said: “Today, is a very important day for the primary sector in the country, because FOOD EXPO combines quality Greek products, very good processing companies and those who have successfully undertaken exports around the world. I am happy that I will launch such an important exhibition, after 2 years of absence. I wish great success to FOOD EXPO, and even greater wealth of products every year “.
George Georgantas, Minister of Rural
Development & Food
Dr. Roland Fleck, CEO NürnbergMesse Group.
Dr. Roland Fleck, CEO of the Nurnbergmesse Exhibition Group, of which FORUM SA is a member during his speech mentioned that: the “fire” of exhibitions has never been extinguished in the last 2 years. The restart of the exhibitions clearly showed that the exhibitors and the visitors are still looking for them. I am very happy to be here as the CEO of the Nurnbergmesse Exhibition Group and I am proud of our Greek subsidiary, FORUM. More than 1,000 exhibitors of FOOD EXPO & OENOTELIA meet the right customers in our exhibitions. “It’s impressive to see what you have achieved in the post covid era”.
Then Mr. Ioannis Giotis, President of the Association of Greek Food Industries, addressed to the attendees: “SEVT as a representative of the Greek food and beverage industry participates for the 6th time in the exhibition, which it has put under its auspices. It is important that these days at FOOD EXPO, businesses and buyers from all over the world will once again be close together and the acquisitions of food items will be promoted. I wish good luck to FOOD EXPO with interest, both for the participants and for the visitors”.
Mr. Panagiotis Hasapis, Executive Vice President of Exporters Association said: “I am very happy to be here today in 2022, after two years of absence. FOOD EXPO is the most important exhibition in the food and beverage sector in the S.E. Europe and helps strengthening the extroversion of Greek companies. FOOD EXPO and SEVE have contributed in the development course of Greek exports in recent years and despite the pandemic and the unstable economic environment, exports are breaking one record after another.”
Ioannis Giotis, President of SEVT
Panagiotis Hasapis, Executive Vice President SEVE
Mr. George Patoulis, Governor of Attica Region & Vice President of the European Committee of the Regions stated that: “FOOD EXPO is the leading international exhibition of food and beverages in our country. As a region of Attica, we participate with 30 companies in the sector, which worthily represent our agri-food products. I wish dynamic results in the success of this year FOOD EXPO and the Greek flavors to continue to impress the foreigners”.
Mr. Andreas Poulas, Member of Parliament for Argolida and Head of Rural Development and Food of KINAL wished good luck to FOOD EXPO, while Mr. Stavros Arachovitis, Member of Parliament for SYRIZA, also addressed a greeting saying: “In 2019 I had the honor to inaugurate the exhibition, as a Minister. I wish good luck to the exhibition”.
George Patoulis, Governor of the Region of Attica & Vice President of the Union of Regions of Greece
Stavros Arachovitis, Member of Parliament for SYRIZA, Head of Rural Development
Important political representatives from Greece and abroad
Present at the opening ceremony of FOOD EXPO were also: Christiana Kalogirou, General Secretariat of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Dimitris Tsagalidis, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Giandakis Dimitris, Vice President of the Chamber of Serres, Sultana Andreadou, Vice Governor for the Promotion of Products of the North Aegean, Panagiotis Nikas, Governor of the Region of Peloponnese, Platonas Marlafekas, President of the Chamber of Achaia, Voidonikolas Stavros, Councelor of the Region of Attica, Panaritis Giannis, President of the Chamber of Laconia, Petros Filippou, Mayor of Saronikos, Kiousis Dimitris, Mayor of Kropia, Chliapas Michalis, Head of GEMI and Business Services of the Kozani Chamber, Markos Dimitris, Mayor of Spata, Makrygiannis Menelaos – Vice Governor of Administration and Finance of Western Macedonia, Dio Eyfrosini, Deputy Regional Governor for Green Transformation, Entrepreneurship and Transport of Western Macedonia, Folinas Athanasios – Vice Governor of the Region of Grevena, Chatzizisis Lambros – Vice Governor of Rural Development of Western Macedonia, Christakopoulos Pavlos, Director of Agricultural Economy, Veterinary and Fisheries at the Attica Region, Billis Apostolos, Vice Governor of Primary Sector of Thessaly Region, Kasapidis George, Governor of the Region of Western Macedonia, Athanasios Maliaras, President of the Chamber of Serres and Sotiris Batos, Deputy Regional Governor of Agricultural Economy of the Region of Central Macedonia.
Andreas Poulas, Member of Parliament for KINAL, Head of Rural Development & Food
Thanasis Gialouris, Vice President of FORUM SA
Finally, it is worth mentioning that dozens of ambassadors honored the opening ceremony with their presence. Among them: the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco Mr. Mohamed Sbihi, the Commercial Attachés of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco Mr. Dalal Ziadi and Mr. Rime Mrimi, the Ambassador of Georgia Mr. David Dondua, Mr. George Shoshitashvili Counsellor of the Embassy of Georgia, the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of Portugal Mr. Laurent Armaos, the Ambassador of Brazil Mr. Roberto Abdalla, the Commercial Attachés of the Embassy of Brazil Mrs. Lilian Burlamaqui Duarte and Mônica Miranda, Mrs. Iveta Hricova, Ambassador of Slovakia, the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of Germany Mr. Michael Dorn, Ambassador of Montenegro Ana Vukadinovic, Secretary of the Embassy of Montenegro Mrs. Katja Vukotic, Ambassador of Mexico Mr. Daniel Hernandez Joseph and Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of Mexico Mr. Cubero Edgar. Also present were the Ambassador of Bulgaria Mr. Johane Krikorian, the Commercial Attachés of the Embassy of Bulgaria Mrs. Silvia Markaki and Mr. Petar Spasov, the Ambassador of Argentina Mrs. María Lucía Dougherty de Sánchez and the Commercial Attaché Mrs. Analía Verónica Enriquez. The Counselor of the Embassy of Kenya Mr. Vicky Pantazopoulos, the Ambassador of Poland Mr. Artur Lompart, the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of the United States of America Mr. Nikolaos Papachrysanthopoulos, the Counselor of the Embassy of Tunisia Mr. Ruis, the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of Tunise Mr. Chamtouri Manel, the Ambassador of India Mr. Amrit Lugun and the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of India Mr. Kumar Nirmesh, the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of Albania Mr. Joana Zhonga and the Ambassador of Malta Mr. Joseph Cuschaeri.
The opening ceremony was coordinated by the Vice President of FORUM SA, Mr. Thanasis Gialouris.