Food & Drink sector in Greece

An Expert's View about Sales in Greece

Last updated: 14 Mar 2011

The food and drink industry is maintaining its strength, despite the crisis that has been testing other industrial sectors, and is, one of the main contributors to the GNP

Food & Drink Sector ? Greece Sector Report FOOD & DRINK GREECE Produced by: Caterina Drossopoulou, Commercial Officer, British Embassy Athens Last revised (April 2010) by Leo Panousakis, Assistant Commercial Officer, British Embassy Athens Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published April 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © Food & Drink sector ? Greece Table of Contents OVERVIEW 3  OPPORTUNITIES 3  CHARACTERISTICS OF MARKET 4  KEY METHODS OF DOING BUSINESS 12  MORE DETAILED SECTOR REPORTS 13  PUBLICATIONS 13  EVENTS 14  CONTACT LISTS 15 Page 2 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece OVERVIEW The food and drinks sector is one of the most dynamic areas of the Greek economy, with Greeks spending in 2008 almost 15% of total household spend on F&D. The local food and drink industry is maintaining its strength, despite the crisis that has been testing the rest of the Greek industrial sector, and is, in fact, one of the main contributors to the country?s GNP. A number of companies in this sector have established subsidiaries in neighbouring countries, thus acquiring important market shares eg in Serbia, FYROM, Bulgaria, Romania and Albania. Another factor for the growth of the food sector is the rapid development of the fast food industry through franchise chains. Unlike in the past when fast food shops were individual operations, now the sector has become more of an organised industry, which means large procurements, high turnovers, etc. LEADING EXPORTERS OF FOODS & LIVE ANIMALS COUNTRY VALUE IN EUROS Netherlands 734,964,184 Germany 725,581,042 France 666,988,915 Italy 586,090,707 Spain 238,293,990 Belgium 230,044,864 Denmark 170,278,627 UK 94,275,912 Total Imports 4,815,168,138 (Jan-Dec 2009) LEADING EXPORTERS OF BEVERAGES COUNTRY VALUE IN EUROS UK 180,614,318 Italy 36,675,321 Germany 23,087,900 France 22,915,187 Spain 15,183,485 Mexico 11,925,616 Total Imports 352,285,909 (Jan-Dec 2009) Britain is a net exporter of foods and beverages to Greece, due mainly to the large consumption of Scotch whisky. OPPORTUNITIES In the foods sector, the main opportunities exist in breakfast products, biscuits, marmalades, sauces, ethnic foods, and meat products (sausages, bacon etc). These are, mainly for the tourist industry and s/m?s and grocery shops in the tourist areas, preferred by the British. Trade in those areas tends to be very cost sensitive, so prices are of paramount importance. For the Page 3 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece local market, good quality sauces, cheese, butter (especially anti-or low cholesterol), and confectionery products. Also, meat (beef, lamb, turkey). In the beverages sector, there are opportunities for Flavoured Alcoholic Beverages (FAB) or, as they are known in Greece, Ready-To-Drink (RTD) products and some malt whiskies, depending on price. As the market is heavily monopolised by the majors, it is difficult for any new, independent blend whisky to sell well. Also, there are prospects for ?fresh? type soft drinks and any other drink for the younger consumers, provided their shelf period allows it. UKTI publishes international business opportunities gathered by our network of British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates worldwide. These opportunities appear in the on the relevant sector and country pages on the UKTI website. By setting up a profile you can be alerted by email when relevant new opportunities are published. New or updated alert profiles can be set in My Account on the website. CHARACTERISTICS OF MARKET A. THE RETAIL MARKET 1. Supermarkets and cash & carry stores account for 90% of the total turnover of the foodstuffs sector in Greece, while grocery shops, mini markets and small self service stores (which belong to the s/m chains) ?the so-called convenience shops-take the remaining 10%. The market share and turnover of the smaller shops have been constantly declining in recent years, as a result of the rapid expansion and increase in the number of outlets of the s/m chains. Thus, the sector is going through a centralisation process, the end result of which will be a smaller number of s/m chains and a declining number of grocery and convenience shops. 