Calendar of Events and Promotions

APRIL

9-11 Food and Hotel Asia 2014* Singapore

The 19th annual international exhibition at the Food and Hotel Asia 2014 show in Singapore will bring a myriad of food and hospitality buyers from around the world. In 2014, the show will expand its exhibition area to 95,000sqm to serve an expected 45,000 trade visitors from over 90 countries and regions. The Idaho and Hawaii Departments of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA), will be coordinating
participation at Food and Hotel Asia, April 8-11, 2014, in a WUSATA Pavilion within the U.S. Pavilion. Participating companies will have the opportunity to showcase their products in prime show real estate and meet with buyers from many regions of the world. For more information, contact Kim Polzin.

10 Idaho-Mexico Trade Office 20th Anniversary Celebration

Join ISDA and the Idaho Department of Commerce for a reception celebrating 20 years of the State of Idaho’s presence in Mexico and honoring Mexico Trade Office Manager Armando Orellana’s 20 years of service. The reception will be held Thursday, April 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Mexican Consulate offices in between E. Park Blvd. And W. Parkcenter Blvd. The cost to attend is $10. Please RSVP and register by contacting Amanda Gibson.

10 Farmers Market Webinar

Join ISDA and the University of Idaho Extension for a Farm Fresh News Webinar for Idaho Farmers' Market. The webinar is created specifically for Idaho Farmers' Market Managers, vendors and anyone else interested in becoming involved in a market. Live Q&A will accompany a range of timely presentations on topics you suggested, including Health Department updates, Univeristy of Idaho Extension updates, ISDA updates, EBT updates, Idaho Farmers Market Association Updates and more tips and news that you can you to improve your market. The webinar will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th. This is a no cost webinar. For more information or for registration information, please contact Katlin Davis.

11 Mexico Week: Business and Trade Day

As part of BSU’s Mexico Week, ISDA is joining forces with the Idaho Department of Commerce, the Mexican Consulate, and BSU’s International Business Program to offer a series of panels and seminars on trade, market opportunities, logistics, and Mexican normas. The panels run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with lunch served during a food labeling and ingredient discussion. The cost is $25 for the full day. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Gibson.

TBD Locavore’s Night Out, Victor, ID
Victor’s “A Locavore’s Night Out” celebrates Idaho’s local farms, ranches, bakeries and breweries while enjoying a dinner prepared with local Idaho
ingredients. Idaho Preferred ® will have a booth at the event to promote Idaho Preferred® products in the Victor/Driggs/Jackson market. For more information, contact Skylar Jett.

20- May 6 China Trade Officer Manager Visit, Statewide

Xu Fang, Idaho’s Trade Office Manager in China, will be in Idaho to meet with companies interested in expanding exports to the China market. If your company is interested in meeting with Xu, contact Katlin Davis.

MAY

4-8 China Animal Feed and Animal Products Inbound Buying Mission

Product buyers from wholesale distributors and retail chains will visit Idaho to source animal feed and other complimentary products. Idaho companies will have the opportunity to meet with these buyers one-on-one to arrange sales and shipments. For more information, or to participate, contact Katlin Davis.

13-15 SIAL China 2014*, Shanghai, China

SIAL China was the largest retail show in China, attracting 1,520 exhibitors from 76 countries and regions represented from around the world with over 33,000 trade visitors. SIAL China provides Idaho agricultural companies the opportunity to enhance their visibility in the Asian market, create new networking contacts, and learn about the latest trends. Many U.S. exhibitors at SIAL China have reported significant gains as a result of the show. WUSATA is coordinating a pavilion at the event. For more information, or to register, go tohttp://www.wusata.org/wusata/eventreg/eventdetail.aspx?event=
M13GXCHPTS&section=Events2 or contact Katlin Davis.

JUNE

8-14 HRI Outbound Mission to Mexico & Product Demonstration*, Idaho
ISDA, in conjunction with the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA), will conduct a trade mission to two major Mexican cities (TBD) for companies looking to expand their presence in the hotel and restaurant industry (HRI) in Mexico. The HRI market in Mexico represents great export opportunities
for U.S. suppliers of food and beverages. Mexican consumers are well informed of the quality of U.S. products, but buyers like to see product samples tested in hotels and/or restaurants. This trade mission gives companies the opportunity to meet one-on-one with importers, distributors, and industry professionals. The trade mission will also include a reception where each company’s product will be highlighted. For more information, or to participate, contact Amanda Gibson.

