The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply and the Brazilian Coffee Industry Association (ABIC) opened yesterday, July 17, exhibition Coffees of Brazil, at Shopping Santa Cruz, in the city of Juiz de Fora, in the state of Minas Gerais, in the Brazilian Southeast. The exhibition will travel several cities until January next year.
The objective is to promote education regarding consumption of the product and to disclose the importance of coffee culture in the history of the country, the largest world producer and exporter of coffee grain.
The exhibition will be in Juiz de Fora until next Saturday, July 21, and will then be taken to Shopping Vitória, in Vitória, in the state of Espírito Santo, also in the Southeast. Before Juiz de Fora, through an ABIC pilot project, the exhibit had been to São Paulo, Santos, Campinas and Rio de Janeiro.
The itinerating exhibition should be seen by one million people. Composed of several photographic panels, the exhibition presents the history of coffee in the world and in Brazil.
The exhibit brings information about producer regions, kinds of grain and curiosities. The information was disclosed by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture.
Brazilian coffee exports yielded US$ 3.7 billion in the 2006-2007 crop year, which ended in June, a 27.8% increase compared with the 2005-2006 crop year. Shipments totaled 29.2 million 60 kilogram bags of coffee, an increase of 19.1%.
The data were disclosed earlier this month by the Brazilian Coffee Exporter Council (CeCafé). The average price per bag exported rose from US$ 118 to US$ 126.
In the month of June alone, foreign sales of coffee totaled US$ 275.44 million, an increase of 32.5% over the same month last year. The amount shipped was slightly more than 2 million bags, an increase of 16.9%.
From January until June, 13.5 million bags were exported, 16.2% more than in the first half of 2006, generating revenues of US$ 1.81 billion, an increase of 28.8%. Germany continues to be the main destination for Brazilian coffee, followed by the United States and Italy.