2. The s/m sector is highly centralised, with the 4 top chains accounting for over 50% of total sales and 51% of profits in the sector, while the top 10 chains account for 83% of total sales and 77.9% of profits. 10 TOP GREEK S/M CHAINS IN TERMS OF TURNOVER IN 2008 COMPANY % MARKET SHARE NO. OF OUTLETS Carrefour-Marinopoulos 19.40 252 A-B Vassilopoulos 13.06 157 Sklavenitis 10.60 70 Veropoulos 9.00 185 Metro 6.35 83 Atlantic 6.00 172 Masoutis 5.63 185 Makro 4.61 8 Pente 4.24 123 DIA 3.80 371 Source: Greek S/M Panorama Page 4 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece 3. Of the top 2 chains, Carrefour and A-B, the former is a joint venture between Carrefour (France) and the Greek group Marinopoulos (who also operate Marks & Spencer, Starbucks, Sephora), and the latter, originally a Greek-owned company, has been part of Delhaize-Lion (Belgium) since 1992. The rest of the top chains are Greek-owned. Sklavenitis is also a major player, and the only reason it does not have a bigger market share is because it does not operate stores outside the wider Athens area. Carrefour?Marinopoulos run 24 Carrefour hypermarkets, 228 Champion Marinopoulos s/m?s and 255 convenience stores. They also own the discounter chain DIA Hellas, with 381 stores, being thus the largest chain of its type in the country. 3.1 An important player in the market is LIDL, the German-owned chain of discount stores, about which, however, no market data is available due to the fact that they are a Limited company and, as such, they are not obliged by law to publish their accounts. The chain has opened 189 stores across the country and sells mainly own-label low price products. The German discounter ALDI has also been active in Greece since 2008, with 35 stores at present. According to press reports, discounters control 30% of the Greek market. 3.2 Finally, there is also the chain of MAKRO Cash & Carry stores, covering mainly (but not only) the commercial part of the market (restaurants, bars etc). 3.3 The introduction of own label products has been a relatively recent development in Greece, and during the last few years it has become an important element of the retail market, although still not as significant as in other European markets. Own label products are currently estimated to account for approximately 20% of the sector?s turnover, and for about 30% of the s/m?s turnover. The practice was developed mainly by the major s/m?s, as a solution to the rapid decline of their profit margins which reached a level of 1.5%, and did not allow for further discounts. The opening and growth of Dia and Lidl also contributed much to the development of those products. The German chain Aldi made a dynamic entry initially in N.Greece. The results of research carried out by the Institute of Economic and Industrial Research show that 46% of Greek consumers buy at least one own label product each time they visit a s/m. 5 years ago, this was 13%. Thus, Greece is gradually adopting the patterns of other European countries such as Spain, Germany and France in this sector. B. FOODSTUFFS 1. Meat The profile of the Greek meat market Annual Turnover ? 3bil Annual Consumption 972,300 tonnes Imports 388,500 tonnes Per capita annual consumption 92 kgs Meat types consumption Pork 33% (2008) Poultry 27% Beef 18% Lamb 14% Page 5 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece LEADING EXPORTERS OF MEAT TO GREECE COUNTRY VALUE IN EUROS France 355,033,685 Netherlands 286,155,442 Germany 163,689,502 Italy 106,534,900 Spain 52,792,869 UK 7,190,546 Total imports 1,117,652,261 (Jan-Dec 2009) Recent studies show that Greeks consume three times as much meat as they did 40 years ago; Greece ranks top among 13 European nations in average per capita red meat consumption (100 grammes daily). The market leaders are investing a lot in product promotion and this has resulted in a sustained and successful market presence. The retail sector consists of individual butchers (accounting for 65% of meat sold) and the super markets (25%), which sell a lot of own label products. At the moment, 77% of meat consumption in Greece concerns unpacked products, which is well above the European average of 70%. This has to do with local consumption habits, which are changing gradually following the introduction of own label packaged products by the s/m?s, but