USDBC Response to COVID-19

March 26, 2020

We, like all of our fellow agricultural trade groups, are impacted by the spread of the novel Coronavirus, figuring out creative ways of moving forward in this new paradigm. Due to the fact that we already run the majority of our operations remotely, we have been able to keep our programs running at 100% with […]

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GULFOOD SHOW A SUCCESS DESPITE LOWER TURNOUT

March 26, 2020

The annual Gulfood trade show took place February 21 – 25, 2020 right before the cancellation of most global trade events in response to the COVID 19 outbreak. USDBC once again exhibited in the USA Pulses booth within the USA pavilion. The majority of European countries exhibited within their own national pavilions. Overall, show attendance […]

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GUATEMALA BEAN HARVEST ASSESSMENT REVEALS MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

March 26, 2020

USDBC recently traveled to Guatemala to assess the Apante or third bean harvest of the year which takes place in the Peten region, in order to develop a better sense of opportunities for market expansion. The Peten is the largest Guatemalan Department (state) with tremendous climactic growing diversity and variable bean yield and quality. According to […]

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The Art of Beans Workshops Promotes US Dry Beansin Colombia

March 26, 2020

During 2019, USDBC utilized USDA’s Emerging Market Program (EMP) funds to organize a series of four workshops in Colombia called, “ The Art of Beans, A Superfood that Takes You to Another Level”. Invitees included Colombian chefs, restaurateurs, culinary institute instructors and students, bean industry representatives, and food trendsetters. Workshops took place in four major Colombian […]

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USDBC Winter Board Meeting Lays Out 2020 Plans, Officers Re-elected For Second Term

February 21, 2020

The USDBC Board of Directors met in Cancun, Mexico on February 5 & 6 to conduct strategic planning for its worldwide export promotion programs and conduct association business. With several new additions to USDBC’s global staff as well as new and enhanced programs around the world, all USDBC representatives and staff joined the International Promotion […]

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Coronavirus impact on USDBC Global Programming

February 21, 2020

Our primary concern with the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (CORVID-19) is the health and well being of our staff and industry members. To that end we are monitoring the situation, keeping up to date on the latest notices and taking reasonable precautions. New travel and event restrictions are still being announced, with the greatest impact on […]

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U.S. DRY BEAN MARKET OPPORTUNITIES IN CHILE

February 21, 2020

USDBC conducted a market scoping trip to Chile in December 2019 to study recent increases in dry bean imports and new opportunities for the U.S. Interviews with the Chilean dry bean industry as well as official production statistics confirm that domestic dry bean production is half of what it was a decade ago and will not […]

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TRADE POLICY ROUNDUP

February 21, 2020

With so much going on in the world of trade policy for dry beans, we wanted to provide a brief update on the major issues we are focusing on right now: China Phase I agreement 5% reduction on dry bean retaliatory import duties to 38%, still not at levels previous to the ongoing trade dispute. We […]

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USDBC BEGINS LAUNCH OF WORLD PULSES DAY ACTIVITIES

January 22, 2020

We are gearing up for a big celebration of World Pulses Day (WPD) on February 10, 2020. This includes the preparation of a three part campaign to launch the beautiful and nutritious dry edible bean into the global spotlight as WPD approaches and to encourage everyone around the world, to eat more beans. In mid […]

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Get Ready for BeanCon 21!

January 22, 2020

In March of 2021, USDBC will hold the first ever global dry bean conference right here in the U.S. BeanCon21 will take place March 2 – 4, 2021 at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. BeanCon21 will bring together dry bean buyers and influencers from all over the world in a forum […]

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