New timing for import quotas to Dominican Republic may impede US dry bean sales. Quota timing has been curtailed in violation of CAFTA agreement, USDBC working with FAS/Santo Domingo to resolve.
Mexico Bean Congress is a month away, please keep checking the website, http://www.usbeancongress.com/ for agenda updates, we have some new topics and speakers this year.
USDBC’s new 2017 Global Based Initiatives program to promote bean based snack foods in South Asia has been approved by our partners at USDA/FAS, we’ll continue to find new opportunities for exports in this dynamic region.
New labeling rule in Japan requires country of origin designation, this will include bean pastes made with U.S. origin product. USDBC Japan rep ensuring this causes no market disruptions.
USDA’s FAS office in The Hague recently informed our EU rep that dry bean consumption is up 12 % in the Netherlands. Our EU rep has been targeting this market.