still have a long way to go. The market relies a lot on the client-butcher relationship which makes it difficult for packaged products to win a bigger market share, as most meat is cut and sold on the spot, in front of the customer. Massive preference is for local products (77% of consumers buy only local products) 2. Dairy Products LEADING EXPORTERS OF DAIRY PRODUCTS TO GREECE COUNTRY VALUE IN EUROS Germany 228,152,020 Netherlands 195,109,133 Italy 52,612,043 France 52,326,828 Denmark 46,511,104 Belgium 34,373,268 Bulgaria 24,269,523 UK 8,357,441 Total imports 732,701,199 (Jan-Dec 2009) Taking into account all products, the Greek dairy industry is dominated by local companies, some of which are among the largest in the entire Greek industrial sector. The local industry is particularly strong on certain products, such as fresh milk, yoghurt, ice cream, feta cheese and some other local cheeses. Evaporated milk, a particularly strong product in Greece, is controlled by the Greek subsidiaries of multinational companies. The main Greek dairy producers are DELTA, FAGE, MEVGAL, OLYMPOS, ALGIDA and KRI-KRI. Page 6 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece - Cheese LEADING EXPORTERS OF CHEESE PRODUCTS TO GREECE COUNTRY VALUE IN EUROS Netherlands 113,032,751 Germany 89,206,075 Denmark 31,534,875 Italy 30,746,033 France 22,435,033 UK 5,338,534 Total imports 360,677,629 (Jan-Dec 2009) Greece has the highest per capita consumption of cheese in the world, at 28.7 kgs. 90% of total market sales are made at food stores and s/m?s. The latter have recently introduced own label products, which are estimated to account for 3-5% of total sales. Yellow cheeses make up 50% of cheese sold, white cheeses 47% and processed cheese takes up only 2%. Locally made cheeses cover 64.3% of the market consumption. Among imported cheeses, (at a total of 45.4 thousand tonnes for 2009) Netherlands cheese holds sway with 31% of total exports, Regato has been particularly successful (it accounts for almost total dairy exports of Ireland to Greece) as it is regarded a good and cheap cheese, and also Gouda, Edam, Kerrygold and Emmenthal are present, as well as Danish cheeses. British cheeses are almost unknown (with the exception of blue cheese) and have the disadvantage of high price. - Milk In the milk market, the leading products are fresh milk, evaporated milk, UHT, enriched condensed milk, low fat milk, and high vitamin content products for children. Greece is one of the very few markets (if not the only one) in Europe where evaporated and not fresh milk has the highest consumption. For this reason, Friesland (Dutch) and Nestle (between them sharing 38% of the market) are market leaders. Total consumption of yoghurt is estimated to be 40,000 tonnes per year, of which 2/3 is the dessert, fruit-enriched type and 1/3 of local varieties. The market leaders are two local companies, DELTA and FAGE, which are realising significant exports as well. 3. Confectionery products LEADING EXPORTERS OF NON-CHOCOLATE CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTS TO GREECE COUNTRY VALUE IN EUROS Germany 7,258,625 Italy 3,205,996 Spain 2,068,843 Belgium 1,973,278 UK 246,770 Page 7 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece Total imports 24,727,869 (Jan-Dec 2009) The main British exports to Greece in this category are marmalade and biscuit products. Although no analytical market data exists for the general confectionery products category, it is estimated that the market is divided 70-30% between confectionery/patisserie shops/street kiosks and s/m?s. The former are an important segment of the retail sector, including street kiosks (?periptera? in Greek), a retail sales category unique to this country, which sell various types of confectionery as well as tobacco products, soft drinks etc. The profile of the Greek chocolate market according to market sources Total consumption 27,300 tonnes Imports? market share 36% Types of chocolate and market shares Chocolate bars 50% Chocolates with fillings 15% Wafers 20% Various other(eg box of chocolates) 15% The Greek chocolate market, unlike that of the rest of Europe, is very seasonal, reaching its peak in the winter and falling considerably in the summer, when chocolates are replaced by ice creams. Per capita consumption is rather low, at 2.3 kg per annum. Total market turnover was over 300 million Euros. Market share between super markets and kiosks is 55% to 45%. C. BEVERAGES 1. Profile of the sector According to recent press reports, consumption of distilled alcoholic beverages has showed a downward trend over the last few years, partly as a result of a healthier lifestyle, general economic decline, and higher alcohol prices. Overall turnover for alcoholic drinks consumption in Greece comes to about 500 million Euros; added to that, beer figures bring the sum up to 1 billion Euros. 