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State seeks food producers to attend 2019 Mexican agricultural trade show

Posted: 11:57 AM, Sep 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-17 11:57:02-04
State seeks food producers to attend 2019 Mexican agricultural trade show

In an effort to cultivate a larger share of the Mexican food market, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is seeking local agriculturalists to attend an upcoming tradeshow south of the border, the department said in a statement Monday.

The effort is part of a partnership with the Southern United States Trade Association. Qualified Maryland food producers can utilize a subsidized rate of less than $1,000 to established a full booth, attended a pre-planned individual buyer meeting, and ship up to 50 pounds of food products to the Expo ANTAD & Alimentaria expo running from March 5-7, 2019 in Guadalajara, Mexico .

Qualifying companies must be considered small businesses by the state's Small Business Administration. They must sell a food product that is at least 50 percent U.S. in origin. Producers must register prior to Oct. 5 to get an early bird discount, with the final registration deadline of Dec. 5. The Southern United States Trade Association welcomes companies to also apply for reimbursement of up to 50 percent of airfare, hotel, and marketing costs of attending the trade show.

Interested businesses should contact Meredith House at 410-841-5770 or meredith.house@maryland.gov. 

Goods with the best chances of success at the tradeshow include processed fruit and vegetables, breakfast cereals and mixes, condiments, processed meat products, ingredients, snack foods, and alcoholic beverages.  

The United States is Mexico's top trade partner, the department said. Roughly 80 percent of all Mexican exports go to the U.S., and nearly 50 percent of the country's imports come from the U.S. In 2016, more than $12 billion of food products were shipped to Mexico from U.S. producers.