In the period 2016-2017, Mexico ranked as the 11th largest coffee producer in the world, with 1.6 percent of global production and 12th place at the international level as an exporter, according to the CEO of Expo Café 2017, Marcos Gottfried.
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In announcing the exhibition that will be held from August 31 to September 2 in Mexico City, the director said that in the last year the country produced 3.5 million bags of 60 kilos of coffee, or 717 thousand 336 hectares of coffee production, being Chiapas, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero, the main producing entities.
He also pointed out that the per capita consumption of coffee in the country is 1,600 kilograms, and according to the Mexican Association of Coffee and Specialty Coffee is expected that there are 70 thousand specialty coffee shops in the country.
He recalled that in 2016, world coffee production grew at an average annual rate of 2.7 percent, which meant a global harvest of 153.3 million 60-kilogram coffee bags; 56.3 percent of Arabian variety and 43.7 percent robust.
The manager recognized that this industry is generating jobs, for example in 2009, 12 thousand coffee shops had 59 thousand people employed; While in 2013, integrating the businesses of refrigerators, refreshments, coffee bars and coffee shops, the staff employed was 144 thousand 259 people.
On the other hand, he stressed that both the industry and the end consumer already appreciate in the coffee different virtues, and distinguish the advantages in the Mexican, “as a product more at hand and with a knowledge of the origin and the type of grain with the one who provides them coffee.”
Expo Café in its 20th edition will offer exhibitors and visitors an opportunity to do business, as it will have a large number of producers and suppliers.