2. Market leaders Over 50% of total turnover is made by 5 companies, in a sector with about 170 companies. DIAGEO HELLAS is the biggest beverage company in Greece, with a 2008 turnover (excluding Special Consumption Tax) of 212 million. Diageo Hellas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Diageo plc. Profits for 2008 were ?16 million (up 26% over 2007) W.S.KAROULIAS S.A. is the second largest distributor. The company was founded by Vlassis Karoulias, who had the agency of Cutty Sark. When the Cutty Sark owners, Berry Bros & Rudd (UK) acquired a majority holding in W.S.Karoulias and installed their own management, the founder sold out his residual interest. Karoulias imports, markets and Page 8 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece distributes brands under its own agency agreement, as well as, the brands of Brown Forman, Remy-Cointreau and Highland Distillers. It also distributes Metaxas brandy and Plomari Ouzo. PERNOD RICARD HELLAS surprised the market by acquiring the ouzo manufacturer EPOM, to found Pernod Ricard Hellas and continued by developing a network ahead of its acquisitions of key brands from Seagram's and Allied Domecq portfolio. In July 2005 Pernod Ricard Hellas took over Allied Domeq's distribution company in Greece. AMVYX is the largest independent drinks distributor and has the most complete portfolio in the market, with a brand in every category. BACARDI HELLAS is representing Dewars, outselling the rum-maker's own products. Latest published turnover(2008) Of major spirits importers/distributors in Greece Company Turnover (? mil) Diageo Hellas 212 Karoulias 148 Pernod Ricard Hellas 77.6 Amvyx 60 Bacardi Hellas 50 3. Greek beverages market shares Whisky comes first in consumption among all alcoholic beverages with 40% market share, followed by ouzo (25%), vodka (10%), brandy (8%), and various liqueurs (8%). At the bottom of the table are gin (4%) and rum (5%) Vodka has the largest share among the so-called ?white drinks? (50%), with the rest being divided among gin, tequila and rum. Whisky, on the whole, is showing stability in its overall performance and share of the market. Internally (ie among its brands), however, there have been changes, with a shift toward the more expensive brands. White drinks, on the other hand, have shown a continuous increasing trend. Per capita alcohol consumption has Greeks ranking st 21 . Greek Beverages market shares Whisky 5% 4% Ouzo 8% Vodka 8% 40% Brandy 10% Liquors Gin 25% Ru m Page 9 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece Greek market whiskey shares by brand and distributor, 2008 Brand Market share % Distributor WHISKEY Johny Walker Red 34 Diageo Cutty Sark 12.5 Karoulias Famous Grouse 9.2 Bacardi-Martini Grants 8 Amvyx Dewar's 7.5 Bacardi Hellas Haig 3.5 Diageo Leading brands? % of product 74.7 4. The pattern of alcoholic beverage consumption in Greece is rather different to that of the rest of Europe. 60% of the market is consumption ?on the spot?, ie where the product is being sold in bars, clubs, cafeterias, restaurants. The remaining 40% of consumption is through super-markets, off-licenses etc. In recent years, there has been an increase in the quantities sold in the latter category of outlets (due to the lower prices at which the products are sold there), which, however, has not changed the overall pattern of the market. 5. Recently, there has been some friction between the importers/distributors and some of the major super-market chains, following the practice of the latter to make direct imports of alcoholic beverages either from foreign wholesalers or (for those s/m?s which are foreign- owned) from their sister companies abroad. Also, there have been cases of super-markets selling at below-cost prices in order to drive their competitors out of business. As this was not accepted by the suppliers, it created friction between the two sides (some major distributors withdrew their products from a certain major s/m for more than 6 months). Despite that, however, the fact that 60% of the market is in entertainment spots, makes the existence of a local distributor very important, as it will be the one to sell there. Because that part of market is considered to be difficult (selling at night, sometimes under difficult conditions etc), a number of distributors choose not to do it themselves but to sell through wholesalers, given the high margins of profit involved that allow such moves. 