- Japanese coarse grains and co-products buyers will be seeking to build relationships with U.S. suppliers and agribusinesses at Export Exchange 2014
- Japanese attendees will include corn millers, feed millers and traders from 15 prominent Japanese companies
- Japan imported 11.7 million metric tons (460.6 million bushels) of U.S. corn last marketing year, making it the largest U.S. corn market overseas
(September 12, 2014) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Export Exchange 2014™ will play host to international trade teams from more than 30 countries on Oct. 20 to 22 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, including key buyers and end-users from Japan, the largest export market for U.S. corn. Comprised of corn millers, compound feed millers and traders, the Japanese trade teams’ goal for attending the bi-annual conference is to learn more about U.S. coarse grains and co-products while building strong relationships with U.S. suppliers.
“The presence of major U.S. coarse grain suppliers and agribusinesses will provide the Japanese opportunities to expand their business relationships with U.S. sellers,” said Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council director in Japan. “Personal relationships between the Japanese buyers and U.S. grain merchandisers are a vital ingredient to build business in this important market. Export Exchange will allow for these business relationships to grow.”
In addition, the Japanese participants are very interested in receiving the latest information about the 2014 U.S. corn crop as well as developments in the U.S. barley, sorghum and corn co-product sectors, which will impact their trading relationships with U.S. suppliers and agribusinesses in 2015.
Participants are scheduled to include representatives from the following companies:
- National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations
- Sunny Maize Co., Ltd.
- Meiji Feed Company Limited
- Oji Cornstarch Co., Ltd.
- Katokagaku Co., Ltd.
- Sanwa Cornstarch Co., Ltd.
- Shikishima Starch MFG. Co., Ltd.
- San-ei Sucrochemical Co., Ltd.
- Itochu Corporation
- Nosan Corporation
- Mitsubishi Corporation
- Kyushu Showa Sangyo Co., Ltd.
- Marubeni Nisshin Feed Co., Ltd.
- Nippon Formula Feed Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
- Snow Brand Seed Co., Ltd.
Japan is a key market for U.S. coarse grains and co-product exports. From Sept. 1, 2013, until Aug. 28, 2014, Japan imported more U.S. corn than any other market at 11.7 million tons (460.6 million bushels). The country is also a significant importer of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), barley and sorghum.
Export Exchange is the premier international trade conference focused on the export of U.S. coarse grains and ethanol co-products, co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Approximately 300 U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives as well as more than 180 international buyers are expected to attend the 2014 event.
The last Export Exchange, held in 2012, broke records in attendance and attracted buying teams from 33 countries, including all of the top U.S. international coarse grains and ethanol co-products markets. Attendance at this year’s event is expected to set a new record, creating more opportunities for U.S. merchandisers to connect with buyers and build business.
Please visit www.exportexchange.org to register today and find more information. USGC and RFA members are eligible for discounted pricing and should identify themselves as such at the time of registration.
The Renewable Fuels Association is the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. Its mission is to advance the development, production, and use of ethanol fuel by strengthening America’s ethanol industry and raising awareness about the benefits of renewable fuels. RFA’s members are working to help America become cleaner, safer, more energy independent and economically secure. For more information, visit www.EthanolRFA.org.
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Founded in 1960, the Council is a private, non-profit corporation with 10 international offices and programs in more than 50 countries. Its unique membership includes producer organizations and agribusinesses with a common interest in developing export markets. See more at www.grains.org.