28-30
November
2023
Erbil International Fairground
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Agro, Agro Pack & Food Iraq 2022: Expectations far exceeded

7,774 visitors from all over Iraq and beyond discussed their business with 196 exhibitors from 10 countries

The 5th Agro Pack & 3rd Plast Iraq, held from 22-24 November 2022 at the Erbil International Fairground, saw 7,774 trade visitors from all over Iraq and a total of 27 countries to talk business with 196 exhibitors from 10 countries.

According to organisers So Fuar and fairtrade, the event aims to help increase Iraq's self-sufficiency and improve supply.

This year, 196 exhibitors from 10 countries presented products, technologies and solutions specifically tailored for the Iraqi market. The exhibitors came from China, France, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Türkiye and the United Arab Emirates.

For the first time, Agro Pack & Plast Iraq covered Hall 1 and Hall 2, making it the largest ever.

The event was marked by official country pavilions from India, Iran, the Netherlands and Türkiye, and by a strong presence of local Iraqi and international market leaders in crop and animal production, food, beverage and packaging technology, food & hospitality, plastics raw materials and technology.

Visitor breakdown 2022

7,774 visitors from 27 countries visited the event, they came from Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates, USA and Yemen.

Visitor breakdown

  • 5,459 trade visitors from the autonomous Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq (Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Zaxo, Halabja, Duhok, …)
  • 1,320 from all other Iraqi provinces, many of them invited in delegations as Hosted Buyers:
    494 from Baghdad, 325 Mosul, Kerkuk 281, Basra 55, Babil 33, Necef 27, Karbala 24, Tikrit 21, Anbar 19, Diyala 14, ...
  • 995 trade visitors from outside Iraq

The large number of trade visitors reflects the great interest and high investment needs of the Iraqi agrofood & plastprintpack industry.

What the exhibitors said

  • Marion van Schaik

    Dutch Consulate General- for the Netherlands Pavilion

    Here at Agro Pack, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Erbil and the LAN network for Iraq are represented with a group of Dutch companies in the sectors related to agriculture and food.

    The Netherlands and KRI are closely cooperating in the agricultural sector. Especially on knowledge exchange, on strengthening value chains and on partnerships. 

    It is so nice to meet our partners and potential new partners at Agro Pack Iraq. We are also able to introduce the Dutch companies. For us, the Agro Pack Iraq is an excellent meeting platform and a great opportunity to gather market information.

  • Nicolas Belin (left)

    Middle East Manager – Serac

    Serac is a manufacturer with 50 years’ experience of filling and capping machines in bottles and cups for food industry and non-food products and blowing machines for all kind of PET bottles. 

    We see lots of opportunities in Iraq, because it is a big country and the need for local production will grow at fast pace in the coming years to become a major actor in the Middle East. We have met many local companies at the Agro Pack Iraq with growing perspective. We want to reach out to new clients and gain visibility on the local market. Along with presenting our company to local players.

  • Gautam Miglani (middle)

    CEO Marketing – Lekh Raj Narinder Kumar

    Established in 1974, LRNK today enjoys an envious place in the world market as the most quality-conscious in manufacturing and exporting different varieties of rice. 

    The Iraqi market is important to us, because 50% of our business is in this market. We assess that it can grow in the coming years. At Agro Pack Iraq, we have met some old customers and we were able to build new connections.

  • Giovanni Angiolini

    General Manager - Priva Middle East

    Priva was founded over 65 years ago and helps cities transform into sustainable urban deltas by developing cutting-edge technologies, services and knowledge of climate control and process automation for buildings, horticulture and all intermediate sectors.

    Iraq is working hard to maximise its food security strategy. Therefore, we see lots of opportunities for Priva, not only by offering our products and services, but also to collaborate with the government, farmers, retailers and knowledge institutes. 

    We met various representatives from the public and private sectors. Many are very helpful and share the market potential. The interest in horticulture solutions is there, even if this sector is yet a small part of the event.

  • Mostafa Navasi

    Manager Foreign Trade - Bhagwati

    Established in 1991 Bhagwati is one of the leading manufactures and exporters of Basmati rice, with a lot of experience and reliability on high quality standards from farm to destination.

