Extra virgin olive oils of incomparable quality, table olives marinated the way you only find in Malaga province, premium goat cheeses, exceptional wines, pure craft beers, flavourful sausages and meat products, spices, nuts, subtropical fruits, sweets made with local ingredients, preserves, liqueurs and gins, Moringa tree products, infusions with natural stevia, artisan breads and juices as typical of Malaga as sugar cane. This is just a sample of the wide range of products that the agri-food and beverage sectors of Malaga presented at the 23rd Feria Internacional de Alimentación y Bebidas de Calidad, Salón Gourmets which took place at the Madrid Ifema centre from 9 to 11 April.
Sixth year attending
The event was attended by 49 companies from Malaga, 36 of them under the umbrella of the provincial government's promotional brand, 'Sabor a Málaga', (taste of Malaga). This is the sixth consecutive year it has attended the fair with its own stand, aiming to give companies included under this seal of quality the opportunity to find a new niche in the market.
In an attempt to capture the attention of restaurateurs, companies and distributors, many of the firms took the opportunity to present their latest innovations. Javier Mesa de la Torre, director of the family- run Ingenio de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, in Frigiliana, which has been manufacturing sugar cane molasses since 1728 with the same recipe, commented, "We only know how to make molasses, but that doesn't mean that we are stuck in the past. We have brought new products to the fair such as sweets made from cane molasses, and single-dose packaging, with which we expect to continue winning markets".
Another of the novelties presented on the first day of the Salón Gourmets was a gelatinous sweet made from an infusion of orange blossom grown in the Guadalhorce valley (one of the largest citrus producing areas in Andalucía) by company Coín para Comérselo, and which goes well with Malaga goat cheese as well as pate and toast.
Puente Nuevo, the Ronda brewery, were among the first to present their new lines at the show. "We are the only brewery that ferments our beers underwater, off the coast of Estepona," explained project leader Jenny Heredía. The beer is unique and is made on demand costing between three and six euros a bottle.
"We are hoping to make contact with distributors that specialise in high quality products," she added.