Greek food, wine exports keep rising

Exports of Greek food, wines and spirits abroad have risen 33 percent in the last two years and are projected to rise at the same pace this year, Panayiotis Drosos, managing director of the Hellenic External Trade Board (HEPO) said at the 2nd World Conference of Greek Gastronomy, held in Iraklion, Crete, and on Santorini at the weekend. The event, the biggest of its kind ever held in Greece, hosting 154 Greek producers, was attended by 230 foreign buyers and journalists. Drosos said 2007 is an action year for Greek fish-farming products globally, as well as for Greek dairy products and beverages in the US and Canada. He added that Greece is preparing to put up a strong fight to have feta cheese recognized as an authentically Greek product. The event was also attended by a number of renowned chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, David Rosengarten, Tsukiko Hattori and Steven Olson. Ramsay spoke warmly of Greek products, and presented a strategy that chefs and restaurants should follow to place them in target markets.

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