Seven NDTO member companies and organizations will travel to Qingdao, China the last week of March to showcase the state’s high-quality agricultural commodities and food products to some of the China’s largest food manufacturers and processors.
The 2015 China – North Dakota ‘Better for You Food Ingredients’ event is organized by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO), Northern Crops Institute (NCI) and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The event includes a conference and exhibition designed to further introduce North Dakota’s high-quality food ingredients to the Chinese food manufacturing market. Crop specialists will give presentations to Chinese buyers, R&D specialists and food manufacturers while chefs prepare Chinese dishes made with North Dakota ingredients including: flax, sunflowers, barley, wheat, flour, pasta, soybeans, peas, lentils and dry edible beans.
Through trade missions and other exchange efforts, North Dakota continues to develop lasting business and cultural ties that benefit China and our state. The 2015 event will be North Dakota’s second official event in our Sister State of Shandong Province. North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and Shandong Provincial Vice Gov. Xia Geng signed this agreement on Feb. 21, 2014, to help strengthen the economic and social ties in the areas of agriculture, aviation, education, energy and technology between North Dakota and Shandong. The ‘Better for You Food Ingredients’ conference and exhibition is a demonstration of the commitment to this agreement and is strongly supported by the government of Shandong.
Click here to view the agenda for the trade trip and China-North Dakota ‘Better for You Food Ingredients’ conference.
Companies and organizations participating in the trade mission include:
- North Dakota Department of Agriculture
- North Dakota Trade Office
- Northern Crops Institute
- JM Grain, Garrison, ND
- Soyko, Inc., Gary, MN
- SB&B Foods., Casselton, ND
- Sun Opta, Moorhead, MN
Organizations assisting in the development and support of this event include the Northern Pulse Growers Association, North Dakota Soybean Council and the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) and American Trade Office (ATO) in Beijing.