One of strongest country supporters of Africa's Big 7 is Poland - nestled in northern Europe, its biggest food export market is Germany but it has a firm eye on Africa for export success.

This year it bought 15 exhibitors and held an official opening by the Ambassador of Poland to South Africa Andrzej Kanthak (pictured left) accompanied by the country's Vice President of the Agricultural Market Agency Jaroslaw Robert Olowski.

Among the Polish exhibitors in Hall 5 are MLEKOVITA, the biggest Polish dairy producer, which offers more than 800 products from smoked and hard cheeses through to condensed and flavoured milk.

They are supported by the Polish Chamber of milk which brings together the country's processors to promote it around the world. The Polonia Business Group is also in Johannesburg. Set up in 1991, it produces and promotes well-known brands in emerging markets including SunGlobe Oil, GuGu Milk and GuGu Baby.

His Excellency Kanthak spoke to assembled guests at the Pavilion here he spoke warmly of his country's relationship with South Africa before welcoming them to sample some specialist Polish foods prepared by a top chef.

"South Africa is an important country for us and a good trading partner and I hope that we will build long-lasting business relationships over the course of this event," he said.

Vice President of the Agricultural Market Agency Jaroslaw Robert Olowski said: "Poland has established itself in the market here and I am happy to see so many individul companies who have chosen to come to South Africa compared with half that number last year."

Both are set to be featured in a video interview later today.

See the Polish Pavilion in Hall 5.

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