I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.
Small agricultural or food processing companies that would like to start or expand their export activities should take advantage of the free market advising clinics being offered by the WSDA’s International Marketing Program April 15, 16, 17 &18th in the Tri-Cities, Yakima and Seattle. WSDA Export Development Lead, Julie Johnson, explains that the WSDA sponsored program actually consists of two parts.
JOHNSON: The first part are 90 minute market advising clinics held in April, and they are featuring one on one consulting with the market experts from Japan, Korea, China and Mexico.
And then the second part of the program are buyers meetings. So following the advising clinics each representative from the four markets will bring five buyers each and then they are going to meet with the companies.
Johnson explains what type of information is shared at the one on one meetings.
JOHNSON: If they have a business plan they’re working on they can bring that. Hopefully the companies have done research and so - any question’s, it’s their time to ask the market experts any questions they have about that market, how well they think their product will do in that market.
Three business that participated in last year’s clinics, Treveri Cellars from Yakima, Cougar Crest Winery from Walla Walla, and Milbrandt Vineyards from Mattawa, are now involved in a food service promotion in Taiwan this April and May. For exact times and locations of the free export seminars visit the WSDA website. To register contact Julie Johnson at (360) 902-1940.
I’m Lacy Gray and that’s Washington Ag Today on the Ag Information Network.