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Food, ag companies invited to Mexican food market

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Minnesota food and agriculture companies are invited to discover new export opportunities in Mexican and Caribbean food markets at a seminar sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Food Export-Midwest.

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The seminar will provide an overview of the economies, geography and demographics of these markets, and attendees will learn about how federal assistance programs can help increase their export sales.

In 2006, U.S. agricultural exports to these two regions reached a record high of $13.2 billion. MDA International Trade Representative Shannen Bornsen says many Minnesota companies want to get in on the action, but entering the export business can sometimes be an overwhelming process. Bornsen says this seminar will help companies take the first steps.

"We'll discuss consumer trends in Mexico and the Caribbean, including top exports and best product prospects," Bornsen said. "And, we'll cover the various free trade agreements, including rules of origin, certificate of origin, and tariff schedules. Our goal is to help exporters meet targeted buyers in Mexico and the Caribbean."

The MDA works with Food Export-Midwest, a private, non-profit association, to help Minnesota food and agricultural companies promote their products in foreign markets.

The seminar will be Tuesday, June 17, in the Sheraton Hotel, Bloomington, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost is $30. To register for this event, visit

www.foodexport.org or call 651-201-6658.

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