Sat, Dec 04, 2004 - Page 11 News List

Taiwan companies invited to Chicago food trade shows

By Jackie Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

To promote the US agricultural industry, two representatives from the US National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) invited Taiwan's food companies to visit two trade shows to be held in Chicago next year.

Dubbed the US' largest annual food industry event, the International Supermarket Industry Convention and Educational Exposition will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors, mostly suppliers of supermarkets and discounters, from May 1 to May 3.

Another trade fair, the Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show organized by the National Restaurant Association will showcase over 2,000 food and equipment companies as well as seminars on topics of sales, marketing, technology, management and training between May 21 and May 24.

"Taiwan is a very good customer of American agricultural products. We are meeting with some food companies in Taiwan that we hope will involve the purchasing of US food products," said Gene Hugoson, NASDA's executive director, to reporters in Taipei yesterday.

The whirlwind trip in Asia would bring Hugoson and DeWitt Ashby, NASDA's trade show director, to Taiwan, South Korea and China to promote the fairs.

With assistance from the American Institute in Taiwan, their schedule here included paying visits to importers' and exporters' associations in Taipei and Kaohsiung, as well as the Uni-President Group (統一集團) and Chi Mei Frozen Food Co (奇美食品).

With US exports to Taiwan last year totaling US$2 billion, the nation became the US' sixth-largest agricultural product export destination.

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