Eleven food producers and distributors from Mexico and Central America who are interested in Georgia agriculture products were hosted in Atlanta last week by the Georgia Department of Agriculture before attending the America’s Food & Beverage IV exposition in Miami.

          “We have never been to Atlanta before because Miami is usually our entry point into the U.S. market,” Carlos Leret, general manager of ALESA, a specialty foods exporter from San Salvador, El Salvador, told GlobalFax in an interview at the World Trade Center Atlanta. “But we are interested in learning more about Georgia’s agriculture industry and about Atlanta as a distribution center.”

Mr. Leret and the rest of the delegation also hoped to find new products to introduce to the Mexican and Central American markets, according to Andres Villegas, director of international trade and marketing at the agriculture department.

          The delegation included Alimentos y Congelados San Andres, a Mexican meat buyer; Café El Marino, a Mexican coffee producer; Comercial Bojorge, a Mexican food distributor; Semillas Selectas La Barata, a Mexican seed grower; ALESA, an El Salvadoran food producer;

Alimentos Campeon, a Guatemala food producer; G. Ayuso & Sons, a Belizean dairy and condiment company; Distribuidora Internacional, a Nicaraguan food distributor; Distribuidora de Productos Alimenticios, a Honduran food distributor; Steiner, an El Salvadoran condiments and canned foods seller and FAS, a Costa Rican food products company.

The Latin American delegation was here to also meet prospective U.S. distributors and companies needing representatives in their respective countries. The Georgia agriculture department accompanied them to Miami to promote Georgia companies and products for export to Latin America.

Contact Mr. Villegas at (404) 656-3740.