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EDC Participates in Chinese Inbound trade Mission

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

(August 30, 2013 – Portland, OR) The Grant County Economic Development Council’s Small Business Development Center Director Allan Peterson attended a China Food Service Inbound Mission in Portland, OR Friday August 30. He attended with Vern Jenkins, the Small Business Development Center International Trade Specialist and Zaycon Foods, an Eastern Washington export business.

Pictured left to right: Vern Jenkins, Allan Peterson and Matthew Kunz meet with Mr. Lu Mao Jun, owner of Baker’s Pizza in Shanghai, China with Ms. Jin (Translator) at the Western US Agricultural Trade Associations China Food Service Inbound Mission in Portland, OR.The team met with five Chinese companies looking for U.S. products that they could import back to China. Products the Chinese companies were looking for included dried fruits and berries, frozen fruit, fruit and vegetable juices and concentrates, beer, dairy products, specialty foods, confectionaries, and healthy and natural foods. 

This was the second export mission that Zaycon Foods has attended this year. At the previous export mission the company was able to find buyers of its products in other Pacific Rim countries.

“We have discovered an entirely new avenue for our product line with Vern Jenkins, our SBDC associate,” said Matthew Kunz with Zaycon Foods. “It is refreshing to see that our home Northwest region is as rich in trade expertise as it is in agricultural resources.”

“Our purpose is to assist companies that are new to exporting” Peterson said. “Both Vern and I help demystify doing international business by simplifying exporting processes and accelerating entry into global markets.”  

The export event was hosted by the Western US Agricultural Trade Association. To learn more about the Western US Agricultural Trade Association visit www.wusata.org. To learn more about the Small Business Development Center and the Grant County Economic Development Center visit www.grantedc.com