6. Blend Whisky: According to market sources, annual consumption of whisky in Greece is about 30 mil bottles, i.e 2.5 mil cases. Average retail prices of blend whisky range from ?12.5 to ?15-17 in super markets and somewhat higher (10-20%) in off-licenses (?cavas? in Greek). 7.Malt Whisky: Malt whisky is considered to be an exclusive product, sold on the side of blends. Current annual consumption is estimated to be 48,000 cases (10% of the whisky market, figures including premium whiskey). These figures show that there is potential for an increase in the market share of malts, although their high prices and the lack of product understanding by the consumers make it more difficult. It is not a coincidence that all the market leading whisky companies in Greece have run extensive promotion campaigns during the last year or so, for existing and new malt brands. Every bar, club, restaurant etc will have a few brands of it, although its consumption is still very low. It is not considered as the obvious ?after meal? drink (in fact, some companies have been trying to introduce it as a drink to go with the meal), but most of the major companies are working towards this direction through promotion campaigns. Also, a number of wine companies (wine has been enjoying a considerably good performance in recent years in Greece), have been looking for malt brands in order to complement their portfolios, and in response to demand from customers. It ought to be noted that in order for a new brand to be established in the market, heavy promotion is Page 10 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece required which most of the smaller size companies cannot afford, so no huge volumes of sales should be expected. Malt prices are much higher than those of blends, and can go up to ?110- 120 for 12 year or older brands. Evolution of the Greek Spirits Market by Category % 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2008 Whiskey 42.8 41.8 41.6 41.3 40.2 40.7 41 40 Ouzo 24.1 23.1 22.5 21.3 21.1 25.1 25 25 Liqueur 7.6 8.9 10.4 11.1 11.5 9.6 8.9 8 Brandy 6 5.7 5.6 5.9 6.1 7.7 7.8 8 Others 19.5 20.5 19.9 20.4 21.2 13.8 14.1 19 (*) (*) Gin, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Bitters and Aperitifs 8. Beer: 2009 ended with a downward trend for the beer market, at 6-8% according to recent press reports. The size of the Greek beer market in 2008 was 440 mil lts, (up 18% over 2006) and worth ?500 mil, with average per capita consumption of 42 litres, (as against 80.4 litres in the rest of the EU). The predominant type of beer consumed is lager (95% of total consumption). Locally-produced brands cover 92-93% of total consumption, while it is estimated that about 160 foreign beers are imported as well (taking the remaining 7-8% of consumption). The main problem for the beer market in Greece is its extreme seasonality (60% of consumption takes place in the period April-September). Also, in recent years, beer seems to be challenged by the newly introduced RTD?s. The so-called ?warm? market sales (s/m?s, grocery shops etc) increased in 2008, accounting for 2/5 of total consumption. On the other hand, ?cold? sales (restaurants, bars etc) account for 60% of total consumption. ?Warm? consumption is made through 55,000 points of sales, and ?cold? consumption through 85,000 points of sales. 