NDTO Hosts Colombian and Peruvian Buyers across North Dakota

NDTO Hosts Colombian and Peruvian Buyers across North Dakota

Posted on December 8, 2022

This November, NDTO hosted a group of international buyers across ND to explore a variety of specialty crop offerings. The buyers were made up of several companies interested in dry beans, chickpeas, and other pulse products produced in ND.

Nine ND companies participated in the mission and reported positive results in making new contacts and a high potential for future business relationships. "This was our first reverse trade mission since the pandemic, and we were excited to host our South American guests. The ND companies who participated did a great job in introducing their products and showcasing some of the fruitful opportunities in ND," says Lindsey Warner, NDTO's Director of Operations, as she led the group throughout the state.

The week started off with a visit to Northern Crops Institute in Fargo to learn more about the agriculture practices and pulses grown in our region. Then the group trekked north and then west across our great state visiting exporters and processing facilities. What was sunny and nice weather for November quickly turned a little bit more, shall we say, North Dakota. The delegates got the full ND experience as a blizzard coated the fields in a fresh layer of snow, a first for some of our visitors. "Although we had some really eventful weather and got to show our guests what ND looks like in multiple seasons, it was such a great time to get everyone together, and we all know true bonds can be made during a blizzard," explained Warner. 

Overall, the mission was successful, with only a few minor travel changes and some quick thinking. Everyone made it to their destinations and home again safely. Thank you again to our Colombian and Peruvian guests, we hope you had a great time in ND! Also, a special thank you to the ND companies who adapted throughout the week!


NDTO leads Mission to Paris for SIAL Food Innovation Show

NDTO leads Mission to Paris for SIAL Food Innovation Show

Posted on November 9, 2022

This past October, NDTO led a trade mission to Paris, France, for five ND companies to highlight their specialty crop and pulse products to European buyers and beyond. A new tradeshow for NDTO, SIAL Pairs is the world's largest food and innovation show, with exhibitors and more than 300 000 visitors from over 200 countries. The show is a must-see for industry leaders worldwide.

Five ND companies were excited to exhibit throughout the week at SIAL Paris from October 15-19. The show touts innovation and information exchange in cutting-edge food and beverage products and their ingredients. For ND, this was an excellent opportunity to highlight the food ingredients the state has to offer. With ever-increasing quality, efficiency and competitiveness on the global stage, ND producers and processes are well-established to bring premier ingredients to European markets.

The theme of the show this year was "Own the Change," with a focus on the evolution of food and its ingredients. Not only with new product offerings but show highlights new and more efficient ways to use the food. "With the shifting agribusiness practices and technology, it is important for North Dakota companies to be present and prepared to assist with how to continue to feed the globe. The state and its producers and processors are well-positioned and have great potential to support additional markets worldwide," explains Lindsey Warner, NDTO's Director of Operations. Warner efficiently led the mission and supported the ND companies, some for the first time at an international food show. Navigating such large shows can be a challenge, but the opportunities are immense. ND companies showcased a variety of products, including many dry beans like pinto, black, cranberry, lentils, and peas.

The SIAL Paris show was a great opportunity to show how much North Dakota has to offer global markets and a significant player in so many high-demand pules crops. We look forward to hearing more about how the show will impact producers and processors right here in ND.


Big Iron International Visitors Program 2022 in Review

Big Iron International Visitors Program 2022 in Review

Posted on September 20, 2022

The NDTO was excited to host the Big Iron International Visitors Program(IVP) this year with more than 60 delegates from 10 countries. All things agribusiness were discussed throughout the week with tours at Grand Farm, Northern Crops Institute, NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm, RDO, and Titan Machinery. Many NDTO Member companies joined the conversation and showed the delegates some of the many things that ND has to offer.

We could not have completed this successful event without the help of our NDTO members, partners, and business community, who came together to support and host interested professionals from all over the world.

Enjoy the photos from the week, and we hope to see you for Big Iron IVP in 2023!

A Global Strategy for Cultural Communications

A Global Strategy for Cultural Communications

Posted on April 8, 2022

Natsuyo Lipschutz Keynotes Global Business Connections, May 24, 2022

Natsuyo Lipshutz will give this year's opening keynote at the Global Business Connections conference, hosted by the North Dakota Trade Office on May 24, 2022, in Fargo, ND. She stands out as an international speaker and author with a unique perspective on global leadership and cross-cultural communications strategies.

Her presentation is designed to bridge cultural gaps and leverage diversity to inspire audiences to become more successful in their communications styles and leadership on a global scale. She breaks down communications strategies into digestible action items and provides meaningful insights on some of the most basic communications missteps. With the goal of helping business people recognize and remove barriers, she delivers an empowering message to move beyond our differences and communicate effectively.

Lipschutz is well versed in global business communications and has, quite frankly, written the book on it. She co-authored "The Success Blueprint" with  Brian Tracy, a renowned businessman, author, and motivational speaker.  She is also the author of "20Ji Ni Sogiotose" ("Say It in 20 Words") in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, as well as "Story ni otoshikome" ("Motivate with Your Own Story") in Japanese.

Her consultancy work in global leadership and cross-culture communication has not gone unnoticed, as she is recognized as one of the leaders in this field. Lipschutz is a managing principal of ASPIRE Intelligence, her own strategy consulting firm, and an executive consultant for Breakthrough Speaking, specializing in global public speaking engagements. She is an accomplished public speaker with engaging TEDx talks and is a 5-time Toastmasters International speech contest district finalist. Lipschutz continues to provide training and strategies to top companies, including American Express, BNP Paribas, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Toyota, and Shiseido.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Lipschutz started her career at the Japanese trading company ITOCHU International in New York, New York and earned an MBA from New York University. Traveling to Japan frequently, she continues to conduct training, workshops, and speaking opportunities for both Japanese and English-speaking audiences.

She competes as a Latin ballroom dancer in her free time and is a proud mother and cancer survivor.

If you are interested in global leadership and communications strategies to expand your knowledge and success internationally, Natsuyo Lipschuts' keynote is not to be missed. Be sure to register for Global Business Connections on May 24, 2022, in Fargo, ND.

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