The 2009 Americas Food & Beverage Show opens at the Miami Beach Convention Center November 9-10 with a new two-day format, educational seminars, and more than 300 exhibitors from 18 countries showcasing thousands of new products.

New additions to the international pavilions this year are Algeria and Tenerife, adding the tastes and flavors of their country to those of Argentina, Atlantic Canada, Belize, Brazil, the Caribbean, Columbia, Italy, Spain, Peru, United Arab Emirates, Panama, Malaysia, South Korea, South Africa, and other exhibiting nations. More than 6,000 qualified buyers from 87 countries are expected to attend in search of up-and-coming grocery products, ingredients, seafood, confections, beverages, and ethnic and all-natural foods to take home. Last year’s show generated $108.6 million in actual and projected sales from the three-day event.

“We’ve packed a full schedule of networking, learning, and purchasing opportunities into two days,” says show director Jelena Meisel. “Our goal is to make the show as efficient and cost effective as possible for both our exhibitors and our buyers and to facilitate business deals on the floor.”

The Americas Food & Beverage Show is a portal for import/export and provides a gateway for small- to mid-sized companies who want to expand within the global marketplace. The event is presented annually by the World Trade Center Miami.

“Anyone looking for new markets for their products—or new products to grow their company—should plan now to be in Miami Beach in November,” Meisel says. “We bring the world to you at the 12th Americas Food and Beverage Show.”