25-28 Taipei International Food Show, Taipei, Taiwan

In 2012, Taipei Food was the largest food show in Taiwan, attracting a record-breaking 2,098 exhibitors and over 61,000 visitors during its four-day show period. Taipei Food provides Idaho agricultural companies the opportunity to enhance their visibility in the Asian market and create new networking contacts for increased sales in the region. ISDA is coordinating an Idaho Pavilion to showcase Idaho products within the popular U.S. Pavilion at the 2013 show. Additionally, the finals of the first-ever North Asia Chef Competition will take place on June 27. Preliminary competitions were held in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei and the winning chefs from each location will compete head to head, using U.S. and Idaho ingredients, in an exciting grand finale at the American Kitchen in the U.S. Pavilion. Contact Kim Polzin for more information.

23-26 Taiwan Outbound Mission* Taipei and Taichung, Taiwan

Taiwan is a sophisticated market with expanding opportunities for Idaho agricultural producers. There is an increased demand for U.S. fresh and value added products by Taiwanese consumers. WUSATA will conduct a trade mission to multiple locations in Taiwan targeted for new-to-market companies and companies who wish to expand their sales in the market. Meetings with key importers and distributors from the retail and foodservice sectors will be customized for each participant. For more information, contact Kim Peterson.

22-28 Idaho Organic Week, Statewide
To honor Idaho’s organic farmers and showcase their unique products, activities including media and public relations outreach will be conducted throughout the state. Contact Kim Polzin for more information.

AUGUST

3-9 Idaho Farmers Market Week

Celebrate local markets and growers that support them during the first week of August in honor of Idaho Farmers Market Week. Look for special events taking place at local farmers markets including chef demonstrations, product sampling, and fun activities for the kids. For more information about markets in your area or for ideas and resources to help your market celebrate Idaho Farmers Market Week, contact Katlin Davis.

11-13 Taiwan Inbound Buying Mission*, Idaho

A group of foodservice/high-end retail importers and distributors from Taiwan will be visiting Idaho and Hawaii. The buyers will be looking for a wide range of products, including fresh produce, wine, spirits, specialty foods, and more. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Taiwan market in a low cost, low risk avenue. For more information, or to participate, contact Kim Polzin.

SEPTEMBER

22-26 Mexico and Central America Produce Inbound Buying Mission*, Idaho Produce buyers from wholesale distributors, retail supermarket chains, and food service companies will visit Idaho to source onions, potatoes, tree fruit, and other produce. Idaho companies will have the opportunity to meet with buyers from Mexico and Central America to arrange sales and shipments. To register to meet with the entire delegation, sign up for both the Mexico and Central America inbounds through the WUSATA event page. For more information, or to participate, contact Amanda Gibson.

OCTOBER

15-17 Food Ingredients Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia

FI Asia has grown 25% annually over the last four years and is poised to maintain its exclusive position as the most important route to the entire Southeast-Asia food and beverage ingredient industry. In 2014, the show will be located in Jakarta (FI Asia rotates between Jakarta and Bangkok) and over 11,000 industry professionals are anticipated to attend the event. ISDA, in cooperation with the United Dairymen of Idaho, will coordinate an Idaho booth at FI Asia to promote Idaho dairy products. For more information, or to participate, contact Kim Polzin.

FALL

TBD Russia Livestock Inbound Buying Mission

Buyers from the dairy and beef livestock industries in Russia will be traveling to Idaho looking to source beef and dairy animals. Producers will have the opportunity to meet with these buyers at their ranch or dairy. For more information, or to participate, contact Katlin Davis.

TBD Southeast Asia Inbound Buying Mission*, Idaho
A group of foodservice/high-end retail importers and distributors from several Southeast Asian nations will be visiting Idaho and surrounding states. The buyers will be looking for a wide range of products. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Southeast Asian market at a low cost, low risk avenue. For more information, or to participate, contact Kim Polzin.

TBD WUSATA Outbound to China*
In 2012, China continues as the top market for US agriculture exports. WUSATA will conduct a trade mission to China in 2014 targeted at second and third tier cities. Exact dates and locations will be set by the end of January. For more information, contact Katlin Davis.

For more information:

Laura Johnson : 208-332-8533 or laura.johnson@agri.idaho.gov
Leah Clark : 208-332-8684 or leah.clark@agri.idaho.gov
Kim Polzin : 208-332-8532 or kim.polzin@agri.idaho.gov
Katlin Davis : 208-332-8678 or katlin.davis@agri.idaho.gov
Skylar Jett: 208-332-8542 or
skylar.jett@agri.idaho.gov
Amanda Gibson: 208-332-8538 or amanda.gibson@agri.idaho.gov

* WUSATA ( Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association) Sponsored Promotion