    The Iraqi market holds great potential for our products. Here at Agro Pack 2022, we could meet some new customers, traders as well as local wholesalers.

  • Burhan Kerdige

    CEO - Asel Amg Drinks B.V.

    Asel Amg is a leading producer with offices in Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany, active in the wholesale of beverage products and with a range of certified energy drinks of high quality.

    It is important to us to bring our European quality drinks on the Iraqi market. Agro Pack 2022 has totally met our expectations and provides a great opportunity to us to reach new customers.

  • Hossein Rezaei

    Commercial Manager – Poli Pack

    Poli Pack industrial group was established in June 2006 in Mamunieh industrial town. Currently, the organization is producing high quality prints in helio on BOPP wrappers, polyester, CPP, LDPE and paper in the fields of food, sweets and chocolate, ice cream and dairy, beverages, health products and pharmaceuticals.

    Iraq is an important market to us because it’s our neighboring country. So, we have a close understanding of the market request, culture and language. Also, the transportation and custom clearance process is very easy for us. The visitors here at the show are very professional. We met founders, producers, but also traders and agencies. We are happy with the growth of Plast Iraq & Agro Pack. 

  • Alper Eralp (right)

    Manager - ERKIM

    Erkim is one of the leading producers of PP bags, fabric pouch, types of fabrics and shade nets for the agricultural industry in Türkiye. Our products are designed according to International Standard Quality.

    We are producers of big bags and shade nets and we would like to check out the Iraqi market in this sector. We met private consumers as well as wholesalers at the Agro Pack Iraq.

  • Ibrahim Nabeel Hancioglu (right)

    Sales Manager - Almutahida Packaging

    Almutahida and its sister company Alhemma are plastic packaging companies located in Babylon, Iraq and are currently the market leaders in the country.

    We think that the Iraqi market is a snowball sliding down the hill – so it’s’ getting bigger each second!

    Here at Plast Iraq & Agro Pack, we met lots of our customers, new potential customers and high-quality leads. We have a huge chance to build new partnerships at the show. We want to expand our influence in North Iraq. At the show, we were able to make new contacts and with those we learned even more about the market.

High exhibitor satisfaction ratings

What was new in 2022?

For the first time, the event covered the entire value chain from field to fork.

For this purpose, Agro Pack & Plast Iraq were supplemented by Agro Iraq and Food Iraq, and the fair was extended from Hall 1 to Halls 1 and 2 for the first time.

  • Agro Iraq in Hall 2 presented agriculture, crop production, livestock breeding and poultry
  • Agro Pack Iraq in Hall 1 covered technology and material for processing food and beverages, as well as ingredients
  • Food Iraq in Hall 1 showcased and traded finished food & beverage products
  • Plast Iraq in Hall 1 featured plastic raw material in primary forms as well as machinery and equipment for plastics processing, printing and packaging

Official country pavilions in 2022 from India, Iran, Iraq, Netherlands and Türkiye

India Pavilion

India Pavilion for the first time at the 2022 event.

The India Pavilion showcases 18 Indian exhibitors offering the full range of products for the agrofood and plastics industries.

Iran Pavilion

Supported by the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, 54 Iranian exhibitors participate in 2022.

Iraqi participation

Market leaders from Kurdistan and the entire Iraq, 40 Iraqi exhibitors in 2022.

Netherlands Pavilion

Netherlands Pavilion - The agricultural section of the Netherlands Consulate in Erbil represents the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands in KRI. 6 Dutch companies are present on the Netherlands Pavilion.

Türkiye Pavilion

Supported by the Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Trade, 75 Turkish exhibitors in 2022. The impressive presentation is rounded off with a lounge that invites Turkish exhibitors and their Iraqi customers to network.

Our partners

Organisers

  1. fairtrade
  2. Sofuar

Institutional partner

  1. Turkey

Official support

Partners

  1. Iraq Chamber of Commerce
  2. Baghdad Chamber of Commerce
  3. Erbil chamber of commerce

Network partner event

  1. drinktec

Venue

  1. EIF Erbil int fair

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