Food manufacturers can prepare for export success

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Farm Forum

PIERRE – The public is invited to join the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) at 8 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Ramkota Hotel/Watertown Events Center in Watertown for a “Prepare for Export Success Seminar.”

At the seminar, SDDA will provide an overview of the exporting process and the opportunities available around the globe.

“The seminar will discuss why food suppliers might want to export their products and what it takes for a food supplier to become export ready,” said Alison Kiesz, SDDA northeast ag development representative.

According to Kiesz, exports of consumer food products are growing three times faster than domestic sales thanks to consumers’ growing purchasing power and lower trade barriers.

The keynote speaker for the event is Lucas Lentsch, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture.

“The world is truly becoming a global marketplace at an extremely rapid pace,” said Secretary Lentsch. “With 95 percent of the world’s population located outside of the United States, many companies are looking at putting their products on the international stage. Many business owners mistakenly believe that they are ‘too small’ of an operation to export; that is usually not the case. Eighty percent of South Dakota’s exporters are small- and medium-sized businesses.”

Speaker Dennis Lynch, Food Export Helpline counselor, will provide a glimpse into why food exporting remains a bright spot in today’s economy by:

· Answering the question Why Export?

· Identifying specific export opportunities

· Looking at future prospects for food exports

Attendees will hear first-hand experiences from suppliers in the tri-state area that are currently exporting. Industry leaders will speak about how they started exporting and what they have learned in the process.

Registration is free and participants can register online at http://www.foodexport.org

The one-day seminar is co-hosted with Food Export – Midwest, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.