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February 12, 2019
Two Virginia Companies to Exhibit at Gulfood 2019 in Dubai
Contact: Michael Wallace, 804.786.1904

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of International Marketing is supporting two Virginia agribusinesses as they exhibit at the largest annual food and beverage trade show in the world. Commercial Lynks Inc. and Virginia Natural Beef Inc. will exhibit their products at Gulfood 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 17 - 21.

“We are excited to support these two Virginia agribusinesses in pursuing new sales opportunities in the growing Middle East region,” said VDACS Commissioner Jewel Bronaugh. “The Gulfood trade show is a multinational event and a key vehicle in boosting exports. I am pleased to have the VDACS international agricultural trade office in the Middle East assisting these Virginia business every step of the way.”

Founded in 1999, Commercial Lynks Inc. is based in Alexandria, VA. The company offers a wide range of high quality agriculture and food products for export including meat, poultry and eggs, dairy products, pulses, grains, beans and vegetable oils, fresh fruits and vegetables, and animal feeds.

Virginia Natural Beef Inc. was established in 1991 in Lexington, VA. The business specializes in frozen, high quality cuts of beef, pork, poultry and fish.

U.S. exhibitors at Gulfood 2018 reported a total of $81 million in on-site sales and projected $422 million over the next 12 months as a result of their participation in the event. This year’s show will feature more than 5,000 exhibitors in 120 national pavilions.

The United Arab Emirates and neighboring countries that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) import nearly 90 percent of their food and feed needs, including raw materials for further processing. Gulfood is the premier event in the region for showcasing new food and beverage products and connecting suppliers with buyers and distributors.

For more information on Gulfood 2019, visit and follow the show’s social media hashtag #Gulfood2019.

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