It all started almost a year ago in New Orleans, Louisiana. USHBC exhibited at the Dairy Deli Bakery Exposition which is a gathering of up and coming companies in the food industry. It was an excellent show, lots of interest in blueberries. All of a sudden, a group of 15 bakery owners from Myanmar (Formerly Burma) arrive at our booth! They were in town on a USDA sponsored training visit. They were excited to see blueberries! After a nice visit — I mentioned “why don’t you head up to Mississippi and see the real thing.” After a call to one of the growers in Poplarville, off they went to blueberry heaven!
Now beam ahead to 2019. We received a note from the USDA office that this same group of bakers were organizing an all day seminar and exposition in Yangon, the capital. The concept was for the traveling group to share experiences with the local baking industry. USHBC was invited as VIP guest and Tom and Hana headed off to Myanmar!
I arrived at midnight to this exotic Southeast Asian city. In the morning, here is the view from my hotel window. This place is the fastest growing economy on earth according to the World Bank!
Welcome to the Showcase!
In the morning, we had an exposition and bakers and suppliers from throughout Myanmar attended. Here is Hana hard at work at the booth.
Next we had a chef demonstrate how to make a Myanmar pizza with blueberries.
A great success. We re-connected with our Myanmar friends and some are already using frozen and dried blueberries in local products!
Hana gets participation award from Rachel Nelson of the USDA in Myanmar.
Good day from Myanmar!