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Southeast Asian Meat Buyers Meet with US Suppliers

by 5m Editor
14 October 2009, at 9:46am

US - Southeast Asia’s ASEAN region has emerged as a major destination for US pork and beef exports and captured the interest of a growing number of US suppliers.


Buyers, importers and distributors from the ASEAN region meet with US meat industry representatives

Recently, the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) brought US and ASEAN business contacts together for a Meet the Buyers conference in Denver.

US processors, traders and exporters saw the conference as a valuable opportunity to make business connections in a heavily populated region that holds great growth potential for US exports. Buyers, importers and distributors from the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with these suppliers to discuss their product needs and share information about their markets. Prior to the Denver event, participants from the ASEAN region toured Cargill’s beef processing plant in Dodge City, Kansas, the National Beef processing plant in Liberal, Kansas, the Seaboard Foods pork plant in Guymon, Oklahoma, and the JBS beef plant in Greeley, Colorado.

In the attached audio segment, Imelda Ventus, purchasing manager for DOP Philippines, Inc., shares her thoughts on the conference and the other activities she experienced during her visit to the United States.

Craig Rempp, vice president of sales and marketing for LPB, Inc. in Earlham, Iowa, also found the event to be an exceptionally valuable opportunity. Founded in 2001, LPB is a family-owned custom pork processor that is looking to further expand its international presence and to deal more directly with its clientele in the ASEAN region.

You can listen to comments on USMEF's Meet the Buyers conference by clicking here.