22,000 of the latter are restaurants/tavernas taking 23% of total beer consumption in Greece. The two largest cities of the country (Athens, Thessaloniki) have a per capita consumption of 31lts while rural areas consume 36 lts/capita. Also, tourist areas consume 94 mil lts (22% of total national consumption), 60 mil lts of which, are consumed by the visiting tourists. The leading local breweries are Athenian Brewery (Amstel-Heineken), with approximately 74% market share, and Mythos, owned by Carlsberg, with 11% of the market. Mythos are the importers of Foster?s and Irish Guinness, as well. Third comes the Atalanti Brewery(Lowenbrau, Stella Artois). The main imported British brands are Newcastle Ale, Tetley?s, Boddington?s, Guinness, Tennant?s, Cobra (imported from the UK). Private label beer amounts for 10% of the market. Greek beer imports in 2009 were 54,849,818 kilos, valued at 48.6 mil Euros. The UK is ranking th 7 , with a 1.7 million Euros value, or 3.5% of the total. LEADING EXPORTERS OF BEER TO GREECE COUNTRY VALUE IN EUROS Germany 16,626,360 Mexico 6,924,438 Page 11 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece France 5,956,005 Netherlands 4,910,497 Czech Republic 2,466,716 Belgium 1,777,699 UK 1,723,909 Total imports 48,633,258 (Jan-Dec 2009) KEY METHODS OF DOING BUSINESS Several British companies in these two sectors export to Greece, either through local subsidiaries (as in the case of the beverages sector and also Unilever, Heinz etc), or through importers/distributors. Some sell direct to some of the super markets, but this tends to be the exception rather than the rule. On the whole, the best way to enter the market is through a local importer who will be able to cover the whole of the country, even remote places like the Greek islands which attract a large number of foreign tourists every year and most of them being British. There are importers who specialise seasonally in the tourist areas, but the majority of them cover the whole year and the whole country. There exist several large imports and distribution companies, as well as medium and small size ones, specialising in ambient, chilled and/or frozen products. Importers of foodstuffs are not involved in imports of beverages and vice versa. Almost all importers/distributors speak English. Therefore, language is not a problem, nor is it considered strange (or insulting) for all communication to be in English. The majority of importers/distributors are based in Athens from where they cover the rest of the country. Some nd may have a local branch in Thessaloniki, the 2 -largest city, in the North, from where they cover that part of Greece. The common rule of the market is for exclusive distributorship agreements, as having more than one can be confusing and create problems with customers. The important thing about launching a new product successfully in the Greek market, is placing it in the major super markets. This can be difficult and expensive, however, as there are thousands of products competing to be on those shelves, and s/m?s take advantage of that by asking for high listing, placement and other fees. Also, their payment terms are often prohibitive for many companies: 5-6 months credit. The average credit period of the market, however, is between 90 and 120 days. Greece, being a member of the European Union since 1981, has no import taxes or duties on products from other member states. There is also no need for special packaging for imported products to include Greek instructions, but the placement of a sticker in Greek on the product, with details of the ingredients, the supplier, the importer etc, is considered to be an advantage, marketing-wise at least. The tourist areas, are of particular importance to the food and beverages sector, due to the large number of foreign tourists visiting Greece especially if one bears in mind that the population of the country (11 mil) almost doubles in the period May-September. There is demand in those areas for imported products especially for the tourists, which may not be in demand in the rest of the country, during other months (a good example of that is cider). Ethnic foods are included in this category. On the other hand, due to the relatively low prices of locally brewed beers (?0.60- ?0.80 for a 0.33 lt can), most tourists prefer those to imported brands. The same does not apply to whisky and other alcoholic beverages, which are not produced locally, although ouzo is an alternative option. Page 12 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece Other background information on doing business in Greece can be found on UKTI?s website. Simply go to the Greece country page where you will find information on: ? Economic background and geography ? Customs & regulations ? Selling & communications ? Contacts & setting up ? Visiting and social hints and tips MORE DETAILED SECTOR REPORTS Research is critical when considering new markets. UKTI provides market research services which can help UK companies doing business overseas including: ? Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). Bespoke research into potential markets, and support during your visits overseas ? Export Marketing Research Scheme. In-depth and subsidised service administered by the British chambers of Commerce on behalf of UKTI Contact your local International Trade Advisor if you are interested in accessing these services, or for general advice in developing your export strategy. When considering doing business in Greece, it is essential to obtain legal, financial and taxation advice. For further details, please contact: Leo Panousakis Assistant Commercial Officer British Embassy Athens 1 Ploutarchou street, GR 106 75 Athens Tel +30210 7272633 Fax +30210 7272734 e-mail: PUBLICATIONS Market Zoom 39 Kanari Street, 172 35 Dafni tel: 0030 210 9714939, 0030 210 9714961 Fax: 0030 210 9714629 E-mail : Triaina Publishing Trofima & Pota, Galaktokomia, Eviva, Maziki Estiasi, Food from Greece 110 Syngrou Avenue 117 41 Athens tel: 0030 2109240748, Fax: 0030 210 9242650 email: Food Service Compupress 44 Syngrou Avenue, 117 42 Athens Page 13 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece tel: 0030 210 9238672, fax: 0030 210 9216847 Retail Business Direction Publishing 26 Fokidos Street (3rd floor), 115 26 Ambelokipoi tel: 0030 210 7712 400, fax: 0030 210 7785 097 Self Service ComCenter-M.Drimaropoulou Publishing 7a Anatolis Street, 141 21 N.Iraklio tel: 0030 210 2828282 EVENTS INTERNATIONAL FOOD & DRINK TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION The major annual food and drink exhibition in Greece, taking place in Athens at the beginning of February, is IFDTEX and is organised by MACK BROOKS HELLAS. nd Now in its 23 year. Next year?s dates are 11-14/2/2011. Venue: METROPOLITAN EXHIBITION CENTER at the Athens International Airport, e-mail:, Tel 0030210 6564411-7. DETROP 11-14 March 2011 International Exhibition for Food-Beverages-Machinery & Equipment Taking place biannually, it is organised by and takes place at HELEXPO 154 Rue Egnatia Thessaloniki 546 36 TelNo 2310 291154 FaxNo 2310 291554 Email: HO.RE.CA. 21-24/1/2011 International Hotel, Restaurant & Café Show Now in its 6th year, it takes place annually at the Athens Eastern Airport Exhibition Center, and it is organised by FORUM SA TelNo 210 5242100 FaxNo 210 5246581 Email: FESTIVAL BYRAS Page 14 of 15 Food & Drink sector ? Greece Beer Festival Taking place annually for the past 6 years, usually between 1-12 of October, in SEF (Peace & Friendship Stadium), it is organised by HELLAS FEST 23 Alatsaton St, N.Ionia Athens 142 31 TelNo 210 2716533 Contact: Mr Konst. Tsamis UK Trade & Investment?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) can help eligible UK businesses take part in overseas exhibitions. Attendance at TAP events offers significant benefits: ? possibilities for business opportunities both at the show and in the future ? a chance to assess new markets and develop useful contacts ? grants are available if you meet the criteria ? UKTI staff overseas will be available to assist delegates Find out if you are eligible to apply to attend this event, and more about the support UKTI can offer, on the UKTI Market Entry web page. Details of TAP events can be found in the Events section on the Greece page. Other Market Visit Support may be available via your local International Trade Advisor. CONTACTS BRITISH HELLENIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Address 25 Vassilisis Sofias Ave GR 106 74 Athens Tel : + 30 210 7210 361 Fax: + 30 210 7212 119 Email: URL : UKTI?s International Trade Advisers can provide you with essential and impartial advice on all aspects of international trade. Every UK region also has dedicated sector specialists who can provide advice tailored to your industry. You can trace your nearest advisor by entering your postcode into the Contacts in your region section on our website. For new and inexperienced exporters, our Passport to Export process will take you through the mechanics of exporting. An International Trade Adviser will provide professional advice on a range of services, including financial subsidies, export documentation, contacts in overseas markets, overseas visits, translating marketing material, e-commerce, subsidised export training and market research. Page 15 of 15
Posted: 29 September 2010, last updated 14 March 2011

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