This is what the 2021 exhibitors said

Feras al Khateeb
Export Sales Manager – Siniora Food Industries, Amman – Jordan

Iraq has got the largest population in the region, that’s why the Iraqi market is so important to us. We expect the market to grow steadily over the years to come.

During the past two show days we could discuss business with retailers, end users and distributors. We are satisfied with the outcome so far and we hope to close more and more deals also over the coming two days.

Zafer Sönmez
xport Sales Specialist - Yayla

Yayla Agro is a market leader in the pulses industry and exports in 100+ countries. As we are very close to Iraq, everybody here knows our brand.

We have made some new leads with interest in our products here at the show. And we have talked to many who want to become our distributor. This is exactly what we have been looking for.

Iraq is a US$ 6,333 billion food import market 

Great chances for business for food and beverage suppliers from around the world:
Iraq imported US$ 6,333 billion worth of food and agricultural products in 2014.

In the same year, the value of food production in Iraq amounted to US$ 2.917 billion.


Opportunities in food & beverage trade with Iraq

  • One of the largest markets for food & beverage products in the Middle East - still undersupplied
  • Huge demand - Development extremely promising

Although domestic production is steadily increasing, Iraq is still highly dependent on food imports. Thus, about 50 % of the food demand is imported.

Turkey and Iran are the most important bilateral trading partners for food. In total, Iraq imports USD 2.5 billion worth of food products from these two countries annually. (FAO 2020)

Food and agricultural products worth approximately €680 million were imported from the European Union in 2020. Imports from the EU have doubled since 2014. (European Commission - Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, 2021)

With an average income of about US$ 570, Iraq is an upper-middle class economy according to the World Bank. About 43% of monthly income is spent on food.

EU imports are particularly high for infant and baby food, eggs, honey, cheese, pasta and pet food.

Market studies predict that demand for other product groups will continue to grow, creating business opportunities in the following products:

  • Sweets, biscuits, snacks
  • Dairy products such as cheese, cream, milk powder, ...
  • Poultry and beef
  • Products for food production, processing and preservation

Range of exhibits

Food and beverages

  • Bread & bakery
  • Dairy
  • Drinks
  • Fish & seafood
  • Fresh & chilled food
  • Frozen food
  • General foods
  • Health food
  • Hot beverages
  • Ice cream & deep-frozen confectionery
  • Meat & meat products
  • Organic food
  • Snack food
  • Sweets

Equipment and supplies for hotels and restaurants, bars and cafés, canteens and commercial kitchens

  • Building furnishings and equipment
  • Coffee machines
  • Distribution systems and serving equipment
  • Ice-cream machines
  • Information and billing systems
  • Refrigeration technology
  • Kitchen technology
  • Rinsing, cleaning and disposal technologySweets

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