According to the overview of organic exports from Ukraine in 2022, the total export volume amounted to 245,000 tonnes and the value exceeded USD 219 million USD. In terms of regional distribution, 95% of all exported products went to the European market, and only about 1% to the Asian market.
At the same time, the organic market in the Middle East has grown significantly in recent years, opening up new export opportunities for companies. For example, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the third largest re-exporter in the world due to its ideal geographical location, and 92% of organic products in the region are imported, creating a huge opportunity for international producers.
Seeing the potential for expanding exports of Ukrainian organic products to the Middle East market, the State Institution “Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office” within the framework of the Ukrainian national project Diia.Business under the patronage of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine with the support of Switzerland, the EU and the German government organised the National Stand of Ukraine at the Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo, which takes place on 12-14 December 2023 in the UAE, Dubai.
The Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo is the largest trade fair for organic and natural products in the Middle East held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and provides an opportunity to establish new export relationships with the Middle East.
The event has been bringing together suppliers and buyers for 21 years and focuses on such market segments as food and beverage, health, beauty, etc. According to the organisers of the trade fair, it is expected that Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo 2023 is expected to attract over 10,000 importers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors from the region.
This year 5 Ukrainian producers-exporters are presenting their organic products at the trade fair on the National Stand of Ukraine. When selecting exhibitors, preference was given to producers of organic products with higher added value. Therefore, among the products presented this year are cereal products, such as amaranth flakes, amaranth seed flour, wheat flour, corn sticks, as well as dairy products, drinking yoghurt, cheeses of various ages, sour cream, and high oleic sunflower oil, etc.
The official leaflet of the National Stand of Ukraine with the full list of organic products presented by the Ukrainian exhibitors at the Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo 2023 is available at the link.