USHBC will exhibit at the Mexico Food Tech Summit and Expo held in Mexico City September 26-27. Prior to the show — Meetings have been scheduled with some of the leading food processing companies in Mexico. Viva Mexico!
The Mexico food industry is on the move.
Grupo Bimbo is the largest bakery in the world and also the largest bakery in the USA and Canada as well as Central and South America. They just opened operations in China!
Rich’s Products distributes bakery ingredients all over the nation of 130 million.
Kellogg’s and Quaker operate thriving businesses in cereals and snack bars.
This is not to mention all of the important regional and national food processing companies!
USHBC has been working in the Mexican food industry for the past 15 years and we have seen a lot of changes — for the good.
- Companies are calling blueberries — blueberries!
- Some still call “mora Azul,” but few “arándano” which means cranberry!
- Some of the most innovative products in North America are coming from Mexico. Mexico is home to ancient grains and we are seeing more and more blueberry combinations.
- The health snack sector loves blueberries. Bars contain dried blueberries.
- Dairy manufacturers are flavoring with blueberry.
Big week ahead! Go Blueberries!
Following the USHBC Strategic plan, USHBC FoodTech explores new long-term markets for highbush blueberries!
Since joining the team one year ago, Hana has visited most of the “Tiger Economies” of Southeast Asia, attending or exhibiting at food manufacturing expositions, meeting with experts such as importers, exporters, distributors and manufacturers. These are the future customers for US blueberries and ingredients.
- Cambodia is a nation of about 16 million
- Although Cambodia is sometimes remembered as a land of turmoil and strife, it has stabilized and has become one of the leading tourist destinations in Southeast Asia with remnants of ancient civilizations, temples and a rich culinary legacy.
- Cambodia is developing a high level urban infrastructure with modern roads, mass transit and the sign of affluence: Mega Malls and grocery stores.
- The country has a well educate hard working labor pool which has drawn major Asian and European companies into the region to develop factories that can capitalize on the abundant raw materials.
- Although a poor country overall, there is a rising middle class and wealthy upper class with spending power.
- Cambodians are a nation of “foodies” and some say their local cuisine is one of the most sophisticated on earth with multiple spices, and classical French influence from colonial Indo-China days.
What Next? Cambodia is on our radar screen. We see immediate opportunities for fresh and frozen polybag for hotel and restaurant trades which in turn are give exposure to the population. We are seeing baking, dairy and confectionery operations starting up in Cambodia and the food industry is also a long term target. With a USHBC FoodTech positioning in the region — we can easily asses and service these new markets and get in at the start of something special!
Here are some views of the New Pnom Penh:
(Note the huge super typhoon which barely missed Taiwan! Good Luck!)
Here are some photos from the events:
Welcome to Éxito.
This Colombia-based grocery chain is the largest in South America with 2,606 stores and growing!
Here are a few observations from my recent journey to a store in Bogota!
I love it when a plan comes together.
We have seen interest in blueberries in Colombia for the past few years.
Whenever we exhibit at Miami, we always meet Colombian importers and food processors with interest. This country of 49 million is on the rise. With an end of a civil war which has hindered the economy since the mid-1960s — Colombia is on the move.
Colombians love blueberries. They have a native species in the wild and have been developing a small domestic crop to feed demand.
Colombian food processors are on the leading edge of new product development with blueberries. Since USHBC started work in-country two years ago, we have seen developments of new blueberry products including, baking, snacks and confectionery.
Dried blueberries and ingredient solutions such as flakes and powders are used in the food industry and poly-bag frozen blueberries can be found in supermarkets nationwide!
On September 7, 2018 USHBC held it’s first annual Dynamo New Product Award for innovation.
Check out this video. You can sense the excitement! Watch this market grow!
Check out the online newsletter for the upcoming IAlimentos exhibition in Bogota, Colombia September 5-6.
USA Blueberries took center stage at the Food Ingredients India Exposition.
Here a master chef demonstrates making a cheese bun with dried blueberries! It was a big hit!
Food Ingredients India (FII) in Greater Noida (Delhi) concluded today.
Our FoodTech Raj Kapoor says it was a big success.
This year we opted for a double wide booth and set up a “Blueberry Lounge.” This allowed room for meetings. In advance of the show, Raj invited dozens of current sellers of frozen dried and further processed blueberries to the show. These early-adapter companies are extremely important for market development. They already have product in-country and most companies are looking for local supplies much smaller than the full-container loads. These companies participated in the event along with USHBC and this teamwork really pays off with good will and more business in the food industry sector.
At the same time new players visited the booth and this included companies from far off regions who have heard the news about USA blueberries! These companies are handled differently and leads are passed back to the home office for follow-up and connection to the USA suppliers.
One thing for sure — several years ago when we exhibited — it was pretty lonely at the Blueberry Booth. Now, we are really a center of attraction!
USA Blueberries are hot!
What’s Hot! Here are brief video on interesting products introduced around the world in 2018.