Columbia Promotion Campaign Already Showing Results

December 2, 2015

The USDBC’s pinto promotional campaign is now in full swing. Printed press and in store promotional items are starting to show up in super markets in Medellin and Bogota. USDBC is currently working with four leading Colombian distributors, Aburra, Granos San Pedro, Granipak, and Su Despensa, to get the message out. All of these companies […]

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“Cool” Legislation In Trouble at the WTO

December 2, 2015

The U.S. has lost a fourth arbitration attempt in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to maintain the Country of Origin Labeling requirements (COOL). COOL was developed when the 2008 Farm Bill, amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require retailers, to inform consumers of the country of origin of various meats, fish, shellfish, nuts, […]

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New Opportunities for Dry Beans in Greece and Turkey

December 2, 2015

USDBC completed a successful trade mission to Greece and Turkey in November in an effort to re-establish market share and service existing customers in expanding new market segments. Both nations have been impacted by economic, political, and general market forces including the loss of US market share to cheaper competitors. U.S. market share in Greece […]

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Anuga Generates Significant New Trade Leads

October 28, 2015

ANUGA is the leading food and beverage expo taking place in Cologne, Germany every other year. USDBC wrapped up another successful showing at this year’s expo generating over 200 trade leads with more than half rated as excellent or good, historically, the highest quality trade leads recorded. Trade leads came in from all over the […]

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USDBC Meets with FDA to Discuss Soy Allergen Issue

October 28, 2015

USDBC staff and board met with leadership from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) food labeling staff in Washington, DC to discuss concerns with the unintentional presence of soybeans in dry bean deliveries and the impact on labeling. Soy is considered by FDA as one of eight major allergens, prompting concerns from canners who have […]

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US Dry Bean Council Welcomes Transpacific Partnership Deal

October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015 Miami, Florida The US Dry Bean Council (USDBC) welcomes the news of a final agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.  Trade agreements are critical to our industry to; level the competitive playing field, open new market access opportunities, ensure reliance on a science based regulatory system, and eliminate unfair trade […]

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What does the future hold for US/Cuba Agricultural Trade?

September 29, 2015

The U.S. government is conducting several in depth studies on the impact of full normalization of trade relations with Cuba in a number of critical market segments, including agriculture. U.S. agricultural trade has continued throughout the embargo but came to a halt in 2011 due to Cuban discontent with the U.S’ continued anti-Cuban policies. After […]

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Bean Harvest Nearing Completion in Michigan, MN, North Dakota & Nebraska

September 29, 2015

Weather is the big story impacting this year’s bean harvest in Michigan, the Minnesota/North Dakota region and Nebraska. At the time of this writing, harvest in Michigan is slightly behind with some evidence of uneven growth due to an abundance of rain. Yields could be slightly lower than last year, quality looks good with more […]

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