From the sea and fields to the shelf and the table, is the name of the intersectoral B2B meeting of professional groups of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce - Split County Chamber, which was held yesterday in the Split Chamber.
The meeting was attended by about 30 representatives of leading companies in Split-Dalmatia County from the food processing industry and professional groups ŽK Split from the food and beverage trade, hotel, catering and travel agencies, with the aim of networking and more intensive communication of all participants in the food supply chain and beverages in the domestic market.
"Doing business in a pandemic and the lack of tourist spending encouraged a stronger turn to domestic food and beverage producers, and with this meeting we wanted to intensify cooperation and through direct talks to connect the three sectors involved in the production and marketing of domestic food and beverages - producers, traders and tourism workers.', said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce - Split County Chamber Joze Tomaš.
Tomaš also emphasized that strengthening domestic production and raising awareness of safety and quality of Croatian products is one of the basic and most recognizable activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which it has carried out over the years through numerous actions such as Let's Buy Croatian and the Original Croatian and Croatian Quality marking project.
President of the Professional Group of Food Processing Industry ŽK Split Paško Šuto he pointed out that it is necessary to strengthen local producers by connecting them with local consumers, as well as that domestic retail chains, hotels and caterers recognize the quality and benefits of domestic products and market them as much as possible.
Dario Mamić from Tommy stated that the Tommy retail chain cooperates with almost all significant domestic producers and that it intends to continue to do so. "In the total range, the representation of domestic products is over 70%, and in some categories, such as fresh products, fruits and vegetables, it is one hundred percent. Our strategic orientation is to stimulate domestic production and stimulate the domestic economy, while we also expect domestic production to be better organized, competitive and to offer a quality product in sufficient quantities.", Said Mamic.
The meat industry Braća Pivac in Slavonia has about 150.000 pigs and about 10.000 cattle in cooperation, and their fresh and final product comes largely from domestic producers. "Our Dalmatian prosciutto has over 70 percent of the share of domestic raw materials, most of which are our delicatessen products, and we want to offer them to a greater extent in our hotels and restaurants, to whose needs we are ready to adapt.', she said Elena Perkovic-Palos from the Pivac Group.
The President of the Professional Group of Travel Agencies also testified to the importance of this initiative for the tourism sector. Dragan Kostadinović, since modern tourism generally strives for local and original, including food, as well as a representative of the Split Radisson Blu Hotel Katarina Banić.
Representatives of the tourism sector and food and beverage traders were presented with prosciutto, meat and processed meat producers, representatives of fisheries, mariculture and fish products, bakers and producers of dairy products, olive oil, fruit and vegetable products and wine and spirits producers. .
Today's meeting is the third B2B meeting organized by ŽK Split in recent months with the aim of stronger connection of compatible economic sectors. This positive initiative, welcomed by representatives of manufacturers, retailers and the tourism sector, will certainly continue in the future, taking into account the specifics of small and large manufacturers, as well as the difference between sales channels and stores and HoReCa systems.