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The largest ever contingent of Australian food and beverage companies will be exhibiting at SIAL China in Shanghai this week.

SIAL China, which kicks off on Wednesay, is one of Asia’s largest food and beverage exhibitions, and Food South Australia is facilitating the Australian pavillion which will bring together 57 food and beverage companies from across Australia. Food & Drink Business will also be attending and will provide a full report on the show in our June print issue.

This year will see the largest contingent of companies and the largest space ever booked at SIAL China, according to Food South Australia's market development manager Darren Curnow.

Although the contingent is being led by Food South Australia, all Australian businesses will be exhibiting under the one banner, which makes a strong statement about the Australian food and beverage working together, Food South Australia's Catherine Sayer says.

Aussie exhibitors include the Almond Board, Australian Pure Fruits, Bickford’s Group, Golden North, Macro Meat, Maxwell Foods, Oleapak, Panda Honey, Pureharvest, San Remo, Select Harvests Food Products, Superbee Honey, Tru Blu Beverages, Tucker’s Natural and Vincenzo Curcio.

SIAL China organisers expect 80,000 people to attend the show, which aims to offer producers new avenues of distribution and collaboration in China.

The show, which takes place from 17-19 May, will be larger in scope than the 2016 show, with close to 3200 exhibitors representing more than 70 countries.

SIAL will cover 149,500 square metres, and will be split into 21 unique food sectors spread over 13 halls.

Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages will be split into two sections for the first time: the Beverage Zone and the Wine Zone.