USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Whitley Kicks Off Philippines Trade Mission
Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley visited Manila in July to launch a USDA trade mission to build strong partnerships between the Philippines and the U.S. 29 representatives from U.S. agribusinesses and farm organizations joined him along with 10 state departments of agriculture who wish to explore export opportunities in the Philippines. Warren Cohen, VP International Sales for Global Ingredients represented Blue Diamond on this mission. Cohen stated, “Attending the USDA trade shows offers Blue Diamond a unique opportunity to meet with key customers in market and create tighter alliances with our friends at the US Foreign Agricultural Service and local government authorities.” “The USDA Philippines trade mission will offer an abundance of opportunities for both the United States and the Philippines,” said Whitley. “I’m confident the next few days will produce mutually beneficial results to help expand trade, increase collaboration on key issues impacting agriculture in both our countries, and ultimately strengthen Philippine food security. We have a diverse group of U.S. agribusinesses and industry officials joining us in Manilla who can provide reliable, high-quality, and sustainably produced U.S. food and farm products to local buyers.
The Philippines ranks as the eighth-largest export market for U.S. food and agricultural products, averaging $3.1 billion during the past five years, and we’re looking forward to increasing sales and meeting the growing demand from Filipino consumers for U.S. foods.”
Left to Right: CDFA Josh Eddy, CDFA Undersecretary Birdsong, Elizabeth Carranza CA Blueberry Commission, USDA FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley, Warren Cohen Blue Diamond Growers and Catherine Stringer CA Fresh Fruit Assoc.
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