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1 Mar 2013

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.

According to Pierre Corbeil, “Globalization and the opening-up of markets have allowed Québec bio-food businesses to position themselves internationally. Our exports have almost doubled over the past ten years, and that’s significant! There are very attractive business possibilities, and we have to seize all available opportunities to promote Québec food products, of which we can be justifiably proud!”

$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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