Abicab agrees debut appearance for peanut exporters at Snackex trade fair
Amid a major market expansion, Brazilian peanut exporters are set to showcase their ranges at the Snackex trade fair in Barcelona, Spain.
The event, which takes place between 27-28 June, will showcase a broad spectrum of equipment, trends and products for the sector during the biennial trade fair taking place at the Centre de Convencions International.
In the last five years, peanut exports from Brazil have increased from 63,800 metric tons per year in 2014 to 238,600 metric tons per year in 2018, according to the São Paulo Government’s Agronomic Institute (IAC), as a result of increased planted area and productivity. Thanks to this expansion, the country is now the world’s 5th largest peanut exporter, with sales especially to Europe and Russia, with products being used across confectionery and snacks ranges.
In order to show the high quality of Brazilian peanuts, four Brazilian companies – Beatrice Peanuts, Coplana, Francfort Trade, and Ostinato Grains & Oils – will be attending Snackex, which is organised by the European Snacks Association (ESA). The participation of the companies has been arranged by the Brazilian Chocolates, Peanuts and Candies Manufacturers Association (ABICAB), with the support of the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil)
“Brazilian peanut production has reported an annual growth of 10%, thanks to the growth in planted area and productivity, which was followed by companies’ investments in laboratories, processing, international, certification, and quality audits,” explained Professor Ignacio Godoy, from the Grains and Fibers Center (IAC).
With increasing investments by companies, an increase was reported in the production of peanuts with high oleic acid content, which has greater resistance to rancidification and extends the shelf life of the product. “More than 80% of Brazilian peanuts have this standard, which has stimulated exports,” said Godoy.
In Brazil, peanuts are planted in a sustainable manner, in rotation with sugarcane crops, and there is ample room to increase the area of planting without environmental impacts.
“International prices are stable and remunerate the Brazilian producer, there is also the possibility of expansion of planted area, and this combination allows Brazil to offer security of a continuous supply of a quality product,” Godoy says.
The following will be representing Brazil in Barcelona:
Beatrice Penauts – It is Brazil’s largest peanut exporter, with over 42,000 metric tons exported in 2018, including especially sales to Europe, which grew by 60% last year. Beatrice’s products have BRC and ISO 22000 certifications. The company recently invested in a new shelling line with a processing capacity of 25 metric tons per hour.
Coplana – is a cooperative of peanut growers founded in 1963. Annual exports close to 40.000mt of kernels spread to several countries including those in the EU. Coplana is BRC certified grade AA. Its portfolio contains raw and blanched peanuts, roasted peanuts and peanut paste.
Francfort Trade – It is a private Brazilian company, oriented to the intermediation of food ingredients and international trade between companies, assuming the tasks of sales and marketing. They operate in commercial representation and brokerage of products such as peanuts, grated coconut, spices, nuts, and essential oils. It exported 47,000 metric tons of peanuts in 2017 and 50,000 metric tons in 2018. It has ISO 22000 FSSC, halal and kosher certifications.
Ostinato Grains & Oils – The company exported over 30,000 metric tons of peanuts in 2018, and its product is consumed in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as Latin America. Some of its prominent products include whole and sliced blanched peanut and raw peanut oil. It has holds BRC and FSSC 22000 food safety certifications, with traceability and other procedures, such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), which are improved annually.