Japan Québec’s number-two bio-food export market
Pierre Corbeil, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Photo: Québec National Assembly)
Representatives of a number of bio-food companies will be accompanying Pierre Corbeil, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to Foodex, a major Japanese food industry fair. The event is one of the highlights of the Minister’s upcoming trade mission to Japan and China, scheduled for March 4 to 11.
$462 million in exports in 2010
Québec exports of bio-food products to Japan added up to almost CAN$462 million in 2010. Pork is by far the number-one Québec export to the country, with sales of CAN$300 million in 2010. Maple syrup and soybean sales to Japan area also on the rise. In 2010, they amounted to CAN$28 million and CAN$92 million, respectively.
Minister Corbeil wrapped up by saying, “Japan is the number-two destination for Québec bio-food products, behind the United States. As for China, the country is a huge market all by itself, with incredible development potential. Without a doubt, the mission will open up new markets for our products.”
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