UAE virtual trade mission opportunity


Cornwall Trade and Investment (CTI) is looking for export-ready Cornish food and drink businesses to join a virtual trade mission to the United Arab Emirates next month.

The trade mission will be hosted in collaboration with OCO Global and aims to connect businesses with the UAE’s food and beverage sector through a series of fully funded online workshops and on-going support. The sessions will be run over two days (March 24-25) and will help businesses get to grips with the region and make key links with market contacts.

CTI director Nicola Lloyd said: “We are so excited to be offering our virtual trade mission service to the food and drink sector in Cornwall. This ‘trade without travel’ approach will help Cornish businesses promote their products in the UAE and potentially begin exporting there in the future.”

The mission is a good opportunity for businesses to take advantage of Cornwall’s strong reputation in the food and beverage industry, and the growing demand for the region’s products, particularly in the confectionary, seafood, and organic subsectors.

Renowned chef Paul Ainsworth said “Even before moving to Cornwall, I thought Cornish produce was the best of the best. I feel so fortunate to have, in my opinion, some of the world’s finest suppliers on our doorstep and to work so closely with them on a daily basis is inspiring.

“This virtual trade mission hosted by Cornwall Trade & Investment, will not only facilitate another route to market for many of these businesses, but will also shine a spotlight on our incredible producers and thriving food scene.”

If your business is ready to export, and you’re interested in making your debut in the UAE,  you can find further details here, including how to submit an expression of interest.